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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November 05, 2012

6:06 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 2 in F Op 6
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 74168 CD
Orchestra : I Solisti Italiani
Label : Denon
6:15 AM
Flute Quartet in A, K. 298
Artist : Susan Milan, flute
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 8872 CD
Orchestra : Chilingirian Quartet
Label : Chandos
6:30 AM
Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs) Op 20
Artist : Gil Shaham, violin
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Composer : Pablo Sarasate
Catalog : 7 CD
Conductor : Alejandro Posada
Orchestra : Orchestra of Castille & Leon
Label : CanaryClas
6:43 AM
Violin Concerto No. 2 in E, BWV 1042
Artist : Pablo Valetti, violin
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 13 CD
Orchestra : Café Zimmermann
Label : Alpha
7:05 AM
Tantalus’s Torment Overture
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 223648 CD
Conductor : Alfred Walter
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
7:15 AM
Bonnie Annie Laurie
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 301 CD
Conductor : Leonard B. Smith
Orchestra : Detroit Concert band
Label : WalkingFro
7:18 AM
Pezzo Capriccioso Op 62
Artist : Ofra Harnoy, cello
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 60758 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:28 AM
Manfred Overture Op 115
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 62349 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:42 AM
DIE MEISTERSINGER Overture
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 38914 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:50 AM
Symphony No. 2 in A
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 5345 CD
Conductor : William Boughton
Orchestra : English String Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
8:06 AM
Prague Waltzes
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 414370 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:17 AM
Violin Concerto No. 6 in a Op 3, RV 356
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 423094 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
8:28 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 3 in e Op 6
Artist : Paul Nicholson, harpsichord
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 7895 CD
Orchestra : Guildhall String Ensemble
Label : RCA/BMG
8:42 AM
Sinfonia in D
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Composer : Giovanni Battista Sammartini
Catalog : 2908609 CD
Conductor : Chiara Banchini
Orchestra : Ensemble 415
Label : Harm Mundi
8:51 AM
Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso Op 28
Artist : Janine Jansen, violin
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 475011 CD
Conductor : Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
9:06 AM
Genoveva Overture Op 81
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 4758352 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : London/Dec
9:17 AM
Piano Concerto for left hand in D
Artist : Louis Lortie, piano
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 8773 CD
Conductor : Rafael Fruhbeck-de Burgos
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
9:40 AM
Symphony No. 31 in D, K. 297 "Paris"
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 416490 CD
Conductor : Frans Bruggen
Orchestra : Orchestra of the 18th Century
Label : Philips
10:00 AM
Antony and Cleopatra Overture Op 134
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Composer : Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Catalog : 572500 CD
Conductor : Andrew Penny
Orchestra : West Australian Symphony Orch.
Label : Naxos
10:20 AM
Symphony No. 43 in E-Flat "Mercury"
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 554767 CD
Conductor : Helmut Muller-Bruhl
Orchestra : Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:47 AM
Concerto No. 9 in a
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Composer : Alessandro Scarlatti
Catalog : 768 CD
Orchestra : Tempesta di Mare Chmb Players
Label : Chandos
10:59 AM
Violin Sonatina No. 1 in D Op 137, D. 384
Artist : Arnold Steinhardt, violin; Seymour Lipkin, piano
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 60174 CD
Label : Newport
11:16 AM
Symphony No. 2 in C Op 61
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 2003 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : PhilOrch.
12:06 PM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G, BWV 1048
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 69877 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
12:22 PM
Totentanz-Danse macabre
Artist : Georges Cziffra, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 74736 CD
Conductor : Gyorgy Cziffra, Jr.
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : Angel/EMI
12:40 PM
Scottish Fantasy Op 46
Artist : Rachel Barton Pine, violin
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 83 CD
Conductor : Alexander Platt
Orchestra : Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Cedille
1:14 PM
Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Op 100
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Composer : Sergei Prokofiev
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
2:00 PM
Piano Concerto for the left hand in c-Sharp Op 17
Artist : Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano
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Composer : Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Catalog : 66990 CD
Conductor : Osmo Vanska
Orchestra : BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestr
Label : Hyperion
2:30 PM
Psyche: Four Orchestral Excerpts
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Composer : Cesar Franck
Catalog : 3 CD
Conductor : Jan Latham-Koenig
Orchestra : Strasbourg Philharmonic Orch
Label : Avie
3:00 PM
Symphony No. 4 in F
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 419631 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
3:09 PM
Flute & Harp Concerto in C, K. 299
Artist : Wolfgang Schulz, flute
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 5741 CD
Conductor : Karl Bohm
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
3:42 PM
Marouf, Savetier du Caire
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Composer : Henri Benjamin Rabaud
Catalog : 71 CD
Conductor : Eiji Oue
Orchestra : Minnesota Orchestra
Label : Reference
4:06 PM
Sinfonietta Op 60
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Composer : Leos Janacek
Catalog : 2417 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
4:30 PM
Isabella Overture
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 223648 CD
Conductor : Alfred Walter
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
4:40 PM
Kinderszenen Op 15
Artist : Vladimir Horowitz, piano
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 11458 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
4:54 PM
Carmen Variations
Artist : Vladimir Horowitz, piano
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Composer : Vladimir Horowitz
Catalog : 42305 CD
Label : CBS/Sony
5:06 PM
Voices of Spring (Fruhlingsstimmen) Op 410
Artist : Natalie Dessay, soprano
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 363332 CD
Conductor : Michael Schonwandt
Orchestra : Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
5:18 PM
Fountains of Rome
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 37676 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:33 PM
Danzon Cubano
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
5:43 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in A
Artist : Georges Cziffra, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 74736 CD
Conductor : Gyorgy Cziffra, Jr.
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : Angel/EMI

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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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