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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December 06, 2012

6:06 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 6 in D Op 3
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 2065 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Handel & Haydn Society
Label : Avie
6:15 AM
Tragic Overture Op 81
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 75502 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:31 AM
Roman Carnival Overture Op 9
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 54479 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:42 AM
Piano Concerto No. 7 in F
Artist : Mikhail Pletnev, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 61881 CD
Conductor : Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra : Deutsche Kammerphil. Bremen
Label : Vrgn Clscs
7:06 AM
Artist :
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 911 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Prague Chamber Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
7:15 AM
Washington Grays
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Composer : Claudio Grafulla
Catalog : 67641 CD
Conductor : Richard Franko Goldman
Orchestra : The Goldman Band
Label : Angel/EMI
7:21 AM
Trumpet Concerto in A-Flat
Artist : Maurice Andre, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 66961 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
7:30 AM
Carmen Suite No. 1
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 64869 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : Angel/EMI
7:45 AM
Festival March in C Op 54
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 3166 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Prague Symphony Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
7:53 AM
Valse de Concert No. 2 Op 51
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 47847 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:06 AM
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Composer : Sir Arthur Sullivan
Catalog : 554165 CD
Conductor : Andrew Penny
Orchestra : Royal Ballet Sinfonia /Birming
Label : Naxos
8:15 AM
THE GONDOLIERS: Dance a Cachucha
Artist : ...and various soloists
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Composer : Gilbert & Sullivan
Catalog : 89248 CD
Conductor : John Owen Edwards
Orchestra : D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Label : CBS/Sony
8:20 AM
Symphony No. 7 in B-Flat
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 1171 CD
Conductor : Jorg Faerber
Orchestra : Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra
Label :
8:30 AM
Recorder Concerto in C
Artist : William Heim, flute/piccolo
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 60211 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
8:45 AM
Banks of Green Willow
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Composer : George Butterworth
Catalog : 65615 CD
Conductor : Neville Dilkes
Orchestra : English Sinfonia
Label : Angel/EMI
8:54 AM
Green Bushes
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Composer : Percy Aldridge Grainger
Catalog : 6542 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Montgomery
Orchestra : Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Label : Chandos
9:06 AM
OBERON Overture
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 504 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : OehmsCl
9:18 AM
Symphony No. 5 in c Op 67
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 6899 CD
Conductor : Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra : S. Bolivar Youth Orch of Venz.
Label : D. Gramphn
9:54 AM
Canzon in the 12th tone
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Composer : Giovanni Gabrieli
Catalog : 62353 CD
Orchestra : Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Label : CBS/Sony
10:00 AM
Pelleas et Melisande Op 80
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Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 38471 CD
Conductor : Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:19 AM
Symphony No. 99 in E-Flat
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 62979 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:47 AM
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Composer : Howard Hanson
Catalog : 434302 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman-Rochester Sym. Orch.
Label : Mercury
11:01 AM
Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-Flat Op 81
Artist : Alfred Brendel, piano
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 4757555 CD
Label : Philips
11:21 AM
Symphony No. 5 in E-Flat Op 82
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 9055 CD
Conductor : Leif Segerstam
Orchestra : Danish Radio Symph Orch
Label : Chandos
12:06 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 3 in c Op 6
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 74168 CD
Orchestra : I Solisti Italiani
Label : Denon
12:19 PM
String Quartet in E-Flat Op 71
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 12246 CD
Orchestra : Tatrai Quartet
Label : Hungaroton
12:46 PM
Piano Sonata No. 8 in c Op 13
Artist : Seymour Lipkin, piano
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 60171 CD
Label : Newport
1:07 PM
Symphony No. 4 in c
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 385853 CD
Conductor : Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra : Menuhin Festival Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
1:37 PM
Le Chant du Rossignol
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Composer : Igor Stravinsky
Catalog : 8005 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
2:00 PM
Symphony No. 3 Op 36
Artist : Dawn Upshaw, soprano
Album :
Composer : Henryk Gorecki
Catalog : 79282 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : London Sinfonietta
Label : Nonesuch
3:00 PM
The Bouquet: Idyll
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Composer : Bohuslav Martinu
Catalog : 3163 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Neumann
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
3:09 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in d Op 23
Artist : Janos Solyom, piano
Album :
Composer : Wilhelm Stenhammar
Catalog : 65081 CD
Conductor : Stig Westerberg
Orchestra : Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:41 PM
Fantastic Scherzo Op 25
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Composer : Josef Suk
Catalog : 572323 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
4:06 PM
Guitar Concerto No. 1 in A Op 30
Artist : Pepe Romero, guitar
Album :
Composer : Mauro Giuliani
Catalog : 3326 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
4:31 PM
The Winegrower’s Bride
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Composer : Oskar Nedbal
Catalog : 192 CD
Conductor : Douglas Bostock
Orchestra : Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra
Label : Classico
4:42 PM
Eternal Longing
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Composer : Vitezslav Novak
Catalog : 3049 CD
Conductor : Frantisek Jilek
Orchestra : Brno State Phil. Orch.
Label : Supraphon
5:06 PM
Miroirs: 3. Une Barque sur l’Ocean
Artist :
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 9129 CD
Conductor : Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
5:17 PM
Invocation and Dance
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Composer : Paul Creston
Catalog : 3114 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Delos
5:33 PM
Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto
Artist : Gil Shaham, violin
Album :
Composer : Ho Zhan Hao & Chen Kang
Catalog : 4 CD
Conductor : Lan Shui
Orchestra : Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Label : CanaryClas


The Fabulous Philadelphians on WRTI
9:36 am
Sat June 21, 2014

It's All Mozart on Sunday's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert Broadcast on WRTI!

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Sunday at 1 pm, the first concert from last April's Philadelphia Orchestra Mozart Celebration brings us three Mozart masterpieces! With Yannick on the podium, the Orchestra will play an overture to one of Mozart's three operas set to a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, Cosi fan Tutte, continue with the Piano Concerto No.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
3:23 am
Wed June 18, 2014

A Rhythm That Has Waltzed Away With Hearts

Debutantes in the opening waltz of the 2011 Vienna Opera Ball. The head of the Vienna Institute for Strauss Research calls the waltz "Austria's premier cultural export."

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

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
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.
Sarah Tilotta NPR

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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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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