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 16, 2013

6:06 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 7 in D Op 6
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 434110 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Philips
6:17 AM
Symphony No. 16 in C, K. 128
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 220540 CD
Conductor : Adam Fischer
Orchestra : Danish Radio Sinfonietta
Label : Da Capo
6:31 AM
Concerto for guitar, two horns & strings in A Op 140
Artist : Karl Scheit, guitar
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Composer : Ferdinando Carulli
Catalog : 1020 CD
Conductor : Wilfried Boettcher
Orchestra : Vienna Soloists
Label : Omega
6:42 AM
Rondo in A, D. 438
Artist : Pinchas Zukerman, violin
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 5221 CD
Conductor : Pinchas Zukerman
Orchestra : Nat. Arts Center Orch., Ottawa
Label : CBC(RCI)
7:06 AM
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 572788 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:15 AM
Amparita Roca
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Composer : Jaime Texidor
Catalog : 73807 CD
Conductor : Major Roger G. Swift
Orchestra : Band of the Coldstream Guards
Label : Denon
7:19 AM
Scherzo (Sonatensatz) F.A.E. in c
Artist : Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 445826 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
7:28 AM
Sinfonia No. 2 in B-Flat, Wq. 182
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 3176 CD
Conductor : John Hsu
Orchestra : The Vivaldi Project
Label : Centaur
7:42 AM
Prinz Methusalem Overture
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 223249 CD
Conductor : Alfred Walter
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MarcoPolo
7:48 AM
Adagio for violin & orchestra in E, K. 261
Artist : Pinchas Zukerman, violin
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 37839 CD
Conductor : Pinchas Zukerman
Orchestra : Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:06 AM
Romanian Peasant Dance
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Composer : Constantin Dimitrescu
Catalog : 5033 CD
Conductor : Emil Simon
Orchestra : Cluj-Napoca Phil. Orch.
Label : Tuxedo
8:11 AM
Scherzo capriccioso Op 66
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 49995 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:28 AM
Symphony No. 8 in d
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 1171 CD
Conductor : Jorg Faerber
Orchestra : Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra
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8:43 AM
Ruler of the Spirits Overture
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 4758140 CD
Conductor : Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra : L'Orchestre delaSuisse Romande
Label : London/Dec
8:47 AM
Phaeton - Symphonic Poem Op 39
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 53979 CD
Conductor : Lorin Maazel
Orchestra : Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
9:06 AM
Trumpet Concerto No. 1 in D
Artist : Maurice Andre, trumpet
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Composer : Giuseppi Torelli
Catalog : 47311 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:15 AM
ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO, K. 384 Selections arr. for Winds and Doublebass
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (arr. Wendt)
Catalog : 67118 CD
Conductor : Julius Rudel
Orchestra : The Amadeus Ensemble
Label : MusicMaste
9:38 AM
Concerto for Two Horns in E-Flat
Artist : Kristina Mascher, horn
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 1181 CD
Conductor : Dariusz Wisniewski
Orchestra : Sinfonietta Cracovia
Label : MSR
10:00 AM
Hamlet Fantasy Overture Op 67
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 9037 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : Stadium SO of New York
Label : Everest
10:21 AM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in f Op 21
Artist : Bella Davidovich, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 410042 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Philips
10:56 AM
Concerto Armonico No. 3 in A
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Composer : Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer
Catalog : 555384 CD
Conductor : Kevin Mallon
Orchestra : Aradia Baroque Ensemble
Label : Naxos
11:07 AM
Concert Overture in d Op 31
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Composer : Alexander Kopylov
Catalog : 1013 CD
Conductor : Antonio de Almeida
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : ASV
11:27 AM
Symphony No. 3
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Composer : Vincent D'Indy
Catalog : 10585 CD
Conductor : Romun Gamba
Orchestra : Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:06 PM
Sinfonia No. 6 in E, Wq. 182
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 73326 CD
Conductor : Thomas Fueri
Orchestra : Bern Camerata
Label : Denon
12:16 PM
Piano Trio No. 1 in d Op 49
Artist : Martha Argerich, piano; REenaud Capucon, violin; Gautier Capucon, cello
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 57504 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
12:45 PM
Symphony No. 3 in d
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Composer : Anton Bruckner
Catalog : 7133 CD
Conductor : Jonathan Nott
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : Tudor
2:00 PM
Braut von Messina Overture Op 100
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 550608 CD
Conductor : Johannes Wildner
Orchestra : Polish National Radio Orchestr
Label : Naxos
2:10 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in e Op 5
Artist : Martin Roscoe, piano
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Composer : Ernst von Dohnanyi
Catalog : 66684 CD
Conductor : Fedor Glushchenko
Orchestra : BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestr
Label : Hyperion
3:00 PM
Romanian Dance No. 1 Op 8
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Composer : Bela Bartok
Catalog : 5309 CD
Conductor : Adam Fischer
Orchestra : Hungarian State Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
3:08 PM
Hungarian Folkdance Suite Op 18
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Composer : Leo Weiner
Catalog : 9029 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Chandos
3:38 PM
Serenade for strings on Swedish Melodies in c Op 89
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 777385 CD
Conductor : Werner Andreas Albert
Orchestra : S.W. German Radio Symph. Orch.
Label : CPO
4:06 PM
Prelude to a Drama (1914)
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Composer : Franz Schreker
Catalog : 93046 CD
Conductor : Michael Gielen
Orchestra : S.W. German Radio Symph. Orch.
Label : Hanssler
4:29 PM
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4779445 CD
Conductor : Andrea Marcon
Orchestra : La Cetra Baroque Orch., Basel
Label : D. Gramphn
4:34 PM
ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO, K. 384: Ach, Ich liebte, war so glucklich
Artist : Renee Fleming, soprano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 452602 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Orchestra of St. Luke's
Label : London/Dec
4:41 PM
Sigurd Jorsalfar Suite Op 56
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 557991 CD
Conductor : Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra : Malmo Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:06 PM
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Composer : Louis Joseph F. Herold
Catalog : 282 CD
Conductor : Wolf-Dieter Hauschild
Orchestra : Orch. della Svizzera Italiana
Label : Dynamic
5:14 PM
Violin Concerto in C, RV 187
Artist : Pinchas Zukerman, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 68433 CD
Conductor : Pinchas Zukerman
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:28 PM
Exil, Poem for Strings Op 25
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Composer : Eugene Ysaye
Catalog : 32125 CD
Orchestra : Bolshoi Soloists Ensemble
Label : MCA
5:38 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in g Op 25
Artist : Bella Davidovich, piano
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 3382 CD
Conductor : Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra : Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Label : Delos


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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