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 22, 2013

6:06 AM
Symphony No. 5 in D
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 5345 CD
Conductor : William Boughton
Orchestra : English String Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
6:15 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 6 (after Scarlatti) in D
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Composer : Charles Avison
Catalog : 31 CD
Orchestra : Café Zimmermann
Label : Alpha
6:30 AM
Sinfonia in D
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Composer : Johann Adolphe Scheibe
Catalog : 550 CD
Conductor : Andrew Manze
Orchestra : Concerto Copenhagen
Label : Chandos
6:41 AM
Don Quichotte Suite
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 1006 CD
Conductor : Leonard Friedman
Orchestra : Camerata of St. Andrew
Label : Omega
7:06 AM
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Composer : Emmanuel Chabrier
Catalog : 63304 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:15 AM
High School Cadets
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 97188 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:18 AM
Violin Concerto in D
Artist : Daniel Hope, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 4777463 CD
Orchestra : Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Label : D. Gramphn
7:27 AM
Hamlet Overture Op 37
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Composer : Niels Wilhelm Gade
Catalog : 999362 CD
Conductor : Ole Schmidt
Orchestra : Rheinland-Pfalz State Phil.
Label : CPO
7:40 AM
Terpsichore: Dances
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Composer : Michael Praetorius
Catalog : 7673 CD
Conductor : Jeannette Sorrell
Orchestra : Apollo's Fire Baroque Orchest
Label : KOCH Intl.
7:47 AM
Trumpet Concerto in D
Artist : Maurice Andre, trumpet
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Composer : J. Michael Haydn
Catalog : 5042 CD
Conductor : Hans Stadlmair
Orchestra : Munchener Kammerorchester
Label : D. Gramphn
8:05 AM
Concerto Grosso in A Op 2
Artist : Sigiswald Kuijken, violin
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Composer : Francesco Geminiani
Catalog : 77010 CD
Orchestra : La Petite Bande
Label : Deut Harmo
8:15 AM
Polonaise No. 2 in e-Flat Op 26
Artist : Maurizio Pollini, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 413795 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
8:26 AM
Carmen Suite No. 1
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 3208 CD
Conductor : James DePreist
Orchestra : Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orch
Label : Delos
8:40 AM
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 47274 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:49 AM
Scherzando No. 4 in g
Artist : Emmanuel Pahud, flute
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 56577 CD
Orchestra : Haydn-Ensemble Berlin
Label : Angel/EMI
9:06 AM
Rob Roy overture
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 550999 CD
Conductor : Yoav Talmi
Orchestra : San Diego Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
9:21 AM
Scottish Fantasy Op 46
Artist : Salvatore Accardo, violin
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 4784614 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Philips
10:00 AM
Symphonic Poem in Memory of Chopin in b Op 37
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Composer : Sergey Liapunov
Catalog : 32105 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR State Academy Symph Orch
Label : MCA
10:16 AM
Nocturne No. 1 in b-Flat Op 9
Artist : Robert Silverman, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 15032 CD
Label : Marquis
10:25 AM
Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise Op 22
Artist : Garrick Ohlsson, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 6702 CD
Conductor : Kazimierz Kord
Orchestra : Warsaw Philharmonic
Label : Arabesque
10:41 AM
Symphony No. 1 in c Op 5
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Composer : Niels Wilhelm Gade
Catalog : 339 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Stockholm Sinfonietta
Label : Bis
11:14 AM
ORFEO: Suite
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Composer : Claudio Monteverdi
Catalog : 7380 CD
Orchestra : Canadian Brass
Label : OpeningDay
11:39 AM
Slavonic Rhapsody No. 1 in D Op 45
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 416623 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Philips
12:06 PM
Concerto Grosso in D Op 3
Artist : Andrew Manze, violin
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Composer : Pieter Hellendaal
Catalog : 3492 CD
Conductor : Roy Goodman
Orchestra : European Community Baroque Orc
Label : Channel
12:24 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in e Op 11
Artist : Lang Lang, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 11654 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
1:06 PM
Symphony No. 4 in f Op 36
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 64 CD
Conductor : Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : LondonPhil
2:00 PM
Introduction and Allegro
Artist : Edward Druzinsky, harp
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 63683 CD
Conductor : Jean Martinon
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
2:11 PM
Aus Italien-Symphonic fantasy Op 16
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 64350 CD
Conductor : Rudolph Kempe
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Angel/EMI
3:00 PM
Prelude No. 15 in D-Flat Op 28
Artist : Grigory Sokolov, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 30336 CD
Label : Naive
3:09 PM
Les Sylphides
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 63532 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
3:38 PM
Soir de Fete Op 32
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Composer : Ernest Chausson
Catalog : 64686 CD
Conductor : Michel Plasson
Orchestra : Orch du Capitole de Toulouse
Label : Angel/EMI
4:06 PM
Latin American Symphonette
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Composer : Morton Gould
Catalog : 9 CD
Conductor : Maurice Abravanel
Orchestra : Utah Symphony Orchestra
Label : VangrdOmeg
4:28 PM
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 572788 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:36 PM
Concerto for 2 pianos in d
Artist : Katia & Marielle Labeque,piano
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Composer : Francis Poulenc
Catalog : 426284 CD
Conductor : Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra : Boston Symphony Orchestra
Label : Philips
5:06 PM
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 412236 CD
Conductor : Silvio Varviso
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Philips
5:18 PM
Allegro de concert in A Op 46
Artist : Michael Ponti, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 5064 CD
Conductor : Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach
Orchestra : Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
5:32 PM
Colas Breugnon Selections
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Composer : Dmitri Kabalevsky
Catalog : 553411 CD
Conductor : Vasily Jelvakov
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:55 PM
The Gadfly: Romance
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Composer : Dmitri Shostakovich
Catalog : 6603 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Belgian Radio & TV Symph Orch
Label : RCA/BMG


Opera on WRTI
1:11 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago on WRTI: Puccini's MADAMA BUTTERFLY, May 24, 1 PM

Soprano Patricia Racette sings Cio Cio San and tenor Stefano Secco sings Pinkerton in Puccini's MADAMA BUTTERFLY.

