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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September 17, 2012

6:06 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 2 in d Op 7
Artist : Sigiswald Kuijken, violin
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Composer : Francesco Geminiani
Catalog : 77010 CD
Orchestra : La Petite Bande
Label : Deut Harmo
6:16 AM
Suite No. 2 in F Op 28
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 11161 CD
Conductor : (Colonel) Lowell E. Graham
Orchestra : US Air Force Band
Label : Klavier
6:30 AM
AIDA: Ballet music
Artist :
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 572818 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
6:43 AM
Symphony (No. 2) in D
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Composer : Simon Le Duc
Catalog : 777219 CD
Conductor : Michael Schneider
Orchestra : La Stagione Frankfurt
Label : CPO
7:06 AM
Concerto for 2 flt. 2 salmoes 2 tpts
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 45527 CD
Conductor : Fabio Biondi
Orchestra : Europa Galante
Label : Vrgn Clscs
7:15 AM
George Washington Bicentennial
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 92138 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:19 AM
Sinfonia in C
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 1090 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : Orch. Sinf. di Milano G. Verdi
Label : London/Dec
7:28 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 4 in D Op 6
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 31 CD
Conductor : Simon Murphy
Orchestra : New Dutch Academy Chamber Orch
Label : Pentatone
7:43 AM
Swedish Rhapsody No. 1 Op 19
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Composer : Hugo Alfven
Catalog : 469376 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:06 AM
Second Rhapsody
Artist : Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
Album :
Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 9252 CD
Conductor : Justin Brown
Orchestra : Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bridge
8:20 AM
DAMNATION OF FAUST: Rakoczy March Op 24
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
8:28 AM
Violin Concerto in C
Artist : Giuliano Carmignola, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 89362 CD
Conductor : Andrea Marcon
Orchestra : Venice Baroque Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:43 AM
IDOMENEO Final Ballet
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 6506 CD
Conductor : Marc Minkowski
Orchestra : Les Musiciens du Louvre
Label : D. Gramphn
9:06 AM
Cockaigne Overture (In London Town) Op 40
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 80192 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
9:24 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 12 La Follia in d
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Composer : Francesco Geminiani
Catalog : 7784 CD
Orchestra : East Coast Chamber Orchestra
Label : E1 Music
9:40 AM
Flute Concerto in D
Artist : James Galway, flute
Album :
Composer : Saverio Mercadante
Catalog : 7703 CD
Conductor : Claudio Scimone
Orchestra : I Solisti Veneti
Label : RCA/BMG
10:00 AM
Sakuntala Overture Op 13
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Composer : Carl Goldmark
Catalog : 12552 CD
Conductor : Andras Korodi
Orchestra : Budapest Philharmonic Orch.
Label : Hungaroton
10:19 AM
Cello Concerto in d
Artist : Jesus Morales, cello
Album :
Composer : Edouard Lalo
Catalog : 2837 CD
Conductor : Jaime Morales
Orchestra : Philharmonia Bulgarica
Label : Centaur
10:50 AM
Gregorian Chant for String Orchestra
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Composer : Paul Creston
Catalog : 4076 CD
Conductor : Arthur Lief
Orchestra : New York Chamber Orchestra
Label : VangrdOmeg
11:04 AM
Suite No. 4. Scenes pittoresques
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Composer : Jules Massenet
Catalog : 45859 CD
Conductor : John Elliot Gardiner
Orchestra : Monte Carlo Natl Opera Orch
Label : Erato
11:24 AM
Symphony No. 8 in F Op 93
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 57449 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:06 PM
Swedish Dances Op 63
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 777385 CD
Conductor : Werner Andreas Albert
Orchestra : S.W. German Radio Symph. Orch.
Label : CPO
12:20 PM
Piano Concerto No. 19 in F
Artist : Christoph Eschenbach, piano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 81793 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:53 PM
Serenade in F Op 31
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Composer : Wilhelm Stenhammar
Catalog : 65081 CD
Conductor : Stig Westerberg
Orchestra : Swedish Radio Symphony Orchest
Label : Angel/EMI
1:31 PM
Schelomo, Hebraic Rhapsody for cello
Artist : Mstislav Rostropovich, cello
Album :
Composer : Ernest Bloch
Catalog : 65701 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : National Orchestra of France
Label : Angel/EMI
2:00 PM
Francesca da Rimini Op 32
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 1150 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Ondine
2:29 PM
Heritage: Suite
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Composer : John Duffy
Catalog : 630 CD
Conductor : Richard Williams
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : ASV
3:00 PM
Overture No. 5 in F
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 6531 CD
Conductor : Adrian Shepherd
Orchestra : Cantilena
Label : Chandos
3:11 PM
Symphony No. 5 in E-Flat Op 82
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 753 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
3:43 PM
Symphony in D
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Composer : Francois Joseph Gossec
Catalog : 9661 CD
Conductor : Matthias Bamert
Orchestra : London Mozart Players
Label : Chandos
4:06 PM
Danzon Cubano
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
4:15 PM
The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan
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Composer : Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Catalog : 3099 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Delos
4:28 PM
Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 442427 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
4:44 PM
Baal Shem Suite
Artist : Vadim Gluzman, violin
Album :
Composer : Ernest Bloch
Catalog : 1662 CD
Conductor : John Neschling
Orchestra : Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bis
5:06 PM
Artist :
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Composer : Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
Catalog : 54585 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
5:17 PM
Artist :
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Composer : Jules Massenet
Catalog : 555986 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Jean
Orchestra : Hong Kong Philharmonic Orch.
Label : Naxos
5:28 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in b-Flat Op 32
Artist : Earl Wild, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Xaver Scharwenka
Catalog : 82266 CD
Conductor : Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra : Boston Symphony Orchestra
Label : Elan


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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