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

September 06, 2013

6:05 AM
Overture on Russian Themes Op 28
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 46013 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : ZYX Music
6:19 AM
Moravian Dances
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Leos Janacek
Catalog : 572695 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : Warsaw Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
6:31 AM
Sinfonia in D
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johann Adolphe Scheibe
Catalog : 550 CD
Conductor : Andrew Manze
Orchestra : Concerto Copenhagen
Label : Chandos
6:41 AM
Introduction, Theme & Variations in f Op 102
Artist : Alex Klein, oboe
Album :
Composer : Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Catalog : 45 CD
Conductor : Paul Freeman
Orchestra : Czech National Symphony
Label : Cedille
7:06 AM
Overture to an Italian Comedy
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Arthur Benjamin
Catalog : 442374 CD
Conductor : Joseph Post
Orchestra : Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Label : ABC
7:14 AM
Revival March
Artist :
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 80266 CD
Conductor : Richard Franko Goldman
Orchestra : The Goldman Band
Label : New World
7:19 AM
PAN VOYEVODA: Polonaise
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 1000179 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
7:28 AM
Symphony No.2 A Montevideo
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Catalog : 559320 CD
Conductor : Richard Rosenberg
Orchestra : Hot Springs Festival Sym Orch
Label : Naxos
7:41 AM
Coriolan Overture in c Op 62
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 1180 CD
Conductor : Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra : Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Simax
7:50 AM
Introduction & Caprice-Jota Op 41
Artist : Tianwa Yang, violin
Album :
Composer : Pablo Sarasate
Catalog : 572275 CD
Conductor : Ernest Martinez Izquierdo
Orchestra : Navarra Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:06 AM
Overture in C Op 170
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 570329 CD
Conductor : Christian Benda
Orchestra : Prague Sinfonia
Label : Naxos
8:15 AM
Concerto for 2 violins in G
Artist : Viktoria Mullova, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 4777466 CD
Conductor : Andrea Marcon
Orchestra : Venice Baroque Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:26 AM
Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture Op 27
Artist :
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 81788 CD
Conductor : Moshe Atzmon
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:39 AM
Cortege Solennel No. 2 Op 89
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 1000163 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
8:46 AM
Ballade Op 288
Artist : Patrick Gallois, flute
Album :
Composer : Carl Reinecke
Catalog : 557404 CD
Conductor : Fabrice Pierre
Orchestra : Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
9:06 AM
Sinfonica Melodica
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Georg Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 8379 CD
Conductor : Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
9:18 AM
LA CLEMENZA DI TITO selections
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 67118 CD
Conductor : Julius Rudel
Orchestra : The Amadeus Ensemble
Label : MusicMaste
9:44 AM
Andantino in A
Artist : Marat Bisengaliev, violin
Album :
Composer : Joseph Joachim
Catalog : 553026 CD
Label : Naxos
10:00 AM
A LIFE FOR THE TSAR: 3 dances
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Mikhail Glinka
Catalog : 1000166 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
10:17 AM
Symphony in D
Artist :
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Composer : Luigi Cherubini
Catalog : 3429 CD
Conductor : Igor Markevitch
Orchestra : Prague Chamber Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
10:51 AM
Notturno No. 5 in C
Artist : ...and various soloists
Album :
Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 999741 CD
Conductor : Dieter Klocker
Orchestra : Consortium Classicum
Label : CPO
11:02 AM
Suite for Orchestra and Solo Viola
Artist : Marcus Thompson, viola
Album :
Composer : Joseph Jongen
Catalog : 2788 CD
Conductor : Paul Freeman
Orchestra : Czech National Symphony
Label : Centaur
11:26 AM
Symphony No. 8 in F Op 93
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 416274 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Philips
12:06 PM
Symphony No. 70 in D
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 54297 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
12:24 PM
Piano Concerto No. 3 in c-Sharp Op 80
Artist : Seta Tanyel, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Xaver Scharwenka
Catalog : 67365 CD
Conductor : Tadeusz Strugala
Orchestra : Radio Philharm. Hannover NDR
Label : Hyperion
1:04 PM
Symphony No. 6 in D Op 60
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 65775 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Warner Bro
2:00 PM
Leonore Overture No. 3 Op 72
Artist :
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 80439 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Telarc
2:15 PM
Symphony No. 2 in A
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Vassili Kalinnikov
Catalog : 1000170 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
3:00 PM
The Ocean (Tone Poem) Op 99
Artist :
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Composer : Henry Hadley
Catalog : 559064 CD
Conductor : John McLaughlin Williams
Orchestra : Ukrainian National Symphony Or
Label : Naxos
3:16 PM
The Tender Land-orch suite
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 7092 CD
Conductor : James Sedares
Orchestra : Phoenix Symphony
Label : KOCH Intl.
3:39 PM
The Comedians
Artist :
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Composer : Dmitri Kabalevsky
Catalog : 553411 CD
Conductor : Vasily Jelvakov
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:06 PM
Symphony in E-Flat
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Franz Danzi
Catalog : 777351 CD
Conductor : Howard Griffiths
Orchestra : Orch. della Svizzera Italiana
Label : CPO
4:25 PM
I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI: Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Vincenzo Bellini
Catalog : 27333 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Royal Opera, Covent Garden
Label : Angel/EMI
4:32 PM
I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI: Eccomi in
Artist : Nicole Cabell, soprano
Album :
Composer : Vincenzo Bellini
Catalog : 6590 CD
Conductor : Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:44 PM
Recorder Concerto in F
Artist : Judith Linsenberg, recorder
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Sammartini
Catalog : 90704 CD
Orchestra : Musica Pacifica
Label : Dorian
5:06 PM
Overture in C Op 170
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 385853 CD
Conductor : Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra : Menuhin Festival Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:15 PM
Concerto for Two Violins and Lute in D
Artist : Pepe Romero, guitar
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 4784614 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Philips
5:29 PM
Hero and Leander
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Victor Herbert
Catalog : 52491 CD
Conductor : Lorin Maazel
Orchestra : Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony

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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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