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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September 12, 2013

6:06 AM
Consecration of the House Overture in C Op 124
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 107 CD
Conductor : Christoph Spering
Orchestra : Das Neue Orchester
Label : PhoenixEd
6:17 AM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F, BWV 1047
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 423116 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
6:30 AM
Cello Concerto in C, RV 398
Artist : Mstislav Rostropovich, cello
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 4776337 CD
Conductor : Paul Sacher
Orchestra : Collegium Musicum Zurich
Label : D. Gramphn
6:40 AM
Suite from Smetana’s Sketchbook
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana (arr. Smolka)
Catalog : 223705 CD
Conductor : Robert Stankovsky
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
7:06 AM
La Seccia rapita (The Stolen Bucket) Overture
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Composer : Antonio Salieri
Catalog : 223381 CD
Conductor : Michael Dittrich
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
7:15 AM
Hungarian March Op 1
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Composer : Josef Gungl
Catalog : 31447 CD
Conductor : Laszlo Marosi
Orchestra : Hungarian Army Ctrl Wind Orch
Label : Hungaroton
7:19 AM
Banisher of Gloom Waltz Op 247
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 223214 CD
Conductor : Alfred Walter
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
7:28 AM
Symphony in D, K. 95
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 5186113 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Pentatone
7:41 AM
ALEKO: Dances
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 69025 CD
Conductor : Andre Previn
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:51 AM
Marche militaire no. 1 in D Op 51, D. 733
Artist : Vladimir Horowitz, piano
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 7074 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
8:06 AM
Crown of India Suite: March of the Mogul Op 66
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 557273 CD
Conductor : James Judd
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:11 AM
Suite No. 2 in F Op 28
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 40471 CD
Conductor : Imogen Holst
Orchestra : Central Band of the Royal A.F.
Label : Angel/EMI
8:28 AM
Piano Concerto No. 7 in F
Artist : Hae-Won Chang, piano
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 550713 CD
Conductor : Robert Stankovsky
Orchestra : Camerata Cassovia
Label : Naxos
8:43 AM
Carnival Overture Op 92
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 36716 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:50 AM
Der alte Brummbar Op 210
Artist : Alan Pendlebury, bassoon
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Composer : Julius Fucik
Catalog : 59285 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Vrgn Clscs
9:06 AM
Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks Op 28
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 504 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : OehmsCl
9:24 AM
Piano Concerto No. 2 Op 102
Artist : Andrew Litton, piano
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Composer : Dmitri Shostakovich
Catalog : 3246 CD
Conductor : Andrew Litton
Orchestra : Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Label : Delos
9:46 AM
Barcarolle vénitienne Op 46
Artist : Tianwa Yang, violin
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Composer : Pablo Sarasate
Catalog : 572275 CD
Conductor : Ernest Martinez Izquierdo
Orchestra : Navarra Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:00 AM
Water Music Suite No. 1 in F
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Composer : George Friederich Handel (arr. Hamilton Harty)
Catalog : 6583 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
10:17 AM
Sinfonia Concertante in B-Flat
Artist : Vladimir Spivakov, violin
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 7948 CD
Conductor : Vladimir Spivakov
Orchestra : Moscow Virtuosi
Label : RCA/BMG
10:41 AM
Hary Janos Suite
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Composer : Zoltan Kodaly
Catalog : 443444 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
11:06 AM
Waltz-Caprices Op 37
Artist : Antonio Pompa-Baldi, piano
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 2800 CD
Label : Centaur
11:18 AM
Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Op 38 Spring
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 61884 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : Vrgn Clscs
12:06 PM
Concerto a 6 - Trumpet in C
Artist : John Wallace, trumpet
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 5017 CD
Conductor : Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
12:16 PM
Serenade for String Trio Op 10
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Composer : Ernst von Dohnanyi
Catalog : 557153 CD
Orchestra : Spectrum Concerts Berlin
Label : Naxos
12:38 PM
Piano Concertoin a Op 7
Artist : Angela Cheng, piano
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Composer : Clara Schumann
Catalog : 7169 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : The Women's Philharmonic
Label : KOCH Intl.
1:02 PM
String Quartet No. 2: Nocturne
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Composer : Alexander Borodin (arr. Nikolai Tcherepnin)
Catalog : 2391 CD
Conductor : Anatole Fistoulari
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Guild
1:14 PM
Symphony No. 3 in D Op 29 Polish
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 46322 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Teldec
2:00 PM
Scena Campestre
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Composer : Amilcare Ponchielli
Catalog : 2115 CD
Conductor : Silvano Frontalini
Orchestra : Minsk Philharmonic
Label : Bongiovann
2:15 PM
Serenade for small orchestra in F
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Composer : Vitezslav Novak
Catalog : 223649 CD
Conductor : Andrew Mogrelia
Orchestra : Ukranian Chamber Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
3:00 PM
Two Lyric Pieces Op 68
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 572403 CD
Conductor : Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra : Malmo Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
3:09 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in b Op 42
Artist : Martin Roscoe, piano
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Composer : Ernst von Dohnanyi
Catalog : 66684 CD
Conductor : Fedor Glushchenko
Orchestra : BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestr
Label : Hyperion
3:40 PM
Piano Trio in E-Flat
Artist : Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 62588 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
4:06 PM
Violin Concerto
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
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Composer : Paul Ben-Haim
Catalog : 54296 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:27 PM
Valse di Bravura Op 33
Artist : Patrick Gallois, flute
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Composer : Franz & Karl Doppler
Catalog : 570378 CD
Conductor : Patrick Gallois
Orchestra : Sinfonia Finlandia
Label : Naxos
4:40 PM
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik in G, K. 525
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 67141 CD
Conductor : Julius Rudel
Orchestra : Virtuosi of Prague
Label : MusicMaste
5:06 PM
Gwendoline Overture
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Composer : Emmanuel Chabrier
Catalog : 4785092 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
5:16 PM
Introduction & Allegro for piano & orch. in d Op 134
Artist : Rudolf Serkin, piano
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 46272 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:33 PM
Concierto Festivo for guitar and strings
Artist : Pepe Romero, guitar
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Composer : Ernesto Cordero
Catalog : 572707 CD
Orchestra : I Solisti Zagreb
Label : Naxos


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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

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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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.

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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