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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July 22, 2014

6:06 AM
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 4784916 CD
Conductor : Richard Bonynge
Orchestra : Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
6:13 AM
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Scherzo Op 61
Artist : Sergei Rachmaninoff, piano
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 48971 CD
Label : RCA/BMG
6:19 AM
Symphony No. 9 in C
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 5321 CD
Conductor : Adam Fischer
Orchestra : Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orch
Label : Nimbus
6:33 AM
String Quartet No. 2: Nocturne
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 435757 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
6:44 AM
Piano Concerto No. 3 Op. Posth. in E-Flat
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 1154 CD
Conductor : Paul Freeman
Orchestra : State Symphony Orch, Russia
Label : MSR
7:06 AM
Crisantemi for strings
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 341 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : St. Michel Strings
Label :
7:14 AM
Purple Pageant
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Composer : Karl King
Catalog : 1998 CD
Conductor : Albert F. Schoepper
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:19 AM
Die Provinzialen Waltzes
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Composer : Benjamin Bilse
Catalog : 777341 CD
Conductor : Christian Simonis
Orchestra : West German Radio Symphony
Label : CPO
7:28 AM
Sinfonia in A
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Composer : Johann (Jan Vaclav) Stamitz
Catalog : 553194 CD
Conductor : Richard Armstrong
Orchestra : New Zealand Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:42 AM
Symphony No. 5 in D
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 46 CD
Conductor : Antonio Janigro
Orchestra : I Solisti di Zagreb
Label : VangrdOmeg
7:51 AM
Four Miniature Dances
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Composer : Anthony Hedges
Catalog : 223886 CD
Conductor : Anthony Hedges
Orchestra : RTE Sinfonietta, Dublin
Label : MarcoPolo
8:06 AM
Three-Cornered Hat Suite
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Composer : Manuel De Falla
Catalog : 68550 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:19 AM
Lux aurumque
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Composer : Eric Whitacre
Catalog : 67543 CD
Conductor : Stephen Layton
Orchestra : Polyphony
Label : Hyperion
8:25 AM
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Composer : Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky
Catalog : 920243 CD
Conductor : Oldrich Vlcek
Orchestra : Virtuosi of Prague
Label : Discover
8:39 AM
Prinz Methusalem Overture
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 223249 CD
Conductor : Alfred Walter
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MarcoPolo
8:47 AM
Friedenspalmen, Walzer Op 207
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Composer : Josef Strauss
Catalog : 1564 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
9:06 AM
Pavane for a Dead Princess
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 37769 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
9:14 AM
Ballade Op 288
Artist : Patrick Gallois, flute
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Composer : Carl Reinecke
Catalog : 557404 CD
Conductor : Fabrice Pierre
Orchestra : Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
9:26 AM
Suite for Orchestra in f-Sharp Op 19
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Composer : Ernst von Dohnanyi
Catalog : 9733 CD
Conductor : Matthias Bamert
Orchestra : BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
10:00 AM
Rural Impressions
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Composer : Joaquim Serra
Catalog : 555871 CD
Conductor : Salvador Brotons
Orchestra : El Valles Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:18 AM
Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Op 101
Artist : Stephen Framil, cello
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 3039 CD
Conductor : Paul Freeman
Orchestra : Czech National Symphony
Label : Centaur
10:47 AM
Concerto Grosso in D
Artist : Adrian Chandler, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 2154 CD
Conductor : Adrian Chandler
Orchestra : La Serenissima
Label : Avie
11:03 AM
Divertissement sur des chansons russes Op 2
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Composer : Henri Benjamin Rabaud
Catalog : 65619 CD
Conductor : Pierre Dervaux
Orchestra : Nat Orch des Pays de la Loire
Label : Angel/EMI
11:17 AM
Symphony No. 1 in E-Flat
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 726 CD
Conductor : Jun'ichi Hirokami
Orchestra : Malmo Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bis
12:06 PM
Hebrides Overture in D Op 26
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 4781525 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : London/Dec
12:19 PM
Piano Trio in c Op 1
Artist : Joseph Kalichstein, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 7724 CD
Label : KOCH Intl.
12:48 PM
Pohjola’s Daughter Op 49
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 57 CD
Conductor : Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : LondonPhil
1:02 PM
Symphony No. 2
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 80138 CD
Conductor : Andre Previn
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Telarc


Creatively Speaking
3:41 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Do You Know The First Figaro?

