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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March 18, 2013

6:06 AM
Fra Diavolo Overture
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Composer : Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber
Catalog : 434309 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
6:15 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 1 in D Op 6
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 423626 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
6:29 AM
String Quartet movement (1924)
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Composer : Rebecca Clarke
Catalog : 2847 CD
Orchestra : Julstrom String Quartet
Label : Centaur
6:39 AM
Rondo in A, D. 438
Artist : Pinchas Zukerman, violin
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 420168 CD
Conductor : Pinchas Zukerman
Orchestra : Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Label : Philips
7:06 AM
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 572788 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:15 AM
The World’s Progress
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Composer : Victor Herbert
Catalog : 92036 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:18 AM
Suite Bergamasque: No. 3 Clair de Lune
Artist : Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, vln
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 35177 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
7:28 AM
Norwegian Rhapsody No. 1
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Composer : Johan Halvorsen
Catalog : 50013 CD
Conductor : Karsten Andersen
Orchestra : Bergen Symphony Orchestra
Label : NKF
7:42 AM
Sylvia: Procession of Bacchus
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Composer : Leo Delibes
Catalog : 65616 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:48 AM
Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso Op 28
Artist : Janine Jansen, violin
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 475011 CD
Conductor : Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:06 AM
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 62653 CD
Conductor : Gabriele Ferro
Orchestra : Cappella Coloniensis
Label : CBS/Sony
8:16 AM
Serenade for Sring Orchestra
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Composer : Peter Warlock
Catalog : 8808 CD
Conductor : Vernon Handley
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
8:28 AM
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 64869 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : Angel/EMI
8:42 AM
La Vierge: Le Dernier Sommeil de la Vierge
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Composer : Jules Massenet
Catalog : 99 CD
Conductor : Eiji Oue
Orchestra : Minnesota Orchestra
Label : Reference
8:46 AM
Concerto for 2 violins or flute & violin in c
Artist : Isaac Stern, violin; David Oistrakh, violin; William Smith, harpsichord
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 66472 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
9:06 AM
Baba-Yaga Op 56
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Composer : Anatol Liadov
Catalog : 5160 CD
Conductor : Tugan Sokhiev
Orchestra : Orch du Capitole de Toulouse
Label : Naive
9:11 AM
Sinfonietta on Russian Themes
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 550812 CD
Conductor : Andre Anichanov
Orchestra : St. Petersburg State Symphony
Label : Naxos
9:35 AM
Caprice Russe Op 102
Artist : Grigorios Zamparas, piano
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Composer : Anton Rubinstein
Catalog : 3204 CD
Conductor : Jon Ceander Mitchell
Orchestra : Bohuslav Martinu Philh., Zlin
Label : Centaur
10:00 AM
Symphony No. 1 in D
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Composer : Johann Christoph Vogel
Catalog : 735 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic
Label : OehmsCl
10:22 AM
Violin Concerto No. 24 in b
Artist : Mark Kaplan, violin
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Composer : Giovanni Battista Viotti
Catalog : 6691 CD
Conductor : David Golub
Orchestra : Veneto/Padua Chamber Orchestra
Label : Arabesque
10:49 AM
Concerto No. 6 in A Op 1
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Composer : Lorenzo Gaetano Zavateri
Catalog : 77352 CD
Conductor : Gottfried von der Goltz
Orchestra : Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Label : Deut Harmo
11:02 AM
Scheherazade Op 35
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 47023 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:06 PM
Concerto Grosso in d Op 2, No. 3
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Composer : Francesco Geminiani
Catalog : 553019 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
12:14 PM
Piano Concerto Op 45
Artist : Joanne Polk, piano
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Composer : Amy Marcy Cheney Beach
Catalog : 6738 CD
Conductor : Paul Goodwin
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Arabesque
12:54 PM
Gregorian Chant for String Orchestra
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Composer : Paul Creston
Catalog : 4076 CD
Conductor : Arthur Lief
Orchestra : New York Chamber Orchestra
Label : VangrdOmeg
1:08 PM
Symphony 00 Study Symphony in f
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Composer : Anton Bruckner
Catalog : 920 CD
Conductor : Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra : Deutsches Symph.-Orch, Berlin
Label : Ondine
2:00 PM
Allegro from The Fridays for string quartet
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 1 CD
Orchestra : Liebesfreud
Label : Liebsfreud
2:14 PM
Cello Concerto in b Op 104
Artist : Pieter Wispelwey, cello
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 25807 CD
Conductor : Ivan Fischer
Orchestra : Budapest Festival Orchestra
Label : Channel
3:00 PM
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 5 in e
Artist : Cyprien Katsaris, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 41 CD
Label : Piano21
3:09 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in f-Sharp Op 1
Artist : Vardan Mamikonian, piano
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 497001 CD
Conductor : David Stahl
Orchestra : Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orch
Label : Orfeo
3:39 PM
Violin Sonata in g
Artist : Maria Bachmann, violin; Adam Neiman, piano
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 9394 CD
Label : Bridge
4:06 PM
Harp Concerto in C
Artist : Catherine Michel, harp
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Composer : F. A. Boieldieu
Catalog : 135 CD
Conductor : Antonio de Almeida
Orchestra : Monte Carlo Natl Opera Orch
Label : Pentatone
4:28 PM
AIDA: Sinfonia (1872 version)
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 1090 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : Orch. Sinf. di Milano G. Verdi
Label : London/Dec
4:41 PM
AIDA: Celeste Aida
Artist : Enrico Caruso, tenor
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 69766 CD
Conductor : Gottfried Rabl
Orchestra : Vienna Radio Symphony Orch
Label : RCA/BMG
4:48 PM
Third Essay Op 47
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Composer : Samuel Barber
Catalog : 49463 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:06 PM
Sadko (Musical Picture) Op 5
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 5082 CD
Conductor : Milton Katims
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
5:18 PM
Irish Rhapsody
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Composer : Victor Herbert
Catalog : 559027 CD
Conductor : Keith Brion
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
5:36 PM
Old New York Nostalgia
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Composer : Alla Pavlova
Catalog : 557674 CD
Conductor : Rossen Milanov
Orchestra : Moscow Philharmonic
Label : Naxos


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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