WRTI Spotlight

Special Program
12:52 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

A Musical Valentine from WRTI

Classical and jazz romantic music from the heart - wrapped with love - from us to you!

The Most Romantic Music: February 13th to 15th

Love is in the air, and on the air on WRTI. You're in store for a very romantic Valentine's week when you tune in or listen online between February 13th and 15th. It's classical and jazz romantic music from the heart - wrapped with love - from us to you!

Romantic Music with Dave, Jack, and Jill
February 13th and 14th
6 am to 6 pm

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From NPR Music
10:26 am
Wed February 8, 2012

First Listen: Brooklyn Rider's SEVEN STEPS

The string quartet Brooklyn Rider is all about the number four. But on their new album, Seven Steps (being released on Feb. 21), its members circle around the mysterious - and some might even say spiritual - power of the hebdomad.
Listen to individual tracks from the CD and read an NPR article here

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Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
11:18 am
Sat February 4, 2012

The Music of Igor Stravinsky

Rimsky-Korsakov was not a man given to high praise. So when he wrote the words "Not bad" in his diary about the music of one of his students, that was unusually complimentary. The student was Igor Stravinsky.

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971). Symphony No. 1 (1907). Scottish National Orchestra, Sir Alexander Gibson. Chandos 8345, CD1, Tr 1-4. 33:14

Igor Stravinsky. Capriccio (1929). Geoffrey Tozer, piano, Orc hestre de la Suisse Romande, Neeme Jarvi. Chandos 9238, Tr 8-10. 16:59

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WRTI Spotlight
10:37 am
Fri February 3, 2012

An Interview With Tenor Matthew Polenzani

David Patrick Stearns speaks with tenor Matthew Polenzani about his role in the Opera Company of Philadelphia's Rigoletto.

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1:29 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

The Crossing Choir: Works by Kile Smith

Be sure to join us from 3 to 5 pm on Sunday, January 22nd for a special treat - concert broadcasts of the 24-voice chamber choir The Crossing, led by Donald Nally. This month, you'll hear performances of Kile Smith's Vespers (with Piffaro, the Renaissance wind band), Where Flames a Word, and The Waking Sun (with Tempesta di Mare).

All three of these performances were recorded at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia.

More Information about The Crossing Here

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WRTI Spotlight
11:33 am
Mon January 16, 2012

Listen: Charlie Haden - A Moment of Clarity

The venerable bassist Charlie Haden is a jazz legend. He started as a singer on his family's country radio show when he was just 2 years old. After losing his voice to polio as a teenager, he found a new voice by picking up the bass. This week, Charlie Haden was inducted into the NEA 2012 class of Jazz Masters. His new album, Coming Home is a collaboration with the late pianist Hank Jones - a recording of 14 spirituals, hymns, and folk songs.

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WRTI Spotlight
1:42 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Pianist Alexis Weissenberg Dies At 82

The Bulgarian-born pianist Alexis Weissenberg, whose musical talent as a youngster probably saved his life and that of his mother, died January 8th at age 82. The dynamic pianist escaped the Nazis to build a brilliant career. Listen to the NPR story, watch a video, and read about Weissenberg Here

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Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
4:50 pm
Sat January 7, 2012

The Musical World of Bela Bartok

The Hungarian Fine Arts Commission told Bartok in 1911 that his opera, the only one he would ever write, was no good, not suitable for the stage. With only two singers and no set changes, Bluebeard's Castle just wasn't operatic. He'd later tinker with it some, but the immediate effect of the rejection was that, for four years, he almost completely stopped writing music. Now recognized as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century, Bela Bartok--just entering the height of his powers--went into a composing blackout.


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WRTI Spotlight
11:21 am
Sun December 25, 2011

New Year's Eve with EL VIAJE: Salsa and Latin Jazz!

Saturday, December 31

9 pm to midnight

Get out your dancing shoes! Ring in the New Year with WRTI's David Ortiz, host of the fabulously popular Latin jazz program El Viaje, heard every Saturday night on WRTI.

Join David as he counts down the 35 hottest Salsa and Latin jazz releases of 2011 from 9 pm to midnight. It's the perfect music for a New Year's shindig.

From all of your friends at WRTI, here's to a happy and healthy 2012!

Happy New Year from WRTI!

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WRTI Spotlight
11:03 am
Sat December 24, 2011

New Year's from Vienna with Mariss Jansons

Sunday, January 1

4 to 6 pm

WRTI presents the Vienna Philharmonic's annual concert with the Vienna Boys Choir, recorded earlier in the day, featuring the lively and nostalgic music from the vast repertoire of the Johann Strauss family and their contemporaries.

This popular annual tradition is heard in over 50 countries as the Philharmonic sends the world a New Year's greeting in the spirit of hope, friendship, and peace. The 2012 concert is led by the Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons.

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