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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November 15, 2013

6:06 AM
Concerto for 2 violins and strings in B-Flat Op 10
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Composer : Willem De Fesch
Catalog : 92037 CD
Orchestra : Musica Ad Rhenum
Label : Nederland
6:17 AM
Slavonic Rhapsody No. 1 in D Op 45
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 223129 CD
Conductor : Zdenek Kosler
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
6:31 AM
Sinfonia a 4 in A
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Composer : Johann Adolphe Scheibe
Catalog : 550 CD
Conductor : Andrew Manze
Orchestra : Concerto Copenhagen
Label : Chandos
6:41 AM
Concerto for Oboe, violin in d
Artist : Carmel Kaine, violin
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 127 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Boston Sky
7:06 AM
Cello Concerto in F
Artist : Christophe Coin, cello
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 30457 CD
Conductor : Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra : Il Giardino Armonico, Milano
Label : Naive
7:15 AM
Riders for the Flag
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 2016 CD
Conductor : H. Robert Reynolds
Orchestra : Univ. of Mich. Symph. Band
Label : Quintessen
7:18 AM
Lemminkainen’s Return Op 22
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 556677 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony
Label : Naxos
7:27 AM
Piano Concertino in E-Flat Op 14
Artist : Mary Louise Boehm, piano
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 7639 CD
Conductor : Kees Kooper
Orchestra : Amsterdam Chamber Ensemble
Label : Pantheon
7:40 AM
Symphonies pour les soupers du Roi
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Composer : Michel Richard Delalande
Catalog : 67425 CD
Conductor : Jean Pierre Wallez
Orchestra : Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
Label : Angel/EMI
7:47 AM
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 420814 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
8:06 AM
Showboat Overture
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Composer : Jerome Kern
Catalog : 27333 CD
Conductor : John McGlinn
Orchestra : London Sinfonietta
Label : Angel/EMI
8:13 AM
Show Boat: Make Believe
Artist : Voices of Ascension Chorus
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Composer : Jerome Kern
Catalog : 3224 CD
Conductor : Dennis Keene
Label : Delos
8:18 AM
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
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Composer : Scott Joplin
Catalog : 47170 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
8:28 AM
Concerto No. 8 for 2 violins obligati in a Op 3
Artist : Isaac Stern, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 45952 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:41 AM
Symphony No. 2 in A
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 5345 CD
Conductor : William Boughton
Orchestra : English String Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
8:48 AM
Concerto for 3 oboes, 3 violins and bass in B-Flat
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 1413 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
9:06 AM
Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat, Wq. 182
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 10175 CD
Conductor : Hartmut Haenchen
Orchestra : CPE Bach Chamber Orchestra
Label : Capriccio
9:17 AM
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Composer : Christoph Willibald Gluck
Catalog : 471582 CD
Conductor : Marc Minkowski
Orchestra : Musicians of the Louvre
Label : D. Gramphn
9:36 AM
Symphonic Metamorphosis
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Composer : Paul Hindemith
Catalog : 422347 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Bavarian Radio Symphony
Label : Philips
10:00 AM
An American in Paris
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 39454 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:20 AM
Guitar Concerto No. 1 in A Op 30
Artist : Eduardo Fernandez, guitar
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Composer : Mauro Giuliani
Catalog : 417617 CD
Conductor : George Malcolm
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
10:44 AM
Fantasy on Hungarian Folk Tunes
Artist : Jorges Bolet, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 414079 CD
Conductor : Ivan Fischer
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
11:02 AM
Three Romances for violin & piano Op 22
Artist : Jeffrey Khaner, flute
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Composer : Clara Schumann
Catalog : 2075 CD
Label : Avie
11:13 AM
Symphony No. 5 in d Op 107 Reformation
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 81788 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:06 PM
Chamber Symphony in F
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Composer : Sir William Herschel
Catalog : 85612 CD
Conductor : Davis Jerome
Orchestra : The Mozart Orchestra
Label : Newport
12:22 PM
Piano Concerto in g Op 177
Artist : Christopher Hinterhuber, piano
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Composer : Ferdinand Ries
Catalog : 572742 CD
Conductor : Uwe Grodd
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
12:55 PM
Cello Sonata No. 4 in C Op 102
Artist : Adrian Brendel, cello; Alfred Brendel, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 3958 CD
Label : Philips
1:13 PM
The Seasons Ballet Op 67
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 61434 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Royal Scottish National Orch
Label : Warner Bro
2:00 PM
The Planets Op 32
Artist : Montreal Symphony Chorus
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 417553 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
3:00 PM
The Water Goblin (Symphonic Poem) Vodnik Op 107
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 550896 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : Polish National Radio Orchestr
Label : Naxos
3:23 PM
Violin Concerto No. 5 in D Op 55
Artist : Philippe Quint, violin
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Composer : Charles Auguste de Beriot
Catalog : 570360 CD
Conductor : Kirk Trevor
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
3:40 PM
Symphonic Poem in Memory of Chopin in b Op 37
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Composer : Sergey Liapunov
Catalog : 173 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
4:06 PM
DER ROSENKAVALIER: Waltz Sequence No. 1
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 64346 CD
Conductor : Rudolph Kempe
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Angel/EMI
4:25 PM
Violin Fantasy on Puccini’s Turandot
Artist : Vanessa-Mae, violin
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Composer : Vanessa-Mae
Catalog : 56483 CD
Conductor : Victor Fedorov
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:39 PM
LA BOHEME: Quando men vo
Artist : Renee Fleming, soprano
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 467049 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:44 PM
Marouf, Savetier du Caire
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Composer : Henri Benjamin Rabaud
Catalog : 71 CD
Conductor : Eiji Oue
Orchestra : Minnesota Orchestra
Label : Reference
5:06 PM
NABUCCO Overture (Sinfonia)
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 4784916 CD
Conductor : Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra : Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
5:15 PM
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Composer : Jules Massenet
Catalog : 555986 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Jean
Orchestra : Hong Kong Philharmonic Orch.
Label : Naxos
5:27 PM
The Insect World
Artist : New London Children’s Choir
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Composer : Richard Rodney Bennett
Catalog : 572113 CD
Conductor : Ronald Corp
Label : Naxos
5:36 PM
Beatles Concerto for two pianos and orch
Artist : Rostal & Schaefer, piano duo
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Composer : John Rutter
Catalog : 1821 CD
Conductor : John Rutter
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec


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.