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 14, 2012

6:06 AM
Young Henry’s Hunt Overture
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Composer : Etienne-Nicolas Mehul
Catalog : 5184 CD
Conductor : Michel Swierczewski
Orchestra : Gulbenkian Foundation Orch.
Label : Nimbus
6:17 AM
Concerto for 4 Harpsichords and Strings in a, BWV 1065
Artist : John Butt, Phebe Craig, Jonathon Dimmock, Jeffrey Thomas - harpsichords
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 7237 CD
Conductor : Jeffrey Thomas
Orchestra : American Bach Soloists
Label : KOCH Intl.
6:30 AM
Scenes from Faust: Overture
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 550608 CD
Conductor : Johannes Wildner
Orchestra : Polish National Radio Orchestr
Label : Naxos
6:44 AM
Grand Duo Concertante for vln.& dbl.bass in A
Artist : Ruggiero Ricci, violin; Francesco Petracchi, Doublebass
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Composer : Giovanni Bottesini
Catalog : 47661 CD
Conductor : Piero Bellugi
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:06 AM
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 63151 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:15 AM
The Thunderer (1889)
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 30082 CD
Conductor : Jack T. Kline
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label :
7:18 AM
Artist : Maxim Vengerov, violin
Album :
Composer : Vittorio Monti
Catalog : 57164 CD
Orchestra : Virtuosi
Label : Angel/EMI
7:28 AM
Serenade for string orchestra in e Op 20
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 80192 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:43 AM
Spring Overture (Yar-Khmel) Op 1
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Composer : Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov
Catalog : 223629 CD
Conductor : Donald Johanos
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
7:54 AM
Bizzarie Universali: Alla Paduana
Artist : Andrew Manze, violin
Album :
Composer : William Corbett
Catalog : 1391 CD
Conductor : Roy Goodman
Orchestra : European Community Baroque Orc
Label : Channel
8:06 AM
Savannah River Holiday
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Composer : Ron Nelson
Catalog : 434324 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman Philharmonia
Label : Mercury
8:17 AM
Rodeo: Buckaroo Holiday
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 63511 CD
Conductor : Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra : San Francisco Symphony
Label : RCA/BMG
8:28 AM
Sinfonia No. 3 in C, Wq. 182
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 553285 CD
Conductor : Christian Benda
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
8:42 AM
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 7338 CD
Conductor : Thomas Rosner
Orchestra : Bienne Symphony Orchestra
Label : Guild
8:52 AM
Oboe Concerto in D, RV 253
Artist : Lajos Lencses, oboe
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 83114 CD
Conductor : Paul Angerer
Orchestra : S.W.German Ch.Or. of Pforzeim
Label : Carus
9:06 AM
Zur Namensfeier Overture in C Op 115
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 148 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Pentatone
9:15 AM
Triptyque for Orchestra Op 103
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Composer : Joseph Jongen
Catalog : 1635 CD
Conductor : Pierre Bartholomee
Orchestra : Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orch
Label : Cypres
9:42 AM
A Winter’s Tale Op 9
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Composer : Josef Suk
Catalog : 553703 CD
Conductor : Andrew Mogrelia
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
10:00 AM
Violin Concerto No. 11 in D Op 8, RV 210
Artist : Fabio Biondi, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 45465 CD
Conductor : Fabio Biondi
Orchestra : Europa Galante
Label : Vrgn Clscs
10:13 AM
Fantasia para un gentilhombre
Artist : Christopher Parkening, guitar
Album :
Composer : Joaquin Rodrigo
Catalog : 54665 CD
Conductor : Andrew Litton
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:37 AM
Two Pieces for Viola and Cello (1918)
Artist : Sheila Browne, viola; Wesley Baldwin, cello
Album :
Composer : Rebecca Clarke
Catalog : 2798 CD
Label : Centaur
10:48 AM
Pines of Rome
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 2 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Phil Orch.
11:14 AM
Harold in Italy Op 16
Artist : David Aaron Carpenter, viola
Album :
Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 1188 CD
Conductor : Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra : Helsinki Philharmonic
Label : Ondine
12:06 PM
Overture in g
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Composer : Anton Bruckner
Catalog : 91206 CD
Conductor : Marek Janowski
Orchestra : Phil Orch of Radio France
Label : Vrgn Clscs
12:18 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in f-Sharp Op 1
Artist : Nikolai Lugansky, piano
Album :
Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 47941 CD
Conductor : Sakari Oramo
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Warner Bro
12:48 PM
Symphony No. 9 in C, D. 944 "The Great"
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 42316 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
2:00 PM
Concerto for Oboe d’amore and strings, BWV 1055 in A
Artist : Antoine Torunczyk,oboe d’amore
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 13 CD
Orchestra : Café Zimmermann
Label : Alpha
2:15 PM
Symphonie Concertante Op 81
Artist : Peter Richard Conte, organ
Album :
Composer : Joseph Jongen
Catalog : 49270 CD
Conductor : Rossen Milanov
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Gothic
3:00 PM
Sarabande: For Katharine in April
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Composer : Ron Nelson
Catalog : 434347 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman-Rochester Sym. Orch.
Label : Mercury
3:07 PM
Piano Trio No. 4 in e Op 90 "Dumky"
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 416297 CD
Orchestra : Beaux Arts Trio
Label : Philips
3:43 PM
Soir de Fete Op 32
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Composer : Ernest Chausson
Catalog : 64686 CD
Conductor : Michel Plasson
Orchestra : Orch du Capitole de Toulouse
Label : Angel/EMI
4:06 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Op 32
Artist : Dana Protopopescu, piano
Album :
Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 920222 CD
Conductor : Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra : BRTN Phil. Orchestra Brussels
Label : Discover
4:30 PM
IL TABARRO: Hai ben ragione
Artist : Jose Cura, tenor
Album :
Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 18838 CD
Conductor : Placido Domingo
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Erato
4:36 PM
Artist :
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 65618 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
4:44 PM
Artist : Diana Damrau, soprano
Album :
Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 19313 CD
Conductor : Dan Ettinger
Orchestra : Munich Radio Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
4:50 PM
AIDA: Sinfonia (1872 version)
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 1090 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : Orch. Sinf. di Milano G. Verdi
Label : London/Dec
4:56 PM
AIDA: Celeste Aida
Artist : Luciano Pavarotti, tenor
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 4758177 CD
Conductor : Lorin Maazel
Orchestra : Orchestra of La Scala
Label : London/Dec
5:06 PM
Artist : Nancy Allen, harp
Album :
Composer : Claude Debussy (arr. Nancy Allen)
Catalog : 47520 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
5:17 PM
La Vega
Artist : Christopher Parkening, guitar
Album :
Composer : Isaac Albeniz (arr. Jack Marshall)
Catalog : 56859 CD
Conductor : Elmer Bernstein
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:30 PM
Intro.& Variations on a theme from The Magic Flute, by Mozart Op 9
Artist : Christopher Parkening, guitar
Album :
Composer : Fernando Sor (arr. Parkening)
Catalog : 56730 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
5:39 PM
Suite for Orchestra and Solo Viola
Artist : Marcus Thompson, viola
Album :
Composer : Joseph Jongen
Catalog : 2788 CD
Conductor : Paul Freeman
Orchestra : Czech National Symphony
Label : Centaur


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!


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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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