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.

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Playlist

December 21, 2012

6:06 AM
Ruy Blas Overture Op 95
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 417541 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
6:15 AM
Once in Royal David’s City
Artist : Choir Kings College, Cambridge
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 4759177 CD
Conductor : Stephen Cleobury
Label : London/Dec
6:21 AM
Horn Sonata No. 2
Artist : Barry Tuckwell, horn
Album :
Composer : Luigi Cherubini
Catalog : 86558 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
6:30 AM
Balletti a cinque: Introduzione Seconda
Artist :
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 32006 CD
Conductor : Pal Nemeth
Orchestra : Savaria Baroque Orchestra
Label : Hungaroton
6:37 AM
Winter Wonderland
Artist :
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Composer : Felix Bernard
Catalog : 61685 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
6:42 AM
Danish Folk Music Suite: Jutish Melody
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Composer : Percy Aldridge Grainger
Catalog : 7003 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
6:52 AM
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Artist : Philadelphia Chorus
Album :
Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 6430 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
6:55 AM
Te Deum: Prelude
Artist : William Kuhlman, organ
Album :
Composer : Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Catalog : 80614 CD
Conductor : Rolf Smedvig
Orchestra : Empire Brass
Label : Telarc
7:06 AM
MAGIC FLUTE Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4775789 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
7:15 AM
The Black Horse Troop
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 1998 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:19 AM
Slavonic Dance No. 2 in e Op 46
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 430171 CD
Conductor : Christoph Von Dohnanyi
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
7:28 AM
THE GORDIAN KNOT UNTIED Suite No. 2
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Composer : Henry Purcell
Catalog : 2857 CD
Conductor : Jon Ceander Mitchell
Orchestra : Philharmonia Bulgarica
Label : Centaur
7:34 AM
Mille cherubini in coro
Artist : Gumpoldskirchner Kinder Chor
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 53358 CD
Conductor : Vjekoslav Sutej
Orchestra : Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:42 AM
Sones de Mariachi
Artist :
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Composer : Blas Galindo
Catalog : 550838 CD
Conductor : Enrique Batiz
Orchestra : Festival Orchestra of Mexico
Label : Naxos
7:49 AM
Good King Wenceslas
Artist : Shaw Chamber Singers
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 80377 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Label : Telarc
7:53 AM
Entry March of the Boyars
Artist :
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Composer : Johan Halvorsen
Catalog : 10584 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Bergen Philharmonic
Label : Chandos
8:06 AM
Tritsch-Tratsch Polka Chit-Chat Polka Op 214
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 1045 CD
Conductor : Janos Ferencsik
Orchestra : Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Label : Hungaroton
8:10 AM
Oboe Concerto in d
Artist : Christian Hommel, oboe
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 554169 CD
Conductor : Helmut Muller-Bruhl
Orchestra : Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:28 AM
A Christmas Bouquet
Artist : Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Album :
Composer : Alfred Burt
Catalog : 48232 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:32 AM
Twelve Variations on Ah, vous dirai-je maman in C
Artist : John Novacek, piano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 3013 CD
Label : FourWinds
8:48 AM
Lieutenant Kije Suite: Troika Op 60
Artist :
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Composer : Sergei Prokofiev
Catalog : 64249 CD
Conductor : Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:53 AM
Sleigh Ride
Artist :
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 6430 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
9:06 AM
Punch and Judy overture
Artist :
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Composer : Leroy Robertson
Catalog : 8155 CD
Conductor : Maurice Abravanel
Orchestra : Utah Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
9:15 AM
String Sextet in C Op 140
Artist : Sandor Papp, viola
Album :
Composer : Louis Spohr
Catalog : 555968 CD
Orchestra : New Haydn Quartet
Label : Naxos
9:41 AM
Introduction and Rondo Brillant in A Op 56
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
Album :
Composer : Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Catalog : 1196 CD
Conductor : Bystrik Rezucha
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MSR
10:00 AM
Christnacht Cantata for chorus,
Artist : Berlin Philharmonic Choir
Album :
Composer : Hugo Wolf
Catalog : 313013 CD
Conductor : Uwe Gronostay
Orchestra : Berlin Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : KOCHSchwan
10:21 AM
Orchestral Suite (Overture) No. 3in D
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 69879 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
10:44 AM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in d Op 40
Artist : Andras Schiff, piano
Album :
Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 4780105 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Bavarian Radio Symphony
Label : London/Dec
11:08 AM
Symphony No. 3 in e Op 53
Artist :
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Composer : Zdenek Fibich
