Classical New Releases

Saturdays, after the opera

Your host Mark Pinto spotlights notable new classical recordings and other additions to WRTI’s ever-expanding classical music library. You’ll hear renowned international performers alongside acclaimed local artists and ensembles in music you already know and music Mark thinks you should. He always puts together a varied, entertaining, and informative mix. Whenever the opera ends on Saturday afternoons, check out Classical New Releases with Mark Pinto!

Join the fun for this year's Opera Day when we make you, our listeners, the stars of the show! Debra Lew Harder, Bliss Michelson, Mark Pinto, and Melinda Whiting will be your hosts for 12 hours of all things operatic on Saturday, November 14th from 6 am to 6 pm.

Opera fans, take note! WRTI's Annual Opera Day is coming up on Saturday, November 14th. This year, to make it extra special, we're taking your requests!

WRTI Classical Host Mark Pinto, a tenor who sings in a bunch of local choirs, is performing with the Wayne Oratorio Society in a performance of Felix Mendelssohn's ELIJAH on Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th at 7:30 PM at the Wayne Presbyterian Church in Wayne, PA. Mark's lovely wife Donna, a soprano, will also be singing. 

Wanna party with WRTI? Come to our block party with Astral for a fun, free afternoon of music played by rising classical stars, outdoors in the Midtown Village section of Center City, Philadelphia.

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.

August 20, 2018. Our featured album is not one, but a trove of sixteen albums in a box set called This is Leonard Bernstein: His Greatest Recordings. Released for the 100th birthday celebration of America’s most multifaceted musical genius, this carefully curated collection reveals Bernstein as conductor, composer, and pianist.

August 6, 2018.  Our album of the week explores the pleasures and comforts of home through the beauty of the harp played by Elizabeth Hainen, principal harp of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Released in 2017, her album Home gives listeners an intimate taste of wide-ranging repertoire, from Couperin to Sting—music she turns to when she’s playing at home.

August 1, 2018.  It’s not new by any stretch, but it is new to us.  Alfred Brendel Live in Vienna is actually quite a find for lovers of this great pianist. Brendel has been making recordings for half a century, and yet there is still much we haven’t heard. 

July 23, 2018.  A marvelous disc of music by three French composers makes up a new release by the Neave Trio.  On French Moments the chamber ensemble performs three trios: one each, by Debussy, Fauré and Roussel.  In fact,  the CD contains the only piano trios by these composers.

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