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

May 17, 2013

6:06 AM
Flute Concerto in F
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Composer : Christoph Graupner
Catalog : 3162 CD
Conductor : Genevieve Soly
Orchestra : L'Ensemble des Idees heureuses
Label : Analekta
6:17 AM
Gymnopedies
Artist : Catherine Wilson, piano
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Composer : Erik Satie
Catalog : 71111 CD
Label : DOREMI
6:29 AM
School for Scandal Overture
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Composer : Samuel Barber
Catalog : 49463 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:39 AM
Symphonie Concertante for violin & cello in A
Artist : Anna McDonald, violin
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999538 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
7:06 AM
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Nocturne Op 61
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 82849 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:14 AM
National Emblem March
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Composer : Edwin E. Bagley
Catalog : 1 CD
Conductor : Lt. Cmmdr. Lewis J. Buckley
Orchestra : United States Coast Guard Band
Label : USCG
7:19 AM
Moments Musicaux No. 6 in A-Flat Op 94
Artist : Jeno Jando, piano
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 550259 CD
Label : Naxos
7:27 AM
Una aventura de Don Quijote
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Composer : Jesus Guridi
Catalog : 557110 CD
Conductor : Juan José Mena
Orchestra : Bilbao Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:40 AM
Sinfonia in B-Flat
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Composer : Franz Xaver Dussek
Catalog : 572683 CD
Conductor : Aapo Hakkinen
Orchestra : Helsinki Baroque Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:40 AM
Fanfare for the Common Man
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 60983 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:06 AM
Sinfonia melodica in C
Artist : Albrecht Mayer, oboe
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 5761 CD
Conductor : Rainer Kussmaul
Orchestra : Berlin Baroque Soloists
Label : D. Gramphn
8:18 AM
Pavane Op 50
Artist : The King’s Singers
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Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 62146 CD
Conductor : Carl Davis
Orchestra : Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
8:26 AM
Sinfonia No. 1
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Composer : Amilcare Ponchielli
Catalog : 2115 CD
Conductor : Silvano Frontalini
Orchestra : Minsk Philharmonic
Label : Bongiovann
8:39 AM
Divertimento for winds in F
Artist : Danzi Quartet
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 60115 CD
Label : CBS/Sony
8:50 AM
Waltz from Delibe’s Coppelia
Artist : Ilona Prunyi, piano
Album :
Composer : Ernst von Dohnanyi
Catalog : 31910 CD
Label : Hungaroton
9:06 AM
Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Op 11
Artist : Dennis Brain, horn
Album :
Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 47834 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:23 AM
Symphony No. 8 in F Op 93
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 49487 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:50 AM
Gnossienne No. 3
Artist : Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
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Composer : Erik Satie
Catalog : 473620 CD
Label : London/Dec
10:00 AM
Capriccio Italien Op 45
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 65204 CD
Conductor : William Steinberg
Orchestra : Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:19 AM
Symphonie concertante for 2fl, 2vln, vnc in D
Artist : Janos Balint, flute
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 7005 CD
Orchestra : Budapest Strings
Label : Capriccio
10:35 AM
Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Suite Op 60
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 75 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : ClevelandO
10:35 AM
Hungarian Pictures
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Composer : Bela Bartok
Catalog : 5309 CD
Conductor : Adam Fischer
Orchestra : Hungarian State Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
10:35 AM
Piano Concerto in a Op 54
Artist : Alfred Brendel, piano
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 462321 CD
Conductor : Kurt Sanderling
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Philips
12:06 PM
Overture to King Lear
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Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 1000153 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
12:19 PM
Symphony No. 6 in d Op 58
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Composer : Johann Wilms
Catalog : 2998 CD
Conductor : Werner Erhardt
Orchestra : Concerto Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
12:52 PM
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Op 58
Artist : Alfred Brendel, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 4784614 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Philips
12:52 PM
Symphony No. 2 in a Op 55
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 790 CD
Conductor : Jean Jacques Kantorow
Orchestra : Tapiola Sinfonietta
Label : Bis
2:00 PM
Alexander Nevsky Op 78
Artist : Scottish National Orch Chorus
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Composer : Sergei Prokofiev
Catalog : 10482 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
2:42 PM
Concerto for 2 mandolins in G
Artist : Castellani-Andriaccio,guitrDuo
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 57952 CD
Conductor : Arie Lipsky
Orchestra : Israel Chamber Orchestra
Label : FleurdeSon
3:00 PM
Fantasia para un gentilhombre
Artist : Sharon Isbin, guitar
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Composer : Joaquin Rodrigo
Catalog : 61627 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
3:24 PM
Symphony in C
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Composer : Joseph Martin Kraus
Catalog : 553734 CD
Conductor : Petter Sundkvist
Orchestra : Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
3:39 PM
Sleeping Beauty: Highlights Op 66
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 2139 CD
Conductor : Vasily Petrenko
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Avie
4:06 PM
Variations on a Theme by Haydn Op 56
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 45 CD
Conductor : Hans Vonk
Orchestra : Netherlands Radio Symph Orch
Label : Pentatone
4:25 PM
Two English Idylls
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Composer : George Butterworth
Catalog : 47945 CD
Conductor : Jeffrey Tate
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:39 PM
Jeux d’enfants Children’s Games Op 22
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 64869 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : Angel/EMI
4:53 PM
El Amor Brujo: Ritual Fire Dance
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Composer : Manuel De Falla
Catalog : 80493 CD
Orchestra : Empire Brass
Label : Telarc
5:06 PM
Symphony No. 31 in D
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 416490 CD
Conductor : Frans Bruggen
Orchestra : Orchestra of the 18th Century
Label : Philips
5:25 PM
Spharenklange-Walzer Op 235
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Composer : Josef Strauss
Catalog : 1849 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
5:37 PM
Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix:
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Composer : Nicholas Hooper
Catalog : 148156 CD
Conductor : Alexander King
Orchestra : Orchestra
Label : Warner Bro
5:49 PM
Dances with Wolves: Suite
Artist : Louise DiTullio, flute
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Composer : John Barry
Catalog : 1194 CD
Conductor : Ronald Royer
Orchestra : Sinfonia Toronto
Label : Cambria

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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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