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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Playlist

December 20, 2012

6:06 AM
The First Nowell
Artist : Choir Kings College, Cambridge
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 4759177 CD
Conductor : David Willcocks
Label : London/Dec
6:09 AM
Artaserse: Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999963 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
6:18 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 6 in D Op 3
Artist :
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Composer : Francesco Manfredini
Catalog : 553891 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
6:30 AM
Christmas Night Medley
Artist :
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Composer : Angela Morley
Catalog : 48232 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
6:43 AM
Konig Stephan Overture Op 117
Artist :
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 148 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Pentatone
6:50 AM
The First Nowell
Artist :
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Composer : TRADITIONAL (arr. Arthur Harris)
Catalog : 87771 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
6:56 AM
Suite No. 1: Marche Miniature Op 43
Artist :
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 2391 CD
Conductor : Anatole Fistoulari
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Guild
7:06 AM
Gloria, Rv 589: Et in Terra Pax
Artist : Atlanta Symphony Chorus
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 80458 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:15 AM
The White Rose (1917)
Artist :
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 301 CD
Conductor : Leonard B. Smith
Orchestra : Detroit Concert band
Label : WalkingFro
7:19 AM
Fanfare and Elegy
Artist :
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Composer : Francis D'Amico
Catalog : 464892 CD
Conductor : William Scheible
Orchestra : Ocean City Pops Orchestra
Label : Weston Snd
7:28 AM
Harpsichord Concerto No. 4 in c
Artist :
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Composer : Alessandro Scarlatti
Catalog : 470650 CD
Conductor : Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra : Accademia Bizantina
Label : London/Dec
7:43 AM
Light Cavalry Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 434309 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
7:50 AM
Violin concerto in E, RV 270 Per il santissimo natale
Artist : Angele Dubeau, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 8730 CD
Conductor : Angele Dubeau
Orchestra : La Pieta
Label : Analekta
8:06 AM
American Eagle Waltz
Artist : Philip Collins, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 9011 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
8:15 AM
Mysteres de Noel: Angel, San José y Nuestra Senora
Artist : Escolania/S.Cruz/los Caidos
Album :
Composer : Antonio Soler
Catalog : 35780 CD
Conductor : Jean-Michel Hasler
Label : Milan
8:28 AM
Soleriana, Suite for orchestra: Pastoral and Passepied
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Joaquin Rodrigo
Catalog : 67435 CD
Conductor : Enrique Batiz
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:38 AM
Joy to the World
Artist : Bach Choir
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 16092 CD
Conductor : John Rutter
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:43 AM
IL SIGNOR BRUSCHINO Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 60387 CD
Conductor : Fritz Reiner
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:51 AM
Riu, riu, chiu
Artist : José Lemos, countertenor
Album :
Composer : Anonymous
Catalog : 90901 CD
Orchestra : The Baltimore Consort
Label : Dorian
8:54 AM
Rondo for piano & orch in A, K. 386
Artist : John O’Conor, piano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 80285 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Telarc
9:06 AM
FLORIDANTE: Overture
Artist :
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 5247 CD
Conductor : Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
Label : CBC(RCI)
9:08 AM
FLORIDANTE: March
Artist :
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 5247 CD
Conductor : Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
Label : CBC(RCI)
9:16 AM
Noels sur les Instruments
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Catalog : 90180 CD
Conductor : Bernard Labadie
Orchestra : Les Violons du Roy, Quebec
Label : Dorian
9:33 AM
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A, K. 219 Turkish
Artist : Pamela Frank, violin
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 72104 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Label : ArteNova
10:00 AM
Amahl and the Night Visitors:Dance Suite
Artist :
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Composer : Gian Carlo Menotti
Catalog : 6 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : BuffaloPO
10:09 AM
Piano Concerto No. 3 in c Op 37
Artist : Annie Fischer, piano
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 31493 CD
Conductor : Herbert Esser
Orchestra : Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Label : Hungaroton
