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 24, 2012

6:06 AM
Suite No. 1 Op 13
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Composer : Jules Massenet
Catalog : 555986 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Jean
Orchestra : Hong Kong Philharmonic Orch.
Label : Naxos
6:32 AM
Fantasia on Greensleeves
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 80595 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
6:38 AM
Brazilian Sleigh Bells
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Composer : Percy Faith
Catalog : 434349 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Rochester Pops Orch
Label : Mercury
6:43 AM
Fir Symphony
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Composer : Arthur Meulemans
Catalog : 223418 CD
Conductor : Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra : BRT Philharmonic, Brussels
Label : MarcoPolo
7:06 AM
A Christmas Festival
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 61373 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:15 AM
Children’s March
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Composer : Edwin Franko Goldman
Catalog : 432019 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:19 AM
Sleigh Ride
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 133 CD
Conductor : John Rutter
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Collegium
7:27 AM
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik in G
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 400034 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
7:44 AM
Panis Angelicus
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Composer : Cesar Franck
Catalog : 9349 CD
Conductor : Matthias Bamert
Orchestra : BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
7:47 AM
Islamey - Oriental Fantasy Op 18
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Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 172 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
7:54 AM
Messiah: And He Shall Purify the Sons
Artist : Vienna Choir Boys
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 5160 CD
Conductor : Peter Marschik
Orchestra : Academy of London
Label : Capriccio
7:58 AM
Joy to the World
Artist : Philadelphia Chorus
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 6430 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:06 AM
Prague Waltzes
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 414370 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:16 AM
Sweet Children- Pastorale
Artist : Kuhn Children’s Chorus
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Composer : Jakub Jan Ryba
Catalog : 110330 CD
Conductor : Jir¡ Chvala
Orchestra : Dvorak Chamber Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
8:22 AM
Suite for Harp and Orchestra From
Artist : Ann Mason Stockton, harp
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Composer : Harl McDonald
Catalog : 171 CD
Conductor : Felix Slatkin
Orchestra : Capitol Symphony Orchestra
Label : Crystal
8:45 AM
Medley of Christmas Carols
Artist : Malle Babbe Choir
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Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 60660 CD
Conductor : Leny van Schaik
Label : CBS/Sony
8:53 AM
Moravian Dances
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Composer : Leos Janacek
Catalog : 572695 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : Warsaw Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
9:06 AM
ALI-BABA Overture
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Composer : Luigi Cherubini
Catalog : 791631 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
9:14 AM
Weihnachtsbaum Christmas Tree
Artist : Jerome Lowenthal, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 9307 CD
Label : Bridge
9:39 AM
Roumanian Folk Dances
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Composer : Bela Bartok
Catalog : 2576 CD
Conductor : Jean-Marie Zeitouni
Orchestra : Les Violons du Roy, Quebec
Label : ATMA
9:50 AM
A Suite of Carols for Woodwinds
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 3552 CD
Conductor : Leroy Anderson
Orchestra : ...and His Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
10:00 AM
Gloria, RV 589
Artist : St. John’s College Choir
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 410018
Conductor : George Guest
Orchestra : Wren Orchestra
Label : Argo
10:35 AM
Clarinet Quintet in B-Flat Op 34
Artist : Janet Hilton, clarinet
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 8366 CD
Orchestra : Lindsay String Quartet
Label : Chandos
10:59 AM
THE SNOW MAIDEN suite
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 572787 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
11:13 AM
Symphony No. 36 in C Linz
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 47442 CD
Conductor : Jeffrey Tate
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
11:48 AM
In dulci jubilo
Artist : Apollo’s Singers
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Composer : Michael Praetorius
Catalog : 7673 CD
Conductor : Jeannette Sorrell
Orchestra : Apollo's Fire Baroque Orchest
Label : KOCH Intl.
12:06 PM
Medley of Christmas Carols
Artist : Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 196 CD
Conductor : Jerold Ottley
Orchestra : Canadian Brass
