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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April 02, 2013

6:06 AM
Sinfonia No. 1 in G, Wq. 182
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 73326 CD
Conductor : Thomas Fueri
Orchestra : Bern Camerata
Label : Denon
6:19 AM
Danzon No. 2
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Composer : Arturo Marquez
Catalog : 11340 CD
Conductor : Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra : S. Bolivar Youth Orch of Venz.
Label : D. Gramphn
6:30 AM
Rondo for piano & orch in A, K. 386
Artist : John O’Conor, piano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 80285 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Telarc
6:43 AM
Galanta Dances
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Composer : Zoltan Kodaly
Catalog : 432005 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Philharmonia Hungarica
Label : Mercury
7:06 AM
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 62373 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Label : CBS/Sony
7:15 AM
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Composer : William Rimmer
Catalog : 6565 CD
Conductor : Michael Antrobus
Orchestra : Black Dyke Mills Band
Label : Chandos
7:20 AM
Artist : Rolf Lislevand, lute
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Composer : Giovanni Paolo Foscarini
Catalog : 5160 CD
Orchestra : Ensemble Kapsberger
Label : Naive
7:28 AM
Concerto for 2 flutes, oboes, vn, string in G
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Composer : Johann David Heinichen
Catalog : 437549 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
7:43 AM
Concerto for 7 trpts & tympani in C
Artist : David Bilger, trumpet
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Composer : Johann Ernst Altenburg
Catalog : 1035 CD
Conductor : Richard Kapp
Orchestra : Philharmonia Virtuosi
Label : ESS.A.Y
7:48 AM
Marche Solennelle
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Composer : Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Catalog : 5009 CD
Conductor : Igor Buketoff
Orchestra : Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
8:06 AM
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
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Composer : Paul Dukas
Catalog : 80515 CD
Conductor : Jesus Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra : Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
8:18 AM
Finnish Sketches No. 1 from the Kalevala Op 89
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 1000163 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
8:28 AM
Flute Concerto a 5 in G
Artist : Irene Spranger, Flute
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Composer : Johann Adolf Hasse
Catalog : 535 CD
Conductor : Andrew Manze
Orchestra : Concerto Copenhagen
Label : Chandos
8:42 AM
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 75736 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Concentus Musicus Wien
Label : RCA/BMG
8:49 AM
Legende Op 17
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
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Composer : Henryk Wieniawski
Catalog : 55475 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : Abbey Road Ensemble
Label : Angel/EMI
9:06 AM
Symphony No. 3 in F, K. 183
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 553289 CD
Conductor : Yoon K. Lee
Orchestra : Salzburg Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
9:18 AM
Oboe Concerto in F, BWV 1053
Artist : Han de Vries, oboe
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 50905 CD
Orchestra : I Solisti Zagreb
Label : Angel/EMI
9:40 AM
Concertstuck in g Op 33
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
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Composer : Carl Reinecke
Catalog : 1196 CD
Conductor : Bystrik Rezucha
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MSR
10:00 AM
Symphony No. 15 in G, K. 124
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 220540 CD
Conductor : Adam Fischer
Orchestra : Danish Radio Sinfonietta
Label : Da Capo
10:16 AM
Spanish Dances Op 12
Artist : Mela Tenenbaum, violin; Richard Kapp, piano
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Composer : Moritz Moszkowski
Catalog : 1081 CD
Label : ESS.A.Y
10:31 AM
Piano Sonata No. 23 in f Op 57 Appassionata
Artist : Stephen Kovacevich, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 62700 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
10:57 AM
Piano Concerto in D
Artist : Marian Migdal, piano
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Composer : Franz Berwald
Catalog : 920 CD
Conductor : Ulf Bjorlin
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
11:20 AM
Symphony No. 5 in E-Flat Op 82
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 753 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
12:06 PM
String Symphony No. 6 in E-Flat
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 553161 CD
Conductor : Nicholas Ward
Orchestra : Northern Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
12:19 PM
Sonata Arpeggione in a, D. 821
Artist : Yuri Bashmet, viola; Mikhail Muntyan, piano
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 60112 CD
Label : RCA/BMG
12:47 PM
Symphony No. 5 Preis Symphonie Op 52
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Composer : Franz Lachner
Catalog : 223502 CD
Conductor : Paul Robinson
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MarcoPolo
2:00 PM
Hamlet Overture Op 4
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Composer : Joseph Joachim
Catalog : 27 CD
Conductor : Leon Botstein
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : IMP-Master
2:16 PM
Violin Concerto in D Op 77
Artist : David Oistrakh, violin
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 72914 CD
Conductor : Kirill Kondrashin
Orchestra : Moscow Philharmonic
Label : RCA/BMG
3:00 PM
Adagio on Celtic Themes in e Op 56
Artist : Ofra Harnoy, cello
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 60757 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
3:09 PM
Symphony No. 1 in C Op 21
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 49487 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:38 PM
In the Faery Hills
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Composer : Sir Arnold Bax
Catalog : 8367 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
4:06 PM
Serenade for Orchestra Summer Nights in E Op 86
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Composer : Hans Huber
Catalog : 1027 CD
Conductor : Jorg-Peter Weigle
Orchestra : Stuttgart Philharmonic
Label : Sterling
4:27 PM
Sleeping Beauty: Pas d’action, Adagio Op 66
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 938 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : Swedish Radio Symphony Orchest
Label : Ondine
4:38 PM
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Composer : Engelbert Humperdinck
Catalog : 61128 CD
Conductor : Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : Vrgn Clscs
5:06 PM
Estonian Dance Suite in E
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Composer : Eduard Tubin
Catalog : 851002 CD
Conductor : Hans-Peter Frank
Orchestra : Helsingborgs Symph. Orchestra
Label : Big Ben
5:19 PM
Grand Fantasia Triumfal
Artist : Cristina Ortiz, piano
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Composer : Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Catalog : 414348 CD
Conductor : Moshe Atzmon
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
5:29 PM
Symphonic Rhapsody on a Song by Rodgers - With a Song in My Heart
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Composer : Eric Coates
Catalog : 2112 CD
Conductor : John Wilson
Orchestra : BBC Concert Orchestra
Label : ASV
5:39 PM
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Composer : Archibald Joyce
Catalog : 223694 CD
Conductor : Andrew Penny
Orchestra : RTE Concert Orchestra, Dublin
Label : MarcoPolo
5:45 PM
Gipsy Suite
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Composer : Edward German
Catalog : 223419 CD
Conductor : Adrian Leaper
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo


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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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.