10:47 AM
Symphony in D Op 18, No. 6
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 553367 CD
Conductor : Hanspeter Gmur
Orchestra : Failoni Cham. Orch. Budapest
Label : Naxos
11:02 AM
The Many Moods of Christmas- Suite No. 1
Artist : Robert Shaw Chorale
Album :
Composer : Robert Russell Bennett
Catalog : 68805 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Orchestra : RCA Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
11:12 AM
Symphony No. 2 in f-sharp, Op. 16
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 68904 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Warner Classics
12:06 PM
Rosamunde, D. 797 - incidental muisic
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 42489 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
12:33 PM
Gruss an die heilige Nacht Op 62
Artist : Berlin Philharmonic Choir
Album :
Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 313013 CD
Conductor : Uwe Gronostay
Orchestra : Berlin Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : KOCHSchwan
12:53 PM
Piano Trio No. 1 (1923) Op 8
Artist : Lily Maisky, piano; Alissa Margulis, violin; Mischa Maisky, cello
Album :
Composer : Dmitri Shostakovich
Catalog : 67051 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
1:08 PM
Symphony No. 2 ’The Four Seasons’ in f
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Henry Hadley
Catalog : 9124 CD
Conductor : Karl Krueger
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Bridge
1:59 PM
Concerto Pastorale in F
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johann Christoph Pez
Catalog : 90180 CD
Conductor : Bernard Labadie
Orchestra : Les Violons du Roy, Quebec
Label : Dorian
2:19 PM
Triple Concerto in C Op 56
Artist : Maurizio Pollini, piano
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 4777244 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : S. Bolivar Youth Orch of Venz.
Label : D. Gramphn
3:00 PM
What Sweeter Music
Artist : Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Album :
Composer : John Rutter
Catalog : 1063 CD
Conductor : Craig Jessop
Label : MTC
3:08 PM
Firebird Suite (1945)
Artist :
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Composer : Igor Stravinsky
Catalog : 64139 CD
Conductor : Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra : Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
3:40 PM
O magnum mysterium
Artist : Polyphony
Album :
Composer : Morten Lauridsen
Catalog : 11116 CD
Conductor : Stephen Layton
Label : HeartSpace
3:47 PM
A Winter Idyll
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 572914 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:06 PM
Parade of the Wooden Soldiers
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Leon Jessel (arr. Morton Gould)
Catalog : 61685 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:12 PM
Five Carols
Artist : Cambridge Singers
Album :
Composer : Richard Rodney Bennett
Catalog : 901 CD
Conductor : John Rutter
Label : Collegium
4:22 PM
Andante Religioso
Artist : Stephan Barratt-Due Jr.,violin
Album :
Composer : Johan Halvorsen
Catalog : 50013 CD
Conductor : Karsten Andersen
Orchestra : Bergen Symphony Orchestra
Label : NKF
4:30 PM
Solemn Overture Op 73
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 439892 CD
Conductor : Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
4:45 PM
Cherubic Hymn
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Dmitri S. Bortnyansky
Catalog : 11109 CD
Conductor : Vladislav Chernushenko
Orchestra : Leningrad Glinka St. Acad. Ch.
Label : HeartSpace
4:50 PM
Fantasy on Hungarian Folk Tunes
Artist : Jorges Bolet, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 414079 CD
Conductor : Ivan Fischer
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
5:06 PM
Canon in D
Artist : Benita Valente, soprano; Tatiana Troyanos, soprano
Album :
Composer : Johann Pachelbel (arr. Rudel)
Catalog : 67080 CD
Conductor : Julius Rudel
Orchestra : New York City Opera Orchestra
Label : MusicMaste
5:14 PM
Children’s Corner
Artist :
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Composer : Claude Debussy (orch. Andre Caplet)
Catalog : 444386 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
5:30 PM
L’Enfance du Christ: Shepherd’s Farewell
Artist : St.Anthony Singers
Album :
Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 443401 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Goldsborough Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
5:42 PM
Silent Night
Artist : Vienna Choir Boys
Album :
Composer : Franz Gruber
Catalog : 5160 CD
Conductor : Peter Marschik
Orchestra : Vienna Studio Ensemble
Label : Capriccio
5:46 PM
Brother Heinrich’s Christmas
Artist : Cambridge Singers; Bryan Kay, narrator
Album :
Composer : John Rutter
Catalog : 115 CD
Conductor : John Rutter
Orchestra : London Sinfonia
Label : Collegium

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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
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Teaching the Art of Listening: Temple's Steven Kreinberg Opens Doors to Classical Music and Jazz

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