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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Playlist

November 26, 2012

6:06 AM
Violin Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Op 8
Artist : Ronald Thomas,violin
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 7124 CD
Conductor : Ronald Thomas
Orchestra : Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Label : Chandos
6:15 AM
AIDA Overture (Prelude to Act I)
Artist :
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 350214 CD
Conductor : Gabriele Bellini
Orchestra : Forum Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : EuropaMusi
6:30 AM
Romance Op 11
Artist :
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Composer : Gerald Finzi
Catalog : 16 CD
Orchestra : London Concertante
Label : CMG
6:44 AM
Little Suite in a Op 1
Artist :
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Composer : Carl Nielsen
Catalog : 4524862 CD
Conductor : Ulf Schirmer
Orchestra : Danish Radio Symph Orch
Label : London/Dec
7:06 AM
Solemn March for Shakespeare Celebration
Artist :
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 223705 CD
Conductor : Robert Stankovsky
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
7:15 AM
The Volunteers
Artist :
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 303 CD
Conductor : Leonard B. Smith
Orchestra : Detroit Concert band
Label : WalkingFro
7:19 AM
LUISA MILLER Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 68468 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Label : CBS/Sony
7:28 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 2in B-Flat Op 3
Artist :
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 2065 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Handel & Haydn Society
Label : Avie
7:43 AM
Chacony a 4 in g
Artist :
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Composer : Henry Purcell
Catalog : 557753 CD
Conductor : Gavin Sutherland
Orchestra : Royal Ballet Sinfonia /Birming
Label : Naxos
7:52 AM
Pan and the Birds Op 15
Artist : Marc Grauwels, flute
Album :
Composer : Jules Mouquet
Catalog : 555977 CD
Conductor : Andre Vandernoot
Orchestra : Belgian Radio & TV Symph Orch
Label : Naxos
8:06 AM
Rob Roy overture
Artist :
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 8316 CD
Conductor : Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
8:18 AM
The Blue Bells of Scotland
Artist : David Starobin, guitar
Album :
Composer : Mauro Giuliani
Catalog : 9107 CD
Label : Bridge
8:28 AM
Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1
Artist :
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 8502 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
8:43 AM
Symphony in B-Flat Op 6
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999298 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
8:52 AM
Rondo for 2 pianos in C Op 73
Artist : Danielle Laval, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 71472 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
9:06 AM
Six Old Netherlandish Dances Op 46
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Composer : Julius Rontgen
Catalog : 777255 CD
Conductor : David Porcelijn
Orchestra : NDR Radiophilharmonie
Label : CPO
9:18 AM
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
9:49 AM
Le Rouet d’Omphale Op 31
Artist : Earl Wild, piano
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 70907 CD
Label : Ivory Clas
10:00 AM
Masquerade Suite
Artist :
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Composer : Aram Khachaturian
Catalog : 63302 CD
Conductor : Kirill Kondrashin
Orchestra : RCA Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
10:20 AM
Violin Concerto No. 22 in a
Artist : Mark Kaplan, violin
Album :
Composer : Giovanni Battista Viotti
Catalog : 6691 CD
Conductor : David Golub
Orchestra : Veneto/Padua Chamber Orchestra
Label : Arabesque
10:52 AM
In a Summer Garden
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 62645 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
11:06 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 9 (after Scarlatti) in C
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Composer : Charles Avison
Catalog : 31 CD
Orchestra : Café Zimmermann
Label : Alpha
11:22 AM
Symphony No. 6 in D Op 146
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Composer : Ferdinand Ries
Catalog : 999836 CD
Conductor : Howard Griffiths
Orchestra : Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Label : CPO
12:06 PM
Overture No. 2 in G
Artist :
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 6531 CD
Conductor : Adrian Shepherd
Orchestra : Cantilena
Label : Chandos
12:15 PM
Concerto for 2 pianos and orchestra Op 88
Artist : Guher & Suher Pekinel, pianos
Album :
Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 9711 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:43 PM
Louisiana Story Suite
Artist :
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Composer : Virgil Thomson
Catalog : 5092 CD
Conductor : Siegfried Landau
Orchestra : Westphalian Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
1:06 PM
Sinfonia in B
Artist :
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Composer : Fortunato Chelleri
Catalog : 213 CD
Conductor : Michael Schneider
Orchestra : La Stagione Frankfurt
Label : ORF
1:17 PM
Piano Trio in B-Flat Op 99
Artist : Isaac Stern, violin
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 89936 CD
Label : CBS/Sony
2:00 PM
Rhapsody Op 14
Artist :
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 7013 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : RecordsInt
2:20 PM
Symphony No. 3 in C Op 32
Artist :
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 423604 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
3:00 PM
A LIFE FOR THE TSAR Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Mikhail Glinka
Catalog : 1000166 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
3:12 PM
Fantasia on themes from Glinka’s
Artist : Earl Wild, piano
Album :
Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 82266 CD
Label : Elan
3:27 PM
Love for Three Oranges: Suite Op 33
Artist :
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Composer : Sergei Prokofiev
Catalog : 10483 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
3:45 PM
Marosszek Dances
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Composer : Zoltan Kodaly
Catalog : 875 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : S.W. Rad. Sym Orch Baden-Baden
Label : Bis
4:06 PM
Suite No. 1 Op 13
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Composer : Jules Massenet
Catalog : 553124 CD
Conductor : Jean-Yves Ossonce
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:32 PM
LA FORZA DEL DESTINO: Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 27333 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:42 PM
LA FORZA DEL DESTINO: Pace, Pace Mio Dio
Artist : Birgit Nilsson, soprano
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 473794 CD
Conductor : Argeo Quadri
Orchestra : Royal Opera, Covent Garden
Label : London/Dec
4:51 PM
Introduction & Allegro for piano & orch. in d Op 134
Artist : Rudolf Serkin, piano
Album :
Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 46272 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:06 PM
TANCREDI Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 62653 CD
Conductor : Ralf Weikert
Orchestra : La Fenice orch.& Chor.(Venice)
Label : CBS/Sony
5:15 PM
The Red Violin Chaconne for violin and
Artist : Joshua Bell, violin
Album :
Composer : John Corigliano
Catalog : 63010 CD
Conductor : Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:35 PM
Ballade No. 2 in b
Artist : Earl Wild, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 86522 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
5:53 PM
Rhapsody in Blue
Artist : Earl Wild, piano
Album :
Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 70702 CD
Conductor : Paul Whiteman
Orchestra : ...and His Orchestra
Label : Ivory Clas

