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

June 04, 2013

6:06 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 4 in D Op 6
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 434110 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Philips
6:18 AM
GYPSY BARON: Treasure waltz Op 418
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 474250 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
6:29 AM
Romance for violin and orchestra No. 2 in F Op 50
Artist : Isaac Stern, violin
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 37204 CD
Conductor : Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra : Boston Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
6:39 AM
Belshazzar’s Feast Suite Op 51
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 570763 CD
Conductor : Pietari Inkinen
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:06 AM
Brook Green Suite Op 190
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 40471 CD
Conductor : Norman Del Mar
Orchestra : Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Label : Angel/EMI
7:14 AM
Prince Charming
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 30082 CD
Conductor : Jack T. Kline
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
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7:19 AM
MARRIAGE OF FIGARO: Dove sono i bei...
Artist : Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 443452 CD
Conductor : Gy”rgy Fischer
Orchestra : Vienna Chamber Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
7:28 AM
Bassoon Concerto No. 17 in C
Artist : Sergio Azzolini, bassoon
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 30518 CD
Orchestra : L'Aura Soave Cremona
Label : Naive
7:41 AM
Soirees Musicales (after Rossini) Op 9
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Composer : Benjamin Britten
Catalog : 87062 CD
Conductor : Patrick Peire
Orchestra : New Flemish Symphony Orchestra
Label : R. Gailly
7:54 AM
ABU HASSAN Overture
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 9066 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Chandos
8:06 AM
Fandango
Artist : Laszlo Szendray-Karper, guitar
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Composer : Luigi Boccherini
Catalog : 1045 CD
Orchestra : Tatrai Quartet
Label : Hungaroton
8:16 AM
Swan of Tuonela Op 22
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 98555 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : Stokowski Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:26 AM
Oboe Concerto in d
Artist : John Abberger, oboe
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Composer : Alessandro Marcello
Catalog : 9811 CD
Conductor : Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
Label : Analekta
8:39 AM
In the Steppes of Central Asia
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 37770 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
8:48 AM
Concerto Symphonique No. 4: Scherzo Op 102
Artist : Leonard Pennario, piano
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Composer : Henry Litolff
Catalog : 63661 CD
Conductor : Carmen Dragon
Orchestra : Hollywood Bowl Pops Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:06 AM
Concerto in F
Artist : Adrian Chandler, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 2154 CD
Conductor : Adrian Chandler
Orchestra : La Serenissima
Label : Avie
9:20 AM
INVISIBLE CITY OF KITEZH: Symph. Suite
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 5082 CD
Conductor : Richard Kapp
Orchestra : Philharmonia Hungarica
Label : Vox/MMG
9:45 AM
Rhapsodie d’Auvergne Op 73
Artist : Jean-Philippe Collard, piano
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 49757 CD
Conductor : Andre Previn
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:00 AM
The Oceanides Op 73
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 753 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
10:12 AM
Suite No. 1 Op 42
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Composer : Edward MacDowell
Catalog : 559075 CD
Conductor : Takuo Yuasa
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:34 AM
Dance Suite After Couperin
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 64350 CD
Conductor : Rudolph Kempe
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Angel/EMI
11:05 AM
Concerto in D Op 4
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Composer : Charles Avison
Catalog : 557905 CD
Conductor : Pavlo Beznosiuk
Orchestra : Avison Ensemble
Label : Naxos
11:17 AM
Enigma Variations Op 36
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 7153 CD
Conductor : Eduardo Mata
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
12:06 PM
Concerto for 2 horns in F
Artist : Klaus Wallendorf, horn
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Composer : Franz Anton Rosler-Rosetti
Catalog : 777288 CD
Conductor : Johannes Moesus
Orchestra : Chamber Orch of the Palatinate
Label : CPO
12:26 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in c Op 18
Artist : Byron Janis, piano
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
12:59 PM
Francesca da Rimini Op 6
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Composer : Pierre Maurice
Catalog : 1053 CD
Conductor : Adriano
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : Sterling
12:59 PM
Symphony No. 5 in c Op 67
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 7894 CD
Conductor : Andre Previn
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
2:00 PM
Soleriana: Suite for orchestra
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Composer : Joaquin Rodrigo
Catalog : 555844 CD
Conductor : Maximiano Valdes
Orchestra : Asturias Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
2:42 PM
Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 414595 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Argo
3:00 PM
La Peri
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Composer : Paul Dukas
Catalog : 4758140 CD
Conductor : Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra : L'Orchestre delaSuisse Romande
Label : London/Dec
3:22 PM
Totentanz-Danse macabre
Artist : Ozan Marsh, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 7191 CD
Label : Vox/MMG
3:40 PM
Masques et Bergamasques Op 112
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Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 449186 CD
Orchestra : Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
4:06 PM
SEMIRAMIDE Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 126114 CD
Conductor : Marcel Ponseele
Orchestra : Ricercar Academy
Label : Ricercare
4:20 PM
BARBER OF SEVILLE: Largo al Factotum
Artist : Robert Merrill, baritone
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 61440 CD
Conductor : Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra : Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:27 PM
Courtly Airs and Dances
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Composer : Ron Nelson
Catalog : 76 CD
Conductor : Jerry Junkin
Orchestra : Dallas Wind Symphony
Label : Reference
4:41 PM
Variations on a Dublin Air
Artist : Ralph Holmes, violin
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Composer : Hamilton Harty
Catalog : 8386 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
5:06 PM
Wand of Youth Suite No. 1 Op 1
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 1014 CD
Conductor : Raymond Leppard
Orchestra : Indianapolis Symphony Orch.
Label : Koss Class
5:25 PM
London Suite
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Composer : Eric Coates
Catalog : 223445 CD
Conductor : Adrian Leaper
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
5:42 PM
High Sierra: Suite
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Composer : Adolph Deutsch
Catalog : 557701 CD
Conductor : William Stromberg
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos

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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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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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