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 at the bottom of this page.

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May 29, 2013

6:06 AM
Concerto Armonico No. 1 in G
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Composer : Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer
Catalog : 410205 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Argo
6:20 AM
From the Bohemian Forest: Silent Woods Op 68
Artist : Han-na Chang, cello
Album :
Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 57052 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:29 AM
ERMIONE: Sinfonia with chorus
Artist : Prague Philharmonic Choir
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 570933 CD
Conductor : Christian Benda
Orchestra : Prague Sinfonia
Label : Naxos
6:39 AM
Polonia Symphonic Prelude Op 76
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 557273 CD
Conductor : James Judd
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:06 AM
Cantos de Espana: No.1 Preludio Asturias Op 232
Artist : Friedemann Wuttke, guitar
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Composer : Isaac Albeniz
Catalog : 7073 CD
Conductor : Tilmann Koster
Orchestra : S.W.German Ch.Or. of Pforzeim
Label : Profil
7:14 AM
Washington Grays
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Composer : Claudio Grafulla
Catalog : 1998 CD
Conductor : Dale Harpham
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:20 AM
Faust Quadrille Op 112
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Composer : Josef Strauss
Catalog : 223664 CD
Conductor : Michael Dittrich
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MarcoPolo
7:28 AM
Sonata for 2 violins & opt. continuo in G
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 502 CD
Orchestra : The Purcell Quartet
Label : Chandos
7:41 AM
Symphony in G
Artist :
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Composer : Jose Pons
Catalog : 10488 CD
Orchestra : Concerto Koln
Label : Capriccio
7:52 AM
Olympic Hymn
Artist : Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Album :
Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Catalog : 62592 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:06 AM
Roumanian Rhapsody No. 1 in A Op 11
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Composer : Georges Enesco
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
8:20 AM
The Seasons: Fall: Hort das laute Geton
Artist : Flanders Opera Choir
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 61891 CD
Conductor : Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra : La Petite Bande
Label : Vrgn Clscs
8:26 AM
Oboe Concerto No. 3 in g
Artist : Robert Bloom, oboe
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 1031 CD
Conductor : Paul Wolfe
Orchestra : Sarasota Music Festival Orch.
Label : Boston
8:39 AM
Suite No. 1 in E-Flat Op 28
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 40471 CD
Conductor : Imogen Holst
Orchestra : Central Band of the Royal A.F.
Label : Angel/EMI
8:51 AM
Artist : Luciano Pavarotti, tenor
Album :
Composer : Christoph Willibald Gluck
Catalog : 10009 CD
Conductor : Pierino Gamba
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
9:06 AM
MACBETH: Act III: Ballet Music
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 47274 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:18 AM
Piano Concerto No. 1 Op 78
Artist : Aldo Ciccolini, piano
Album :
Composer : Isaac Albeniz
Catalog : 1607 CD
Conductor : Enrique Batiz
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : IMG-Pickwi
9:44 AM
Flute Concerto in C
Artist : Laurence Dean, flute
Album :
Composer : Johann Adolf Hasse
Catalog : 77228 CD
Orchestra : Hanover Court Orchestra
Label : Christopho
10:00 AM
Organ Concerto No. 5 in D
Artist : Stephen Farr, organ
Album :
Composer : James Hook
Catalog : 84295 CD
Orchestra : London Bach Consort
Label : Meridian
10:16 AM
Ballet Suite No. 4
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Composer : Dmitri Shostakovich
Catalog : 8630 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
10:31 AM
Concertpiece for 4 horns & orchestra Op 86
Artist : Seattle Sym. Horn Section
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 3084 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Delos
10:51 AM
Serenade No. 1 in D Op 11
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 57973 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : La Scala Philaharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
11:42 AM
Concerto in B-Flat Op 4
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Composer : Charles Avison
Catalog : 557905 CD
Conductor : Pavlo Beznosiuk
Orchestra : Avison Ensemble
Label : Naxos
3:00 PM
Grande Fantaisie on Russian Folksongs Op 4
Artist : Anastasia Seifetdinova, piano
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Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 570396 CD
Conductor : Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra : Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Naxos
3:20 PM
Piano Sonata No. 8 in c Op 13
Artist : John Owings, piano
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 6081 CD
Label : Owings
3:40 PM
Grand Duo Concertante for vln.& dbl.bass in A
Artist : Ovidiu Badila, double-bass
Album :
Composer : Giovanni Bottesini
Catalog : 210 CD
Conductor : Marco Zuccarini
Orchestra : Orch. I Pomeriggi Musicali/Mil
Label : Dynamic
4:06 PM
Siegfried Idyll
Artist : Members of...
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 4758502 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:26 PM
Ballade No. 1 in g Op 23
Artist : Evgeny Kissin, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 63259 CD
Label : RCA/BMG
4:38 PM
Adagio on Celtic Themes in e Op 56
Artist : Julius Berger, cello
Album :
Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 6060 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : Polish Radio Symphony Orchestr
Label : EBS
4:48 PM
Recorder Concerto in C
Artist : Matthias Maute, recorder
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 9173 CD
Conductor : Jörg-Michael Schwarz
Orchestra : REBEL Baroque Orchestra
Label : Bridge
5:06 PM
Divertimento No. 1 in D
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 69865 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
5:26 PM
Captain Blood Film Score: Suite
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Composer : Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Catalog : 557704 CD
Conductor : Richard Kaufman
Orchestra : Brandenburg Philharm. Potsdam
Label : Naxos
5:47 PM
Serenada Schizophrana: Bells & Whistles
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Composer : Danny Elfman
Catalog : 89780 CD
Conductor : John Mauceri
Orchestra : Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony


Creatively Speaking
11:51 am
Mon June 2, 2014

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

The highest aspiration for those who teach is to do it in a way that transforms lives. Professor Steven Kreinberg, a faculty member at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance, reveals what happens in his popular course "The Art of Listening."  It’s a special kind of class that opens the door for college students to the world of classical music, jazz, opera, and musicals.

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Rebroadcast of New Music Microfestival from 2013
11:52 am
Fri May 30, 2014

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Three Must-Hear Commissions, June 1st, 1 to 4 PM

Chinese contemporary classical composer and conductor, Tan Dun

By the time this Sunday’s three-hour broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert airs, Principal Harp Elizabeth Hainen, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Yannick Nezet-Seguin will have performed Tan Dun’s Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women three times in three different Chinese cities, as you might have been reading in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
4:21 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

State Of The Art: New York Philharmonic's Biennial

Music collective Bang on a Can All-Stars is one of the musical partners sharing a bill with the New York Philharmonic during the Biennial.
Konstantin Sergeyev Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 8:22 pm

Alan Gilbert, music director of the New York Philharmonic, isn't scared of new music — and he doesn't think audiences should be, either.

"Frankly, the reason I do new music is I like a lot of it," Gilbert says.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
12:04 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Read Joyce DiDonato's Inspiring Juilliard Commencement Speech

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.
Simon Pauly Courtesy of the artist

Star mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato gave the 2014 commencement address at Juilliard Friday — and it's a memorable one, both for her words and by DiDonato's own example as someone whose own career began under low heat.

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Creatively Speaking
9:06 am
Mon May 26, 2014

The Ney: An Ancient Flute Celebrated in a Modern Work

The flute is one of the oldest musical instruments, with its earliest versions found thousands of years ago in different cultures. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, a recently composed flute concerto celebrates one of its ancient bamboo ancestors.

On Sunday, June 1, 2014, on WRTI, Jeffrey Khaner and The Philadelphia Orchestra perform Behzad Ranjbaran’s Flute Concerto.

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Creatively Speaking
8:54 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Composer David Ludwig's Legacy

David Ludwig

On this week's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI, we'll hear three new pieces, commissioned for Orchestra principle musicians. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, one of these works was written by a local composer with a long musical lineage.


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Creatively Speaking
8:39 am
Mon May 26, 2014

The Bassoon's Lyrical Beauty

Daniel Matsukawa

Many great composers in history wrote for the bassoon. But in the last 70 years or so, the instrument has often been associated with one particular bouncy melody from a classic animated film. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, a recent premiere reminds us of the bassoon’s lyrical beauty.

On Sunday June 1, 2014, on WRTI, Daniel Matsukawa and The Philadelphia Orchestra perform David Ludwig’s Pictures from the Floating World.

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Creatively Speaking
8:30 am
Mon May 26, 2014

The Philadelphia Orchestra in China 2014: Week One

Yannick discovers a huge poster for the Orchestra's concert in Shanghai
Jan Regan

On its 2014 Residency of China & Tour of Asia, The Philadelphia Orchestra is going deeper into China than ever before, and not just to more remote cities. On the first week of the trip, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns followed the players into the “belly of the beast”- the People’s Liberation Army Band in Beijing, where orchestra members gave the master classes.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
4:58 pm
Sat May 24, 2014

A Few Words With Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone became a fixture of global culture with his film music — but as a young composer, he was a radical.
Courtesy of Armonia AC

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 2:10 pm

Today at the Cannes Film Festival, attendees marked the 50th anniversary of the spaghetti western at a special screening of A Fistful of Dollars, the Sergio Leone classic that kick-started the genre. Leone's vision of the American West remains singular — and it's impossible to imagine without the iconic music of Ennio Morricone.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:27 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Asleep In Dress Blues: Music For Memorial Day

A lone bugler plays "Taps" during a burial service at Arlington National Cemetery.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 8:52 am

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