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.

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April 22, 2013

6:06 AM
Norwegian Rhapsody No. 3 Op 21
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Composer : Johan Svendsen
Catalog : 50009 CD
Conductor : Karsten Andersen
Orchestra : Bergen Symphony Orchestra
Label : NKF
6:17 AM
Capriccio Brillant in b Op 22
Artist : Michael Ponti, piano
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 5065 CD
Conductor : Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach
Orchestra : Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
6:30 AM
D’Kernmad’ln (Original Styrian Dance) Op 58
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Composer : Carl Michael Ziehrer
Catalog : 225172 CD
Conductor : Christian Pollack
Orchestra : Razumovsky Sinfonia
Label : MarcoPolo
6:40 AM
Gamba Suite in d
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Composer : Andreas Hammerschmidt
Catalog : 1170 CD
Conductor : Jordi Savall
Orchestra : Hesperion XX
Label : ArsMusici
7:06 AM
Caprice Basque Op 24
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Composer : Pablo Sarasate (arr. Stephanie Chase)
Catalog : 1226 CD
Orchestra : American String Project
Label : MSR
7:15 AM
Congress Hall March
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 559247 CD
Conductor : Keith Brion
Orchestra : Royal Artillery Band
Label : Naxos
7:18 AM
Horn Sonata No. 2
Artist : Barry Tuckwell, horn
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Composer : Luigi Cherubini
Catalog : 86558 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
7:28 AM
Caravan Suite
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Composer : Archibald Joyce
Catalog : 223694 CD
Conductor : Andrew Penny
Orchestra : RTE Concert Orchestra, Dublin
Label : MarcoPolo
7:42 AM
Pomp & Circumstance March No. 4 in G Op 39
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 557273 CD
Conductor : James Judd
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:47 AM
Symphony No. 7 in B-Flat
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 419631 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
8:06 AM
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 54863 CD
Conductor : Gianluigi Gelmetti
Orchestra : Orchestra della Toscana
Label : Angel/EMI
8:14 AM
Cakewalk Ballet after Gottschalk: Suite
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Composer : Hershy Kay
Catalog : 80144 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
8:28 AM
ENDIMIONE: Sinfonia to Act I
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999963 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
8:42 AM
String Symphony No. 13 (Concerto) in e, RV 134
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 2128 CD
Conductor : Adrian Chandler
Orchestra : La Serenissima
Label : Avie
8:47 AM
Piano Concerto No. 3 in E-Flat, K. 107
Artist : Malcolm Bilson,fortepiano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 67116 CD
Conductor : Thomas Crawford
Orchestra : Old Fairfield Academy Orch
Label : MusicMaste
9:06 AM
Sinfonia for Four Trumpets in C
Artist : Trumpets: John Wallace, John Miller, David Mason, William Stokes
Album :
Composer : Giuseppi Torelli
Catalog : 5017 CD
Conductor : Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
9:15 AM
Three Romances for violin & piano Op 22
Artist : Aaron Rosand, violin
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Composer : Clara Schumann
Catalog : 7505 CD
Label : Vox/MMG
9:25 AM
Symphony No.101 in D Clock
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 433084 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Philharmonia Hungarica
Label : London/Dec
10:00 AM
A Song of Summer
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 65119 CD
Conductor : Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:13 AM
Death and Transfiguration Op 24
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 80661 CD
Conductor : Donald Runnicles
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
10:41 AM
Allegro Moderato for 4 string quartets
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Composer : Johannes Bernardus Van Bree
Catalog : 92035 CD
Conductor : Viktor Liberman
Orchestra : Viotta Ensemble
Label : Nederland
10:54 AM
Orchestral Trio in C Op 1, No. 1
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Composer : Johann (Jan Vaclav) Stamitz
Catalog : 553213 CD
Conductor : Richard Armstrong
Orchestra : New Zealand Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
11:16 AM
Symphony No. 7 in d Op 70
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 2005 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : National Sym Orch/Wash.,D.C.
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12:06 PM
The Cedar and the Palm
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Composer : Vassili Kalinnikov
Catalog : 169 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
12:20 PM
Piano Concerto No. 3 in d Op 30
Artist : Vladimir Horowitz, piano
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 63681 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : RCA/BMG
1:05 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 7 in D Op 6
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 423626 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
1:17 PM
Symphony No. 4 in c Tragic
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 7142 CD
Conductor : Jonathan Nott
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : Tudor
2:00 PM
Symphony No. 91 in E-Flat
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 94237 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
2:25 PM
Nais: Orchestral Suite
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Composer : Jean-Philippe Rameau
Catalog : 921106 CD
Conductor : Frans Bruggen
Orchestra : Orchestra of the 18th Century
Label : Glossa
3:00 PM
Diptyque Mediterraneen Op 87
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Composer : Vincent d'Indy
Catalog : 2 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : BuffaloPO
3:16 PM
La Peri
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Composer : Paul Dukas
Catalog : 557274 CD
Conductor : Jean-Claude Casadesus
Orchestra : Lille National Orchestra
Label : Naxos
3:37 PM
The Sea (Morye)in E Op 28
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 4 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Virginia Symphony
Label : VirginiaSO
4:06 PM
Paganiniana Op 65
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Composer : Alfredo Casella
Catalog : 53280 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : La Scala Philaharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
4:28 PM
Pan and the Priest, Symphonic Poem
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Composer : Howard Hanson
Catalog : 559072 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra : Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:41 PM
Marouf, Savetier du Caire
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Composer : Henri Benjamin Rabaud
Catalog : 71 CD
Conductor : Eiji Oue
Orchestra : Minnesota Orchestra
Label : Reference
5:06 PM
Dance Overture
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Composer : Paul Creston
Catalog : 441 CD
Conductor : David Alan Miller
Orchestra : Albany Symphony Orchestra
Label : Albany
5:19 PM
Schwanda the Bagpiper: Polka and Fugue
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Composer : Jaromier Weinberger
Catalog : 63053 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:30 PM
The Woman in White Suite
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Composer : Andrew Lloyd Webber (arr. Laurence Roman)
Catalog : 58043 CD
Conductor : Simon Lee
Orchestra : The London Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI


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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