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.

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February 26, 2014

6:06 AM
Swedish Rhapsody No. 2 Op 24
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Composer : Hugo Alfven
Catalog : 395 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Stockholm Philharmonic Orchest
Label : Bis
6:17 AM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G, BWV 1048
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 1037 CD
Conductor : Richard Kapp
Orchestra : Philharmonia Virtuosi
Label : ESS.A.Y
6:30 AM
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Composer : Franz Berwald
Catalog : 65303 CD
Conductor : Ulf Bjorlin
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:41 AM
London Suite
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Composer : Eric Coates
Catalog : 4785092 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : London Pops Orchestra
Label : Mercury
7:06 AM
Artist : Maxim Vengerov, violin
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Composer : Vittorio Monti
Catalog : 57164 CD
Orchestra : Virtuosi
Label : Angel/EMI
7:14 AM
The Gladiator
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 54130 CD
Conductor : Timothy Foley
Orchestra : Nonpareil Wind Band
Label : Angel/EMI
7:19 AM
Lustspiel Overture Op 38
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Composer : Ferruccio Busoni
Catalog : 572922 CD
Conductor : Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra : Rome Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:28 AM
Concerto No. 8 for 2 violins obligati in a Op 3
Artist : Isaac Stern, violin; David Oistrakh, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi (arr. Sam Franko)
Catalog : 45952 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:41 AM
School for Scandal Overture
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Composer : Samuel Barber
Catalog : 74287 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:51 AM
Slavonic Dance No. 2 in e Op 46
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 94671 CD
Conductor : John Farrer
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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8:06 AM
Jeptha: Sinfonia
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 1171 CD
Conductor : Rolf Reinhardt
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
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8:12 AM
Ma Vlast: No. 4 From Bohemia’s Forests and Meadows
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 2150 CD
Conductor : Karel Ancerl
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Naive
8:26 AM
St. Paul’s Suite Op 29
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 16 CD
Orchestra : London Concertante
Label : CMG
8:39 AM
Pomp & Circumstance March No. 2 in a Op 39
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 557273 CD
Conductor : James Judd
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:46 AM
La Princess Lointaine Op 4
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Composer : Nikolai Tcherepnin
Catalog : 447084 CD
Conductor : Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
9:06 AM
Overture in C Op 170, D. 591 In the Italian Style
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 2221 CD
Conductor : Raymond Leppard
Orchestra : Indianapolis Symphony Orch.
Label : Koss Class
9:14 AM
Oboe Concerto in D
Artist : John Delancie, oboe
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 1045 CD
Conductor : Max Wilcox
Orchestra : Orchestra
Label : Boston
9:41 AM
Wand of Youth Suite No. 2 Op 1
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 11 CD
Conductor : Eduard van Beinum
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : LondonPhil
10:00 AM
Children’s Corner
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Composer : Claude Debussy (arr. Andre Caplet)
Catalog : 444386 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
10:19 AM
Concerto for violin & cello in a Op 102
Artist : Henryk Szeryng, violin; Janos Starker, cello
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 4782365 CD
Conductor : Bernard Haitink
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
10:54 AM
Variations on an original theme Op 15
Artist : Marat Bisengaliev, violin; John Lenehan, piano
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Composer : Henryk Wieniawski
Catalog : 550744 CD
Label : Naxos
11:08 AM
Impromptu No. 1 in f Op 142, D. 935
Artist : Seymour Lipkin, piano
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 60175 CD
Label : Newport
11:19 AM
Symphony No. 1 in g Op 7
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Composer : Carl Nielsen
Catalog : 570737 CD
Conductor : Michael Schonwandt
Orchestra : Danish National Symph Orch
Label : Naxos
12:05 PM
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Composer : Music you've asked to hear
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3:00 PM
Leonore Overture No. 3 Op 72
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 84172 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
3:16 PM
The Sea: Orchestral suite
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Composer : Frank Bridge
Catalog : 8473 CD
Conductor : Vernon Handley
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
3:40 PM
Impressions d’Ardennes Op 44
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Composer : Joseph Jongen
Catalog : 1634 CD
Conductor : Roman Kofman
Orchestra : Orchestra National de Belgique
Label : Cypres
4:06 PM
Danish Folk Music Suite
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Composer : Percy Aldridge Grainger
Catalog : 9721 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : Danish Radio Symph Orch
Label : Chandos
4:27 PM
LA GIOCONDA: Dance of the Hours
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Composer : Amilcare Ponchielli
Catalog : 412236 CD
Conductor : Silvio Varviso
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Philips
4:38 PM
LA GIOCONDA: O monumento! Regia e bolgia
Artist : Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone
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Composer : Amilcare Ponchielli
Catalog : 14107 CD
Conductor : Paul Daniel
Orchestra : Swedish Radio Symphony Orchest
Label : D. Gramphn
4:45 PM
Ballad of the Gnomes
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 4028 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Cala
5:06 PM
Wonderful Town: Overture
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Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Catalog : 27333 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : Birmingham Contempor.Music Grp
Label : Angel/EMI
5:13 PM
Don Juan Op 20
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 707 CD
Conductor : Manfred Honeck
Orchestra : Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Label : Reference
5:33 PM
Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto
Artist : Gil Shaham, violin
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Composer : Ho Zhan Hao & Chen Kang
Catalog : 4 CD
Conductor : Lan Shui
Orchestra : Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Label : CanaryClas


