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 18, 2012

6:06 AM
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 1029 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Cala
6:17 AM
Concerto Grosso in e
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 6541 CD
Conductor : Adrian Shepherd
Orchestra : Cantilena
Label : Chandos
6:30 AM
Concerto No. 10 in b Op 3, RV 580
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 412128 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Philips
6:42 AM
Suite for strings and winds in C
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Composer : Andreas Hammerschmidt
Catalog : 1170 CD
Conductor : Jordi Savall
Orchestra : Hesperion XX
Label : ArsMusici
7:06 AM
I Got Rhythm Variations
Artist : Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
Album :
Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 9252 CD
Conductor : Justin Brown
Orchestra : Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bridge
7:15 AM
The Liberty Bell (1893)
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 88115 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:19 AM
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Composer : Luigi Cherubini
Catalog : 350221 CD
Conductor : Donato Renzetti
Orchestra : Orchestra della Toscana
Label : EuropaMusi
7:28 AM
Sinfonia No. 2 in B-Flat, Wq. 182
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 73326 CD
Conductor : Thomas Fueri
Orchestra : Bern Camerata
Label : Denon
7:43 AM
Concerto for Recorder and Flute in e
Artist : Matthias Maute, recorder; Sophie Lariviere, flute
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 9919 CD
Conductor : Matthias Maute
Orchestra : Ensemble Caprice
Label : Analekta
8:06 AM
Introduction and Rondo Brillant in A Op 56
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
Album :
Composer : Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Catalog : 1196 CD
Conductor : Bystrik Rezucha
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MSR
8:20 AM
Praeludium & Allegro
Artist : Yan-Pascal Tortelier, violin
Album :
Composer : Fritz Kreisler
Catalog : 8792 CD
Conductor : Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
8:28 AM
The Perfect Fool Ballet Music Op 39
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 61257 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Vrgn Clscs
8:43 AM
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 572787 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
9:06 AM
Hebrides Overture in D Op 26
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 81788 CD
Conductor : Moshe Atzmon
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:18 AM
Rodeo- Four Dance Episodes
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 63511 CD
Conductor : Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra : San Francisco Symphony
Label : RCA/BMG
9:40 AM
Ancient Airs and Dances: Suite No. 2
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 47116 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:00 AM
Symphony No. 35 in B-Flat
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 550721 CD
Conductor : Nicholas Ward
Orchestra : Northern Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:21 AM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Op 11
Artist : Gerhard Oppitz, piano
Album :
Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 68219 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Bavarian Radio Symphony
Label : RCA/BMG
10:44 AM
Andantino in A
Artist : Marat Bisengaliev, violin; John Lenehan, piano
Album :
Composer : Joseph Joachim
Catalog : 553026 CD
Label : Naxos
10:59 AM
Violin Concerto in a Op 53
Artist : Christian Tetzlaff, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 391346 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
11:33 AM
Variations on a Theme by Haydn Op 56
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 4782365 CD
Conductor : Bernard Haitink
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
12:06 PM
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 63301 CD
Conductor : Fritz Reiner
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
12:18 PM
Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat, K. 364
Artist : Rafael Druian, violin; Abram Skernick, viola
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 37810 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
12:52 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 5 in D Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 6584 CD
Conductor : Karl Richter
Orchestra : Munich Bach Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
1:12 PM
Piano Trio in E-Flat Op 100, D. 929
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 6580 CD
Orchestra : Golub-Kaplan-Carr Trio
Label : Arabesque
2:00 PM
Cupid and Psyche Ballet
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Composer : Lord Berners
Catalog : 223780 CD
Conductor : David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra : RTE Sinfonietta, Dublin
Label : MarcoPolo
2:28 PM
Wasps (Aristophanes): Incidental Music
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 47216 CD
Conductor : Adrian Boult
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:00 PM
Valse Triste Op 44
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 39785 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
3:07 PM
Symphony No. 2 Op 9 Antar
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 423604 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
3:43 PM
Serenade for string orchestra in e Op 20
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 10055 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Klein
Orchestra : New York Virtuosi Chamber Sym
Label : Vox/MMG
4:06 PM
Siegfried Idyll
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 64107 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
4:28 PM
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Composer : Emmerich Kalman
Catalog : 2012611 CD
Conductor : Kurt Woss
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Gram.Loden
4:35 PM
DIE CSARDASFURSTIN: Heia, heia in den Bergen is mein Heimatland
Artist : Anna Netrebko, soprano
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Composer : Emmerich Kalman
Catalog : 12217 CD
Conductor : Emmanuel Villaume
Orchestra : Prague Philharmonia
Label : D. Gramphn
4:39 PM
Il Bacio
Artist : Anna Netrebko, soprano
Album :
Composer : Luigi Arditi
Catalog : 12217 CD
Conductor : Emmanuel Villaume
Orchestra : Prague Philharmonia
Label : D. Gramphn
4:45 PM
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 4780237 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : London/Dec
5:06 PM
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 68468 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Label : CBS/Sony
5:18 PM
Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in f, BWV 1056
Artist : Simone Dinnerstein, piano
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 81742 CD
Orchestra : Berlin Staatskapelle Chmb Orch
Label : CBS/Sony
5:28 PM
Overture to an Italian Comedy
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Composer : Arthur Benjamin
Catalog : 442374 CD
Conductor : Joseph Post
Orchestra : Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Label : ABC
5:37 PM
Six Caribbean Pieces No. 4 Jamaican Rhumba
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Composer : Arthur Benjamin
Catalog : 434349 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Rochester Pops Orch
Label : Mercury
5:43 PM
Sitting Pretty
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Composer : Jerome Kern
Catalog : 68589 CD
Conductor : John McGlinn
Orchestra : National Philharmonic Orch.
Label : Angel/EMI
5:49 PM
OKLAHOMA: Selections
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Composer : Richard Rodgers (arr. Robert Russell Bennett)
Catalog : 80278 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc


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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