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

March 19, 2013

6:06 AM
Consecration of the House Overture, Op 124
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 429762 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
6:18 AM
Concerto for 3 Violins,Strings in F, RV 551
Artist : Pinchas Zukerman, violin; Isaac Stern, violin; Itzhak Perlman, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 66472 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
6:30 AM
DER SPIEGELRITTER Overture, D. 11
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 570328 CD
Conductor : Christian Benda
Orchestra : Prague Sinfonia
Label : Naxos
6:41 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 6 in g Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 2065 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Handel & Haydn Society
Label : Avie
7:06 AM
Allegro Appassionato Op 70
Artist : Jean-Philippe Collard, piano
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 49757 CD
Conductor : Andre Previn
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:15 AM
Jubilation
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Composer : H. L. Blankenberg
Catalog : 6565 CD
Conductor : Roy Newsome
Orchestra : Black Dyke Mills Band
Label : Chandos
7:19 AM
Suite Mignonne Op 15
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Composer : Oskar Nedbal
Catalog : 192 CD
Conductor : Douglas Bostock
Orchestra : Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra
Label : Classico
7:28 AM
Eine Faust Overture
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 62403 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:40 AM
My Robin is to the Greenwood
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Composer : Percy Aldridge Grainger
Catalog : 6542 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Montgomery
Orchestra : Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Label : Chandos
7:48 AM
Moravian Dances
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Composer : Leos Janacek
Catalog : 572695 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : Warsaw Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
8:06 AM
King Charles Hunt Overture
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Composer : Fredrik Pacius
Catalog : 9502 CD
Conductor : Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Orchestra : Finnish Radio Symphony Orch
Label : YLE
8:15 AM
Trumpet Concerto in D
Artist : Hakan Hardenberger, trumpet
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Composer : Leopold Mozart
Catalog : 426311 CD
Conductor : Elgar Howarth
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Philips
8:28 AM
A Hampshire Suite Op 28
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Composer : Gustav Holst (arr. Gordon Jacob)
Catalog : 284 CD
Conductor : Douglas Bostock
Orchestra : Munich Symphony Orchestra
Label : Classico
8:41 AM
INDIGO UND DIE VIERZIG RAUBER: Overture
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 10611 CD
Conductor : Georges Pretre
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:48 AM
Adagio for violin & orchestra in E, K. 261
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 415958 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
9:06 AM
Daphnis et Chloe: Suite No. 1
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 68600 CD
Conductor : Lorin Maazel
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
9:19 AM
La Boutique Fantasque
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 45658 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
9:33 AM
Josephslegende Suite Op 63
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 572041 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
10:00 AM
Divertimento No. 1 in D, K. 136
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 45471 CD
Conductor : Ton Koopman
Orchestra : Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Label : Erato
10:20 AM
Variations & Fugue on a Theme by Mozart Op 132
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Composer : Max Reger
Catalog : 74007 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : Teldec
10:51 AM
Keyboard Concerto No. 4 in A, BWV 1055
Artist : David Fray, piano
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 213064 CD
Conductor : David Fray
Orchestra : German Ch. Phil., Bremen
Label : Vrgn Clscs
11:08 AM
Andante Cantabile and Rondo
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Composer : Mikhail Glinka
Catalog : 1000166 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
11:27 AM
Firebird Suite (1919)
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Composer : Igor Stravinsky
Catalog : 9772 CD
Conductor : Lorin Maazel
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
12:06 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
12:19 PM
Piano Trio No. 2 in C Op 87
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 438365 CD
Orchestra : Beaux Arts Trio
Label : Philips
12:47 PM
Daphnis et Chloe: Suite No. 2
Artist : Cleveland Orchestra Chorus
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 75 CD
Conductor : Pierre Boulez
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : ClevelandO
1:05 PM
Violin Concerto
Artist : Jorma Rahkonen, violin
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Composer : Fredrik Pacius
Catalog : 9705 CD
Conductor : Okko Kamu
Orchestra : Finnish Radio Symphony Orch
Label : YLE
1:27 PM
Symphony No. 1 in e Op 21 "Nordic"
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Composer : Howard Hanson
Catalog : 432008 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman-Rochester Sym. Orch.
Label : Mercury
2:00 PM
Sleeping Beauty: Highlights Op 66
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 4758561 CD
Conductor : Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra : L'Orchestre delaSuisse Romande
Label : London/Dec
2:21 PM
Jeux (Poeme dansee)
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 75218 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
2:42 PM
Parade
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Composer : Erik Satie
Catalog : 5162 CD
Conductor : Jerome Kaltenbach
Orchestra : Nancy Symphonic & Lyric Orch
Label : Naive
3:00 PM
Water Night
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Composer : Eric Whitacre
Catalog : 16636 CD
Conductor : Eric Whitacre
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
3:08 PM
Adventures in a Perambulator
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Composer : John Alden Carpenter
Catalog : 434319 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman Philharmonia
Label : Mercury
3:36 PM
In a Summer Garden
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 9355 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
4:06 PM
Violin Concerto No. 5 in B-Flat
Artist : Terry Baune, violin
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Composer : Maddalena Sirmen
Catalog : 60102 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Bay Area Women's Philharmonic
Label : Newport
4:30 PM
BORIS GODUNOV: Coronation Scene (Act 1)
Artist : San Francisco Opera Chorus
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 535 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : San Francisco Symphony
Label : Cala
4:41 PM
KATCHEN VON HEILBRONN Overture
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Composer : Hans Pfitzner
Catalog : 449571 CD
Conductor : Christian Thielemann
Orchestra : Orchester der Deutschen Oper
Label : D. Gramphn
5:06 PM
Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 65653 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
5:15 PM
Nouvelle Fantaisie on Gounod’s FAUST Op 13
Artist : Tianwa Yang, violin
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Composer : Pablo Sarasate
Catalog : 572275 CD
Conductor : Ernest Martinez Izquierdo
Orchestra : Navarra Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:29 PM
Fireworks Op 4
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Composer : Igor Stravinsky
Catalog : 432012 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
5:35 PM
Three-Cornered Hat (Suites 1 & 2)
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Composer : Manuel De Falla
Catalog : 63572 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI

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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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