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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Playlist

February 19, 2013

6:06 AM
Symphony No. 3 (Incomplete) in a
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 572786 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
6:25 AM
Dance of the Shepherd Girl
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Composer : Hugo Alfven
Catalog : 46668 CD
Conductor : Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra : Swedish Radio Symphony Orchest
Label : CBS/Sony
6:31 AM
Concerto for 2 violins in c, RV 509
Artist : Viktoria Mullova, violin; Giuliano Carmignola, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 4777466 CD
Conductor : Andrea Marcon
Orchestra : Venice Baroque Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
6:42 AM
Symphony in G
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Composer : J. Michael Haydn
Catalog : 225 CD
Conductor : Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra : Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Label : Melodya
7:06 AM
Flute Concerto No. 4 P 104 in G Op 10, RV 435
Artist : Robert Stallman, flute
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 733 CD
Conductor : John Lubbock
Orchestra : Orchestra of St Johns Smith Sq
Label : ASV
7:15 AM
Bombasto March
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Composer : Orion R. Farrar
Catalog : 432019 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:18 AM
NABUCCO Overture (Sinfonia)
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 68468 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Label : CBS/Sony
7:28 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 3 in e Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 410897 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
7:41 AM
Suite for Trumpet & strings in C
Artist : Joachim Sch„fer, trumpet
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Composer : Theodor Schwartzkopf
Catalog : 77210 CD
Conductor : Anton Popovic
Orchestra : Bratislava Chamber Soloists
Label : Christopho
7:50 AM
LE CID: Ballet Music
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Composer : Jules Massenet
Catalog : 2661
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:06 AM
LA GIOCONDA: Dance of the Hours
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Composer : Amilcare Ponchielli
Catalog : 412236 CD
Conductor : Silvio Varviso
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Philips
8:17 AM
Piano Concerto in c-Sharp Op 10, No. 2
Artist : Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano
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Composer : Charles-Valentin Alkan
Catalog : 66717 CD
Conductor : Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra : BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestr
Label : Hyperion
8:27 AM
The Ship o’ the Fiend
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Composer : Hamish MacCunn
Catalog : 66815 CD
Conductor : Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra : BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestr
Label : Hyperion
8:40 AM
ROMEO AND JULIET: Queen Mab Scherzo Op 17
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 6004 CD
Conductor : Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
8:51 AM
Song for Athene for violin and strings
Artist : Nicola Benedetti, violin
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Composer : John Tavener
Catalog : 476619 CD
Conductor : Andrew Litton
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
9:06 AM
Dance Overture
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Composer : Paul Creston
Catalog : 441 CD
Conductor : David Alan Miller
Orchestra : Albany Symphony Orchestra
Label : Albany
9:19 AM
Spirituals for Strings
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Composer : Morton Gould
Catalog : 49462 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Klein
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:41 AM
Harvest Dance
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Composer : Ilmari Hannikainen
Catalog : 9703 CD
Conductor : Petri Sakari
Orchestra : Finnish Radio Symphony Orch
Label : YLE
10:00 AM
Suite on Jewish Themes
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Composer : Louis Gesensway
Catalog : 403 CD
Orchestra : The New Philadelphia Quartet
Label : Weston Snd
10:16 AM
Concerto for violin & cello in a Op 102
Artist : David Oistrakh, violin; Mstislav Rostropovich, cello
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 64744 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:51 AM
Symphony No. 4 in d Op 12 La Casa del Diavolo
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Composer : Luigi Boccherini
Catalog : 2908609 CD
Conductor : Chiara Banchini
Orchestra : Ensemble 415
Label : Harm Mundi
11:18 AM
Soirees de Vienne: Valse-Caprice No. 1 in A-Flat after Schubert
Artist : Gabriela Imreh, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 4225 CD
Label : Conn Soc
11:27 AM
Symphony No. 3 in D, D. 200
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 2012 CD
Conductor : Dirk Brossé
Orchestra : Chamber Orchestra of Phila.
Label : Weston Snd
12:06 PM
Overture, Scherzo & Finale in E Op 52
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 550608 CD
Conductor : Johannes Wildner
Orchestra : Polish National Radio Orchestr
Label : Naxos
12:25 PM
