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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December 17, 2012

6:06 AM
Aladdin Overture
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Composer : Christian Frederik Horneman
Catalog : 9373 CD
Conductor : Michael Schonwandt
Orchestra : Danish Radio Symph Orch
Label : Chandos
6:17 AM
Romance for violin and orchestra No. 1 in G Op 40
Artist : Isaac Stern, violin
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 37204 CD
Conductor : Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra : Boston Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
6:30 AM
Symphony No. 26 in E-Flat
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 412954 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
6:43 AM
Carmen Suite No. 2
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 37260 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : National Philharmonic Orch.
Label : CBS/Sony
7:06 AM
La baronessa Stramba Overture
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Composer : Domenico Cimarosa
Catalog : 225181 CD
Conductor : Allesandro Amoretti
Orchestra : Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
Label : MarcoPolo
7:15 AM
Armed Forces Medley
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Composer : Richard Hayman
Catalog : 80175 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops
Label : Telarc
7:18 AM
O magnum mysterium
Artist : Shaw Chamber Singers
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Composer : Morten Lauridsen
Catalog : 80461 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Label : Telarc
7:28 AM
In Autumn Overture Op 11
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 86513 CD
Conductor : Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:42 AM
Concerto No. 12 in C Op 3
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Composer : Francesco Manfredini
Catalog : 550567 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
7:53 AM
Rondo on God rest you merry, gentlemen
Artist : Ian Hobson, piano
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Composer : Samuel Wesley
Catalog : 6594 CD
Label : Arabesque
8:06 AM
Im Fruhling Overture Op 36
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Composer : Carl Goldmark
Catalog : 469376 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:18 AM
Passacaille, Gigue and Minuet in G
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 453451 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
8:28 AM
Concerto Pastorale in G
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Composer : Johann Melchior Molter
Catalog : 8730 CD
Conductor : Angele Dubeau
Orchestra : La Pieta
Label : Analekta
8:42 AM
My Home Overture Op 62
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 45127 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
8:50 AM
Christmas Song (Chestnuts...)
Artist : Doc Severinsen, trumpet
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Composer : Mel Torme
Catalog : 80226 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
9:06 AM
Symphonic Poem No. 6: Mazeppa
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 63532 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
9:25 AM
Oboe Concerto in C
Artist : John Anderson, oboe
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 35 CD
Conductor : Ralf Gothoni
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Avie
9:48 AM
A Winter’s Tale Op 18
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Composer : Lars-Erik Larsson
Catalog : 5157 CD
Conductor : Mario Bernardi
Orchestra : CBC Orchestra
Label : CBC(RCI)
10:00 AM
Santa Claus, A Christmas Symphony
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Composer : William Henry Fry
Catalog : 559057 CD
Conductor : Tony Rowe
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:29 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 12 (after Scarlatti) in D
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Composer : Charles Avison
Catalog : 31 CD
Orchestra : Café Zimmermann
Label : Alpha
10:49 AM
Violin Concerto No. 2 in d Op 22
Artist : Marat Bisengaliev, violin
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Composer : Henryk Wieniawski
Catalog : 553517 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : Polish National Radio Orchestr
Label : Naxos
11:15 AM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 423492 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
11:38 AM
Wellington’s Victory (Battle Symphony) Op 91
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 426239 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
12:06 PM
The Many Moods of Christmas- Suite No. 4
Artist : Robert Shaw Chorale
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Composer : Robert Russell Bennett
Catalog : 68805 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Orchestra : RCA Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
12:21 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Op 15
Artist : Lang Lang, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 8725 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : D. Gramphn
1:02 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 7 in B-Flat Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 4758673 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
1:20 PM
Romeo and Juliet Op 55
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Composer : Dmitri Kabalevsky
Catalog : 553411 CD
Conductor : Vasily Jelvakov
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
2:00 PM
Cakewalk Ballet after Gottschalk
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Composer : Hershy Kay
Catalog : 61501 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
2:28 PM
Songs from the Hill Folk
Artist : Tanglewood Festival Chorus
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Composer : Various
Catalog : 2 CD
Conductor : Keith Lockhart
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : BosPops
2:39 PM
Christmas Eve suite
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 3055 CD
Conductor : Loris Tjeknavorian
Orchestra : Armenian Philharmonic Orchestr
Label : Sanctuary
3:00 PM
I Wonder As I Wander
Artist : Musica Sacra
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 429732 CD
Conductor : Richard Westenburg
Label : D. Gramphn
3:06 PM
Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Op 47 Kreutzer
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin; Martha Argerich, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 56815 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
3:43 PM
Orchestral Trio in c Op 4
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Composer : Johann (Jan Vaclav) Stamitz
Catalog : 553213 CD
Conductor : Richard Armstrong
Orchestra : New Zealand Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:06 PM
Serenade of Carols
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Composer : Morton Gould
Catalog : 5 CD
Conductor : Carl Davis
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Threefold
4:23 PM
Caprice (after Saint-Saens)
Artist : Renaud Capucon, violin
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Composer : Eugene Ysaye
Catalog : 45482 CD
Conductor : Daniel Harding
Orchestra : German Ch. Phil., Bremen
Label : Vrgn Clscs
4:34 PM
Sleigh Ride
Artist : Peter Richard Conte, organ
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 49264 CD
Label : Gothic
4:42 PM
Wanderer Fantasy in C Op 15
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 1210 CD
Conductor : Paul Freeman
Orchestra : Moscow State Philharmonic Orch
Label : MSR
4:55 PM
Away in a Manger
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Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 66087 CD
Conductor : Carmen Dragon
Orchestra : Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orches
Label : Angel/EMI
5:06 PM
LA BELLE HELENE Overture
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Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 434332 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
5:16 PM
Swedish Rhapsody No. 1 Op 19
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Composer : Hugo Alfven
Catalog : 9313 CD
Conductor : Petri Sakari
Orchestra : Iceland State Symphony Orch.
Label : Chandos
5:33 PM
Concierto para una fiesta
Artist : David Russell, guitar
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Composer : Joaquin Rodrigo
Catalog : 80459 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Naples Philharmonic
Label : Telarc

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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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6:20 am
Mon June 9, 2014

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Creatively Speaking
6:01 am
Mon June 9, 2014

The Very Political Ludwig van Beethoven

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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
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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.

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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.

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Creatively Speaking
12:28 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

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Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)

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Creatively Speaking
11:51 am
Mon June 2, 2014

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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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