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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Playlist

July 24, 2013

6:06 AM
Outdoor Overture
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 4776115 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
6:16 AM
Symphony No. 9 in C
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 63970 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Concentus Musicus Wien
Label : RCA/BMG
6:30 AM
Concerto No. 12 for oboe and strings in C Op 7
Artist : Heinz Holliger, oboe
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 4757757 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Philips
6:40 AM
Concertino for oboe & orchestra in g
Artist : Alex Klein, oboe
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Composer : Wilhelm Bernhard Molique
Catalog : 80 CD
Conductor : Paul Freeman
Orchestra : Czech National Symphony
Label : Cedille
7:06 AM
Kamarinskaia
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Composer : Mikhail Glinka
Catalog : 7042 CD
Conductor : Donald Barra
Orchestra : San Diego Chamber Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
7:15 AM
Flags of Freedom
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 1 CD
Conductor : (Colonel) Lowell E. Graham
Orchestra : ACC Heritage of America Band
Label : USAF
7:18 AM
Light Cavalry Overture
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 5479 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:27 AM
The King Shall Rejoice
Artist : Choir Kings College, Cambridge
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 57140 CD
Conductor : Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : Angel/EMI
7:40 AM
Chimes of St. Genevieve
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Composer : Marin Marais
Catalog : 61002 CD
Conductor : Donald Fraser
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:47 AM
Islamey - Oriental Fantasy Op 18
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Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 412552 CD
Conductor : Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra : Bavarian Radio Symphony
Label : Philips
8:06 AM
BARBER OF SEVILLE Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 47118 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:14 AM
Rondo for 2 pianos in C Op 73
Artist : Frederic Chiu, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 907201 CD
Label : Harm Mundi
8:26 AM
String Symphony No. 2 in D
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 69524 CD
Conductor : Jerzy Maksymiuk
Orchestra : Polish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:39 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
8:51 AM
Charge: Bugler’s Dream
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Composer : Leo Arnaud
Catalog : 62592 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
9:06 AM
Carnival Overture Op 92
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 9002 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
9:17 AM
Concertante No. 1 for violin & harp
Artist : Susanna Mildonian, harp
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Composer : Louis Spohr
Catalog : 3019 CD
Conductor : Louis de Froment
Orchestra : Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg
Label : Vox/MMG
9:40 AM
Variations on Muller’sIch bin...Kakadu in G Op 121
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 550949 CD
Orchestra : Stuttgart Piano Trio
Label : Naxos
10:00 AM
Concerto No. 2 a due cori in F
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 63073 CD
Conductor : Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
Label : CBS/Sony
10:18 AM
Peacock Variations
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Composer : Zoltan Kodaly
Catalog : 54858 CD
Conductor : Franz Welser-Most
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:47 AM
Symphonic Poem No. 5: Prometheus
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 68595 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Angel/EMI
11:02 AM
Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 550823 CD
Conductor : Richard Studt
Orchestra : Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Label : Naxos
11:17 AM
Symphony No. 40 in g, K. 550
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 11004 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
12:08 PM
Francesca da Rimini Op 32
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 49141 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:33 PM
Russian Christmas Music
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Composer : Alfred Reed
Catalog : 126 CD
Conductor : Jerry Junkin
Orchestra : Dallas Wind Symphony
Label : Reference
12:50 PM
DAS RHEINGOLD: Finale
Artist : Kirsten Flagstad; George London; Eberhard Wachter
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 414101 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
1:05 PM
Gregorian Chant for String Orchestra
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Composer : Paul Creston
Catalog : 4076 CD
Conductor : Arthur Lief
Orchestra : New York Chamber Orchestra
Label : VangrdOmeg
1:18 PM
Frozen Planet: Spring
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Composer : George Fenton
Catalog : 1392 CD
Conductor : George Fenton
Orchestra : BBC Concert Orchestra
Label : Silva
1:39 PM
Lyric Pieces: VIII-6 Wedding Day at Troldhaugen Op 65
Artist : Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 391369 CD
Label : Vrgn Clscs
1:45 PM
RIGOLETTO: Quartet: Bella figlia d’amore
Artist : Joan Sutherland, soprano
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 4758366 CD
Conductor : Richard Bonynge
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
1:51 PM
Elegiac Song - Sanft wie du lebtest... Op 118
Artist : Ambrosian Singers
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 33509 CD
Conductor : Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
2:02 PM
Thunder & Lightning Polka Op 324
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 91377 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
2:07 PM
Concerto breve for piano and orchestra: Andante
Artist : Jenny Lin, piano
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Composer : Xavier Montsalvatge
Catalog : 98642 CD
Conductor : Celso Antunes
Orchestra : NDR Radiophilharmonie
Label : Hanssler
2:24 PM
EUGENE ONEGIN: Onegin’s aria
Artist : and Chorus
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 55004 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
2:30 PM
Swan Lake Highlights Op 20
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 46341 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
2:34 PM
Theme & Variations from The Go Between
Artist : Michel Legrand, piano
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Composer : Michel Legrand
Catalog : 35175 CD
Conductor : Michel Legrand
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
3:00 PM
Suite Mignonne Op 15
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Composer : Oskar Nedbal
Catalog : 192 CD
Conductor : Douglas Bostock
Orchestra : Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra
Label : Classico
3:08 PM
Pohadka: Fairy tale Op 16
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Composer : Josef Suk
Catalog : 9063 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
3:40 PM
Symphony No. 1 in G Op 11
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Composer : Chevalier de Saint-George
Catalog : 5225 CD
Conductor : Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
Label : CBC(RCI)
4:06 PM
Duet Concertino
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 5186060 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : German Ch. Phil., Bremen
Label : Pentatone
4:26 PM
Two Norwegian Airs Op 63
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 45224 CD
Conductor : Iona Brown
Orchestra : Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
4:37 PM
Fantasie for viola and orchestra
Artist : Julia Neher, viola
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Composer : Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Catalog : 98610 CD
Conductor : Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra : Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
Label : Hanssler
4:48 PM
Tzigane: Rhapsodie de concert
Artist : Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 437544 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
5:06 PM
Valse-Scherzo in C Op 34
Artist : Gil Shaham, violin
Album :
Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 457064 CD
Conductor : Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
5:17 PM
Symphony No. 88 in G
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 94237 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
5:39 PM
Schelomo, Hebraic Rhapsody for cello
Artist : George Neikrug, cello
Album :
Composer : Ernest Bloch
Catalog : 98555 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : Symphony of the Air
Label : Angel/EMI

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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

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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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

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)

SUMMER SONNET

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