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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July 09, 2013

6:06 AM
Leonore Overture No. 1 in C Op 138
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 148 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Pentatone
6:16 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 2 in B-Flat Op 3
Artist : Sophia McKenna, oboe
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 45981 CD
Conductor : John Elliot Gardiner
Orchestra : English Baroque Soloists
Label : Erato
6:30 AM
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Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 97722 CD
Conductor : Michel Plasson
Orchestra : Orch du Capitole de Toulouse
Label : Angel/EMI
6:41 AM
Overture No. 1 on Three Greek Themes in g Op 3
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 555048 CD
Conductor : Vladimir Ziva
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:06 AM
Crisantemi for strings
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 341 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : St. Michel Strings
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7:15 AM
Marche Indienne
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Composer : Adolphe Sellenick
Catalog : 4 CD
Conductor : Colonel John R. Bourgeois
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:20 AM
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Composer : Richard Rodgers (arr. Leroy Anderson)
Catalog : 4776115 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
7:28 AM
Symphony No. 1 in E-Flat, K. 16
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 2018 CD
Conductor : Tamas Veto
Orchestra : Odense Symphony Orchestra
Label : Unicorn
7:42 AM
Pour le Piano: Sarabande
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Composer : Claude Debussy (arr. Maurice Ravel)
Catalog : 572296 CD
Conductor : Jun Markl
Orchestra : National Orchestra of Lyon
Label : Naxos
7:48 AM
Le Dieu et la bayadere: Ballet
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Composer : Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber
Catalog : 1039 CD
Conductor : B. Tommy Andersson
Orchestra : Gothenburg Opera Orchestra
Label : Sterling
8:06 AM
I Got Rhythm Variations
Artist : Leonard Pennario, piano
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 66086 CD
Conductor : Alfred Newman
Orchestra : Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orches
Label : Angel/EMI
8:16 AM
Anna Magdalena Notebook: Little Suite
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Thos. Frost)
Catalog : 39431 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:28 AM
Four Seasons: No.3 Autumn (L’Autunno) in F Op 8, RV 293
Artist : Yolanda Kondonassis, harp
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 80523 CD
Conductor : Rudolf Werthen
Orchestra : I Fiamminghi
Label : Telarc
8:43 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
8:47 AM
Prague Waltzes
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 3166 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Prague Symphony Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
9:06 AM
Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture Op 27
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 81788 CD
Conductor : Moshe Atzmon
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:19 AM
Fountains of Rome
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 37676 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:36 AM
2 Studies for Doktor Faust Op 51
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Composer : Ferruccio Busoni
Catalog : 555373 CD
Conductor : Samuel Wong
Orchestra : Hong Kong Philharmonic Orch.
Label : Naxos
10:00 AM
John Field Suite
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Composer : Hamilton Harty
Catalog : 6583 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
10:21 AM
Harpsichord Concerto in d, Wq. 23
Artist : George Malcolm, harpsichord
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 65733 CD
Conductor : Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra : Bath Festival Chamber Orch.
Label : Angel/EMI
10:46 AM
Piano Trio No. 31 HOB XV:32 in G
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 161 CD
Orchestra : Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
Label : PhoenixEd
11:00 AM
Four Norwegian Moods
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Composer : Igor Stravinsky
Catalog : 61901 CD
Conductor : Dmitri Kitayenko
Orchestra : Bergen Philharmonic
Label : Vrgn Clscs
11:12 AM
Symphony No. 1 in c
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Composer : Johan Halvorsen
Catalog : 10584 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Bergen Philharmonic
Label : Chandos
12:06 PM
Ancient Airs and Dances: Suite No. 3
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 8802048 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Philharmonia Hungarica
Label : Newton
12:26 PM
Piano Quintet No. 2 in e-Flat Op 26
Artist : Lydia Artymiw, piano
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Composer : Ernst von Dohnanyi
Catalog : 2503 CD
Orchestra : Audubon Quartet
Label : Centaur
12:53 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 4 in a Op 6
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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
1:07 PM
Symphony No. 1 in g Op 13 Winter Dayreams
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 97033 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
2:00 PM
Pines of Rome
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 2 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : PhilOrch.
2:25 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in d
Artist : Jeffrey Swann, piano
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Composer : Giuseppe Martucci
Catalog : 89 CD
Conductor : Massimo de Bernart
Orchestra : Orchestre de Montpellier
Label : Agora
3:00 PM
A Song Before Sunrise
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 65119 CD
Conductor : Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra : Halle Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:08 PM
Violin Concerto in e Op 64
Artist : Hillary Hahn, violin
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 89921 CD
Conductor : Hugh Wolff
Orchestra : Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
3:36 PM
Concertstucke for harp & orch in G-Sharp Op 39
Artist : Lily Laskine, harp
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Composer : Gabriel Pierne
Catalog : 88069 CD
Conductor : Jean Martinon
Orchestra : Orchestre National de O.R.T.F.
Label : Erato
4:06 PM
Concerto Pathétique for Piano and Orch. in e
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 1148 CD
Conductor : Kirk Trevor
Orchestra : Bohuslav Martinu Philh., Zlin
Label : MSR
4:28 PM
Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs) Op 20
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Composer : Pablo Sarasate
Catalog : 1226 CD
Orchestra : American String Project
Label : MSR
4:40 PM
Krakowiak Concert Rondo in F Op 14
Artist : Idil Biret, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 550369 CD
Conductor : Robert Stankovsky
Orchestra : CSSR State Phil. (Kosice)
Label : Naxos
5:06 PM
Roumanian Rhapsody No. 2 in D Op 11
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Composer : Georges Enesco
Catalog : 75179 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orch
Label : Erato
5:19 PM
Spellbound Concerto
Artist : Leonard Pennario, piano
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Composer : Miklos Rozsa
Catalog : 63735 CD
Conductor : Miklos Rozsa
Orchestra : Hollywood Bowl Pops Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:33 PM
Feste Romane-Roman Festivals
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 37676 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI


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Wed November 27, 2013

As JFK Died In Dallas, Music Was Born In Boston

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Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 7:30 pm

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11:16 am
Tue November 26, 2013

After Ailing, A Favorite Conductor Stages His Comeback

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Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 4:15 pm

An extended ovation greeted conductor James Levine last May when he returned to performing after a two-year absence. In 2011, he resigned as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and cancelled his performances at the Metropolitan Opera. He'd been plagued by health problems, injuries and operations, and it was painful for him to move. Many of his admirers, even he himself, feared he might never conduct again.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:06 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Making Music To Be Useful, And For The Living

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6:07 pm
Sat November 23, 2013

A Sound Of Fear, Forged In The Shadow Of War

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Originally published on Sun November 24, 2013 12:09 pm

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11:20 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Dave Conant Interviewed in PHILADELPHIA LIFE Magazine

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Check out this recently published article about WRTI General Manager Dave Conant and the station.

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3:26 am
Thu November 21, 2013

The Orchestral Recipe, From The Pilgrims To Today

Food and music mingle in Pieter Claesz's Still Life with Musical Instruments (1623).
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Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 6:55 am

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9:13 am
Sun November 17, 2013

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Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 11:01 am

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Lots of Fun!
10:49 am
Thu November 14, 2013

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3:15 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

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4:36 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

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Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 7:24 pm

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