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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November 12, 2013

6:06 AM
Sinfonia burlesca in G
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Composer : Leopold Mozart
Catalog : 427122 CD
Orchestra : Ensemble Eduard Melkus
Label : D. Gramphn
6:18 AM
Sinfonia No. 5 in b, Wq. 182
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 77187 CD
Conductor : Thomas Hengelbrock
Orchestra : Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Label : Deut Harmo
6:31 AM
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Composer : Franz Berwald
Catalog : 920 CD
Conductor : Ulf Bjorlin
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:41 AM
King Lear Overture Op 4
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 8316 CD
Conductor : Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
7:06 AM
Praeludium & Allegro
Artist : David Garrett, violin
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Composer : Fritz Kreisler
Catalog : 4764425 CD
Conductor : Ion Marin
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
7:15 AM
Washington Grays
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Composer : Claudio Grafulla
Catalog : 1998 CD
Conductor : Dale Harpham
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:19 AM
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Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 62698 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:28 AM
Pan’s Anniversary: Dances and Folk Song Settings
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 2857 CD
Conductor : Jon Ceander Mitchell
Orchestra : Philharmonia Bulgarica
Label : Centaur
7:41 AM
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 60387 CD
Conductor : Fritz Reiner
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:51 AM
Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in C
Artist : Ottavio Dantone, harpsichord
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Composer : Alessandro Scarlatti
Catalog : 470650 CD
Conductor : Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra : Accademia Bizantina
Label : London/Dec
8:06 AM
In a Monastery Garden
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Composer : Albert W. Ketelbey
Catalog : 444786 CD
Conductor : Eric Rogers
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:13 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 5 (after Scarlatti) in d
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Composer : Charles Avison
Catalog : 31 CD
Orchestra : Café Zimmermann
Label : Alpha
8:28 AM
EUGENE ONEGIN: Waltz & Polonaise Op 24
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 10071 CD
Conductor : Hans Vonk
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Capriccio
8:42 AM
Polonaise in C Op 49
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Composer : Anatol Liadov
Catalog : 47505 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
8:47 AM
Rondo for horn & orchestra in D, K. 514
Artist : Alan Civil, horn
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 464717 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
9:06 AM
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Composer : Thomas Augustine Arne
Catalog : 3072 CD
Conductor : Mary Terey-Smith
Orchestra : Capella Savaria
Label : Centaur
9:14 AM
Clarinet Concerto in E-Flat Op 36
Artist : Paul Meyer, clarinet
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Composer : Franz Krommer
Catalog : 75635 CD
Conductor : Jean-Pierre Rampal
Orchestra : Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra
Label : Denon
9:37 AM
Hamlet Fantasy Overture Op 67
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 15296 CD
Conductor : Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra : Bolivar Symph.Orch./Venezuela
Label : D. Gramphn
10:00 AM
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Composer : Engelbert Humperdinck
Catalog : 61128 CD
Conductor : Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : Vrgn Clscs
10:21 AM
Viola Concerto in D
Artist : Victoria Chiang, viola
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Composer : Franz Anton Hoffmeister
Catalog : 572162 CD
Conductor : Markand Thakar
Orchestra : Baltimore Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:44 AM
Serenade in c, K. 388
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 512033 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : Scottish Natl Orch Wind Ensmbl
Label : MHS
11:12 AM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F, BWV 1047
Artist : George Vosburgh, trumpet
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 3024 CD
Conductor : Arnie Roth
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Cham. Orch.
Label : FourWinds
11:27 AM
Symphony in D
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Composer : Juan Crisostomo Arriaga
Catalog : 10488 CD
Orchestra : Concerto Koln
Label : Capriccio
12:06 PM
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 54237 CD
Conductor : Michel Plasson
Orchestra : Orch du Capitole de Toulouse
Label : Angel/EMI
12:18 PM
Clarinet quintet in A
Artist : Harold Wright, clarinet
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Composer : Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Catalog : 7056 CD
Orchestra : Hawthorne String Quartet
Label : KOCH Intl.
12:56 PM
Piano Concerto No. 4 in b Op 254
Artist : Klaus Hellwig, piano
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Composer : Carl Reinecke
Catalog : 999239 CD
Conductor : Alun Francis
Orchestra : Northwest German Philharmonic
Label : CPO
1:18 PM
Le Sacre du Printemps
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Composer : Igor Stravinsky
Catalog : 19032 CD
Conductor : Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
2:00 PM
LA SOURCE: Suite No. 3
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Composer : Leo Delibes
Catalog : 553356 CD
Conductor : Andrew Mogrelia
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
2:18 PM
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Op 27
Artist : Jean-Paul Barrellon, oboe
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Composer : Georges Enesco
Catalog : 75329 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orch
Label : Erato
3:00 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Op 44
Artist : Shura Cherkassky, piano
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 93980 CD
Conductor : Walter Susskind
Orchestra : Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Label :
3:38 PM
Fantasia for Orchestra: Marguerite Gautier Op 9
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Composer : Anton Arensky
Catalog : 1000164 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
3:53 PM
Romance Op 38
Artist : Mischa Maisky, cello; Pavel Gililov, piano
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Composer : Anton Arensky
Catalog : 5831 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
4:06 PM
Piano Concerto
Artist : Benno Moiseivich, piano
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 2326 CD
Conductor : Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra : BBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : Guild
4:26 PM
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Composer : Ruggiero Leoncavallo
Catalog : 550087 CD
Conductor : Ondrej Lenard
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:30 PM
PAGLIACCI: Vesti la giubba
Artist : Enrico Caruso, tenor
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Composer : Ruggiero Leoncavallo
Catalog : 69766 CD
Conductor : Gottfried Rabl
Orchestra : Vienna Radio Symphony Orch
Label : RCA/BMG
4:36 PM
Symphony No. 1 for Organ and Orchestra in d Op 42
Artist : Franz Hauk, organ
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Composer : Alexandre Guilmant
Catalog : 7215 CD
Conductor : Olaf Koch
Orchestra : Philharmonic Ingolstadt
Label : Guild
5:06 PM
Solemn Overture Op 73
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 439892 CD
Conductor : Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
5:17 PM
LA GIOCONDA: Dance of the Hours
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Composer : Amilcare Ponchielli
Catalog : 473171 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : Royal Opera, Covent Garden
Label : London/Dec
5:27 PM
Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto
Artist : Takako Nishizaki, violin
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Composer : Ho Zhan Hao & Chen Kang
Catalog : 240158 CD
Conductor : Lim Kek-tjiang
Orchestra : Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra
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A Rhythm That Has Waltzed Away With Hearts

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Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 3:11 pm

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12:35 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

An Opera Remembers The Tragedy Of An Asian-American Soldier

Andrew Stenson plays Pvt. Danny Chen in An American Soldier, a new opera about the hazing and death of the Chinese-American soldier from New York City.
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Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 12:34 pm

About two years ago, playwright David Henry Hwang turned down an offer to write a play about the brief life and suicide of Army Pvt. Danny Chen.

But an opera? He couldn't refuse.

"This is a story with big emotions, big primary colors in a way, and big plot events," says Hwang, who wrote the libretto for An American Soldier, a new hourlong opera commissioned by Washington National Opera.

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8:03 am
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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!

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Creatively Speaking
6:01 am
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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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12:05 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

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Creatively Speaking
4:29 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

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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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3:25 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Francesca's Letter

Francesca Martinez (center) and her family

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Creatively Speaking
3:53 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

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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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