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 05, 2014

6:06 AM
FAUST: Ballet Music
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Composer : Charles Gounod
Catalog : 62530 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:18 AM
Festive Symphony: Scherzo
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 223120 CD
Conductor : Lothar Zagrosek
Orchestra : ORF Symphony Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
6:30 AM
DIE FLEDERMAUS Overture
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 80547 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
6:40 AM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 30412 CD
Conductor : Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra : Concerto Italiano
Label : Naive
7:06 AM
Overture No. 2 in A
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Composer : Thomas Augustine Arne
Catalog : 4759117 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : London/Dec
7:14 AM
Under the Double Eagle
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Composer : Josef Franz Wagner
Catalog : 89111 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:18 AM
Fantasy on Two Folk Songs
Artist : Rudolf Belov, domra
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Composer : Nicolai Budashkin
Catalog : 432000 CD
Conductor : Vitaly Gnutov
Orchestra : Osipov State Russian Flk.Orch.
Label : Mercury
7:28 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 1 in G Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 4758673 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
7:41 AM
Feierlicher Einzug der Ritter des
Artist : Michael Murray, organ
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 80438 CD
Conductor : Robert Woods
Orchestra : Empire Brass
Label : Telarc
7:49 AM
Concerto for horn, strings, co in D
Artist : Hermann Baumann, horn
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 412226 CD
Conductor : Iona Brown
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
8:06 AM
Son & Stranger Overture Op 89
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 81788 CD
Conductor : Moshe Atzmon
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:15 AM
String Quartet No. 1: Andante Cantabile Op 11
Artist : Yo Yo Ma, cello
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 93927 CD
Conductor : Lorin Maazel
Orchestra : Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:26 AM
Fra Diavolo-Cotillons Op 41
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Composer : Johann Strauss
Catalog : 225282 CD
Conductor : Christian Pollack
Orchestra : Slovak Sinfonietta Zilina
Label : MarcoPolo
8:39 AM
FIDELIO Overture Op 72
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 27333 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
8:48 AM
Baden Maiden Waltz Op 257
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Composer : Karel Komzak
Catalog : 799111 CD
Conductor : Friedemann Riehle
Orchestra : Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CPClassics
9:06 AM
KHOVANSHCHINA: Prelude
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 90 CD
Conductor : Alexander Vedernikov
Orchestra : The Bolshoi Theater Orchestra
Label : Pentatone
9:13 AM
I VESPRI SICILIANI: Le quattro stagioni
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 52489 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
9:44 AM
Symphony No. 7 in D
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4790718 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
10:00 AM
Ma Vlast: No. 1 Vysehrad
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 9366 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
10:16 AM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Op 17
Artist : Philippe Entremont, piano
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 45624 CD
Conductor : Michel Plasson
Orchestra : Orch du Capitole de Toulouse
Label : CBS/Sony
10:45 AM
Concertino for horn & orch in e Op 45
Artist : Barry Tuckwell, horn
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 86558 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
11:04 AM
Sinfonia in C
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Composer : Josef Myslivecek
Catalog : 4776418 CD
Conductor : Werner Erhardt
Orchestra : Concerto Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
11:13 AM
Symphony No. 4 in e Op 98
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 4775324 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
12:06 PM
A LIFE FOR THE TSAR: 3 dances
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Composer : Mikhail Glinka
Catalog : 1000166 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
12:23 PM
Suite No. 2 for two pianos Op 17
Artist : Martha Argerich, piano
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 4758520 CD
Label : Philips
12:46 PM
Capriccio: Sextet Overture
Artist : Members of...
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 8758 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:58 PM
Swedish Rhapsody No. 1 Op 19
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Composer : Hugo Alfven
Catalog : 469376 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
1:13 PM
Symphony No. 1 in b Op 3
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Composer : Kurt Atterberg
Catalog : 999639 CD
Conductor : Ari Rasilainen
Orchestra : Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orch
Label : CPO
2:00 PM
Poeme Epique
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 7001 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra : Hong Kong Philharmonic Orch.
Label : RecordsInt
2:15 PM
Piano Concerto No. 3 in d Op 30
Artist : Martha Argerich, piano
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 446673 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : Berlin Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : Philips
3:00 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 7 in D Op 6
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 434110 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Philips
3:11 PM
Symphonic Poem No. 1
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 557846 CD
Conductor : Michael Halasz
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
3:42 PM
Scherzo and Finale
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Composer : Hugo Wolf
Catalog : 45416 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : Erato
4:06 PM
Valses Nobles et Sentimentales
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 5031 CD
Conductor : Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
Orchestra : Minnesota Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
4:25 PM
KHOVANSHCHINA: Persian Slaves’ Dance
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 4785092 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
4:34 PM
KHOVANSHCHINA: Chief, our father, come
Artist : Vladimir Krasov, baritone
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 90 CD
Conductor : Alexander Vedernikov
Orchestra : The Bolshoi Theater Orchestra
Label : Pentatone
4:43 PM
Totentanz-Danse macabre
Artist : Alexander Brailowsky, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 48167 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:06 PM
Brook Green Suite Op 190
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 2882 CD
Conductor : Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Intersound
5:15 PM
Polonaise No. 5 in f-Sharp Op 44
Artist : Elisabeth Leonskaja, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 96532 CD
Label : Teldec
5:28 PM
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

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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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