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.

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December 19, 2012

6:06 AM
Symphonies for Christmas
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Michel Richard Delalande
Catalog : 9908 CD
Conductor : Olivier Fortin
Orchestra : Masques
Label : Analekta
6:17 AM
BABES IN TOYLAND: March of the Toys
Artist :
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Composer : Victor Herbert
Catalog : 117 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bowie Grp
6:23 AM
The Marriage of Camacho Op 10
Artist :
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 7905 CD
Conductor : Claus Peter Flor
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : RCA/BMG
6:30 AM
Fantasy on Serbian Themes Op 6
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 553513 CD
Conductor : Igor Golovchin
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
6:44 AM
Messiah: For unto us a child
Artist : and Chorus
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 6918 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
6:50 AM
Four Seasons: No.1 Spring (La Primavera) in E Op 8
Artist : Isaac Stern, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 66472 CD
Conductor : Isaac Stern
Orchestra : Jerusalem Music Centre Ch.Orch
Label : CBS/Sony
7:06 AM
Overture in C Op 170
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 2221 CD
Conductor : Raymond Leppard
Orchestra : Indianapolis Symphony Orch.
Label : Koss Class
7:15 AM
Punchinello
Artist :
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Composer : William Rimmer
Catalog : 6565 CD
Conductor : Michael Antrobus
Orchestra : Black Dyke Mills Band
Label : Chandos
7:20 AM
L’Enfance du Christ: Shepherd’s Farewell
Artist : Atlanta Symphony Chorus
Album :
Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 10033 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
7:28 AM
Ma Vlast: No. 2 Vltava (The Moldau)
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 80327 CD
Conductor : Zdenek Macal
Orchestra : Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:43 AM
BERENICE: Overture
Artist :
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 4758075 CD
Conductor : Karl Munchinger
Orchestra : Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
Label : London/Dec
7:48 AM
A Christmas Festival
Artist :
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 61685 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:06 AM
GOTTERDAMMERUNG: Siegfried’s Rhine Journey
Artist :
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 74762 CD
Conductor : Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
8:19 AM
Sonata for 8 trumpets & orchestra in A
Artist : Wynton Marsalis, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber
Catalog : 42478 CD
Conductor : Raymond Leppard
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:28 AM
O magnum mysterium
Artist : Handel & Haydn Society Chorus
Album :
Composer : Jennifer Higdon
Catalog : 2078 CD
Conductor : Grant Llewellyn
Label : Avie
8:35 AM
PAQUITA: Polonaise & Mazurka
Artist :
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Composer : Leon Minkus
Catalog : 10544 CD
Conductor : Boris Spassov
Orchestra : Sofia National Opera Orchestra
Label : Capriccio
8:43 AM
La Princesse Jaune overture Op 30
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 1016 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Cala
8:51 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 2 in c
Artist :
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Composer : Alessandro Scarlatti
Catalog : 45495 CD
Conductor : Fabio Biondi
Orchestra : Europa Galante
Label : Vrgn Clscs
9:06 AM
Melodie Op 20
Artist : Julian Lloyd Webber, cello
Album :
Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 2334 CD
Conductor : James Judd
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
9:15 AM
The Tempest Op 18
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 39359 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
9:40 AM
Sinfonia Concertante
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Composer : Dmitri S. Bortnyansky
Catalog : 10370 CD
Orchestra : Moscow Phil. Chamber Ensemble
Label : MCA
10:00 AM
Carol Symphony
Artist :
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Composer : Victor Hely-Hutchinson
Catalog : 64131 CD
Conductor : Barry Rose
Orchestra : Pro Arte Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:27 AM
The Comedians
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Composer : Dmitri Kabalevsky
Catalog : 63302 CD
Conductor : Kirill Kondrashin
Orchestra : RCA Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
10:45 AM
Symphony in D La Chasse
Artist :
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Composer : Carl Stamitz
Catalog : 10628 CD
Conductor : Matthias Bamert
Orchestra : London Mozart Players
Label : Chandos
11:04 AM
Piano Concerto in a Op 16
Artist : Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Album :
Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 57562 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
11:36 AM
Three Botticelli Pictures
Artist :
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 37676 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
12:07 PM
Tragic Overture Op 81
Artist :
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 61846 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
12:22 PM
Messiah (excerpts)
Artist : Choir of Clare Coll.,Cambridge
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 901928 CD
Conductor : Rene Jacobs
Orchestra : Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Label : Harmonia Mundi
12:41 PM
Seemorgh
Artist :
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Composer : Behzad Ranjbaran
Catalog : 3336 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Delos
12:48 PM
German Requiem: Wie lieblich sind deine
Artist : Vienna State Opera Chorus
Album :
Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 6918 CD
Conductor : Bernard Haitink
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
12:55 PM
L’Enfance du Christ (excerpt)
Artist : Montreal Symphony Chorus
Album :
Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 4783640 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
1:12 PM
Gesu Bambino
Artist : Luciano Pavarotti, tenor
Album :
Composer : Pietro A. Yon
Catalog : 4759177 CD
Conductor : Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra : National Philharmonic Orch.
Label : London/Dec
1:17 PM
’Twas the Night Before Christmas
Artist : Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Album :
Composer : Ken Darby
Catalog : 2 CD
Conductor : Keith Lockhart
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : BosPops
1:26 PM
Misa Criolla: Gloria
Artist : Sociedad Coral de Bilbao
Album :
Composer : Ariel Ramirez
Catalog : 420955 CD
Conductor : Jose Luis Ocejo
Orchestra : Coral Salve de Laredo
Label : Philips
1:35 PM
Variations on a theme by Robert Schumann Op 23
Artist : Silke-Thora Matthies, piano; Chrstian Kohn, piano
Album :
Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 553139 CD
Label : Naxos
1:54 PM
Cantata No.208: Sheep May Safely Graze:
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 62683 CD
Orchestra : Canadian Brass
Label : RCA/BMG
2:01 PM
Magnificat (excerpt)
Artist : Choir Kings College, Cambridge
Album :
Composer : John Rutter
Catalog : 57952 CD
Conductor : Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
2:10 PM
Nocturne (Notturno) for piano trio in E-Flat Op 148
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 412620 CD
Orchestra : Beaux Arts Trio
Label : Philips
2:22 PM
Frostiana (excerpts)
Artist : New York Choral Society
Album :
Composer : Randall Thompson
Catalog : 7283 CD
Conductor : Richard Auldon Clark
Orchestra : Manhattan Chamber Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
2:35 PM
Ave Maria Op 52
Artist : Renata Tebaldi, soprano
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert (arr. Gamley)
Catalog : 4758134 CD
Conductor : Anton Guadagno
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
2:43 PM
Cantata No. 140 Sleepers awake:
Artist : Sir David Willcocks, organ
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 86052 CD
Conductor : David Willcocks
Orchestra : Choir of King's College, Camb.
Label : Angel/EMI
2:53 PM
Ashokan Farewell: from Civil War film
Artist : Jay Ungar, fiddle
Album :
Composer : Jay Ungar
Catalog : 56720 CD
Conductor : Paul Gambill
Orchestra : Nashville Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:00 PM
Four Christmas Motets
Artist : St. John’s College Choir
Album :
Composer : Francis Poulenc
Catalog : 8658 CD
Conductor : George Guest
Label : Chandos
3:13 PM
MEFISTOFELE
Artist : Westminster College Choir
Album :
Composer : Arrigo Boito
Catalog : 791631 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony
Label : RCA
3:41 PM
Escales
Artist :
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Composer : Jacques Ibert
Catalog : 62644 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:06 PM
A Christmas Carol
Artist :
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Composer : Carl Davis
Catalog : 553495 CD
Conductor : John Pryce-Jones
Orchestra : Northern Ballet Theatre Orch.
Label : Naxos
4:26 PM
The White Peacock
Artist :
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Composer : Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Catalog : 3099 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Delos
4:35 PM
I VESPRI SICILIANI: Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 2 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : PhilOrch.
4:47 PM
I VESPRI SICILIANI: Bolero
Artist : Sondra Radvanofsky, soprano
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 3404 CD
Conductor : Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra : Philharmonia of Russia
Label : Delos
4:54 PM
Fantaisie sur deux noëls wallons Op 24
Artist :
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Composer : Joseph Jongen
Catalog : 1634 CD
Conductor : Roman Kofman
Orchestra : Orchestra National de Belgique
Label : Cypres
5:06 PM
A Suite of Carols for Woodwinds
Artist :
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 3552 CD
Conductor : Leroy Anderson
Orchestra : ...and His Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
5:19 PM
LE VOYAGE DANS LA LUNE: Ballet of the Snowflakes
Artist :
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Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 4776403 CD
Conductor : Marc Minkowski
Orchestra : Musicians of the Louvre
Label : D. Gramphn
5:34 PM
Sospiri Op 70
Artist :
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 8788 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
5:41 PM
Dancing Day
Artist : Etherea Vocal Ensemble
Album :
Composer : John Rutter
Catalog : 3422 CD
Label : Delos

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WRTI Spotlight
12:05 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

SUMMER from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons: A Closer Look

Comprised of four violin concertos written by Vivaldi in 1723, The Four Seasons is probably the Baroque composer's best-known work. Each of the four concerti is based on a sonnet - supposedly written by Vivaldi himself. Each sonnet is divided into three sections (fast, slow, fast), which correspond with the three movements in each concerto. Read the "Summer" sonnet and listen to each part of The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, "L'estate" (Summer)

SUMMER SONNET

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WRTI Spring Member Drive
5:39 am
Wed April 23, 2014

You Listen to WRTI. It's the Simple Truth.

A faithful listener-member of WRTI.

How much do you listen to WRTI? Stop and think about it. Once a week? Twice a week? Three or more times a week? Whatever your answer, the simple truth is that you listen.

Right now, we're asking you to listen to this simple truth: WRTI relies on listeners who are willing to become members to keep this music service going for you and the entire community. Over 50% of our operating costs come from listener-members.

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

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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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