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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June 03, 2013

6:06 AM
Concerto for Oboe d’amore, str in A
Artist : Heinz Holliger, oboe
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 2229 CD
Conductor : Erich Hobarth
Orchestra : Bern Camerata
Label : ECM
6:21 AM
Suite Espanola: No. 6 Aragon Op 47
Artist : Xuefei Yang, guitar
Album :
Composer : Isaac Albeniz
Catalog : 80403 CD
Conductor : Eiji Oue
Orchestra : Barcelona/Catalonia Orch.
Label : Vrgn Clscs
6:29 AM
Three Small Tone Poems: No. 3 Spring
Artist :
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 7012 CD
Conductor : John Hopkins
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : RecordsInt
6:39 AM
Tragic Overture Op 81
Artist :
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 60118 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Bavarian Radio Symphony
Label : RCA/BMG
7:06 AM
Amahl and the Night Visitors:Dance Suite
Artist :
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Composer : Gian Carlo Menotti
Catalog : 6 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : BuffaloPO
7:14 AM
Solid Men to the Front!
Artist :
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 94141 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:20 AM
Opferlied Op 121
Artist : Rundfunkchor Berlin
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 91322 CD
Conductor : Helmut Koch
Orchestra : Berlin Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : Berlin
7:28 AM
Oboe Concerto in C
Artist : Brynjar Hoff, Oboe
Album :
Composer : Domenico Cimarosa
Catalog : 19083 CD
Conductor : Ian Watson
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Victoria
7:41 AM
On the Town: Three Dance Episodes
Artist :
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Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Catalog : 11878 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
7:53 AM
PAGLIACCI: Vesti la giubba
Artist : Jan Peerce, tenor
Album :
Composer : Ruggiero Leoncavallo
Catalog : 1709
Conductor : Joe Reisman
Orchestra : ...and His Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:06 AM
Vienna Blood Op 354
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 4763793 CD
Conductor : Franz Welser-Most
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:17 AM
Grand Tarantelle for piano & orchestra Op 67
Artist : Michael Gurt, piano
Album :
Composer : Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Catalog : 559320 CD
Conductor : Richard Rosenberg
Orchestra : Hot Springs Festival Sym Orch
Label : Naxos
8:26 AM
Danzas Latinoamericanas
Artist :
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Composer : Jose Elizondo
Catalog : 5820 CD
Conductor : Vit Micka
Orchestra : Moravian Philharmonic Orch
Label : Navona
8:39 AM
Symphony No. 5 in F Op 3
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999268 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
8:50 AM
Artist :
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 559092 CD
Conductor : Keith Brion
Orchestra : Royal Artillery Band
Label : Naxos
9:06 AM
Sinfonia for strings & continuo in A
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Friedrich Fasch
Catalog : 191 CD
Conductor : Gunther Wich
Orchestra : Cappella Coloniensis
Label : PhoenixEd
9:17 AM
Tam O’Shanter
Artist :
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Composer : George W. Chadwick
Catalog : 9439 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
9:38 AM
Symphonic Poem No. 6: Mazeppa
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 9 CD
Conductor : Zsolt Hamar
Orchestra : Hungarian Natl. Philharmonic
Label : BudapestMu
10:00 AM
Pirogov Suite
Artist :
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Composer : Dmitri Shostakovich
Catalog : 6603 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Belgian Radio & TV Symph Orch
Label : RCA/BMG
10:19 AM
Piano Concerto No. 5 in F Op 103
Artist : Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 4758764 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : L'Orchestre delaSuisse Romande
Label : London/Dec
10:48 AM
Concerto for Orchestra
Artist :
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Composer : Zoltan Kodaly
Catalog : 6862
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Philharmonia Hungarica
Label : London/Dec
11:06 AM
Cello Concerto in b Op 104
Artist : Mstislav Rostropovich, cello
Album :
Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 65701 CD
Conductor : Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:05 PM
Theme and Variations in G
Artist : Karl-Otto Hartmann,bassoon
Album :
Composer : Antonin Reicha
Catalog : 170021 CD
Conductor : Milan Lajc¡k
Orchestra : Prague Chamber Orchestra
Label : Orfeo
12:20 PM
Fantasia para un gentilhombre
Artist : Andres Segovia, guitar
Album :
Composer : Joaquin Rodrigo
Catalog : 2130 CD
Conductor : Enrique Jorda
Orchestra : Symphony of the Air
Label : D. Gramphn
12:43 PM
Symphony No.100 in G
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 80282 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Orchestra of St. Luke's
Label : Telarc
1:07 PM
Don Quixote Op 35
Artist : Mischa Maisky, cello
Album :
Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 2054 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
2:00 PM
Concerto for harp in D
Artist : Sylvia Kowalczuk, harp
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 31550 CD
Conductor : Aristid von Wurtzler
Orchestra : Hungarian Virtuosi Chamb. Orch
Label : Hungaroton
2:15 PM
Violin Concerto in D Op 77
Artist : Julia Fischer, violin
Album :
Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 66 CD
Conductor : Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra : Netherlands Philharmonic Orch
Label : Pentatone
3:00 PM
Artist :
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 2414 CD
Conductor : Alfred Scholz
Orchestra : London Festival Orchestra
Label : GCH
3:14 PM
Serenade in d Op 44
Artist :
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 471613 CD
Conductor : Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
3:39 PM
Piano Concerto No. 3 Op. E-Flat
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 1154 CD
Conductor : Paul Freeman
Orchestra : State Symphony Orch, Russia
Label : MSR
4:06 PM
Lemminkainen in Tuonela Op 22
Artist :
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 65176 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:22 PM
PRINCE IGOR: Chorus of the Peasants
Artist :
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 45529 CD
Conductor : Lazar Gosman
Orchestra : Tchaikovsky Chamber Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:27 PM
Children’s Hour Suite Op 25
Artist : Melinda Zak, harp
Album :
Composer : Marcel Grandjany
Catalog : 2836 CD
Label : Centaur
4:40 PM
Children’s Corner
Artist :
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 444386 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
5:06 PM
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik in G
Artist :
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 77364 CD
Conductor : Otto Klemperer
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:25 PM
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Artist :
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Composer : Bernard Herrmann
Catalog : 443899 CD
Conductor : Bernard Herrmann
Orchestra : National Philharmonic Orch.
Label : London/Dec
5:42 PM
Aus Den Bergen Waltz Op 292
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 544071 CD
Conductor : Franz Welser-Most
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic 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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