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 10, 2013

6:06 AM
Caractacus: Triumphal March Op 35
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 557273 CD
Conductor : James Judd
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
6:15 AM
A Hero’s Life
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Composer : Christian Frederik Horneman
Catalog : 9373 CD
Conductor : Michael Schonwandt
Orchestra : Danish Radio Symph Orch
Label : Chandos
6:30 AM
Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 5345 CD
Conductor : William Boughton
Orchestra : English String Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
6:40 AM
Concerto for Oboe d’amore and strings in A, BWV 1055
Artist : Neil Black, oboe
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 127 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Boston Sky
7:06 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 5 in d Op 3
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Composer : Francesco Manfredini
Catalog : 553891 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
7:15 AM
The Vanished Army
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Composer : Kenneth J. Alford
Catalog : 6584 CD
Conductor : J.R.Mason
Orchestra : Band of H.M. Royal Marines
Label : Chandos
7:21 AM
Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat, K. 22
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 550871 CD
Conductor : Nicholas Ward
Orchestra : Northern Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:28 AM
In Autumn Overture Op 11
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 69039 CD
Conductor : Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:43 AM
Grand Canyon Suite: On the Trail
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Composer : Ferde Grofe
Catalog : 66387 CD
Conductor : Felix Slatkin
Orchestra : Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orches
Label : Angel/EMI
7:50 AM
Overture No. 4 in F
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Composer : Thomas Augustine Arne
Catalog : 4759117 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : London/Dec
8:06 AM
A NIGHT IN VENICE Overture
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 12569 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:15 AM
Suite for Trumpet and Orchestra in D
Artist : Bibi Black, trumpet
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 54620 CD
Conductor : Claudio Scimone
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:28 AM
English Folk Song Suite
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 104 CD
Conductor : Jerry Junkin
Orchestra : Univ of Texas Wind Ensemble
Label : Reference
8:41 AM
Konzertstuck for violin and orchestra in D
Artist : Pinchas Zukerman, violin
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 420168 CD
Conductor : Pinchas Zukerman
Orchestra : Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Label : Philips
8:52 AM
MLADA: Procession of the Nobles
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 62647 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
9:06 AM
Swedish Rhapsody No. 1 Op 19
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Composer : Hugo Alfven
Catalog : 41720 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
9:21 AM
Concert piece for violin and orchestra Op 7
Artist : Tobias Ringborg, violin
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Composer : Tor Aulin
Catalog : 1050 CD
Conductor : Niklas Willen
Orchestra : Gavleborg Symphony Orchestra
Label : Sterling
9:39 AM
Symphony No. 27 in G, K. 199
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 69818 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
10:00 AM
Andante Cantabile and Rondo
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Composer : Mikhail Glinka
Catalog : 1000166 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
10:21 AM
Cello Concerto in e Op 85
Artist : Paul Watkins, cello
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 4777352 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : BBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
10:49 AM
Octet in E-Flat Op 20
Artist : Gil Shaham, violin
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 8 CD
Orchestra : Sejong Soloists
Label : CanaryClas
11:21 AM
Symphony No. 2 in D Op 36
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 471487 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
12:06 PM
Swedish Dances Op 32
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Composer : Tor Aulin
Catalog : 1050 CD
Conductor : Niklas Willen
Orchestra : Gavleborg Symphony Orchestra
Label : Sterling
12:29 PM
Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song
Artist : Paul Watkins, cello
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Composer : Richard Rodney Bennett
Catalog : 10389 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:56 PM
Violin Concerto in b, RV 386
Artist : Giuliano Carmignola, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 87733 CD
Conductor : Andrea Marcon
Orchestra : Venice Baroque Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
1:13 PM
Gaite Parisienne
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Composer : Jacques Offenbach (arr. Manuel Rosenthal)
Catalog : 80294 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
2:00 PM
Lira Concerto No. 2 in G
Artist : Hugo Ruf, lira
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 1049 CD
Orchestra : Stuttgart Soloists
Label : Tuxedo
2:16 PM
Cyrano de Bergerac-Suite for Orchestra Op 55
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Composer : Josef Bohuslav Foerster
Catalog : 3041 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Smetacek
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
3:00 PM
FIDELIO Overture Op 72
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 4758147 CD
Conductor : Eugen Jochum
Orchestra : Concertgebouw Orch. Amsterdam
Label : Philips
3:08 PM
Symphony No. 5 in E-Flat Op 82
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 753 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:44 PM
Horn Sonata in F Op 17
Artist : Wolfgang Tomboeck, horn; Madoka Inui, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 557471 CD
Label : Naxos
4:06 PM
Suite No. 2 for 2 pianos (Silhouettes) Op 23
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Composer : Anton Arensky (orch. by the composer)
Catalog : 8898 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Danish Radio Symph Orch
Label : Chandos
4:26 PM
BENVENUTO CELLINI: Overture
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 54237 CD
Conductor : Michel Plasson
Orchestra : Orch du Capitole de Toulouse
Label : Angel/EMI
4:39 PM
BENVENUTO CELLINI: Mais qu’ai-je donc?
Artist : Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 28046 CD
Conductor : John Nelson
Orchestra : National Orchestra of France
Label : Angel/EMI
4:46 PM
Harmonies Poetiques et Religieuses: No. 4 Pensees des morts
Artist : Stephen Hough, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 90700 CD
Label : Vrgn Clscs
5:06 PM
Kamarinskaia
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Composer : Mikhail Glinka
Catalog : 791631 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:14 PM
Fantastic Scherzo Op 25
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Composer : Josef Suk
Catalog : 3166 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Prague Symphony Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
5:31 PM
Symphony No.1 La Nuit des Tropiques
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Composer : Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Catalog : 9 CD
Conductor : Maurice Abravanel
Orchestra : Utah Symphony Orchestra
Label : VangrdOmeg
5:52 PM
Fiddler on the Roof: Excerpts
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Composer : Jerry Bock (arr. John Williams)
Catalog : 416499 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : Philips

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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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