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 27, 2012

6:06 AM
Concerto for 2 horns in F
Artist : Klaus Wallendorf, horn; Sarah Willis, horn
Album :
Composer : Franz Anton Rosler-Rosetti
Catalog : 777288 CD
Conductor : Johannes Moesus
Orchestra : Chamber Orch of the Palatinate
Label : CPO
6:26 AM
CASTOR ET POLLUX Overture
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Composer : Jean-Philippe Rameau
Catalog : 2908613 CD
Conductor : William Christie
Orchestra : Les Arts Florissants
Label : Harm Mundi
6:30 AM
Overture to Cleopatra
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Composer : Luigi Mancinelli
Catalog : 15043 LP
Conductor : Pierino Gamba
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
6:44 AM
Sylvia Suite
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Composer : Leo Delibes
Catalog : 75221 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:06 AM
The Bronze Horse Overture
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Composer : Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber
Catalog : 434309 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
7:15 AM
Stars and Stripes Forever
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 434334 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:18 AM
Rage over a lost penny in G Op 129
Artist : Barbara Nissman, piano
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 20 CD
Label : Pierian
7:28 AM
Overture on Russian Themes Op 28
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 46013 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : ZYX Music
7:42 AM
Symphony No. 3 (Incomplete) in a
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 435757 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:06 AM
Marchen aus dem Orient Walzer Op 444
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 12569 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:16 AM
Huapango
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Composer : Jose Pablo Moncayo
Catalog : 775555 CD
Conductor : Alondra de la Parra
Orchestra : Philharmonic Orch of Americas
Label : CBS/Sony
8:28 AM
Children’s Overture
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Composer : Roger Quilter
Catalog : 64131 CD
Conductor : Sir Vivian Dunn
Orchestra : Light Music Society Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:23 AM
Keyboard Concerto No. 3 in D, BWV 1054
Artist : Robert Hill, harpsichord
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 554605 CD
Conductor : Helmut Muller-Bruhl
Orchestra : Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
9:06 AM
The Promised Land
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Composer : Armas Jarnefelt
Catalog : 9701 CD
Conductor : Ilpo Mansnerus
Orchestra : Finnish Radio Symphony Orch
Label : YLE
9:21 AM
Violin Concerto in d
Artist : Henryk Szeryng, violin
Album :
Composer : Aram Khachaturian
Catalog : 434318 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
10:00 AM
Poeme for Violin & Orchestra Op 25
Artist : Nicola Benedetti, violin
Album :
Composer : Ernest Chausson
Catalog : 6154 CD
Conductor : Daniel Harding
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
10:18 AM
Symphony No.103 in E-Flat "Drum Roll"
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 60022 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : WienerPhil
10:53 AM
Piano Concerto in c-Sharp Op 10, No. 2
Artist : Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano
Album :
Composer : Charles-Valentin Alkan
Catalog : 66717 CD
Conductor : Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra : BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestr
Label : Hyperion
11:03 AM
Valses Nobles et Sentimentales
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 75526 CD
Conductor : Jean Martinon
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : Angel/EMI
11:22 AM
Symphony in D
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Composer : Jan Vaclav Vorisek
Catalog : 3678 CD
Conductor : Karel Ancerl
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
12:06 PM
Overture (Suite) in C "Water Suite"
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 999373 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Helbich
Orchestra : Bremen Baroque Orchestra
Label : CPO
12:28 PM
String Quartet No. 13 in a Op 29, D. 804 "Rosamunde"
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 6687 CD
Orchestra : Guarneri Quartet
Label : Arabesque
1:03 PM
Sinfonia in G
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 45557 CD
Conductor : Claudio Scimone
Orchestra : I Solisti Veneti
Label : Erato
1:11 PM
Scherzo capriccioso Op 66
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 666562 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Warner Bro
1:29 PM
Taras Bulba
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Composer : Leos Janacek
Catalog : 9080 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
2:00 PM
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op 43
Artist : Stephen Hough, piano
Album :
Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 67501 CD
Conductor : Andrew Litton
Orchestra : Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Label : Hyperion
2:25 PM
Symphonic Dances Op 64
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 86513 CD
Conductor : Paavo Berglund
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:00 PM
Christmas Oratorio Part 3
Artist : Monika Frimmer, soprano
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 941 CD
Conductor : Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra : Bach Collegium Japan
Label : Bis
3:23 PM
Serenade in G
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Composer : E. J. Moeran
Catalog : 64721 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : Northern Sinfonia of England
Label : Angel/EMI
3:44 PM
Occasional Suite in D
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 453451 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
4:06 PM
Symphony No. 1 for Organ and Orch. in d Op 42
Artist : Franz Hauk, organ
Album :
Composer : Alexandre Guilmant
Catalog : 7215 CD
Conductor : Olaf Koch
Orchestra : Philharmonic Ingolstadt
Label : Guild
4:30 PM
Of Thee I Sing Overture
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 68589 CD
Conductor : John McGlinn
Orchestra : The New Princess Theater Orch.
Label : Angel/EMI
4:37 PM
Show Boat: Scenario for Orchestra
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Composer : Jerome Kern
Catalog : 446404 CD
Conductor : John Mauceri
Orchestra : Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orches
Label : Philips
4:57 PM
Die Parisien Polka francaise Op 238
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 10611 CD
Conductor : Georges Pretre
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
5:06 PM
Serenade in E-Flat Op 7
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 438748 CD
Conductor : Edo de Waart
Orchestra : Netherlands Wind Ensemble
Label : Philips
5:16 PM
Krakowiak Concert Rondo in F Op 14
Artist : Sandor Falvai, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 1045 CD
Conductor : Andras Korodi
Orchestra : Budapest Philharmonic Orch.
Label : Hungaroton
5:32 PM
Caprice for Orchestra
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Composer : Oscar Levant
Catalog : 54851 CD
Conductor : Marin Alsop
Orchestra : The Concordia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:42 PM
West Side Story: Symphonic Dances
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Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Catalog : 71772 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony

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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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