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

November 06, 2012

6:06 AM
Cuban Overture
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 62698 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
6:15 AM
Fantasia on Russian Themes Op 33
Artist : Aaron Rosand, violin
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 5082 CD
Conductor : Louis de Froment
Orchestra : Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg
Label : Vox/MMG
6:30 AM
Four Cornish Dances Op 91
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Composer : Malcolm Arnold
Catalog : 8867 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Chandos
6:44 AM
Guitar Concerto in e Op 140
Artist : Pepe Romero, guitar
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Composer : Ferdinando Carulli
Catalog : 426263 CD
Conductor : Iona Brown
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
7:06 AM
Overture No. 6 in B-Flat
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Composer : Thomas Augustine Arne
Catalog : 4759117 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : London/Dec
7:15 AM
Stars and Stripes Forever
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 149 CD
Conductor : Paul Bierley
Orchestra : The Ringgold Band
Label : Ringgold
7:19 AM
LES FEES DU RHIN: Overture
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Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 4776403 CD
Conductor : Marc Minkowski
Orchestra : Musicians of the Louvre
Label : D. Gramphn
7:28 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 4 in D Op 6
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 31 CD
Conductor : Simon Murphy
Orchestra : New Dutch Academy Chamber Orch
Label : Pentatone
7:43 AM
Symphony No. 32 in G, K. 318
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 80203 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Prague Chamber Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:49 AM
Finlandia Op 26
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 1202 CD
Conductor : Adrian Boult
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : VangrdWelk
8:06 AM
Grand Tarantelle for piano & orchestra Op 67
Artist : Reid Nibley, piano
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Composer : Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Catalog : 4051 CD
Conductor : Maurice Abravanel
Orchestra : Utah Symphony Orchestra
Label : VangrdOmeg
8:14 AM
Concert Piece for Clarinet & Basset Hn. in d Op 114
Artist : Ludmila Peterkova, clarinet; Nicholas Baldeyrou, basset horn
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 3554 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Prague Philharmonia
Label : Supraphon
8:28 AM
La Valse
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 61956 CD
Conductor : Charles Munch
Orchestra : Boston Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:42 AM
Danzas espanolas No. 11 Zambra in g Op 37
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Composer : Enrique Granados (arr. Rafael Ferrer)
Catalog : 555956 CD
Conductor : Salvador Brotons
Orchestra : Barcelona/Catalonia Orch.
Label : Naxos
8:51 AM
Iberia: No. 3 Fete-Dieu a Seville
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Composer : Isaac Albeniz (arr. Enrique Arbos)
Catalog : 80470 CD
Conductor : Jesus Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra : Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
9:06 AM
Sinfonia No. 11 in F
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Composer : Georg (Jiri Antonin) Benda
Catalog : 553409 CD
Conductor : Christian Benda
Orchestra : Prague Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
9:19 AM
Piano Concerto in D
Artist : Karl-Andreas Kolly, piano
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Composer : Leopold Antonin Kozeluch
Catalog : 150160 CD
Conductor : Paul Goodwin
Orchestra : Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Label : Novalis
9:50 AM
Piano Sonata No. 19 in g Op 49, No. 1
Artist : Annie Fischer, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 31634 CD
Label : Hungaroton
10:00 AM
The Wood Dove Die Waldtaube Op 110
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 21278 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Teldec
10:22 AM
Violin Concerto No. 1 in c Op 88
Artist : Andrea Duka Lowenstein, violin
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Composer : Josef Bohuslav Foerster
Catalog : 403971 CD
Conductor : Gerd Albrecht
Orchestra : Vienna Radio Symphony Orch
Label : Orfeo
10:56 AM
Notturno No. 1 Op 70
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Composer : Giuseppe Martucci
Catalog : 53280 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : La Scala Philaharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
10:56 AM
Flute Concerto in G, RV 436
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 25 CD
Orchestra : Chicago Baroque Ensemble
Label : Cedille
10:56 AM
Symphony No. 2 in d
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Composer : Sir Charles Villiers Stanford
Catalog : 8991 CD
Conductor : Vernon Handley
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:06 PM
Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture Op 27
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 81788 CD
Conductor : Moshe Atzmon
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:20 PM
Piano Quintet in E-Flat Op 16
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 777010 CD
Conductor : Dieter Klocker
Orchestra : Consortium Classicum
Label : CPO
12:50 PM
The Tempest Op 18
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 39359 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
1:14 PM
Symphony No. 3 in a Op 44
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 45678 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
2:00 PM
Andantino in A
Artist : Marat Bisengaliev, violin; John Lenehan, piano
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Composer : Joseph Joachim
Catalog : 553026 CD
Label : Naxos
2:14 PM
Grand Duo Symphony in C
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Composer : Franz Schubert (arr. Joseph Joachim)
Catalog : 7307 CD
Conductor : Leon Botstein
Orchestra : American Symphony Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
3:00 PM
Choral varié for saxophone and orchestra Op 55
Artist : Sigurour Flosason, saxophone
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Composer : Vincent d'Indy
Catalog : 10585 CD
Conductor : Rumon Gamba
Orchestra : Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
3:12 PM
Nocturnes (for orchestra)
Artist : Montreal Symphony Chorus
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 425502 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
3:40 PM
Le Chasseur Maudit
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Composer : Cesar Franck
Catalog : 87 CD
Conductor : Massimo Freccia
Orchestra : RCA Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chesky Rec
4:06 PM
INVISIBLE CITY OF KITEZH: Symphonic Suite
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 553513 CD
Conductor : Igor Golovchin
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:30 PM
The Presidential Polonaise
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 559247 CD
Conductor : Keith Brion
Orchestra : Royal Artillery Band
Label : Naxos
4:41 PM
Vathek
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Composer : Horatio Parker
Catalog : 9127 CD
Conductor : Karl Krueger
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic
Label : Bridge
4:54 PM
Symphonic Sketches: Jubilee
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Composer : George W. Chadwick
Catalog : 80144 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
5:06 PM
Votes Waltz Op 250
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 223215 CD
Conductor : Johannes Wildner
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
5:18 PM
Fantasie Polonaise Op 19
Artist : Thomas Tirino, piano
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Composer : Ignace Jan Paderewski
Catalog : 85525 CD
Conductor : Michael Bartos
Orchestra : Polish National Radio Orchestr
Label : Newport
5:35 PM
Of Thee I Sing: Wintergreen for president
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 4776115 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
5:37 PM
Second Rhapsody
Artist : Orion Weiss, piano
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 559705 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : Naxos

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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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