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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September 02, 2013

6:06 AM
Symphony No. 19 in D
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 5407 CD
Conductor : Adam Fischer
Orchestra : Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orch
Label : Nimbus
6:18 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 11 (After Scarlatti) in G
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Composer : Charles Avison
Catalog : 31 CD
Orchestra : Café Zimmermann
Label : Alpha
6:33 AM
Concerto Grossoin B-Flat Op 2
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Composer : John Stanley
Catalog : 638 CD
Conductor : Simon Standage
Orchestra : Collegium Musicum 90
Label : Chandos
6:43 AM
Jubel Overture in C Op 103
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Composer : Joachim Raff
Catalog : 223638 CD
Conductor : Urs Schneider
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
7:06 AM
Finlandia Op 26
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 80320 CD
Conductor : Yoel Levi
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:15 AM
The Washington Post March (1889)
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 87107 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:20 AM
String Quartet No. 1: Andante Cantabile Op 11
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 6552 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Chandos
7:30 AM
Oboe concerto in a
Artist : Maurice Bourgue, oboe
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Composer : Benedetto Marcello
Catalog : 67425 CD
Conductor : Louis Auriacombe
Orchestra : Orch du Capitole de Toulouse
Label : Angel/EMI
7:43 AM
Im Fruhling Overture Op 36
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Composer : Carl Goldmark
Catalog : 469376 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
7:55 AM
Zadok the Priest
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
8:06 AM
MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR Overture
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Composer : Otto Nicolai
Catalog : 48376 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:16 AM
Warsaw Concerto
Artist : Cristina Ortiz, piano
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Composer : Richard Addinsell
Catalog : 414348 CD
Conductor : Moshe Atzmon
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:28 AM
Melpomene Overture
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Composer : George W. Chadwick
Catalog : 9439 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
8:41 AM
MAGIC FLUTE Overture
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 27333 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:50 AM
Blades of Grass (1945)
Artist : Geoffrey Deemer, English Horn
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Composer : Romeo Cascarino
Catalog : 559266 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Philadelphia Philharmonia
Label : Naxos
9:06 AM
#12. The Planets Op 32
Artist : Mendelssohn Club, Philadelphia
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 41720 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
9:58 AM
#11. Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 2549 CD
Conductor : Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra : Montreal,Orch. Metropolitain
Label : ATMA
10:05 AM
#10. Symphony No. 9 in e Op 95 From the New World
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 46331 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:49 AM
#9. Symphony No. 5 in d Op 47
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Composer : Dmitri Shostakovich
Catalog : 1109 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Ondine
12:06 PM
#8. Piano Concerto No. 2 in c Op 18
Artist : Gary Graffman, piano
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 36722 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
12:41 PM
#7. Symphony No. 5 in c Op 67
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 4790718 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
1:16 PM
#6. Le Sacre du Printemps
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Composer : Igor Stravinsky
Catalog : 80615 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
2:00 PM
#5. Symphony No. 2 in c Resurrection
Artist : Miah Persson, soprano; Christianne Stotijn, mezzo-soprano; Chicago Symphony Chorus
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Composer : Gustav Mahler
Catalog : 901914 CD
Conductor : Bernard Haitink
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : CSOR
3:35 PM
#4. Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 423492 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
3:17 PM
#3. Ma Vlast: No. 2 Vltava (The Moldau)
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 59285 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Vrgn Clscs
4:06 PM
#2. Symphony No. 7 in A Op 92
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 4790718 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
4:49 PM
#1. Symphony No. 9 in d Op 125 Choral
Artist : Gwyneth Jones,soprano; Hanna Schwarz, contralto; Rene Kollo, tenor; Kurt Moll, bass; Vienna State Opera Chorus
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 4790718 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn

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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.

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8:03 am
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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

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Creatively Speaking
6:20 am
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Creatively Speaking
6:01 am
Mon June 9, 2014

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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
Thu June 5, 2014

It's Beethoven, Shostakovich, and The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI: June 8, 1 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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4:29 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

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3:25 pm
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Francesca's Letter

Francesca Martinez (center) and her family

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Creatively Speaking
3:53 pm
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Creatively Speaking
12:56 pm
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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.

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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)

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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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