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.

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December 21, 2012

6:06 AM
Ruy Blas Overture Op 95
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 417541 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
6:15 AM
Once in Royal David’s City
Artist : Choir Kings College, Cambridge
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 4759177 CD
Conductor : Stephen Cleobury
Label : London/Dec
6:21 AM
Horn Sonata No. 2
Artist : Barry Tuckwell, horn
Album :
Composer : Luigi Cherubini
Catalog : 86558 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
6:30 AM
Balletti a cinque: Introduzione Seconda
Artist :
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 32006 CD
Conductor : Pal Nemeth
Orchestra : Savaria Baroque Orchestra
Label : Hungaroton
6:37 AM
Winter Wonderland
Artist :
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Composer : Felix Bernard
Catalog : 61685 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
6:42 AM
Danish Folk Music Suite: Jutish Melody
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Composer : Percy Aldridge Grainger
Catalog : 7003 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
6:52 AM
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Artist : Philadelphia Chorus
Album :
Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 6430 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
6:55 AM
Te Deum: Prelude
Artist : William Kuhlman, organ
Album :
Composer : Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Catalog : 80614 CD
Conductor : Rolf Smedvig
Orchestra : Empire Brass
Label : Telarc
7:06 AM
MAGIC FLUTE Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4775789 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
7:14 AM
The Black Horse Troop
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 1998 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:19 AM
Slavonic Dance No. 2 in e Op 46
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 430171 CD
Conductor : Christoph Von Dohnanyi
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
7:28 AM
THE GORDIAN KNOT UNTIED Suite No. 2
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Composer : Henry Purcell
Catalog : 2857 CD
Conductor : Jon Ceander Mitchell
Orchestra : Philharmonia Bulgarica
Label : Centaur
7:34 AM
Mille cherubini in coro
Artist : Gumpoldskirchner Kinder Chor
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 53358 CD
Conductor : Vjekoslav Sutej
Orchestra : Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:42 AM
Sones de Mariachi
Artist :
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Composer : Blas Galindo
Catalog : 550838 CD
Conductor : Enrique Batiz
Orchestra : Festival Orchestra of Mexico
Label : Naxos
7:49 AM
Good King Wenceslas
Artist : Shaw Chamber Singers
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 80377 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Label : Telarc
7:53 AM
Entry March of the Boyars
Artist :
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Composer : Johan Halvorsen
Catalog : 10584 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Bergen Philharmonic
Label : Chandos
8:06 AM
Tritsch-Tratsch Polka Chit-Chat Polka Op 214
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 1045 CD
Conductor : Janos Ferencsik
Orchestra : Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Label : Hungaroton
8:10 AM
Oboe Concerto in d
Artist : Christian Hommel, oboe
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 554169 CD
Conductor : Helmut Muller-Bruhl
Orchestra : Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:28 AM
A Christmas Bouquet
Artist : Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Album :
Composer : Alfred Burt
Catalog : 48232 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:32 AM
Twelve Variations on Ah, vous dirai-je maman in C
Artist : John Novacek, piano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 3013 CD
Label : FourWinds
8:48 AM
Lieutenant Kije Suite: Troika Op 60
Artist :
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Composer : Sergei Prokofiev
Catalog : 64249 CD
Conductor : Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:53 AM
Sleigh Ride
Artist :
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 6430 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
9:06 AM
Punch and Judy overture
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Composer : Leroy Robertson
Catalog : 8155 CD
Conductor : Maurice Abravanel
Orchestra : Utah Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
9:15 AM
String Sextet in C Op 140
Artist : Sandor Papp, viola
Album :
Composer : Louis Spohr
Catalog : 555968 CD
Orchestra : New Haydn Quartet
Label : Naxos
9:41 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
10:00 AM
Christnacht Cantata for chorus,
Artist : Berlin Philharmonic Choir
Album :
Composer : Hugo Wolf
Catalog : 313013 CD
Conductor : Uwe Gronostay
Orchestra : Berlin Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : KOCHSchwan
10:21 AM
Orchestral Suite (Overture) No. 3in D
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 69879 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
10:44 AM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in d Op 40
Artist : Andras Schiff, piano
Album :
Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 4780105 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Bavarian Radio Symphony
Label : London/Dec
11:08 AM
Symphony No. 3 in e Op 53
Artist :
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Composer : Zdenek Fibich
Catalog : 9328 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:06 PM
A Suite of Carols for Brass Choir
Artist :
