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.

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June 12, 2013

6:06 AM
A London Overture
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Composer : John Ireland
Catalog : 8879 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
6:21 AM
Suite Espanola: No. 3 Sevilla Op 47
Artist : David Russell, guitar
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Composer : Isaac Albeniz
Catalog : 80576 CD
Label : Telarc
6:29 AM
Concerto in e Op 3
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Composer : Charles Avison
Catalog : 557905 CD
Conductor : Pavlo Beznosiuk
Orchestra : Avison Ensemble
Label : Naxos
6:39 AM
In Nature’s Realm Overture Op 91
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 432996 CD
Conductor : Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Philips
7:06 AM
Armida Overture
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Composer : Antonio Salieri
Catalog : 223381 CD
Conductor : Michael Dittrich
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
7:12 AM
The Beau Ideal
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 95163 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:19 AM
Norwegian Dance No. 1 Op 35
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 9028 CD
Conductor : Petri Sakari
Orchestra : Iceland State Symphony Orch.
Label : Chandos
7:27 AM
La Caza del Joven Enrique -Gran overture
Artist : John Contiguglia, piano
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Composer : Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Catalog : 559320 CD
Conductor : Richard Rosenberg
Orchestra : Hot Springs Festival Sym Orch
Label : Naxos
7:40 AM
Fantasy on Two Flemish Folksongs
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Composer : August de Boeck
Catalog : 223418 CD
Conductor : Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra : BRT Philharmonic, Brussels
Label : MarcoPolo
7:50 AM
Four Irish Dances Op 126
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Composer : Malcolm Arnold
Catalog : 8867 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Chandos
8:06 AM
Concerto Grosso in b
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 6541 CD
Conductor : Adrian Shepherd
Orchestra : Cantilena
Label : Chandos
8:17 AM
GIRL OF THE GOLDEN WEST: Introduzione
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 4759385 CD
Conductor : Franco Capuana
Orchestra : Santa Cecilia Academy, Rome
Label : London/Dec
8:22 AM
GIRL OF THE GOLDEN WEST (La Fanciulla):
Artist : Joao Gibin, baritone
Album :
Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 64766 CD
Conductor : Lovro von Matacic
Orchestra : Orchestra of La Scala
Label : Angel/EMI
8:27 AM
String Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 553161 CD
Conductor : Nicholas Ward
Orchestra : Northern Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:40 AM
LA CENERENTOLA Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 8015 CD
Conductor : Jonel Perlea
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : Vox/MMG
8:51 AM
DAMNATION OF FAUST: Menuet des Follets
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 31017
Conductor : Charles Munch
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
9:06 AM
Le Corsaire Overture Op 21
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 572886 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : National Orchestra of Lyon
Label : Naxos
9:16 AM
A Downland Suite
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Composer : John Ireland
Catalog : 9376 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : City of London Sinfonia
Label : Chandos
9:36 AM
Old Norwegian Romance Op 51
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 86513 CD
Conductor : Paavo Berglund
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:00 AM
Consecration of the House Overture in C Op 124
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 429762 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
10:12 AM
Celtic Symphony for 6 harps and strings
Artist : ...and various soloists
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Composer : Sir Granville Bantock
Catalog : 66450 CD
Conductor : Vernon Handley
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Hyperion
10:34 AM
Concerto for Oboe and Strings
Artist : Brynjar Hoff, Oboe
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Composer : Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Catalog : 19083 CD
Conductor : Ian Watson
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Victoria
10:44 AM
Symphony No.103 in E-Flat
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 4778117 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Label : D. Gramphn
11:16 AM
Piano Concerto in g Op 33
Artist : Rudolf Firkusny, piano
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 60781 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Neumann
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
3:00 PM
Danzas Fantasticas: Op 22
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Composer : Joaquin Turina
Catalog : 555955 CD
Conductor : Max Bragado Darman
Orchestra : Orchestra of Castille & Leon
Label : Naxos
3:17 PM
Lieutenant Kije Suite Op 60
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Composer : Sergei Prokofiev
Catalog : 39783 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
3:39 PM
Othello Overture Op 93
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 550600 CD
Conductor : Stephen Gunzenhauser
Orchestra : BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:06 PM
La Princesse Jaune overture Op 30
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 1016 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Cala
4:14 PM
La Valse
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 432003 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
4:28 PM
Trio Sonata No. 2 in F
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 648 CD
Conductor : Simon Standage
Orchestra : Collegium Musicum 90
Label : Chandos
4:39 PM
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 14 in f
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 4780237 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : London/Dec
4:52 PM
Finlandia Op 26
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 36718 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
5:06 PM
Bassoon Concerto in B-Flat
Artist : Bernard Garfield, bassoon
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 47215 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:25 PM
Gunga Din
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Composer : Alfred Newman
Catalog : 223608 CD
Conductor : Richard Kaufman
Orchestra : Brandenburg Philharm. Potsdam
Label : MarcoPolo
5:43 PM
Wine, Women & Song Op 333
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 463667 CD
Orchestra : Boston Symphony Chamber Player
Label : D. Gramphn

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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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