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 13, 2012

6:06 AM
Pan’s Anniversary: Dances and Folk Song
Artist :
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 2857 CD
Conductor : Jon Ceander Mitchell
Orchestra : Philharmonia Bulgarica
Label : Centaur
6:18 AM
MACBETH: Act III: Ballet Music
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 62651 CD
Conductor : Roberto Abbado
Orchestra : Munich Radio Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
6:30 AM
Overture No. 6 in d
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 6531 CD
Conductor : Adrian Shepherd
Orchestra : Cantilena
Label : Chandos
6:44 AM
Organ Concerto No. 13 in F
Artist : Simon Preston, organ
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 469358 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
7:06 AM
MIGNON: Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Ambroise Thomas
Catalog : 37240 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
7:15 AM
Them Basses
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Composer : Getty H. Huffine
Catalog : 7 CD
Conductor : (Colonel) Lowell E. Graham
Orchestra : US Air Force Band
Label : USAF
7:19 AM
ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO Overture
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 85060 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
7:28 AM
Concerto for oboe, cello, strings & b.c. in g
Artist : Paolo Pollastri, oboe
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 30480 CD
Conductor : Federico Maria Sardelli
Orchestra : Modo Antiquo
Label : Naive
7:43 AM
Tarantelle for flute, clarinet & orch Op 6
Artist : Marc Grauwels, flute
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 555977 CD
Conductor : Andre Vandernoot
Orchestra : Belgian Radio & TV Symph Orch
Label : Naxos
7:54 AM
The Tale of Honza (Simple Johnny) Valse
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Composer : Oskar Nedbal
Catalog : 3163 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Neumann
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
8:06 AM
Concerto No. 12 in D Op 9
Artist : Anthony Camden, oboe
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 553035 CD
Conductor : John Georgiadis
Orchestra : London Virtuosi
Label : Naxos
8:16 AM
Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Op 112
Artist : Ambrosian Singers
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 33509 CD
Conductor : Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:28 AM
Overture on Russian Themes Op 28
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 46013 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : ZYX Music
8:44 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 10 in d Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 80688 CD
Conductor : Martin Pearlman
Orchestra : Boston Baroque
Label : Telarc
9:06 AM
Le Corsaire Overture Op 21
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 550999 CD
Conductor : Yoav Talmi
Orchestra : San Diego Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
9:17 AM
Scottish Fantasy Op 46
Artist : Michael Ludwig, violin
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 5 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Virginia Symphony
Label : HamptonRds
9:49 AM
Highland Memories Op 30
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Composer : Hamish MacCunn
Catalog : 2123 CD
Conductor : John Wilson
Orchestra : Royal Ballet Sinfonia /Birming
Label : ASV
10:00 AM
Symphony No. 70 in D
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 5000 CD
Conductor : David Blum
Orchestra : Esterhazy Orchestra
Label : VangrdOmeg
10:22 AM
Piano Concerto in a Op 7
Artist : Angela Cheng, piano
Album :
Composer : Clara Schumann
Catalog : 7169 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : The Women's Philharmonic
Label : KOCH Intl.
10:47 AM
Novelette No. 8 in f-Sharp Op 21
Artist : Andras Schiff, piano
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 1806 CD
Label : ECM
11:01 AM
Orchestral Suite (Overture) No. 2 in b
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 7037 CD
Conductor : William Malloch
Orchestra : Boston Early Music Soloists
Label : KOCH Intl.
11:23 AM
Symphony No. 4 in A Op 90
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 39498 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : National Philharmonic Orch.
Label : CBS/Sony
12:06 PM
GUNTRAM: prelude act 1 Op 25
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 449571 CD
Conductor : Christian Thielemann
Orchestra : Orchester der Deutschen Oper
Label : D. Gramphn
12:20 PM
Guitar Concerto in e Op 140
Artist : Pepe Romero, guitar
Album :
Composer : Ferdinando Carulli
Catalog : 426263 CD
Conductor : Iona Brown
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
12:39 PM
Verklarte Nacht Op 4
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Composer : Arnold Schoenberg
Catalog : 71492 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
1:13 PM
Piano Quartet No. 1 in g Op 25
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 71492 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
2:00 PM
Concertpiece for 4 horns & orchestra Op 86
Artist : Dale Clevenger, horn
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 472798 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
2:21 PM
Romance in b
Artist : Susanne Grutzmann, piano
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Composer : Clara Schumann
Catalog : 7065 CD
Label : Profil
2:30 PM
Piano Trio in g Op 17
Artist :
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Composer : Clara Schumann
Catalog : 5029 CD
Orchestra : The Macalester Trio
Label : Vox/MMG
3:00 PM
The Nightingale
Artist : Moscow Academy of Choral Art
Album :
Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 93980 CD
Conductor : Viktor Popov
Label :
3:06 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in b-Flat Op 23
Artist : Martha Argerich, piano
Album :
Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 446673 CD
Conductor : Kirill Kondrashin
Orchestra : Symphonie-Orchester des Bayeri
Label : Philips
3:42 PM
Suite hébraique for Viola and Orchestra
Artist : Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Album :
Composer : Ernest Bloch
Catalog : 5001 CD
Conductor : Steven Sloane
Orchestra : Deutsches Symph.-Orch, Berlin
Label : Capriccio
4:06 PM
Le Tombeau de Couperin
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 75526 CD
Conductor : Jean Martinon
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : Angel/EMI
4:28 PM
WALZERTRAUME (Waltz Dreams)
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Composer : Oscar Straus
Catalog : 80547 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
4:36 PM
THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER: My Hero
Artist : Robert Shaw Chorale
Album :
Composer : Oscar Straus
Catalog : 7023 LP
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Orchestra : RCA Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:43 PM
Fantastic Scherzo Op 25
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Composer : Josef Suk
Catalog : 572323 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
5:06 PM
Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 65653 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
5:16 PM
Fantasy on Verdi’s Rigoletto Op 38
Artist : Patrick Gallois, flute
Album :
Composer : Franz & Karl Doppler
Catalog : 570378 CD
Conductor : Patrick Gallois
Orchestra : Sinfonia Finlandia
Label : Naxos
5:28 PM
Dr. Zhivago: Prelude and Lara’s Theme
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Composer : Maurice Jarre
Catalog : 77086 CD
Conductor : Maurice Jarre
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:38 PM
Red Sun: Suite
Artist :
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Composer : Maurice Jarre
Catalog : 1061 CD
Conductor : Paul Bateman
Orchestra : City of Prague Philharmonic
Label : Silva
5:46 PM
My Geisha Suite
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Waxman
Catalog : 2283 CD
Conductor : Franz Waxman
Orchestra : Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG

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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!

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Creatively Speaking
6:01 am
Mon June 9, 2014

The Very Political Ludwig van Beethoven

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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

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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.

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Creatively Speaking
12:28 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

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Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)

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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

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