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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February 25, 2014

6:06 AM
AIDA: Ballet music
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 4776118 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
6:18 AM
Sinfonia No. 1 in D
Artist :
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Composer : Georg (Jiri Antonin) Benda
Catalog : 553408 CD
Conductor : Christian Benda
Orchestra : Prague Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
6:30 AM
Oboe Concerto
Artist : Andrea Gullickson, oboe
Album :
Composer : Francois-Joseph Garnier
Catalog : 1037 CD
Conductor : Lucia Matos
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Cham. Orch.
Label : Cala
6:40 AM
Suite from Smetana’s Sketchbook
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana (reconstructed by Smolka)
Catalog : 223705 CD
Conductor : Robert Stankovsky
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
7:06 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
7:15 AM
Colonel Bogey
Artist :
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Composer : Kenneth J. Alford
Catalog : 68757 CD
Conductor : John Anderson
Orchestra : Grimethorpe Colliery Band
Label : RCA/BMG
7:19 AM
Bourree Fantasque
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Composer : Emmanuel Chabrier
Catalog : 88018 CD
Conductor : Armin Jordan
Orchestra : National Orchestra of France
Label : Erato
7:28 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 12 La Follia in d
Artist : Sigiswald Kuijken, violin
Album :
Composer : Francesco Geminiani
Catalog : 77010 CD
Orchestra : La Petite Bande
Label : Deut Harmo
7:41 AM
Tantalus’s Torment Overture
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 223648 CD
Conductor : Alfred Walter
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
7:50 AM
Rathausball Tanze Waltz Op 438
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 91377 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:06 AM
IL TROVATORE: Anvil Chorus
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi (Arr. Christopher Palmer)
Catalog : 49552 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
8:14 AM
Concerto No. 2 in g Op 3, RV 578
Artist : Nigel Kennedy,violin; Daniel Stabrawa, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 57859 CD
Conductor :
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
8:26 AM
English Folk Song Suite
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 104 CD
Conductor : Jerry Junkin
Orchestra : Univ of Texas Wind Ensemble
Label : Reference
8:39 AM
Overture Characteristique et brilliante in b
Artist : Yaara Tal and Andreas Groethuysen, piano
Album :
Composer : Carl Czerny
Catalog : 45936 CD
Label : CBS/Sony
8:49 AM
Romance in C Op 48
Artist : Dong-suk Kang,violin
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 550752 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : Polish National Radio Orchestr
Label : Naxos
9:06 AM
Tragic Overture Op 81
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 75502 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:20 AM
Oboe Quartet in D Op 8
Artist : Paul Goodwin, oboe
Album :
Composer : Carl Stamitz
Catalog : 2908627 CD
Orchestra : Terzetto
Label : Harm Mundi
9:37 AM
Concertpiece for 4 horns & orchestra Op 86
Artist : Dale Clevenger, horn
Album :
Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 472798 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
10:00 AM
Dance Suite
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Composer : Bela Bartok
Catalog : 557433 CD
Conductor : Marin Alsop
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:19 AM
Piano Concerto in A-Flat Op 94
Artist : Michael Ponti, piano
Album :
Composer : Josef Rheinberger
Catalog : 5065 CD
Conductor : Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach
Orchestra : Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
10:49 AM
Romanze Op 85
Artist : Rainer Moog, Viola
Album :
Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 6071 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Balzer
Orchestra : Rhenish Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : EBS
10:59 AM
La Peri
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Composer : Paul Dukas
Catalog : 80515 CD
Conductor : Jesus Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra : Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
11:20 AM
Symphony No. 1 in e Op 39
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 2008 CD
Conductor : Valery Gergiev
Orchestra : Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchest
Label : Nederland
12:06 PM
Symphony in D, K. 120
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4802577 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : London/Dec
12:14 PM
Piano Trio No. 21 HOB XV:8 in B-Flat
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 3126 CD
Orchestra : Mendelssohn Piano Trio
Label : Centaur
12:29 PM
Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat
Artist : Erna Spoorenberg, soprano; Gwyneth Annear, alto; John Mitchenson, tenor; Donald McIntyre, bass Leeds Festival Chorus
Album :
Composer : Gustav Mahler
Catalog : 89499 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
2:00 PM
Symphony No. 2 in b
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 62406 CD
Conductor : Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra : Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
2:27 PM
Piano Quintet in D Op 51
Artist : Adam Neiman, piano
Album :
Composer : Anton Arensky
Catalog : 92143 CD
Orchestra : Ying Quartet
Label :
3:00 PM
Violin Concerto in g
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 47856 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:13 PM
IL TROVATORE: Ballet Music
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 572818 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
3:37 PM
Konzertstuck for piano & orch in f Op 79
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
Album :
Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 1196 CD
Conductor : Bystrik Rezucha
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MSR
4:06 PM
The White Peacock
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Composer : Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Catalog : 3099 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Delos
4:14 PM
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (arr. John Bourgeois)
Catalog : 11169 CD
Conductor : Thomas G. Leslie
Orchestra : UNLV Wind Orchestra
Label : Klavier
4:29 PM
ANDREA CHENIER: Un di all’azzuro spazio
Artist : Enrico Caruso, tenor
Album :
Composer : Umberto Giordano
Catalog : 62518 CD
Conductor : Gottfried Rabl
Orchestra : Vienna Radio Symphony Orch
Label : RCA/BMG
4:34 PM
Artist : Enrico Caruso, tenor; Ruggiero Leoncavallom, piano
Album :
Composer : Ruggiero Leoncavallo
Catalog : 68543 CD
Label : RCA/BMG
4:38 PM
Carnival of the Animals
Artist : Hugh Downs, narrator
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 68131 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:06 PM
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 11004 CD
Conductor : Jean Fournet
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
5:18 PM
Suite No. 2 for 2 pianos (Silhouettes) Op 23
Artist :
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Composer : Anton Arensky
Catalog : 8898 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Danish Radio Symph Orch
Label : Chandos
5:39 PM
Artist :
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Composer : Stephen Sondheim (arr. Jonathon Tunick)
Catalog : 416499 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : Philips
5:50 PM
On Your Toes: Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
Artist :
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Composer : Richard Rodgers (arr. Robert Russell Bennett)
Catalog : 68550 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG


