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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Playlist

April 04, 2014

6:06 AM
Overture in F
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 439892 CD
Conductor : Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
6:19 AM
Horn Concerto No. 1 in D, K. 412
Artist : James Sommerville, horn
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 5172 CD
Conductor : Mario Bernardi
Orchestra : Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBC(RCI)
6:30 AM
LA CENERENTOLA Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 431653 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Label : D. Gramphn
6:40 AM
Symphony No. 37 in G, K. 444
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Michael Haybn)
Catalog : 550875 CD
Conductor : Nicholas Ward
Orchestra : Northern Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:06 AM
Lemminkainen’s Return Op 22, No. 4
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 65176 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:15 AM
Bullets and Bayonets
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 90151 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:19 AM
KHOVANSHCHINA: Persian Slaves’ Dance
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 71 CD
Conductor : Eiji Oue
Orchestra : Minnesota Orchestra
Label : Reference
7:28 AM
La Boutique Fantasque
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi (arr. Godfrey)
Catalog : 434322 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:42 AM
Cuban Overture
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 62698 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:53 AM
Pomp & Circumstance March No. 2 in a Op 39
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 557273 CD
Conductor : James Judd
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:06 AM
THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN: Main title
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Composer : Elmer Bernstein
Catalog : 17 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label :
8:12 AM
AIDA: Grand March from Act II
Artist : Chicago Symphony Chorus
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 430226 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:26 AM
Symphonie Concertante for oboe & bassoon in F
Artist : Anthony Robson, oboe; Jeremy Ward, bassoon
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999537 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
8:39 AM
Das Spitzentuch der Konigin
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 1849 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:50 AM
American Eagle Waltz
Artist : Philip Collins, trumpet
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Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 9011 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
9:06 AM
ANACREON Overture
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Composer : Luigi Cherubini
Catalog : 5113 CD
Conductor : Pierre Monteux
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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9:18 AM
Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat, D. 125
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 412176 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
9:47 AM
Reverie & caprice, vln & orch Op 8
Artist : Renaud Capucon, violin
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 45482 CD
Conductor : Daniel Harding
Orchestra : German Ch. Phil., Bremen
Label : Vrgn Clscs
10:00 AM
THE MARRIED BEAU Suite
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Composer : Henry Purcell (arr. Gustav Holst)
Catalog : 2857 CD
Conductor : Jon Ceander Mitchell
Orchestra : Philharmonia Bulgarica
Label : Centaur
10:19 AM
Violin Concerto No. 1 in f-Sharp Op 14
Artist : Marat Bisengaliev, violin
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Composer : Henryk Wieniawski
Catalog : 553517 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : Polish National Radio Orchestr
Label : Naxos
10:49 AM
Concertante for flute, oboe & orchestra in F
Artist : Jiri Valek, flute; Jiri Mihule, oboe
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Composer : Ignaz Moscheles
Catalog : 1195 CD
Conductor : Ivan Parik
Orchestra : Dvorak Chamber Orchestra
Label : Avenira
11:05 AM
Caprice-Valse Wedding Cake Op 76
Artist : Jorge Federico Osorio, piano
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 6092 CD
Conductor : Enrique Batiz
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : ASV
11:13 AM
Symphony in d
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Composer : Cesar Franck
Catalog : 63303 CD
Conductor : Pierre Monteux
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
12:06 PM
Carnival Overture Op 92
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 4780117 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Neumann
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
12:17 PM
Piano Concerto No. 3 in d Op 30
Artist : Vladimir Horowitz, piano
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 84172 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
1:02 PM
Suite No. 3
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Composer : George Templeton Strong
Catalog : 559078 CD
Conductor : Adriano
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
1:20 PM
Symphonic Sketches
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Composer : George W. Chadwick
Catalog : 4785092 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman-Rochester Sym. Orch.
Label : Mercury
2:00 PM
Concerto for 2 violins and orch in g, K. 517
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
2:11 PM
Symphony No. 5 in e Op 64
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 1198 CD
Conductor : Pierre Monteux
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : VangrdWelk
3:00 PM
Poeme for Violin & Orchestra Op 25
Artist : Nicola Benedetti, violin
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Composer : Ernest Chausson
Catalog : 6154 CD
Conductor : Daniel Harding
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
3:18 PM
Celtic Symphony for 6 harps and strings
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Composer : Sir Granville Bantock
Catalog : 66450 CD
Conductor : Vernon Handley
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Hyperion
3:40 PM
Swanwhite Suite Op 54
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 97689 CD
Conductor : Paavo Berglund
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:06 PM
Ma Vlast: No. 2 Vltava (The Moldau)
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 3465 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
4:19 PM
Pavane Op 50
Artist : Netherlands Radio Chorus
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Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 4784614 CD
Conductor : Jean Fournet
Orchestra : Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchest
Label : Philips
4:27 PM
LA BOHEME Fantasy for Orchestra
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini (arr. Christopher Palmer)
Catalog : 49552 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
4:41 PM
LA BOHEME: Che gelida manina
Artist : Mario Lanza, tenor
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 74163 CD
Conductor : Constantine Callinicos
Orchestra : Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:48 PM
Three Japanese Dances
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Composer : Bernard Rogers
Catalog : 432754 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
5:06 PM
GOTTERDAMMERUNG: Siegfried’s Rhine Jrny.
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 2369 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : Guild
5:20 PM
A Night Piece
Artist : Alexa Still, flute
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Composer : Arthur Foote
Catalog : 7063 CD
Conductor : Nicholas Braithwaite
Orchestra : New Zealand Chamber Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
5:31 PM
To Kill a Mockingbird: Main Title
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Composer : Elmer Bernstein
Catalog : 80708 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
5:36 PM
Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra
Artist : Christopher Parkening, guitar
Album :
Composer : Elmer Bernstein
Catalog : 56859 CD
Conductor : Elmer Bernstein
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI

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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

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.

Program:

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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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