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 below.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
7:17 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Great Expectations: A New Season Of New Music

Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain receives its world premiere at Santa Fe Opera in the coming season.
Ken Howard Santa Fe Opera

Originally published on Wed September 3, 2014 7:57 pm

Musicologist and pianist Charles Rosen once quipped: "The death of classical music is perhaps its oldest continuing tradition." But it's tough to see much gloom when faced with the diversity of premieres and provocative programming around the country in the 2014-2015 season.

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Crossover
8:42 am
Sat September 6, 2014

Violinist Nicola Benedetti: Coming Home to Scotland

Violinist Nicola Benedetti's new CD is filled with music from her homeland.

One of our favorite guests - and one of yours, as you've told us - returns to Crossover this week. Violinist Nicola Benedetti discusses her latest Decca CD, Homecoming: A Scottish Fantasy.  

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The Fabulous Philadelphians on WRTI
12:16 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI: Music from Russian Dance! September 7, 1 PM

French conductor Stephane Deneve

Guest conductor Stephane Deneve leads the Philadelphians in a program from last March at Verizon Hall, dedicated to Russian dance music.

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Creatively Speaking
11:08 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Poulenc's Aubade: A Still-Unique Choreographic Concerto

French composer Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

In 1929, an unusual work by a versatile 20th-century French composer premiered at the home of his wealthy patrons. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, this piece, still unique in the classical repertoire, is part piano concerto and part ballet, in a chamber music setting.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
9:15 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Glenn Gould In Rapture

Gordon Parks The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

What's going on here, I can only guess, but here's what you're about to see: In the video below, the great musician Glenn Gould, supreme interpreter of Bach, is sitting at his living room piano on a low, low chair, his nose close to the keys. He's at his Canadian country house in his bathrobe.

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Creatively Speaking
6:00 am
Mon September 1, 2014

The Strad: Great Or Just Very Good?

Gil Shaham plays the 1699 “Countess Polignac” Stradivarius.

Nearly 300 years after the death of Antonio Stadivarius, the classical music world is paying up more and more millions for his violins.  And audiences attend concerts advertised more for their instruments than those playing them.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns asks: should fiddles be calling the tunes?

Your 30 Favorite Classical Works
11:54 am
Thu August 28, 2014

WRTI's 2014 Labor Day Weekend Classical Countdown!

The votes are in, and we've got this year's list! Join us, starting on Friday at noon, for our annual Labor Day Weekend Classical Countdown! It's your 30 favorite classical works on WRTI throughout the holiday weekend. Listen on Friday, August 29, from noon to 6 pm, Saturday, August 30 from 6 to 12:30 pm, and Monday, September 1st from 6 am to 6 pm.

The playlist for the 2014 Labor Day Weekend Classical Countdown will publish below in this post as each piece is broadcast. Have a wonderful holiday! And a big thanks to everyone who voted!

CD Selections
3:10 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

John Dowland's Art Of Melancholy

Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Mon January 30, 2012 12:28 pm

John Dowland (1563-1626) was an important instrumental composer at a time when the most serious music was vocal, and he was a popular composer at a time when there was no dichotomy between popular and classical music. Much of Dowland's music is sad and melancholy, but that's not to say that he was a self-pitying person. In his time, melancholy was the sign of a superior individual, of someone who was mature and capable of deep feeling.

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Encore!
3:22 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

The Crossing on WRTI: The Second "Month of Moderns" Concert, August 31, 4 PM

The Crossing performing at The Icebox at Crane Arts Center in June, 2014.
Becky Oehlers Photography

This Sunday, join us for The Crossing chamber choir's second concert in their Sixth Annual Month of Moderns Festival, recorded live at The Icebox at Crane Arts Center in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia on June 28, 2014, and conducted by Donald Nally.

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Opera on WRTI
12:07 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

San Francisco Opera on WRTI: Boito's MEPHISTOPHELES, August 30, 1 PM

Bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov sings Mefistofele and tenor Ramon Vargs sings Faust in San Francisco Opera's MEPHISTOPHELES.

This week it's Arrigo Boito’s resplendent retelling of Goethe’s Faust, a monumental work of "choral grandeur and melodic richness" (The New York Times) recorded live at the famous War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco in 2013.

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