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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September 16, 2013

6:06 AM
Sinfonia No. 7 in D
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Composer : Georg (Jiri Antonin) Benda
Catalog : 553409 CD
Conductor : Christian Benda
Orchestra : Prague Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
6:18 AM
Oboe Concerto in d
Artist : Joris van den Hauwe, oboe
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Composer : Alessandro Marcello
Catalog : 31082 CD
Conductor : Rudolf Werthen
Orchestra : I Fiamminghi
Label : KOCHSchwan
6:30 AM
Little Kirsten: Overture
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Composer : Johann Peter Emilius Hartmann
Catalog : 1018 CD
Conductor : Johan Hye-Knudsen
Orchestra : Royal Danish Orchestra
Label : Sterling
6:41 AM
London Suite
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Composer : Eric Coates
Catalog : 9106 CD
Conductor : Adrian Boult
Orchestra : BBC Concert Orchestra
Label : BBC
7:06 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
7:15 AM
Robinson’s Grand Entree
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Composer : Karl King
Catalog : 432019 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:18 AM
Trumpet Concerto No. 1 in D
Artist : Maurice Andre, trumpet
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Composer : Giuseppi Torelli
Catalog : 47311 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:28 AM
Roumanian Rhapsody No. 1 in A Op 11
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Composer : Georges Enesco
Catalog : 61503 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : RCA Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:43 AM
Lemminkainen’s Return Op 22, No. 4
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 22055 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : Stockholm Philharmonic Orchest
Label : Vrgn Clscs
7:49 AM
Thousand and One Nights Op 346
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 48376 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:06 AM
Cuban Overture
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 807441 CD
Conductor : Jeff Tyzik
Orchestra : Rochester Philharmonic
Label : Harm Mundi
8:18 AM
Grand Tarantelle for piano & orchestra Op 67
Artist : Michael Gurt, piano
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Composer : Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Catalog : 559320 CD
Conductor : Richard Rosenberg
Orchestra : Hot Springs Festival Sym Orch
Label : Naxos
8:28 AM
Violin Concerto in A, RV 341
Artist : Alberto Martini, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 553792 CD
Conductor : Alberto Martini
Orchestra : I Filarmonici
Label : Naxos
8:42 AM
L’ETOILE Overture
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Composer : Emmanuel Chabrier
Catalog : 27333 CD
Conductor : John Elliot Gardiner
Orchestra : Lyon National Opera Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:47 AM
Artist : Sergei Stadler, violin
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Composer : Arsenyi Koreshchenko
Catalog : 58 CD
Conductor : Aleksander Lazarev
Orchestra : The Bolshoi Theater Orchestra
Label : Melodya
9:06 AM
Overture in F
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 439892 CD
Conductor : Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
9:19 AM
Symphony No. 91 in E-Flat
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 94237 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
9:44 AM
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D Carnival in Pest
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
10:00 AM
Mlada suite
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 5082 CD
Conductor : Othmar Maga
Orchestra : Bochum Symphony
Label : Vox/MMG
10:18 AM
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K. 488
Artist : Helene Grimaud, piano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 16204 CD
Conductor : Radoslaw Szulc
Orchestra : Bavarian Radio Symph Chmb Orch
Label : D. Gramphn
10:46 AM
Concertino a 7
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 1808 CD
Conductor : Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra : Accademia Bizantina
Label : London/Dec
10:56 AM
Piano Sonata No. 9 in E Op 14, No. 1
Artist : Gina Bachauer, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Label : Mercury
11:12 AM
Symphony No. 3 in a Op 56 Scottish
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 5048 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Profil
12:06 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 12 in b Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 6165 CD
Conductor : George Malcolm
Orchestra : Northern Sinfonia of England
Label : ASV
12:21 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in d Op 61
Artist : Hans Kann, piano
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Composer : Friedrich Kalkbrenner
Catalog : 5064 CD
Conductor : Heribert Beissel
Orchestra : Sinfonie Orchester Hamburg
Label : Vox/MMG
12:53 PM
Variations on La Follia di Spagna
Artist : David Nolan, violin
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Composer : Antonio Salieri
Catalog : 955 CD
Conductor : Pietro Spada
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : ASV
1:17 PM
Suite No. 2 Suite Characteristique in C Op 53
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 93980 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Radio Symph Orch of Stuttgart
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2:00 PM
Wind Quintetin g
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Composer : Paul Taffanel
Catalog : 1250 CD
Orchestra : Borealis Wind Quintet
Label : MSR
2:25 PM
I VESPRI SICILIANI: Le quattro stagioni
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 4784916 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Label : London/Dec
3:00 PM
Ballade No. 2 in D Op 10
Artist : Nicholas Angelich, piano
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 332628 CD
Label : Vrgn Clscs
3:09 PM
Symphony No. 39 in E-Flat, K. 543
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 615 CD
Conductor : Jane Glover
Orchestra : London Mozart Players
Label : ASV
3:42 PM
Violin Concerto in D, RV 211
Artist : Giuliano Carmignola, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 51352 CD
Conductor : Andrea Marcon
Orchestra : Venice Baroque Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:06 PM
Iberia: Book I
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Composer : Isaac Albeniz (orch. Enrique Arbos)
Catalog : 80470 CD
Conductor : Jesus Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra : Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
4:26 PM
Gypsy Love Waltz
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Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 74735 CD
Conductor : Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra : Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestr
Label : Angel/EMI
4:37 PM
GYPSY LOVE: Song and Czardas
Artist : Elina Garanca, mezzo-soprano
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Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 14777 CD
Conductor : Karel Mark Chichon
Orchestra : Orchestra Sinfonica RAI, Rome
Label : D. Gramphn
4:43 PM
The Incredible Flutist-ballet suite
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Composer : Walter Piston
Catalog : 434307 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman-Rochester Sym. Orch.
Label : Mercury
5:06 PM
Letter from Home
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 559240 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
5:14 PM
Suite of Old American Dances (1949)
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Composer : Robert Russell Bennett
Catalog : 570968 CD
Conductor : Eugene Corporon
Orchestra : Lone Star Wind Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:35 PM
Concerto for Bandoneon, Strings & Percussion Aconcagua (1979)
Artist : Daniel Binelli, bandoneon
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Composer : Astor Piazzolla
Catalog : 572271 CD
Conductor : Giancarlo Guerrero
Orchestra : Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos


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

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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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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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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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