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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Playlist

February 05, 2013

6:06 AM
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in c-Sharp
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
6:17 AM
Variations on theme from Magic Flute in F Op 66
Artist : Jacqueline DuPre, cello; Daniel Barenboim, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 68132 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
6:30 AM
Overture No. 5 in F
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 6531 CD
Conductor : Adrian Shepherd
Orchestra : Cantilena
Label : Chandos
6:40 AM
A LIFE FOR THE TSAR: 3 dances
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Composer : Mikhail Glinka
Catalog : 1000166 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
7:06 AM
Concerto Grosso in d Op 2
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Composer : Francesco Geminiani
Catalog : 553019 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
7:14 AM
Magna Charta
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 302 CD
Conductor : Leonard B. Smith
Orchestra : Detroit Concert band
Label : WalkingFro
7:18 AM
Polonaise No. 3 in A Op 40
Artist : Lang Lang, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 782933 CD
Label : CBS/Sony
7:26 AM
Patrie- Overture Op 19
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 434321 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
7:40 AM
Menuet Antique
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 75526 CD
Conductor : Jean Martinon
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : Angel/EMI
7:48 AM
Variations for clarinet and orchestra
Artist : Dieter Klocker, clarinet
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Composer : Conradin Kreutzer
Catalog : 223431 CD
Conductor : Gernot Schmalfuss
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
8:06 AM
The Sorcerer: Overture
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Composer : Sir Arthur Sullivan
Catalog : 64409 CD
Conductor : Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra : Pro Arte Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:13 AM
Concerto Grosso in d Op 2
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Composer : John Stanley
Catalog : 638 CD
Conductor : Simon Standage
Orchestra : Collegium Musicum 90
Label : Chandos
8:26 AM
Flute Concerto in G
Artist : Severino Gazzelloni, flute
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Composer : Giuseppe Tartini
Catalog : 154 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Pentatone
8:39 AM
Forest Bells Waltz
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Composer : Oskar Nedbal
Catalog : 192 CD
Conductor : Douglas Bostock
Orchestra : Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra
Label : Classico
8:46 AM
Mazurka-oberek for violin and orchestra
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 55475 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : Abbey Road Ensemble
Label : Angel/EMI
9:06 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
9:16 AM
Symphony No. 95 in c
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 5200 CD
Conductor : Adam Fischer
Orchestra : Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orch
Label : Nimbus
9:39 AM
Fantasy for violin in C Op 131
Artist : Lena Neudauer, violin
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 93258 CD
Conductor : Pablo Gonzalez
Orchestra : German Radio Philharmonic
Label : Hanssler
10:00 AM
Siegfried Idyll
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 64456 CD
Conductor : Bruno Walter
Orchestra : Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:20 AM
Violin Concerto No. 1 in f-Sharp Op 14
Artist : Marat Bisengaliev, violin
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Composer : Henryk Wieniawski
Catalog : 553517 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : Polish National Radio Orchestr
Label : Naxos
10:50 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 11 in c Op 3
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Composer : Francesco Manfredini
Catalog : 553891 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
11:00 AM
Helios Overture Op 17
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Composer : Carl Nielsen
Catalog : 6533 CD
Conductor : Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra : Royal Scottish National Orch
Label : Chandos
11:13 AM
Cantabile doloroso & Rondo giocoso
Artist : Charlie Siem, violin
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Composer : Ole Bull
Catalog : 66661 CD
Conductor : Andrew Gourlay
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Warner Bro
11:24 AM
Symphony No. 3 in C
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Composer : Franz Berwald
Catalog : 553052 CD
Conductor : Okko Kamu
Orchestra : Helsingborgs Symph. Orchestra
Label : Naxos
12:06 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 10 in d Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 2065 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Handel & Haydn Society
Label : Avie
12:21 PM
Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-Flat Op 87
Artist : Emanuel Ax, piano
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 62597 CD
Label : CBS/Sony
12:56 PM
Violin Concerto in C
Artist : Giuliano Carmignola, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 6504 CD
Conductor : Andrea Marcon
Orchestra : Venice Baroque Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
1:12 PM
Harold in Italy Op 16
Artist : Antoine Tamestit, viola
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 5266 CD
Conductor : Marc Minkowski
Orchestra : Les Musiciens du Louvre
Label : Naive
2:00 PM
Suite for Organ, Harpsichord, and Orchestra
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Gustav Mahler)
Catalog : 89012 CD
Conductor : Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra : Los Angeles Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
2:22 PM
Also Sprach Zarathustra Op 30
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 64106 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:00 PM
Ballade in a Op 33
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Composer : Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Catalog : 436401 CD
Conductor : Grant Llewellyn
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Argo
3:13 PM
Violin Concerto No. 2 in d Op 22
Artist : Juliette Kang, violin
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Composer : Henryk Wieniawski
Catalog : 5197 CD
Conductor : Sergiu Commissiona
Orchestra : Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBC(RCI)
3:39 PM
Introduction & Allegro Op 47
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 2882 CD
Conductor : Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Intersound
4:06 PM
Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra in g Op 24
Artist : Michael Ludwig, violin
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Composer : Josef Suk
Catalog : 572323 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
4:31 PM
CARMEN Prelude
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 412236 CD
Conductor : Silvio Varviso
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Philips
4:35 PM
PEARL FISHERS: Mi par d’udir ancora:
Artist : Jussi Bjoerling, tenor
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 75900 CD
Conductor : Nils Gravillius
Orchestra : Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:41 PM
PEARL FISHERS: Au fond du temple saint
Artist : Jussi Bjoerling, tenor; Robert Merrill, baritone
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 61440 CD
Conductor : Renato Cellini
Orchestra : RCA Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:47 PM
Escales
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Composer : Jacques Ibert
Catalog : 62644 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:06 PM
Vals Poetico
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Composer : Felipe Villanueva
Catalog : 550838 CD
Conductor : Enrique Batiz
Orchestra : Festival Orchestra of Mexico
Label : Naxos
5:10 PM
OTELLO: Ballet Music
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 791631 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:19 PM
Roumanian Rhapsody No. 2 in D Op 11
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Composer : Georges Enesco
Catalog : 75179 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orch
Label : Erato
5:32 PM
Africa
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Composer : William Grant Still
Catalog : 559174 CD
Conductor : John Jeter
Orchestra : Fort Smith Symphony
Label : Naxos

