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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April 11, 2013

6:06 AM
Outdoor Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 70047 CD
Conductor : Aaron Copland
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
6:16 AM
Violin Concerto No. 1 in g Op 12, RV 317
Artist : Sarah Chang, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 94431 CD
Orchestra : Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:30 AM
Sigurd Jorsalfar: Homage March Op 58
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 39785 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
6:41 AM
The Mountain King Bergakungen Op 37
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Composer : Hugo Alfven
Catalog : 585 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Stockholm Philharmonic Orchest
Label : Bis
7:06 AM
IL TROVATORE: Anvil Chorus
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 49552 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
7:15 AM
On Dress Parade-March
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Composer : W. Paris Chambers
Catalog : 5 CD
Conductor : (Colonel) Lowell E. Graham
Orchestra : US Air Force Band
Label : USAF
7:19 AM
Polonaise No. 6 in A-Flat Op 53 Heroic
Artist : Evgeny Kissin, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 63535 CD
Label : RCA/BMG
7:28 AM
Roumanian Rhapsody No. 1 in A Op 11
Artist :
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Composer : Georges Enesco
Catalog : 75179 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orch
Label : Erato
7:42 AM
NABUCCO: Va, pensiero, sull’ali dorate.
Artist : Chicago Symphony Chorus
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 430226 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
7:47 AM
Vendome en Espagne: Ballet music
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Composer : Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber
Catalog : 1039 CD
Conductor : B. Tommy Andersson
Orchestra : Gothenburg Opera Orchestra
Label : Sterling
8:06 AM
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in c-Sharp
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 61497 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:17 AM
St. Matthew Passion:
Artist : Yo Yo Ma, cello
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 89667 CD
Conductor : Ton Koopman
Orchestra : Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:28 AM
Sinfonia No. 4 in A, Wq. 182
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 73326 CD
Conductor : Thomas Fueri
Orchestra : Bern Camerata
Label : Denon
8:42 AM
Occasional Overture (1794) in D
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Composer : Alexander Reinagle
Catalog : 559654 CD
Conductor : Patrick Gallois
Orchestra : Sinfonia Finlandia
Label : Naxos
8:50 AM
Grand Tarantelle for piano & orchestra Op 67
Artist : William Tritt, piano
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Composer : Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Catalog : 80112 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
9:06 AM
Overture No. 2 in G
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 6531 CD
Conductor : Adrian Shepherd
Orchestra : Cantilena
Label : Chandos
9:14 AM
Wand of Youth Suite No. 2 Op 1
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 1014 CD
Conductor : Raymond Leppard
Orchestra : Indianapolis Symphony Orch.
Label : Koss Class
9:32 AM
Serenade in d Op 44
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 6002 CD
Conductor : Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra : Northern Sinfonia of England
Label : ASV
10:00 AM
Symphony No. 35 in D Haffner
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 50922 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:20 AM
Piano Concerto No. 4 in d Op 70
Artist : Alexander Paley, piano
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Composer : Anton Rubinstein
Catalog : 2013 CD
Conductor : Igor Golovchin
Orchestra : Russia State Symphony Orchestr
Label : Delos
10:59 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 5 in d Op 3
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 553457 CD
Conductor : Bradley Creswick
Orchestra : English Northern Philharmonia
Label : Naxos
11:11 AM
Concert Fantasy on Mozart’s THE MAGIC Op 54
Artist : Tianwa Yang, violin
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Composer : Pablo Sarasate
Catalog : 572275 CD
Conductor : Ernest Martinez Izquierdo
Orchestra : Navarra Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
11:26 AM
Symphony in D
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Composer : Juan Crisostomo Arriaga
Catalog : 10488 CD
Orchestra : Concerto Koln
Label : Capriccio
12:06 PM
Sinfonia in b
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Adolphe Scheibe
Catalog : 550 CD
Conductor : Andrew Manze
Orchestra : Concerto Copenhagen
Label : Chandos
12:19 PM
Piano Trio in B-Flat Op 97
Artist : Members of...
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 4758613 CD
Orchestra : Borodin String Quartet
Label : London/Dec
1:03 PM
Suite for Violin Viola & Orch. Op 19
Artist : Sara Trobach, violin
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Composer : Kurt Atterberg
Catalog : 553715 CD
Conductor : Petter Sundkvist
Orchestra : Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
1:17 PM
Symphony in B-Flat Op 20
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Composer : Ernest Chausson
Catalog : 64686 CD
Conductor : Michel Plasson
Orchestra : Orch du Capitole de Toulouse
Label : Angel/EMI
2:00 PM
Chaste Barbara Overture
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Composer : Oskar Nedbal
Catalog : 192 CD
Conductor : Douglas Bostock
Orchestra : Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra
Label : Classico
2:08 PM
Symphony No. 9 in e Op 95
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 1141 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : Orch. of the Curtis Institute
Label : Ondine
3:00 PM
Sinfonia in g
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 45557 CD
Conductor : Claudio Scimone
Orchestra : I Solisti Veneti
Label : Erato
3:09 PM
Symphony No. 4 in E-Flat
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Composer : Franz Berwald
Catalog : 436597 CD
Conductor : Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra : San Francisco Symphony
Label : London/Dec
3:41 PM
Piano Sonata No. 3 in B-Flat
Artist : Zoltan Kocsis, piano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 31804 CD
Label : Hungaroton
4:06 PM
Reverie for horn and orchestra in D-Flat Op 24
Artist : Alexey Serov, horn
Album :
Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 67946 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : Warner Bro
4:11 PM
Rhapsody on Ukranian Themes Op 28
Artist : Michael Ponti, piano
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Composer : Sergey Liapunov
Catalog : 5068 CD
Conductor : Siegfried Landau
Orchestra : Westphalian Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
4:29 PM
In The South (Alassio) overture Op 50
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 16 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : LondonPhil
4:51 PM
Requiem for 3 cellos and orchestra Op 66
Artist : Maria Kliegel, cello
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Composer : David Popper
Catalog : 554657 CD
Conductor : Gerhard Markson
Orchestra : Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
Label : Naxos
5:06 PM
On Your Toes: Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
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Composer : Richard Rodgers
Catalog : 68550 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:16 PM
Waltzes for Orchestra 1949
Artist :
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Composer : Alan Shulman
Catalog : 9119 CD
Conductor : Milton Katims
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bridge
5:26 PM
Aurora
Artist :
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Composer : William S Lloyd Webber
Catalog : 420342 CD
Conductor : Lorin Maazel
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Philips
5:39 PM
The Yellow River Concerto
Artist : Daniel Epstein, piano
Album :
Composer : Yin Chengzong, Chua Wanhua
Catalog : 240158 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
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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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