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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April 03, 2013

6:06 AM
ESTRELLA DE SORIA: Tragic Overture
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Composer : Franz Berwald
Catalog : 553051 CD
Conductor : Okko Kamu
Orchestra : Helsingborgs Symph. Orchestra
Label : Naxos
6:15 AM
Serenade No. 6 in D Serenata Notturna
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 91122 CD
Conductor : Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra : Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
6:30 AM
Concerto No. 1 Op 3
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 412128 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Philips
6:43 AM
Concerto in G
Artist : Jean-Pierre Rampal, flute
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 39772 CD
Conductor : Janos Rolla
Orchestra : Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:06 AM
Tantalus’s Torment Overture
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 54056 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
7:15 AM
The Invincible Eagle
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 137 CD
Conductor : Keith Brion
Orchestra : Washington Winds
Label : WalkingFro
7:19 AM
Humoresque for Orchestra
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Composer : Arthur DeGreef
Catalog : 4013 CD
Conductor : Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra : Flemish Radio Orchestra
Label : EtCetera
7:28 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 2 in B-Flat Op 3
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 2065 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Handel & Haydn Society
Label : Avie
7:43 AM
KONIGSKINDER Overture
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Composer : Engelbert Humperdinck
Catalog : 61128 CD
Conductor : Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : Vrgn Clscs
7:51 AM
LOHENGRIN Prelude to Act I
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 4778773 CD
Conductor : Franz Welser-Most
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:06 AM
Roumanian Rhapsody No. 1 in A Op 11
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Composer : Georges Enesco
Catalog : 75179 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orch
Label : Erato
8:19 AM
Hora staccato
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Composer : Grigoras Dinicu
Catalog : 5033 CD
Conductor : Emil Simon
Orchestra : Cluj-Napoca Phil. Orch.
Label : Tuxedo
8:24 AM
Bagatelle
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Composer : Ioan Scarlatescu
Catalog : 5033 CD
Conductor : Emil Simon
Orchestra : Cluj-Napoca Phil. Orch.
Label : Tuxedo
8:28 AM
Rondo for piano and orchestra Op 13
Artist : Horst Gobel, piano
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Composer : Louis Ferdinand of Prussia
Catalog : 2088 CD
Conductor : Takao Ukigaya
Orchestra : Filharmonia Pomorska
Label : Thorophon
8:43 AM
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture Op 108
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Composer : Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Catalog : 572500 CD
Conductor : Andrew Penny
Orchestra : West Australian Symphony Orch.
Label : Naxos
8:51 AM
Hungarian Rhapsody in D Op 68
Artist : Matthew Allen, cello
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Composer : David Popper
Catalog : 80745 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
9:06 AM
Leonore Overture No. 1 in C Op 138
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 42103 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Bavarian Radio Symphony
Label : CBS/Sony
9:18 AM
Years of Pilgrimage: 2nd Year: Sonetto
Artist : Louis Lortie, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 8900 CD
Label : Chandos
9:26 AM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in f Op 21
Artist : Khatia Buniatishvili, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 197129 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : CBS/Sony
10:00 AM
Orchestral Suite (Overture) No. 3 in D
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 423492 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
10:20 AM
Piano Concerto No. 24 in c
Artist : Mitsuko Uchida, piano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 13276 CD
Conductor : Mitsuko Uchida
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
10:55 AM
Antony and Cleopatra Overture Op 134
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Composer : Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Catalog : 572500 CD
Conductor : Andrew Penny
Orchestra : West Australian Symphony Orch.
Label : Naxos
11:14 AM
Pictures at an Exhibition
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 273 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
12:07 PM
Hebrides Overture in D Op 26
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 391372 CD
Conductor : Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
12:17 PM
The Lark Ascending
Artist : Janine Jansen, violin
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 475011 CD
Conductor : Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
12:33 PM
Banks of Green Willow
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Composer : George Butterworth
Catalog : 65615 CD
Conductor : Neville Dilkes
Orchestra : English Sinfonia
Label : Angel/EMI
12:48 PM
Jalousie (Tango)
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Composer : Jacob Gade
Catalog : 4776121 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
1:10 PM
The Bolt (Ballet suite No. 5) Op 27
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Composer : Dmitri Shostakovich
Catalog : 452597 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
1:30 PM
CANDIDE: Overture
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Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Catalog : 459147 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : Los Angeles Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
