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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February 19, 2014

6:06 AM
PRINCE IGOR Overture
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 439892 CD
Conductor : Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
6:18 AM
Roumanian Rhapsody No. 2 in D Op 11
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Composer : Georges Enesco
Catalog : 75179 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orch
Label : Erato
6:31 AM
Waltz Fantasy in b
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Composer : Mikhail Glinka
Catalog : 2391 CD
Conductor : Anatole Fistoulari
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Guild
6:41 AM
Quintet for guitar and strings No. 4 in G Fandango
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Composer : Luigi Boccherini
Catalog : 126 CD
Conductor : Ophélie Gaillard
Orchestra : Pulcinella
Label : Ambroisie
7:06 AM
Adriano in Siria: Overture
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999963 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
7:14 AM
On the Campus
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 559248 CD
Conductor : Keith Brion
Orchestra : Royal Artillery Band
Label : Naxos
7:19 AM
Die Werber (The Suitors) Op 103
Artist : Willi Boskovsky, violin
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Composer : Joseph Lanner
Catalog : 8015 CD
Conductor : Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra : Boskovsky Ensemble
Label : VangrdOmeg
7:28 AM
Jeux d’enfants Children’s Games Op 22
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 421527 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
7:41 AM
BARTERED BRIDE Overture
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 63151 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:49 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 1 in f
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Composer : Alessandro Scarlatti
Catalog : 45495 CD
Conductor : Fabio Biondi
Orchestra : Europa Galante
Label : Vrgn Clscs
8:06 AM
EURYANTHE Overture Op 81
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 9066 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Chandos
8:17 AM
Orb & Sceptre
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Composer : Sir William Walton
Catalog : 420946 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : Philips
8:25 AM
Carmen Fantasy Op 25
Artist : Akiko Suwanai, violin
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Composer : Pablo Sarasate
Catalog : 464531 CD
Conductor : Ivan Fischer
Orchestra : Budapest Festival Orchestra
Label : Philips
8:39 AM
Vienna Jubilation
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 54056 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
8:48 AM
Lied for Cello and Orchestra Op 19
Artist : Julian Lloyd Webber, cello
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Composer : Vincent d'Indy
Catalog : 432084 CD
Conductor : Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Philips
9:06 AM
Balladein a Op 33
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Composer : Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Catalog : 436401 CD
Conductor : Grant Llewellyn
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Argo
9:19 AM
Spirituals for Strings
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Composer : Morton Gould
Catalog : 49462 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Klein
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:41 AM
Divertissment de concert Op 204
Artist : Michael Ponti, piano
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Composer : Carl Czerny
Catalog : 5111 CD
Conductor : Paul Angerer
Orchestra : Southwest German Chamber Orch
Label : Vox/MMG
10:00 AM
RIENZI: Overture
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 3 CD
Conductor : Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : LondonPhil
10:15 AM
Violin Concerto No. 2 Op 131
Artist : Chloe Hanslip, violin
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Composer : Benjamin Godard
Catalog : 570554 CD
Conductor : Kirk Trevor
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : Naxos
10:42 AM
Carnival for Small Orchestra Op 5
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Composer : Leo Weiner
Catalog : 18 CD
Conductor : Tibor Varga
Orchestra : Budapest Chamber Symphony
Label : BudapestMu
10:42 AM
Concert Fantasy in G Op 56
Artist : Jerome Lowenthal, piano
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 9301 CD
Conductor : Sergiu Commissiona
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bridge
10:42 AM
Symphony No. 6 in d Op 104
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 8005 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
12:07 PM
THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN: Suite
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Composer : Leos Janacek (arr. Talich)
Catalog : 9080 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:26 PM
THE KISS: Vendulka’s Lullaby
Artist : Renee Fleming, soprano
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 19033 CD
Conductor : Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
12:32 PM
Concert Overture Op 32
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Composer : Georges Enesco
Catalog : 223144 CD
Conductor : Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra : Roumainian Radio/TV Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
12:44 PM
Serenade for Strings in E Op 22
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 4780119 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
1:16 PM
Brass Quintet No. 1 in b-Flat Op 5
Artist : David Bilger, trumpet; Jeffrey Curnow, tempuet; Jennifer Montone, horn; Nitzan Haroz, trombone; Carol Jantsch, tuba
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Composer : Victor Ewald
Catalog : 1150 CD
Label : Ondine
1:32 PM
The Lark Ascending
Artist : Hilary Hahn, violin
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 3026 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
1:50 PM
Pictures at an Exhibition: Hut on Fowl’s Legs, Great Gate of Kiev
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky (arr. Ravel)
Catalog : 468526 CD
Conductor : Valery Gergiev
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Philips
2:02 PM
Choral Fantasy in c Op 80
Artist : Wolfgang Sawallisch, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 3 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : PhilOrch.
2:23 PM
Why Fum’th in Fight?
Artist : Atlanta Symph. Chamber Chorus
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Composer : Thomas Tallis
Catalog : 80676 CD
Conductor : Robert Spano
Label : Telarc
2:25 PM
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 62645 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
2:39 PM
Chimes of St. Genevieve
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Composer : Marin Marais
Catalog : 550750 CD
Orchestra : Spectre de la Rose
Label : Naxos
2:50 PM
Le Grand Tango
Artist : Emilio Colon, cello
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Composer : Astor Piazzolla
Catalog : 11125 CD
Label : Klavier
3:00 PM
Suite on Jewish Themes
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Composer : Louis Gesensway
Catalog : 403 CD
Orchestra : The New Philadelphia Quartet
Label : Weston Snd
3:16 PM
Shakespeare’s Tempest Symphonic Poem Op 31
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Composer : John Knowles Paine
Catalog : 559747 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Naxos
3:38 PM
Polyeucte
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Composer : Paul Dukas
Catalog : 9225 CD
Conductor : Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra : BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
4:06 PM
The Viking Poem for Orchestra Op 32
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Composer : Joseph Holbrooke
Catalog : 777442 CD
Conductor : Howard Griffiths
Orchestra : Brandenburg St Orch/Frankfurt
Label : CPO
4:27 PM
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
4:36 PM
NABUCCO: Gli Arredi festivi
Artist : Chicago Symphony Chorus
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 4783641 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:43 PM
Variations on a Dublin Air
Artist : Ralph Holmes, violin
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Composer : Hamilton Harty
Catalog : 8386 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
5:06 PM
Prospero Overture
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Composer : Frederick Corder
Catalog : 66515 CD
Conductor : David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra : English Northern Philharmonia
Label : Hyperion
5:17 PM
Sursum Corda Op 11
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 6544 CD
Conductor : Norman Del Mar
Orchestra : Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Label : Chandos
5:26 PM
Phantasia- Based on themes from PHANTOM
Artist : Sarah Chang, violin
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Composer : Andrew Lloyd Webber
Catalog : 58043 CD
Conductor : Simon Lee
Orchestra : The London Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI

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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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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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