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 20, 2012

6:06 AM
Coriolan Overture in c Op 62
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 42103 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Bavarian Radio Symphony
Label : CBS/Sony
6:15 AM
Water Music Suite No. 3 in G
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 2569 CD
Conductor : Bernard Labadie
Orchestra : Les Violons du Roy, Quebec
Label : ATMA
6:30 AM
Concerto Grosso in g Op 1, No. 12
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Composer : Pietro Antonio Locatelli
Catalog : 550877 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
6:44 AM
Ancient Airs and Dances: Suite No. 1
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 47116 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:06 AM
Sinfonia in D
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Composer : Antonio Sacchini
Catalog : 2020 CD
Conductor : Enzo Amato
Orchestra : Chamber Orchestra of Naples
Label : Concerto
7:15 AM
The Picador
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 303 CD
Conductor : Leonard B. Smith
Orchestra : Detroit Concert band
Label : WalkingFro
7:19 AM
THE DEMON: Lesginka (Caucasian Dance)
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Composer : Anton Rubinstein
Catalog : 550328 CD
Conductor : Michael Halasz
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:28 AM
Spanish Lady Suite
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 7761 CD
Orchestra : Guildhall String Ensemble
Label : RCA/BMG
7:43 AM
Symphony No. 5 in D
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 46 CD
Conductor : Antonio Janigro
Orchestra : I Solisti Zagreb
Label : VangrdOmeg
7:52 AM
Concerto No. 9 for oboe and strings in F Op 7
Artist : Anthony Camden, oboe
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 553002 CD
Conductor : John Georgiadis
Orchestra : London Virtuosi
Label : Naxos
8:06 AM
Gloriana: Courtly Dances
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Composer : Benjamin Britten
Catalog : 69422 CD
Conductor : Uri Segal
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:16 AM
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Composer : Dmitri S. Bortnyansky
Catalog : 10370 CD
Orchestra : Moscow Phil. Chamber Ensemble
Label : MCA
8:28 AM
Symphony No. 16 in C, K. 128
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 220540 CD
Conductor : Adam Fischer
Orchestra : Danish Radio Sinfonietta
Label : Da Capo
8:41 AM
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Composer : Otto Nicolai
Catalog : 48376 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:53 AM
Colonial Song
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Composer : Percy Aldridge Grainger
Catalog : 434330 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Rochester Pops
Label : Mercury
9:06 AM
Divertimento Op 26
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Composer : Daniel Gregory Mason
Catalog : 693 CD
Orchestra : Calico Winds
Label : Albany
9:25 AM
Ballade for piano and orchestra Op 19
Artist : John Ogdon, piano
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Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 92747 CD
Conductor : Louis Frémaux
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
9:44 AM
Flute Quartet in A, K. 298
Artist : Sharon Bezaly, flute
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 1044 CD
Orchestra : Salzburger Solisten
Label : Bis
10:00 AM
The Birds Gli Uccelli
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 37676 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
10:22 AM
Serenade for Strings in C Op 48
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 1150 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Ondine
10:59 AM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in e Op 120
Artist : Klaus Hellwig, piano
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Composer : Carl Reinecke
Catalog : 999239 CD
Conductor : Alun Francis
Orchestra : Northwest German Philharmonic
Label : CPO
11:29 AM
Symphony No. 1 in C
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 25018 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : VangrdWelk
12:06 PM
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4779445 CD
Conductor : Andrea Marcon
Orchestra : La Cetra Baroque Orch., Basel
Label : D. Gramphn
12:15 PM
Piano Trio in E-Flat Op 70, No. 2
Artist : Daniel Barenboim, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 50807 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
12:48 PM
Rondo for string quartet in c
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Composer : Anton Bruckner
Catalog : 570788 CD
Orchestra : Fine Arts Quartet
Label : Naxos
12:58 PM
Symphony No. 1 in D
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Composer : Gustav Mahler
Catalog : 39 CD
Conductor : Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra : San Francisco Symphony
Label : SanFranSym
2:00 PM
Symphonic Poem No. 10: Hamlet
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 66834 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
2:17 PM
The Seasons Ballet Op 67
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 80347 CD
Conductor : Edo de Waart
Orchestra : Minnesota Orchestra
Label : Telarc
3:00 PM
Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat
Artist : George Vosburgh, trumpet
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Composer : Johann Baptist Georg Neruda
Catalog : 3024 CD
Conductor : Arnie Roth
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Cham. Orch.
Label : FourWinds
3:18 PM
Music For the Theatre
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 60177 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
3:42 PM
Suite No. 1 for 2 pianos in F Op 15
Artist : Brenda Lucas, piano; John Ogden, piano
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Composer : Anton Arensky
Catalog : 69386 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
4:06 PM
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Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 550792 CD
Conductor : Igor Golovschin
Orchestra : Russian Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:30 PM
Rhythmic Variations on two ancient hymns
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Composer : Howard Hanson
Catalog : 559072 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra : Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:42 PM
Woodland Sketches Op 51
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Composer : Edward MacDowell (arr. Frank Winterbottom)
Catalog : 43 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Dallas Wind Symphony
Label : Reference
5:06 PM
King John Overture Op 111
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Composer : Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Catalog : 572501 CD
Conductor : Andrew Penny
Orchestra : West Australian Symphony Orch.
Label : Naxos
5:17 PM
Morning Mood
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Composer : Lodewijk Mortelmans
Catalog : 223418 CD
Conductor : Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra : BRT Philharmonic, Brussels
Label : MarcoPolo
5:30 PM
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Composer : Sir Arnold Bax
Catalog : 4 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Virginia Symphony
Label : VirginiaSO
5:48 PM
The Maltese Falcon: Suite
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Composer : Adolph Deutsch
Catalog : 557701 CD
Conductor : William Stromberg
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos


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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