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 21, 2012

6:06 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 5 in d Op 3
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 907415 CD
Conductor : Richard Egarr
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : Harm Mundi
6:16 AM
Suite of Three Pieces Op 116
Artist : Susan Milan, flute
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Composer : Benjamin Godard
Catalog : 8840 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : City of London Sinfonia
Label : Chandos
6:30 AM
Four Seasons: No.4 Winter (L’Inverno) in f Op 8
Artist : Iona Brown, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 98107 CD
Conductor : Iona Brown
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Hanssler
6:42 AM
LA BOHEME Fantasy for Orchestra
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 49552 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
7:06 AM
Schwanda the Bagpiper
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Composer : Jaromier Weinberger
Catalog : 63053 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:15 AM
The Gridiron Club
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 3 CD
Conductor : Colonel John R. Bourgeois
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:18 AM
Gladiator: Suite
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Composer : Hans Zimmer
Catalog : 80600 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:28 AM
Fantasie on Beethoven’s Ruin of Athens
Artist : Philip Thomson, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 31525 CD
Conductor : Kerry Stratton
Orchestra : Hungarian State Orchestra
Label : Hungaroton
7:43 AM
Slavonic Rhapsody No. 3 in A-Flat Op 45
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 416623 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Philips
8:06 AM
Eight Russian Folk Songs for Orchestra Op 58
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Composer : Anatol Liadov
Catalog : 61901 CD
Conductor : Dmitri Kitayenko
Orchestra : Bergen Philharmonic
Label : Vrgn Clscs
8:20 AM
Empire March (1924)
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 10570 CD
Conductor : Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra : BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
8:28 AM
PRINCE IGOR: Polovtsian Dances
Artist : Atlanta Symphony Chorus
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 80397 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
8:43 AM
Violin Concerto No. 1 in a
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
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Composer : Jean-Baptiste Accolay
Catalog : 56750 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : Julliard Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:51 AM
Adagietto
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 13341 CD
Conductor : Alberto Veronesi
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
9:06 AM
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 1 in c-Sharp
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 37772 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
9:20 AM
Banks of Green Willow
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Composer : George Butterworth
Catalog : 436401 CD
Conductor : Grant Llewellyn
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Argo
9:30 AM
Concerto No. 1 for 2 Pianos & Orchestra in E
Artist : Guher & Suher Pekinel, pianos
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 9711 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Chandos
10:00 AM
Orchestral Suite (Overture) No. 1 in C
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 423492 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
10:22 AM
Cello Concerto in a
Artist : Anner Bylsma, cello
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 90800 CD
Conductor : Gustav Leonhardt
Orchestra : Orch of Age of Enlightenment
Label : Vrgn Clscs
10:51 AM
Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-Sharp Op 78
Artist : Stephen Kovacevich, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 62700 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
11:04 AM
Concert No. 5
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Composer : Jean-Philippe Rameau
Catalog : 118 CD
Orchestra : Baroque Nouveau
Label : Reference
11:20 AM
Symphony in B-Flat Op 20
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Composer : Ernest Chausson
Catalog : 8369 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Belgian Radio & TV Symph Orch
Label : Chandos
12:06 PM
Les Francs-Juges Op 3
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 553034 CD
Conductor : Yoav Talmi
Orchestra : San Diego Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
12:21 PM
Concerto Pathétique for Piano and Orch. in e
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 1148 CD
Conductor : Kirk Trevor
Orchestra : Bohuslav Martinu Philh., Zlin
Label : MSR
12:45 PM
Symphony in B-Flat Op 12
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Composer : Francois Joseph Gossec
Catalog : 218 CD
Conductor : Guy Van Waas
Orchestra : Les Agrémens
Label : Ricercare
1:01 PM
Manfred Symphony Op 58
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 2216 CD
Conductor : Raymond Leppard
Orchestra : Indianapolis Symphony Orch.
Label : Koss Class
2:00 PM
The Planets Op 32
Artist : Montreal Symphony Chorus
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 417553 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
3:00 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 5 in d
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Composer : Alessandro Scarlatti
Catalog : 45495 CD
Conductor : Fabio Biondi
Orchestra : Europa Galante
Label : Vrgn Clscs
3:08 PM
Violin Concerto No. 3 in b Op 61
Artist : Isaac Stern, violin
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 64501 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : CBS/Sony
3:43 PM
Theme and Variations in G
Artist : Karl-Otto Hartmann,bassoon
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Composer : Antonin Reicha
Catalog : 170021 CD
Conductor : Milan Lajc¡k
Orchestra : Prague Chamber Orchestra
Label : Orfeo
4:06 PM
En Saga (Symphonic Poem) Op 9
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 80320 CD
Conductor : Yoel Levi
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
4:28 PM
LA FAVORITA: Ballet Music from Act III
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Composer : Gaetano Donizetti
Catalog : 66229 CD
Conductor : Marcello Viotti
Orchestra : Munich Radio Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:38 PM
Lucrezia Borgia: Com’e soave le tenere
Artist : Juan Diego Florez, tenor
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Composer : Gaetano Donizetti
Catalog : 3136 CD
Conductor : Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra : Orch. Giuseppe Verdi, Milan
Label : London/Dec
4:48 PM
THAIS: Meditation
Artist : Michael Ludwig, violin
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Composer : Jules Massenet
Catalog : 5 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Virginia Symphony
Label : HamptonRds
5:06 PM
Die Provinzialen Waltzes
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Composer : Benjamin Bilse
Catalog : 777341 CD
Conductor : Christian Simonis
Orchestra : West German Radio Symphony
Label : CPO
5:15 PM
Soirees Musicales (after Rossini) Op 9
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Composer : Benjamin Britten
Catalog : 87062 CD
Conductor : Patrick Peire
Orchestra : New Flemish Symphony Orchestra
Label : R. Gailly
5:28 PM
Five Meditations for Orchestra
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Composer : John Rutter
Catalog : 1821 CD
Conductor : John Rutter
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
5:50 PM
Fiddler on the Roof: Excerpts
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Composer : Jerry Bock
Catalog : 416499 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : Philips

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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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