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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Playlist

July 19, 2013

6:06 AM
CAGLIOSTRO IN WIEN Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 223249 CD
Conductor : Alfred Walter
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MarcoPolo
6:15 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 9 in F Op 6
Artist :
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 362 CD
Conductor : Pavlo Beznosiuk
Orchestra : Avison Ensemble
Label : Linn
6:31 AM
Symphony No. 26 in E-Flat, K. 184
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4790718 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
6:41 AM
Rhapsody in Blue
Artist : Andre Previn, piano
Album :
Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 47161 CD
Conductor : Andre Previn
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:06 AM
Concerto for strings in C, RV 116
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 110 CD
Conductor : Alberto Lizzio
Orchestra : Musici di San Marco
Label : Pilz
7:15 AM
USAAC March
Artist :
Album :
Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 89111 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:19 AM
Serenade d’hiver
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 7199 CD
Conductor : Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra : Vasari Singers
Label : Guild
7:28 AM
Sinfonia No. 1 in G, Wq. 182
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 73326 CD
Conductor : Thomas Fueri
Orchestra : Bern Camerata
Label : Denon
7:42 AM
Creatures of Prometheus Overture Op 43
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 148 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Pentatone
7:47 AM
Rondo for piano & orch in A, K. 386
Artist : Murray Perahia, piano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 39224 CD
Conductor : Murray Perahia
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:06 AM
LE ROI MALGRE LUI: Fete Polonaise
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Emmanuel Chabrier
Catalog : 447751 CD
Conductor : John Elliot Gardiner
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:15 AM
Concert Piece for Clarinet & Basset Horn in d Op 114
Artist : Ludmila Peterkova, clarinet
Album :
Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 3554 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Prague Philharmonia
Label : Supraphon
8:28 AM
Lustspiel Overture Op 38
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Ferruccio Busoni
Catalog : 572922 CD
Conductor : Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra : Rome Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:35 AM
Gee Whiz!
Artist : Evelyn Glennie, Xylophone
Album :
Composer : Byron Brooke
Catalog : 63234 CD
Conductor : James Watson
Orchestra : Black Dyke Mills Band
Label : RCA/BMG
8:42 AM
IL SIGNOR BRUSCHINO Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 60387 CD
Conductor : Fritz Reiner
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:47 AM
Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in f, BWV 1056
Artist : Andrei Gavrilov, piano
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 81482 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
9:06 AM
THE SNOW MAIDEN suite
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 572787 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
9:20 AM
Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat
Artist : Gerard Schwarz, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 3001 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Y Chamber Symphony of New York
Label : Delos
9:37 AM
Symphony No. 2 Op 132 Mysterious Mountain
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Alan Hovhaness
Catalog : 80604 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Telarc
10:00 AM
Symphony No. 3 in G
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 5407 CD
Conductor : Adam Fischer
Orchestra : Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orch
Label : Nimbus
10:20 AM
Violin Concerto No. 2 in b Op 32
Artist : Philippe Quint, violin
Album :
Composer : Charles Auguste de Beriot
Catalog : 570360 CD
Conductor : Kirk Trevor
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
10:50 AM
Polonaise No. 1 in c-Sharp Op 26, No. 1
Artist : Maurizio Pollini, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 413795 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
11:03 AM
Violin Concerto No. 5 in a Op 9, RV 358
Artist : Nicola Benedetti, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 16412 CD
Conductor : Christian Curnyn
Orchestra : Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
11:13 AM
Carmen Ballet
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Rodion Shchedrin
Catalog : 47198 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Los Angeles Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
12:06 PM
Belfagore: Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 9311 CD
Conductor : Edward Downes
Orchestra : BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:18 PM
Keyboard Concerto No. 2 in E, BWV 1053
Artist : Murray Perahia, piano
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 82429 CD
Conductor : Murray Perahia
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : CBS/Sony
12:42 PM
Symphony No. 7 in C Op 60 Leningrad
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Dmitri Shostakovich
Catalog : 8623 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
2:00 PM
Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso Op 28
Artist : Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, vln
