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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December 18, 2012

6:06 AM
String Symphony No. 3 in e
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 5141 CD
Conductor : William Boughton
Orchestra : English String Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
6:15 AM
Violin Concerto in g, BWV 1056
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 47073 CD
Conductor : Itzhak Perlman
Orchestra : Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:29 AM
Coronation March Op 65
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 553564 CD
Conductor : George Hurst
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
6:43 AM
Overture in the Italian Style in D, D. 590
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 385853 CD
Conductor : Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra : Menuhin Festival Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:51 AM
Caroling Fun
Artist : Sch. Creative & Perf. Arts chr
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Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 80538 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:06 AM
Three German Dances, K. 605
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 416484 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
7:15 AM
Sound Off
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 95163 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:18 AM
THE TSAR’S BRIDE Overture
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 572788 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:28 AM
Tales From Vienna Woods Op 325
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 48164 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:44 AM
Christmas Overture
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Composer : Otto Nicolai
Catalog : 91079 CD
Conductor : Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : Vrgn Clscs
7:52 AM
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
8:06 AM
Capriccio Italien Op 45
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 907393 CD
Conductor : Daniele Gatti
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Harm Mundi
8:22 AM
Nutcracker: Arabian Dance (coffee) Op 71
Artist : Malinova Sisters, piano duo
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 7172 CD
Label : KOCH Intl.
8:28 AM
Africa Fantasie Op 89
Artist : Gwendoline Mok, piano
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 1015 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Cala
8:43 AM
Symphony No. 34 in E-Flat, P. 26
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Composer : J. Michael Haydn
Catalog : 481 CD
Conductor : Hans-Peter Frank
Orchestra : Helsingborgs Symph. Orchestra
Label : Bis
8:51 AM
Ave Maria
Artist : Shaw Chamber Singers
Album :
Composer : Franz Biebl
Catalog : 80461 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Label : Telarc
9:06 AM
Marche Ecossaise
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Composer : Claude Debussy (arr. Kocsis)
Catalog : 32106 CD
Conductor : Zoltan Kocsis
Orchestra : Hungarian Natl. Philharmonic
Label : Hungaroton
9:14 AM
Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Artist : Stephen Varcoe, baritone; Cambridge Singers
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 121 CD
Conductor : John Rutter
Orchestra : London Sinfonia
Label : Collegium
9:29 AM
Serenade for Strings in E Op 22
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 60105 CD
Conductor : Scott Yoo
Orchestra : Metamorphosen
Label :
10:00 AM
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
10:20 AM
Cello Concerto in a Op 129
Artist : Jacqueline DuPre, cello
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 74755 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:49 AM
Concerto for flute and lute in F
Artist : Richard Stone, lute
Album :
Composer : Silvius Leopold Weiss
Catalog : 707 CD
Orchestra : Tempesta di Mare
Label : Chandos
11:07 AM
A Christmas Flourish
Artist : Turtle Creek Chorale
Album :
Composer : Randol Alan Bass
Catalog : 10602 CD
Conductor : Timothy Seelig
Label : TCC
11:24 AM
Symphony No. 1 in E-Flat Op 2
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 94360 CD
Conductor : Jean Martinon
Orchestra : Orchestre National de O.R.T.F.
Label : Brilliant
12:06 PM
In the Bleak Midwinter
Artist : ASMF Chorus
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 442141 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
12:13 PM
Rondo for Violin & Orchestra in B-Flat, K. 269
Artist : Christian Tetzlaff, violin
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 61842 CD
Conductor : Stephan Tetzlaff
Orchestra : Deutsche Kammerphil. Bremen
Label : Vrgn Clscs
12:24 PM
Symphony No. 8 in c
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Composer : Anton Bruckner
Catalog : 2513 CD
Conductor : Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra : Montreal,Orch. Metropolitain
Label : ATMA
2:00 PM
Slavonic Rhapsody No. 2 in g Op 45
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 416624 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Philips
2:16 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in e Op 11
Artist : Olga Kern, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 907402 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : Warsaw Philharmonic
Label : Harm Mundi
3:00 PM
Egmont Overture Op 84
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 148 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Pentatone
3:11 PM
Symphony No. 2 Op 9 Antar
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 72019 CD
Conductor : Maurice Abravanel
Orchestra : Utah Symphony Orchestra
Label : VangrdWelk
3:43 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 8 in g Op 6 Christmas Concerto
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 412739 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Philips
4:06 PM
Symphony No. 34 in C, K. 338
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 412954 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
4:30 PM
Gloria
Artist : Choir Kings College, Cambridge
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Composer : John Rutter
Catalog : 57952 CD
Conductor : Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
4:51 PM
Nocturne (Notturno) for piano trio in E-Flat Op 148, D. 897
Artist : Jean-Philippe Collard, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 74197 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
5:06 PM
Two Fragments After the Song of Roland Op 30
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Composer : Edward MacDowell
Catalog : 104 CD
Conductor : Karl Krueger
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Lib Cong
5:18 PM
Violin Concerto No. 1 in a, BWV 1041
Artist : Lara St. John, violin
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 131 CD
Orchestra : New York Bach Ensemble
Label : Ancalagon
5:31 PM
Scenes de Ballet Op 52
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 80347 CD
Conductor : Edo de Waart
Orchestra : Minnesota Orchestra
Label : Telarc

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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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