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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Playlist

October 02, 2013

6:06 AM
Symphony in G
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Composer : Frederick the Great
Catalog : 1003 CD
Conductor : Richard Auldon Clark
Orchestra : Manhattan Chamber Orchestra
Label : Helicon
6:16 AM
St. Paul’s Suite Op 29
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 7761 CD
Orchestra : Guildhall String Ensemble
Label : RCA/BMG
6:30 AM
String Symphony No. 3 in e
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 5141 CD
Conductor : William Boughton
Orchestra : English String Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
6:41 AM
Russian Easter Festival Overture Op 36
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 80378 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:06 AM
Rondo for Violin & Orchestra in B-Flat
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 415958 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
7:15 AM
A Century of Progress
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 304 CD
Conductor : Leonard B. Smith
Orchestra : Detroit Concert band
Label : WalkingFro
7:19 AM
Tantalus’s Torment Overture
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 54056 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
7:27 AM
Fair Melusina Overture Op 32
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 417541 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
7:40 AM
THE KISS: Overture
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 3163 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Neumann
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
7:48 AM
Violin Concerto No. 6 Il Piacere in C Op 8
Artist : Yehudi Menuhin, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 98225 CD
Conductor : Jerzy Maksymiuk
Orchestra : Polish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:06 AM
Donna Diana: Overture
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Composer : Emil von Reznicek
Catalog : 999991 CD
Conductor : Ulrich Windfuhr
Orchestra : Kiel Philharmonic
Label : CPO
8:13 AM
A Shropshire Lad
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Composer : George Butterworth
Catalog : 436401 CD
Conductor : Grant Llewellyn
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Argo
8:26 AM
BARTERED BRIDE: Dances
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 36716 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:39 AM
BASTIEN UND BASTIENNE Overture
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4779445 CD
Conductor : Andrea Marcon
Orchestra : La Cetra Baroque Orch., Basel
Label : D. Gramphn
8:43 AM
Allegro de concert in A Op 46
Artist : Michael Ponti, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 5064 CD
Conductor : Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach
Orchestra : Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
9:06 AM
On Hearing the First Cuckoo...
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 65119 CD
Conductor : Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra : Halle Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:15 AM
Symphony No. 92 in G
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 6004 CD
Conductor : Karel Ancerl
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
9:44 AM
Autumn Legend
Artist : Nicholas Daniel, English horn
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Composer : William Alwyn
Catalog : 9065 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : London Sinfonia
Label : Chandos
10:00 AM
Symphonic Poem No. 3: Les Preludes
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 66834 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
10:18 AM
Overture (Suite) in C
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 192 CD
Conductor : Alfredo Bernardini
Orchestra : Ensemble Zefiro
Label : Ambroisie
10:44 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 12 La Follia in d
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Composer : Francesco Geminiani
Catalog : 7784 CD
Orchestra : East Coast Chamber Orchestra
Label : E1 Music
10:59 AM
Poem for Flute & Orchestra
Artist : Alexa Still, flute
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Composer : Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Catalog : 7063 CD
Conductor : Nicholas Braithwaite
Orchestra : New Zealand Chamber Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
11:11 AM
Symphony No. 4 in e Op 98
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 75502 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:08 PM
Polonaise No. 3 in A Op 40 Military
Artist : Vladimir Horowitz, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 42306 CD
Label : CBS/Sony
12:15 PM
Stabat Mater Op 58: excerpt
Artist : London Philharmonic Choir
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 62 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : LondonPhil
12:25 PM
Symphony No. 5 Dance Symphony: excerpt
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Composer : Emil von Reznicek
Catalog : 777056 CD
Conductor : Frank Beermann
Orchestra : Bern Symphony Orchestra
Label : CPO
12:39 PM
Anna Magdalena Notebook: Little Suite
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Thos. Frost)
Catalog : 39431 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
12:51 PM
Ein feste burg is unser Gott
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Composer : Johann-Jacob Walther
Catalog : 90292 CD
Orchestra : Piffaro Renaissance Band
Label : Dorian
12:57 PM
Rhapsody in Blue
Artist : Andre Previn, piano
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 4784614 CD
Conductor : Andre Previn
Orchestra : Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Label : Philips
1:12 PM
Gesang der Parzen Op 89
Artist : Atlanta Symphony Chorus
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 80176 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
1:27 PM
Symphony No. 1
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Composer : Ned Rorem
Catalog : 559149 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
1:41 PM
NABUCCO: Va, pensiero, sull’ali dorate.
Artist : Vienna State Opera Chorus
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 4758366 CD
Conductor : Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra : Vienna Opera Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
1:47 PM
A Night on Bald Mountain
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 332 CD
Conductor : Carlo Ponti
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : Pentatone
2:02 PM
WILLIAM TELL Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 471566 CD
Conductor : Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra : Santa Cecilia Academy, Rome
Label : D. Gramphn
2:14 PM
Pines of Rome
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 47316 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
2:25 PM
Lux aurumque
Artist : Eric Whitacre Singers
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Composer : Eric Whitacre
Catalog : 14850 CD
Conductor : Eric Whitacre
Label : London/Dec
2:30 PM
Isle of the Dead, The Op 29
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 1 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : PhilOrch.
2:51 PM
The Red Violin: Vienna
Artist : Joshua Bell, violin
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Composer : John Corigliano
Catalog : 63010 CD
Conductor : Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
2:57 PM
Praeludium in G
Artist : Bine Bryndorf, organ
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Composer : Dietrich Buxtehude
Catalog : 220514 CD
Label : Da Capo
3:00 PM
Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra 1955
Artist : Robert Alemany, clarinet
Album :
Composer : Elie Siegmeister
Catalog : 502 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Czech National Symphony
Label : Albany
3:18 PM
Guitar Concerto No. 1 in D Op 99
Artist : Liat Cohen, guitar
Album :
Composer : Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Catalog : 2537 CD
Conductor : Rafi Kadishson
Orchestra : Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
Label : Centaur
3:40 PM
Concerto for 2 violins (Double Concerto) in d
Artist : Linda Melsted, violin
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 66265 CD
Conductor : Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
Label : CBS/Sony
4:06 PM
Clarinet Concerto in a Op 80
Artist : Janet Hilton, clarinet
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Composer : Sir Charles Villiers Stanford
Catalog : 8991 CD
Conductor : Vernon Handley
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
4:27 PM
NORMA Overture (Sinfonia)
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Composer : Vincenzo Bellini
Catalog : 4609 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:35 PM
NORMA: Meco all’ altar di Venere
Artist : Franco Corelli, tenor
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Composer : Vincenzo Bellini
Catalog : 64887 CD
Conductor : Tullio Serafin
Orchestra : Orchestra of La Scala
Label : Angel/EMI
4:43 PM
Suite for Strings in E Op 63
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Composer : Arthur Foote
Catalog : 1717 CD
Conductor : Mikhail Gurewitsch
Orchestra : Do.gma Chamber Orchestra
Label :
5:06 PM
Viviane (symphonic poem) Op 5
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Composer : Ernest Chausson
Catalog : 64686 CD
Conductor : Michel Plasson
Orchestra : Orch du Capitole de Toulouse
Label : Angel/EMI
5:20 PM
XERXES: Largo: Frondi Tenere/Ombra mai
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 62698 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:28 PM
Las cuatro estaciones portenos
Artist : Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, vln
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Composer : Astor Piazzolla
Catalog : 81 CD
Orchestra : New Century Chamber Orchestra
Label : NSS Music

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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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