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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December 06, 2012

6:06 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 6 in D Op 3
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 2065 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Handel & Haydn Society
Label : Avie
6:15 AM
Tragic Overture Op 81
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 75502 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:31 AM
Roman Carnival Overture Op 9
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 54479 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:42 AM
Piano Concerto No. 7 in F
Artist : Mikhail Pletnev, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 61881 CD
Conductor : Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra : Deutsche Kammerphil. Bremen
Label : Vrgn Clscs
7:06 AM
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 911 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Prague Chamber Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
7:15 AM
Washington Grays
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Composer : Claudio Grafulla
Catalog : 67641 CD
Conductor : Richard Franko Goldman
Orchestra : The Goldman Band
Label : Angel/EMI
7:21 AM
Trumpet Concerto in A-Flat
Artist : Maurice Andre, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 66961 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
7:30 AM
Carmen Suite No. 1
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 64869 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : Angel/EMI
7:45 AM
Festival March in C Op 54
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 3166 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Prague Symphony Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
7:53 AM
Valse de Concert No. 2 Op 51
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 47847 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:06 AM
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Composer : Sir Arthur Sullivan
Catalog : 554165 CD
Conductor : Andrew Penny
Orchestra : Royal Ballet Sinfonia /Birming
Label : Naxos
8:15 AM
THE GONDOLIERS: Dance a Cachucha
Artist : ...and various soloists
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Composer : Gilbert & Sullivan
Catalog : 89248 CD
Conductor : John Owen Edwards
Orchestra : D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Label : CBS/Sony
8:20 AM
Symphony No. 7 in B-Flat
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 1171 CD
Conductor : Jorg Faerber
Orchestra : Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra
Label :
8:30 AM
Recorder Concerto in C
Artist : William Heim, flute/piccolo
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 60211 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
8:45 AM
Banks of Green Willow
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Composer : George Butterworth
Catalog : 65615 CD
Conductor : Neville Dilkes
Orchestra : English Sinfonia
Label : Angel/EMI
8:54 AM
Green Bushes
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Composer : Percy Aldridge Grainger
Catalog : 6542 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Montgomery
Orchestra : Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Label : Chandos
9:06 AM
OBERON Overture
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 504 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : OehmsCl
9:18 AM
Symphony No. 5 in c Op 67
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 6899 CD
Conductor : Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra : S. Bolivar Youth Orch of Venz.
Label : D. Gramphn
9:54 AM
Canzon in the 12th tone
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Composer : Giovanni Gabrieli
Catalog : 62353 CD
Orchestra : Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Label : CBS/Sony
10:00 AM
Pelleas et Melisande Op 80
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Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 38471 CD
Conductor : Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:19 AM
Symphony No. 99 in E-Flat
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 62979 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:47 AM
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Composer : Howard Hanson
Catalog : 434302 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman-Rochester Sym. Orch.
Label : Mercury
11:01 AM
Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-Flat Op 81
Artist : Alfred Brendel, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 4757555 CD
Label : Philips
11:21 AM
Symphony No. 5 in E-Flat Op 82
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 9055 CD
Conductor : Leif Segerstam
Orchestra : Danish Radio Symph Orch
Label : Chandos
12:06 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 3 in c Op 6
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 74168 CD
Orchestra : I Solisti Italiani
Label : Denon
12:19 PM
String Quartet in E-Flat Op 71
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 12246 CD
Orchestra : Tatrai Quartet
Label : Hungaroton
12:46 PM
Piano Sonata No. 8 in c Op 13
Artist : Seymour Lipkin, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 60171 CD
Label : Newport
1:07 PM
Symphony No. 4 in c
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 385853 CD
Conductor : Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra : Menuhin Festival Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
1:37 PM
Le Chant du Rossignol
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Composer : Igor Stravinsky
Catalog : 8005 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
2:00 PM
Symphony No. 3 Op 36
Artist : Dawn Upshaw, soprano
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Composer : Henryk Gorecki
Catalog : 79282 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : London Sinfonietta
Label : Nonesuch
3:00 PM
The Bouquet: Idyll
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Composer : Bohuslav Martinu
Catalog : 3163 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Neumann
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
3:09 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in d Op 23
Artist : Janos Solyom, piano
Album :
Composer : Wilhelm Stenhammar
Catalog : 65081 CD
Conductor : Stig Westerberg
Orchestra : Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:41 PM
Fantastic Scherzo Op 25
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Composer : Josef Suk
Catalog : 572323 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
4:06 PM
Guitar Concerto No. 1 in A Op 30
Artist : Pepe Romero, guitar
Album :
Composer : Mauro Giuliani
Catalog : 3326 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
4:31 PM
The Winegrower’s Bride
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Composer : Oskar Nedbal
Catalog : 192 CD
Conductor : Douglas Bostock
Orchestra : Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra
Label : Classico
4:42 PM
Eternal Longing
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Composer : Vitezslav Novak
Catalog : 3049 CD
Conductor : Frantisek Jilek
Orchestra : Brno State Phil. Orch.
Label : Supraphon
5:06 PM
Miroirs: 3. Une Barque sur l’Ocean
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 9129 CD
Conductor : Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
5:17 PM
Invocation and Dance
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Composer : Paul Creston
Catalog : 3114 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Delos
5:33 PM
Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto
Artist : Gil Shaham, violin
Album :
Composer : Ho Zhan Hao & Chen Kang
Catalog : 4 CD
Conductor : Lan Shui
Orchestra : Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Label : CanaryClas


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!

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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