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

September 14, 2013

6:06 AM
Trumpet Concerto in C
Artist : John Wallace, trumpet
Album :
Composer : J. Michael Haydn
Catalog : 5121 CD
Conductor : Simon Wright
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
6:17 AM
Variations on a Theme by Haydn Op 56
Artist : Rosi & Toni Grunschlag, pianos
Album :
Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 3136 CD
Label : Centaur
6:35 AM
String Quartet in a Op 41, No. 1
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 1793 CD
Orchestra : Zehetmair Quartet
Label : ECM
7:06 AM
Cello concerto in G, RV 414
Artist : Christophe Coin, cello
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 30426 CD
Conductor : Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra : Il Giardino Armonico
Label : Naive
7:19 AM
Penthesilea Overture Op 31
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Carl Goldmark
Catalog : 7007 CD
Conductor : Michael Halasz
Orchestra : Rhenish Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : RecordsInt
7:44 AM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat, BWV 1051
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 1004 CD
Conductor : Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
Label :
8:06 AM
I Got Rhythm Variations
Artist : Orion Weiss, piano
Album :
Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 559705 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
8:18 AM
ANACREON Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Luigi Cherubini
Catalog : 791631 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:30 AM
Serenade for Strings in E Op 22
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 4780119 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
9:06 AM
Third Essay Op 47
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Samuel Barber
Catalog : 9053 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
9:22 AM
Sleeping Beauty Suite Op 66
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 47075 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:46 AM
Ballade for piano and orchestra Op 19
Artist : John Ogdon, piano
Album :
Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 92747 CD
Conductor : Louis Frémaux
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
10:00 AM
Requiem for male chorus and orchestra in d
Artist : Czech Philharmonic Chorus
Album :
Composer : Luigi Cherubini
Catalog : 3429 CD
Conductor : Igor Markevitch
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
10:42 AM
Galanta Dances
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Zoltan Kodaly
Catalog : 80413 CD
Conductor : Yoel Levi
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
11:00 AM
The Yellow River Concerto
Artist : Daniel Epstein, piano
Album :
Composer : Yin Chengzong, Chua Wanhua
Catalog : 240158 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label :
11:22 AM
Schwanda the Bagpiper
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Jaromier Weinberger
Catalog : 63053 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony

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The Fabulous Philadelphians on WRTI
9:36 am
Sat June 21, 2014

It's All Mozart on Sunday's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert Broadcast on WRTI!

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Sunday at 1 pm, the first concert from last April's Philadelphia Orchestra Mozart Celebration brings us three Mozart masterpieces! With Yannick on the podium, the Orchestra will play an overture to one of Mozart's three operas set to a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, Cosi fan Tutte, continue with the Piano Concerto No.

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Opera on WRTI
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

The second movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 is "kind of a march," says Christoph von Dohnanyi, "in respect for all the victims who suffered by Napoleon's attacks."

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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The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Presents: Ovation Award Finalists!

Elizabeth Kaderabek

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Opera on WRTI
1:11 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago on WRTI: Puccini's MADAMA BUTTERFLY, May 24, 1 PM

Soprano Patricia Racette sings Cio Cio San and tenor Stefano Secco sings Pinkerton in Puccini's MADAMA BUTTERFLY.

Family, fortune, and honor—the geisha Cio-Cio-San forsakes them all for the callous American naval officer who calls her his "bride." But what she sees as a lifetime commitment, he treats as just a fleeting pleasure.

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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