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 19, 2012

6:06 AM
Symphonies for Christmas
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Michel Richard Delalande
Catalog : 9908 CD
Conductor : Olivier Fortin
Orchestra : Masques
Label : Analekta
6:17 AM
BABES IN TOYLAND: March of the Toys
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Victor Herbert
Catalog : 117 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bowie Grp
6:23 AM
The Marriage of Camacho Op 10
Artist :
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 7905 CD
Conductor : Claus Peter Flor
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : RCA/BMG
6:30 AM
Fantasy on Serbian Themes Op 6
Artist :
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 553513 CD
Conductor : Igor Golovchin
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
6:44 AM
Messiah: For unto us a child
Artist : and Chorus
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 6918 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
6:50 AM
Four Seasons: No.1 Spring (La Primavera) in E Op 8
Artist : Isaac Stern, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 66472 CD
Conductor : Isaac Stern
Orchestra : Jerusalem Music Centre Ch.Orch
Label : CBS/Sony
7:06 AM
Overture in C Op 170
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 2221 CD
Conductor : Raymond Leppard
Orchestra : Indianapolis Symphony Orch.
Label : Koss Class
7:15 AM
Punchinello
Artist :
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Composer : William Rimmer
Catalog : 6565 CD
Conductor : Michael Antrobus
Orchestra : Black Dyke Mills Band
Label : Chandos
7:19 AM
L’Enfance du Christ: Shepherd’s Farewell
Artist : Atlanta Symphony Chorus
Album :
Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 10033 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
7:28 AM
Ma Vlast: No. 2 Vltava (The Moldau)
Artist :
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 80327 CD
Conductor : Zdenek Macal
Orchestra : Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:43 AM
BERENICE: Overture
Artist :
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 4758075 CD
Conductor : Karl Munchinger
Orchestra : Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
Label : London/Dec
7:48 AM
A Christmas Festival
Artist :
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 61685 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:06 AM
GOTTERDAMMERUNG: Siegfried’s Rhine Journey
Artist :
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 74762 CD
Conductor : Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
8:19 AM
Sonata for 8 trumpets & orchestra in A
Artist : Wynton Marsalis, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber
Catalog : 42478 CD
Conductor : Raymond Leppard
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:28 AM
O magnum mysterium
Artist : Handel & Haydn Society Chorus
Album :
Composer : Jennifer Higdon
Catalog : 2078 CD
Conductor : Grant Llewellyn
Label : Avie
8:35 AM
PAQUITA: Polonaise & Mazurka
Artist :
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Composer : Leon Minkus
Catalog : 10544 CD
Conductor : Boris Spassov
Orchestra : Sofia National Opera Orchestra
Label : Capriccio
8:43 AM
La Princesse Jaune overture Op 30
Artist :
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 1016 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Cala
8:51 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 2 in c
Artist :
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Composer : Alessandro Scarlatti
Catalog : 45495 CD
Conductor : Fabio Biondi
Orchestra : Europa Galante
Label : Vrgn Clscs
9:06 AM
Melodie Op 20
Artist : Julian Lloyd Webber, cello
Album :
Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 2334 CD
Conductor : James Judd
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
9:15 AM
The Tempest Op 18
Artist :
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 39359 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
9:40 AM
Sinfonia Concertante
Artist :
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Composer : Dmitri S. Bortnyansky
Catalog : 10370 CD
Orchestra : Moscow Phil. Chamber Ensemble
Label : MCA
10:00 AM
Carol Symphony
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Victor Hely-Hutchinson
Catalog : 64131 CD
Conductor : Barry Rose
Orchestra : Pro Arte Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:27 AM
The Comedians
Artist :
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Composer : Dmitri Kabalevsky
Catalog : 63302 CD
Conductor : Kirill Kondrashin
Orchestra : RCA Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
10:45 AM
Symphony in D La Chasse
Artist :
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Composer : Carl Stamitz
Catalog : 10628 CD
Conductor : Matthias Bamert
Orchestra : London Mozart Players
Label : Chandos
11:04 AM
Piano Concerto in a Op 16
Artist : Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Album :
Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 57562 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
11:36 AM
Three Botticelli Pictures
Artist :
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 37676 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
12:07 PM
Tragic Overture Op 81
Artist :
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 61846 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
12:22 PM
Messiah (excerpts)
Artist : Choir of Clare Coll.,Cambridge
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 901928 CD
Conductor : Rene Jacobs
Orchestra : Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Label : Harmonia Mundi
12:41 PM
Seemorgh
Artist :
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Composer : Behzad Ranjbaran
Catalog : 3336 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Delos
12:48 PM
German Requiem: Wie lieblich sind deine
Artist : Vienna State Opera Chorus
Album :
Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 6918 CD
Conductor : Bernard Haitink
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
12:55 PM
L’Enfance du Christ (excerpt)
