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

December 20, 2012

6:06 AM
The First Nowell
Artist : Choir Kings College, Cambridge
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 4759177 CD
Conductor : David Willcocks
Label : London/Dec
6:09 AM
Artaserse: Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999963 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
6:18 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 6 in D Op 3
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Francesco Manfredini
Catalog : 553891 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
6:30 AM
Christmas Night Medley
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Angela Morley
Catalog : 48232 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
6:43 AM
Konig Stephan Overture Op 117
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 148 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Pentatone
6:50 AM
The First Nowell
Artist :
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Composer : TRADITIONAL (arr. Arthur Harris)
Catalog : 87771 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
6:56 AM
Suite No. 1: Marche Miniature Op 43
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 2391 CD
Conductor : Anatole Fistoulari
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Guild
7:06 AM
Gloria, Rv 589: Et in Terra Pax
Artist : Atlanta Symphony Chorus
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 80458 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:15 AM
The White Rose (1917)
Artist :
Album :
Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 301 CD
Conductor : Leonard B. Smith
Orchestra : Detroit Concert band
Label : WalkingFro
7:19 AM
Fanfare and Elegy
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Francis D'Amico
Catalog : 464892 CD
Conductor : William Scheible
Orchestra : Ocean City Pops Orchestra
Label : Weston Snd
7:28 AM
Harpsichord Concerto No. 4 in c
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Alessandro Scarlatti
Catalog : 470650 CD
Conductor : Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra : Accademia Bizantina
Label : London/Dec
7:43 AM
Light Cavalry Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 434309 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
7:50 AM
Violin concerto in E, RV 270 Per il santissimo natale
Artist : Angele Dubeau, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 8730 CD
Conductor : Angele Dubeau
Orchestra : La Pieta
Label : Analekta
8:06 AM
American Eagle Waltz
Artist : Philip Collins, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 9011 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
8:15 AM
Mysteres de Noel: Angel, San José y Nuestra Senora
Artist : Escolania/S.Cruz/los Caidos
Album :
Composer : Antonio Soler
Catalog : 35780 CD
Conductor : Jean-Michel Hasler
Label : Milan
8:28 AM
Soleriana, Suite for orchestra: Pastoral and Passepied
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Joaquin Rodrigo
Catalog : 67435 CD
Conductor : Enrique Batiz
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:38 AM
Joy to the World
Artist : Bach Choir
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 16092 CD
Conductor : John Rutter
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:43 AM
IL SIGNOR BRUSCHINO Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 60387 CD
Conductor : Fritz Reiner
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:51 AM
Riu, riu, chiu
Artist : José Lemos, countertenor
Album :
Composer : Anonymous
Catalog : 90901 CD
Orchestra : The Baltimore Consort
Label : Dorian
8:54 AM
Rondo for piano & orch in A, K. 386
Artist : John O’Conor, piano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 80285 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Telarc
9:06 AM
FLORIDANTE: Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 5247 CD
Conductor : Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
Label : CBC(RCI)
9:08 AM
FLORIDANTE: March
Artist :
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 5247 CD
Conductor : Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
Label : CBC(RCI)
9:16 AM
Noels sur les Instruments
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Catalog : 90180 CD
Conductor : Bernard Labadie
Orchestra : Les Violons du Roy, Quebec
Label : Dorian
9:33 AM
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A, K. 219 Turkish
Artist : Pamela Frank, violin
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 72104 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Label : ArteNova
10:00 AM
Amahl and the Night Visitors:Dance Suite
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Gian Carlo Menotti
Catalog : 6 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : BuffaloPO
10:09 AM
Piano Concerto No. 3 in c Op 37
Artist : Annie Fischer, piano
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 31493 CD
Conductor : Herbert Esser
Orchestra : Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Label : Hungaroton
