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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October 08, 2012

6:06 AM
Symphony No. 23 in D
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 45544 CD
Conductor : Ton Koopman
Orchestra : Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Label : Erato
6:18 AM
Bassoon Concerto in a
Artist : Martin Gatt, bassoon
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 6627 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
6:30 AM
Land of the Mountain and the Flood Op 8
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Composer : Hamish MacCunn
Catalog : 436401 CD
Conductor : Grant Llewellyn
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Argo
6:44 AM
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 9 in E-Flat
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 4780237 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : London/Dec
7:06 AM
DER FREISCHUTZ Overture Op 77
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 5479 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:15 AM
The Liberty Bell (1893)
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 1998 CD
Conductor : Colonel John R. Bourgeois
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:20 AM
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
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Composer : Howard Shore
Catalog : 80664 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:28 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 7 (After Scarlatti) in g
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Composer : Charles Avison
Catalog : 438806 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
7:43 AM
Divertimento No. 1 in D
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 91122 CD
Conductor : Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra : Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
8:06 AM
String Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 69524 CD
Conductor : Jerzy Maksymiuk
Orchestra : Polish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:20 AM
SUOR ANGELICA: Intermezzo
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 65618 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
8:28 AM
SEMIRAMIDE Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 62653 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
8:42 AM
Capriccio for string quartet in e Op 81
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 82 CD
Orchestra : Pacifica Quartet
Label : Cedille
8:51 AM
Slavonic Dance No. 4 in F Op 46
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 430171 CD
Conductor : Christoph Von Dohnanyi
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
9:06 AM
Concerto Grosso Op 3
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Composer : Francesco Geminiani
Catalog : 553019 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
9:18 AM
Symphony No. 2 in C
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 550928 CD
Conductor : John Georgiadis
Orchestra : The Queensland Symphony Orch.
Label : Naxos
9:40 AM
Symphonic Metamorphosis
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Composer : Paul Hindemith
Catalog : 65175 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:00 AM
Simple Symphony Op 4
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Composer : Benjamin Britten
Catalog : 4756051 CD
Conductor : Benjamin Britten
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
10:20 AM
Symphony No.102 in B-Flat
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 5200 CD
Conductor : Adam Fischer
Orchestra : Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orch
Label : Nimbus
10:50 AM
Suite No. 2: Scenes Hongroises
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Composer : Jules Massenet
Catalog : 553124 CD
Conductor : Jean-Yves Ossonce
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
11:10 AM
Years of Pilgrimage: Venice and Naples:
Artist : Dmitry Paperno, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 37 CD
Label : Cedille
11:22 AM
Symphony in C
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 80224 CD
Conductor : Jesus Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra : Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
12:06 PM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2in F
Artist : Maurice Andre, trumpet
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 47311 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:21 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in e
Artist : Stephen Hough, piano
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Composer : Emil von Sauer
Catalog : 20790 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Hyperion
12:54 PM
Sinfonia No. 3 in C
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 73326 CD
Conductor : Thomas Fueri
Orchestra : Bern Camerata
Label : Denon
1:09 PM
Symphony No. 1 in D
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Composer : Gustav Mahler
Catalog : 4758230 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
2:00 PM
TANNHAUSER Overture
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 38486 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
2:16 PM
Symphony No. 9 in e Op 95
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 37763 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
3:00 PM
Sinfonia in d
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Composer : Alessandro Stradella
Catalog : 99 CD
Orchestra : Trio Settecento
Label : Cedille
3:10 PM
Columbus Suite
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Composer : Victor Herbert
Catalog : 559027 CD
Conductor : Keith Brion
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
3:41 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 7 in B-Flat Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 80688 CD
Conductor : Martin Pearlman
Orchestra : Boston Baroque
Label : Telarc
4:06 PM
Rhapsodie espagnole
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 68600 CD
Conductor : Lorin Maazel
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:28 PM
SOROCHINSKY FAIR: Hopak (Gopak)
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 468526 CD
Conductor : Valery Gergiev
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Philips
4:30 PM
SOROCHINSKY FAIR: Why my sad heart
Artist : Vladimir Grishko, tenor
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 554843 CD
Conductor : Vladimir Sirenko
Orchestra : Ukraine State Radio Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:39 PM
Grande Fantaisie on Russian Folksongs Op 4
Artist : Anastasia Seifetdinova, piano
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Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 570396 CD
Conductor : Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra : Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:06 PM
Im Fruhling Overture Op 36
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Composer : Carl Goldmark
Catalog : 12552 CD
Conductor : Andras Korodi
Orchestra : Budapest Philharmonic Orch.
Label : Hungaroton
5:19 PM
Rondo for piano & orch in A
Artist : John O’Conor, piano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 80285 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Telarc
5:30 PM
Les Djinns
Artist : Francois-Joel Thiollier, piano
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Composer : Cesar Franck
Catalog : 553472 CD
Conductor : Roberto Benzi
Orchestra : Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:45 PM
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Medley
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Composer : Howard Shore
Catalog : 80664 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc

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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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