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.

In 2011, the Philadelphia-based, South-Africa born singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Lipke released his fourth album, The Plague, with much fanfare, including a live interview and performance on WHYY's Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane, and lots of coverage on WXPN.  Fast forward to 2015, when he's approached by Matthew Glandorf, artistic director of Choral Arts Philadelphia, with an idea.

The celebrated cello maestro Yo-Yo Ma kicks off a two-week Philadelphia Orchestra celebration of John Williams' music for concert hall and film this week, and Sunday’s concert will be broadcast LIVE at 2 PM here on WRTI.

The centerpiece of this program will be John Williams’ Cello Concerto, written specifically for Yo-Yo Ma, at the suggestion of Seiji Ozawa.

One hundred years ago, a musician was born who took the world by storm, both with his violin and with his warmhearted humanity. Yehudi Menuhin was born April 22, 1916, in the Bronx to Russian immigrants. He began his career as an astounding child prodigy in velvet knee pants. But two men who knew him well — documentary filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon and violinist Daniel Hope — maintain that as Menuhin grew older, he turned out to be far more than just another virtuoso.

Vahan Stepanyan

Michael Tilson Thomas, music director of the San Francisco Symphony and artistic director of the New World Symphony, is on the podium for this Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast from 1 to 3 pm on WRTI.

Alexandra DeFurio

If The Philadelphia Orchestra ever had an orchestral dynasty, its name is dePasquale. But Francesca dePasquale, a 26-year-old violinist, told the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns how she's forging her own path as a soloist — and what that takes.

Changes in the Afternoon on WRTI

Apr 17, 2016

We have some big news to share! Kile Smith has been promoted to Director of Content, a new key position at WRTI. And after a nationwide search, Kevin Gordon has been selected as our new Afternoon Drive (2 to 6 pm) Classical Host starting on April 25th.

Join us on Sunday at 5 pm for Applause! It's our monthly broadcast of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and this month features Music Director Dirk Brossé, and Conductor Laureate Ignat Solzhenitsyn conducting the concert, recorded in the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center. 

 

In 1930, The Philadelphia Orchestra gave a successful U.S. premiere of the 10th symphony of a revered Russian composer — Nikolai Miaskovsky — sometimes called "The Father of the Soviet Symphony." As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the work and the composer, both little known in America in today, are being championed by one of today's leading conductors.

Dario Acosta

Vladimir Jurowski, one of the most sought-after conductors in the world, collaborates with one of the world’s most talented virtuoso pianists, Yefim Bronfman, in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, the “Emperor,” one of the supreme achievements in the genre — this Sunday, April 17th at 1 pm on The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI.

How does a lifelong interest in the choral works of J.S. Bach maintain a luster that continues to this day? World-renowned German conductor, scholar, and teacher Helmuth Rilling gives WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston some insight.


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