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Creatively Speaking
12:24 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

The American Pianist Who Rocked Russia for Decades

Van Cliburn in a ticker-tape parade in 1958 after winning the Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition. He's the only musician to ever receive a ticker-tape parade tribute in New York City.

Saturday, July 12, 2014 would have been the 80th birthday of celebrated American pianist Van Cliburn,  who died in 2013. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, his 1958 win in the Soviet Union’s first International Tchaikovsky Competition was a welcome sign of warmth in the midst of Cold War tensions.

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Creatively Speaking
12:05 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Yannick Conducts His Alma Mater Choir...and The Philadelphia Orchestra!

Westminster Symphonic Choir

Westminster Choir College at Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey is an epicenter for excellence in choral music. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, one of Westminster’s choirs can be heard on WRTI on Sunday, July 13 at 1 pm, conducted by a now very well-known alum of the school.

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Creatively Speaking
6:00 am
Mon July 7, 2014

The Musical Treasure Trove At The Library Of Congress

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) at work in his apartment in NYC in 1947.
Photographic proof by Victor Kraft Library of Congress

A manuscript of a J.S. Bach cantata casts a new light on how Bach intended the piece to be played. A singer gains insight from a line in a Porgy and Bess manuscript that differs from the final lyrics. The Music Division of the massive Library of Congress in Washington, DC,  is a place where performers, composers, scholars and the general public make discoveries of the musical kind.

Case in point: in a series of letters written in 1957 to his wife Felicia, while she was visiting her family in Santiago, Chile, Leonard Bernstein faithfully chronicles the progress of West Side Story during the final weeks of rehearsal through the show’s out-of-town opening in Washington, D.C.  The letters reveal Bernstein’s changing emotions about the show from frustration and agony to his final state of euphoria.  In addition to comments about West Side Story, Bernstein writes about signing his contract as conductor with the New York Philharmonic, his upcoming thirty-ninth birthday, and how much he misses Felicia and their children, Jamie and Alexander. Read the letters here.

The Special Collections of the Music Division are truly fascinating and constitute a resource for musical scholarship that is unmatched anywhere in the world. These unique bodies of materials are extraordinarily vast and diverse, yet very much interrelated. They include some of the greatest treasures of the Music Division and the Library of Congress.

Excerpts of Meridee Duddleston’s interview with Senior Music Specialist Raymond White and Music Division Director Susan Vita.

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! Gregg Whiteside will be your host for the evening. Astral Artist Eunice Kim (violin) will be the soloist.

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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!

CLASSICAL

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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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