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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November 20, 2012

6:06 AM
Coriolan Overture in c Op 62
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 42103 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Bavarian Radio Symphony
Label : CBS/Sony
6:15 AM
Water Music Suite No. 3 in G
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 2569 CD
Conductor : Bernard Labadie
Orchestra : Les Violons du Roy, Quebec
Label : ATMA
6:30 AM
Concerto Grosso in g Op 1, No. 12
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Composer : Pietro Antonio Locatelli
Catalog : 550877 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
6:44 AM
Ancient Airs and Dances: Suite No. 1
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 47116 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:06 AM
Sinfonia in D
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Composer : Antonio Sacchini
Catalog : 2020 CD
Conductor : Enzo Amato
Orchestra : Chamber Orchestra of Naples
Label : Concerto
7:15 AM
The Picador
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 303 CD
Conductor : Leonard B. Smith
Orchestra : Detroit Concert band
Label : WalkingFro
7:19 AM
THE DEMON: Lesginka (Caucasian Dance)
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Composer : Anton Rubinstein
Catalog : 550328 CD
Conductor : Michael Halasz
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:28 AM
Spanish Lady Suite
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 7761 CD
Orchestra : Guildhall String Ensemble
Label : RCA/BMG
7:43 AM
Symphony No. 5 in D
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 46 CD
Conductor : Antonio Janigro
Orchestra : I Solisti Zagreb
Label : VangrdOmeg
7:52 AM
Concerto No. 9 for oboe and strings in F Op 7
Artist : Anthony Camden, oboe
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 553002 CD
Conductor : John Georgiadis
Orchestra : London Virtuosi
Label : Naxos
8:06 AM
Gloriana: Courtly Dances
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Composer : Benjamin Britten
Catalog : 69422 CD
Conductor : Uri Segal
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:16 AM
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Composer : Dmitri S. Bortnyansky
Catalog : 10370 CD
Orchestra : Moscow Phil. Chamber Ensemble
Label : MCA
8:28 AM
Symphony No. 16 in C, K. 128
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 220540 CD
Conductor : Adam Fischer
Orchestra : Danish Radio Sinfonietta
Label : Da Capo
8:41 AM
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Composer : Otto Nicolai
Catalog : 48376 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:53 AM
Colonial Song
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Composer : Percy Aldridge Grainger
Catalog : 434330 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Rochester Pops
Label : Mercury
9:06 AM
Divertimento Op 26
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Composer : Daniel Gregory Mason
Catalog : 693 CD
Orchestra : Calico Winds
Label : Albany
9:24 AM
Ballade for piano and orchestra Op 19
Artist : John Ogdon, piano
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Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 92747 CD
Conductor : Louis Frémaux
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
9:44 AM
Flute Quartet in A, K. 298
Artist : Sharon Bezaly, flute
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 1044 CD
Orchestra : Salzburger Solisten
Label : Bis
10:00 AM
The Birds Gli Uccelli
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 37676 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
10:22 AM
Serenade for Strings in C Op 48
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 1150 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Ondine
10:59 AM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in e Op 120
Artist : Klaus Hellwig, piano
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Composer : Carl Reinecke
Catalog : 999239 CD
Conductor : Alun Francis
Orchestra : Northwest German Philharmonic
Label : CPO
11:29 AM
Symphony No. 1 in C
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 25018 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : VangrdWelk
12:06 PM
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4779445 CD
Conductor : Andrea Marcon
Orchestra : La Cetra Baroque Orch., Basel
Label : D. Gramphn
12:15 PM
Piano Trio in E-Flat Op 70, No. 2
Artist : Daniel Barenboim, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 50807 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
12:49 PM
Rondo for string quartet in c
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Composer : Anton Bruckner
Catalog : 570788 CD
Orchestra : Fine Arts Quartet
Label : Naxos
12:58 PM
Symphony No. 1 in D
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Composer : Gustav Mahler
Catalog : 39 CD
Conductor : Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra : San Francisco Symphony
Label : SanFranSym
2:00 PM
Symphonic Poem No. 10: Hamlet
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 66834 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
2:17 PM
The Seasons Ballet Op 67
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 80347 CD
Conductor : Edo de Waart
Orchestra : Minnesota Orchestra
Label : Telarc
3:00 PM
Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat
Artist : George Vosburgh, trumpet
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Composer : Johann Baptist Georg Neruda
Catalog : 3024 CD
Conductor : Arnie Roth
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Cham. Orch.
Label : FourWinds
3:18 PM
Music For the Theatre
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 60177 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
3:42 PM
Suite No. 1 for 2 pianos in F Op 15
Artist : Brenda Lucas, piano; John Ogden, piano
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Composer : Anton Arensky
Catalog : 69386 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
4:06 PM
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Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 550792 CD
Conductor : Igor Golovschin
Orchestra : Russian Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:30 PM
Rhythmic Variations on two ancient hymns
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Composer : Howard Hanson
Catalog : 559072 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra : Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:42 PM
Woodland Sketches Op 51
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Composer : Edward MacDowell (arr. Frank Winterbottom)
Catalog : 43 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Dallas Wind Symphony
Label : Reference
5:06 PM
King John Overture Op 111
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Composer : Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Catalog : 572501 CD
Conductor : Andrew Penny
Orchestra : West Australian Symphony Orch.
Label : Naxos
5:17 PM
Morning Mood
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Composer : Lodewijk Mortelmans
Catalog : 223418 CD
Conductor : Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra : BRT Philharmonic, Brussels
Label : MarcoPolo
5:30 PM
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Composer : Sir Arnold Bax
Catalog : 4 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Virginia Symphony
Label : VirginiaSO
5:48 PM
The Maltese Falcon: Suite
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Composer : Adolph Deutsch
Catalog : 557701 CD
Conductor : William Stromberg
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos


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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