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 21, 2012

6:06 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 5 in d Op 3
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 907415 CD
Conductor : Richard Egarr
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : Harm Mundi
6:16 AM
Suite of Three Pieces Op 116
Artist : Susan Milan, flute
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Composer : Benjamin Godard
Catalog : 8840 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : City of London Sinfonia
Label : Chandos
6:30 AM
Four Seasons: No.4 Winter (L’Inverno) in f Op 8
Artist : Iona Brown, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 98107 CD
Conductor : Iona Brown
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Hanssler
6:42 AM
LA BOHEME Fantasy for Orchestra
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 49552 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
7:06 AM
Schwanda the Bagpiper
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Composer : Jaromier Weinberger
Catalog : 63053 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:15 AM
The Gridiron Club
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 3 CD
Conductor : Colonel John R. Bourgeois
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:18 AM
Gladiator: Suite
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Composer : Hans Zimmer
Catalog : 80600 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:28 AM
Fantasie on Beethoven’s Ruin of Athens
Artist : Philip Thomson, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 31525 CD
Conductor : Kerry Stratton
Orchestra : Hungarian State Orchestra
Label : Hungaroton
7:43 AM
Slavonic Rhapsody No. 3 in A-Flat Op 45
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 416623 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Philips
8:06 AM
Eight Russian Folk Songs for Orchestra Op 58
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Composer : Anatol Liadov
Catalog : 61901 CD
Conductor : Dmitri Kitayenko
Orchestra : Bergen Philharmonic
Label : Vrgn Clscs
8:20 AM
Empire March (1924)
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 10570 CD
Conductor : Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra : BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
8:28 AM
PRINCE IGOR: Polovtsian Dances
Artist : Atlanta Symphony Chorus
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 80397 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
8:43 AM
Violin Concerto No. 1 in a
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
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Composer : Jean-Baptiste Accolay
Catalog : 56750 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : Julliard Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:51 AM
Adagietto
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 13341 CD
Conductor : Alberto Veronesi
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
9:06 AM
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 1 in c-Sharp
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 37772 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
9:20 AM
Banks of Green Willow
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Composer : George Butterworth
Catalog : 436401 CD
Conductor : Grant Llewellyn
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Argo
9:30 AM
Concerto No. 1 for 2 Pianos & Orchestra in E
Artist : Guher & Suher Pekinel, pianos
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 9711 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Chandos
10:00 AM
Orchestral Suite (Overture) No. 1 in C
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 423492 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
10:22 AM
Cello Concerto in a
Artist : Anner Bylsma, cello
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 90800 CD
Conductor : Gustav Leonhardt
Orchestra : Orch of Age of Enlightenment
Label : Vrgn Clscs
10:51 AM
Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-Sharp Op 78
Artist : Stephen Kovacevich, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 62700 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
11:04 AM
Concert No. 5
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Composer : Jean-Philippe Rameau
Catalog : 118 CD
Orchestra : Baroque Nouveau
Label : Reference
11:20 AM
Symphony in B-Flat Op 20
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Composer : Ernest Chausson
Catalog : 8369 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Belgian Radio & TV Symph Orch
Label : Chandos
12:06 PM
Les Francs-Juges Op 3
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 553034 CD
Conductor : Yoav Talmi
Orchestra : San Diego Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
12:21 PM
Concerto Pathétique for Piano and Orch. in e
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 1148 CD
Conductor : Kirk Trevor
Orchestra : Bohuslav Martinu Philh., Zlin
Label : MSR
12:45 PM
Symphony in B-Flat Op 12
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Composer : Francois Joseph Gossec
Catalog : 218 CD
Conductor : Guy Van Waas
Orchestra : Les Agrémens
Label : Ricercare
1:01 PM
Manfred Symphony Op 58
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 2216 CD
Conductor : Raymond Leppard
Orchestra : Indianapolis Symphony Orch.
Label : Koss Class
2:00 PM
The Planets Op 32
Artist : Montreal Symphony Chorus
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 417553 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
3:00 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 5 in d
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Composer : Alessandro Scarlatti
Catalog : 45495 CD
Conductor : Fabio Biondi
Orchestra : Europa Galante
Label : Vrgn Clscs
3:08 PM
Violin Concerto No. 3 in b Op 61
Artist : Isaac Stern, violin
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 64501 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : CBS/Sony
3:43 PM
Theme and Variations in G
Artist : Karl-Otto Hartmann,bassoon
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Composer : Antonin Reicha
Catalog : 170021 CD
Conductor : Milan Lajc¡k
Orchestra : Prague Chamber Orchestra
Label : Orfeo
4:06 PM
En Saga (Symphonic Poem) Op 9
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 80320 CD
Conductor : Yoel Levi
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
4:28 PM
LA FAVORITA: Ballet Music from Act III
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Composer : Gaetano Donizetti
Catalog : 66229 CD
Conductor : Marcello Viotti
Orchestra : Munich Radio Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:38 PM
Lucrezia Borgia: Com’e soave le tenere
Artist : Juan Diego Florez, tenor
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Composer : Gaetano Donizetti
Catalog : 3136 CD
Conductor : Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra : Orch. Giuseppe Verdi, Milan
Label : London/Dec
4:48 PM
THAIS: Meditation
Artist : Michael Ludwig, violin
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Composer : Jules Massenet
Catalog : 5 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Virginia Symphony
Label : HamptonRds
5:06 PM
Die Provinzialen Waltzes
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Composer : Benjamin Bilse
Catalog : 777341 CD
Conductor : Christian Simonis
Orchestra : West German Radio Symphony
Label : CPO
5:15 PM
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
5:28 PM
Five Meditations for Orchestra
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Composer : John Rutter
Catalog : 1821 CD
Conductor : John Rutter
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
5:50 PM
Fiddler on the Roof: Excerpts
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Composer : Jerry Bock
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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