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 22, 2013

6:06 AM
Horn Concertino in D
Artist : Barry Tuckwell, horn
Album :
Composer : J. Michael Haydn
Catalog : 6249 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
6:22 AM
TANNHAUSER: Grand March Festmarsch
Artist :
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 38914 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
6:30 AM
DER ROSENKAVALIER: Waltz sequence No. 2
Artist :
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 1012 CD
Conductor : Mark Gorenstein
Orchestra : Russian Symphony Orchestra
Label : Pope Music
6:43 AM
Concertstucke for harp & orch in G-Sharp Op 39
Artist : Lily Laskine, harp
Album :
Composer : Gabriel Pierne
Catalog : 88069 CD
Conductor : Jean Martinon
Orchestra : Orchestre National de O.R.T.F.
Label : Erato
7:06 AM
IL GUARANY: Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Carlos Gomes
Catalog : 2661
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:15 AM
New Mexico
Artist :
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 434300 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:19 AM
Konzertsatz for Piano and Orchestra in d
Artist : Jennifer Eley, piano
Album :
Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 7197 CD
Conductor : Sayard Stone
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
7:28 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 1 in G Op 6
Artist :
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 4758673 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
7:41 AM
Zampa Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Louis Joseph F. Herold
Catalog : 37240 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
7:52 AM
Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs) Op 20
Artist : Gil Shaham, violin
Album :
Composer : Pablo Sarasate
Catalog : 7 CD
Conductor : Alejandro Posada
Orchestra : Orchestra of Castille & Leon
Label : CanaryClas
8:06 AM
Land of the Mountain and the Flood Op 8
Artist :
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Composer : Hamish MacCunn
Catalog : 66815 CD
Conductor : Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra : BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestr
Label : Hyperion
8:17 AM
String Symphony No. 10 in b
Artist :
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 5142 CD
Conductor : William Boughton
Orchestra : English String Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
8:28 AM
Ma Vlast: No. 2 Vltava (The Moldau)
Artist :
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 3465 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
8:42 AM
Concerto for strings in C, RV 116
Artist :
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 110 CD
Conductor : Alberto Lizzio
Orchestra : Musici di San Marco
Label : Pilz
8:48 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 8 (after Scarlatti) in e
Artist :
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Composer : Charles Avison
Catalog : 438806 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
9:06 AM
Variations on theme by Tchaikovsky Op 35
Artist :
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Composer : Anton Arensky
Catalog : 1100301 CD
Conductor : Saulius Sondeckis
Orchestra : Chmb Orch of the Hermitage The
Label : Melodya
9:21 AM
Wanderer Fantasy in C Op 15
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert (orch. Franz Liszt)
Catalog : 1210 CD
Conductor : Paul Freeman
Orchestra : Moscow State Philharmonic Orch
Label : MSR
9:43 AM
Margaritena- Rhapsody for Orchestra
Artist :
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Composer : Inocente Carreno
Catalog : 11340 CD
Conductor : Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra : S. Bolivar Youth Orch of Venz.
Label : D. Gramphn
10:00 AM
The Dowie Dens o’ Yarrow
Artist :
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Composer : Hamish MacCunn
Catalog : 66815 CD
Conductor : Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra : BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestr
Label : Hyperion
10:12 AM
Pibroch Suite Op 42
Artist : Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Album :
Composer : Sir Alexander Mackenzie
Catalog : 83 CD
Conductor : Alexander Platt
Orchestra : Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Cedille
10:37 AM
Three Gymnopedies
Artist :
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Composer : Peggy Glanville-Hicks
Catalog : 442374 CD
Conductor : Myer Fredman
Orchestra : Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Label : ABC
10:48 AM
Linconshire Posey
Artist :
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Composer : Percy Aldridge Grainger
Catalog : 56412 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
11:07 AM
Harold in Italy Op 16
Artist : David Aaron Carpenter, viola
Album :
Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 1188 CD
Conductor : Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra : Helsinki Philharmonic
Label : Ondine
12:06 PM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Jean-Baptiste Lully
Catalog : 1001 CD
Conductor : Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
Label :
12:21 PM
Piano Concerto No. 4 in E Op 110 Les Adieux
Artist : Hans Kann, piano
Album :
Composer : Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Catalog : 5064 CD
Conductor : Heribert Beissel
Orchestra : Sinfonie Orchester Hamburg
Label : Vox/MMG
12:54 PM
Violin Sonata No. 26 in B-Flat, K. 378
Artist : Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 7102 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
1:16 PM
Symphony No. 1 Op 7 Poem of the Forest
Artist :
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Composer : Albert Roussel
Catalog : 45253 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : National Orchestra of France
Label : Erato
2:00 PM
Nikotina- Ballet in 7 scenes Op 59
Artist : Brno Madrigal Singers
Album :
Composer : Vitezslav Novak
Catalog : 3050 CD
Conductor : Frantisek Jilek
Orchestra : Brno State Phil. Orch.
Label : Supraphon
3:00 PM
Highland Memories Op 30
Artist :
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Composer : Hamish MacCunn
Catalog : 2123 CD
Conductor : John Wilson
Orchestra : Royal Ballet Sinfonia /Birming
Label : ASV
3:11 PM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Hugo Wolf
Catalog : 45416 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : Erato
3:44 PM
Grosse Fuge in B-Flat Op 133
Artist :
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 1205 CD
Conductor : Franz Litschauer
Orchestra : Vienna Chamber Orchestra
Label : VangrdWelk
4:06 PM
Ramuntcho Suite No. 1
Artist :
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Composer : Gabriel Pierne
Catalog : 10633 CD
Conductor : Juanjo Mena
Orchestra : BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
4:28 PM
Artist :
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 68468 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Label : CBS/Sony
4:37 PM
Artist : Leontyne Price, soprano
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 61440 CD
Conductor : Thomas Schippers
Orchestra : RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:44 PM
Poema concertante for violin & orchestra
Artist : Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Album :
Composer : Xavier Montsalvatge
Catalog : 98642 CD
Conductor : Celso Antunes
Orchestra : NDR Radiophilharmonie
Label : Hanssler
5:06 PM
NORMA Overture (Sinfonia)
Artist :
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Composer : Vincenzo Bellini
Catalog : 4609 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:13 PM
Variations on Casta Diva from Bellini’s NORMA
Artist : Alison Balsom, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Jean-Baptiste Arban (arr. Julian Milone)
Catalog : 53255 CD
Conductor : Edward Gardner
Orchestra : Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:22 PM
Tanzwalzer Op 53
Artist :
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Composer : Ferruccio Busoni
Catalog : 572922 CD
Conductor : Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra : Rome Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:36 PM
Concierto Andaluz for 4 guitars
Artist : Los Romeros, guitars
Album :
Composer : Joaquin Rodrigo
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Victor Alessandro
Orchestra : San Antonio Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury


Ten Amazing Philadelphia-Area Music Teachers
6:10 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Presents: Ovation Award Finalists!

Elizabeth Kaderabek

Ten music educators from the Delaware Valley will be honored by the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) during their Annual Festival Concert at the Kimmel Center on June 1st for "inspiration and outstanding leadership in music education."

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

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

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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

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Creatively Speaking
6:00 am
Mon May 19, 2014

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

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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

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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

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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?

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