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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Creatively Speaking
9:02 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Don Is Back!

Opera Philadelphia's production of Mozart's DON GIOVANNI opens on April 25 at the Academy of Music.

Don Juan, one of fiction's most infamous scoundrels, returns to the opera stage in Philadelphia next week.  As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, Opera Philadelphia's latest production is also a showcase for singers who learned their craft in the city.

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Classical CD Selections
6:03 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

Check Out These Classical New Releases!

WRTI's Mark Pinto, your host for the Classical New Releases show, has several newly released CDs to recommend for your listening pleasure...

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
2:01 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI: Bach's St. Matthew Passion, Easter Sunday at 1 PM

J. S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion originally premiered on Good Friday in 1727.

Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts one of the supreme monuments in Western music, and the work that initiated the great rediscovery of Bach’s music when the 20-year-old Felix Mendelssohn conducted it in Berlin in 1829 – the St. Matthew Passion.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
2:32 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Classical Quartet Gets All Twisted

Look, Ma! Behind our backs!
Courtesy of the artists

A German quartet calling themselves the Salut Salon is surging in social media right now with a bout of one-upwomanship that mixes together music, acrobatics and some good slapstick timing.

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Honoring Marcel Farago on April 17
12:52 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

A Happy 90th Birthday Tribute to Former Philadelphia Orchestra Cellist Marcel Farago

Cellist and composer Marcel Farago

Tune in on Thursday, April 17th during the 1 pm hour for a very special 90th birthday tribute to a very special musician and composer. Marcel Farago, longtime cellist with the Philadelphia Orchestra (1955 to 1994) composed In Memoriam in 1989, dedicated to his wife Adele who died in 1988. Ricardo Muti and The Philadelphia Orchestra premiered the work in the same year. Join us to hear Marcel Farago's In Memoriam as we celebrate his 90th.

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Creatively Speaking
2:07 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Exploring PA's Historic Coal-Mining Culture...Through Song

Composer Julia Wolfe's ANTHRACITE FIELDS is a Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia commision.

The Mendelssohn Club Choir is mounting its biggest-ever production later this month with the premiere of Anthracite Fields by the cutting-edge composer Julia Wolfe, who is exploring the coal-mining culture in her Pennsylvania roots. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns met with her...inside a coal mine. 

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Opera on WRTI
7:08 am
Sat April 12, 2014

The Met Opera on WRTI: Giordano's ANDREA CHENIER, April 12, 1 PM

Soprano Patricia Racette sings Maddalena, and tenor Marcelo Alvarez sings the title role in ANDREA CHENIER.

After their powerful pairing in Il Trovatore, Marcelo Álvarez and Patricia Racette reunite in Giordano’s melodramatic story of life in times of revolutionary fervor, a passionate tale of the ill-fated love of a dashing poet and an aristocratic lady, set against the backdrop of the French Revolution. Saturday, April 12, 1 to 4 pm on WRTI.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:07 am
Sat April 12, 2014

A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World

Gustav Mahler wanted each of his symphonies to contain a world of emotions and ideas.
Library of Congress

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 10:55 am

Conducting Gustav Mahler's First Symphony is an exhilarating and demanding task. Although it's one of his shortest symphonies (at about 55 minutes), it is an epic journey that requires countless hours of analysis and examination of the score. Still, it is a thrilling process to peel back and reassemble the many layers of Mahler's music.

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Happy Easter!
12:00 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Bach's St. John Passion for Good Friday on WRTI

Valentin Radu conducts the Philadelphia-based Ama Deus Ensemble with soloists in this performance of The Passion According to St. John.

Join WRTI on Good Friday at noon, for a complete performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's St. John Passion, a work written for Good Friday Vespers service of 1724 in Leipzig. This performance was recorded in concert on Good Friday in 2013 in the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center.

Valentin Radu conducts his Ama Deus Ensemble and features soprano Megan Monaghan, alto Jody Kidwell, tenor Kenneth Garner, and bass-baritone Kevin Deas, and The Philadelphia Boys Choir. This performance is sung in English.

WRTI Picks from NPR Music
3:34 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation

Contralto Marian Anderson sang at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, April 9, 1939, to an estimated crowd of 75,000 people.
University of Pennsylvania

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 2:08 pm

Seventy-five years ago, on April 9, 1939, as Hitler's troops advanced in Europe and the Depression took its toll in the U.S., one of the most important musical events of the 20th century took place on the National Mall in Washington. There, just two performers, a singer and a pianist, made musical — and social — history.

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