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 05, 2013

6:06 AM
Flute Concerto in D
Artist : Laurence Dean, flute
Album :
Composer : Johann Adolf Hasse
Catalog : 77228 CD
Orchestra : Hanover Court Orchestra
Label : Christopho
6:19 AM
Idylle Printemps
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 553535 CD
Conductor : David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra : English Northern Philharmonia
Label : Naxos
6:29 AM
Harp (or Organ)Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat Op 4
Artist : Marie-Claire Jamet, harp
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 3019 CD
Conductor : Paul Kuentz
Orchestra : Paul Kuentz Chamber Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
7:06 AM
DON GIOVANNI Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 416273 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Royal Opera, Covent Garden
Label : Philips
7:14 AM
Under the Double Eagle
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Josef Franz Wagner
Catalog : 89111 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:18 AM
Irish Tune from County Derry:
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Percy Aldridge Grainger
Catalog : 877 CD
Conductor : Terence Milligan
Orchestra : U. of Cincinnati Col-Con Wind
Label : Mark
7:26 AM
Pan’s Anniversary: Dances and Folk Song
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 2857 CD
Conductor : Jon Ceander Mitchell
Orchestra : Philharmonia Bulgarica
Label : Centaur
7:39 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 6 in E
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Alessandro Scarlatti
Catalog : 45495 CD
Conductor : Fabio Biondi
Orchestra : Europa Galante
Label : Vrgn Clscs
7:49 AM
Voices of Spring (Fruhlingsstimmen) Op 410
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 416819 CD
Conductor : Franz Bauer-Theussl
Orchestra : Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
Label : Philips
8:06 AM
SIEGE OF CORINTH Overture (Sinfonia)
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 47118 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:16 AM
7 Variations on God Save the King
Artist : Olli Mustonen, piano
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 436834 CD
Label : London/Dec
8:25 AM
Estonian Dance Suite in E
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Eduard Tubin
Catalog : 851002 CD
Conductor : Hans-Peter Frank
Orchestra : Helsingborgs Symph. Orchestra
Label : Big Ben
8:39 AM
Serenade for string orchestra in e Op 20
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 1171 CD
Conductor : Alois Springer
Orchestra : Hamburg Symphony Orchestra
Label :
8:51 AM
In Nomine a 5
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Orlando Gibbons
Catalog : 2308 CD
Orchestra : Berkeley Fest Consort of Viols
Label : Centaur
9:06 AM
Invitation to the Dance Op 65
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 474250 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
9:17 AM
Symphony No. 2 in C
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 55348 CD
Conductor : Roger Norrington
Orchestra : London Classical Players
Label : Angel/EMI
9:39 AM
Bassoon Concerto in F Op 75
Artist : Mark Gigliotti, bassoon
Album :
Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 20126 CD
Conductor : Felix Chiu-Sen Chen
Orchestra : Taipei Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bravo
10:00 AM
Symphony No. 39 in g
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 557093 CD
Conductor : Helmut Muller-Bruhl
Orchestra : Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:17 AM
Nympholept - Nature Poem
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Sir Arnold Bax
Catalog : 8493 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
10:37 AM
MEFISTOFELE
Artist : Giuseppe Filianoti, tenor
Album :
Composer : Arrigo Boito
Catalog : 2013 CD
Conductor : Stefano Ranzani
Orchestra : Orch.of Teatro Massimo,Palermo
Label : Naxos
11:02 AM
Quintet for guitar and strings No. 4 in G
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Luigi Boccherini
Catalog : 45607 CD
Orchestra : Europa Galante
Label : Vrgn Clscs
11:24 AM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Op 19
Artist : Martha Argerich, piano
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 3398 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
3:00 PM
Holberg Suite Op 40
Artist : ...and various soloists
Album :
Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 3091 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Delos
3:23 PM
TANNHAUSER Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 38914 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
3:40 PM
American Rhapsody Op 47
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Ernst von Dohnanyi
Catalog : 999308 CD
Conductor : Alun Francis
Orchestra : Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orch
Label : CPO
4:06 PM
Clarinet Concerto No. 10 in B-Flat
Artist : Sabine Meyer, clarinet
Album :
Composer : Carl Stamitz
Catalog : 55155 CD
Conductor : Iona Brown
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
4:25 PM
Andante and Five Variations in G
Artist : Martha Argerich, piano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 67051 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
4:34 PM
Don Quixote (Humoresque) Op 87
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Anton Rubinstein
Catalog : 220359 CD
Conductor : Michael Halasz
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
5:06 PM
Music for the Royal Fireworks
Artist :
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 453451 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
5:25 PM
Irish Rhapsody
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Victor Herbert
Catalog : 85572 CD
Conductor : Richard Auldon Clark
Orchestra : Manhattan Chamber Orchestra
Label : Newport
5:43 PM
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Artist :
Album :
Composer : John Williams
Catalog : 1002 CD
Conductor : John Boyd
Orchestra : Indiana St. Univ.Faculty Winds
Label : Elf

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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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