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 19, 2013

6:06 AM
Symphony No. 9 in C
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 2578 CD
Conductor : Eiji Hashimoto
Orchestra : Ensemble for 18th Cent. Music
Label : Centaur
6:18 AM
Capriol Suite
Artist : Christopher Parkening, guitar
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Composer : Peter Warlock
Catalog : 55052 CD
Conductor : Iona Brown
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
6:30 AM
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 433074 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
6:41 AM
Concerto for Trump, Oboe d’amore, violin, and strings in E
Artist : John Wallace, trumpet
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Composer : Carl Fredrich Christian Fasch
Catalog : 5121 CD
Conductor : Simon Wright
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
7:06 AM
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 63151 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:15 AM
Mother Hubbard March
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 559690 CD
Conductor : Keith Brion
Orchestra : Royal Swedish Navy Band
Label : Naxos
7:18 AM
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Composer : Thomas Augustine Arne
Catalog : 3072 CD
Conductor : Mary Terey-Smith
Orchestra : Capella Savaria
Label : Centaur
7:28 AM
PORGY AND BESS Concert Suite
Artist : Leonard Pennario, piano
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Composer : George Gershwin (arr. Greg Macritchie)
Catalog : 66086 CD
Conductor : Alfred Newman
Orchestra : Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orches
Label : Angel/EMI
7:42 AM
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4776558 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
7:47 AM
THE TROJANS: Royal Hunt & Storm
Artist : San Diego Women’s Chorus
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 5003 CD
Conductor : Yoav Talmi
Orchestra : San Diego Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naive
8:06 AM
Concerto for 2 oboes, bassoon & strings in c
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Composer : Johann Friedrich Fasch
Catalog : 9815 CD
Conductor : Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
Label : Analekta
8:17 AM
Concerto Symphonique No. 4: Scherzo Op 102
Artist : John Ogdon, piano
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Composer : Henry Litolff
Catalog : 92747 CD
Conductor : Louis Frémaux
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
8:28 AM
Concertino for English Horn in G
Artist : Agnes Girgas, English Horn
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Composer : Gaetano Donizetti
Catalog : 557492 CD
Conductor : Laszlo Kovacs
Orchestra : Camerata Budapest
Label : Naxos
8:42 AM
ALEKO: Dances
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 69025 CD
Conductor : Andre Previn
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:49 AM
Hejre Kati: Scene from the Czarda Op 32
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Composer : Jeno Hubay
Catalog : 550142 CD
Conductor : Matyas Antal
Orchestra : Hungarian State Orchestra
Label : Naxos
9:06 AM
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Composer : Joachim Raff
Catalog : 223638 CD
Conductor : Urs Schneider
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
9:14 AM
Les Boreades-suite (Abaris)
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Composer : Jean-Philippe Rameau
Catalog : 420240 CD
Conductor : Frans Bruggen
Orchestra : Orchestra of the 18th Century
Label : Philips
9:49 AM
Suite Bergamasque: No. 3 Clair de Lune
Artist : Yolanda Kondonassis, harp
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 80418 CD
Label : Telarc
10:00 AM
Symphony No. 1 in C
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 1 CD
Conductor : Ignat Solzhenitsyn
Orchestra : Chamber Orchestra of Phila.
Label : ChOrchPhl
10:26 AM
Violin Concerto No. 19 in g
Artist : Franco Mezzena, violin
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Composer : Giovanni Battista Viotti
Catalog : 86 CD
Conductor : Luciano Borin
Orchestra : Viotti Chamber Orchestra
Label : Dynamic
11:00 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 12 in F Op 6
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 423626 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
11:12 AM
A Night Piece
Artist : Alexa Still, flute
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Composer : Arthur Foote
Catalog : 7063 CD
Conductor : Nicholas Braithwaite
Orchestra : New Zealand Chamber Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
11:23 AM
Symphony Jena in C
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Composer : Friedrich Witt
Catalog : 572089 CD
Conductor : Patrick Gallois
Orchestra : Sinfonia Finlandia
Label : Naxos
12:06 PM
In the Fen Country
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 8502 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:25 PM
Ballade for piano and orchestra
Artist : Rosario Marciano, piano
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Composer : Germaine Tailleferre
Catalog : 8157 CD
Conductor : Louis de Froment
Orchestra : Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg
Label : Vox/MMG
12:41 PM
Overture No. 3 in B-Flat
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Composer : Francesco Maria Veracini
Catalog : 439937 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
12:56 PM
Symphony No. 1 in F
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Composer : Wilhelm Stenhammar
Catalog : 219 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bis
2:00 PM
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Composer : Christoph Willibald Gluck
Catalog : 791631 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
2:11 PM
Piano Trio in B-Flat Op 99, D. 898
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 8308 CD
Orchestra : Borodin Trio
Label : Chandos
3:00 PM
Elegie Op 24
Artist : Julian Lloyd Webber, cello
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Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 2334 CD
Conductor : Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
3:09 PM
Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song
Artist : Paul Watkins, cello
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Composer : Richard Rodney Bennett
Catalog : 10389 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Chandos
3:36 PM
The Tempest: Suite No. 2 Op 109, No. 3
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 115 CD
Conductor : Michael Stern
Orchestra : Kansas City Symphony
Label : Reference
4:06 PM
Suite of Old American Dances (1949)
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Composer : Robert Russell Bennett
Catalog : 570968 CD
Conductor : Eugene Corporon
Orchestra : Lone Star Wind Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:26 PM
SIEGFRIED: Forest Murmurs
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 2005 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : National Sym Orch/Wash.,D.C.
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4:36 PM
SIEGFRIED: Brunhilde’s Awakening
Artist : Placido Domingo, tenor; Denorah Voigt, soprano
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 57004 CD
Conductor : Antonio Pappano
Orchestra : Royal Opera, Covent Garden
Label : Angel/EMI
4:43 PM
Introduction & Variations Brillantes Op 170
Artist : Christopher Hinterhuber, piano
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Composer : Ferdinand Ries
Catalog : 570440 CD
Conductor : Uwe Grodd
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
5:06 PM
Berceuse Op 16
Artist : Yan-Pascal Tortelier, violin
Album :
Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 8792 CD
Conductor : Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
5:12 PM
Paraphrase on Schubert’s Standchen
Artist : Murray Perahia, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 66511 CD
Label : CBS/Sony
5:19 PM
Soir de Fete Op 32
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Composer : Ernest Chausson
Catalog : 64686 CD
Conductor : Michel Plasson
Orchestra : Orch du Capitole de Toulouse
Label : Angel/EMI
5:36 PM
Fantasia on British Sea Songs
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Composer : Sir Henry Wood
Catalog : 6502001 LP
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : BBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : Philips


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.


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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.