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 09, 2013

6:06 AM
Hebrides Overture in D Op 26
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 391372 CD
Conductor : Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
6:17 AM
Soirees Musicales (after Rossini) Op 9
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Composer : Benjamin Britten
Catalog : 87062 CD
Conductor : Patrick Peire
Orchestra : New Flemish Symphony Orchestra
Label : R. Gailly
6:30 AM
Symphony in D, K. 161
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 139 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Pentatone
6:40 AM
Violin Concerto No. 9 in a Op 104
Artist : Takako Nishizaki, violin
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Composer : Charles Auguste de Beriot
Catalog : 220440 CD
Conductor : Alfred Walter
Orchestra : RTBF Orchestra, Brussels
Label : MarcoPolo
7:06 AM
BARTERED BRIDE Overture
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 63053 CD
Conductor : Thomas Schippers
Orchestra : Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:15 AM
The Belle of Chicago
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 95163 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:18 AM
Polonaise No. 6 in A-Flat Op 53 Heroic
Artist : Maurizio Pollini, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 413795 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
7:28 AM
Little Serenade for string orchestra Op 12
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Composer : Lars-Erik Larsson
Catalog : 285 CD
Conductor : Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra : Stockholm Sinfonietta
Label : Bis
7:42 AM
LA BELLE HELENE Overture
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Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 434332 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
7:50 AM
Espana
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Composer : Emmanuel Chabrier
Catalog : 63313 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:06 AM
Guitar Concerto in A, RV 82
Artist : Christopher Parkening, guitar
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 55052 CD
Conductor : Iona Brown
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
8:17 AM
Rondo for Fortepiano & Stringsin A-Flat
Artist : Eckart Sellheim, piano
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Composer : John Field
Catalog : 47527 CD
Orchestra : Collegium Aureum
Label : Angel/EMI
8:28 AM
Mephisto Waltz No. 1
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 68595 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Angel/EMI
8:42 AM
Islamey - Oriental Fantasy Op 18
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Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 470840 CD
Conductor : Valery Gergiev
Orchestra : Kirov Orchestra
Label : Philips
8:50 AM
Pavane for a Dead Princess
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 80601 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
9:06 AM
Anna Magdalena Notebook: Little Suite
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Thomas Frost)
Catalog : 39431 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
9:15 AM
Symphony No. 96 in D Miracle
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 5200 CD
Conductor : Adam Fischer
Orchestra : Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orch
Label : Nimbus
9:40 AM
Malediction
Artist : Jorges Bolet, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 414079 CD
Conductor : Ivan Fischer
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
10:00 AM
Overture, Scherzo & Finale in E Op 52
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 550608 CD
Conductor : Johannes Wildner
Orchestra : Polish National Radio Orchestr
Label : Naxos
10:20 AM
Im Walde Op 50
Artist : Maria Kliegel, cello
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Composer : David Popper
Catalog : 554657 CD
Conductor : Gerhard Markson
Orchestra : Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
Label : Naxos
10:46 AM
Woodwind Quartet No. 4 in B-Flat (after String Sonata No. 4)
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 1063 CD
Orchestra : Philadephia Woodwind Quintet
Label : Boston
11:02 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 5 in B-Flat Op 6
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 423626 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
11:15 AM
Symphony No. 5 in F Op 76
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 8552 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:06 PM
Margaritena- Rhapsody for Orchestra
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Composer : Inocente Carreno
Catalog : 11340 CD
Conductor : Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra : S. Bolivar Youth Orch of Venz.
Label : D. Gramphn
12:21 PM
Piano Concerto No. 3
Artist : Martha Argerich, piano
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Composer : Bela Bartok
Catalog : 11004 CD
Conductor : Claus Peter Flor
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
12:46 PM
Heritage: Suite
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Composer : John Duffy
Catalog : 630 CD
Conductor : Richard Williams
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : ASV
1:13 PM
Suite on Russian Folk Themes, Op. 79b
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 777385 CD
Conductor : Werner Andreas Albert
Orchestra : SWR Radio Philharmonic
Label : CPO
1:34 PM
Fantasia in f, D. 940
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Composer : Franz Schubert (arr. Mottl)
Catalog : 7307 CD
Conductor : Leon Botstein
Orchestra : American Symphony Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
2:00 PM
Symphony No. 3 Op 36 Symphony of Sorrowful Songs
Artist : Dawn Upshaw, soprano
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Composer : Henryk Gorecki
Catalog : 79282 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : London Sinfonietta
Label : Nonesuch
3:00 PM
Prelude and Quadruple Fugue for orchestra Op 128
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Composer : Alan Hovhaness
Catalog : 80392 CD
Conductor : Rudolf Werthen
Orchestra : I Fiamminghi
Label : Telarc
3:09 PM
Flute & Harp Concerto in C
Artist : Emmanuel Pahud, flute; Marie-Pierre Langlamet, harp
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 56365 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
3:43 PM
Variations on theme by Tchaikovsky Op 35
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Composer : Anton Arensky
Catalog : 5347 CD
Conductor : William Boughton
Orchestra : English String Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
4:06 PM
Prometheus Bound Overture Op 38
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Composer : Carl Goldmark
Catalog : 56955 CD
Conductor : James Conlon
Orchestra : Gurzenich Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:28 PM
The Storm Overture Op 76
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 93980 CD
Conductor : Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
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4:44 PM
Brass Quintet No. 1 in b-Flat Op 5
Artist : David Bilger, trumpet
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Composer : Victor Ewald
Catalog : 1150 CD
Label : Ondine
5:06 PM
SLEEPING BEAUTY Overture
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Composer : Engelbert Humperdinck
Catalog : 61128 CD
Conductor : Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : Vrgn Clscs
5:15 PM
Suite for Violin Viola & Orchestra Op 19
Artist : Sara Trobach, violin
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Composer : Kurt Atterberg
Catalog : 553715 CD
Conductor : Petter Sundkvist
Orchestra : Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:30 PM
Mother Goose Ballet
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 75526 CD
Conductor : Jean Martinon
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : Angel/EMI

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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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6:20 am
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Creatively Speaking
6:01 am
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Creatively Speaking
4:29 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

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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

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
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Creatively Speaking
12:56 pm
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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
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