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 25, 2012

6:06 AM
Gloria in D
Artist : Lynda Russell, soprano
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 410018 CD
Conductor : George Guest
Orchestra : The Wren Orchestra
Label : Argo
6:37 AM
In dulci jubilo
Artist : Apollo’s Singers
Album :
Composer : Michael Praetorius
Catalog : 7673 CD
Conductor : Jeannette Sorrell
Orchestra : Apollo's Fire Baroque Orchest
Label : KOCH Intl.
6:46 AM
Awake, and join the cheerful choir
Artist : Andrew Lawrence King, harp
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 907325 CD
Orchestra : Anonymous 4
Label : Harm Mundi
6:52 AM
The Holly and the Ivy
Artist :
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 907325 CD
Orchestra : Anonymous 4
Label : Harm Mundi
7:06 AM
In ecclesiis a 14
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Giovanni Gabrieli
Catalog : 60970 CD
Conductor : Richard Westenburg
Label : RCA/BMG
7:16 AM
BABES IN TOYLAND: March of the Toys
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Victor Herbert
Catalog : 557545 CD
Conductor : Jerker Johansson
Orchestra : Royal Swedish Air Force Band
Label : Naxos
7:20 AM
Cantata: Nun freut euch lieben Christen
Artist : Olivier Laquerre,bass-baritone
Album :
Composer : Christoph Graupner
Catalog : 9115 CD
Conductor : Genevieve Soly
Orchestra : L'Ensemble des Idees heureuses
Label : Analekta
7:41 AM
O magnum mysterium
Artist : Shaw Chamber Singers
Album :
Composer : Morten Lauridsen
Catalog : 80461 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Label : Telarc
7:49 AM
A Christmas Festival
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 416287 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : Philips
8:06 AM
Christ is Born
Artist : Estonian Phil. Chamber Choir
Album :
Composer : Georgiy Izvekov
Catalog : 907410 CD
Conductor : Paul Hillier
Label : Harm Mundi
8:25 AM
The Many Moods of Christmas- Suite No. 2
Artist : Robert Shaw Chorale
Album :
Composer : Robert Russell Bennett
Catalog : 68805 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Orchestra : RCA Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:38 AM
Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Artist : Cambridge Singers
Album :
Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 121 CD
Conductor : John Rutter
Orchestra : London Sinfonia
Label : Collegium
8:52 AM
Geistliches Wiegenlied Op 91
Artist : Jessye Norman, soprano
Album :
Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 432731 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : Lyon Opera Orchestra
Label : Philips
9:06 AM
Carol Symphony
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Victor Hely-Hutchinson
Catalog : 64131 CD
Conductor : Barry Rose
Orchestra : Pro Arte Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:32 AM
Russian Christmas Music
Artist : George Boyer, organ
Album :
Composer : Alfred Reed
Catalog : 22173 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
9:49 AM
A Calendar of Kings
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Peter Maxwell Davies
Catalog : 907325 CD
Orchestra : Anonymous 4
Label : Harm Mundi
10:00 AM
A Suite of Carols for Strings
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 3552 CD
Conductor : Leroy Anderson
Orchestra : ...and His Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
10:13 AM
Four Christmas Motets
Artist : The Philadelphia Singers
Album :
Composer : Francis Poulenc
Catalog : 7787 CD
Conductor : Michael Korn
Label : RCA/BMG
10:25 AM
Brother Heinrich’s Christmas
Artist : Cambridge Singers
Album :
Composer : John Rutter
Catalog : 115 CD
Conductor : John Rutter
Orchestra : London Sinfonia
Label : Collegium
10:47 AM
Polish Christmas Carols
Artist : Philharmonia Chorus
Album :
Composer : Witold Lutoslawski
Catalog : 11561 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : BBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
11:20 AM
Variants on a Moravian Hymn Morning
Artist : George Boyer, organ
Album :
Composer : James Barnes
Catalog : 22173 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
11:31 AM
Laud to the Nativity of the Lord
Artist : The Philadelphia Singers
Album :
Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 7787 CD
Conductor : Michael Korn
Orchestra : Chamber Orchestra of Phila.
Label : RCA/BMG
2:00 PM
A Christmas Greeting
Artist : Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Album :
Composer : Alfred Burt
Catalog : 416287 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : Philips
2:14 PM
Weihnachtsbaum Christmas Tree
Artist : Eteri Andjaparidze, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 553461 CD
Label : Naxos
3:00 PM
Christmas Oratorio Part 1
Artist : Monika Frimmer, soprano
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 941 CD
Conductor : Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra : Bach Collegium Japan
Label : Bis
3:26 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 8in g Op 6
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 90180 CD
Conductor : Bernard Labadie
Orchestra : Les Violons du Roy, Quebec
Label : Dorian
3:41 PM
Serenade of Carols
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Morton Gould
Catalog : 5 CD
Conductor : Carl Davis
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Threefold
4:06 PM
Siegfried Idyll
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 75 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : ClevelandO
4:27 PM
The Many Moods of Christmas- Suite No. 4
Artist : Robert Shaw Chorale
Album :
Composer : Robert Russell Bennett
Catalog : 68805 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Orchestra : RCA Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:41 PM
A Christmas Carol
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Carl Davis
Catalog : 5 CD
Conductor : Carl Davis
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Threefold
5:06 PM
Christmas Night Medley
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Angela Morley
Catalog : 48232 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:17 PM
Parade of the Wooden Soldiers
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Leon Jessel
Catalog : 62698 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:23 PM
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Artist :
Album :
Composer : John Marks
Catalog : 61685 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:27 PM
Sing with Us of Christmas
Artist : Indiana U. Hoosier Singers
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 80538 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
5:37 PM
HOME ALONE: Three songs
Artist : and Chorus
Album :
Composer : John Williams
Catalog : 2006 CD
Conductor : Jeff Tyzik
Orchestra : Rochester Philharmonic
Label : RPO
5:49 PM
A Christmas Festival
Artist : Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Album :
Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 48232 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony

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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

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Crossover
2:12 pm
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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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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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1:24 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

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ENCORE!
5:20 pm
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Bass-baritone Daniel Noyola and soprano Sydney Mancasola

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3:39 pm
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Alexei Kuznetsoff Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 7:15 pm

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9:14 am
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British Pathé

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 9:42 am

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12:05 pm
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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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WRTI Spring Member Drive
5:39 am
Wed April 23, 2014

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