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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March 18, 2013

6:06 AM
Fra Diavolo Overture
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Composer : Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber
Catalog : 434309 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
6:15 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 1 in D Op 6
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 423626 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
6:29 AM
String Quartet movement (1924)
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Composer : Rebecca Clarke
Catalog : 2847 CD
Orchestra : Julstrom String Quartet
Label : Centaur
6:39 AM
Rondo in A, D. 438
Artist : Pinchas Zukerman, violin
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 420168 CD
Conductor : Pinchas Zukerman
Orchestra : Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Label : Philips
7:06 AM
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 572788 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:15 AM
The World’s Progress
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Composer : Victor Herbert
Catalog : 92036 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:18 AM
Suite Bergamasque: No. 3 Clair de Lune
Artist : Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, vln
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 35177 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
7:28 AM
Norwegian Rhapsody No. 1
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Composer : Johan Halvorsen
Catalog : 50013 CD
Conductor : Karsten Andersen
Orchestra : Bergen Symphony Orchestra
Label : NKF
7:42 AM
Sylvia: Procession of Bacchus
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Composer : Leo Delibes
Catalog : 65616 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:48 AM
Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso Op 28
Artist : Janine Jansen, violin
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 475011 CD
Conductor : Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:06 AM
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 62653 CD
Conductor : Gabriele Ferro
Orchestra : Cappella Coloniensis
Label : CBS/Sony
8:16 AM
Serenade for Sring Orchestra
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Composer : Peter Warlock
Catalog : 8808 CD
Conductor : Vernon Handley
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
8:28 AM
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 64869 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : Angel/EMI
8:42 AM
La Vierge: Le Dernier Sommeil de la Vierge
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Composer : Jules Massenet
Catalog : 99 CD
Conductor : Eiji Oue
Orchestra : Minnesota Orchestra
Label : Reference
8:46 AM
Concerto for 2 violins or flute & violin in c
Artist : Isaac Stern, violin; David Oistrakh, violin; William Smith, harpsichord
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 66472 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
9:06 AM
Baba-Yaga Op 56
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Composer : Anatol Liadov
Catalog : 5160 CD
Conductor : Tugan Sokhiev
Orchestra : Orch du Capitole de Toulouse
Label : Naive
9:11 AM
Sinfonietta on Russian Themes
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 550812 CD
Conductor : Andre Anichanov
Orchestra : St. Petersburg State Symphony
Label : Naxos
9:35 AM
Caprice Russe Op 102
Artist : Grigorios Zamparas, piano
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Composer : Anton Rubinstein
Catalog : 3204 CD
Conductor : Jon Ceander Mitchell
Orchestra : Bohuslav Martinu Philh., Zlin
Label : Centaur
10:00 AM
Symphony No. 1 in D
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Composer : Johann Christoph Vogel
Catalog : 735 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic
Label : OehmsCl
10:22 AM
Violin Concerto No. 24 in b
Artist : Mark Kaplan, violin
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Composer : Giovanni Battista Viotti
Catalog : 6691 CD
Conductor : David Golub
Orchestra : Veneto/Padua Chamber Orchestra
Label : Arabesque
10:49 AM
Concerto No. 6 in A Op 1
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Composer : Lorenzo Gaetano Zavateri
Catalog : 77352 CD
Conductor : Gottfried von der Goltz
Orchestra : Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Label : Deut Harmo
11:02 AM
Scheherazade Op 35
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 47023 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:06 PM
Concerto Grosso in d Op 2, No. 3
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Composer : Francesco Geminiani
Catalog : 553019 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
12:14 PM
Piano Concerto Op 45
Artist : Joanne Polk, piano
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Composer : Amy Marcy Cheney Beach
Catalog : 6738 CD
Conductor : Paul Goodwin
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Arabesque
12:54 PM
Gregorian Chant for String Orchestra
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Composer : Paul Creston
Catalog : 4076 CD
Conductor : Arthur Lief
Orchestra : New York Chamber Orchestra
Label : VangrdOmeg
1:08 PM
Symphony 00 Study Symphony in f
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Composer : Anton Bruckner
Catalog : 920 CD
Conductor : Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra : Deutsches Symph.-Orch, Berlin
Label : Ondine
2:00 PM
Allegro from The Fridays for string quartet
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 1 CD
Orchestra : Liebesfreud
Label : Liebsfreud
2:14 PM
Cello Concerto in b Op 104
Artist : Pieter Wispelwey, cello
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 25807 CD
Conductor : Ivan Fischer
Orchestra : Budapest Festival Orchestra
Label : Channel
3:00 PM
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 5 in e
Artist : Cyprien Katsaris, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 41 CD
Label : Piano21
3:09 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in f-Sharp Op 1
Artist : Vardan Mamikonian, piano
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 497001 CD
Conductor : David Stahl
Orchestra : Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orch
Label : Orfeo
3:39 PM
Violin Sonata in g
Artist : Maria Bachmann, violin; Adam Neiman, piano
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 9394 CD
Label : Bridge
4:06 PM
Harp Concerto in C
Artist : Catherine Michel, harp
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Composer : F. A. Boieldieu
Catalog : 135 CD
Conductor : Antonio de Almeida
Orchestra : Monte Carlo Natl Opera Orch
Label : Pentatone
4:28 PM
AIDA: Sinfonia (1872 version)
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 1090 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : Orch. Sinf. di Milano G. Verdi
Label : London/Dec
4:41 PM
AIDA: Celeste Aida
Artist : Enrico Caruso, tenor
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 69766 CD
Conductor : Gottfried Rabl
Orchestra : Vienna Radio Symphony Orch
Label : RCA/BMG
4:48 PM
Third Essay Op 47
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Composer : Samuel Barber
Catalog : 49463 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:06 PM
Sadko (Musical Picture) Op 5
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 5082 CD
Conductor : Milton Katims
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
5:18 PM
Irish Rhapsody
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Composer : Victor Herbert
Catalog : 559027 CD
Conductor : Keith Brion
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
5:36 PM
Old New York Nostalgia
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Composer : Alla Pavlova
Catalog : 557674 CD
Conductor : Rossen Milanov
Orchestra : Moscow Philharmonic
Label : Naxos


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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