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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April 01, 2013

6:06 AM
Concerto Grosso in d Op 3, No. 2
Artist : Andrew Manze, violin
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Composer : Pieter Hellendaal
Catalog : 3492 CD
Conductor : Roy Goodman
Orchestra : European Community Baroque Orc
Label : Channel
6:18 AM
Concertstck for clarinet and orchestra in g
Artist : Dieter Klocker, clarinet
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Composer : Heinrich Joseph Baermann
Catalog : 65011 CD
Conductor : Milan Lajc¡k
Orchestra : Prague Chamber Orchestra
Label : Orfeo
6:30 AM
Knight Templar Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Otto Nicolai
Catalog : 91079 CD
Conductor : Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : Vrgn Clscs
6:42 AM
Horn Concerto No. 3 in E-Flat, K. 447
Artist : James Sommerville, horn
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 5172 CD
Conductor : Mario Bernardi
Orchestra : Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBC(RCI)
7:06 AM
Overture to an Italian Comedy
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Composer : Arthur Benjamin
Catalog : 442374 CD
Conductor : Joseph Post
Orchestra : Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Label : ABC
7:15 AM
Stars and Stripes Forever
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 1721 LP
Conductor : Dr. Fritz Guckenheimer
Orchestra : Guckenheimer Sour Kraut Band
Label : RCA/BMG
7:19 AM
Pavane Op 50
Artist : Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Album :
Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 423089 CD
Conductor : Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra : Boston Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
7:28 AM
PRINCE IGOR: Polovtsian Dances
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 80657 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:41 AM
The Barber of Seville Goes to the Devil
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Composer : Gordon Jacob
Catalog : 2116 CD
Conductor : Gavin Sutherland
Orchestra : Royal Ballet Sinfonia /Birming
Label : ASV
7:47 AM
Suite No. 1 in E-Flat Op 28
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 80606 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Cleveland Symphonic Winds
Label : Telarc
8:06 AM
Coriolan Overture in c Op 62
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 416274 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Philips
8:16 AM
Symphony in A
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Composer : Leopold Mozart
Catalog : 570499 CD
Conductor : Kevin Mallon
Orchestra : Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:26 AM
Harp (or Organ)Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat Op 4
Artist : Maxine Eilander, harp
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 9811 CD
Conductor : Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
Label : Analekta
8:39 AM
Children’s Overture
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Composer : Roger Quilter
Catalog : 64131 CD
Conductor : Sir Vivian Dunn
Orchestra : Light Music Society Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:53 AM
Joke Polka Op 72
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 474252 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
9:06 AM
My Life is Love & Laughter Op 263
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Composer : Josef Strauss
Catalog : 4782601 CD
Conductor : Franz Welser-Most
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
9:15 AM
A Musical Joke
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 433084 CD
Conductor : Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra : Vienna Mozart Ensemble
Label : London/Dec
9:39 AM
The Incredible Flutist-ballet suite
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Composer : Walter Piston
Catalog : 434307 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman-Rochester Sym. Orch.
Label : Mercury
10:00 AM
Suitein b
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Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 1000153 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
10:18 AM
Symphony No. 60 Il Distratto in C
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 54297 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
10:43 AM
Roumanian Folk Dances
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Composer : Bela Bartok
Catalog : 432005 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
10:51 AM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in c Op 18
Artist : Yuja Wang, piano
Album :
Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 15338 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
11:26 AM
Wasps (Aristophanes): Incidental Music
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 47216 CD
Conductor : Adrian Boult
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:06 PM
Scapino - Comedy Overture
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Composer : Sir William Walton
Catalog : 8968 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:16 PM
String Quartet in E-Flat Op 33, No. 2 Joke
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 11887 CD
Orchestra : Tatrai Quartet
Label : Hungaroton
12:35 PM
Piano Concerto in C Op 39
Artist : Garrick Ohlsson, piano; Men of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus
Album :
Composer : Ferruccio Busoni
Catalog : 80207 CD
Conductor : Christoph Von Dohnanyi
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : Telarc
2:00 PM
Symphony No. 2 in e Op 27
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 572458 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
3:00 PM
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 2549 CD
Conductor : Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra : Montreal,Orch. Metropolitain
Label : ATMA
3:13 PM
Variations on a Nursery Song Op 25
Artist : Eldar Nebolsin, piano
Album :
Composer : Ernst von Dohnanyi
Catalog : 572303 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
3:39 PM
Poeme for Violin & Orchestra Op 25
Artist : Philippe Graffin, violin
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Composer : Ernest Chausson
Catalog : 2091 CD
Conductor : Vernon Handley
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Avie
4:06 PM
THE BELLES OF ST. TRINIAN’S comedy suite
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Composer : Malcolm Arnold
Catalog : 294 CD
Conductor : Douglas Bostock
Orchestra : Munich Symphony Orchestra
Label : Classico
4:16 PM
1712 Overture
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Composer : Peter Schickele
Catalog : 80520 CD
Conductor : Peter Schickele
Orchestra : Greater Hoople Area Phil.
Label : Telarc
4:30 PM
DIE FLEDERMAUS: Overture
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 45564 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:39 PM
DIE FLEDERMAUS: Herr Chevalier/
Artist : Vienna Volksoper Chorus
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 55691 CD
Conductor : Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra : Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:46 PM
Divertissement
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Composer : Jacques Ibert
Catalog : 80294 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
5:06 PM
IL VIAGGIO A REIMS Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 62653 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:14 PM
Mountain Children Waltz Op 444
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Composer : Carl Michael Ziehrer
Catalog : 225172 CD
Conductor : Christian Pollack
Orchestra : Razumovsky Sinfonia
Label : MarcoPolo
5:28 PM
Concertino for Harp, String Quartet & Clarinets
Artist : Ann Mason Stockton, harp
Album :
Composer : Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Catalog : 171 CD
Orchestra : Capitol Symphony Orchestra
Label : Crystal
5:46 PM
To a Wild Rose Op 51
Artist : Jascha Heifetz, violin; Jack Benny, violin; Emanuel Bay, piano
Album :
Composer : Edward MacDowell
Catalog : 118 CD
Label : Cembal d'amour

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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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