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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January 16, 2013

6:06 AM
Concerto Grosso Op 3
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Composer : Francesco Geminiani
Catalog : 553019 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
6:17 AM
Morning Papers Op 279
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 416819 CD
Conductor : Franz Bauer-Theussl
Orchestra : Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
Label : Philips
6:30 AM
Outdoor Overture
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 62401 CD
Conductor : Louis Lane
Orchestra : Cleveland Pops Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
6:40 AM
Ma Vlast: No. 1 Vysehrad
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 3465 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
7:06 AM
Grand Tarantelle for piano & orchestra Op 67
Artist : Michael Gurt, piano
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Composer : Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Catalog : 559320 CD
Conductor : Richard Rosenberg
Orchestra : Hot Springs Festival Sym Orch
Label : Naxos
7:14 AM
The Belle of Chicago
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 95163 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:18 AM
KHOVANSHCHINA: Persian Slaves’ Dance
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 332 CD
Conductor : Carlo Ponti
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : Pentatone
7:27 AM
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 14in f
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 550142 CD
Conductor : Matyas Antal
Orchestra : Hungarian State Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:40 AM
Symphony No. 1in B-Flat
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 46 CD
Conductor : Antonio Janigro
Orchestra : I Solisti Zagreb
Label : VangrdOmeg
8:06 AM
Concerto for harp in D
Artist : Sylvia Kowalczuk, harp
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 31550 CD
Conductor : Aristid von Wurtzler
Orchestra : Hungarian Virtuosi Chamb. Orch
Label : Hungaroton
8:21 AM
Fanfare for the Common Man
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 11878 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
8:25 AM
Organ Concerto No. 2 in G
Artist : Roger Bevan Williams, organ
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Composer : Thomas Augustine Arne
Catalog : 8604 CD
Conductor : Adrian Shepherd
Orchestra : Cantilena
Label : Chandos
8:39 AM
La Dame Blanche Overture
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Composer : F. A. Boieldieu
Catalog : 434332 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
8:48 AM
Bamboula (Danse de negres)
Artist : Eugene List, piano
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Composer : Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Catalog : 4050 CD
Label : VangrdOmeg
9:06 AM
Norwegian Rhapsody No. 1 Op 17
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Composer : Johan Svendsen
Catalog : 570322 CD
Conductor : Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra : South Jutland Symphony Orch
Label : Naxos
9:17 AM
Symphony No. 98 in B-Flat
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 85770 CD
Conductor : Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:44 AM
SALOME: Dance of the Seven Veils
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 7890 CD
Conductor : Lorin Maazel
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
10:00 AM
Sinfonia in D
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Composer : Nicola Piccinni
Catalog : 2020 CD
Conductor : Enzo Amato
Orchestra : Chamber Orchestra of Naples
Label : Concerto
10:10 AM
Violin Concerto No. 1 in a Op 28
Artist : Sarah Chang, violin
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Composer : Carl Goldmark
Catalog : 56955 CD
Conductor : James Conlon
Orchestra : Gurzenich Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:48 AM
Fantasiestucke Op 73
Artist : Matt Haimovitz, cello
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 2002 CD
Label : Oxingale
10:48 AM
A VILLAGE ROMEO AND JULIET: The Walk to the Paradise Garden
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 65119 CD
Conductor : Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:48 AM
Symphony No. 8 in G Op 88
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 65 CD
Conductor : Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra : Netherlands Philharmonic Orch
Label : Pentatone
12:07 PM
Wind Quintet in g Op 56
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Composer : Franz Danzi
Catalog : 124 CD
Orchestra : Farkas Quintet Amsterdam
Label : Nederland
12:21 PM
BARTERED BRIDE: Overture
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 3163 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Neumann
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
12:30 PM
Nell Gwyn: Overture
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Composer : Edward German
Catalog : 223419 CD
Conductor : Adrian Leaper
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
12:41 PM
Rhapsody No. 1 for violin & piano
Artist : Gyorgy Pauk, violin
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Composer : Bela Bartok
Catalog : 558200 CD
Label : Naxos
12:54 PM
Ma Vlast: No. 2 Vltava (The Moldau)
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 59285 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Vrgn Clscs
1:07 PM
RUSALKA: O Lovely Moon
Artist : Anna Netrebko, soprano
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 80403 CD
Conductor : Gianandrea Noseda
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
1:14 PM
Crisantemi for strings
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 64766 CD
Conductor : Antonio Pappano
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
1:23 PM
Peer Gynt: In the Hall of the Mountain King Op 46
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 4776121 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
1:27 PM
Etude Symphonique
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Composer : Vaclav Nelhybel
Catalog : 8155 CD
Conductor : Maurice Abravanel
Orchestra : Utah Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
1:41 PM
THE MERRY WIDOW: Vilja lied
Artist : Boje Skovhus, baritone
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Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 4776525 CD
Conductor : John Elliot Gardiner
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
1:45 PM
Symphony No. 9 in e Op 95: Largo
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 4780115 CD
Conductor : Witold Rowicki
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
1:56 PM
Exsultate, Jubilate: Alleluia
Artist : Kathleen Battle, soprano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 48235 CD
Conductor : Andre Previn
Orchestra : Orchestra of St. Luke's
Label : CBS/Sony
2:06 PM
Serenade Op 6
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Composer : Enrico Toselli
Catalog : 62698 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
2:10 PM
THAIS: Meditation
Artist : Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
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Composer : Jules Massenet
Catalog : 437544 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
2:18 PM
Empire March (1924)
Artist : Peter Richard Conte, organ
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 49247 CD
Label : Gothic
2:26 PM
Blue Danube Waltz Op 314
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 1849 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
2:37 PM
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2:
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Composer : Heitor Villa-Lobos
Catalog : 557460 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra : Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
2:43 PM
THE MERRY WIDOW: Vilja-Lied
Artist : Ana Maria Martinez, soprano
Album :
Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 557827 CD
Conductor : Steven Mercurio
Orchestra : Prague Philharmonia
Label : Naxos
2:50 PM
Nocturne and Tarantella Op 28
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Composer : Karol Szymanowski
Catalog : 557981 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : Warsaw Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
3:00 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 5 in d Op 3
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 907415 CD
Conductor : Richard Egarr
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : Harm Mundi
3:11 PM
TANNHAUSER: Overture and Bacchanale
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 2369 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : Guild
3:39 PM
Concerto for Trump,Oboe d’a,vln,Strings in E
Artist : John Wallace, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Carl Fredrich Christian Fasch
Catalog : 5121 CD
Conductor : Simon Wright
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
4:06 PM
Moscow-Cheryomushki: Suite
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Composer : Dmitri Shostakovich
Catalog : 452597 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:27 PM
LA GIOCONDA: Dance of the Hours
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Composer : Amilcare Ponchielli
Catalog : 473171 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : Royal Opera, Covent Garden
Label : London/Dec
4:38 PM
I LITUANI: Si, questa estrema grazia
Artist : Jonas Kaufmann, tenor
Album :
Composer : Amilcare Ponchielli
Catalog : 15463 CD
Conductor : Antonio Pappano
Orchestra : Santa Cecilia Academy, Rome
Label : London/Dec
4:43 PM
Daphnis et Chloe: Suite No. 2
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 4027 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Cala
5:06 PM
Overture on Hebrew Themes Op 34
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Composer : Sergei Prokofiev
Catalog : 8800 CD
Conductor : Yuli Turovsky
Orchestra : I Musici de Montreal
Label : Chandos
5:17 PM
Soirees Musicales (after Rossini) Op 9
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Composer : Benjamin Britten
Catalog : 87062 CD
Conductor : Patrick Peire
Orchestra : New Flemish Symphony Orchestra
Label : R. Gailly
5:30 PM
Grande Vitesse Galop Op 146
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Composer : Emile Waldteufel
Catalog : 5264 CD
Conductor : Michel Swierczewski
Orchestra : Gulbenkian Foundation Orch.
Label : Nimbus
5:35 PM
NOTRE DAME: Intermezzo
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Composer : Franz Schmidt
Catalog : 412236 CD
Conductor : Silvio Varviso
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Philips
5:42 PM
Les Miserables
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Composer : Arthur Honegger
Catalog : 223134 CD
Conductor : Adriano
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo

