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

July 24, 2013

6:06 AM
Outdoor Overture
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 4776115 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
6:16 AM
Symphony No. 9 in C
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 63970 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Concentus Musicus Wien
Label : RCA/BMG
6:30 AM
Concerto No. 12 for oboe and strings in C Op 7
Artist : Heinz Holliger, oboe
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 4757757 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Philips
6:40 AM
Concertino for oboe & orchestra in g
Artist : Alex Klein, oboe
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Composer : Wilhelm Bernhard Molique
Catalog : 80 CD
Conductor : Paul Freeman
Orchestra : Czech National Symphony
Label : Cedille
7:06 AM
Kamarinskaia
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Composer : Mikhail Glinka
Catalog : 7042 CD
Conductor : Donald Barra
Orchestra : San Diego Chamber Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
7:15 AM
Flags of Freedom
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 1 CD
Conductor : (Colonel) Lowell E. Graham
Orchestra : ACC Heritage of America Band
Label : USAF
7:18 AM
Light Cavalry Overture
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 5479 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:27 AM
The King Shall Rejoice
Artist : Choir Kings College, Cambridge
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 57140 CD
Conductor : Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : Angel/EMI
7:40 AM
Chimes of St. Genevieve
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Composer : Marin Marais
Catalog : 61002 CD
Conductor : Donald Fraser
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:47 AM
Islamey - Oriental Fantasy Op 18
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Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 412552 CD
Conductor : Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra : Bavarian Radio Symphony
Label : Philips
8:06 AM
BARBER OF SEVILLE Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 47118 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:14 AM
Rondo for 2 pianos in C Op 73
Artist : Frederic Chiu, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 907201 CD
Label : Harm Mundi
8:26 AM
String Symphony No. 2 in D
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 69524 CD
Conductor : Jerzy Maksymiuk
Orchestra : Polish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:39 AM
PETER SCHMOLL Overture Op 8
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 570296 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:51 AM
Charge: Bugler’s Dream
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Composer : Leo Arnaud
Catalog : 62592 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
9:06 AM
Carnival Overture Op 92
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 9002 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
9:17 AM
Concertante No. 1 for violin & harp
Artist : Susanna Mildonian, harp
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Composer : Louis Spohr
Catalog : 3019 CD
Conductor : Louis de Froment
Orchestra : Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg
Label : Vox/MMG
9:40 AM
Variations on Muller’sIch bin...Kakadu in G Op 121
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 550949 CD
Orchestra : Stuttgart Piano Trio
Label : Naxos
10:00 AM
Concerto No. 2 a due cori in F
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 63073 CD
Conductor : Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
Label : CBS/Sony
10:18 AM
Peacock Variations
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Composer : Zoltan Kodaly
Catalog : 54858 CD
Conductor : Franz Welser-Most
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:47 AM
Symphonic Poem No. 5: Prometheus
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 68595 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Angel/EMI
11:02 AM
Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 550823 CD
Conductor : Richard Studt
Orchestra : Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Label : Naxos
11:17 AM
Symphony No. 40 in g, K. 550
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 11004 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
12:08 PM
Francesca da Rimini Op 32
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 49141 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:33 PM
Russian Christmas Music
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Composer : Alfred Reed
Catalog : 126 CD
Conductor : Jerry Junkin
Orchestra : Dallas Wind Symphony
Label : Reference
12:50 PM
DAS RHEINGOLD: Finale
Artist : Kirsten Flagstad; George London; Eberhard Wachter
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 414101 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
1:05 PM
Gregorian Chant for String Orchestra
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Composer : Paul Creston
Catalog : 4076 CD
Conductor : Arthur Lief
Orchestra : New York Chamber Orchestra
Label : VangrdOmeg
1:18 PM
Frozen Planet: Spring
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Composer : George Fenton
Catalog : 1392 CD
Conductor : George Fenton
Orchestra : BBC Concert Orchestra
Label : Silva
1:39 PM
Lyric Pieces: VIII-6 Wedding Day at Troldhaugen Op 65
Artist : Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 391369 CD
Label : Vrgn Clscs
1:45 PM
RIGOLETTO: Quartet: Bella figlia d’amore
Artist : Joan Sutherland, soprano
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 4758366 CD
Conductor : Richard Bonynge
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
1:51 PM
Elegiac Song - Sanft wie du lebtest... Op 118
Artist : Ambrosian Singers
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 33509 CD
Conductor : Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
2:02 PM
Thunder & Lightning Polka Op 324
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 91377 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
2:07 PM
Concerto breve for piano and orchestra: Andante
Artist : Jenny Lin, piano
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Composer : Xavier Montsalvatge
Catalog : 98642 CD
Conductor : Celso Antunes
Orchestra : NDR Radiophilharmonie
Label : Hanssler
2:24 PM
EUGENE ONEGIN: Onegin’s aria
Artist : and Chorus
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 55004 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
2:30 PM
Swan Lake Highlights Op 20
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 46341 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
2:34 PM
Theme & Variations from The Go Between
Artist : Michel Legrand, piano
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Composer : Michel Legrand
Catalog : 35175 CD
Conductor : Michel Legrand
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
3:00 PM
Suite Mignonne Op 15
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Composer : Oskar Nedbal
Catalog : 192 CD
Conductor : Douglas Bostock
Orchestra : Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra
Label : Classico
3:08 PM
Pohadka: Fairy tale Op 16
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Composer : Josef Suk
Catalog : 9063 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
3:40 PM
Symphony No. 1 in G Op 11
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Composer : Chevalier de Saint-George
Catalog : 5225 CD
Conductor : Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
Label : CBC(RCI)
4:06 PM
Duet Concertino
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 5186060 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : German Ch. Phil., Bremen
Label : Pentatone
4:26 PM
Two Norwegian Airs Op 63
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 45224 CD
Conductor : Iona Brown
Orchestra : Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
4:37 PM
Fantasie for viola and orchestra
Artist : Julia Neher, viola
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Composer : Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Catalog : 98610 CD
Conductor : Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra : Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
Label : Hanssler
4:48 PM
Tzigane: Rhapsodie de concert
Artist : Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
Album :
Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 437544 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
5:06 PM
Valse-Scherzo in C Op 34
Artist : Gil Shaham, violin
Album :
Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 457064 CD
Conductor : Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
5:17 PM
Symphony No. 88 in G
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 94237 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
5:39 PM
Schelomo, Hebraic Rhapsody for cello
Artist : George Neikrug, cello
Album :
Composer : Ernest Bloch
Catalog : 98555 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : Symphony of the Air
Label : Angel/EMI

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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

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Creatively Speaking
12:28 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

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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.

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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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