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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Playlist

April 03, 2013

6:06 AM
ESTRELLA DE SORIA: Tragic Overture
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Composer : Franz Berwald
Catalog : 553051 CD
Conductor : Okko Kamu
Orchestra : Helsingborgs Symph. Orchestra
Label : Naxos
6:15 AM
Serenade No. 6 in D Serenata Notturna
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 91122 CD
Conductor : Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra : Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
6:30 AM
Concerto No. 1 Op 3
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 412128 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Philips
6:43 AM
Concerto in G
Artist : Jean-Pierre Rampal, flute
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 39772 CD
Conductor : Janos Rolla
Orchestra : Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:06 AM
Tantalus’s Torment Overture
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 54056 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
7:15 AM
The Invincible Eagle
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 137 CD
Conductor : Keith Brion
Orchestra : Washington Winds
Label : WalkingFro
7:19 AM
Humoresque for Orchestra
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Composer : Arthur DeGreef
Catalog : 4013 CD
Conductor : Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra : Flemish Radio Orchestra
Label : EtCetera
7:28 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 2 in B-Flat Op 3
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 2065 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Handel & Haydn Society
Label : Avie
7:43 AM
KONIGSKINDER Overture
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Composer : Engelbert Humperdinck
Catalog : 61128 CD
Conductor : Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : Vrgn Clscs
7:51 AM
LOHENGRIN Prelude to Act I
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 4778773 CD
Conductor : Franz Welser-Most
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:06 AM
Roumanian Rhapsody No. 1 in A Op 11
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Composer : Georges Enesco
Catalog : 75179 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orch
Label : Erato
8:19 AM
Hora staccato
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Composer : Grigoras Dinicu
Catalog : 5033 CD
Conductor : Emil Simon
Orchestra : Cluj-Napoca Phil. Orch.
Label : Tuxedo
8:24 AM
Bagatelle
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Composer : Ioan Scarlatescu
Catalog : 5033 CD
Conductor : Emil Simon
Orchestra : Cluj-Napoca Phil. Orch.
Label : Tuxedo
8:28 AM
Rondo for piano and orchestra Op 13
Artist : Horst Gobel, piano
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Composer : Louis Ferdinand of Prussia
Catalog : 2088 CD
Conductor : Takao Ukigaya
Orchestra : Filharmonia Pomorska
Label : Thorophon
8:43 AM
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture Op 108
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Composer : Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Catalog : 572500 CD
Conductor : Andrew Penny
Orchestra : West Australian Symphony Orch.
Label : Naxos
8:51 AM
Hungarian Rhapsody in D Op 68
Artist : Matthew Allen, cello
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Composer : David Popper
Catalog : 80745 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
9:06 AM
Leonore Overture No. 1 in C Op 138
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 42103 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Bavarian Radio Symphony
Label : CBS/Sony
9:18 AM
Years of Pilgrimage: 2nd Year: Sonetto
Artist : Louis Lortie, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 8900 CD
Label : Chandos
9:26 AM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in f Op 21
Artist : Khatia Buniatishvili, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 197129 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : CBS/Sony
10:00 AM
Orchestral Suite (Overture) No. 3 in D
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 423492 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
10:20 AM
Piano Concerto No. 24 in c
Artist : Mitsuko Uchida, piano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 13276 CD
Conductor : Mitsuko Uchida
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
10:55 AM
Antony and Cleopatra Overture Op 134
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Composer : Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Catalog : 572500 CD
Conductor : Andrew Penny
Orchestra : West Australian Symphony Orch.
Label : Naxos
11:14 AM
Pictures at an Exhibition
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 273 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
12:07 PM
Hebrides Overture in D Op 26
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 391372 CD
Conductor : Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
12:17 PM
The Lark Ascending
Artist : Janine Jansen, violin
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 475011 CD
Conductor : Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
12:33 PM
Banks of Green Willow
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Composer : George Butterworth
Catalog : 65615 CD
Conductor : Neville Dilkes
Orchestra : English Sinfonia
Label : Angel/EMI
12:48 PM
Jalousie (Tango)
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Composer : Jacob Gade
Catalog : 4776121 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
1:10 PM
The Bolt (Ballet suite No. 5) Op 27
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Composer : Dmitri Shostakovich
Catalog : 452597 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
1:30 PM
CANDIDE: Overture
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Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Catalog : 459147 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : Los Angeles Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
1:34 PM
CANDIDE: I am easily assimilated
Artist : Elina Garanca, mezzo-soprano
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Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Catalog : 14777 CD
Conductor : Karel Mark Chichon
Orchestra : Orchestra Sinfonica RAI, Rome
Label : D. Gramphn
1:38 PM
CANDIDE: Glitter and be gay
Artist : Diana Damrau, soprano
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Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Catalog : 19313 CD
Conductor : Dan Ettinger
Orchestra : Munich Radio Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
1:48 PM
March Grandioso
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Composer : Roland Forrest Seitz
Catalog : 432019 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
1:53 PM
Repasz Band March
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Composer : Harry Lincoln
Catalog : 229 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
1:55 PM
CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA: Intermezzo
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Composer : Pietro Mascagni
Catalog : 467632 CD
Conductor : Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra : National Philharmonic Orch.
Label : London/Dec
2:03 PM
Four Seasons: No.1 Spring (La Primavera) in E Op 8
Artist : Midori Seiler, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 2908605 CD
Conductor : Clemens-Maria Nuszbaumer
Orchestra : Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin
Label : Harm Mundi
2:15 PM
Ave Verum Corpus
Artist : Leipzig Radio Chorus
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4784614 CD
Conductor : Peter Schreier
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Philips
2:22 PM
Belkis, Queen of Sheba suite: excerpt
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 8405 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Chandos
2:31 PM
Pictures at an Exhibition
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky (arr. Leopold Stokowski)
Catalog : 7344 CD
Conductor : James Sedares
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
2:53 PM
Gnossienne No. 1
Artist : Reinbert de Leeuw, piano
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Composer : Erik Satie
Catalog : 4784614 CD
Label : Philips
3:00 PM
King Lear Overture Op 4
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 550999 CD
Conductor : Yoav Talmi
Orchestra : San Diego Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
3:17 PM
Suite No. 2 for 2 pianos (Silhouettes) Op 23
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Composer : Anton Arensky
Catalog : 8898 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Danish Radio Symph Orch
Label : Chandos
3:38 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-Flat Op 10
Artist : Gary Graffman, piano
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Composer : Sergei Prokofiev
Catalog : 37806 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:06 PM
Symphony No. 7 in C Op 105
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 6004 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
4:28 PM
LOHENGRIN: Prelude to Act III
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 99595 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : Teldec
4:33 PM
LOHENGRIN: Nun sei bedankt, mein lieber
Artist : Jonas Kaufmann, tenor
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 14132 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:41 PM
Introduction and Rondo Brilliante
Artist : Christopher Hinterhuber, piano
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Composer : Ferdinand Ries
Conductor : Bournemouth Symphony Orch.
Orchestra : Uwe Grodd
Label : Naxos 572088
5:06 PM
Love for Three Oranges: Suite Op 33
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Composer : Sergei Prokofiev
Catalog : 39783 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:24 PM
Rhapsodie No. 1 for Clarinet
Artist : Guy Dangain, clarinet
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 75526 CD
Conductor : Jean Martinon
Orchestra : Orchestre National de O.R.T.F.
Label : Angel/EMI
5:34 PM
Guitar Concerto No. 1 in D Op 99
Artist : John Williams, guitar
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Composer : Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Catalog : 44791 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony

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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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