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

December 08, 2012

6:06 AM
Balletti a cinque: Introduzione Quinta
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 32006 CD
Conductor : Pal Nemeth
Orchestra : Savaria Baroque Orchestra
Label : Hungaroton
6:15 AM
Fantasia Baetica
Artist : Jason Cutmore, piano
Album :
Composer : Manuel De Falla
Catalog : 2952 CD
Label : Centaur
6:34 AM
Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-Flat, K. 493
Artist : Peter Serkin, piano; Alexander Schneider, violin; Michael Tree, viola; David Soyer, cello
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 1509 CD
Label : VangrdOmeg
7:06 AM
LA CENERENTOLA Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 60387 CD
Conductor : Fritz Reiner
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:17 AM
Le Tombeau de Couperin
Artist : Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Album :
Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 433515 CD
Label : London/Dec
7:47 AM
The Peasant Wedding in D
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Composer : Leopold Mozart
Catalog : 427122 CD
Orchestra : Ensemble Eduard Melkus
Label : D. Gramphn
8:06 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 6 in g Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 2065 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Handel & Haydn Society
Label : Avie
8:25 AM
Fantasia for piano and orchestra in f
Artist : Michael Korstick, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert (arr. Dmitri Kabalevsky)
Catalog : 777658 CD
Conductor : Alun Francis
Orchestra : NDR Radiophilharmonie
Label : CPO
8:46 AM
Romance in f Op 11
Artist : Isaac Stern, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 66827 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
9:06 AM
Quartet for flute, violin, viola, and bc in g
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 4283 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
9:19 AM
Concertante for flute, clarinet & orch in B-Flat Op 41
Artist : James Galway, flute
Album :
Composer : Franz Danzi
Catalog : 61976 CD
Conductor : Jorg Faerber
Orchestra : Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
9:45 AM
In the Faery Hills
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Composer : Sir Arnold Bax
Catalog : 8367 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
10:00 AM
Symphony No. 7 in A Op 92
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 6899 CD
Conductor : Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra : S. Bolivar Youth Orch of Venz.
Label : D. Gramphn
10:39 AM
Karelia Suite Op 11
Artist : Raimo Laukka, baritone
Album :
Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 918 CD
Conductor : Osmo Vanska
Orchestra : Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bis

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Opera on WRTI
6:28 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago on WRTI: Verdi's OTELLO, May 17, 1 PM

Ana María Martínez sings Desdemona and Johan Botha sings the title role in Verdi's OTELLO.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
3:15 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

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A Stradivarius violin at the restoration and research laboratory of the Musee de la Musique, Paris, in 2009.
Patrick Kovarik AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 8:00 pm

The Stradivarius violin gets its name from master craftsman Antonio Stradivari. When he died in 1737, his secrets died with him: No one has ever been able to duplicate the sound of the violins or violas he made.

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Crossover
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Blowing Her Own Horn: Norway's First Lady Of The Trumpet

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Opera on WRTI
3:33 pm
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The Met Opera on WRTI: Rossini's LA CENERENTOLA (Cinderella), May 10, 1 PM

Soprnao Joyce Didonato sings the title role in Rossini's LA CENERENTOLA, the final Met Opera broadcast in the 2013/2014 season.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
11:28 am
Fri May 2, 2014

10 Can't-Miss Classical Music Festivals

Some performances during the Bard Music Festival in the Hudson Valley take place at the Fisher Center, designed by Frank Gehry.
Peter Aaron/Esto

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 9:32 am

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Opera on WRTI
1:53 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

The Met Opera on WRTI: Bellini's I PURITANI, May 4, 1 PM

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ENCORE!
3:26 pm
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Philadelphia Youth Orchestra on WRTI: Vaughan Williams, Barber & Rachmaninoff, April 27 at 4 PM

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra
Bachrach Photography

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Ken Howard

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WRTI Spotlight
12:04 pm
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2013 Labor Day Weekend Classical Countdown

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The Votes Are In!
10:06 am
Sat August 24, 2013

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