Piano Quintet in D Op 51
Artist : Adam Neiman, piano
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Composer : Anton Arensky
Catalog : 92143 CD
Orchestra : Ying Quartet
Label :
12:54 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
1:11 PM
THE CAPTURE OF KARS: Solemn March
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky (arr. Lake)
Catalog : 3402 CD
Conductor : James Stobart
Orchestra : Locke Brass Consort
Label : CRD
1:19 PM
Suite No. 2 Suite Characteristique in C Op 53
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 93980 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Radio Symph Orch of Stuttgart
Label :
2:00 PM
Symphony No. 6 in d Op 104
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 753 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
2:31 PM
Aladdin Suite for Orchestra Op 34
Artist : Swedish Radio Choir
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Composer : Carl Nielsen
Catalog : 44934 CD
Conductor : Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra : Swedish Radio Symphony Orchest
Label : CBS/Sony
3:00 PM
Orb & Sceptre
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Composer : Sir William Walton
Catalog : 80125 CD
Conductor : Andre Previn
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Telarc
3:09 PM
Violin Concertoin A Op 8
Artist : Nigel Kennedy,violin
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Composer : Mieczyslaw Karlowicz
Catalog : 79934 CD
Conductor : Jacek Kaspszyk
Orchestra : Polish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:41 PM
Piano Trio No. 39 HOB XV:25in G
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 2131 CD
Orchestra : Czech Trio
Label : BM
4:06 PM
Five Russian Pieces
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Composer : Louis Gesensway
Catalog : 403 CD
Orchestra : The New Philadelphia Quartet
Label : Weston Snd
4:17 PM
Quintet for guitar and strings No. 4 in G
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Composer : Luigi Boccherini
Catalog : 126 CD
Conductor : Ophélie Gaillard
Orchestra : Pulcinella
Label : Ambroisie
4:33 PM
Poeme for Violin & Orchestra Op 25
Artist : Zino Francescatti, violin
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Composer : Ernest Chausson
Catalog : 62339 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:51 PM
Preludio Sinfonico
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 63025 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : La Scala Philaharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
5:06 PM
BEATRICE AND BENEDICT Overture
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 550999 CD
Conductor : Yoav Talmi
Orchestra : San Diego Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:15 PM
Five Russian Pieces
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Composer : Louis Gesensway
Catalog : 403 CD
Orchestra : The New Philadelphia Quartet
Label : Weston Snd
5:27 PM
Skyscrapers (1926)
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Composer : John Alden Carpenter
Catalog : 49263 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Klein
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:49 PM
Mark Twain - Portrait for Orchestra
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Composer : Jerome Kern
Catalog : 68786 CD
Conductor : Keith Lockhart
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG

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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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Honoring Marcel Farago on April 17
1:11 pm
Tue April 15, 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
8:45 am
Mon April 14, 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
9:44 pm
Sun April 13, 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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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 Sat April 12, 2014 1:26 pm

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.

WRTI Picks from NPR Music
3:34 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation

Contralto Marian Anderson sang at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, April 9, 1939, to an estimated crowd of 75,000 people.
University of Pennsylvania

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 2:08 pm

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The Fabulous Philadelphians on WRTI
1:08 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI: Music from Russian Dance! April 13, 1 PM

French conductor Stephane Deneve

Guest conductor Stephane Deneve leads the Philadelphians in a program from last month at Verizon Hall, dedicated to Russian dance music.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:14 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Musicians, Take Note: Your Instrument May Be Contraband

Antique bows were often made with a small piece of ivory that clamps the bow hairs onto the wood.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 7:29 pm

New Obama administration rules aimed at protecting African elephants are causing widespread anxiety in the music world. From country to classical, working musicians say the policy will make them think twice about touring abroad.

The proposed regulations would place a near-total ban on anything made with ivory moving in and out of the U.S.

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