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

April 01, 2013

6:06 AM
Concerto Grosso in d Op 3, No. 2
Artist : Andrew Manze, violin
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Composer : Pieter Hellendaal
Catalog : 3492 CD
Conductor : Roy Goodman
Orchestra : European Community Baroque Orc
Label : Channel
6:18 AM
Concertstck for clarinet and orchestra in g
Artist : Dieter Klocker, clarinet
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Composer : Heinrich Joseph Baermann
Catalog : 65011 CD
Conductor : Milan Lajc¡k
Orchestra : Prague Chamber Orchestra
Label : Orfeo
6:30 AM
Knight Templar Overture
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Composer : Otto Nicolai
Catalog : 91079 CD
Conductor : Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : Vrgn Clscs
6:42 AM
Horn Concerto No. 3 in E-Flat, K. 447
Artist : James Sommerville, horn
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 5172 CD
Conductor : Mario Bernardi
Orchestra : Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
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
Stars and Stripes Forever
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 1721 LP
Conductor : Dr. Fritz Guckenheimer
Orchestra : Guckenheimer Sour Kraut Band
Label : RCA/BMG
7:19 AM
Pavane Op 50
Artist : Tanglewood Festival Chorus
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Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 423089 CD
Conductor : Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra : Boston Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
7:28 AM
PRINCE IGOR: Polovtsian Dances
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 80657 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:41 AM
The Barber of Seville Goes to the Devil
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Composer : Gordon Jacob
Catalog : 2116 CD
Conductor : Gavin Sutherland
Orchestra : Royal Ballet Sinfonia /Birming
Label : ASV
7:47 AM
Suite No. 1 in E-Flat Op 28
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 80606 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Cleveland Symphonic Winds
Label : Telarc
8:06 AM
Coriolan Overture in c Op 62
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 416274 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Philips
8:16 AM
Symphony in A
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Composer : Leopold Mozart
Catalog : 570499 CD
Conductor : Kevin Mallon
Orchestra : Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:26 AM
Harp (or Organ)Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat Op 4
Artist : Maxine Eilander, harp
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 9811 CD
Conductor : Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
Label : Analekta
8:39 AM
Children’s Overture
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Composer : Roger Quilter
Catalog : 64131 CD
Conductor : Sir Vivian Dunn
Orchestra : Light Music Society Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:53 AM
Joke Polka Op 72
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 474252 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
9:06 AM
My Life is Love & Laughter Op 263
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Composer : Josef Strauss
Catalog : 4782601 CD
Conductor : Franz Welser-Most
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
9:15 AM
A Musical Joke
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 433084 CD
Conductor : Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra : Vienna Mozart Ensemble
Label : London/Dec
9:39 AM
The Incredible Flutist-ballet suite
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Composer : Walter Piston
Catalog : 434307 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman-Rochester Sym. Orch.
Label : Mercury
10:00 AM
Suitein b
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Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 1000153 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
10:18 AM
Symphony No. 60 Il Distratto in C
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 54297 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
10:43 AM
Roumanian Folk Dances
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Composer : Bela Bartok
Catalog : 432005 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
10:51 AM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in c Op 18
Artist : Yuja Wang, piano
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 15338 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
11:26 AM
Wasps (Aristophanes): Incidental Music
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 47216 CD
Conductor : Adrian Boult
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:06 PM
Scapino - Comedy Overture
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Composer : Sir William Walton
Catalog : 8968 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:16 PM
String Quartet in E-Flat Op 33, No. 2 Joke
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 11887 CD
Orchestra : Tatrai Quartet
Label : Hungaroton
12:35 PM
Piano Concerto in C Op 39
Artist : Garrick Ohlsson, piano; Men of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus
Album :
Composer : Ferruccio Busoni
Catalog : 80207 CD
Conductor : Christoph Von Dohnanyi
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : Telarc
2:00 PM
Symphony No. 2 in e Op 27
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 572458 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
3:00 PM
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 2549 CD
Conductor : Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra : Montreal,Orch. Metropolitain
Label : ATMA
3:13 PM
Variations on a Nursery Song Op 25
Artist : Eldar Nebolsin, piano
Album :
Composer : Ernst von Dohnanyi
Catalog : 572303 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
3:39 PM
Poeme for Violin & Orchestra Op 25
Artist : Philippe Graffin, violin
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Composer : Ernest Chausson
Catalog : 2091 CD
Conductor : Vernon Handley
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Avie
4:06 PM
THE BELLES OF ST. TRINIAN’S comedy suite
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Composer : Malcolm Arnold
Catalog : 294 CD
Conductor : Douglas Bostock
Orchestra : Munich Symphony Orchestra
Label : Classico
4:16 PM
1712 Overture
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Composer : Peter Schickele
Catalog : 80520 CD
Conductor : Peter Schickele
Orchestra : Greater Hoople Area Phil.
Label : Telarc
4:30 PM
DIE FLEDERMAUS: Overture
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 45564 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:39 PM
DIE FLEDERMAUS: Herr Chevalier/
Artist : Vienna Volksoper Chorus
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 55691 CD
Conductor : Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra : Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:46 PM
Divertissement
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Composer : Jacques Ibert
Catalog : 80294 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
5:06 PM
IL VIAGGIO A REIMS Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 62653 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:14 PM
Mountain Children Waltz Op 444
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Composer : Carl Michael Ziehrer
Catalog : 225172 CD
Conductor : Christian Pollack
Orchestra : Razumovsky Sinfonia
Label : MarcoPolo
5:28 PM
Concertino for Harp, String Quartet & Clarinets
Artist : Ann Mason Stockton, harp
Album :
Composer : Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Catalog : 171 CD
Orchestra : Capitol Symphony Orchestra
Label : Crystal
5:46 PM
To a Wild Rose Op 51
Artist : Jascha Heifetz, violin; Jack Benny, violin; Emanuel Bay, piano
Album :
Composer : Edward MacDowell
Catalog : 118 CD
Label : Cembal d'amour

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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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