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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May 13, 2013

6:06 AM
Concerto No. 11 in B-Flat Op 9
Artist : Anthony Robson, oboe
Album :
Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 579 CD
Conductor : Simon Standage
Orchestra : Collegium Musicum 90
Label : Chandos
6:18 AM
Larghetto for Horn
Artist : Ronald Janezic, French Horn
Album :
Composer : Emmanuel Chabrier
Catalog : 447751 CD
Conductor : John Elliot Gardiner
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
6:30 AM
Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs) Op 20
Artist : Gil Shaham, violin
Album :
Composer : Pablo Sarasate
Catalog : 7 CD
Conductor : Alejandro Posada
Orchestra : Orchestra of Castille & Leon
Label : CanaryClas
6:41 AM
Leonore Overture No. 3 Op 72
Artist :
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 7894 CD
Conductor : Andre Previn
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:06 AM
Concerto for 2 Flutes in C, RV 533
Artist :
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 150074 CD
Conductor : Martin Haselbock
Orchestra : Wiener Akademie
Label : Novalis
7:15 AM
Mikado March
Artist :
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 303 CD
Conductor : Leonard B. Smith
Orchestra : Detroit Concert band
Label : WalkingFro
7:18 AM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Sir Arthur Sullivan
Catalog : 554165 CD
Conductor : Andrew Penny
Orchestra : Royal Ballet Sinfonia /Birming
Label : Naxos
7:28 AM
Violin Concerto in g, BWV 1056
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 47856 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:42 AM
KHOVANSHCHINA: Persian Slaves’ Dance
Artist :
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 332 CD
Conductor : Carlo Ponti
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : Pentatone
7:49 AM
Chantilly Waltz Op 171
Artist :
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Composer : Emile Waldteufel
Catalog : 223433 CD
Conductor : Alfred Walter
Orchestra : CSSR State Phil. (Kosice)
Label : MarcoPolo
8:06 AM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 4758502 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:18 AM
Festival March in C Op 54
Artist :
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 180891 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Neumann
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Orfeo
8:28 AM
Passioni amorose for 2 dbl basses & orch
Artist : Thomas Martin and Franco Petracchi, double basses
Album :
Composer : Giovanni Bottesini
Catalog : 570398 CD
Conductor : Matthew Gibson
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:41 AM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 68790 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : RCA/BMG
8:51 AM
Handel in the Strand
Artist :
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Composer : Percy Aldridge Grainger
Catalog : 6542 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Montgomery
Orchestra : Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Label : Chandos
9:06 AM
Sinfonia in E-Flat
Artist :
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Composer : Josef Myslivecek
Catalog : 4776418 CD
Conductor : Werner Erhardt
Orchestra : Concerto Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
9:16 AM
Wanderer Fantasy in C Op 15, D. 760
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert (arr. Franz L:iszt)
Catalog : 1210 CD
Conductor : Paul Freeman
Orchestra : Moscow State Philharmonic Orch
Label : MSR
9:38 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
10:00 AM
Symphony No. 17 in G, K. 129
Artist :
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4790718 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
10:18 AM
Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Op 6
Artist : Nigel Kennedy,violin
Album :
Composer : Emil Mlynarski
Catalog : 79934 CD
Conductor : Jacek Kaspszyk
Orchestra : Polish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:49 AM
Polonaise No. 7 in A-Flat Op 61 Polonaise-fantaisie
Artist : Freddy Kempf, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 1160 CD
Label : Bis
11:02 AM
Fantasie for viola and orchestra
Artist : Julia Neher, viola
Album :
Composer : Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Catalog : 98610 CD
Conductor : Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra : Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
Label : Hanssler
11:13 AM
Symphony No. 1 in g
Artist :
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Composer : Vassili Kalinnikov
Catalog : 8611 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:06 PM
Genoveva Overture Op 81
Artist :
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 550608 CD
Conductor : Johannes Wildner
Orchestra : Polish National Radio Orchestr
Label : Naxos
12:16 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in g Op 22
Artist : Philippe Entremont, piano
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 45624 CD
Conductor : Michel Plasson
Orchestra : Orch du Capitole de Toulouse
Label : CBS/Sony
12:41 PM
Serenade in G Op 95
Artist :
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Composer : Max Reger
Catalog : 6004 CD
Conductor : Eugen Jochum
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
1:21 PM
GOYESCAS: Intermezzo
Artist :
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Composer : Enrique Granados
Catalog : 62698 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
1:27 PM
Symphony No. 4 in A Op 90 Italian
Artist :
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 2358 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : Guild
2:00 PM
Symphony No. 8 in b, D. 759 Unfinished
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 4775324 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
2:26 PM
The Tempest: Suite
Artist :
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Composer : Sir Arthur Sullivan
Catalog : 115 CD
Conductor : Michael Stern
Orchestra : Kansas City Symphony
Label : Reference
3:00 PM
From the Bohemian Forest: Silent Woods Op 68
Artist : Timothy Walden, cello
Album :
Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 391346 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Vrgn Clscs
3:07 PM
Violin Concerto in d Op 47
Artist : Sarah Chang, violin
Album :
Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 56418 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
3:43 PM
Scherzo and Finale
Artist :
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Composer : Hugo Wolf
Catalog : 45416 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : Erato
4:06 PM
Nannerl’s Notebook: Selections
Artist : Lera Auerbach, piano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 6795 CD
Label : Arabesque
4:16 PM
Variations on the name ABEGG Op 1
Artist : Florian Uhlig, piano
Album :
Composer : Robert Schumann (arr. Joachim Draheim)
Catalog : 93264 CD
Conductor : Christoph Poppen
Orchestra : German Radio Philharmonic
Label : Hanssler
4:28 PM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Edward German
Catalog : 223695 CD
Conductor : Andrew Penny
Orchestra : RTE Concert Orchestra, Dublin
Label : MarcoPolo
4:40 PM
Richard III, Symphonic Poem Op 11
Artist :
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 1915 CD
Conductor : Karel Sejna
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
4:55 PM
Moment Musical No. 3 in b Op 16
Artist : Xiayin Wang, piano
Album :
Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 10724 CD
Label : Chandos
5:06 PM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
Catalog : 65618 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
5:10 PM
Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra in B-Flat
Artist : Wolfgang Meyer, clarinet
Album :
Composer : Gaetano Donizetti
Catalog : 45 CD
Conductor : Wojciech Rajski
Orchestra : Polish Radio Symphony Orchestr
Label : ClassicTal
5:19 PM
Roses from the South Op 388
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 74311 CD
Conductor : Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra : Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestr
Label : Angel/EMI
5:29 PM
Piano Concerto in F
Artist : Stefano Bollani, piano
Album :
Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 15311 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : London/Dec


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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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