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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March 14, 2013

6:06 AM
Sinfonia melodica in C
Artist : Albrecht Mayer, oboe
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 5761 CD
Conductor : Rainer Kussmaul
Orchestra : Berlin Baroque Soloists
Label : D. Gramphn
6:18 AM
Harp Concerto No. 5 in F Op 4
Artist : Sylvia Kowalczuk, harp
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 31550 CD
Conductor : Aristid von Wurtzler
Orchestra : Hungarian Virtuosi Chamb. Orch
Label : Hungaroton
6:31 AM
Four Scottish Dances Op 59
Artist :
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Composer : Malcolm Arnold
Catalog : 8867 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Chandos
6:41 AM
Cockaigne Overture (In London Town) Op 40
Artist :
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 73279 CD
Conductor : Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra : BBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : Teldec
7:06 AM
TANCREDI Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 62653 CD
Conductor : Ralf Weikert
Orchestra : La Fenice orch.& Chor.(Venice)
Label : CBS/Sony
7:15 AM
Radetzky March Op 228
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Strauss
Catalog : 4 CD
Conductor : Colonel John R. Bourgeois
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:18 AM
Das Jahr: No.11 November
Artist : Sarah Rothenberg, piano
Album :
Composer : Fanny Mendelssohn (Hensel)
Catalog : 6666 CD
Label : Arabesque
7:27 AM
Harpsichord Concerto in G
Artist : Peter Westermann, oboe
Album :
Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 77187 CD
Conductor : Thomas Hengelbrock
Orchestra : Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Label : Deut Harmo
7:41 AM
Ruler of the Spirits Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 4758140 CD
Conductor : Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra : L'Orchestre delaSuisse Romande
Label : London/Dec
7:48 AM
Symphony No. 23 in D
Artist :
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 45544 CD
Conductor : Ton Koopman
Orchestra : Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Label : Erato
8:06 AM
Ma Vlast: No. 3 Sarka
Artist :
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 54331 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:18 AM
Slavonic Dance No. 4 in D-Flat Op 72
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 730 CD
Conductor : John Farrer
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : ASV
8:26 AM
Concerto for Two Violins and Lute in D
Artist : Pepe Romero, guitar
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 4784614 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Philips
8:40 AM
Suite
Artist :
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Composer : Henry Purcell
Catalog : 2882 CD
Conductor : Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Intersound
8:50 AM
Villanelle for Horn & Orch
Artist : Radek Baborak, horn
Album :
Composer : Paul Dukas
Catalog : 3348 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Prague Chmbr Philharmonic Orch
Label : Supraphon
9:06 AM
From the Bohemian Forest: Silent Woods Op 68
Artist : Douglas Davis, cello
Album :
Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 3011 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Label : Delos
9:13 AM
Suite for flute (or recorder) & strings in a
Artist : Erik Bosgraaf, recorder
Album :
Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 124 CD
Conductor : Thierry Fischer
Orchestra : Netherlands Radio Chamber Phil
Label : Nederland
9:44 AM
Two English Idylls
Artist :
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Composer : George Butterworth
Catalog : 47945 CD
Conductor : Jeffrey Tate
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:00 AM
Ancient Airs and Dances: Suite No. 3
Artist :
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 553546 CD
Conductor : Rico Saccani
Orchestra : RTE National Sym Orch Ireland
Label : Naxos
10:19 AM
Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra
Artist : Michael Korstick, piano
Album :
Composer : Dmitri Kabalevsky
Catalog : 777658 CD
Conductor : Alun Francis
Orchestra : NDR Radiophilharmonie
Label : CPO
10:46 AM
Dance Rhapsody No. 1
Artist :
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 9355 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
11:00 AM
Suite for 2 horns, strings in F
Artist : Hermann Baumann, horn
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 412226 CD
Conductor : Iona Brown
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
11:15 AM
Symphony No. 5 in e Op 64
Artist :
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 3015 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Delos
12:06 PM
Simple Symphony Op 4
Artist :
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Composer : Benjamin Britten
Catalog : 6592 CD
Conductor : Ronald Thomas
Orchestra : Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Label : Chandos
12:24 PM
String Quartet No. 13 in a Op 29
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 6687 CD
Orchestra : Guarneri Quartet
Label : Arabesque
12:58 PM
Concerto for Piano, Violin & Orchestra
Artist : Sergei Krylov, violin
Album :
Composer : Giovanni Battista Viotti
Catalog : 151 CD
Conductor : Vladislav Czarnecki
Orchestra : S.W.German Ch.Or. of Pforzeim
Label : Agora
1:16 PM
Concerto for Orchestra (2002)
Artist :
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Composer : Jennifer Higdon
Catalog : 80620 CD
Conductor : Robert Spano
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
2:00 PM
Divertimento No. 3 in F
Artist :
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 9045 CD
Conductor : Yuli Turovsky
Orchestra : I Musici de Montreal
Label : Chandos
2:15 PM
Symphony No. 4 in e Op 98
Artist :
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 4782365 CD
Conductor : Bernard Haitink
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
3:00 PM
Ballad of the Gnomes
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 4028 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Cala
3:17 PM
Sonata for Viola and Piano
Artist : Alexander Besa, viola
Album :
Composer : Rebecca Clarke
Catalog : 1 CD
Label : Artimus
3:40 PM
Wallenstein’s Camp, Symphonic poem Op 14
Artist :
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 1915 CD
Conductor : Karel Sejna
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
4:06 PM
Musikalischer Telegraph No. 5 Potpourri Op 106
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Strauss
Catalog : 225285 CD
Conductor : Christian Pollack
Orchestra : Slovak Sinfonietta Zilina
Label : MarcoPolo
4:25 PM
Saltarello
Artist :
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Composer : Charles Gounod
Catalog : 550087 CD
Conductor : Ondrej Lenard
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
4:33 PM
FAUST: Jewel Song: Air des bijoux
Artist : Joan Sutherland, soprano
Album :
Composer : Charles Gounod
Catalog : 4758367 CD
Conductor : Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra : Royal Opera, Covent Garden
Label : London/Dec
4:40 PM
THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN: Suite
Artist :
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Composer : Leos Janacek
Catalog : 75 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Czech State Philharmonic Brno
Label : Reference
5:06 PM
Schwanda the Bagpiper
Artist :
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Composer : Jaromier Weinberger
Catalog : 63053 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:16 PM
Africa Fantasie Op 89
Artist : Laura Mikkola, piano
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 790 CD
Conductor : Jean Jacques Kantorow
Orchestra : Tapiola Sinfonietta
Label : Bis
5:29 PM
The Adventures of Marco Polo Suite
Artist :
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Composer : Hugo Friedhofer
Catalog : 223857 CD
Conductor : William Stromberg
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
5:44 PM
Ocean’s Kingdom: Ocean’s Kingdom
Artist :
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Composer : Paul McCartney
Catalog : 33250 CD
Conductor : John Wilson
Orchestra : London Classical Orchestra
Label : Telarc

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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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