WRTI Picks from NPR Music
4:00 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Gil Shaham And When The World 'Got Much Smaller, Much Faster'

Star violinist Gil Shaham, whose newest recording project surveys the wildly different violin concertos of the 1930s.
Luke Ratray Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 8:02 pm

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11:42 am
Wed February 19, 2014

We Love Him For More Than Twizzles: Charlie White Plays Violin, Too

Ice dancing champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White visit the set of the NBC TODAY Show in Sochi on February 18, 2014.
Scott Halleran Getty Images

It's no secret that gold-winning American ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White have become favorite faces in Sochi. But it turns out that the charming White has done his share of woodshedding along with his hard work on the ice.

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Creatively Speaking
8:46 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Yuja Wang: A Thoroughly Modern Classical Performer

The in-demand Chinese piano virtuoso Yuja Wang performs all over the world. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the young classical star, who is a Curtis graduate, embraces music and the world beyond the concert stage in her signature style.

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Creatively Speaking
11:35 am
Mon February 17, 2014

A Young Composer's Musical Mirror to Iraq War Veteran's Haunting Novel

Composer Alyssa Weinberg

Curtis graduate student Alyssa Weinberg read and re-read this year’s One Book, One Philadelphia choice as she composed Prayer, her work inspired by The Yellow Birds. With war as its setting, the novel by Kevin Powers makes a zigzag journey in time and place between Iraq, Fort Dix, a base in Germany, and Virginia - the place a young Private Bartle leaves, and returns to, profoundly changed.

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Pledge and Enter Contest on January 31
11:23 am
Thu January 30, 2014

WRTI Presents: Philadelphia Orchestra Day! Friday, January 31, 6 AM to 6 PM

Philadelphia Orchestra Day on WRTI is Friday, January 31, 6 am to 6 pm. Join us!

Listen today at 90.1 FM, or online here, as we celebrate our very own Fabulous Philadelphians with 12 hours of their finest performances conducted by Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin, as well as legacy recordings of legendary conductors including Riccardo Muti, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Eugene Ormandy. Some of your favorite orchestra musicians will say hello!

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
2:53 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Tracing The Career Of Claudio Abbado, A Consummate Conductor

Celebrated conductor Claudio Abbado in 1979 in his native Milan, during his tenure as music director of the city's famed opera house, La Scala.
Giorgio Lotti Mondadori/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 3:55 pm

Claudio Abbado, one of the most sought-after conductors of his generation, died Monday in Bologna, Italy, at age 80. His death was announced by a spokesperson for Bologna's mayor, saying that it followed an unspecified long illness. Abbado had been diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2000; following surgery for that illness, he was transformed into a hauntingly gaunt figure.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
10:03 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Strike Up The Band! Minnesota Orchestra Lockout Ends

After more than 15 months, the bitter labor battle between the Minnesota Orchestra musicians and management has ended. Whether the orchestra's music director Osmo Vänskä (pictured here) will return, after resigning in October, remains to be seen.
Greg Helgeson Minnesota Orchestra

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 12:39 pm

"The 15-month lockout at the Minnesota Orchestra ended Tuesday after management and musicians announced an agreement," Minnesota Public Radio writes.

"Musicians will return to work on Feb. 1," the network adds. They had been locked out since October 2012.

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3:48 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

The 'Ode To Joy' As A Call To Action

A Chinese student at the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, where speakers playing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony were rigged up to drown out government broadcasts.
Battle Hymns Productions

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 5:39 pm

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New Year's Day from Vienna
7:42 am
Mon December 30, 2013

What Are You Doing New Year's Day?

The Golden Hall in the Musikverein in Vienna

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2:03 am
Sat December 28, 2013

Chopin's Favorite Piano Factory Plays Its Final Chord

The Pleyel piano factory, which once supplied instruments to Frederic Chopin, will close its doors at the end of the year.
Francois Guillot AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat December 28, 2013 3:47 pm

One of the world's oldest and most iconic piano makers, Pleyel, will close its factory doors in Paris at the end of 2013.

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