Label : BWEClassic
12:13 PM
Nutcracker Ballet, The Op 71
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
1:35 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 8 in g Op 6 Christmas
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 90180 CD
Conductor : Bernard Labadie
Orchestra : Les Violons du Roy, Quebec
Label : Dorian
2:00 PM
Still,Still, Still(German)
Artist : Bryn Terfel, baritone
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Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 4772 CD
Conductor : Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
2:06 PM
Prelude on an Old Carol Tune
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 244 CD
Conductor : Douglas Bostock
Orchestra : Munich Symphony Orchestra
Label : Classico
2:14 PM
A Ceremony of Carols Op 28
Artist : The Philadelphia Singers
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Composer : Benjamin Britten
Catalog : 7787 CD
Conductor : Michael Korn
Label : RCA/BMG
2:37 PM
Musical Sleighride: Musikalische
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Composer : Leopold Mozart
Catalog : 427122 CD
Orchestra : Ensemble Eduard Melkus
Label : D. Gramphn
3:00 PM
Four Christmas Motets
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Composer : Francis Poulenc
Catalog : 85776 CD
Conductor : Alldis, John
Orchestra : Groupe Vocal de France
Label : Angel/EMI
3:11 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 8 in f Op 1
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Composer : Pietro Antonio Locatelli
Catalog : 449924 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
3:33 PM
Amahl and the Night Visitors:Dance Suite
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Composer : Gian Carlo Menotti
Catalog : 6 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : BuffaloPO
3:41 PM
O magnum mysterium
Artist : Shaw Chamber Singers
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Composer : Morten Lauridsen
Catalog : 80461 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Label : Telarc
3:49 PM
Ave Maria (medieval Italian)
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Composer : Anonymous
Catalog : 80142 CD
Orchestra : Altramar Medieval Ensemble
Label : Dorian
4:06 PM
Christmas Eve suite
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 3055 CD
Conductor : Loris Tjeknavorian
Orchestra : Armenian Philharmonic Orchestr
Label : Sanctuary
4:27 PM
Sleigh Ride
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 264 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Rochester Pops
Label : Pro Arte
4:32 PM
The Many Moods of Christmas- Suite No. 3
Artist : Robert Shaw Chorale
Album :
Composer : Robert Russell Bennett
Catalog : 68805 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Orchestra : RCA Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:46 PM
Gruss an die heilige Nacht Op 62
Artist : Berlin Philharmonic Choir
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 313013 CD
Conductor : Uwe Gronostay
Orchestra : Berlin Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : KOCHSchwan
5:06 PM
A Christmas Overture
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Composer : Nigel Hess
Catalog : 133 CD
Conductor : John Rutter
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Collegium
5:15 PM
It came upon a midnight Clear
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Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 66087 CD
Conductor : Carmen Dragon
Orchestra : Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orches
Label : Angel/EMI
5:20 PM
Santa Claus, A Christmas Symphony
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Composer : William Henry Fry
Catalog : 559057 CD
Conductor : Tony Rowe
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:49 PM
This Christmastide (Jessye’s Carol)
Artist : New York Choral Society; Jessye Norman, alto
Album :
Composer : Donald Fraser
Catalog : 420180 CD
Conductor : Robert DeCormier
Label : Philips
5:50 PM
A Christmas Festival
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 61685 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG

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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!

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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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."
JOE KLAMAR AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 3:11 pm

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
12:35 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

An Opera Remembers The Tragedy Of An Asian-American Soldier

Andrew Stenson plays Pvt. Danny Chen in An American Soldier, a new opera about the hazing and death of the Chinese-American soldier from New York City.
Sarah Tilotta NPR

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 12:34 pm

About two years ago, playwright David Henry Hwang turned down an offer to write a play about the brief life and suicide of Army Pvt. Danny Chen.

But an opera? He couldn't refuse.

"This is a story with big emotions, big primary colors in a way, and big plot events," says Hwang, who wrote the libretto for An American Soldier, a new hourlong opera commissioned by Washington National Opera.

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