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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Playlist

January 03, 2013

6:06 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 2 in F Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 9004 CD
Conductor : Yuli Turovsky
Orchestra : I Musici de Montreal
Label : Chandos
6:20 AM
Flute Concerto No. 2 in g Op 10
Artist : Robert Stallman, flute
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 733 CD
Conductor : John Lubbock
Orchestra : Orchestra of St Johns Smith Sq
Label : ASV
6:30 AM
Symphonic Sketches: Jubilee
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Composer : George W. Chadwick
Catalog : 80144 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
6:40 AM
Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 Op 46
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 36718 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
7:06 AM
ALFONSO AND ESTRELLA Overture
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 385853 CD
Conductor : Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra : Menuhin Festival Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:15 AM
On the Campus
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 96197 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:18 AM
Slavonic Dance No. 4 in D-Flat Op 72
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 4780118 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : London/Dec
7:28 AM
Giselle: ballet suite
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Composer : Adolph Adam
Catalog : 46341 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:40 AM
The Land of Smiles: Overture
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Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 2012611 CD
Conductor : Kurt Woss
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Gram.Loden
7:51 AM
Rondo for Violin & Orchestrain B-Flat
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 415958 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:06 AM
DON PASQUALE Overture
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Composer : Gaetano Donizetti
Catalog : 65618 CD
Conductor : Tullio Serafin
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:14 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)
8:28 AM
Carmen Fantasy Op 25
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
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Composer : Pablo Sarasate
Catalog : 423063 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
8:41 AM
SLEEPING BEAUTY Overture
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Composer : Engelbert Humperdinck
Catalog : 61128 CD
Conductor : Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : Vrgn Clscs
8:48 AM
Sleeping Beauty: Introduction Op 66
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 93980 CD
Conductor : Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra : L'Orchestre delaSuisse Romande
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9:06 AM
Olimpiade: Sinfonia
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Composer : Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Catalog : 471566 CD
Conductor : Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra : Santa Cecilia Academy, Rome
Label : D. Gramphn
9:13 AM
Piano Concerto No. 20 in d
Artist : Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 281 CD
Conductor : Leif Ove Andsnes
Orchestra : Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:45 AM
Valse de Concert No. 2 Op 51
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 553838 CD
Conductor : Igor Golovschin
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:00 AM
Concerto Armonico No. 2 in G
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Composer : Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer
Catalog : 410205 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Argo
10:13 AM
Piano Concerto in a Op 54
Artist : Martha Argerich, piano
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 305 CD
Conductor : Kazimierz Kord
Orchestra : Warsaw National Phil. Orch.
Label : Accord
10:43 AM
blue cathedral
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Composer : Jennifer Higdon
Catalog : 80596 CD
Conductor : Robert Spano
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
10:58 AM
Concertino for Clarinet & Orchin E-Flat Op 26
Artist : Sabine Meyer, clarinet
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 47351 CD
Conductor : Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Angel/EMI
11:10 AM
Symphony No. 2 in D Op 43
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 54804 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:06 PM
Petite Suite
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 434306 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
12:19 PM
String Quartet in F
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 1379 CD
Orchestra : St.Petersburg String Quartet
Label : Marquis
12:49 PM
Valse Romantique No. 2
Artist : Georges Rabol, piano
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Composer : Emmanuel Chabrier
Catalog : 553080 CD
Label : Naxos
12:57 PM
A Night Piece for flute and string orch.
Artist : Katherine DeJongh, flute
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Composer : Arthur Foote
Catalog : 2585 CD
Conductor : Bohdan Jarmolowicz
Orchestra : Polish Nat. Chamb. Orch/Slupsk
Label : Centaur
1:08 PM
Symphony No. 1 in c Op 68
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 307 CD
Conductor : Marek Janowski
Orchestra : Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Label : Pentatone
2:00 PM
Sinfonia for violoncello & strings in F
Artist : Michael Flaksman, cello
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Composer : Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Catalog : 4252 CD
Conductor : Jorg Faerber
Orchestra : Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra
Label : Excelsior
2:09 PM
Piano Trio (2003)
Artist : Anne Akiko Meyers, violin
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Composer : Jennifer Higdon
Catalog : 559298 CD
Label : Naxos
2:24 PM
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Op 58
Artist : Maurizio Pollini, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 4777244 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
3:00 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 1 in B-Flat Op 3
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 2065 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Handel & Haydn Society
Label : Avie
3:10 PM
Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Op 101
Artist : Jacqueline DuPre, cello
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 68132 CD
Conductor : Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:42 PM
Ballad of the Gnomes
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 4028 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Cala
4:06 PM
Piano Concerto No. 16 in D
Artist : Christian Zacharias, piano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 9401667 CD
Conductor : Christian Zacharias
Orchestra : Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Label : MD+G
4:30 PM
AIDA: Grand March from Act II
Artist : Atlanta Symphony Chorus
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 80152 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
4:41 PM
AIDA: Ritorna vincitor!
Artist : Leontyne Price, soprano
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 4758368 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : Teatro dell'Opera Orch., Rome
Label : London/Dec
4:50 PM
Legend for Piano & Orchestra (1933)
Artist : Jane Coop, piano
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Composer : John Ireland
Catalog : 5208 CD
Conductor : Mario Bernardi
Orchestra : CBC Orchestra
Label : CBC(RCI)
5:06 PM
Flute Concerto in G
Artist : William Bennett, flute
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Composer : Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Catalog : 391378 CD
Conductor : Ian Watson
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
5:19 PM
The Perfect Fool Ballet Music Op 39
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 61257 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Vrgn Clscs
5:30 PM
The Leopard Il Gattopardo
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Composer : Nino Rota
Catalog : 74987 CD
Conductor : Gianluigi Gelmetti
Orchestra : Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
5:45 PM
Les Miserables Suite
Artist : and others
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Composer : Claude-Michel Schonberg
Catalog : 80498 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc

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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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