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 15, 2013

6:06 AM
Concerto No. 12 for two oboes & strings in D Op 9
Artist : Anthony Camden, oboe; Alison Alty, oboe
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 553035 CD
Conductor : John Georgiadis
Orchestra : London Virtuosi
Label : Naxos
6:17 AM
La Valse
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 8903 CD
Conductor : Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
6:30 AM
Symphonic Sketches: Jubilee
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Composer : George W. Chadwick
Catalog : 64 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Czech State Philharmonic Brno
Label : Reference
6:41 AM
Horn Concerto in E
Artist : Sarah Willis, horn
Album :
Composer : Franz Anton Rosler-Rosetti
Catalog : 777288 CD
Conductor : Johannes Moesus
Orchestra : Chamber Orch of the Palatinate
Label : CPO
7:06 AM
Overture No. 6 in B-Flat
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Composer : Thomas Augustine Arne
Catalog : 4759117 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : London/Dec
7:15 AM
The Gallant Seventh
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 3 CD
Conductor : Colonel John R. Bourgeois
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:19 AM
Silvana Overture
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 570296 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:28 AM
Ballet des Mouches
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Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 5303 CD
Conductor : Michel Swierczewski
Orchestra : Gulbenkian Foundation Orch.
Label : Nimbus
7:41 AM
La Dame Blanche Overture
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Composer : F. A. Boieldieu
Catalog : 434332 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
7:51 AM
Concerto for 2 Violins in A
Artist : Rainer Kussmaul, violin; Rudiger Liebermann, violin
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 5761 CD
Conductor : Rainer Kussmaul
Orchestra : Berlin Baroque Soloists
Label : D. Gramphn
8:06 AM
Festal Dance
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Composer : Havergal Brian
Catalog : 223481 CD
Conductor : Adrian Leaper
Orchestra : RTE National Sym Orch Ireland
Label : MarcoPolo
8:14 AM
Symphony in b
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 7067 CD
Conductor : Barry Faldner
Orchestra : Chicago Sinfonietta
Label : KOCH Intl.
8:28 AM
Symphony in E-Flat
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999487 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
8:40 AM
Die Provinzialen Waltzes
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Composer : Benjamin Bilse
Catalog : 777341 CD
Conductor : Christian Simonis
Orchestra : West German Radio Symphony
Label : CPO
8:49 AM
Romance for violin and orchestra No. 2 in F Op 50
Artist : Sarah Chang, violin
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 57220 CD
Conductor : Placido Domingo
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
9:06 AM
Spring (Vesna) Op 65
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Composer : Dmitri Kabalevsky
Catalog : 553788 CD
Conductor : Igor Golovschin
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
9:16 AM
Violin Concerto No. 2 in d Op 44
Artist : Salvatore Accardo, violin
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 4784614 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Philips
9:43 AM
Concerto in D
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Composer : Johann Friedrich Fasch
Catalog : 751 CD
Orchestra : Tempesta di Mare
Label : Chandos
10:00 AM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G,BWV 1049
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 423492 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
10:17 AM
Suite Ancienne Op 31
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Composer : Johan Halvorsen
Catalog : 10614 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Bergen Philharmonic
Label : Chandos
10:44 AM
Six Poetic Tone-Pictures Op 3
Artist : Antonio Pompa-Baldi, piano
Album :
Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 2683 CD
Label : Centaur
10:56 AM
String Sonata No. 4 in B-Flat
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 69524 CD
Conductor : Jerzy Maksymiuk
Orchestra : Polish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
11:10 AM
Symphony No. 7 in A Op 92
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 37233 CD
Conductor : Pablo Casals
Orchestra : Marlboro Festival Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
12:06 PM
Overture No. 4 in F
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Composer : Francesco Maria Veracini
Catalog : 439937 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
12:21 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in e Op 5
Artist : Martin Roscoe, piano
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Composer : Ernst von Dohnanyi
Catalog : 66684 CD
Conductor : Fedor Glushchenko
Orchestra : BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestr
Label : Hyperion
1:08 PM
Symphony No. 47 in D, K. 97x
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 5186113 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Pentatone
1:19 PM
Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 412176 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
1:49 PM
Songe d’Automne
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Composer : Archibald Joyce
Catalog : 223694 CD
Conductor : Andrew Penny
Orchestra : RTE Concert Orchestra, Dublin
Label : MarcoPolo
2:00 PM
Symphonie Fantastique Op 14
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 80578 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
3:00 PM
Concerto for trpt, 2 ob,str,co in D
Artist : George Vosburgh, trumpet
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Composer : Johann Friedrich Fasch
Catalog : 3024 CD
Conductor : Arnie Roth
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Cham. Orch.
Label : FourWinds
3:08 PM
String Quartet No. 2 in a Op 13
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 3888 CD
Orchestra : Emerson String Quartet
Label : D. Gramphn
3:40 PM
Suite Symphonique Paris
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Composer : Jacques Ibert
Catalog : 85531 CD
Conductor : Richard Auldon Clark
Orchestra : Manhattan Chamber Orchestra
Label : Newport
4:06 PM
El Amor Brujo
Artist : Teresa Berganza, mezzo-soprano
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Composer : Manuel De Falla
Catalog : 9908 CD
Orchestra : Concjuncto Iberico
Label : Ambroisie
4:26 PM
Paragraph Three Overture
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 223648 CD
Conductor : Alfred Walter
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
4:38 PM
Symphony in E-Flat
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Composer : Franz Danzi
Catalog : 777351 CD
Conductor : Howard Griffiths
Orchestra : Orch. della Svizzera Italiana
Label : CPO
5:06 PM
Donna Diana: Overture
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Composer : Emil von Reznicek
Catalog : 63053 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
5:12 PM
Concertino for violin and orchestra in b
Artist : Robert McDuffie, violin
Album :
Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 80402 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
5:27 PM
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op 43
Artist : Lang Lang, piano
Album :
Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 3902 CD
Conductor : Valery Gergiev
Orchestra : Orch. of the Mariinsky Theatre
Label : D. Gramphn
5:53 PM
Artist : Lang Lang, piano
Album :
Composer : Tang Bi-guang
Catalog : 80502 CD
Label : Telarc


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.