Classical Weekdays

Monday through Friday, 6 am to 6 pm

WRTI brings you the best recordings of works from the vast world of classical music every weekday from 6 am to 6 pm. Chamber music, symphonies, choral works, violin concertos, piano sonatas, and more...engagingly presented with insight and a smile by our knowledgeable hosts.

Playlists are below.

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Join us on Monday, January 21st at 1:40 PM for a LIVE broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert at Girard College's historic chapel, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King.

With genius and grace, African-American slaves transformed bitter human experience into a beautiful art form called the "spiritual." One of the most haunting African-American spirituals, “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” was likely borne out of heart-wrenching tragedy: the forcible separation of parent from child.

January 14, 2019. Fresh, emotional, crystalline as glacial water — these are words to describe Icelandic pianist Vikingur Ólafsson’s stunning recording, released this season by Deutsche Grammophon, of music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

January 7, 2019. With the 2019 Golden Globes behind us and Oscar nominations just ahead, we turn to film music for our Classical Album of the Week. Cinema, recently released by Erato/Warner Classics, features French star violinist Renaud Capuçon and the Brussels Philharmonic led by conductor Stéphane Denève. It's filled with some of the most memorable melodies from the silver screen.

Pianist and cultural advocate Marja Kaisla visited the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio in early January to set the mood for her upcoming concert at Woodmere Art Museum's Music at Woodmere concert series. She played music by Chopin and chatted with WRTI's Susan Lewis.

Credit: Elias

This week, we're taking you back to 2017 to revisit The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Paris Festival. Join us on Sunday, January 6 at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, January 7 at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 to hear a program featuring non-French composers who moved to Paris, and decided to stay.

Credit: Rob Shanahan

The trumpet was the instrument of kings, in court and on the battlefield. Today the orchestral trumpet is an instrument for virtuosos, and used for a variety of purposes. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.

January 1, 2019. Welcome to 2019! Let's start the year off right and re-visit the New Year’s Concert 2018 with the Vienna Philharmonic and Riccardo Muti.

Need some extra cheer during the workday? How about a little Mozart? We're now bringing you a Mozart favorite every weekday at 1 pm except for Wednesdays when we feature At Your Request Midday Mozart is the perfect pick-me-up to ward off those post-lunch doldrums.

Join us on December 31st and January 1st for a fabulous lineup of classical music and jazz celebrations—must-hear LIVE broadcasts from Philadelphia to Vienna! Happy New Year from all of us at WRTI 90.1.