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

February 18, 2014

6:06 AM
Robin Hood Suite
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Composer : Frederic Curzon
Catalog : 223425 CD
Conductor : Adrian Leaper
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
6:20 AM
Concerto for 3 Oboes and strings in B-Flat
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 580 CD
Conductor : Simon Standage
Orchestra : Collegium Musicum 90
Label : Chandos
6:31 AM
Zampa Overture
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Composer : Louis Joseph F. Herold
Catalog : 37240 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
6:41 AM
Rondo in A, D. 438
Artist : Pinchas Zukerman, violin
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 5221 CD
Conductor : Pinchas Zukerman
Orchestra : Nat. Arts Center Orch., Ottawa
Label : CBC(RCI)
7:06 AM
Overture to an Italian Comedy
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Composer : Arthur Benjamin
Catalog : 442374 CD
Conductor : Joseph Post
Orchestra : Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Label : ABC
7:15 AM
Invictus
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Composer : Karl King
Catalog : 7 CD
Conductor : (Colonel) Lowell E. Graham
Orchestra : US Air Force Band
Label : USAF
7:18 AM
PAQUITA: Grand Pas de trois
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Composer : Leon Minkus
Catalog : 10544 CD
Conductor : Boris Spassov
Orchestra : Sofia National Opera Orchestra
Label : Capriccio
7:28 AM
Sinfonia No. 1 in G
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 553285 CD
Conductor : Christian Benda
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
7:42 AM
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 15 in a
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 61497 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:49 AM
Trumpet Concerto in C
Artist : John Wallace, trumpet
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Composer : J. Michael Haydn
Catalog : 5121 CD
Conductor : Simon Wright
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
8:06 AM
Sinfonia in C
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Composer : Josef Myslivecek
Catalog : 4776418 CD
Conductor : Werner Erhardt
Orchestra : Concerto Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
8:16 AM
Symphony No. 22 in C, K. 162
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4790718 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:28 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 1 in G Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 410897 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
8:41 AM
IL VIAGGIO A REIMS Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 47118 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:49 AM
Norwegian Artists’ Carnival Op 14
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Composer : Johan Svendsen
Catalog : 50009 CD
Conductor : Karsten Andersen
Orchestra : Bergen Symphony Orchestra
Label : NKF
9:06 AM
Overture No. 1 in e
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Composer : Thomas Augustine Arne
Catalog : 4759117 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : London/Dec
9:16 AM
Intermezzo in E-Flat Op 117, No. 1
Artist : Van Cliburn, piano
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 40723 CD
Label : RCA/BMG
9:22 AM
Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Op 97 Rhenish
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Composer : Robert Schumann (arr. Gustav Mahler)
Catalog : 394 CD
Conductor : Aldo Ceccato
Orchestra : Bergen Philharmonic
Label : Bis
10:00 AM
Macbeth Op 23
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 339 CD
Conductor : Marek Janowski
Orchestra : Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Label : Pentatone
10:21 AM
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K. 488
Artist : Christoph Eschenbach, piano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 81793 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:49 AM
Cassazione Op 6
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 448 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bis
11:04 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 2in B-Flat Op 3
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 45981 CD
Conductor : John Elliot Gardiner
Orchestra : English Baroque Soloists
Label : Erato
11:18 AM
Symphony No. 3 in C Op 32
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 423604 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
12:06 PM
Capriccio Italien Op 45
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 2396 CD
Conductor : Dimitri Mitropoulos
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : Guild
12:24 PM
Piano Trio No. 2 in C Op 87
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 57199 CD
Orchestra : Eroica Trio
Label : Angel/EMI
12:53 PM
In Nature’s Realm Overture Op 91
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 794 CD
Conductor : John Farrer
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : ASV
1:08 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in a Op 15
Artist : Thomas Tirino, piano
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Composer : Edward MacDowell
Catalog : 2149 CD
Conductor : Vasil Kazandzhiev
Orchestra : Bulgarian Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : Centaur
1:39 PM
Symphony No. 5 Sinfonia Sacra Op 43
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Composer : Howard Hanson
Catalog : 559703 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
2:00 PM
Overture in g
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Composer : Anton Bruckner
Catalog : 91206 CD
Conductor : Marek Janowski
Orchestra : Phil Orch of Radio France
Label : Vrgn Clscs
2:11 PM
Violin Concerto in D Op 77
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 6004 CD
Conductor : Willem van Otterloo
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
3:00 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 11 (After Scarlatti) in G
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Composer : Charles Avison
Catalog : 31 CD
Orchestra : Café Zimmermann
Label : Alpha
3:13 PM
Harp Concerto Op 25
Artist : Vera Badings, harp
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Composer : Alberto Ginastera
Catalog : 6004 CD
Conductor : Jesus Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
3:43 PM
Russian Easter Festival Overture Op 36
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 434308 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
4:06 PM
Piano Sonata No. 23 in f Op 57
Artist : Vladimir Horowitz, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 34509 CD
Orchestra : Appassionata
Label : CBS/Sony
4:31 PM
Chevy Chace Overture
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Composer : George MacFarren
Catalog : 66515 CD
Conductor : David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra : English Northern Philharmonia
Label : Hyperion
4:41 PM
Guitar Concerto No. 1 in D Op 99
Artist : John Williams, guitar
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Composer : Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Catalog : 44791 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:06 PM
WALZERTRAUME (Waltz Dreams)
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Composer : Oscar Straus
Catalog : 80547 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
5:14 PM
Variations Chromatiques (1868)
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Composer : Georges Bizet (arr. Felix Weingartner)
Catalog : 131 CD
Conductor : Martin West
Orchestra : San Francisco Ballet Orchestra
Label : Reference
5:30 PM
Fancy Free Ballet
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Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Catalog : 63905 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : St. Louis Symphony 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!

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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