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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November 12, 2013

6:06 AM
Sinfonia burlesca in G
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Composer : Leopold Mozart
Catalog : 427122 CD
Orchestra : Ensemble Eduard Melkus
Label : D. Gramphn
6:18 AM
Sinfonia No. 5 in b, Wq. 182
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 77187 CD
Conductor : Thomas Hengelbrock
Orchestra : Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Label : Deut Harmo
6:31 AM
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Composer : Franz Berwald
Catalog : 920 CD
Conductor : Ulf Bjorlin
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:41 AM
King Lear Overture Op 4
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 8316 CD
Conductor : Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
7:06 AM
Praeludium & Allegro
Artist : David Garrett, violin
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Composer : Fritz Kreisler
Catalog : 4764425 CD
Conductor : Ion Marin
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
7:15 AM
Washington Grays
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Composer : Claudio Grafulla
Catalog : 1998 CD
Conductor : Dale Harpham
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:20 AM
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Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 62698 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:28 AM
Pan’s Anniversary: Dances and Folk Song Settings
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 2857 CD
Conductor : Jon Ceander Mitchell
Orchestra : Philharmonia Bulgarica
Label : Centaur
7:41 AM
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 60387 CD
Conductor : Fritz Reiner
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:51 AM
Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in C
Artist : Ottavio Dantone, harpsichord
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Composer : Alessandro Scarlatti
Catalog : 470650 CD
Conductor : Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra : Accademia Bizantina
Label : London/Dec
8:06 AM
In a Monastery Garden
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Composer : Albert W. Ketelbey
Catalog : 444786 CD
Conductor : Eric Rogers
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:13 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 5 (after Scarlatti) in d
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Composer : Charles Avison
Catalog : 31 CD
Orchestra : Café Zimmermann
Label : Alpha
8:28 AM
EUGENE ONEGIN: Waltz & Polonaise Op 24
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 10071 CD
Conductor : Hans Vonk
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Capriccio
8:42 AM
Polonaise in C Op 49
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Composer : Anatol Liadov
Catalog : 47505 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
8:47 AM
Rondo for horn & orchestra in D, K. 514
Artist : Alan Civil, horn
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 464717 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
9:06 AM
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Composer : Thomas Augustine Arne
Catalog : 3072 CD
Conductor : Mary Terey-Smith
Orchestra : Capella Savaria
Label : Centaur
9:14 AM
Clarinet Concerto in E-Flat Op 36
Artist : Paul Meyer, clarinet
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Composer : Franz Krommer
Catalog : 75635 CD
Conductor : Jean-Pierre Rampal
Orchestra : Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra
Label : Denon
9:37 AM
Hamlet Fantasy Overture Op 67
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 15296 CD
Conductor : Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra : Bolivar Symph.Orch./Venezuela
Label : D. Gramphn
10:00 AM
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Composer : Engelbert Humperdinck
Catalog : 61128 CD
Conductor : Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : Vrgn Clscs
10:21 AM
Viola Concerto in D
Artist : Victoria Chiang, viola
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Composer : Franz Anton Hoffmeister
Catalog : 572162 CD
Conductor : Markand Thakar
Orchestra : Baltimore Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:44 AM
Serenade in c, K. 388
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 512033 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : Scottish Natl Orch Wind Ensmbl
Label : MHS
11:13 AM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F, BWV 1047
Artist : George Vosburgh, trumpet
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 3024 CD
Conductor : Arnie Roth
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Cham. Orch.
Label : FourWinds
11:27 AM
Symphony in D
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Composer : Juan Crisostomo Arriaga
Catalog : 10488 CD
Orchestra : Concerto Koln
Label : Capriccio
12:06 PM
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 54237 CD
Conductor : Michel Plasson
Orchestra : Orch du Capitole de Toulouse
Label : Angel/EMI
12:18 PM
Clarinet quintet in A
Artist : Harold Wright, clarinet
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Composer : Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Catalog : 7056 CD
Orchestra : Hawthorne String Quartet
Label : KOCH Intl.
12:56 PM
Piano Concerto No. 4 in b Op 254
Artist : Klaus Hellwig, piano
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Composer : Carl Reinecke
Catalog : 999239 CD
Conductor : Alun Francis
Orchestra : Northwest German Philharmonic
Label : CPO
1:18 PM
Le Sacre du Printemps
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Composer : Igor Stravinsky
Catalog : 19032 CD
Conductor : Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
2:00 PM
LA SOURCE: Suite No. 3
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Composer : Leo Delibes
Catalog : 553356 CD
Conductor : Andrew Mogrelia
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
2:18 PM
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Op 27
Artist : Jean-Paul Barrellon, oboe
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Composer : Georges Enesco
Catalog : 75329 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orch
Label : Erato
3:00 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Op 44
Artist : Shura Cherkassky, piano
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 93980 CD
Conductor : Walter Susskind
Orchestra : Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
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3:38 PM
Fantasia for Orchestra: Marguerite Gautier Op 9
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Composer : Anton Arensky
Catalog : 1000164 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
3:53 PM
Romance Op 38
Artist : Mischa Maisky, cello; Pavel Gililov, piano
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Composer : Anton Arensky
Catalog : 5831 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
4:06 PM
Piano Concerto
Artist : Benno Moiseivich, piano
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 2326 CD
Conductor : Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra : BBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : Guild
4:26 PM
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Composer : Ruggiero Leoncavallo
Catalog : 550087 CD
Conductor : Ondrej Lenard
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:30 PM
PAGLIACCI: Vesti la giubba
Artist : Enrico Caruso, tenor
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Composer : Ruggiero Leoncavallo
Catalog : 69766 CD
Conductor : Gottfried Rabl
Orchestra : Vienna Radio Symphony Orch
Label : RCA/BMG
4:36 PM
Symphony No. 1 for Organ and Orchestra in d Op 42
Artist : Franz Hauk, organ
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Composer : Alexandre Guilmant
Catalog : 7215 CD
Conductor : Olaf Koch
Orchestra : Philharmonic Ingolstadt
Label : Guild
5:06 PM
Solemn Overture Op 73
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 439892 CD
Conductor : Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
5:17 PM
LA GIOCONDA: Dance of the Hours
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Composer : Amilcare Ponchielli
Catalog : 473171 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : Royal Opera, Covent Garden
Label : London/Dec
5:27 PM
Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto
Artist : Takako Nishizaki, violin
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Composer : Ho Zhan Hao & Chen Kang
Catalog : 240158 CD
Conductor : Lim Kek-tjiang
Orchestra : Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra
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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!


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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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