1:34 PM
CANDIDE: I am easily assimilated
Artist : Elina Garanca, mezzo-soprano
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Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Catalog : 14777 CD
Conductor : Karel Mark Chichon
Orchestra : Orchestra Sinfonica RAI, Rome
Label : D. Gramphn
1:38 PM
CANDIDE: Glitter and be gay
Artist : Diana Damrau, soprano
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Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Catalog : 19313 CD
Conductor : Dan Ettinger
Orchestra : Munich Radio Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
1:48 PM
March Grandioso
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Composer : Roland Forrest Seitz
Catalog : 432019 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
1:53 PM
Repasz Band March
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Composer : Harry Lincoln
Catalog : 229 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
1:55 PM
CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA: Intermezzo
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Composer : Pietro Mascagni
Catalog : 467632 CD
Conductor : Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra : National Philharmonic Orch.
Label : London/Dec
2:03 PM
Four Seasons: No.1 Spring (La Primavera) in E Op 8
Artist : Midori Seiler, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 2908605 CD
Conductor : Clemens-Maria Nuszbaumer
Orchestra : Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin
Label : Harm Mundi
2:15 PM
Ave Verum Corpus
Artist : Leipzig Radio Chorus
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4784614 CD
Conductor : Peter Schreier
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Philips
2:22 PM
Belkis, Queen of Sheba suite: excerpt
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 8405 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Chandos
2:31 PM
Pictures at an Exhibition
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky (arr. Leopold Stokowski)
Catalog : 7344 CD
Conductor : James Sedares
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
2:53 PM
Gnossienne No. 1
Artist : Reinbert de Leeuw, piano
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Composer : Erik Satie
Catalog : 4784614 CD
Label : Philips
3:00 PM
King Lear Overture Op 4
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 550999 CD
Conductor : Yoav Talmi
Orchestra : San Diego Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
3:17 PM
Suite No. 2 for 2 pianos (Silhouettes) Op 23
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Composer : Anton Arensky
Catalog : 8898 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Danish Radio Symph Orch
Label : Chandos
3:38 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-Flat Op 10
Artist : Gary Graffman, piano
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Composer : Sergei Prokofiev
Catalog : 37806 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:06 PM
Symphony No. 7 in C Op 105
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 6004 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
4:28 PM
LOHENGRIN: Prelude to Act III
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 99595 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : Teldec
4:33 PM
LOHENGRIN: Nun sei bedankt, mein lieber
Artist : Jonas Kaufmann, tenor
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 14132 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:41 PM
Introduction and Rondo Brilliante
Artist : Christopher Hinterhuber, piano
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Composer : Ferdinand Ries
Conductor : Bournemouth Symphony Orch.
Orchestra : Uwe Grodd
Label : Naxos 572088
5:06 PM
Love for Three Oranges: Suite Op 33
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Composer : Sergei Prokofiev
Catalog : 39783 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:24 PM
Rhapsodie No. 1 for Clarinet
Artist : Guy Dangain, clarinet
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 75526 CD
Conductor : Jean Martinon
Orchestra : Orchestre National de O.R.T.F.
Label : Angel/EMI
5:34 PM
Guitar Concerto No. 1 in D Op 99
Artist : John Williams, guitar
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Composer : Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Catalog : 44791 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony

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Creatively Speaking
7:25 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Mozart's Gran Partita: An Ambitious Serenade

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Classical serenades by chamber ensembles were often light, outdoor entertainment in late 18th-century Vienna. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, this week’s WRTI concert broadcast of the Philadelphia Orchestra features one of the more ambitious creations in the genre.

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Creatively Speaking
7:21 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Celebrating C.P.E. Bach: The Sentimental Rebel

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (March 8, 1714 – December 14, 1788)

J.S. Bach’s second-surviving son, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788), was a musical force in his own right. His fame, at least after the mid-1700s, overshadowed that of his now-legendary father. This year, six German cities with ties to C.P.E.’s musical footprint in Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt (Oder), Leipzig, Potsdam, and Weimar are leading a celebration of the 300th anniversary of his birth.   

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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

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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

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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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