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Donald Nally's Message to the Community
9:08 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Passing of The Crossing's Jeffrey Dinsmore

Tenor Jeffrey Dinsmore (1972-2014)

Jeffrey Dinsmore, co-founder and integral member of the Philadelphia choral ensemble The Crossing, died suddenly on April 14th in Los Angeles at age 42. The Crossing's conductor Donald Nally sent out this email message (below) about Jeff's passing. This is such a sad loss for Jeff's family and loved ones, and for everyone in Philadelphia's choral community.

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Creatively Speaking
9:02 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Don Is Back!

Opera Philadelphia's production of Mozart's DON GIOVANNI opens on April 25 at the Academy of Music.

Don Juan, one of fiction's most infamous scoundrels, returns to the opera stage in Philadelphia next week.  As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, Opera Philadelphia's latest production is also a showcase for singers who learned their craft in the city.

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Classical CD Selections
6:03 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

Check Out These Classical New Releases!

WRTI's Mark Pinto, your host for the Classical New Releases show, has several newly released CDs to recommend for your listening pleasure...

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
2:01 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI: Bach's St. Matthew Passion, Easter Sunday at 1 PM

J. S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion originally premiered on Good Friday in 1727.

Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts one of the supreme monuments in Western music, and the work that initiated the great rediscovery of Bach’s music when the 20-year-old Felix Mendelssohn conducted it in Berlin in 1829 – the St. Matthew Passion.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
2:32 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Classical Quartet Gets All Twisted

Look, Ma! Behind our backs!
Courtesy of the artists

A German quartet calling themselves the Salut Salon is surging in social media right now with a bout of one-upwomanship that mixes together music, acrobatics and some good slapstick timing.

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Honoring Marcel Farago on April 17
12:52 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

A Happy 90th Birthday Tribute to Former Philadelphia Orchestra Cellist Marcel Farago

Cellist and composer Marcel Farago

Tune in on Thursday, April 17th during the 1 pm hour for a very special 90th birthday tribute to a very special musician and composer. Marcel Farago, longtime cellist with the Philadelphia Orchestra (1955 to 1994) composed In Memoriam in 1989, dedicated to his wife Adele who died in 1988. Ricardo Muti and The Philadelphia Orchestra premiered the work in the same year. Join us to hear Marcel Farago's In Memoriam as we celebrate his 90th.

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Creatively Speaking
2:07 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Exploring PA's Historic Coal-Mining Culture...Through Song

Composer Julia Wolfe's ANTHRACITE FIELDS is a Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia commision.

The Mendelssohn Club Choir is mounting its biggest-ever production later this month with the premiere of Anthracite Fields by the cutting-edge composer Julia Wolfe, who is exploring the coal-mining culture in her Pennsylvania roots. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns met with her...inside a coal mine. 

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Opera on WRTI
7:08 am
Sat April 12, 2014

The Met Opera on WRTI: Giordano's ANDREA CHENIER, April 12, 1 PM

Soprano Patricia Racette sings Maddalena, and tenor Marcelo Alvarez sings the title role in ANDREA CHENIER.

After their powerful pairing in Il Trovatore, Marcelo Álvarez and Patricia Racette reunite in Giordano’s melodramatic story of life in times of revolutionary fervor, a passionate tale of the ill-fated love of a dashing poet and an aristocratic lady, set against the backdrop of the French Revolution. Saturday, April 12, 1 to 4 pm on WRTI.

Synopsis

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:07 am
Sat April 12, 2014

A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World

Gustav Mahler wanted each of his symphonies to contain a world of emotions and ideas.
Library of Congress

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 10:55 am

Conducting Gustav Mahler's First Symphony is an exhilarating and demanding task. Although it's one of his shortest symphonies (at about 55 minutes), it is an epic journey that requires countless hours of analysis and examination of the score. Still, it is a thrilling process to peel back and reassemble the many layers of Mahler's music.

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Happy Easter!
12:00 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Bach's St. John Passion for Good Friday on WRTI

Valentin Radu conducts the Philadelphia-based Ama Deus Ensemble with soloists in this performance of The Passion According to St. John.

Join WRTI on Good Friday at noon, for a complete performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's St. John Passion, a work written for Good Friday Vespers service of 1724 in Leipzig. This performance was recorded in concert on Good Friday in 2013 in the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center.

Valentin Radu conducts his Ama Deus Ensemble and features soprano Megan Monaghan, alto Jody Kidwell, tenor Kenneth Garner, and bass-baritone Kevin Deas, and The Philadelphia Boys Choir. This performance is sung in English.

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