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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July 25, 2014

6:06 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 2 (after Scarlatti) in G
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Composer : Charles Avison
Catalog : 438806 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
6:19 AM
Le Dieu et la bayadere: Ballet Music
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Composer : Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber
Catalog : 1039 CD
Conductor : B. Tommy Andersson
Orchestra : Gothenburg Opera Orchestra
Label : Sterling
6:30 AM
Romance (frag.) for pno, flt, bsn, & orc. in e
Artist : Grigorios Zamparas, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 2725 CD
Conductor : Jon Ceander Mitchell
Orchestra : Bohuslav Martinu Philh., Zlin
Label : Centaur
6:41 AM
Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat
Artist : Alan Civil, horn
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 464717 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
7:06 AM
Adriano in Siria: Overture
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999963 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
7:15 AM
The Salvation Army
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 305 CD
Conductor : Leonard B. Smith
Orchestra : Detroit Concert band
Label : WalkingFro
7:18 AM
BARBER OF SEVILLE Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 60387 CD
Conductor : Fritz Reiner
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:27 AM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 1004 CD
Conductor : Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
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7:41 AM
Alexander’s Feast Overture
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 1171 CD
Conductor : Rolf Reinhardt
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
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7:49 AM
Romanze Op 85
Artist : Janine Jansen, violin
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 7260 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : London/Dec
8:06 AM
SAMSON ET DELILA: Bacchanale Op 47
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 63412 CD
Conductor : Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:15 AM
I Got Rhythm Variations
Artist : Leonard Pennario, piano
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 66086 CD
Conductor : Alfred Newman
Orchestra : Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orches
Label : Angel/EMI
8:25 AM
BARTERED BRIDE: Dances
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 4785092 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
8:39 AM
DAMNATION OF FAUST: Rakoczy March Op 24
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 420814 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
8:46 AM
Violin Concerto in B-Flat
Artist : Alberto Martini, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 553792 CD
Conductor : Alberto Martini
Orchestra : I Filarmonici
Label : Naxos
9:06 AM
Twelfth Night Overture Op 73
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Composer : Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Catalog : 572500 CD
Conductor : Andrew Penny
Orchestra : West Australian Symphony Orch.
Label : Naxos
9:18 AM
Symphony No. 40 in g
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 50922 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:46 AM
Eclogue for piano and string orchestra Op 10
Artist : Jane Coop, piano
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Composer : Gerald Finzi
Catalog : 5208 CD
Conductor : Mario Bernardi
Orchestra : CBC Orchestra
Label : CBC(RCI)
10:00 AM
Symphony No. 1 in D
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 5265 CD
Conductor : Adam Fischer
Orchestra : Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orch
Label : Nimbus
10:15 AM
Violin Concerto No. 3 in E
Artist : Ern" R¢zsa, violin
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Composer : Nicolo Paganini
Catalog : 554396 CD
Conductor : Michael Dittrich
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
10:59 AM
String Trio in B-Flat
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 1159 CD
Orchestra : Chamber Players of Canada
Label : CBC(RCI)
11:13 AM
Konzertstuck for piano & orch in f Op 79
Artist : Benjamin Frith, piano
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 550959 CD
Conductor : Proinnsias O Duinn
Orchestra : RTE Sinfonietta, Dublin
Label : Naxos
11:32 AM
Symphony No. 2 in a Op 55
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 8822 CD
Conductor : Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:06 PM
Symphony in E-Flat Op 9
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999487 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
12:20 PM
Concerto Symphonique No. 4 in d Op 102
Artist : Gerald Robbins, piano
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Composer : Henry Litolff
Catalog : 101 CD
Conductor : Edouard van Remoortel
Orchestra : Monte Carlo Natl Opera Orch
Label : Genesis
12:59 PM
Symphony No. 3 in D Op 29
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 80454 CD
Conductor : Gilbert Levine
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Telarc
2:00 PM
Piano Quartet Movement in a
Artist : Christoph Eschenbach, piano
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Composer : Gustav Mahler
Catalog : 1084 CD
Label : Ondine
2:15 PM
Concerto for piano, violin, & str. orch. in d
Artist : Alain Lefevre, piano
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 9283 CD
Conductor : Matthias Bamert
Orchestra : London Mozart Players
Label : Analekta
3:00 PM
Concerto for Oboe,Violin in c
Artist : Heinz Holliger, oboe
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 2229 CD
Conductor : Erich Hobarth
Orchestra : Bern Camerata
Label : ECM
3:15 PM
Symphony No. 1 Op 9
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Composer : Samuel Barber
Catalog : 8958 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
3:39 PM
Lira Concerto No. 4 in F
Artist : Hugo Ruf, lira
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 1049 CD
Orchestra : Stuttgart Soloists
Label : Tuxedo
4:06 PM
Paganiniana Op 65
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Composer : Alfredo Casella
Catalog : 53280 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : La Scala Philaharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
4:26 PM
MAGIC FLUTE: Overture
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4775789 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
4:34 PM
MAGIC FLUTE: O zittre nicht..zum Leiden.
Artist : Diana Damrau, soprano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 39685 CD
Conductor : Jérémie Rhorer
Orchestra : Le Cercle de l'Harmonie
Label : Vrgn Clscs
4:40 PM
ORFEO ED EURIDICE: Ballet music
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Composer : Christoph Willibald Gluck
Catalog : 471582 CD
Conductor : Marc Minkowski
Orchestra : Musicians of the Louvre
Label : D. Gramphn
5:06 PM
LA JOLIE FILLE DE PERTH Suite
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 64869 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : Angel/EMI
5:20 PM
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 4785092 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
5:30 PM
Lyra Angelica
Artist : Rachel Masters, harp
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Composer : William Alwyn
Catalog : 9065 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : London Sinfonia
Label : Chandos