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 49276 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : New York Chamber Symphony
Label : Angel/EMI
2:14 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in b-Flat
Artist : Niklas Sivelov, piano
Album :
Composer : Wilhelm Stenhammar
Catalog : 572259 CD
Conductor : Mario Venzago
Orchestra : Malmo Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
3:00 PM
Fantasy on Polish Airs in A Op 13
Artist : Emanuel Ax, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 63371 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Orch of Age of Enlightenment
Label : CBS/Sony
3:16 PM
Symphony No. 6
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Howard Hanson
Catalog : 559704 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
3:43 PM
Polyeucte
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Paul Dukas
Catalog : 9225 CD
Conductor : Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra : BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
4:06 PM
Summon the Heroes
Artist :
Album :
Composer : John Williams
Catalog : 62592 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:14 PM
Symphony No.2 A Montevideo
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Catalog : 5009 CD
Conductor : Samuel Adler
Orchestra : Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
4:28 PM
I DUE FOSCARI: Prelude
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 62373 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Label : CBS/Sony
4:33 PM
I DUE FOSCARI: Dal piu remoto esiglio
Artist : Luciano Pavarotti, tenor
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 10007 CD
Conductor : Edward Downes
Orchestra : Vienna Opera Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:40 PM
Harp Concerto in C
Artist : Elizabeth Hainen, harp
Album :
Composer : Johan Georg Albrechtsberger
Catalog : 2221 CD
Conductor : Rossen Milanov
Orchestra : Bulgarian Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : Avie
5:06 PM
Oh, These Hussars! Waltz Op 552
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Carl Michael Ziehrer
Catalog : 225172 CD
Conductor : Christian Pollack
Orchestra : Razumovsky Sinfonia
Label : MarcoPolo
5:16 PM
Elegia
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Amilcare Ponchielli
Catalog : 63025 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : La Scala Philaharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
5:30 PM
Gulliver’s Travels
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Bernard Herrmann
Catalog : 443899 CD
Conductor : Bernard Herrmann
Orchestra : National Philharmonic Orch.
Label : London/Dec
6:06 AM
CAGLIOSTRO IN WIEN Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 223249 CD
Conductor : Alfred Walter
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MarcoPolo
6:15 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 9 in F Op 6
Artist :
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 362 CD
Conductor : Pavlo Beznosiuk
Orchestra : Avison Ensemble
Label : Linn
6:31 AM
Symphony No. 26 in E-Flat, K. 184
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4790718 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
6:41 AM
Rhapsody in Blue
Artist : Andre Previn, piano
Album :
Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 47161 CD
Conductor : Andre Previn
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:06 AM
Concerto for strings in C, RV 116
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 110 CD
Conductor : Alberto Lizzio
Orchestra : Musici di San Marco
Label : Pilz
7:15 AM
USAAC March
Artist :
Album :
Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 89111 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:19 AM
Serenade d’hiver
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 7199 CD
Conductor : Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra : Vasari Singers
Label : Guild
7:28 AM
Sinfonia No. 1 in G, Wq. 182
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 73326 CD
Conductor : Thomas Fueri
Orchestra : Bern Camerata
Label : Denon
7:42 AM
Creatures of Prometheus Overture Op 43
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 148 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Pentatone
7:47 AM
Rondo for piano & orch in A, K. 386
Artist : Murray Perahia, piano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 39224 CD
Conductor : Murray Perahia
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:06 AM
LE ROI MALGRE LUI: Fete Polonaise
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Emmanuel Chabrier
Catalog : 447751 CD
Conductor : John Elliot Gardiner
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:15 AM
Concert Piece for Clarinet & Basset Horn in d Op 114
Artist : Ludmila Peterkova, clarinet
Album :
Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 3554 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Prague Philharmonia
Label : Supraphon
8:28 AM
Lustspiel Overture Op 38
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Ferruccio Busoni
Catalog : 572922 CD
Conductor : Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra : Rome Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:35 AM
Gee Whiz!
Artist : Evelyn Glennie, Xylophone
Album :
Composer : Byron Brooke
Catalog : 63234 CD
Conductor : James Watson
Orchestra : Black Dyke Mills Band
Label : RCA/BMG
8:42 AM
IL SIGNOR BRUSCHINO Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 60387 CD
Conductor : Fritz Reiner
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:47 AM
Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in f, BWV 1056
Artist : Andrei Gavrilov, piano
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 81482 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
9:06 AM
THE SNOW MAIDEN suite
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 572787 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
9:20 AM
Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat
Artist : Gerard Schwarz, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 3001 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Y Chamber Symphony of New York
Label : Delos
9:37 AM
Symphony No. 2 Op 132 Mysterious Mountain
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Alan Hovhaness
Catalog : 80604 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Telarc
10:00 AM
Symphony No. 3 in G
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 5407 CD
Conductor : Adam Fischer
Orchestra : Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orch
Label : Nimbus
10:20 AM
Violin Concerto No. 2 in b Op 32
Artist : Philippe Quint, violin
Album :
Composer : Charles Auguste de Beriot
Catalog : 570360 CD
Conductor : Kirk Trevor
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
10:50 AM
Polonaise No. 1 in c-Sharp Op 26, No. 1
Artist : Maurizio Pollini, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 413795 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
11:03 AM
Violin Concerto No. 5 in a Op 9, RV 358
Artist : Nicola Benedetti, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 16412 CD
Conductor : Christian Curnyn
Orchestra : Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
11:13 AM
Carmen Ballet
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Rodion Shchedrin
Catalog : 47198 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Los Angeles Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
12:06 PM
Belfagore: Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 9311 CD
Conductor : Edward Downes
Orchestra : BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:19 PM
Keyboard Concerto No. 2 in E, BWV 1053
Artist : Murray Perahia, piano
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 82429 CD
Conductor : Murray Perahia
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : CBS/Sony
12:42 PM
Symphony No. 7 in C Op 60 Leningrad
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Dmitri Shostakovich
Catalog : 8623 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
2:00 PM
Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso Op 28
Artist : Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, vln
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 49276 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : New York Chamber Symphony
Label : Angel/EMI
2:14 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in b-Flat
Artist : Niklas Sivelov, piano
Album :
Composer : Wilhelm Stenhammar
Catalog : 572259 CD
Conductor : Mario Venzago
Orchestra : Malmo Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
3:00 PM
Fantasy on Polish Airs in A Op 13
Artist : Emanuel Ax, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 63371 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Orch of Age of Enlightenment
Label : CBS/Sony
3:16 PM
Symphony No. 6
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Howard Hanson
Catalog : 559704 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
3:43 PM
Polyeucte
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Paul Dukas
Catalog : 9225 CD
Conductor : Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra : BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
4:06 PM
Summon the Heroes
Artist :
Album :
Composer : John Williams
Catalog : 62592 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:14 PM
Symphony No.2 A Montevideo
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Catalog : 5009 CD
Conductor : Samuel Adler
Orchestra : Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
4:28 PM
I DUE FOSCARI: Prelude
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 62373 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Label : CBS/Sony
4:33 PM
I DUE FOSCARI: Dal piu remoto esiglio
Artist : Luciano Pavarotti, tenor
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 10007 CD
Conductor : Edward Downes
Orchestra : Vienna Opera Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:40 PM
Harp Concerto in C
Artist : Elizabeth Hainen, harp
Album :
Composer : Johan Georg Albrechtsberger
Catalog : 2221 CD
Conductor : Rossen Milanov
Orchestra : Bulgarian Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : Avie
5:06 PM
Oh, These Hussars! Waltz Op 552
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Carl Michael Ziehrer
Catalog : 225172 CD
Conductor : Christian Pollack
Orchestra : Razumovsky Sinfonia
Label : MarcoPolo
5:16 PM
Elegia
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Amilcare Ponchielli
Catalog : 63025 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : La Scala Philaharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
5:30 PM
Gulliver’s Travels
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Bernard Herrmann
Catalog : 443899 CD
Conductor : Bernard Herrmann
Orchestra : National Philharmonic Orch.
Label : London/Dec

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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!

CLASSICAL

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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."
JOE KLAMAR AFP/Getty Images

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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