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 18, 2012

6:06 AM
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 1029 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Cala
6:17 AM
Concerto Grosso in e
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 6541 CD
Conductor : Adrian Shepherd
Orchestra : Cantilena
Label : Chandos
6:30 AM
Concerto No. 10 in b Op 3, RV 580
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 412128 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Philips
6:42 AM
Suite for strings and winds in C
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Composer : Andreas Hammerschmidt
Catalog : 1170 CD
Conductor : Jordi Savall
Orchestra : Hesperion XX
Label : ArsMusici
7:06 AM
I Got Rhythm Variations
Artist : Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 9252 CD
Conductor : Justin Brown
Orchestra : Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bridge
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
7:19 AM
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Composer : Luigi Cherubini
Catalog : 350221 CD
Conductor : Donato Renzetti
Orchestra : Orchestra della Toscana
Label : EuropaMusi
7:28 AM
Sinfonia No. 2 in B-Flat, Wq. 182
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 73326 CD
Conductor : Thomas Fueri
Orchestra : Bern Camerata
Label : Denon
7:43 AM
Concerto for Recorder and Flute in e
Artist : Matthias Maute, recorder; Sophie Lariviere, flute
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 9919 CD
Conductor : Matthias Maute
Orchestra : Ensemble Caprice
Label : Analekta
8:06 AM
Introduction and Rondo Brillant in A Op 56
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
Album :
Composer : Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Catalog : 1196 CD
Conductor : Bystrik Rezucha
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MSR
8:20 AM
Praeludium & Allegro
Artist : Yan-Pascal Tortelier, violin
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Composer : Fritz Kreisler
Catalog : 8792 CD
Conductor : Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
8:28 AM
The Perfect Fool Ballet Music Op 39
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 61257 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Vrgn Clscs
8:43 AM
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 572787 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
9:06 AM
Hebrides Overture in D Op 26
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 81788 CD
Conductor : Moshe Atzmon
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:18 AM
Rodeo- Four Dance Episodes
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 63511 CD
Conductor : Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra : San Francisco Symphony
Label : RCA/BMG
9:40 AM
Ancient Airs and Dances: Suite No. 2
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 47116 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:00 AM
Symphony No. 35 in B-Flat
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 550721 CD
Conductor : Nicholas Ward
Orchestra : Northern Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:21 AM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Op 11
Artist : Gerhard Oppitz, piano
Album :
Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 68219 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Bavarian Radio Symphony
Label : RCA/BMG
10:44 AM
Andantino in A
Artist : Marat Bisengaliev, violin; John Lenehan, piano
Album :
Composer : Joseph Joachim
Catalog : 553026 CD
Label : Naxos
10:59 AM
Violin Concerto in a Op 53
Artist : Christian Tetzlaff, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 391346 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
11:33 AM
Variations on a Theme by Haydn Op 56
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 4782365 CD
Conductor : Bernard Haitink
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
12:06 PM
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 63301 CD
Conductor : Fritz Reiner
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
12:18 PM
Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat, K. 364
Artist : Rafael Druian, violin; Abram Skernick, viola
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 37810 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
12:52 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 5 in D Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 6584 CD
Conductor : Karl Richter
Orchestra : Munich Bach Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
1:12 PM
Piano Trio in E-Flat Op 100, D. 929
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 6580 CD
Orchestra : Golub-Kaplan-Carr Trio
Label : Arabesque
2:00 PM
Cupid and Psyche Ballet
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Composer : Lord Berners
Catalog : 223780 CD
Conductor : David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra : RTE Sinfonietta, Dublin
Label : MarcoPolo
2:28 PM
Wasps (Aristophanes): Incidental Music
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 47216 CD
Conductor : Adrian Boult
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:00 PM
Valse Triste Op 44
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 39785 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
3:07 PM
Symphony No. 2 Op 9 Antar
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 423604 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
3:43 PM
Serenade for string orchestra in e Op 20
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 10055 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Klein
Orchestra : New York Virtuosi Chamber Sym
Label : Vox/MMG
4:06 PM
Siegfried Idyll
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 64107 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
4:28 PM
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Composer : Emmerich Kalman
Catalog : 2012611 CD
Conductor : Kurt Woss
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Gram.Loden
4:35 PM
DIE CSARDASFURSTIN: Heia, heia in den Bergen is mein Heimatland
Artist : Anna Netrebko, soprano
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Composer : Emmerich Kalman
Catalog : 12217 CD
Conductor : Emmanuel Villaume
Orchestra : Prague Philharmonia
Label : D. Gramphn
4:39 PM
Il Bacio
Artist : Anna Netrebko, soprano
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Composer : Luigi Arditi
Catalog : 12217 CD
Conductor : Emmanuel Villaume
Orchestra : Prague Philharmonia
Label : D. Gramphn
4:45 PM
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 4780237 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : London/Dec
5:06 PM
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 68468 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Label : CBS/Sony
5:18 PM
Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in f, BWV 1056
Artist : Simone Dinnerstein, piano
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 81742 CD
Orchestra : Berlin Staatskapelle Chmb Orch
Label : CBS/Sony
5:28 PM
Overture to an Italian Comedy
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Composer : Arthur Benjamin
Catalog : 442374 CD
Conductor : Joseph Post
Orchestra : Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Label : ABC
5:37 PM
Six Caribbean Pieces No. 4 Jamaican Rhumba
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Composer : Arthur Benjamin
Catalog : 434349 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Rochester Pops Orch
Label : Mercury
5:43 PM
Sitting Pretty
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Composer : Jerome Kern
Catalog : 68589 CD
Conductor : John McGlinn
Orchestra : National Philharmonic Orch.
Label : Angel/EMI
5:49 PM
OKLAHOMA: Selections
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Composer : Richard Rodgers (arr. Robert Russell Bennett)
Catalog : 80278 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc


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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