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:03 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Eliot Fisk And Paco Peña: Tiny Desk Concert

Paco Pena performs at the Tiny Desk in April 2014.
Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 10:07 am

Eliot Fisk looks like the happiest man on the planet. Watch that face as he plays guitar. Between performing music by J.S. Bach and partnering with the world's best flamenco guitarist, Paco Peña, Fisk can barely control his joy. I find his exuberance and their performance undeniably brilliant, inspiring and so completely universal.

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Creatively Speaking
6:20 am
Mon June 9, 2014

The Ocean City Pops Are Back For Summer!

As summer approaches, WRTI's Jim Cotter takes us down the shore to the Ocean City Music Pier. There have been concerts on the music pier since 1929, when it hosted performances by the new Municipal Orchestra. Since then, what is today the Ocean City Pops, has operated under a variety of names and conductors. In 1987, the orchestra appointed a new music director; William (Bill) Scheible has led the Pops since then.

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Creatively Speaking
6:01 am
Mon June 9, 2014

The Very Political Ludwig van Beethoven

The second movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 is "kind of a march," says Christoph von Dohnanyi, "in respect for all the victims who suffered by Napoleon's attacks."

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) wrote his seventh symphony in the midst of Napoleon’s attempts to conquer Europe. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the work, and its second movement in particular, is a tribute to freedom. Here, the Israel Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta, performs:

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
12:05 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

It's Beethoven, Shostakovich, and The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI: June 8, 1 PM

Danish-Israeli violinist Nikolaj Znaider performs Beethoven's Violin Concerto with the Philadelphians on WRTI, June 8 at 1 pm

This season, The Philadelphia Orchestra juxtaposed Beethoven’s path-breaking symphonies and concertos with those of the great orchestral master of the 20th century Dmitri Shostakovich...we’ll be treated to such a pairing Sunday afternoon at 1 pm.

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Creatively Speaking
4:29 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians "At Play" on their Asia Tour

The Philadelphia Orchestra's "Team Firebird" about to challenge the baseball team from the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s current 2014 tour of Asia and Japan has been rough and tumble enough with moldering halls in remote Chinese capitals and residency activities amid challenging acoustics and blistering heat. Is that what drives some of them to jump off the top of the 700-foot Macau Tower? The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports what orchestra members are going to some extremes to get a break from night after night of concerts.

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Station Announcements
3:25 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Francesca's Letter

Francesca Martinez (center) and her family

Last Wednesday, I read a moving letter on the air from Francesca Martinez when I inducted her family into the Sousalarm Club. So many of you responded to her heartfelt message, and asked if you could read it online, that we have posted it here (see below), with Ms. Martinez's consent. It's a poignant reminder of how transcendent the power of music can be, and of why this work, this station, and this art form matter so much.

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Creatively Speaking
3:53 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Violinist Nikolaj Znaider's Beethoven Odyssey

Ludwig van Beethoven tried certain musical forms only once. One opera, one violin concerto, was all he wrote.

Violinist Nikolaj Znaider says he spent years preparing to take on, what he says is, one of the most difficult pieces for his instrument. It took age, and its attendant personal and artistic growth, for him to get beyond what he describes as "mere graphical representation of the music, those black dots on white paper."

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Creatively Speaking
12:56 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Great Composers Memorialized in Fairmount Park

Bust of Franz Schubert by Henry Baerer, 1891 in West Fairmount Park, east of Horticultural Hall. Bronze sculpture with limestone base and granite with bronze plaque.

Among the hundreds of outdoor sculptures that dot Philadelphia’s urban landscape are three classical music masters. But they're not where you might expect to find them.

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Creatively Speaking
12:28 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Written in Secret Musical Codes: Shostakovich's 10th Symphony

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)

Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who had been in and out of favor with Soviet authorities for decades, wrote his 10th symphony in 1953 - the year Stalin died. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the work is both political and personal, with parts written in musical code.

On Sunday, June 8, 2014, on WRTI, Stephane Deneve leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in a performance of Shostakovich's 10th Symphony and Beethoven's Violin Concerto.

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Creatively Speaking
11:51 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Teaching the Art of Listening: Temple's Steven Kreinberg Opens Doors to Classical Music and Jazz

The highest aspiration for those who teach is to do it in a way that transforms lives. Professor Steven Kreinberg, a faculty member at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance, reveals what happens in his popular course "The Art of Listening."  It’s a special kind of class that opens the door for college students to the world of classical music, jazz, opera, and musicals.

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