Artist : Montreal Symphony Chorus
Album :
Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 4783640 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
1:12 PM
Gesu Bambino
Artist : Luciano Pavarotti, tenor
Album :
Composer : Pietro A. Yon
Catalog : 4759177 CD
Conductor : Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra : National Philharmonic Orch.
Label : London/Dec
1:17 PM
’Twas the Night Before Christmas
Artist : Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Album :
Composer : Ken Darby
Catalog : 2 CD
Conductor : Keith Lockhart
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : BosPops
1:26 PM
Misa Criolla: Gloria
Artist : Sociedad Coral de Bilbao
Album :
Composer : Ariel Ramirez
Catalog : 420955 CD
Conductor : Jose Luis Ocejo
Orchestra : Coral Salve de Laredo
Label : Philips
1:35 PM
Variations on a theme by Robert Schumann Op 23
Artist : Silke-Thora Matthies, piano; Chrstian Kohn, piano
Album :
Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 553139 CD
Label : Naxos
1:54 PM
Cantata No.208: Sheep May Safely Graze:
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 62683 CD
Orchestra : Canadian Brass
Label : RCA/BMG
2:01 PM
Magnificat (excerpt)
Artist : Choir Kings College, Cambridge
Album :
Composer : John Rutter
Catalog : 57952 CD
Conductor : Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
2:10 PM
Nocturne (Notturno) for piano trio in E-Flat Op 148
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 412620 CD
Orchestra : Beaux Arts Trio
Label : Philips
2:22 PM
Frostiana (excerpts)
Artist : New York Choral Society
Album :
Composer : Randall Thompson
Catalog : 7283 CD
Conductor : Richard Auldon Clark
Orchestra : Manhattan Chamber Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
2:35 PM
Ave Maria Op 52
Artist : Renata Tebaldi, soprano
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert (arr. Gamley)
Catalog : 4758134 CD
Conductor : Anton Guadagno
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
2:43 PM
Cantata No. 140 Sleepers awake:
Artist : Sir David Willcocks, organ
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 86052 CD
Conductor : David Willcocks
Orchestra : Choir of King's College, Camb.
Label : Angel/EMI
2:53 PM
Ashokan Farewell: from Civil War film
Artist : Jay Ungar, fiddle
Album :
Composer : Jay Ungar
Catalog : 56720 CD
Conductor : Paul Gambill
Orchestra : Nashville Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:00 PM
Four Christmas Motets
Artist : St. John’s College Choir
Album :
Composer : Francis Poulenc
Catalog : 8658 CD
Conductor : George Guest
Label : Chandos
3:13 PM
MEFISTOFELE
Artist : Westminster College Choir
Album :
Composer : Arrigo Boito
Catalog : 791631 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony
Label : RCA
3:41 PM
Escales
Artist :
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Composer : Jacques Ibert
Catalog : 62644 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:06 PM
A Christmas Carol
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Carl Davis
Catalog : 553495 CD
Conductor : John Pryce-Jones
Orchestra : Northern Ballet Theatre Orch.
Label : Naxos
4:26 PM
The White Peacock
Artist :
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Composer : Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Catalog : 3099 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Delos
4:35 PM
I VESPRI SICILIANI: Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 2 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : PhilOrch.
4:47 PM
I VESPRI SICILIANI: Bolero
Artist : Sondra Radvanofsky, soprano
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 3404 CD
Conductor : Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra : Philharmonia of Russia
Label : Delos
4:54 PM
Fantaisie sur deux noëls wallons Op 24
Artist :
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Composer : Joseph Jongen
Catalog : 1634 CD
Conductor : Roman Kofman
Orchestra : Orchestra National de Belgique
Label : Cypres
5:06 PM
A Suite of Carols for Woodwinds
Artist :
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 3552 CD
Conductor : Leroy Anderson
Orchestra : ...and His Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
5:19 PM
LE VOYAGE DANS LA LUNE: Ballet of the Snowflakes
Artist :
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Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 4776403 CD
Conductor : Marc Minkowski
Orchestra : Musicians of the Louvre
Label : D. Gramphn
5:34 PM
Sospiri Op 70
Artist :
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 8788 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
5:41 PM
Dancing Day
Artist : Etherea Vocal Ensemble
Album :
Composer : John Rutter
Catalog : 3422 CD
Label : Delos

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The Fabulous Philadelphians on WRTI
9:36 am
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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

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JOE KLAMAR AFP/Getty Images

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.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:03 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Eliot Fisk And Paco Peña: Tiny Desk Concert

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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

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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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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

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Creatively Speaking
4:29 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

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Station Announcements
3:25 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Francesca's Letter

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Creatively Speaking
3:53 pm
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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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