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 13, 2012

6:06 AM
English Dances: Second Set Op 53
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Composer : Malcolm Arnold
Catalog : 8867 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Chandos
6:16 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 4 (after Scarlatti) in a
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Composer : Charles Avison
Catalog : 438806 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
6:30 AM
Hungarian Rhapsody in D Op 68
Artist : Matthew Allen, cello
Album :
Composer : David Popper
Catalog : 80745 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
6:44 AM
London Suite
Artist :
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Composer : Eric Coates
Catalog : 9106 CD
Conductor : Adrian Boult
Orchestra : BBC Concert Orchestra
Label : BBC
7:06 AM
Artist :
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 65618 CD
Conductor : Alceo Galliera
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:15 AM
King Cotton (1895)
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 3 CD
Conductor : Colonel John R. Bourgeois
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:18 AM
Overture No. 12 in G
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 6541 CD
Conductor : Adrian Shepherd
Orchestra : Cantilena
Label : Chandos
7:28 AM
Guitar (or Mandolin) Concerto in D
Artist : Eduardo Fernandez, guitar
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 417617 CD
Conductor : George Malcolm
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
7:42 AM
La Dame Blanche Overture
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Composer : F. A. Boieldieu
Catalog : 434332 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
7:50 AM
Valse oubliee No. 2 in A-Flat
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 60 CD
Conductor : Gyorgy Selmeczi
Orchestra : Camerata Transsylvanica
Label : BudapestMu
8:06 AM
Land of the Mountain and the Flood Op 8
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Composer : Hamish MacCunn
Catalog : 2123 CD
Conductor : John Wilson
Orchestra : Royal Ballet Sinfonia /Birming
Label : ASV
8:18 AM
Navarra (Danza Espagnole) Op 33
Artist : Gil Shaham, violin
Album :
Composer : Pablo Sarasate
Catalog : 7 CD
Conductor : Alejandro Posada
Orchestra : Orchestra of Castille & Leon
Label : CanaryClas
8:28 AM
Symphony No. 9 in C
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 63970 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Concentus Musicus Wien
Label : RCA/BMG
8:42 AM
Sylvia: Procession of Bacchus
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Composer : Leo Delibes
Catalog : 65616 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:51 AM
The Skaters Waltz Op 183
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Composer : Emile Waldteufel
Catalog : 150127 CD
Conductor : Johannes Wildner
Orchestra : Vienna Johann Strauss Ch. Orch
Label : Novalis
9:06 AM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 94615 CD
Conductor : Helmut Rilling
Orchestra : Oregon Bach Festival Chmb Orch
Label : Hanssler
9:25 AM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in g Op 22
Artist : Philippe Entremont, piano
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 45624 CD
Conductor : Michel Plasson
Orchestra : Orch du Capitole de Toulouse
Label : CBS/Sony
9:51 AM
Bourree Fantasque
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Composer : Emmanuel Chabrier
Catalog : 88018 CD
Conductor : Armin Jordan
Orchestra : National Orchestra of France
Label : Erato
10:00 AM
Artist :
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 54237 CD
Conductor : Michel Plasson
Orchestra : Orch du Capitole de Toulouse
Label : Angel/EMI
10:13 AM
Violin Concerto No. 2 Op 131
Artist : Chloe Hanslip, violin
Album :
Composer : Benjamin Godard
Catalog : 570554 CD
Conductor : Kirk Trevor
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : Naxos
10:41 AM
Lieutenant Kije Suite Op 60
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Composer : Sergei Prokofiev
Catalog : 39783 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
11:04 AM
Symphony in f Op 12
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 7005 CD
Conductor : Michael Halasz
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : RecordsInt
12:06 PM
Overture No. 6 in B-Flat
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Composer : Thomas Augustine Arne
Catalog : 4759117 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : London/Dec
12:15 PM
Fantasia in d
Artist : Mitsuko Uchida, piano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 412123 CD
Label : Philips
12:25 PM
Symphony No. 2 in c
Artist : Netherlands Radio Chorus
Album :
Composer : Gustav Mahler
Catalog : 1995 CD
Conductor : Bernard Haitink
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
2:00 PM
Cello Concerto in C
Artist : Mstislav Rostropovich, cello
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 4776337 CD
Conductor : Paul Sacher
Orchestra : Collegium Musicum Zurich
Label : D. Gramphn
2:11 PM
Piano Concerto No. 3in c-Sharp Op 80
Artist : Seta Tanyel, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Xaver Scharwenka
Catalog : 67365 CD
Conductor : Tadeusz Strugala
Orchestra : Radio Philharm. Hannover NDR
Label : Hyperion
2:52 PM
Polonaise No. 6 in A-Flat Op 53
Artist : Evgeny Kissin, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 68668 CD
Label : RCA/BMG
3:00 PM
Capriccio for string quartet in e Op 81
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 82 CD
Orchestra : Pacifica Quartet
Label : Cedille
3:09 PM
Symphony in D
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Composer : Luigi Cherubini
Catalog : 557908 CD
Conductor : Piero Bellugi
Orchestra : Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo
Label : Naxos
3:42 PM
Fantasie sur des themes populaires Op 31
Artist : Albrecht Mayer, oboe
Album :
Composer : Vincent d'Indy
Catalog : 4782564 CD
Conductor : Mathias Monius
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
4:06 PM
Music for the Royal Fireworks
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 44655 CD
Conductor : Jean-Claude Malgoire
Orchestra : La Grande Ecurie,Chambre duRoy
Label : CBS/Sony
4:30 PM
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 1026 CD
Conductor : Gyula Nemeth
Orchestra : Hungarian State Orchestra
Label : Hungaroton
4:46 PM
Concerto for Soprano and Orchestra Op 82
Artist : Eileen Hulse, soprano
Album :
Composer : Reinhold Gliere
Catalog : 9094 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : London Sinfonia
Label : Chandos
5:06 PM
Carnival-Overture Op 45
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 553838 CD
Conductor : Igor Golovschin
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:19 PM
Masques et Bergamasques Op 112
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Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 391381 CD
Conductor : Jean-Bernard Pommier
Orchestra : Northern Sinfonia of England
Label : Vrgn Clscs
5:31 PM
The Lark Ascending
Artist : Julia Fischer, violin
Album :
Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 15535 CD
Conductor : Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra : Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orch
Label : London/Dec
5:47 PM
The River Cam
Artist : Julian Lloyd Webber, cello
Album :
Composer : Eric Whitacre
Catalog : 16636 CD
Conductor : Eric Whitacre
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec


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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