Saturday Classics

Saturday, 6 to 11 am

Wake up to a great variety of classical music every Saturday morning with host Rolf Charlston. You'll hear works ranging from Baroque to contemporary--from a gentle waltz to a bright tango--from old favorites to something new.

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Playlist

April 13, 2013

6:06 AM
Water Music Suite No. 1 in F
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 6583 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
6:25 AM
Piano Trio in G Op 1, No. 2
Artist : Daniel Barenboim, piano; Pinchas Zukerman, violin; Jacqueline DuPre, cello
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 50798 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
7:05 AM
Menuet Antique
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 572887 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : National Orchestra of Lyon
Label : Naxos
7:16 AM
Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Op 53 Waldstein
Artist : Maurizio Pollini, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 427642 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
7:43 AM
Norwegian Rhapsody No. 4 Op 22
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Composer : Johan Svendsen
Catalog : 1085 CD
Conductor : Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra : Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
Label : Simax
8:06 AM
Divertimento in E-Flat, K. 113
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 9882 CD
Orchestra : Wiener Kammerensemble
Label : Denon
8:22 AM
Turandot Suite Op 41
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Composer : Ferruccio Busoni
Catalog : 53280 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : La Scala Philaharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
8:49 AM
The Marriage of Camacho Op 10
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 7905 CD
Conductor : Claus Peter Flor
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : RCA/BMG
9:06 AM
Overture No. 3 in B-Flat
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 6531 CD
Conductor : Adrian Shepherd
Orchestra : Cantilena
Label : Chandos
9:18 AM
Piano Concerto No. 3 in F
Artist : Emanuel Ax, piano
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 89853 CD
Conductor : Emanuel Ax
Orchestra : Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra
Label : Legacy
9:42 AM
Symphonic Poem No. 5: Prometheus
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 68595 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Angel/EMI
10:00 AM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in b-Flat Op 23
Artist : Van Cliburn, piano
Album :
Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 5912 CD
Conductor : Kirill Kondrashin
Orchestra : RCA Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
10:36 AM
Celtic Symphony for 6 harps and strings
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Composer : Sir Granville Bantock
Catalog : 66450 CD
Conductor : Vernon Handley
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Hyperion

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12:16 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago on WRTI: Rossini's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, June 21, 1 PM

Mezzo soprano Isabel Leonard sings Rosina and baritone Nathan Gunn sings Figaro in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE

Figaro! Figaro! Figaro! Rossini's music sparkles like sunshine with one hit tune after another. Not only is Figaro the Barber of Seville, he's also the ultimate Mr. Fix-It! This time he's out to ensure that Count Almaviva can marry lovely Rosina before her grumpy old guardian drags her to the altar himself. Saturday, June 21, 1 to 4 pm.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
3:23 am
Wed June 18, 2014

A Rhythm That Has Waltzed Away With Hearts

Debutantes in the opening waltz of the 2011 Vienna Opera Ball. The head of the Vienna Institute for Strauss Research calls the waltz "Austria's premier cultural export."
JOE KLAMAR AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 3:11 pm

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Creatively Speaking
6:01 am
Mon June 9, 2014

The Very Political Ludwig van Beethoven

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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) wrote his seventh symphony in the midst of Napoleon’s attempts to conquer Europe. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the work, and its second movement in particular, is a tribute to freedom. Here, the Israel Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta, performs:

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Opera on WRTI
11:48 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago on WRTI: Verdi's LA TRAVIATA, June 7, 1 PM

Soprano Marina Rebeka sings Violetta in Verdi's LA TRAVIATA.

Violetta is the most desirable courtesan in Paris. Sought after by society’s most important me,n and wealthy in her own right, she is perfectly content—until she falls in love with Alfredo Germont. But when Alfredo’s father insists that she’ll ruin Alfredo’s family name, she selflessly pushes away the only man she’s ever loved. Will they ever be together again? Yes, but by then it’s much, much too late. A love story as unforgettable as Verdi’s sweeping and spectacular melodies. Massimo Zanetti conducts. Saturday, June 7, 1 to 4 pm.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
12:05 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

It's Beethoven, Shostakovich, and The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI: June 8, 1 PM

Danish-Israeli violinist Nikolaj Znaider performs Beethoven's Violin Concerto with the Philadelphians on WRTI, June 8 at 1 pm

This season, The Philadelphia Orchestra juxtaposed Beethoven’s path-breaking symphonies and concertos with those of the great orchestral master of the 20th century Dmitri Shostakovich...we’ll be treated to such a pairing Sunday afternoon at 1 pm.

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Rebroadcast of New Music Microfestival from 2013
11:52 am
Fri May 30, 2014

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Three Must-Hear Commissions, June 1st, 1 to 4 PM

Chinese contemporary classical composer and conductor, Tan Dun

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
4:21 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

State Of The Art: New York Philharmonic's Biennial

Music collective Bang on a Can All-Stars is one of the musical partners sharing a bill with the New York Philharmonic during the Biennial.
Konstantin Sergeyev Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 8:22 pm

Alan Gilbert, music director of the New York Philharmonic, isn't scared of new music — and he doesn't think audiences should be, either.

"Frankly, the reason I do new music is I like a lot of it," Gilbert says.

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Ten Amazing Philadelphia-Area Music Teachers
6:10 pm
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Elizabeth Kaderabek

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Opera on WRTI
1:11 pm
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Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly features some of opera's most famous music, including Cio-Cio-San's heartbreaking "Un bel di" and the beautiful "Humming Chorus." It's Puccini's heartbreaking tragedy on WRTI. Saturday, May 24, 1 to 4 pm.

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Gianandrea Noseda Conducts The Philadelphians
12:42 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI: Saint-Saens' "Organ" Symphony, May 25, 1 PM

Canadian violinist James Ehnes is a Grammy winner and a Juilliard graduate. He plays the "Marsick" Stradivarius of 1715.

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast this Sunday at 1 pm opens with a collection of “Symphonic Fragments” from Alfredo Casella’s rarely performed opera La Donna Serpente (The Snake-Woman), based on an 18th-century fable-play by Carlo Gozzi, and is followed by one of Sergei Prok

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