Classical Weekdays

Monday through Friday, 6 am to 6 pm

WRTI brings you the best recordings of works from the vast world of classical music every weekday from 6 am to 6 pm. Chamber music, symphonies, choral works, violin concertos, piano sonatas, and more...engagingly presented with insight and a smile by our knowledgeable hosts.

Playlists are at the bottom of this page.

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July 04, 2013

6:06 AM
Variations on America
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Composer : Charles Ives (arr. William Schuman)
Catalog : 559083 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
6:15 AM
Trumpet Concerto in D
Artist : Hakan Hardenberger, trumpet
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Composer : Franz Xaver Richter
Catalog : 426311 CD
Conductor : Elgar Howarth
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Philips
6:31 AM
Intaglio Waltzes
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 559247 CD
Conductor : Keith Brion
Orchestra : Royal Artillery Band
Label : Naxos
6:42 AM
Second Rhapsody
Artist : Stewart Goodyear, piano
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 80112 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:06 AM
BEATRICE AND BENEDICT Overture
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 64103 CD
Conductor : Pierre Boulez
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
7:15 AM
The Liberty Bell (1893)
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 88115 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:21 AM
New England Triptych
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Composer : William Schuman
Catalog : 7135 CD
Conductor : James Sedares
Orchestra : Phoenix Symphony
Label : KOCH Intl.
7:43 AM
Navarra (Danza Espagnole) Op 33
Artist : Gil Shaham, violin; Adele Anthony, violin
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Composer : Pablo Sarasate
Catalog : 7 CD
Conductor : Alejandro Posada
Orchestra : Orchestra of Castille & Leon
Label : CanaryClas
7:48 AM
Miscellaneous Overture (1801) in D
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Composer : Alexander Reinagle
Catalog : 559654 CD
Conductor : Patrick Gallois
Orchestra : Sinfonia Finlandia
Label : Naxos
8:06 AM
DON CARLO: Ballet Music
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 62651 CD
Conductor : Roberto Abbado
Orchestra : Munich Radio Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:24 AM
Born on the Fourth of July: Suite
Artist : Tim Morrison, trumpet
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Composer : John Williams
Catalog : 70636 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:40 AM
Festival Overture on The Star-Spangled Banner
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Composer : Dudley Buck
Catalog : 60983 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Label : RCA/BMG
8:48 AM
West Side Story Suite
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Composer : Leonard Bernstein (arr. Jack Mason)
Catalog : 416360 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : Philips
9:06 AM
The Union
Artist : Eugene List, piano
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Composer : Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Catalog : 5009 CD
Conductor : Samuel Adler
Orchestra : Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
9:15 AM
Orchestral Suite (American) in A Op 98
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 90723 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Vrgn Clscs
9:40 AM
Don Juan Op 20
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 9004 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : Stadium SO of New York
Label : Everest
10:00 AM
Fantasy on American Themes
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Composer : Jeff Tyzik
Catalog : 5 CD
Conductor : Jeff Tyzik
Orchestra : Rochester Pops
Label : RPO
10:12 AM
Piano Concerto in F
Artist : Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 9252 CD
Conductor : Justin Brown
Orchestra : Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bridge
10:46 AM
The Battle of Trenton
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Composer : James Hewitt
Catalog : 67641 CD
Conductor : Richard Franko Goldman
Orchestra : The Goldman Band
Label : Angel/EMI
10:59 AM
Mississippi Suite
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Composer : Ferde Grofe
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman-Rochester Sym. Orch.
Label : Mercury
11:14 AM
Symphony No. 3 in F
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Composer : George W. Chadwick
Catalog : 9253 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:06 PM
American Fantasia
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Composer : Victor Herbert
Catalog : 7125 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
12:17 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in d Op 23
Artist : Thomas Tirino, piano
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Composer : Edward MacDowell
Catalog : 2149 CD
Conductor : Vasil Kazandzhiev
Orchestra : Bulgarian Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : Centaur
12:48 PM
Essay for Orchestra No. 2 Op 17
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Composer : Samuel Barber
Catalog : 9053 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
1:00 PM
Greeting to America Op 56
Artist : Misha Keylin, violin
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Composer : Henri Vieuxtemps
Catalog : 570974 CD
Conductor : Andrew Mogrelia
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
1:14 PM
Armed Forces Medley
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Composer : Various
Catalog : 3 CD
Conductor : Keith Lockhart
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : BosPops
1:21 PM
American Ballads (1976)
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Composer : Morton Gould
Catalog : 49462 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Klein
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
2:00 PM
Paul Revere’s Ride
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Composer : David Del Tredici
Catalog : 80638 CD
Conductor : Robert Spano
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Label : Telarc
2:31 PM
Violin Concerto Op 14
Artist : James Buswell,violin
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Composer : Samuel Barber
Catalog : 559044 CD
Conductor : Marin Alsop
Orchestra : Royal Scottish National Orch
Label : Naxos
3:00 PM
Strike Up the Band
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 62698 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
3:04 PM
Billy the Kid: Ballet Suite
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 440639 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Label : Argo
3:39 PM
Rounds for String Orchestra
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Composer : David Diamond
Catalog : 1717 CD
Conductor : Mikhail Gurewitsch
Orchestra : Do.gma Chamber Orchestra
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4:06 PM
American Rhapsody Op 47
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Composer : Ernst von Dohnanyi
Catalog : 999308 CD
Conductor : Alun Francis
Orchestra : Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orch
Label : CPO
4:22 PM
Appalachian Spring
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 64315 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:06 PM
Ashokan Farewell: from Civil War film
Artist : Jay Ungar, fiddle
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Composer : Jay Ungar
Catalog : 56720 CD
Conductor : Paul Gambill
Orchestra : Nashville Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:13 PM
American Civil War Fantasy
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Composer : Jerry Bilik
Catalog : 1 CD
Conductor : Salvatore Scarpa
Orchestra : Atlantic Brass Band
Label : AtlanticBr
5:23 PM
Symphony No. 9 in e Op 95 From the New World
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 46331 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:07 am
Sat April 12, 2014

