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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February 01, 2013

11:00 AM
Symphony No. 9 in C Great
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 11004 CD
Conductor : John Elliot Gardiner
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
11:50 AM
Scherzo-Fantasie Op 72
Artist : Mikhail Pletnev, piano
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 4284 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
12:06 PM
Divertimento No. 1 in D, K. 136
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 91122 CD
Conductor : Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra : Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
12:20 PM
Introduction & Allegro for piano & orch. in d Op 134
Artist : Rudolf Serkin, piano
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 46272 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
12:37 PM
Symphony No. 9 in d Op 125 Choral
Artist : Cheryl Studer, soprano
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 49487 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
1:51 PM
Scherzo-Fantasie Op 72
Artist : Mikhail Pletnev, piano
Album :
Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 4284 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
1:59 PM
In The South (Alassio) overture Op 50
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 74888 CD
Conductor : Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra : BBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : Teldec
2:23 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in c
Artist : Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden,pian
Album :
Composer : Arthur DeGreef
Catalog : 65075 CD
Conductor : Pierre Bartholomee
Orchestra : Liege Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:00 PM
Concerto No. 12 for oboe and strings in C Op 7
Artist : Heinz Holliger, oboe
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 4757757 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Philips
3:10 PM
Harp Concerto Op 74
Artist : Rachel Masters, harp
Album :
Composer : Reinhold Gliere
Catalog : 9094 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : London Sinfonia
Label : Chandos
3:39 PM
Bolero
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 472798 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
4:06 PM
Cello Concerto in B-Flat
Artist : Timothy Hugh, cello
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 553298 CD
Conductor : Richard Studt
Orchestra : Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Label : Naxos
4:30 PM
LE COMTE ORY: Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 50889 CD
Conductor : Vittorio Gui
Orchestra : Glyndebourne Festival Orch.
Label : Angel/EMI
4:35 PM
LE COMTE ORY: Dans ce lieu solitaire
Artist : Czech Philharmonic Choir
Album :
Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 660207 CD
Conductor : Brad Cohen
Orchestra : Czech Chamber Soloists, Brno
Label : Naxos
4:43 PM
Cantus Articus(concerto for birds & orch)
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Composer : Einojuhani Rautavaara
Catalog : 937 CD
Conductor : Max Pommer
Orchestra : Radio Symphony Orch of Leipzig
Label : Ondine
5:06 PM
Kikimora Op 63
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Composer : Anatol Liadov
Catalog : 447084 CD
Conductor : Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
5:15 PM
Suite for Violin Viola & Orch. Op 19
Artist : Sara Trobach, violin
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Composer : Kurt Atterberg
Catalog : 553715 CD
Conductor : Petter Sundkvist
Orchestra : Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:29 PM
8 1/2: La Passerella di addio
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Composer : Nino Rota
Catalog : 63359 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Label : CBS/Sony
5:36 PM
Harp Concerto in G
Artist : Jennifer Swartz, harp
Album :
Composer : Nino Rota
Catalog : 2294 CD
Conductor : Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra : Montreal,Orch. Metropolitain
Label : ATMA

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2:03 am
Sat December 28, 2013

Chopin's Favorite Piano Factory Plays Its Final Chord

The Pleyel piano factory, which once supplied instruments to Frederic Chopin, will close its doors at the end of the year.
Francois Guillot AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat December 28, 2013 3:47 pm

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2:08 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

New Owner Promises Handmade Steinways For Years To Come

Some Steinway company representatives and employees — like Wally Boot, pictured here — have been working for the company for decades. Boot is the last person to touch every piano that leaves the factory in Queens, N.Y.
Craig Warga Bloomberg/Getty

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:30 am

For 160 years, the pianos made by Steinway & Sons have been considered the finest in the world. So when hedge fund billionaire John Paulson recently bought the company, it struck fear in the hearts of musicians: Would the famously handcrafted pianos be changed, for the sake of efficiency? Paulson, who owns several Steinways himself, says nothing will change.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
2:22 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Jingle All The Way! WRTI's Classical Holiday Schedule

It's classical music for the holidays on WRTI, from Saturday, December 14th to Wednesday, January 1st, 2014. WRTI celebrates the season with a carefully chosen selection of holiday favorites.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
6:02 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Classical Pranksters Don't Just Play Music: They Play With It

From left: Video director Joe Sabia, bassist Michael Thurber and recording engineer Matt McCorkle of CDZA.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 12:14 pm

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
12:37 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

As JFK Died In Dallas, Music Was Born In Boston

Composer William Jay Sydeman, whose first major orchestral premiere was with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on the afternoon of Nov. 22, 1963.
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Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 7:30 pm

Fifty years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, it's still shocking to hear Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Erich Leinsdorf announce the horrific news to a stunned audience.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
11:16 am
Tue November 26, 2013

After Ailing, A Favorite Conductor Stages His Comeback

Conductor James Levine in rehearsal with Russian virtuoso Evgeny Kissin.
Cory Weaver Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 4:15 pm

An extended ovation greeted conductor James Levine last May when he returned to performing after a two-year absence. In 2011, he resigned as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and cancelled his performances at the Metropolitan Opera. He'd been plagued by health problems, injuries and operations, and it was painful for him to move. Many of his admirers, even he himself, feared he might never conduct again.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:06 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Making Music To Be Useful, And For The Living

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A singer takes the stage during the first performance of "Grimes on the Beach," an outdoor production of Benjamin Britten's opera Peter Grimes, on June 17, 2013 in Aldeburgh, England.
Bethany Clarke Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 24, 2013 6:20 pm

Composer Benjamin Britten was born 100 years ago today, and the occasion is being marked by performances of his music around the world, from Carnegie Hall in New York to Memorial Hall in Tokyo.

Britten was a central figure of 20th-century classical music: He was a conductor, pianist and festival producer, as well as a composer. His best-known works include the opera Billy Budd, his War Requiem and The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.

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6:07 pm
Sat November 23, 2013

A Sound Of Fear, Forged In The Shadow Of War

Stanley Kubrick's The Shining strikes its terrifying tone with help from the Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, whose music underscores several of its tensest scenes.
Archive Photos Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 24, 2013 12:09 pm

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11:20 am
Thu November 21, 2013

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Check out this recently published article about WRTI General Manager Dave Conant and the station.

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3:26 am
Thu November 21, 2013

The Orchestral Recipe, From The Pilgrims To Today

Food and music mingle in Pieter Claesz's Still Life with Musical Instruments (1623).
Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 6:55 am

If you're going to be cooking Thanksgiving dinner next week, you've probably already started gathering the traditional ingredients — but your ingredients are most likely very different from those that made up the first Thanksgiving meal in 1621. (Marshmallows with those sweet potatoes, anyone?)

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