Neal Bledsoe as Count Almaviva, Adam Green as Figaro, and Naomi O'Connell as Rosine in Stephen Wadsworth's Beaumarchais adaptations, THE FIGARO PLAYS, at Princeton's McCarter Theatre through April, 2014.

Figaro, the wily barber of Seville, is portrayed in two great operas - the popular Rossini work that bears his name, and Mozart’s account of his marriage. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns takes us to Princeton's McCarter Theatre and rehearsals for two of the plays by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais that originated the Figaro character.

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Creatively Speaking
12:02 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Composer Aaron Jay Kernis Honored In Delaware

Composer Aaron Jay Kernis

Philadelphia-area native Aaron Jay Kernis is among the most successful and prolific living American composers. The 54-year-old Pulitzer Prize winner has written music in almost every form except opera and ballet. WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports on a master of melody who this week receives a prestigious local award.

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2:11 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

A Benjamin Britten Celebration with the New York Philharmonic: March 30, 4 PM

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Join us for the Britten centenary celebrated on this week's New York Philharmonic broadcast, with two of the composer's best-loved works: the Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, and the choral Spring Symphony, Britten's celebration of winter's passing to spring. Sunday, March 30, 4 to 6 pm on WRTI. Alan Gilbert conducts.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
11:09 am
Thu March 27, 2014

The Soul Of The World's Most Expensive Violin

Anne Akiko Meyers, with her recently acquired Guarneri violin, at NPR's Studio 1.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 11:39 am

The Vieuxtemps Guarneri is a violin that is older than the United States of America — 273 years old, to be exact. It recently became the most expensive violin in the world, selling for an estimated $16 million. Its new owner anonymously donated the historic instrument to violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, on loan for the rest of her life.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
2:44 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Joseph Calleja: Tiny Desk Concert

Joseph Calleja performed a Tiny Desk Concert November 26.
Abbey Oldham Abbey Oldham/NPR

Malta, the island nation 50 miles south of Sicily, may be small, but it's home to one of the biggest stars in opera, tenor Joseph Calleja. And like his country's name, which may originate in the Greek word for honey, Calleja's voice is a potent mix of Italianate passion and sweetness. Just listen to how he pulls the volume back to a slender golden ray of tone several times in Tosti's gorgeous "Ideale," and especially the word "disciogliea" in the Puccini aria that closes this performance.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:15 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

John Adams' Psychedelic Oratorio Gives Voice To 'The Other Mary'

Composer John Adams.
Margaretta Mitchell

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 10:36 am

For the millennium, in 2000 American composer John Adams completed a compelling, large-scale oratorio based on the nativity story called El Niño. Now he's composed a companion piece, The Gospel According to the Other Mary, a Passion oratorio mounted with his usual collaborator, the stage director and librettist Peter Sellars.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
12:52 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

In The First Violins — At Least For One Night

Conductor Jeffrey Grogan led a motley — but very happy — assembly of professional, student and amateur musicians at the New Jersey Symphony's #OrchestraYou project in Newark, N.J. Saturday.
Fred Stucker Courtesy of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 8:24 pm

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Special Offers
5:31 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Special Offer: Philly POPS - Marvin Hamlisch Musical Tribute

Composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch (1944-2012)

Here's a singularly sensational special offer! Discounted tickets are available for all WRTI listeners to experience the Philly POPS special presentation: Marvin Hamlisch - A Musical Tribute.

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Cristian Macelaru Conducts The Philadelphians
1:07 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI: A Dazzling Performance by Cellist Hai-Ye Ni, March 9, 1 PM

Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Cellist Hai-Ye Ni

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Tchaikovsky celebration from this past January continues on WRTI this Sunday at 1 pm with Associate Conductor Cristian Macelaru joined by Principal Cellist Hai-Ye

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:03 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Music Takes Center Stage In Oscar-Nominated Documentaries

Egyptian singer-songwriter Ramy Essam, in the heady early days at Tahrir Square in 2011.
Mark LeVine Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 10:06 am

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