A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World

Gustav Mahler wanted each of his symphonies to contain a world of emotions and ideas.
Library of Congress

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 10:55 am

Conducting Gustav Mahler's First Symphony is an exhilarating and demanding task. Although it's one of his shortest symphonies (at about 55 minutes), it is an epic journey that requires countless hours of analysis and examination of the score. Still, it is a thrilling process to peel back and reassemble the many layers of Mahler's music.

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Happy Easter!
12:00 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Bach's St. John Passion for Good Friday on WRTI

Valentin Radu conducts the Philadelphia-based Ama Deus Ensemble with soloists in this performance of The Passion According to St. John.

Join WRTI on Good Friday at noon, for a complete performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's St. John Passion, a work written for Good Friday Vespers service of 1724 in Leipzig. This performance was recorded in concert on Good Friday in 2013 in the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center.

Valentin Radu conducts his Ama Deus Ensemble and features soprano Megan Monaghan, alto Jody Kidwell, tenor Kenneth Garner, and bass-baritone Kevin Deas, and The Philadelphia Boys Choir. This performance is sung in English.

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3:34 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation

Contralto Marian Anderson sang at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, April 9, 1939, to an estimated crowd of 75,000 people.
University of Pennsylvania

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 2:08 pm

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The Fabulous Philadelphians on WRTI
1:08 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI: Music from Russian Dance! April 13, 1 PM

French conductor Stephane Deneve

Guest conductor Stephane Deneve leads the Philadelphians in a program from last month at Verizon Hall, dedicated to Russian dance music.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:14 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Musicians, Take Note: Your Instrument May Be Contraband

Antique bows were often made with a small piece of ivory that clamps the bow hairs onto the wood.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 7:29 pm

New Obama administration rules aimed at protecting African elephants are causing widespread anxiety in the music world. From country to classical, working musicians say the policy will make them think twice about touring abroad.

The proposed regulations would place a near-total ban on anything made with ivory moving in and out of the U.S.

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Creatively Speaking
3:27 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Poulenc's Aubade: A Still-Unique Choreographic Concerto

French composer Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

In 1929, an unusual work by a versatile 20th-century French composer premiered at the home of his wealthy patrons. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, this piece, still unique in the classical repertoire, is part piano concerto and part ballet, in a chamber music setting.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
4:45 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

A Time Capsule From A Soviet-Era Childhood

Music from the Suitcase: A Collection of Russian Miniatures
Corey Hayes Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 3:49 pm

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Opera on WRTI
4:20 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

The Met Opera on WRTI: Puccini's LA BOHEME! April 5, 1 PM

Tenor Vittorio Grigolo sings Rodolfo

Giacomo Puccini’s moving story of young love is the most-performed opera in Met history—and with good reason. Anita Hartig stars as the frail Mimì in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with Vittorio Grigolo in the role of her passionate lover, Rodolfo. Saturday, April 5, 1 to 4 pm.

 Synopsis

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The Fabulous Philadelphians on WRTI
11:34 am
Fri April 4, 2014

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI: All Rachmaninoff! April 6, 1 PM

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

Join us for an all-Rachmaninoff program this Sunday at 1 pm, on the radio at 90.1 FM and around the world at wrti.org. The Philadelphians perform Rachmaninoff’s choral-symphonic setting of Edgar Allan Poe’s haunting poem, The Bells, which received its U.S. premiere here in Philadelphia in 1920 with Leopold Stokowski conducting.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
11:14 am
Thu April 3, 2014

How Do You Sweep The Ivy League? Practice — The Viola. (Really.)

Was playing a much-maligned instrument — or writing about it beautifully — part of Kwasi Enin's secret? (Not that he is playing the 'Archinto' Stradivarius pictured here.)
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

By now, you may have heard about Kwasi Enin, the impressive young man from Long Island who has been accepted into the classes of 2018 at Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Yale (all eight Ivy League universities) as well as Duke and three campuses of the State University of New York.

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