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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December 21, 2013

6:06 AM
Shepherd’s Pipe Carol
Artist : Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Album :
Composer : John Rutter
Catalog : 1063 CD
Conductor : Craig Jessop
Label : MTC
6:10 AM
Soir de Fete Op 32
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Ernest Chausson
Catalog : 8369 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Belgian Radio & TV Symph Orch
Label : Chandos
6:29 AM
String Quartet No. 6 in f Op 80
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 2006 CD
Orchestra : Miro Quartet
Label : Oxingale
7:06 AM
Notturno No. 5 in C
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 999741 CD
Conductor : Dieter Klocker
Orchestra : Consortium Classicum
Label : CPO
7:19 AM
Good Christian Men Rejoice
Artist : RCA Victor Chorus
Album :
Catalog : 61910 CD
Conductor : Richard Westenburg
Label : RCA/BMG
7:22 AM
Piano Concerto No. 11 in D
Artist : Emanuel Ax, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 89853 CD
Conductor : Emanuel Ax
Orchestra : Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra
Label : Legacy
7:44 AM
Concerto for 2 violins (Double Concerto) in d, BWV 1043
Artist : Lara St. John, violin; Scott St. John, violin
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 131 CD
Orchestra : New York Bach Ensemble
Label : Ancalagon
8:06 AM
Rhapsodie espagnole
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 61250 CD
Conductor : Fritz Reiner
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:26 AM
Flute Concerto
Artist : Susan Milan, flute
Album :
Composer : Jacques Ibert
Catalog : 8840 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : City of London Sinfonia
Label : Chandos
8:48 AM
A Winter’s Tale Op 18
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Lars-Erik Larsson
Catalog : 5157 CD
Conductor : Mario Bernardi
Orchestra : CBC Orchestra
Label : CBC(RCI)
9:06 AM
Czech Christmas Mass
Artist : Czech Philharmonic Chorus & Soloists
Album :
Composer : Jakub Jan Ryba
Catalog : 3019 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Smetacek
Orchestra : Prague Symphony Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
9:48 AM
Oboe Concerto in d
Artist : Ray Still, oboe
Album :
Composer : Alessandro Marcello
Catalog : 90813 CD
Conductor : Richard Stamp
Orchestra : Academy of London
Label : Vrgn Clscs
10:00 AM
A Suite of Carols for Strings
Artist :
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 559621 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : BBC Concert Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:14 AM
Symphony No. 11 in a Op 214 Der Winter
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Joachim Raff
Catalog : 223529 CD
Conductor : Urs Schneider
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
10:51 AM
Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Artist : John Barrow, baritone; Guildford Cathedral Choir
Album :
Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 64131 CD
Conductor : Barry Rose
Orchestra : Pro Arte Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
11:00 AM
Havanaise Op 83
Artist : Janine Jansen, violin
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 475011 CD
Conductor : Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
11:11 AM
Four Christmas Motets
Artist : The Philadelphia Singers
Album :
Composer : Francis Poulenc
Catalog : 7787 CD
Conductor : Michael Korn
Label : RCA/BMG


Creatively Speaking
6:01 am
Mon July 21, 2014

How a Russian-Born Philadelphian Helped Give New Life to a Song Van Cliburn Loved

Van Cliburn loved the Russian folk song, "Ducks are Flying," and asked for it to be performed at his funeral service. But no one in Texas could find the song.

When American pianist Van Cliburn died in 2013, funeral organizers in Texas couldn’t locate an obscure piece of music he’d requested for the service. But as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, thanks to a Philadelphia connection, the Russian folk song was found, and is now enjoying new life in America.

Here are several ensembles presenting the Russian folk song performed at Van Cliburn's funeral service.

The Voronezh State Folk Choir (Russian)

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Opera on WRTI
4:25 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

LA Opera on WRTI: Bizet's CARMEN, July 19, 1 PM

Carmen (Patricia Bardon) expresses her love for the matador Escamillo (Ildebrando D'Arcangelo) as he prepares to enter the bullring.

No man can resist Carmen’s gypsy charms. But when she’s ready to move on, watch out! A riveting drama of love and jealousy, filled with famously alluring melodies and captivating dances, Carmen is one of the world’s most popular operas. Georges Bizet’s immortal score overflows with one delight after another - a music lover’s hit parade of opera’s most intoxicating melodies. Placido Domingo conducts. Saturday, July 19, 1 to 4 pm.

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3:51 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Works by Lorin Maazel: The New York Philharmonic on WRTI, July 20, 3 to 5 PM

In the summer of 1943, Lorin Maazel could be found conducting the Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra (what is today the New York Philharmonic) at Lewisohn Stadium on the campus of City College of New York. Other conductors on the summer series included Fritz Reiner, Andre Kostelanetz, Morton Gould, and Antal Dorati. But, Maazel was only 13 years old.

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3:43 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Legendary Man of Music: Lorin Varencove Maazel, 1930-2014

Maestro Lorin Maazel passed away last Sunday at the age of 84.  This legendary man of music devoted over 75 years to his craft. To him, music was a bridge-builder - a way to bring peace to the world and its people.  

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WRTI Spotlight
11:49 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Mahler's 4th Symphony: The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI, July 20, 1 PM

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

You won't want to miss the optimism and sunshine of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, drawing much of its balance and influence from the Classical era, this Sunday, July 20th at 1 pm. It's the Philadelphians in a performance from October in Verizon Hall, a re-broadcast from November, 2013.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
2:01 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Conductor Lorin Maazel, Who Brought America To The Podium, Dies

Lorin Maazel conducing the Vienna Philharmonic in March 2010.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 11:58 am

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People's Choice Concert with Host Gregg Whiteside
2:55 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

The Philadelphians and WRTI at the Mann Center: Join us on August 1st!

"The People's Choice" concert is free and it's on Friday, August 1 at 8 pm at the Mann Center. Gregg Whiteside is host.

WRTI has teamed up with The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Mann Center for the Performing Arts to present our first-ever People's Choice Concert. Join us at the Mann on August 1st when the Fabulous Philadelphians play a program selected by YOU!

Voting took place in June; thanks so much to everyone who participated!

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Opera on WRTI
2:21 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago on WRTI: Mozart's LA CLEMENZA DI TITO, July 5, 1 PM

Amanda Majeski, Matthew Polenzani, and Joyce DiDonato star in Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito.

Sex and power are front and center in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's riveting La Clemenza di Tito. Can a Roman emperor forgive a woman who either wants to marry him or murder him? And can he pardon the would-be assassin who's supposedly his best friend? Find out in this spellbinding opera broadcast on Saturday, July 5, 1 to 4 pm.

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Wanamaker Organ Day
10:41 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Crossover LIVE at Wanamaker Organ Day: Saturday, June 28 at 11:30 AM

Wanamaker Organ Day is Saturday June 28th

Jill Pasternak and Peter Richard Conte broadcast Crossover live from Wanamaker Organ Day at Macy's in Center City, Philadelphia on June 28th. You're invited to join Jill and Peter, and organists Jeremy Filsell, Rudy Lucente, and Tedde Gibson. Together they will present an extraordinary program of organ works at this annual tradition that celebrates the world's largest operational pipe organ.

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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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