Family, fortune, and honor—the geisha Cio-Cio-San forsakes them all for the callous American naval officer who calls her his "bride." But what she sees as a lifetime commitment, he treats as just a fleeting pleasure.

Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly features some of opera's most famous music, including Cio-Cio-San's heartbreaking "Un bel di" and the beautiful "Humming Chorus." It's Puccini's heartbreaking tragedy on WRTI. Saturday, May 24, 1 to 4 pm.

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Gianandrea Noseda Conducts The Philadelphians
12:42 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI: Saint-Saens' "Organ" Symphony, May 25, 1 PM

Canadian violinist James Ehnes is a Grammy winner and a Juilliard graduate. He plays the "Marsick" Stradivarius of 1715.

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast this Sunday at 1 pm opens with a collection of “Symphonic Fragments” from Alfredo Casella’s rarely performed opera La Donna Serpente (The Snake-Woman), based on an 18th-century fable-play by Carlo Gozzi, and is followed by one of Sergei Prok

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Creatively Speaking
6:00 am
Mon May 19, 2014

A Freelance Classical Musician's Tell-All Memoir Becomes Amazon Series

Gael García Bernal plays the role of Rodrigo in the new Amazon Studios series, MOZART IN THE JUNGLE.


The way we watch television has altered radically in the past 10 years. So, too, has the classical music world. Yet now, as WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, a musician's memoir written a decade ago is being adapted for television...but not for any traditional TV station.

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Opera on WRTI
6:28 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago on WRTI: Verdi's OTELLO, May 17, 1 PM

Ana María Martínez sings Desdemona and Johan Botha sings the title role in Verdi's OTELLO.

A new season of broadcasts from the Lyric Opera of Chicago kicks off on Saturday with Giuseppe Verdi's OTELLO. Get set for eight opera broadcasts on WRTI!

Jealousy, betrayal, and murder—Shakespeare's drama finds new dimension in Verdi's blazing and revealingly expressive music. Otello seems unbeatable on the battlefield, but he's powerless against his insidious henchman Iago, who convinces him that his innocent wife has been untrue. Saturday, May 17, 1 to 4 pm on WRTI.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
3:15 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Is A Stradivarius Just A Violin?

A Stradivarius violin at the restoration and research laboratory of the Musee de la Musique, Paris, in 2009.
Patrick Kovarik AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 8:00 pm

The Stradivarius violin gets its name from master craftsman Antonio Stradivari. When he died in 1737, his secrets died with him: No one has ever been able to duplicate the sound of the violins or violas he made.

His instruments have taken on a mythical quality. Today they fetch millions of dollars at auctions; Sotheby's will soon auction off a viola that it expects to sell for $45 million.

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Creatively Speaking
12:48 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

A New Principal Guest Conductor for The Philadelphia Orchestra

As Principal Guest Conductor, Stephane Deneve will be part of the creative planning process, and lead several subscription weeks, family programs, and summer concerts in Vail and Saratoga.

The Philadelphia Orchestra has named a Principal Guest Conductor for a three-year term beginning this fall. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on the appointment of the internationally known conductor Stephane Deneve, who has been a frequent guest since making his debut with the Orchestra in 2007.

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Chamber Orchestra of Philadlephia on WRTI
3:53 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

A Musical "Surprise" with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, May 18, 5 PM

Conductor Ignat Solzhenitsyn

Conductor Laureate Ignat Solzhenitsyn leads The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in two works on this month's Applause! broadcast. Benjamin Britten's tribute to his teacher, the Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, will open the program. The work, written in 1937, brought Britten international attention. Also on the program, Franz Joseph Haydn's "Surprise Symphony." Dave Conant hosts. Sunday, May 18th, 5 to 6 pm on WRTI.


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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
11:00 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Anonymous 4: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (But They're Doing It)

The vocal ensemble Anonymous 4 will disband after the 2015-16 concert season.
Dario Acosta

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 12:01 pm

In 1986, four women gathered in a casual setting to sing through a bit of medieval chant. Little did they know they were launching Anonymous 4, an a cappella ensemble that has spanned nearly 30 years, 20 albums, countless concerts and more than a millenium of music.

Today the group announced that the 2015-16 season will be its last together. But this isn't the first time Anonymous 4 has thought about calling it quits. The group bid a similar farewell in 2004.

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Creatively Speaking
7:41 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Graduation and Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance"- What's the Connection?

Although you may not realize that it was first composed as a military march, you’ll instantly recognize one of Sir Edward Elgar’s most popular works, "Pomp and Circumstance, March No. 1 in D," - especially the nearly two-minute middle section so commonly associated with graduation.  

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Creatively Speaking
7:26 am
Mon May 12, 2014

The Philadelphians and Yannick in Asia: Not Your Typical Tour

Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts is on the itinerary for The Philadelphia Orchestra's 2014 Asia Tour, as well as some very unusual venues.

The Philadelphia Orchestra is going deeper into China than ever before, into the Hunan province where modern arts centers have only existed for a few years, and out of Macao's air-conditioned casinos for outdoor performing amid the ruins of a cathedral. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns will be there every step of the way.

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