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.

Composer ID: 


September 05, 2012

6:06 AM
ENDIMIONE: Sinfonia to Act I
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999963 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
6:17 AM
Trumpet Concerto No. 1 4/12 in D
Artist : Hakan Hardenberger, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Johann Melchior Molter
Catalog : 426311 CD
Conductor : Elgar Howarth
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Philips
6:30 AM
Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat
Artist :
Album :
Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 5345 CD
Conductor : William Boughton
Orchestra : English String Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
6:43 AM
Concerto in F, RV 569
Artist : Adrian Chandler, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 2154 CD
Conductor : Adrian Chandler
Orchestra : La Serenissima
Label : Avie
7:06 AM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 5002 CD
Conductor : Armin Jordan
Orchestra : National Orchestra of France
Label : Naive
7:15 AM
On Dress Parade-March
Artist :
Album :
Composer : W. Paris Chambers
Catalog : 5 CD
Conductor : (Colonel) Lowell E. Graham
Orchestra : US Air Force Band
Label : USAF
7:18 AM
Polonaise No. 6 in A-Flat Op 53 Heroic
Artist : Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 472883 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
7:28 AM
Concerto No. 6 for two oboes in G Op 9
Artist : Anthony Camden, oboe
Album :
Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 553002 CD
Conductor : John Georgiadis
Orchestra : London Virtuosi
Label : Naxos
7:43 AM
Concertino for violin and orchestra in b
Artist : Robert McDuffie, violin
Album :
Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 80402 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
8:06 AM
Symphonie Concertante for violin & cello in A
Artist : Yo Yo Ma, cello
Album :
Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 89861 CD
Orchestra : Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Label : Legacy
8:20 AM
Salut d’amour Op 12
Artist : Takako Nishizaki, violin; Jeno Jando, piano
Album :
Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 550306 CD
Label : Naxos
8:28 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 4 in a Op 6
Artist :
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 4758673 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
8:44 AM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F, BWV 1047
Artist : Maurice Andre, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 47311 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:06 AM
Sinfonia turchesca in C
Artist : Sarband (Turkish folk group)
Album :
Composer : Franz Xavier Sussmayr
Catalog : 474193 CD
Conductor : Werner Erhardt
Orchestra : Concerto Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
9:27 AM
Piano Concerto in f Op 16
Artist : Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano
Album :
Composer : Adolph von Henselt
Catalog : 66717 CD
Conductor : Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra : BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestr
Label : Hyperion
10:00 AM
Symphony in G, P. 16
Artist :
Album :
Composer : J. Michael Haydn
Catalog : 225 CD
Conductor : Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra : Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Label : Melodya
10:18 AM
Concerto for 2 pianos in d
Artist : Francois-Rene Duchable, piano; Jean-Philippe Collard, piano
Album :
Composer : Francis Poulenc
Catalog : 45232 CD
Conductor : James Conlon
Orchestra : Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchest
Label : Erato
10:40 AM
Ballade No. 4 in f Op 52
Artist : Piotr Anderszewski, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 45620 CD
Label : Vrgn Clscs
10:55 AM
Guitar Trio in F Op 62
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Anton Diabelli
Catalog : 1001 CD
Orchestra : Triada Guitar Trio
Label : Triada
11:06 AM
Scheherazade Op 35
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 47023 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:05 PM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Music you've asked to hear
Label :
3:00 PM
Concerto for horn, strings, co in D
Artist : Hermann Baumann, horn
Album :
Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 412226 CD
Conductor : Iona Brown
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
3:11 PM
String Quartet No. 2 in D
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 46319 CD
Orchestra : Brodsky Quartet
Label : Teldec
3:43 PM
Concerto for Oboe d’amore, str in A, BWV 1055
Artist : Antoine Torunczyk,oboe d’amore
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 13 CD
Orchestra : Café Zimmermann
Label : Alpha
4:06 PM
Sinfonia Concertante for Two Flutes in G
Artist : James Galway, flute; Jeanne Galway, flute
Album :
Composer : Domenico Cimarosa
Catalog : 63701 CD
Conductor : James Galway
Orchestra : London Mozart Players
Label : RCA/BMG
4:28 PM
LE PROPHETE: Coronation March
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Giacomo Meyerbeer
Catalog : 434332 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
4:34 PM
LE PROPHETE: Roi du ciel
Artist : Ben Heppner, tenor
Album :
Composer : Giacomo Meyerbeer
Catalog : 471372 CD
Conductor : Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
4:41 PM
Variations de Concert on a Meyerbeer Theme
Artist : Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano
Album :
Composer : Adolph von Henselt
Catalog : 66717 CD
Conductor : Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra : BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestr
Label : Hyperion
5:06 PM
The Winegrower’s Bride
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Oskar Nedbal
Catalog : 192 CD
Conductor : Douglas Bostock
Orchestra : Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra
Label : Classico
5:17 PM
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in d
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 4780237 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : London/Dec
5:28 PM
Concerto for 2 pianos in d
Artist : Guher & Suher Pekinel, pianos
Album :
Composer : Francis Poulenc
Catalog : 46155 CD
Conductor : Marek Janowski
Orchestra : Phil Orch of Radio France
Label : Teldec
5:49 PM
Romance Op 11
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Gerald Finzi
Catalog : 16 CD
Orchestra : London Concertante
Label : CMG


The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
3:22 pm
Thu April 17, 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.

Read more
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.

Read more
Donald Nally's Message to the Community
12:59 pm
Wed April 16, 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 Monday 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.

Read more
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. 

Read more
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.

Read more
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...

Read more
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.


Read more
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.

Read more
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

Read more