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 15, 2013

6:06 AM
Sinfonia No. 6 in E
Artist :
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 73326 CD
Conductor : Thomas Fueri
Orchestra : Bern Camerata
Label : Denon
6:16 AM
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
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Composer : Paul Dukas
Catalog : 61901 CD
Conductor : Dmitri Kitayenko
Orchestra : Bergen Philharmonic
Label : Vrgn Clscs
6:30 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 11 in B-Flat Op 6
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 434110 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Philips
6:41 AM
The Comedians
Artist :
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Composer : Dmitri Kabalevsky
Catalog : 553411 CD
Conductor : Vasily Jelvakov
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:06 AM
Cello Concerto in F
Artist : Christophe Coin, cello
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 30457 CD
Conductor : Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra : Il Giardino Armonico, Milano
Label : Naive
7:15 AM
New Frontiers March
Artist :
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Composer : Karl King
Catalog : 4 CD
Conductor : (Colonel) Lowell E. Graham
Orchestra : USAF Tactical Air Command Band
Label : USAF
7:18 AM
Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 550871 CD
Conductor : Nicholas Ward
Orchestra : Northern Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:28 AM
Coppelia: Ballet Suite
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Composer : Leo Delibes
Catalog : 62530 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:41 AM
Egyptian March Op 335
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 1663 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
7:48 AM
Trumpet Concerto No. 1 4/12 in D
Artist : John Wallace, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Johann Melchior Molter
Catalog : 5121 CD
Conductor : Simon Wright
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
8:06 AM
Grande fantasie after Saint-Saens Samson
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Composer : Alexandre Luigini
Catalog : 1016 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Cala
8:21 AM
Shepherd’s Hey
Artist :
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Composer : Percy Aldridge Grainger
Catalog : 117 CD
Conductor : Jerry Junkin
Orchestra : Dallas Wind Symphony
Label : Reference
8:28 AM
Ma Vlast: No. 2 Vltava (The Moldau)
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 7047 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
8:43 AM
Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra in C Op 109
Artist : Wolfgang Meyer, clarinet
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 45 CD
Conductor : Wojciech Rajski
Orchestra : Polish Radio Symphony Orchestr
Label : ClassicTal
8:48 AM
Sinfonia No. 10
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Composer : Francesco Manfredini
Catalog : 550877 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
9:06 AM
Sinfonia in G
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Composer : Giovanni Battista Sammartini
Catalog : 2908609 CD
Conductor : Chiara Banchini
Orchestra : Ensemble 415
Label : Harm Mundi
9:17 AM
Symphony No. 60 Il Distratto in C
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 54297 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
9:43 AM
Adagio con Variazioni for cello & orch
Artist : Han-na Chang, cello
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 57052 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:00 AM
Concerto for Orchestra in D
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 62345 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:17 AM
Clarinet Quintet in A
Artist : Janet Hilton, clarinet
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 1042 CD
Orchestra : Lindsay String Quartet
Label : ASV
10:55 AM
Scene de Ballet Op 100
Artist : Yuri Bashmet, viola
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Composer : Charles Auguste de Beriot
Catalog : 1000540 CD
Conductor : Valery Gergiev
Orchestra : Moscow Philharmonic
Label : Melodya
11:08 AM
La Tempete Op 18
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Composer : Ernest Chausson
Catalog : 8369 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Belgian Radio & TV Symph Orch
Label : Chandos
11:18 AM
Symphony No. 4 in g Op 167
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Composer : Joachim Raff
Catalog : 66628 CD
Conductor : Hilary Davan Wetton
Orchestra : Milton Keynes City Orchestra
Label : Hyperion
12:06 PM
Roumanian Rhapsody No. 2 in D Op 11
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Composer : Georges Enesco
Catalog : 434326 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
12:21 PM
Piano Trio No. 1 in d Op 32
Artist : Joseph Kalichstein, piano
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Composer : Anton Arensky
Catalog : 7731 CD
Label : KOCH Intl.
12:55 PM
Concerto for 3 violins, stgs, & BC in D
Artist : ...and various soloists
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 553505 CD
Conductor : Helmut Muller-Bruhl
Orchestra : Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
1:13 PM
Sleeping Beauty Suite Op 66
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 47075 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
1:36 PM
Concertino for piano and orchestra in G Op 73
Artist : Martin Galling, piano
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Composer : Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Catalog : 5111 CD
Conductor : C.A. Bunte
Orchestra : Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
2:00 PM
Symphony No. 8 in F Op 93
Artist :
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 49487 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
2:26 PM
Cydalise et le Chevre-Pied- Suite No. 1
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Composer : Gabriel Pierne
Catalog : 1489
Conductor : Jean Martinon
Orchestra : Orchestre National de O.R.T.F.
Label : MHS
3:00 PM
Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra 1955
Artist : Robert Alemany, clarinet
Album :
Composer : Elie Siegmeister
Catalog : 502 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Czech National Symphony
Label : Albany
3:18 PM
L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2
Artist :
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 64563 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
3:40 PM
Bassoon Concerto in C
Artist : Tamas Benkocs, bassoon
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 570798 CD
Conductor : Bela Drahos
Orchestra : Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
Label : Naxos
4:06 PM
Holberg Suite Op 40
Artist :
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 412727 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
4:28 PM
VANESSA: Prelude & Intermezzo
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Composer : Samuel Barber
Catalog : 9253 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
4:34 PM
VANESSA: Under the Willow Tree
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Composer : Samuel Barber
Catalog : 9253 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
4:39 PM
Guitar Concerto No. 1 in D Op 99
Artist : Pepe Romero, guitar
Album :
Composer : Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Catalog : 416357 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
5:06 PM
Le Corsaire Overture Op 21
Artist :
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 68790 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : RCA/BMG
5:16 PM
Carmen-Fantasie
Artist : Rachel Kolly d’Alba, violin
Album :
Composer : Franz Waxman
Catalog : 65765 CD
Conductor : John Axelrod
Orchestra : Nat Orch des Pays de la Loire
Label : Warner Bro
5:30 PM
Violin Concerto in D Op 35
Artist : Renaud Capucon, violin
Album :
Composer : Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Catalog : 694589 CD
Conductor : Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra : Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchest
Label : Vrgn Clscs
5:58 PM
Standchen Op 9
Artist : Barbara Hendricks, soprano
Album :
Composer : Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Catalog : 56169 CD
Conductor : Franz Welser-Most
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI

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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!

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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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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

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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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