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 09, 2013

6:06 AM
Leonore Overture No. 1 in C Op 138
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 148 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Pentatone
6:16 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 2 in B-Flat Op 3
Artist : Sophia McKenna, oboe
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 45981 CD
Conductor : John Elliot Gardiner
Orchestra : English Baroque Soloists
Label : Erato
6:30 AM
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Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 97722 CD
Conductor : Michel Plasson
Orchestra : Orch du Capitole de Toulouse
Label : Angel/EMI
6:41 AM
Overture No. 1 on Three Greek Themes in g Op 3
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 555048 CD
Conductor : Vladimir Ziva
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:06 AM
Crisantemi for strings
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 341 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : St. Michel Strings
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7:15 AM
Marche Indienne
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Composer : Adolphe Sellenick
Catalog : 4 CD
Conductor : Colonel John R. Bourgeois
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:20 AM
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Composer : Richard Rodgers (arr. Leroy Anderson)
Catalog : 4776115 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
7:28 AM
Symphony No. 1 in E-Flat, K. 16
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 2018 CD
Conductor : Tamas Veto
Orchestra : Odense Symphony Orchestra
Label : Unicorn
7:42 AM
Pour le Piano: Sarabande
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Composer : Claude Debussy (arr. Maurice Ravel)
Catalog : 572296 CD
Conductor : Jun Markl
Orchestra : National Orchestra of Lyon
Label : Naxos
7:48 AM
Le Dieu et la bayadere: Ballet
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Composer : Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber
Catalog : 1039 CD
Conductor : B. Tommy Andersson
Orchestra : Gothenburg Opera Orchestra
Label : Sterling
8:06 AM
I Got Rhythm Variations
Artist : Leonard Pennario, piano
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 66086 CD
Conductor : Alfred Newman
Orchestra : Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orches
Label : Angel/EMI
8:16 AM
Anna Magdalena Notebook: Little Suite
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Thos. Frost)
Catalog : 39431 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:28 AM
Four Seasons: No.3 Autumn (L’Autunno) in F Op 8, RV 293
Artist : Yolanda Kondonassis, harp
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 80523 CD
Conductor : Rudolf Werthen
Orchestra : I Fiamminghi
Label : Telarc
8:43 AM
American Eagle Waltz
Artist : Philip Collins, trumpet
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Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 9011 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
8:47 AM
Prague Waltzes
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 3166 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Prague Symphony Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
9:06 AM
Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture Op 27
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 81788 CD
Conductor : Moshe Atzmon
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:19 AM
Fountains of Rome
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 37676 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:36 AM
2 Studies for Doktor Faust Op 51
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Composer : Ferruccio Busoni
Catalog : 555373 CD
Conductor : Samuel Wong
Orchestra : Hong Kong Philharmonic Orch.
Label : Naxos
10:00 AM
John Field Suite
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Composer : Hamilton Harty
Catalog : 6583 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
10:21 AM
Harpsichord Concerto in d, Wq. 23
Artist : George Malcolm, harpsichord
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 65733 CD
Conductor : Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra : Bath Festival Chamber Orch.
Label : Angel/EMI
10:46 AM
Piano Trio No. 31 HOB XV:32 in G
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 161 CD
Orchestra : Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
Label : PhoenixEd
11:00 AM
Four Norwegian Moods
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Composer : Igor Stravinsky
Catalog : 61901 CD
Conductor : Dmitri Kitayenko
Orchestra : Bergen Philharmonic
Label : Vrgn Clscs
11:12 AM
Symphony No. 1 in c
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Composer : Johan Halvorsen
Catalog : 10584 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Bergen Philharmonic
Label : Chandos
12:06 PM
Ancient Airs and Dances: Suite No. 3
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 8802048 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Philharmonia Hungarica
Label : Newton
12:26 PM
Piano Quintet No. 2 in e-Flat Op 26
Artist : Lydia Artymiw, piano
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Composer : Ernst von Dohnanyi
Catalog : 2503 CD
Orchestra : Audubon Quartet
Label : Centaur
12:53 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 4 in a Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 4758673 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
1:07 PM
Symphony No. 1 in g Op 13 Winter Dayreams
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 97033 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
2:00 PM
Pines of Rome
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 2 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : PhilOrch.
2:25 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in d
Artist : Jeffrey Swann, piano
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Composer : Giuseppe Martucci
Catalog : 89 CD
Conductor : Massimo de Bernart
Orchestra : Orchestre de Montpellier
Label : Agora
3:00 PM
A Song Before Sunrise
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 65119 CD
Conductor : Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra : Halle Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:08 PM
Violin Concerto in e Op 64
Artist : Hillary Hahn, violin
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 89921 CD
Conductor : Hugh Wolff
Orchestra : Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
3:36 PM
Concertstucke for harp & orch in G-Sharp Op 39
Artist : Lily Laskine, harp
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Composer : Gabriel Pierne
Catalog : 88069 CD
Conductor : Jean Martinon
Orchestra : Orchestre National de O.R.T.F.
Label : Erato
4:05 PM
Concerto Pathétique for Piano and Orch. in e
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 1148 CD
Conductor : Kirk Trevor
Orchestra : Bohuslav Martinu Philh., Zlin
Label : MSR
4:28 PM
Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs) Op 20
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Composer : Pablo Sarasate
Catalog : 1226 CD
Orchestra : American String Project
Label : MSR
4:40 PM
Krakowiak Concert Rondo in F Op 14
Artist : Idil Biret, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 550369 CD
Conductor : Robert Stankovsky
Orchestra : CSSR State Phil. (Kosice)
Label : Naxos
5:06 PM
Roumanian Rhapsody No. 2 in D Op 11
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Composer : Georges Enesco
Catalog : 75179 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orch
Label : Erato
5:19 PM
Spellbound Concerto
Artist : Leonard Pennario, piano
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Composer : Miklos Rozsa
Catalog : 63735 CD
Conductor : Miklos Rozsa
Orchestra : Hollywood Bowl Pops Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:33 PM
Feste Romane-Roman Festivals
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 37676 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI


