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 below.

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Opera Day on WRTI!
7:11 am
Sat November 15, 2014

AVA's THE ITALIAN GIRL IN ALGIERS on WRTI: Saturday, Nov. 15 at 1 PM

Mezzo-soprano Hannah Ludwig sings Isabella in Rossini's L'italiana In Algeri.

Join us for Opera Day on WRTI! This year, the opera in the starring role is AVA's current production of L'italiana In Algeri. Blurring the line between blatant sentimentality and utter lunacy, emotions and tensions flare in Gioachino Rossini’s jovial operatic drama of an Italian beauty shipwrecked and captured by the Bey of Algiers.

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Crossover
6:00 am
Sat November 15, 2014

A Love Duet: Tenor Stephen Costello and Soprano Ailyn Perez

Soprano Ailyn Perez and tenor Stephen Costello met as students at AVA.

First they were students at AVA. During their studies, they were companions. Eventually they performed together on stage.  Then came love, and later, the altar. All because of opera. And we can say, "We knew them when."

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The Fabulous Philadelphians on WRTI
3:03 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

A New Broadcast Season Begins: The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI

Yannick Nezet-Seguin is music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra

The third broadcast season of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI, with host Gregg Whiteside, has begun! Get set for more than 30 recorded concerts from the Philadelphians' current subscription concert season on WRTI every Sunday at 1 pm, and finishing up in mid-June, 2015.

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Philadelphia Music Makers on WRTI
1:43 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

George Horner's Story: From Moravia to Death Camps to Prague to Australia to America

Pianist and Newtown Square resident George Horner narrowly escaped the Holocaust. He performed in the Terezin cabarets to lift the spirits of those around him.

A remarkable physician and pianist now living in Newtown Square, PA continues to affect the lives of all those he touches. On this week's Philadelphia Music Makers, you'll hear his story and his music. Tune in on Sunday, November 16 at 5 pm for this special show at 90.1 FM or online at wrti.org

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Creatively Speaking
3:57 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Yannick Shares The Hidden Meaning in Richard Strauss' Alpine Symphony

Richard Strauss finished composing AN ALPINE SYMPHONY in 1915. It's scored for an enormous orchestra with 16 horns, two timpani, organ, and multiple percussion, including thunder and wind machines.

Richard Strauss’ Alpine Symphony is, on one level, a musical description of nature. But as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the accessible music belies a greater meaning.

Based on a boyhood experience getting caught in a storm hiking in the Alps, the idea for An Alpine Symphony germinated for years in Strauss’s mind.  It wasn’t until after Gustav Mahler died, that he determined to finish the work, which he regarded as a tribute to his fellow composer.

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Creatively Speaking
11:53 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Music Sowing Seeds of Cross-Cultural Understanding

Lebanese composer, singer, and oud master Marcel Khalife

The arts can encourage positive cultural identity and promote cross-cultural understanding. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, that’s the premise of the Philadelphia-based organization Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, open to people of all backgrounds and presenting and teaching Arab language, art, and music, which can vary among the 22 countries in the Arab world.

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Creatively Speaking
7:26 am
Mon November 10, 2014

From Philadelphia to The Top!

French horn player Ray Seong Jin Han, a freshman at Curtis, is accompanied by pianist Christopher O'Riley, host of FROM THE TOP.

The nationally syndicated public radio program From the Top features gifted young classical musicians from all over the country. They’re always super talented - and often very amusing as they chat with host Christopher O'Riley - which all adds up to great radio. More than 250 public radio stations broadcast the show.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
4:54 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

'The Black Horn': Blowing Past Classical Music's Color Barriers

Robert Lee Watt was a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for more than three decades.
Courtesy of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 9:44 am

Robert Lee Watt fell in love with the French horn at an early age. He met a lot of resistance from people who thought his background and his race made a career with the instrument unlikely — but he went on to become the first African-American French hornist hired by a major symphony in the United States.

He became the assistant first French horn for the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1970, and stayed with the orchestra for 37 years. His memoir, The Black Horn, tells how he got there.

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WRTI Spotlight
7:53 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Donizetti's LUCREZIA BORGIA at Caramoor: Nov. 8th at 1 PM on WRTI

Soprano Angela Meade, a graduate of Philadelphia's Academy of Vocal Arts, sings the title role in LUCREZIA BORGIA.

Join us to hear Gaetano Donizetti's bel canto masterpiece, Lucrezia Borgia, recorded live in July, 2014 at The Caramoor Summer Music Festival. Director of Opera Will Crutchfield leads the Orchestra of St. Luke's and a stellar cast, including acclaimed soprano Angela Meade in her highly anticipated debut in the title role, Tamara Mumford as Maffio Orsini, Michele Angelini as Gennaro, and Christophoros Stamboglis as Duke Alfonso.

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Creatively Speaking
1:00 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

The Organ Goes Mainstream

Organist Cameron Carpenter

For many people, organ music is for weddings, funerals, and the Phantom of the Opera. But as the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports, this pious pocket of classical music is starting to become mainstream.

Why didn't we know about this before? After the gala installation of the Kimmel Center's Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ in 2006, interest waned among less-devout concertgoers. And let's face it, the organ community can seem like a forbidding club of connoisseurs. The organ could have sunk into aficionado obscurity.

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