Catalog : 9328 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:06 PM
A Suite of Carols for Brass Choir
Artist :
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 559621 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : BBC Concert Orchestra
Label : Naxos
12:19 PM
Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orch. in D
Artist : Christoph Eschenbach, piano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 89488 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : Sym Orch N. D. R. Hamburg
Label : CBS/Sony
12:49 PM
Pohjola’s Daughter Op 49
Artist :
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 80320 CD
Conductor : Yoel Levi
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
1:05 PM
Rosenkranz Sonata No. 3 The Nativity
Artist : Leah Gale Nelson, violin
Album :
Composer : Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber
Catalog : 8079 CD
Label : Lyrichord
1:13 PM
Romantic Symphony
Artist :
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Composer : Carlo Giorgio Garofalo
Catalog : 225183 CD
Conductor : Joel Spiegelman
Orchestra : New Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
2:00 PM
Concert No. 2
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Composer : Jean-Philippe Rameau
Catalog : 1845 CD
Conductor : Christophe Rousset
Orchestra : Les Talens Lyriques
Label : London/Dec
2:16 PM
Christmas Oratorio
Artist : Edith Wiens, soprano
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 50512 CD
Conductor : Dieter Hellmann
Orchestra : Mainz Chamber Orchestra
Label : Calig
3:00 PM
O Tannenbaum O Christmas Tree
Artist :
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Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 66087 CD
Conductor : Carmen Dragon
Orchestra : Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orches
Label : Angel/EMI
3:04 PM
Concerto for violin & cello in a Op 102
Artist : Julia Fischer, violin
Album :
Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 66 CD
Conductor : Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra : Netherlands Philharmonic Orch
Label : Pentatone
3:43 PM
Variations Symphoniques
Artist : Francois-Joel Thiollier, piano
Album :
Composer : Cesar Franck
Catalog : 553472 CD
Conductor : Roberto Benzi
Orchestra : Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:06 PM
O Holy Night Cantique de Noel
Artist : Luciano Pavarotti, tenor
Album :
Composer : Adolph Adam
Catalog : 443401 CD
Conductor : Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra : National Philharmonic Orch.
Label : London/Dec
4:12 PM
Ave Maria Op 52
Artist : Renata Tebaldi, soprano
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 4758134 CD
Conductor : Anton Guadagno
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:18 PM
Il est ne le divin enfant
Artist : Roberto Alagna, tenor
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 57017 CD
Conductor : Robin Smith
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:23 PM
White Christmas
Artist : Bryn Terfel, baritone
Album :
Composer : Irving Berlin
Catalog : 449965 CD
Conductor : Paul Daniel
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
4:30 PM
Panis Angelicus
Artist : Placido Domingo, tenor
Album :
Composer : Cesar Franck
Catalog : 471575 CD
Conductor : Marcello Viotti
Orchestra : Orch. Sinf. di Milano G. Verdi
Label : D. Gramphn
4:36 PM
Twelve Days of Christmas
Artist : Ambrosian Singers
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 4759177 CD
Conductor : Richard Bonynge
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:41 PM
Sleigh Ride
Artist : Placido Domingo, tenor
Album :
Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 89131 CD
Conductor : Steven Mercurio
Orchestra : Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:45 PM
O Come, All Ye Faithful
Artist : Gumpoldskirchner Kinder Chor
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 30821 CD
Conductor : Paul Angerer
Orchestra : Austrian Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : Orfeo
4:50 PM
A Christmas Garland
Artist : Jessye Norman, soprano
Album :
Composer : Bruce Saylor
Catalog : 454640 CD
Conductor : David Robertson
Label : Philips
4:56 PM
The Virgin’s Slumber Song
Artist : Mario Lanza, tenor
Album :
Composer : Max Reger
Catalog : 6427 CD
Conductor : Constantine Callinicos
Orchestra : Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:06 PM
Chaste Barbara Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Oskar Nedbal
Catalog : 192 CD
Conductor : Douglas Bostock
Orchestra : Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra
Label : Classico
5:14 PM
At Twilight Op 39
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Composer : Zdenek Fibich
Catalog : 3197 CD
Conductor : Frantisek Vajnar
Orchestra : Prague Radio Symphony
Label : Supraphon
5:32 PM
LA GIOCONDA: Dance of the Hours
Artist :
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Composer : Amilcare Ponchielli
Catalog : 791631 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:44 PM
LA GIOCONDA: Suicidio!
Artist : Renata Tebaldi, soprano
Album :
Composer : Amilcare Ponchielli
Catalog : 4758134 CD
Conductor : Oliviero de Fabritiis
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
5:50 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 8 in f Op 1 Christmas Concerto
Artist :
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Composer : Pietro Antonio Locatelli
Catalog : 550567 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos

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11:53 am
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Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 4:12 pm

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Creatively Speaking
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