People's Choice Concert with Host Gregg Whiteside
2:55 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

The Philadelphians and WRTI at the Mann Center: Join us on August 1st!

"The People's Choice" concert is free and it's on Friday, August 1 at 8 pm at the Mann Center. Gregg Whiteside is host.

WRTI has teamed up with The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Mann Center for the Performing Arts to present our first-ever People's Choice Concert. Join us at the Mann on August 1st when the Fabulous Philadelphians play a program selected by YOU!

Voting took place in June; thanks so much to everyone who participated!

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Classic Music and Jazz for July 3rd and 4th
1:15 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Music for Your Independence Day Holiday!

We're celebrating America's independence with American classical music during the day and nostalgic jazz at night on July 3rd and 4th. Join us!


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Creatively Speaking.
4:35 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Losing His Head in the Opera, Salome: Bass-Baritone Alan Held

In Richard Strauss' SALOME, the character depicting John the Baptist is beheaded after he refuses the advances of Salome.

It was a Bible story, and then a French play by Oscar Wilde. Then it was translated into German, before Strauss turned it into his opera, Salome. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, a production from May, 2014 continued the evolution of this complex and compelling work of art.

On Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 1 pm on WRTI, listen to a recorded broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia performing Richard Strauss' Salome.

Bass-baritone Alan Held talks with WRTI's Susan Lewis about his character, Jochanaan (John the Baptist).

WRTI Picks from NPR Music
11:53 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Julius Rudel, Longtime Director Of New York City Opera, Dies At 93

Julius Rudel, photographed (ca. 1970) in rehearsal with the orchestra of the New York City Opera, spent more than three decades with the company.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 4:12 pm

Conductor Julius Rudel, a defining figure in 20th-century opera production, died early Thursday morning. He was 93, and died at his New York home of natural causes, according to his son Anthony Rudel, station manager of Boston classical music broadcaster WCRB. WCRB is part of WGBH and an NPR member station.

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Station Announcements
12:20 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Where We Are...WRTI at the End of Fiscal Year 2013/2014

WRTI Station Manager Bill Johnson

As we get closer to the end of WRTI's fiscal year on June 30th, I'd like to express how very grateful we are to all of our members who contributed during the last year.

If you renewed online, gave an additional gift because you received a letter, contributed for the first time because of a member drive, donated a vehicle, arranged a planned gift...thank you! If you're one of over a thousand sustaining members who invest in WRTI every month...thank you! It's all greatly appreciated.

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Creatively Speaking
12:58 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Your Brain On Music: The Science Behind The Pleasure

It’s no secret that a favorite piece of music can evoke profound pleasure and emotion. We've all experienced the “chills” response. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston hears from a neuroscientist about the visceral and culturally conditioned effect of music on the brain.

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Creatively Speaking
7:12 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Renaissance Man, Pianist Stephen Hough, Explores "The Night" in His New CD

Once named by The Economist magazine as one  of the world’s 20 living polymaths, pianist Stephen Hough pursues a variety of  interests, from music to poetry to painting. In 2001 he became the first classical music performer to win the prestigious MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Fellowship.  WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on this versatile artist, and his most recent CD.

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The Fabulous Philadelphians on WRTI
9:36 am
Sat June 21, 2014

It's All Mozart on Sunday's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert Broadcast on WRTI!

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Sunday at 1 pm, the first concert from last April's Philadelphia Orchestra Mozart Celebration brings us three Mozart masterpieces! With Yannick on the podium, the Orchestra will play an overture to one of Mozart's three operas set to a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, Cosi fan Tutte, continue with the Piano Concerto No.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
3:23 am
Wed June 18, 2014

A Rhythm That Has Waltzed Away With Hearts

Debutantes in the opening waltz of the 2011 Vienna Opera Ball. The head of the Vienna Institute for Strauss Research calls the waltz "Austria's premier cultural export."

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 3:11 pm

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
12:35 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

An Opera Remembers The Tragedy Of An Asian-American Soldier

Andrew Stenson plays Pvt. Danny Chen in An American Soldier, a new opera about the hazing and death of the Chinese-American soldier from New York City.
Sarah Tilotta NPR

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 12:34 pm

About two years ago, playwright David Henry Hwang turned down an offer to write a play about the brief life and suicide of Army Pvt. Danny Chen.

But an opera? He couldn't refuse.

"This is a story with big emotions, big primary colors in a way, and big plot events," says Hwang, who wrote the libretto for An American Soldier, a new hourlong opera commissioned by Washington National Opera.

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