10:47 AM
Symphony in D Op 18, No. 6
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 553367 CD
Conductor : Hanspeter Gmur
Orchestra : Failoni Cham. Orch. Budapest
Label : Naxos
11:02 AM
The Many Moods of Christmas- Suite No. 1
Artist : Robert Shaw Chorale
Album :
Composer : Robert Russell Bennett
Catalog : 68805 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Orchestra : RCA Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
11:12 AM
Symphony No. 2 in f-sharp, Op. 16
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 68904 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Warner Classics
12:06 PM
Rosamunde, D. 797 - incidental muisic
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 42489 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
12:33 PM
Gruss an die heilige Nacht Op 62
Artist : Berlin Philharmonic Choir
Album :
Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 313013 CD
Conductor : Uwe Gronostay
Orchestra : Berlin Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : KOCHSchwan
12:53 PM
Piano Trio No. 1 (1923) Op 8
Artist : Lily Maisky, piano; Alissa Margulis, violin; Mischa Maisky, cello
Album :
Composer : Dmitri Shostakovich
Catalog : 67051 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
1:08 PM
Symphony No. 2 ’The Four Seasons’ in f
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Henry Hadley
Catalog : 9124 CD
Conductor : Karl Krueger
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Bridge
2:00 PM
Concerto Pastorale in F
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johann Christoph Pez
Catalog : 90180 CD
Conductor : Bernard Labadie
Orchestra : Les Violons du Roy, Quebec
Label : Dorian
2:19 PM
Triple Concerto in C Op 56
Artist : Maurizio Pollini, piano
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 4777244 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : S. Bolivar Youth Orch of Venz.
Label : D. Gramphn
3:00 PM
What Sweeter Music
Artist : Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Album :
Composer : John Rutter
Catalog : 1063 CD
Conductor : Craig Jessop
Label : MTC
3:08 PM
Firebird Suite (1945)
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Igor Stravinsky
Catalog : 64139 CD
Conductor : Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra : Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
3:40 PM
O magnum mysterium
Artist : Polyphony
Album :
Composer : Morten Lauridsen
Catalog : 11116 CD
Conductor : Stephen Layton
Label : HeartSpace
3:47 PM
A Winter Idyll
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 572914 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:06 PM
Parade of the Wooden Soldiers
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Leon Jessel (arr. Morton Gould)
Catalog : 61685 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:12 PM
Five Carols
Artist : Cambridge Singers
Album :
Composer : Richard Rodney Bennett
Catalog : 901 CD
Conductor : John Rutter
Label : Collegium
4:22 PM
Andante Religioso
Artist : Stephan Barratt-Due Jr.,violin
Album :
Composer : Johan Halvorsen
Catalog : 50013 CD
Conductor : Karsten Andersen
Orchestra : Bergen Symphony Orchestra
Label : NKF
4:30 PM
Solemn Overture Op 73
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 439892 CD
Conductor : Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
4:45 PM
Cherubic Hymn
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Dmitri S. Bortnyansky
Catalog : 11109 CD
Conductor : Vladislav Chernushenko
Orchestra : Leningrad Glinka St. Acad. Ch.
Label : HeartSpace
4:50 PM
Fantasy on Hungarian Folk Tunes
Artist : Jorges Bolet, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 414079 CD
Conductor : Ivan Fischer
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
5:06 PM
Canon in D
Artist : Benita Valente, soprano; Tatiana Troyanos, soprano
Album :
Composer : Johann Pachelbel (arr. Rudel)
Catalog : 67080 CD
Conductor : Julius Rudel
Orchestra : New York City Opera Orchestra
Label : MusicMaste
5:14 PM
Children’s Corner
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Claude Debussy (orch. Andre Caplet)
Catalog : 444386 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
5:29 PM
L’Enfance du Christ: Shepherd’s Farewell
Artist : St.Anthony Singers
Album :
Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 443401 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Goldsborough Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
5:42 PM
Silent Night
Artist : Vienna Choir Boys
Album :
Composer : Franz Gruber
Catalog : 5160 CD
Conductor : Peter Marschik
Orchestra : Vienna Studio Ensemble
Label : Capriccio
5:46 PM
Brother Heinrich’s Christmas
Artist : Cambridge Singers; Bryan Kay, narrator
Album :
Composer : John Rutter
Catalog : 115 CD
Conductor : John Rutter
Orchestra : London Sinfonia
Label : Collegium

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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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