Classical Weekdays

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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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Creatively Speaking
3:47 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

The Lunch That Launched Stravinsky's Famous Violin Concerto

Igor Stravinsky was reluctant to write a violin concerto...until a violinist changed his mind.

Twentieth-century composer Igor Stravinsky was at first reluctant to accept a commission for a violin concerto because he didn’t know the instrument well enough. But as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, he changed his mind after consulting the intended violinist – who was game to try an unusual approach.  

On Sunday, January 18, 2015 on WRTI, Juliette Kang and The Philadelphia Orchestra play Stravinsky’s violin concerto in a program that also features music by Brahms and Respighi.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:35 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Swan Songs: Classical Musicians We Lost In 2014

Conductor Claudio Abbado was one of the many great classical musicians we bid farewell to in 2014.
Getty Images

Farewells are never easy, especially when you're saying goodbye to a favorite musician. From conductors and composers to pianists, singers and critics, the classical music world lost many masterful musicians in 2014.

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Creatively Speaking
2:24 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

A Pianist Who Goes Way Back with The Philadelphians

Guess who? It's Andre Watts, age 10, at his student concert debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1957.
Adrian Siegel Collection The Philadelphia Orchestra Archives

Born in Germany in 1946, Andre Watts moved to Philadelphia with his Hungarian mother and American father when he was 8 years old. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, after decades of performing, the celebrated pianist still finds new inspiration and challenges in the music. 

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The Metropolitan Opera on WRTI
11:58 am
Wed January 7, 2015

The Met Opera on WRTI: Verdi's AIDA, January 10, 1 PM

Soprano Tamara Wilson sings the title role in Verdi's AIDA.
Ken Howard The Metropolitan Opera

This is grand opera at its grandest! Verdi’s mythic love triangle features soprano Tamara Wilson, who makes her network broadcast debut as the Ethiopian princess Aida, opposite tenor Marcello Giordani as the Egyptian warrior Radamès. Soprano Violeta Urmana sings Amneris.  Marco Armiliato conducts. Mary Jo Heath is sitting in for Margaret Juntwait. The Metropolitan Opera, Saturday, January 10, 1 to 4 pm on WRTI 90.1 FM or online at wrti.org

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
2:35 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Andre Watts Plays Beethoven with The Philadelphia Orchestra: Jan. 11 at 1 PM on WRTI

Czech conductor Jakub Hrusa makes his debut with The Philadelphians in this concert, recorded in November 2013

This Sunday, January 11th at 1 pm: The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI presents a concert first heard at Verizon Hall in mid-November, 2013. You'll hear the youthful and energetic Piano Concerto No. 1 of Beethoven performed by perennial favorite, pianist Andre Watts, who first played with The Philadelphia Orchestra at age 10.

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WRTI Spotlight
1:38 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra on WRTI: January 11 at 3 PM

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra
Bachrach Photography

Join us for an exciting concert by members of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, led by Music Director Louis Scaglione. It's the first of three concerts at the Kimmel Center in celebration of the orchestra's 75th anniversary season.

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Creatively Speaking
5:22 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

A Mobile Guide to the Music at a Philadelphia Orchestra Concert? There's an App for That!

The Philadelphia Orchestra's new LiveNote App in action!

While printed programs at classical music concerts are commonplace, The Philadelphia Orchestra continues to explore the use of mobile technology developed by Drexel University to inform the listening experience during the performance. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the LiveNote App will be used in three upcoming concerts.

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Creatively Speaking
12:27 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Napoleon's Armies Advance On Vienna: Beethoven’s “Empire of the Mind” Prevails

Beethoven inititally planned to dedicate his "Eroica" symphony to Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821).

Ludwig van Beethoven’s "Les Adieux" or "The Farewell" sonata (Piano Sonata No. 26) is considered the composer's most significant work from the period between 1809 - 1810. It was a time when the Napoleonic Wars continued to bring upheaval to Beethoven’s adopted city of Vienna, the surrounding region, and beyond. Even before his Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major was composed, Napoleon’s unyielding push for power had left many disillusioned.

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Christmas on WRTI
2:31 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

The Crossing Choir’s 2014 Christmas Concert on WRTI: Christmas Day at 2 PM!

Listen to the sublime music of The Crossing @ Christmas on WRTI, December 25th at 2 pm.

WRTI invites you to experience The Crossing chamber choir’s 2014 Christmas concert, The Crossing @ Christmas, recorded live on December 19th at The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill.

This annual performance is known for creating an aura of tranquility, and has become a holiday tradition for many vocal music lovers throughout our region. You can hear this year’s concert on WRTI - on the radio or online - Thursday, December 25, 2 to 4 pm.

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Yannick Nezet-Seguin Conducts The Philadelphians
3:37 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI: Mahler's Second Symphony on Dec. 28th, 1 PM

Soprano Angela Meade is one the soloists featured in WRTI's broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra on December 28th at 1 pm.

What became known as the "Resurrection" Symphony is one of the longest, most ambitious, and profoundly moving orchestral works ever composed; its unusual impact and philosophical import have been recognized ever since Mahler conducted the premiere in Berlin in 1895.

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