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 559621 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : BBC Concert Orchestra
Label : Naxos
12:19 PM
Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orch. in D
Artist : Christoph Eschenbach, piano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 89488 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : Sym Orch N. D. R. Hamburg
Label : CBS/Sony
12:49 PM
Pohjola’s Daughter Op 49
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 80320 CD
Conductor : Yoel Levi
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
1:05 PM
Rosenkranz Sonata No. 3 The Nativity
Artist : Leah Gale Nelson, violin
Album :
Composer : Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber
Catalog : 8079 CD
Label : Lyrichord
1:13 PM
Romantic Symphony
Artist :
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Composer : Carlo Giorgio Garofalo
Catalog : 225183 CD
Conductor : Joel Spiegelman
Orchestra : New Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
2:00 PM
Concert No. 2
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Composer : Jean-Philippe Rameau
Catalog : 1845 CD
Conductor : Christophe Rousset
Orchestra : Les Talens Lyriques
Label : London/Dec
2:16 PM
Christmas Oratorio
Artist : Edith Wiens, soprano
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 50512 CD
Conductor : Dieter Hellmann
Orchestra : Mainz Chamber Orchestra
Label : Calig
3:00 PM
O Tannenbaum O Christmas Tree
Artist :
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Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 66087 CD
Conductor : Carmen Dragon
Orchestra : Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orches
Label : Angel/EMI
3:04 PM
Concerto for violin & cello in a Op 102
Artist : Julia Fischer, violin
Album :
Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 66 CD
Conductor : Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra : Netherlands Philharmonic Orch
Label : Pentatone
3:43 PM
Variations Symphoniques
Artist : Francois-Joel Thiollier, piano
Album :
Composer : Cesar Franck
Catalog : 553472 CD
Conductor : Roberto Benzi
Orchestra : Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:06 PM
O Holy Night Cantique de Noel
Artist : Luciano Pavarotti, tenor
Album :
Composer : Adolph Adam
Catalog : 443401 CD
Conductor : Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra : National Philharmonic Orch.
Label : London/Dec
4:12 PM
Ave Maria Op 52
Artist : Renata Tebaldi, soprano
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 4758134 CD
Conductor : Anton Guadagno
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:18 PM
Il est ne le divin enfant
Artist : Roberto Alagna, tenor
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 57017 CD
Conductor : Robin Smith
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:23 PM
White Christmas
Artist : Bryn Terfel, baritone
Album :
Composer : Irving Berlin
Catalog : 449965 CD
Conductor : Paul Daniel
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
4:30 PM
Panis Angelicus
Artist : Placido Domingo, tenor
Album :
Composer : Cesar Franck
Catalog : 471575 CD
Conductor : Marcello Viotti
Orchestra : Orch. Sinf. di Milano G. Verdi
Label : D. Gramphn
4:36 PM
Twelve Days of Christmas
Artist : Ambrosian Singers
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 4759177 CD
Conductor : Richard Bonynge
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:41 PM
Sleigh Ride
Artist : Placido Domingo, tenor
Album :
Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 89131 CD
Conductor : Steven Mercurio
Orchestra : Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:45 PM
O Come, All Ye Faithful
Artist : Gumpoldskirchner Kinder Chor
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 30821 CD
Conductor : Paul Angerer
Orchestra : Austrian Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : Orfeo
4:50 PM
A Christmas Garland
Artist : Jessye Norman, soprano
Album :
Composer : Bruce Saylor
Catalog : 454640 CD
Conductor : David Robertson
Label : Philips
4:56 PM
The Virgin’s Slumber Song
Artist : Mario Lanza, tenor
Album :
Composer : Max Reger
Catalog : 6427 CD
Conductor : Constantine Callinicos
Orchestra : Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:06 PM
Chaste Barbara Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Oskar Nedbal
Catalog : 192 CD
Conductor : Douglas Bostock
Orchestra : Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra
Label : Classico
5:14 PM
At Twilight Op 39
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Composer : Zdenek Fibich
Catalog : 3197 CD
Conductor : Frantisek Vajnar
Orchestra : Prague Radio Symphony
Label : Supraphon
5:32 PM
LA GIOCONDA: Dance of the Hours
Artist :
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Composer : Amilcare Ponchielli
Catalog : 791631 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:44 PM
LA GIOCONDA: Suicidio!
Artist : Renata Tebaldi, soprano
Album :
Composer : Amilcare Ponchielli
Catalog : 4758134 CD
Conductor : Oliviero de Fabritiis
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
5:50 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 8 in f Op 1 Christmas Concerto
Artist :
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Composer : Pietro Antonio Locatelli
Catalog : 550567 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos

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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

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
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

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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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