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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August 30, 2013

6:06 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 1 in G Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 422370 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Philips
6:18 AM
CENDRILLON: Suite
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Composer : Jules Massenet
Catalog : 555986 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Jean
Orchestra : Hong Kong Philharmonic Orch.
Label : Naxos
6:31 AM
Symphonic Sketches: Jubilee
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Composer : George W. Chadwick
Catalog : 64 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Czech State Philharmonic Brno
Label : Reference
6:41 AM
Fantasy on Polish Airs in A Op 13
Artist : Garrick Ohlsson, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 6702 CD
Conductor : Kazimierz Kord
Orchestra : Warsaw Philharmonic
Label : Arabesque
7:06 AM
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 15 in a Rakoczy March
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 61497 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:15 AM
Stars and Stripes Forever
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 1998 CD
Conductor : Albert F. Schoepper
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:21 AM
Symphony No. 6 in F
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 419631 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
7:28 AM
Octet Concertant for Winds in B
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Composer : Leopold Antonin Kozeluch
Catalog : 442981 CD
Orchestra : Consortium Classicum
Label : Orfeo
7:42 AM
Ruy Blas Overture Op 95
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 7905 CD
Conductor : Claus Peter Flor
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : RCA/BMG
7:52 AM
Pan and the Birds Op 15
Artist : Marc Grauwels, flute
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Composer : Jules Mouquet
Catalog : 555977 CD
Conductor : Andre Vandernoot
Orchestra : Belgian Radio & TV Symph Orch
Label : Naxos
8:06 AM
PRINCE IGOR Overture
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 1029 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Cala
8:18 AM
WALZERTRAUME (Waltz Dreams)
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Composer : Oscar Straus
Catalog : 80547 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
8:28 AM
Carmen-Fantasie
Artist : Rachel Kolly d’Alba, violin
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Composer : Franz Waxman
Catalog : 65765 CD
Conductor : John Axelrod
Orchestra : Nat Orch des Pays de la Loire
Label : Warner Bro
8:42 AM
Concerto for Violin, strings, & continuo, RV 209
Artist : Pinchas Zukerman, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 68433 CD
Conductor : Pinchas Zukerman
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:49 AM
Hungarian Rhapsody in D Op 68
Artist : Maria Kliegel, cello
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Composer : David Popper
Catalog : 554657 CD
Conductor : Gerhard Markson
Orchestra : Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
Label : Naxos
9:06 AM
FIERRABRAS, D. 796: Overture
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 570329 CD
Conductor : Christian Benda
Orchestra : Prague Sinfonia
Label : Naxos
9:16 AM
Symphony No. 4 in c Op 102
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Composer : Franz Krommer
Catalog : 9275 CD
Conductor : Matthias Bamert
Orchestra : London Mozart Players
Label : Chandos
9:48 AM
On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 65119 CD
Conductor : Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra : Halle Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:00 AM
School for Scandal Overture
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Composer : Samuel Barber
Catalog : 8958 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
10:10 AM
Piano Concerto No. 19 in F, K. 459
Artist : Christoph Eschenbach, piano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 81793 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:42 AM
En Saga (Symphonic Poem) Op 9
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 64331 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
11:02 AM
Alven-fran fjallen till havet Op 33
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Composer : Kurt Atterberg
Catalog : 999913 CD
Conductor : Ari Rasilainen
Orchestra : NDR Radiophilharmonie
Label : CPO
11:24 AM
Symphony No. 98 in B-Flat
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 48904 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
12:06 PM
#30. Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 62645 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
12:22 PM
#29. 1812 Overture Op 49
Artist : Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Vslley Forge Military Academy Band
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 46334 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
12:41 PM
#28. Symphony No. 3 in d
Artist : Michelle DeYoung,mezzo-soprano; Pacific Boychoir; San Francisco Girls Chorus; Women of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus
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Composer : Gustav Mahler
Catalog : 39 CD
Conductor : Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra : San Francisco Symphony
Label : SanFranSym
2:35 PM
#27. Bolero
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 47022 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:00 PM
#26. Symphony No. 3 in c Op 78 Organ
Artist : Marcel Dupre, organ
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 4785092 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
3:36 PM
#25. Canon and Gigue
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Composer : Johann Pachelbel
Catalog : 4758075 CD
Conductor : Karl Munchinger
Orchestra : Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
Label : London/Dec
3:44 PM
#24. Adagio for Strings from String Quartet Op 11
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Composer : Samuel Barber
Catalog : 413324 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : Los Angeles Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
4:06 PM
#23. Scheherazade Op 35
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 47023 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:53 PM
#22. DER ROSENKAVALIER: Act 3 Trio: Marie Therese, Hab’ mir’s gelobt
Artist : Diana Damrau, soprano; Elina Garanca, mezzo-soprano; Adrianne Pieczonka, ssoprano
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 8235 CD
Conductor : Fabio Luisi
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : D. Gramphn
5:06 PM
#21. Symphony No. 41 in C, K. 551 Jupiter
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4777598 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Orchestra Mozart
Label : D. Gramphn
5:44 PM
#20. Rhapsody in Blue
Artist : Earl Wild, piano; Benny Goodman, clarinet
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 2256 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : Guild

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
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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

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Creatively Speaking
6:01 am
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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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12:05 pm
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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.

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Station Announcements
3:25 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Francesca's Letter

Francesca Martinez (center) and her family

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Creatively Speaking
3:53 pm
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Violinist Nikolaj Znaider's Beethoven Odyssey

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Creatively Speaking
12:56 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

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Creatively Speaking
12:28 pm
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Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)

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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

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