WRTI Picks from NPR Music
2:49 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Carnegie Hall's Barnstorming Youth Movement

Cellist Angelique Montes, resident advisor Melissa Willams and clarinetist Tom Jeon arrive at Purchase College, State University of New York to begin their NYO-USA adventure.
Chris Lee courtesy of Carnegie Hall

This is the kind of opportunity most classical musicians can only dream about: to be invited to spend part of the summer with an orchestra touring the world — Washington, Moscow, St. Petersburg and London — with two of the biggest names in classical music, conductor Valery Gergiev and violinist Joshua Bell.

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Station Announcements
12:24 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

High Marks Received For WRTI In Recent Philadelphia Inquirer Article

This image of Jack Moore and Dave Conant appeared in the Sunday, July 7th edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer along with Peter Dobrin's article.

In this article from Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer, Music Critic Peter Dobrin shares his views about the current state of classical music radio and WRTI's role in bringing this format to listeners throughout our region.

Read the article here...

WRTI Picks from NPR Music
2:19 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Revved-up Vivaldi, Persian Bamboo And Soaring Spirituals: New Classical Albums

album cover for Corps Exquis

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 7:41 am

It's a brave new musical world. Between downloads, iPods, music sharing websites and the good old CD, we have more easy access to the songs and symphonies we love than ever before.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
10:44 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Hit The Road And Hear Some Music: Summer Classical Festivals 2013

At the Moab Festival in Utah, patrons can hike to a secret spot to hear concerts.
Richard Bowditch Moab Music Festival

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 8:55 am

Summer is heating up and so are dozens of classical music festivals all around the country. We couldn't possibly list them all, but here's a sampling of some of the best events, from open-air venues and seaside spots to historic concert halls. Been to a great summer festival we've missed? Feel free to pass along your own reviews in the comments section.


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Station Announcements
8:08 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Can We End The Fiscal Year Successfully?

Support the music you love!

With contributions from listeners like you - before June 30th - we'll raise the money needed to end the year successfully. What's success, you ask?  It's the ability to pay for all the things you'd expect: electricity, maintenance, equipment, salaries, supplies, and the like. BUT, it's also having the money to create new and exciting programming, like our new radio series featuring live, recorded performances of The Philadelphia Orchestra, our Diamond Sessions broadcasts, and our new Knight Foundation-funded "Music Makers" series. 

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Maestro Jaap van Zweden, Tchaikovsky & Prokofiev
5:10 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert On WRTI: Two Popular Russian Works!

Maestro Jaap van Zweden

This Sunday from 2 to 4 pm, Guest Conductor Jaap van Zweden takes the podium to conduct The Philadelphia Orchestra in an all-Russian program from mid-April, which offers two major works. Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence, inspired by the sights and sounds of Italy, was originally scored for string sextet. We’ll hear it performed in an expanded version for the full strings of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
12:56 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Remembering Colin Davis, A Conductor Beloved Late In Life

The late Colin Davis conducting the last night of Proms at London's Royal Albert Hall in September 1968.
George Freston Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 2:59 am

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
7:57 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Chopin's 'Mad Men' Cameo

Dr. Arnold Rosen (Brian Markinson) and Sylvia Rosen (Linda Cardellini) celebrate New Year's Eve with Megan Draper (Jessica Pare) and Don Draper (Jon Hamm) as the sixth season of Mad Men opens.
Michael Yarish/AMC

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 6:02 pm

Mad Men's music is as important as its plot and costumes. While attention has been lavished on its pop songs, the show's occasional use of classical music has gone largely unrecognized.

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Happy Easter!
4:35 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Good Friday on WRTI: Bach's St. Matthew Passion

Listen to our annual broadcast of Johann Sebastian Bach's St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 on Good Friday, March 29th, a few minutes after 12 noon.

The recording features Karl Richter conducting the Munich Bach Orchestra, Munich Bach Choir, and Regensburg Cathedral Choir. Edith Mathis (Soprano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Peter Schreier (Tenor), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), and Matti Salminen (Bass).

Happy Easter from WRTI!

WRTI Picks from NPR Music
6:36 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Remembering Risë Stevens, A Star Of Opera And Pop Culture

The late American mezzo-soprano Risë Stevens in her signature role as Carmen.
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 10:59 am

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