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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Playlist

January 07, 2013

6:06 AM
NABUCCO Overture (Sinfonia)
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 68468 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Label : CBS/Sony
6:15 AM
Symphony No. 46 in C, K. 96
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 5186113 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Pentatone
6:30 AM
Egmont Overture Op 84
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 105 CD
Conductor : David Parry
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label :
6:44 AM
Violin Concerto No. 2 in E, BWV 1042
Artist : Pablo Valetti, violin
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 13 CD
Orchestra : Café Zimmermann
Label : Alpha
7:06 AM
Boccaccio Overture
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 434309 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
7:15 AM
The Royal Welch Fusiliers
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 3 CD
Conductor : Colonel John R. Bourgeois
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:19 AM
Pavane Op 50
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Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 64107 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
7:28 AM
Roumanian Rhapsody No. 1 in A Op 11
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Composer : Georges Enesco
Catalog : 62698 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:41 AM
ITALIAN IN ALGIERS Overture:
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 431653 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Label : D. Gramphn
7:48 AM
Sinfonia Op 3
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Composer : Johann Adolf Hasse
Catalog : 453435 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
8:06 AM
Solomon: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 4758075 CD
Conductor : Karl Munchinger
Orchestra : Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
Label : London/Dec
8:11 AM
Airs écossais Op 34
Artist : Rachel Barton Pine, violin
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Composer : Pablo Sarasate
Catalog : 83 CD
Conductor : Alexander Platt
Orchestra : Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Cedille
8:20 AM
Molly on the Shore
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Composer : Percy Aldridge Grainger
Catalog : 420946 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : Philips
8:28 AM
WILLIAM TELL Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 60387 CD
Conductor : Fritz Reiner
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:40 AM
Finlandia Op 26
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 80320 CD
Conductor : Yoel Levi
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
8:50 AM
Harpsichord Concerto No. 5 in G
Artist : Ottavio Dantone, harpsichord
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Composer : Alessandro Scarlatti
Catalog : 470650 CD
Conductor : Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra : Accademia Bizantina
Label : London/Dec
9:06 AM
Festive Overture Op 96
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Composer : Dmitri Shostakovich
Catalog : 68025 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : Warner Bro
9:14 AM
Flute & Harp Concerto in C, K. 299
Artist : Wolfgang Schulz, flute; Nicanor Zabaleta, harp
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 5741 CD
Conductor : Karl Bohm
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
9:46 AM
Piano Trio No. 23 HOB XV:10 in E-Flat
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 161 CD
Orchestra : Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
Label : PhoenixEd
10:00 AM
Symphony in G Op 131, No. 4
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Composer : Carl Stamitz
Catalog : 10628 CD
Conductor : Matthias Bamert
Orchestra : London Mozart Players
Label : Chandos
10:15 AM
Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat Op 70
Artist : Jean-Pierre Rampal, flute; Paul Meyer, clarinet; Janos Rolla, violin
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Composer : Franz Krommer
Catalog : 75635 CD
Orchestra : Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra
Label : Denon
10:49 AM
Toccata in C Op 7
Artist : Sviatoslav Richter, piano
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 436456 CD
Label : London/Dec
10:58 AM
Violin Concerto in E-Flat, RV 251
Artist : Giuliano Carmignola, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 87733 CD
Conductor : Andrea Marcon
Orchestra : Venice Baroque Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
11:11 AM
Serenade No. 1 in D Op 11
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 5041 CD
Conductor : Gunter Wand
Orchestra : Cologne Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : Profil
12:06 PM
Divertimento No. 3 in F, K. 138
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 412740 CD
Orchestra : Academy Chamber Ensemble
Label : Philips
12:19 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in A
Artist : Byron Janis, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 432002 CD
Conductor : Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra : Moscow Radio Symphony Orches.
Label : Mercury
12:41 PM
On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 623 CD
Conductor : Jeremy Barlow
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : ASV
12:50 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 12 in b Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 6165 CD
Conductor : George Malcolm
Orchestra : Northern Sinfonia of England
Label : ASV
1:06 PM
Symphony No. 6 in b Op 74 Pathetique
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 37768 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
2:00 PM
Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat
Artist : John Wilbraham, trumpet
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Composer : Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Catalog : 5042 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : D. Gramphn
2:18 PM
Raymonda: Suite Op.57a
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 61939 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Royal Scottish National Orch
Label : Warner Classics
3:00 PM
Les Francs-Juges Op 3
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 80271 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
3:14 PM
Organ Concerto in g
Artist : Olivier Latry, organ
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Composer : Francis Poulenc
Catalog : 1094 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Ondine
3:41 PM
Guitar Concerto in e Op 140
Artist : Pepe Romero, guitar
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Composer : Ferdinando Carulli
Catalog : 426263 CD
Conductor : Iona Brown
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
4:06 PM
Cello Concerto in A, Wq. 172
Artist : Timothy Hugh, cello
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 553298 CD
Conductor : Richard Studt
Orchestra : Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Label : Naxos
4:29 PM
Serenade to a Beauteous Lady: March
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Composer : Louis Gruenberg
Catalog : 467 CD
Conductor : Paul Freeman
Orchestra : Czech National Symphony
Label : Albany
4:36 PM
EMPORER JONES: Standin’ in the Need of Prayer
Artist : Lawrence Tibbett, baritone
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Composer : Louis Gruenberg
Catalog : 7808 CD
Conductor : Wilfrid Pelletier
Orchestra : Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:42 PM
Concertstucke for harp & orchin G-Sharp Op 39
Artist : Lily Laskine, harp
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Composer : Gabriel Pierne
Catalog : 88069 CD
Conductor : Jean Martinon
Orchestra : Orchestre National de O.R.T.F.
Label : Erato
5:06 PM
MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR Overture
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Composer : Otto Nicolai
Catalog : 5479 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:15 PM
Matinees Musicales (after Rossini) Op 24
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Composer : Benjamin Britten
Catalog : 87062 CD
Conductor : Patrick Peire
Orchestra : New Flemish Symphony Orchestra
Label : R. Gailly
5:32 PM
Aurora
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Composer : William S. Lloyd Webber
Catalog : 420342 CD
Conductor : Lorin Maazel
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Philips
5:44 PM
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 8502 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
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.

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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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