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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March 29, 2013

6:06 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 3 in c Op 6
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 74168 CD
Orchestra : I Solisti Italiani
Label : Denon
6:18 AM
Violin Concerto No. 11 in D Op 8, RV 210
Artist : Fabio Biondi, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 45465 CD
Conductor : Fabio Biondi
Orchestra : Europa Galante
Label : Vrgn Clscs
6:30 AM
String Symphony No. 3 in e
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 5141 CD
Conductor : William Boughton
Orchestra : English String Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
6:42 AM
Concerto in the Hungarian Style
Artist : Janina Fialkowska, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt (arr. Tchaikovsky)
Catalog : 5202 CD
Conductor : Hans Graf
Orchestra : Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBC(RCI)
7:06 AM
THE KISS: Overture
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 3163 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Neumann
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
7:15 AM
Easter Monday on the White House Lawn
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 3 CD
Conductor : Colonel John R. Bourgeois
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:18 AM
Scherzo and Cortege on themes from Julius Caesar
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Composer : John Ireland
Catalog : 8994 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
7:28 AM
Symphony No. 9 in C, K. 73
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 63970 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Concentus Musicus Wien
Label : RCA/BMG
7:42 AM
PETER SCHMOLL Overture Op 8
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 570296 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:52 AM
Bryllupsmarsj Wedding March Op 32, No. 1
Artist : Stephan Barratt-Due jr.,violin
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Composer : Johan Halvorsen
Catalog : 50013 CD
Conductor : Karsten Andersen
Orchestra : Bergen Symphony Orchestra
Label : NKF
8:06 AM
Easter Oratorio: Sinfonia in D, BWV 249
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 1413 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
8:11 AM
Tales From Vienna Woods Op 325
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 1663 CD
Conductor : Lorin Maazel
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:28 AM
Concerto Armonico No. 1 in G
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Composer : Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer
Catalog : 410205 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Argo
8:41 AM
Das Liebesverbot: Overture
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 56165 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:50 AM
Sonata a Cinque in g Op 2, No. 6
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 550877 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
9:06 AM
EUGENE ONEGIN: Polonaise Op 24
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 80541 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
9:12 AM
Concert Variations on Bellini’s Pirate Op 8
Artist : Susanne Grutzmann, piano
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Composer : Clara Schumann
Catalog : 7065 CD
Label : Profil
9:31 AM
Symphony No. 4 in d Op 120
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 62349 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:00 AM
PARSIFAL: Prelude to Act I
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 64456 CD
Conductor : Bruno Walter
Orchestra : Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:14 AM
PARSIFAL: Good Friday Spell
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 64456 CD
Conductor : Bruno Walter
Orchestra : Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:26 AM
Cello Concerto in d
Artist : Jesus Morales, cello
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Composer : Edouard Lalo
Catalog : 2837 CD
Conductor : Jaime Morales
Orchestra : Philharmonia Bulgarica
Label : Centaur
10:56 AM
Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Op 10
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 90797 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Vrgn Clscs
11:34 AM
Psalm 129
Artist : Monteverdi Choir
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Composer : Lili Boulanger
Catalog : 463789 CD
Conductor : John Elliot Gardiner
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
12:06 PM
St. Matthew Passion
Artist : Edith Mathis, soprano; Dame Janet Baker, mezzo; Peter Schreier, tenor; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar.; Matti Salminen, bass
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 413613 CD
Conductor : Karl Richter
Orchestra : Munich Bach Choir & Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
3:40 PM
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 442427 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
4:06 PM
Cello Concerto No. 2 in d Op 119
Artist : Steven Isserlis, cello
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 63518 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : Sym Orch N. D. R. Hamburg
Label : RCA/BMG
4:26 PM
LA TRAVIATA: Prelude to Act I
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 68468 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Label : CBS/Sony
4:31 PM
LA TRAVIATA: Prelude to Act III
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 68468 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Label : CBS/Sony
4:37 PM
LA TRAVIATA: Lunge da lei...De miei
Artist : Marc Hervieux, tenor
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 2618 CD
Conductor : Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra : Montreal,Orch. Metropolitain
Label : ATMA
4:43 PM
Ballade on a Norwegian Folk Song Op 36
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Composer : Julius Rontgen
Catalog : 777255 CD
Conductor : David Porcelijn
Orchestra : NDR Radiophilharmonie
Label : CPO
5:06 PM
Leonore Overture No. 3 Op 72
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 148 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Pentatone
5:21 PM
Summer Night on the River
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 623 CD
Conductor : Alan Barlow
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : ASV
5:30 PM
Polonaise de concert for violin & orch. in D Op 4
Artist : Leila Josefowicz, violin
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Composer : Henryk Wieniawski
Catalog : 472207 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : D. Gramphn
5:37 PM
KING OF KINGS: Choral Suite
Artist : Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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Composer : Miklos Rozsa (arr. Daniel Robbins)
Catalog : 80631 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc

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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

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Crossover
2:12 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

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

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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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1:24 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

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

Conductor Alain Altinoglu

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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

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3:39 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Valentina Lisitsa: Chasing Pianos And YouTube Fans

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Alexei Kuznetsoff Courtesy of the artist

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

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

A Trove Of Celluloid, Primed For The Public

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

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Right now, we're asking you to listen to this simple truth: WRTI relies on listeners who are willing to become members to keep this music service going for you and the entire community. Over 50% of our operating costs come from listener-members.

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