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

February 13, 2013

6:06 AM
Children’s Corner
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Claude Debussy (arr. Caplet)
Catalog : 444386 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
6:25 AM
La Calinda
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 47610 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : Northern Sinfonia of England
Label : Angel/EMI
6:31 AM
Gwendoline Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Emmanuel Chabrier
Catalog : 447751 CD
Conductor : John Elliot Gardiner
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
6:42 AM
Karelia Suite Op 11
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 80320 CD
Conductor : Yoel Levi
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:06 AM
Vienna Jubilation
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 54056 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
7:15 AM
March of the Belgian Paratroopers
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Pierre Leemans
Catalog : 80099 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Cleveland Symphonic Winds
Label : Telarc
7:20 AM
Military Symphony
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Francois Joseph Gossec
Catalog : 5175 CD
Conductor : John Wallace
Orchestra : The Wallace Collection
Label : Nimbus
7:28 AM
El Salon Mexico
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 440639 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Label : Argo
7:41 AM
English Dances: Second Set Op 53
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Malcolm Arnold
Catalog : 8867 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Chandos
7:52 AM
Polonaise de concert for violin & orch. in D Op 4
Artist : Leila Josefowicz, violin
Album :
Composer : Henryk Wieniawski
Catalog : 472207 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : D. Gramphn
8:06 AM
Anna Magdalena Notebook: Little Suite
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Thos. Frost)
Catalog : 39431 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:15 AM
Sinfonia in B-Flat
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johann (Jan Vaclav) Stamitz
Catalog : 553194 CD
Conductor : Richard Armstrong
Orchestra : New Zealand Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:26 AM
Ma Vlast: No. 2 Vltava (The Moldau)
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 59285 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Vrgn Clscs
8:39 AM
My Home Overture Op 62
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 45127 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
8:52 AM
Bryllupsmarsj Wedding March Op 32
Artist : Stephan Barratt-Due jr.,violin
Album :
Composer : Johan Halvorsen
Catalog : 50013 CD
Conductor : Karsten Andersen
Orchestra : Bergen Symphony Orchestra
Label : NKF
9:06 AM
Blue Danube Waltz Op 314
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 45564 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
9:17 AM
Symphony No. 2 in D Op 36
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 416274 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Philips
10:00 AM
Two English Idylls
Artist :
Album :
Composer : George Butterworth
Catalog : 47945 CD
Conductor : Jeffrey Tate
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:13 AM
Suite for Orchestra in f-Sharp Op 19
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Ernst von Dohnanyi
Catalog : 9733 CD
Conductor : Matthias Bamert
Orchestra : BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
10:44 AM
Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Op 74
Artist : Sabine Meyer, clarinet
Album :
Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 47351 CD
Conductor : Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Angel/EMI
11:08 AM
Symphony in C
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 9408 CD
Conductor : Heinz Rogner
Orchestra : Berlin Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : Berlin
12:08 PM
The Planets Op 32: Jupiter, Bringer of Jollity
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 62400 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
12:17 PM
Old Folks at Home
Artist : ...and various soloists
Album :
Composer : Stephen Foster (arr. Antonin Dvorak)
Catalog : 926 CD
Conductor : Steven Richman
Orchestra : New York Harmonie Ensemble
Label : Music&Arts
12:28 PM
La Foret enchantée Op 8
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Vincent d'Indy
Catalog : 10464 CD
Conductor : Rumon Gamba
Orchestra : Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:46 PM
Piano Concerto
Artist : Aaron Copland, piano
Album :
Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 60177 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
1:05 PM
String Quartet Op 11: Adagio
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Samuel Barber
Catalog : 435864 CD
Orchestra : Emerson String Quartet
Label : D. Gramphn
1:14 PM
The Lark Ascending
Artist : Tasmin Little, violin
Album :
Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 73127 CD
Conductor : Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra : BBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : Teldec
1:30 PM
Canon and Gigue
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johann Pachelbel
Catalog : 4758075 CD
Conductor : Karl Munchinger
Orchestra : Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
Label : London/Dec
1:38 PM
Schindler’s List: Selections
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
Album :
Composer : John Williams
Catalog : 10969 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Studio Orchestra
Label : MCA
1:56 PM
Children’s Corner: 6 Golliwog’s Cakewalk
Artist : Larissa Dedova, piano
Album :
Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 3094 CD
Label : Centaur
2:04 PM
In the Steppes of Central Asia
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 412552 CD
Conductor : Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra : Bavarian Radio Symphony
Label : Philips
2:15 PM
I PURITANI: A te, o cara
Artist : Luciano Pavarotti, tenor; Joan Sutherland, sop.; Nicolai Ghiarov, bass
Album :
Composer : Vincenzo Bellini
Catalog : 417011 CD
Conductor : Richard Bonynge
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
2:23 PM
Passion Symphony Op 23
Artist : Peter Richard Conte at the Wanamaker Organ
Album :
Composer : Marcel Dupre
Catalog : 49240 CD
Label : Gothic
2:41 PM
Declaration
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Morton Gould
Catalog : 61651 CD
Conductor : Howard Mitchell
Orchestra : National Sym Orch/Wash.,D.C.
Label : RCA/BMG
3:00 PM
Wind Quintet No. 3 in F
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Giovanni Giuseppe Cambini
Catalog : 1063 CD
Orchestra : Philadephia Woodwind Quintet
Label : Boston
3:16 PM
Symphonic Poem No. 2: Tasso, lament and triumph
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 4780239 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : London/Dec
3:39 PM
Tragic Overture Op 81
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 60118 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Bavarian Radio Symphony
Label : RCA/BMG
4:06 PM
Piano Concerto for left hand in D
Artist : Joao Carlos Martins, piano
Album :
Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 7033 CD
Conductor : Boris Spassov
Orchestra : Bulgarian National Symphony
Label : Labor
4:28 PM
Concerto for 2 violins in a
Artist : Viktoria Mullova, violin; Giovanni Carmignola, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 4777466 CD
Conductor : Andrea Marcon
Orchestra : Venice Baroque Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
4:39 PM
DON CARLO: Ballet Music
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 62651 CD
Conductor : Roberto Abbado
Orchestra : Munich Radio Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:06 PM
Rhapsodie espagnole
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 63683 CD
Conductor : Jean Martinon
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:22 PM
Les Adieux Op 21
Artist : Marco Sartor, guitar
Album :
Composer : Fernando Sor
Catalog : 57998 CD
Label : FleurdeSon
5:30 PM
La Romanesca
Artist : Simon Wynberg, guitar
Album :
Composer : Fernando Sor
Catalog : 6581 CD
Label : Chandos
5:34 PM
West Side Story: Symphonic Dances
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Catalog : 45295 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Vrgn Clscs

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Creatively Speaking
6:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Dirk Brosse's Life In Music...On Film!

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia Music Director Dirk Brosse

A new film portraying the life story of one of Philadelphia's most prominent musical leaders has its U.S. premiere this week.  As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, the film documents the accomplishments of an internationally renowned conductor, composer and...knight.

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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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Crossover
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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ENCORE!
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)

SUMMER SONNET

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