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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November 20, 2012

6:06 AM
Coriolan Overture in c Op 62
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 42103 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Bavarian Radio Symphony
Label : CBS/Sony
6:15 AM
Water Music Suite No. 3 in G
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 2569 CD
Conductor : Bernard Labadie
Orchestra : Les Violons du Roy, Quebec
Label : ATMA
6:30 AM
Concerto Grosso in g Op 1, No. 12
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Composer : Pietro Antonio Locatelli
Catalog : 550877 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
6:44 AM
Ancient Airs and Dances: Suite No. 1
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 47116 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:06 AM
Sinfonia in D
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Composer : Antonio Sacchini
Catalog : 2020 CD
Conductor : Enzo Amato
Orchestra : Chamber Orchestra of Naples
Label : Concerto
7:15 AM
The Picador
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 303 CD
Conductor : Leonard B. Smith
Orchestra : Detroit Concert band
Label : WalkingFro
7:19 AM
THE DEMON: Lesginka (Caucasian Dance)
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Composer : Anton Rubinstein
Catalog : 550328 CD
Conductor : Michael Halasz
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:28 AM
Spanish Lady Suite
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 7761 CD
Orchestra : Guildhall String Ensemble
Label : RCA/BMG
7:43 AM
Symphony No. 5 in D
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 46 CD
Conductor : Antonio Janigro
Orchestra : I Solisti Zagreb
Label : VangrdOmeg
7:52 AM
Concerto No. 9 for oboe and strings in F Op 7
Artist : Anthony Camden, oboe
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 553002 CD
Conductor : John Georgiadis
Orchestra : London Virtuosi
Label : Naxos
8:06 AM
Gloriana: Courtly Dances
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Composer : Benjamin Britten
Catalog : 69422 CD
Conductor : Uri Segal
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:16 AM
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Composer : Dmitri S. Bortnyansky
Catalog : 10370 CD
Orchestra : Moscow Phil. Chamber Ensemble
Label : MCA
8:28 AM
Symphony No. 16 in C, K. 128
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 220540 CD
Conductor : Adam Fischer
Orchestra : Danish Radio Sinfonietta
Label : Da Capo
8:41 AM
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Composer : Otto Nicolai
Catalog : 48376 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:53 AM
Colonial Song
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Composer : Percy Aldridge Grainger
Catalog : 434330 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Rochester Pops
Label : Mercury
9:06 AM
Divertimento Op 26
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Composer : Daniel Gregory Mason
Catalog : 693 CD
Orchestra : Calico Winds
Label : Albany
9:25 AM
Ballade for piano and orchestra Op 19
Artist : John Ogdon, piano
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Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 92747 CD
Conductor : Louis Frémaux
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
9:44 AM
Flute Quartet in A, K. 298
Artist : Sharon Bezaly, flute
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 1044 CD
Orchestra : Salzburger Solisten
Label : Bis
10:00 AM
The Birds Gli Uccelli
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 37676 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
10:22 AM
Serenade for Strings in C Op 48
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 1150 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Ondine
10:59 AM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in e Op 120
Artist : Klaus Hellwig, piano
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Composer : Carl Reinecke
Catalog : 999239 CD
Conductor : Alun Francis
Orchestra : Northwest German Philharmonic
Label : CPO
11:29 AM
Symphony No. 1 in C
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 25018 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : VangrdWelk
12:06 PM
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4779445 CD
Conductor : Andrea Marcon
Orchestra : La Cetra Baroque Orch., Basel
Label : D. Gramphn
12:15 PM
Piano Trio in E-Flat Op 70, No. 2
Artist : Daniel Barenboim, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 50807 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
12:49 PM
Rondo for string quartet in c
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Composer : Anton Bruckner
Catalog : 570788 CD
Orchestra : Fine Arts Quartet
Label : Naxos
12:58 PM
Symphony No. 1 in D
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Composer : Gustav Mahler
Catalog : 39 CD
Conductor : Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra : San Francisco Symphony
Label : SanFranSym
2:00 PM
Symphonic Poem No. 10: Hamlet
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 66834 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
2:17 PM
The Seasons Ballet Op 67
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 80347 CD
Conductor : Edo de Waart
Orchestra : Minnesota Orchestra
Label : Telarc
3:00 PM
Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat
Artist : George Vosburgh, trumpet
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Composer : Johann Baptist Georg Neruda
Catalog : 3024 CD
Conductor : Arnie Roth
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Cham. Orch.
Label : FourWinds
3:18 PM
Music For the Theatre
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 60177 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
3:42 PM
Suite No. 1 for 2 pianos in F Op 15
Artist : Brenda Lucas, piano; John Ogden, piano
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Composer : Anton Arensky
Catalog : 69386 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
4:06 PM
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Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 550792 CD
Conductor : Igor Golovschin
Orchestra : Russian Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:30 PM
Rhythmic Variations on two ancient hymns
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Composer : Howard Hanson
Catalog : 559072 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra : Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:42 PM
Woodland Sketches Op 51
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Composer : Edward MacDowell (arr. Frank Winterbottom)
Catalog : 43 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Dallas Wind Symphony
Label : Reference
5:06 PM
King John Overture Op 111
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Composer : Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Catalog : 572501 CD
Conductor : Andrew Penny
Orchestra : West Australian Symphony Orch.
Label : Naxos
5:17 PM
Morning Mood
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Composer : Lodewijk Mortelmans
Catalog : 223418 CD
Conductor : Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra : BRT Philharmonic, Brussels
Label : MarcoPolo
5:30 PM
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Composer : Sir Arnold Bax
Catalog : 4 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Virginia Symphony
Label : VirginiaSO
5:48 PM
The Maltese Falcon: Suite
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Composer : Adolph Deutsch
Catalog : 557701 CD
Conductor : William Stromberg
Orchestra : Moscow 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

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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WRTI Spring Member Drive
5:39 am
Wed April 23, 2014

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Right now, we're asking you to listen to this simple truth: WRTI relies on listeners who are willing to become members to keep this music service going for you and the entire community. Over 50% of our operating costs come from listener-members.