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 14, 2013

6:06 AM
Symphony in D Op 9
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Composer : Chevalier de Saint-George
Catalog : 9985 CD
Conductor : Frantisek Preisler, Jr.
Orchestra : Pilsen Radio Orchestra
Label : Avenira
6:19 AM
Variations on Bei Mannern,.. of Mozart in E-Flat
Artist : Zuill Bailey, cello
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 3326 CD
Label : Delos
6:30 AM
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 62190 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Label : Warner Bro
6:40 AM
Organ Concerto No. 4 in F Op 4
Artist : Marie-Claire Alain, organ
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 133 CD
Conductor : Jean-Francois Pailliard
Orchestra : Paillard Chamber Orchestra
Label : Boston Sky
7:06 AM
Overture in B-Flat
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 57933 CD
Conductor : Arie Lipsky
Orchestra : St. Christopher Chamber Orch
Label : FleurdeSon
7:15 AM
American Leader March
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Composer : Fred Jewell
Catalog : 9 CD
Conductor : Captain Douglas Monroe
Orchestra : USAF Band of the Golden West
Label : USAF
7:18 AM
6 Variations on an Original Theme fromin D Op 76
Artist : Emil Gilels, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 85761 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
7:27 AM
Little Serenade for string orc Op 12
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Composer : Lars-Erik Larsson
Catalog : 285 CD
Conductor : Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra : Stockholm Sinfonietta
Label : Bis
7:40 AM
Norwegian Dance No. 1 Op 35
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 9028 CD
Conductor : Petri Sakari
Orchestra : Iceland State Symphony Orch.
Label : Chandos
7:48 AM
Symphony No. 26 in E-Flat
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 75736 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Concentus Musicus Wien
Label : RCA/BMG
8:06 AM
HANSEL UND GRETEL: Children’s Prayer
Artist : Norman Luboff Choir
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Composer : Engelbert Humperdinck
Catalog : 62599 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : New Symphony Orch. of London
Label : RCA/BMG
8:13 AM
Violin Concerto in E-Flat
Artist : Giuliano Carmignola, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 87733 CD
Conductor : Andrea Marcon
Orchestra : Venice Baroque Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:26 AM
Africa Fantasie Op 89
Artist : Gwendoline Mok, piano
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 1015 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Cala
8:39 AM
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Composer : Franz Berwald
Catalog : 920 CD
Conductor : Ulf Bjorlin
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:48 AM
Majorca (Mallorca) Op 202
Artist : Julian Bream, guitar
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Composer : Isaac Albeniz
Catalog : 33705 CD
Label : RCA/BMG
9:06 AM
Sinfonia Op 3
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Composer : Johann Adolf Hasse
Catalog : 453435 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
9:15 AM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in f-Sharp Op 3
Artist : Jonathon Plowright, piano
Album :
Composer : Zygmunt Stojowski
Catalog : 67314 CD
Conductor : Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra : BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestr
Label : Hyperion
9:51 AM
Sinfonia No. 10 in G
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Composer : Georg (Jiri Antonin) Benda
Catalog : 553409 CD
Conductor : Christian Benda
Orchestra : Prague Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:00 AM
Symphony No. 78 in c
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 45972 CD
Conductor : Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra : Stockholm Chamber Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:19 AM
ORFEO: Suite
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Composer : Claudio Monteverdi
Catalog : 7380 CD
Orchestra : Canadian Brass
Label : OpeningDay
10:44 AM
Introduction,theme, & variations
Artist : Jon Manasse, clarinet
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 18004 CD
Orchestra : Manhattan String Quartet
Label : XLNT Music
10:57 AM
Cello Concerto in e Op 85
Artist : Jacqueline DuPre, cello
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 68132 CD
Conductor : Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
11:29 AM
La Mer
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 1024 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Cala
12:06 PM
Overture No. 7 in G
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 6531 CD
Conductor : Adrian Shepherd
Orchestra : Cantilena
Label : Chandos
12:16 PM
String Quartet (fragment) in A
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Composer : Johann Peter Emilius Hartmann
Catalog : 337 CD
Orchestra : Cailin Quartet
Label : Classico
12:37 PM
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 80676 CD
Conductor : Robert Spano
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
12:56 PM
Piano Concerto No. 17 in G
Artist : Piotr Anderszewski, piano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 344696 CD
Conductor : Piotr Anderszewski
Orchestra : Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
1:29 PM
Suite for Orchestra in E-Flat Op 9
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Composer : Zygmunt Stojowski
Catalog : 625 CD
Conductor : Marcin Nalecz-Niesiolowski
Orchestra : Podlasie Opera & Phil Orch
Label : DUX
2:00 PM
Manfred Symphony Op 58
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 2216 CD
Conductor : Raymond Leppard
Orchestra : Indianapolis Symphony Orch.
Label : Koss Class
3:00 PM
Legend No. 6 in c-Sharp Op 59
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 3533 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
3:07 PM
Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Suite Op 60
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 75 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : ClevelandO
3:37 PM
Grosse Fuge in B-Flat Op 133
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 77364 CD
Conductor : Otto Klemperer
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:05 PM
Clarinet and Viola Concerto in e Op 88
Artist : Ludmila Peterkova, clarinet
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 3554 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Prague Philharmonia
Label : Supraphon
4:26 PM
Ma Vlast: No. 4 From Bohemia’s Forests
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 54331 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:41 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 12 La Follia in d
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Composer : Francesco Geminiani
Catalog : 7784 CD
Orchestra : East Coast Chamber Orchestra
Label : E1 Music
5:06 PM
Tam O’Shanter Op 51
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Composer : Malcolm Arnold
Catalog : 553981 CD
Conductor : Paul Daniel
Orchestra : English Northern Philharmonia
Label : Naxos
5:16 PM
Four Seasons: No.3 Autumn (L’Autunno)in F Op 8
Artist : Shlomo Mintz, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 469376 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
5:29 PM
Cello Concerto No. 2 in e Op 30
Artist : Georges Miquelle, cello
Album :
Composer : Victor Herbert
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman-Rochester Sym. Orch.
Label : Mercury
5:53 PM
Victor Herbert Favorites
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Composer : Victor Herbert
Catalog : 52491 CD
Conductor : Lorin Maazel
Orchestra : Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony


The Fabulous Philadelphians on WRTI
9:36 am
Sat June 21, 2014

It's All Mozart on Sunday's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert Broadcast on WRTI!

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Sunday at 1 pm, the first concert from last April's Philadelphia Orchestra Mozart Celebration brings us three Mozart masterpieces! With Yannick on the podium, the Orchestra will play an overture to one of Mozart's three operas set to a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, Cosi fan Tutte, continue with the Piano Concerto No.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
3:23 am
Wed June 18, 2014

A Rhythm That Has Waltzed Away With Hearts

Debutantes in the opening waltz of the 2011 Vienna Opera Ball. The head of the Vienna Institute for Strauss Research calls the waltz "Austria's premier cultural export."

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 3:11 pm

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
12:35 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

An Opera Remembers The Tragedy Of An Asian-American Soldier

Andrew Stenson plays Pvt. Danny Chen in An American Soldier, a new opera about the hazing and death of the Chinese-American soldier from New York City.
Sarah Tilotta NPR

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 12:34 pm

About two years ago, playwright David Henry Hwang turned down an offer to write a play about the brief life and suicide of Army Pvt. Danny Chen.

But an opera? He couldn't refuse.

"This is a story with big emotions, big primary colors in a way, and big plot events," says Hwang, who wrote the libretto for An American Soldier, a new hourlong opera commissioned by Washington National Opera.

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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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