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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October 03, 2013

6:06 AM
Flute Concerto No. 3 in D Op 10
Artist : Matthias Maute, flute
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 9377 CD
Conductor : Jörg-Michael Schwarz
Orchestra : REBEL Baroque Ensemble
Label : Bridge
6:17 AM
Symphony No. 46 in C
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 5186113 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Pentatone
6:31 AM
Sinfonia No. 6 in E
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 3176 CD
Conductor : John Hsu
Orchestra : The Vivaldi Project
Label : Centaur
6:41 AM
Grand Duo Concertante for vln.& dbl.bass in A
Artist : Ovidiu Badila, double-bass
Album :
Composer : Giovanni Bottesini
Catalog : 210 CD
Conductor : Marco Zuccarini
Orchestra : Orch. I Pomeriggi Musicali/Mil
Label : Dynamic
7:06 AM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 62653 CD
Conductor : Ralf Weikert
Orchestra : La Fenice orch.& Chor.(Venice)
Label : CBS/Sony
7:15 AM
Voice of America March
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Karl King
Catalog : 4 CD
Conductor : (Colonel) Lowell E. Graham
Orchestra : USAF Tactical Air Command Band
Label : USAF
7:18 AM
Solomon: Ouverture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 2908603 CD
Conductor : Daniel Reuss
Orchestra : Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin
Label : Harm Mundi
7:27 AM
Symphony (No. 1) in D
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Simon Le Duc
Catalog : 777219 CD
Conductor : Michael Schneider
Orchestra : La Stagione Frankfurt
Label : CPO
7:40 AM
Sinfonia in C
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 45557 CD
Conductor : Claudio Scimone
Orchestra : I Solisti Veneti
Label : Erato
7:48 AM
MARTHA Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Friedrich von Flotow
Catalog : 5479 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:06 AM
Le Corsaire Overture Op 21
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
8:15 AM
Symphony No. 26 in E-Flat
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4790718 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:25 AM
PRINCE IGOR: Polovtsian Dances
Artist : and Chorus
Album :
Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 89 CD
Conductor : Alexander Vedernikov
Orchestra : The Bolshoi Theater Orchestra
Label : Pentatone
8:39 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 3 in G Op 3
Artist :
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 4758673 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
8:49 AM
Sentimental Romance No. 1 in A Op 28
Artist : Ulf Wallin, violin
Album :
Composer : Wilhelm Stenhammar
Catalog : 550 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : Malmo Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bis
9:06 AM
Consecration of the House Overture in C Op 124
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 49487 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:18 AM
Elegie Op 24
Artist : Paul Tortelier, cello
Album :
Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 391381 CD
Conductor : Paul Tortelier
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
9:27 AM
Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 4790718 CD
Conductor : Karl Bohm
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
10:00 AM
Solemn Overture on Russian Themes Op 7
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Sergey Liapunov
Catalog : 172 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
10:17 AM
Suite No. 4 in G Op 61 Mozartiana
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 8777 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Chandos
10:44 AM
Pastoral Suite Op 13
Artist : Kathleen Rudolph, flute
Album :
Composer : Gunnar De Frumerie
Catalog : 5157 CD
Conductor : Mario Bernardi
Orchestra : CBC Orchestra
Label : CBC(RCI)
10:59 AM
Miroirs: 4. Alborada del gracioso
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 4002 CD
Conductor : Sergiu Commissiona
Orchestra : Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Label : VangrdOmeg
11:09 AM
Serenade No. 1 in D Op 11
Artist :
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 5041 CD
Conductor : Gunter Wand
Orchestra : Cologne Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : Profil
12:06 PM
Lute Concerto in F
Artist : Richard Stone, lute
Album :
Composer : Silvius Leopold Weiss
Catalog : 707 CD
Orchestra : Tempesta di Mare
Label : Chandos
12:22 PM
Piano Trio No. 2 in g Op 26
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 7657 CD
Orchestra : Weilerstein Trio
Label : KOCH Intl.
12:54 PM
Violone (Double Bass) Concerto in E-Flat
Artist : Edicson Ruiz, double bass
Album :
Composer : Karl Ditters Von Dittersdorf
Catalog : 6008 CD
Conductor : Christian Vasquez
Orchestra : Bolivar Symph.Orch./Venezuela
Label :
1:12 PM
Hamlet: Overture and Incidental Music Op 67
Artist : ...and various soloists
Album :
Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 93980 CD
Conductor : Alexander Gauk
Orchestra : USSR Radio & TV Large Sym Orch
Label :
2:00 PM
Piano Concerto in a Op 16
Artist : Van Cliburn, piano
Album :
Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 40723 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
2:31 PM
Symphony No. 4 Holmia in A
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Wilhelm Peterson-Berger
Catalog : 999669 CD
Conductor : Michail Jurowski
Orchestra : Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra
Label : CPO
3:00 PM
Hebrides Overture in D Op 26
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 417541 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
3:12 PM
Norwegian Suite
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 7012 CD
Conductor : John Hopkins
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : RecordsInt
3:39 PM
Symphonic Poem No. 11: Hunnenschlacht
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 66834 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
4:06 PM
Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat
Artist : Guy Few, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Catalog : 1232 CD
Conductor : Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra : Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Label : MSR
4:26 PM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Sir Arthur Sullivan
Catalog : 80404 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Label : Telarc
4:32 PM
THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD: When our Gallant Norman Foes...
Artist : Felicity Palmer, mezzo
Album :
Composer : Gilbert & Sullivan
Catalog : 80404 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Label : Telarc
4:39 PM
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 2 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : Symphony of the Air
Label : Lib Cong
5:05 PM
Divertissements sur un Theme Pastoral Op 49
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Gabriel Pierne
Catalog : 10633 CD
Conductor : Juanjo Mena
Orchestra : BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
5:19 PM
Banks of Green Willow
Artist :
Album :
Composer : George Butterworth
Catalog : 436401 CD
Conductor : Grant Llewellyn
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Argo
5:28 PM
Phantasia- Based on themes from PHANTOM
Artist : Sarah Chang, violin
Album :
Composer : Andrew Lloyd Webber
Catalog : 58043 CD
Conductor : Simon Lee
Orchestra : The London 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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