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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June 10, 2013

6:06 AM
Russian Easter Festival Overture Op 36
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 45811 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
6:22 AM
Artist : Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde
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Composer : Otto Nicolai
Catalog : 4763793 CD
Conductor : Franz Welser-Most
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
6:29 AM
Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 5345 CD
Conductor : William Boughton
Orchestra : English String Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
6:39 AM
Toy Symphony Op 169
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Composer : Cornelius Gurlitt
Catalog : 6116 CD
Conductor : Vladislav Czarnecki
Orchestra : S.W.German Ch.Or. of Pforzeim
Label : EBS
7:06 AM
Colonial Song
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Composer : Percy Aldridge Grainger
Catalog : 117 CD
Conductor : Jerry Junkin
Orchestra : Dallas Wind Symphony
Label : Reference
7:14 AM
New York Hippodrome
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 93149 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:20 AM
Polonaise in E-Flat
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 180891 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Neumann
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Orfeo
7:27 AM
Ugrian Folk Melodies
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Composer : Aarre Merikanto
Catalog : 9601 CD
Conductor : George de Godzinsky
Orchestra : Finnish Radio Symphony Orch
Label : YLE
7:41 AM
Rhapsody Overture
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Composer : Carl Nielsen
Catalog : 2780 CD
Conductor : Dorrit Matson
Orchestra : New York Scandia Symphony
Label : Centaur
7:53 AM
Voluntary in C
Artist : Gerald Webster, trumpet
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Composer : Barrett, John
Catalog : 7057 CD
Label : Pro Organo
8:06 AM
Trumpet Concerto in C
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 80493 CD
Orchestra : Empire Brass
Label : Telarc
8:15 AM
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Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 97722 CD
Conductor : Michel Plasson
Orchestra : Orch du Capitole de Toulouse
Label : Angel/EMI
8:25 AM
Fair Melusina Overture Op 32
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 417541 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:39 AM
Caprice Peruvien
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Composer : Lord Berners
Catalog : 223780 CD
Conductor : David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra : RTE Sinfonietta, Dublin
Label : MarcoPolo
8:50 AM
L’impresario - Overture
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Composer : Domenico Cimarosa
Catalog : 225181 CD
Conductor : Allesandro Amoretti
Orchestra : Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
Label : MarcoPolo
9:06 AM
Homecoming of the Exile Overture
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Composer : Otto Nicolai
Catalog : 91079 CD
Conductor : Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : Vrgn Clscs
9:15 AM
Symphony No. 48 in C
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 419607 CD
Orchestra : Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
9:45 AM
Suite for Orchestra
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Composer : Aarre Merikanto
Catalog : 9601 CD
Conductor : Leif Segerstam
Orchestra : Finnish Radio Symphony Orch
Label : YLE
10:00 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 9 (after Scarlatti) in C
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Composer : Charles Avison
Catalog : 438806 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
10:13 AM
Symphony No. 1 in g Op 7
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Composer : Carl Nielsen
Catalog : 8880 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : Royal Scottish National Orch
Label : Chandos
10:48 AM
Dance Rhapsody No. 2
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 9355 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
10:58 AM
Symphony No. 9 in e Op 95
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 63151 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
11:40 AM
Symphonie Concertante for oboe & bassoon in F
Artist : Anthony Robson, oboe
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999537 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
12:06 PM
Concerto in C Op 2
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Composer : Andrea Zani
Catalog : 98158 CD
Orchestra : Compagnia De' Musici
Label : Symphonia
12:21 PM
Symphony No. 1 in c Op 4
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Composer : Alberic Magnard
Catalog : 927 CD
Conductor : Thomas Sanderling
Orchestra : Malmo Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bis
12:57 PM
Wind Quintet in g Op 56
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Composer : Franz Danzi
Catalog : 124 CD
Orchestra : Farkas Quintet Amsterdam
Label : Nederland
1:12 PM
Symphony No. 7 in A Op 92
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 471490 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
2:00 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Op 44
Artist : Shura Cherkassky, piano
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 93980 CD
Conductor : Walter Susskind
Orchestra : Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
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2:38 PM
Flute Concerto No. 82 in D
Artist : Josep-Francesc Palou, flute
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Composer : Johann Joachim Quantz
Catalog : 109 CD
Orchestra : Hungarian Virtuosi Chamb. Orch
Label : ColumnaMus
3:00 PM
Trumpet Concerto Op 18
Artist : George Vosburgh, trumpet
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Composer : Oscar Bohme
Catalog : 3024 CD
Conductor : Arnie Roth
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Cham. Orch.
Label : FourWinds
3:18 PM
Symphony No. 33 in B-Flat
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 550264 CD
Conductor : Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
3:40 PM
Introduction and Rondo Brillante in b-Flat Op 255
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
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Composer : Carl Czerny
Catalog : 1196 CD
Conductor : Bystrik Rezucha
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MSR
4:06 PM
Bassoon Quintet in B-Flat Op 52
Artist : Benjamin Coelho, bassoon
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Composer : Johann Evangelist Brandl
Catalog : 844 CD
Label : Crystal
4:26 PM
Romeo and Juliet: Suite
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Composer : Nino Rota
Catalog : 3210
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:36 PM
Symfonisk rapsodi
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Composer : Carl Nielsen
Catalog : 9287 CD
Conductor : Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra : Danish Radio Symph Orch
Label : Chandos
4:45 PM
PRINCE IGOR: Polovtsian Dances
Artist : St. Academic Mariinsky Th. Cho
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 45609 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : Phil Orch of Radio France
Label : Vrgn Clscs
5:06 PM
FAUST: Ballet Music
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Composer : Charles Gounod
Catalog : 4758563 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchest
Label : London/Dec
5:25 PM
The Lodger Filmscore
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Composer : Hugo Friedhofer
Catalog : 223857 CD
Conductor : William Stromberg
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
5:46 PM
Artist : Tracy J. Thomas, vocalist
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Composer : Cole Porter
Catalog : 93005 CD
Conductor : Lt. Cmmdr. Lewis J. Buckley
Orchestra : United States Coast Guard Band
Label : USCG


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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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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