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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January 01, 2013

6:06 AM
Graduation Ball - Ballet
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Composer : Johann Strauss II (arr. Antal Dorati)
Catalog : 1919
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
6:37 AM
La Sorella- March
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Composer : Charles Borel-Clerc
Catalog : 2661
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
6:42 AM
An American in Paris
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 431625 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
7:06 AM
IL GUARANY: Overture
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Composer : Carlos Gomes
Catalog : 2661
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:14 AM
America First
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 160 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:19 AM
Piano Concerto in C
Artist : Stewart Goodyear, piano
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 80112 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:39 AM
Nocturne
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Composer : Gerald Finzi
Catalog : 570417 CD
Conductor : David Hill
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:51 AM
Ziehrer’s Waltz Op 478
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Composer : Carl Michael Ziehrer
Catalog : 225172 CD
Conductor : Christian Pollack
Orchestra : Razumovsky Sinfonia
Label : MarcoPolo
8:06 AM
DER ROSENKAVALIER: Concert Suite Op 59
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 7890 CD
Conductor : Lorin Maazel
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
8:27 AM
Britta Polka
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Composer : Hans Christian Lumbye
Catalog : 90000
Conductor : Tippe Lumbye
Orchestra : Tivoli Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
8:33 AM
Florentiner Op 214
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Composer : Julius Fucik
Catalog : 42337 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Neumann
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Teldec
8:40 AM
New Year
Artist : Cambridge Singers
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Composer : John Rutter
Catalog : 133 CD
Conductor : John Rutter
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Collegium
8:46 AM
Three Bavarian Dances Op 27
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 6544 CD
Conductor : Norman Del Mar
Orchestra : Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Label : Chandos
9:06 AM
Valse Brillante
Artist : Wynton Marsalis, cornet
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Composer : Herbert L. Clarke
Catalog : 41219
Conductor : Donald Hunsberger
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : CBS/Sony
9:16 AM
Die Puppenfee- Ballet in two scenes
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Composer : Joseph Bayer
Catalog : 1138
Conductor : Peter Falk
Orchestra : Rhineland Philharmonia
Label : MHS
10:00 AM
Suite of English folk dances
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Composer : Ernest Tomlinson
Catalog : 64131 CD
Conductor : Sir Vivian Dunn
Orchestra : Light Music Society Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:16 AM
Rhapsody in Blue
Artist : Peter Donohoe, piano
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 57691 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : London Sinfonietta
Label : Angel/EMI
10:34 AM
Festival March
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Composer : Victor Herbert
Catalog : 7125 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
10:43 AM
Austrian Peasant Dances
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Composer : Various
Catalog : 2677 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
12:59 PM
DIE FLEDERMAUS
Artist : Bavarian State Opera Chorus
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 415646 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Bavarian State Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
3:00 PM
Christmas Oratorio Part 4
Artist : Monika Frimmer, soprano
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 941 CD
Conductor : Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra : Bach Collegium Japan
Label : Bis
3:23 PM
Symphony in E-Flat Op 5
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Composer : Francois Joseph Gossec
Catalog : 9661 CD
Conductor : Matthias Bamert
Orchestra : London Mozart Players
Label : Chandos
3:38 PM
London Again Suite
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Composer : Eric Coates
Catalog : 2070 CD
Conductor : John Wilson
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Avie
4:06 PM
West Side Story Suite
Artist : Joshua Bell, violin
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Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Catalog : 89358 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:27 PM
Auld Lang Syne Variations
Artist : Mark Kaplan, violin
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Composer : Franz Waxman
Catalog : 7444 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : Barcelona/Catalonia Orch.
Label : KOCH Intl.
4:42 PM
Beim Antritt des neuen Jahres
Artist : Bamberg Symphony Choir
Album :
Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 312941 CD
Conductor : Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : Orfeo
5:06 PM
March Medley
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Composer : Richard Hayman
Catalog : 80122 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
5:14 PM
Bolero
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 46274 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:31 PM
Gold and Silver Waltz Op 79
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Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 80547 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
5:39 PM
DAS LAND DES LACHELNS: Dein ist mein ganzes herz
Artist : Fritz Wunderlich, tenor
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Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 75915 CD
Conductor : Carl Michalski
Orchestra : Studio Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:45 PM
Musikalischer Telegraph No. 5 Potpourri Op 106
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Strauss
Catalog : 225285 CD
Conductor : Christian Pollack
Orchestra : Slovak Sinfonietta Zilina
Label : MarcoPolo

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
3:23 am
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JOE KLAMAR AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 3:11 pm

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
12:35 pm
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Sarah Tilotta NPR

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 12:34 pm

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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

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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

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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

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

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Station Announcements
3:25 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Francesca's Letter

Francesca Martinez (center) and her family

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Creatively Speaking
3:53 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Violinist Nikolaj Znaider's Beethoven Odyssey

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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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