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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January 08, 2013

6:06 AM
Guitar Concerto in A, RV 82 (arrangement of lute and violin sonata)
Artist : Sharon Isbin, guitar
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi (arr. Emilio Pujol)
Catalog : 45312 CD
Conductor : Howard Griffiths
Orchestra : Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Label : Warner Bro
6:18 AM
Ma Vlast: No. 3 Sarka
Artist :
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 9366 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
6:30 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
6:43 AM
Concerto for Oboe d’amore and strings in A, BWV 1055
Artist : Han de Vries, oboe
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 50905 CD
Orchestra : I Solisti Zagreb
Label : Angel/EMI
7:06 AM
Les Belles Americaines
Artist :
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Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 80294 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:15 AM
The Washington Post March (1889)
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 434334 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:19 AM
Impressions d’Italie: On the Hill-Tops
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Composer : Gustave Charpentier
Catalog : 65618 CD
Conductor : Pierre Dervaux
Orchestra : Paris Opera-Comique Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:28 AM
Sinfonia No. 2 in B-Flat, Wq. 182
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 3176 CD
Conductor : John Hsu
Orchestra : The Vivaldi Project
Label : Centaur
7:40 AM
MAGIC FLUTE, K. 620: Overture
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 85060 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
7:49 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
8:06 AM
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
8:16 AM
Legende Op 17
Artist : Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
Album :
Composer : Henryk Wieniawski
Catalog : 437544 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:26 AM
Concerto No. 12 in F Op 4
Artist : Adrian Chandler, violin
Album :
Composer : Pietro Antonio Locatelli
Catalog : 2154 CD
Conductor : Adrian Chandler
Orchestra : La Serenissima
Label : Avie
8:43 AM
Waverley Overture Op 1
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 68790 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : RCA/BMG
8:51 AM
Liebestraum No. 3
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Composer : Franz Liszt (arr. Victor Herbert)
Catalog : 62698 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
9:06 AM
L’Arlesienne Suite No. 1
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 434321 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
9:24 AM
Piano Concerto No. 3 in E-Flat Op 75
Artist : Vladimir Feltsman,piano
Album :
Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 45756 CD
Conductor : Mstislav Rostropovich
Orchestra : National Sym Orch/Wash.,D.C.
Label : CBS/Sony
9:42 AM
Suite No. 1 for 2 pianos in F Op 15
Artist : Brenda Lucas, piano; John Ogdon, piano
Album :
Composer : Anton Arensky
Catalog : 69386 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
10:00 AM
Guitar Concerto in A Op 8
Artist : Pepe Romero, guitar
Album :
Composer : Ferdinando Carulli
Catalog : 426263 CD
Conductor : Iona Brown
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
10:18 AM
Burleske Op 11
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
Album :
Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 1346 CD
Conductor : Paul Freeman
Orchestra : Czech National Symphony
Label : MSR
10:42 AM
Violin Concerto (School Concerto) No. 2 Op 13
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
Album :
Composer : Friedrich Seitz (arr. Bruce Adolphe)
Catalog : 56750 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : Julliard Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:53 AM
Divertimento in B-Flat, K. 270
Artist : Danzi Quartet
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 60115 CD
Label : CBS/Sony
11:06 AM
Symphony No. 6 in D Op 60
Artist :
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 65775 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Warner Bro
12:06 PM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F, BWV 1047
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 94615 CD
Conductor : Helmut Rilling
Orchestra : Oregon Bach Festival Chmb Orch
Label : Hanssler
12:19 PM
Piano Quintet in E-Flat Op 44
Artist : Martha Argerich, piano; Dora Schwarzberg, violin; Renaud Capucon, violin; Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg, viola; Mark Drobinsky, cello
Album :
Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 76871 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
12:49 PM
Violin Concerto in d Op 47
Artist : David Oistrakh, violin
Album :
Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 47659 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
1:22 PM
Tragedy of Salome Op 50
Artist :
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Composer : Florent Schmitt
Catalog : 2647 CD
Conductor : Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra : Montreal,Orch. Metropolitain
Label : ATMA
2:00 PM
Symphony in E-Flat Op 9, No. 2
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 65733 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Label : Angel/EMI
2:15 PM
Piano Trio in B-Flat Op 97 Archduke
Artist :
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 122 CD
Orchestra : Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
Label : PhoenixEd
3:00 PM
Artist :
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 54237 CD
Conductor : Michel Plasson
Orchestra : Orch du Capitole de Toulouse
Label : Angel/EMI
3:12 PM
Symphony No. 86 in D
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 62976 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
3:40 PM
Serenade in G
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Composer : E. J. Moeran
Catalog : 64721 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : Northern Sinfonia of England
Label : Angel/EMI
4:06 PM
Symphonie Concertante for violin & Viola in D
Artist : Isaac Stern, violin; Pinchas Zukerman, viola
Album :
Composer : Carl Stamitz
Catalog : 66472 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:29 PM
Overture on a Spanish March Theme
Artist :
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Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 1000153 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
4:44 PM
Norwegian Rhapsody No. 4 Op 22
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Composer : Johan Svendsen
Catalog : 50009 CD
Conductor : Karsten Andersen
Orchestra : Bergen Symphony Orchestra
Label : NKF
5:06 PM
Lustspiel Overture Op 38
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Composer : Ferruccio Busoni
Catalog : 572922 CD
Conductor : Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra : Rome Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:15 PM
Capriccio Sinfonico
Artist :
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 63025 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : La Scala Philaharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
5:30 PM
The Yellow River Concerto
Artist : Lang Lang, piano
Album :
Composer : Yin Chengzong, Chua Wanhua
Catalog : 8233 CD
Conductor : Long Yu
Orchestra : China Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
5:52 PM
Nocturne No. 8 in D-Flat Op 27
Artist : Lang Lang, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 10774 CD
Label : D. Gramphn


WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:04 am
Sun May 4, 2014

Hear Hans Zimmer's Bid For The Next Great Screen Composer

Hans Zimmer.
Zoe Zimmer Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 1:06 pm

Crimson Tide, The Lion King, Inception, Gladiator — that's just a handful of the many movies that feature award-winning scores by Hans Zimmer. Lately, Zimmer has lent his ear to soundtracks written by a new generation of aspiring film composers.

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2:12 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

A Virtuoso Violinist With A Legendary Violin: Anne Akiko Meyers Makes History

The Four Seasons: The Vivaldi Album is violinist Anne Akiko Meyers' newly released CD.

Virtuoso violinist Anne Akiko Meyers tells the story of seeing an old Jack Benny routine on TV. Mr. Benny had two violins: an el cheapo model, and an expensive Stradivarius. He wanted to show the difference between the two instruments.  The comedian launches into Mendelssohn on the el cheapo and gets, "...squeak, SQUEAK, SQUONK, squeal..." Benny then picks up the Strad and plays the same piece. "...Squeak, SQUEAK, SQUONK, squeal..."   Yes, comedy. But Meyers' point was that it's not really the instrument that makes the artist.

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WRTI Spotlight
1:52 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Yannick Nezet-Seguin And His New Conducting Team

The Philadelphia Orchestra has a new "dream team" of conducting talent! From left: Cristian Măcelaru, conductor-in-residence; Yannick Nezet-Seguin, music director; Stéphane Denève, principal guest conductor; and Lio Kuokman, assistant conductor.

The Philadelphia Orchestra has announced a new roster of conductors, selected by Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin, to lead the ensemble in a growing number of artistic endeavors and collaborations across seasons and venues.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
11:28 am
Fri May 2, 2014

10 Can't-Miss Classical Music Festivals

Some performances during the Bard Music Festival in the Hudson Valley take place at the Fisher Center, designed by Frank Gehry.
Peter Aaron/Esto

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 9:32 am

  • Stravinsky: Firebird - 'Infernal Dance' (from the 2013 Aspen Music Festival)

In much of the country it still feels like summer is a long way off, but it's not too early to plan on hitting the road and hearing great music. From bucolic college campuses in New England to musical rafting trips down the Colorado, these are 10 of the most intriguing classical festivals. And below them is a listing, by region, of many of the best fests. Been to one we missed? Pass along your own advice in the comments section or via Facebook or Twitter.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
1:24 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

A Feast for Organ and Brass: The Philadelphians on WRTI, May 4th, 1 PM

Conductor Alain Altinoglu

What a program! It's The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI, May 4 at 1 pm. The Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ and organist Michael Stairs are two of the biggest stars in a firmament of many! Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin had to withdraw from this performance in March, but it brought conductor Alain Altinoglu to Verizon Hall at Yannick’s recommendation, and was he ever in his element!

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5:20 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

AVA Opera Theater on WRTI: Massenet's MANON, May 4 at 3 PM

Bass-baritone Daniel Noyola and soprano Sydney Mancasola

Jules Massenet's most enduring opera, Manon, will be presented in a not-to-be-missed broadcast on Sunday afternoon on WRTI by the Academy of Vocal Arts. The opera, based on the 1731 novel L’histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by the Abbé Prévost, tells the story of a young girl with conflicting desires for love and luxury, corrupted by the idea of the glamorous life.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
3:39 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Valentina Lisitsa: Chasing Pianos And YouTube Fans

Valentina Lisitsa's new album, Chasing Pianos, features music from Michael Nyman's score to the 1993 film The Piano.
Alexei Kuznetsoff Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 7:15 pm

Born in Kiev a little more than 40 years ago, Valentina Lisitsa came to America in the early '90s to work as a concert pianist.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
9:14 am
Fri April 25, 2014

A Trove Of Celluloid, Primed For The Public

Maria Callas at home in her Milan Apartment, in 1958. One of 85,000 archive films British Pathé has uploaded to YouTube.
British Pathé

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 9:42 am

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WRTI Spotlight
12:05 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

SUMMER from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons: A Closer Look

Comprised of four violin concertos written by Vivaldi in 1723, The Four Seasons is probably the Baroque composer's best-known work. Each of the four concerti is based on a sonnet - supposedly written by Vivaldi himself. Each sonnet is divided into three sections (fast, slow, fast), which correspond with the three movements in each concerto. Read the "Summer" sonnet and listen to each part of The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, "L'estate" (Summer)


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WRTI Spring Member Drive
5:39 am
Wed April 23, 2014

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