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The Fabulous Philadelphians on WRTI
9:36 am
Sat June 21, 2014

It's All Mozart on Sunday's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert Broadcast on WRTI!

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Sunday at 1 pm, the first concert from last April's Philadelphia Orchestra Mozart Celebration brings us three Mozart masterpieces! With Yannick on the podium, the Orchestra will play an overture to one of Mozart's three operas set to a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, Cosi fan Tutte, continue with the Piano Concerto No.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
3:23 am
Wed June 18, 2014

A Rhythm That Has Waltzed Away With Hearts

Debutantes in the opening waltz of the 2011 Vienna Opera Ball. The head of the Vienna Institute for Strauss Research calls the waltz "Austria's premier cultural export."
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
Tue June 17, 2014

An Opera Remembers The Tragedy Of An Asian-American Soldier

Andrew Stenson plays Pvt. Danny Chen in An American Soldier, a new opera about the hazing and death of the Chinese-American soldier from New York City.
Sarah Tilotta NPR

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

About two years ago, playwright David Henry Hwang turned down an offer to write a play about the brief life and suicide of Army Pvt. Danny Chen.

But an opera? He couldn't refuse.

"This is a story with big emotions, big primary colors in a way, and big plot events," says Hwang, who wrote the libretto for An American Soldier, a new hourlong opera commissioned by Washington National Opera.

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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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