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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July 29, 2014

6:06 AM
Sinfonia No. 5 in b, Wq. 183
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 553285 CD
Conductor : Christian Benda
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
6:19 AM
Concertino for Clarinet & Orch in E-Flat Op 26
Artist : Jon Manasse, clarinet
Album :
Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 18005 CD
Conductor : Lukas Foss
Orchestra : Brooklyn Philharmonic Orch.
Label : XLNT Music
6:30 AM
Sinfonia in B
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Composer : Fortunato Chelleri
Catalog : 213 CD
Conductor : Michael Schneider
Orchestra : La Stagione Frankfurt
Label : ORF
6:40 AM
LA SOURCE: Suite No. 2
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Composer : Leo Delibes
Catalog : 553356 CD
Conductor : Andrew Mogrelia
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
7:06 AM
Rondo for horn & orch in E-Flat
Artist : David Jolley, horn
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 6780 CD
Conductor : Uri Mayer
Orchestra : The Israel Sinfonietta
Label : Arabesque
7:15 AM
Chimes of Liberty
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Composer : Edwin Franko Goldman
Catalog : 80266 CD
Conductor : Richard Franko Goldman
Orchestra : The Goldman Band
Label : New World
7:19 AM
Slavonic Dance No. 4 in F 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
Academic Festival Overture Op 80
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 45 CD
Conductor : Hans Vonk
Orchestra : Netherlands Radio Symph Orch
Label : Pentatone
7:42 AM
Festal Dance
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Composer : Havergal Brian
Catalog : 223481 CD
Conductor : Adrian Leaper
Orchestra : RTE National Sym Orch Ireland
Label : MarcoPolo
7:50 AM
Sinfonia a 4 in B-Flat
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Composer : Johann Adolphe Scheibe
Catalog : 550 CD
Conductor : Andrew Manze
Orchestra : Concerto Copenhagen
Label : Chandos
8:06 AM
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Composer : Emmerich Kalman
Catalog : 2012611 CD
Conductor : Kurt Woss
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Gram.Loden
8:13 AM
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Composer : Sigmund Romberg
Catalog : 110866 CD
Conductor : Sigmund Romberg
Orchestra : Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:18 AM
Hungarian Fantasy Op 45
Artist : Robert McDuffie, violin
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Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 80402 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
8:28 AM
Violin Concerto in b
Artist : Giuliano Carmignola, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 87733 CD
Conductor : Andrea Marcon
Orchestra : Venice Baroque Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:42 AM
American Overture (1955)
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Composer : Joseph Willcox Jenkins
Catalog : 570968 CD
Conductor : Eugene Corporon
Orchestra : Lone Star Wind Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:49 AM
Valse de Concert No. 2 Op 51
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 47847 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:06 AM
Overture in C Op 170 In the Italian Style
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 385853 CD
Conductor : Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra : Menuhin Festival Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:15 AM
Symphony No. 95 in c
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 48904 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
9:37 AM
Lyric Fantasy
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Composer : Lars-Erik Larsson
Catalog : 553715 CD
Conductor : Petter Sundkvist
Orchestra : Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:00 AM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 69877 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
10:23 AM
Violin Concerto No. 3 in b Op 61
Artist : Julian Rachlin, violin
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 48373 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:53 AM
Concertstucke for harp & orch in G-Sharp Op 39
Artist : Catherine Michel, harp
Album :
Composer : Gabriel Pierne
Catalog : 3019 CD
Conductor : Louis de Froment
Orchestra : Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg
Label : Vox/MMG
11:09 AM
Concerto for strings & continuo in G
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 27078 CD
Orchestra : I Solisti di Zagreb
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11:15 AM
Symphony No. 3 in a Op 56 Scottish
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 4781525 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : London/Dec
12:06 PM
Sinfonia Fandango in e
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 4792050 CD
Conductor : Pablo Heras-Casado
Orchestra : Concerto Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
12:19 PM
Quintet for Guitar and Strings No. 9 in C Laq Retirata de Madrid
Artist : Pepe Romero, guitar
Album :
Composer : Luigi Boccherini
Catalog : 438769 CD
Label : Philips
12:48 PM
Suite Espanola: No. 5 Asturias Op 47
Artist : Eduardo Fernandez, guitar
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Composer : Isaac Albeniz
Catalog : 417618 CD
Label : London/Dec
12:57 PM
Symphony No. 1 in d Op 9
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Composer : Ernst von Dohnanyi
Catalog : 80511 CD
Conductor : Leon Botstein
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Telarc
2:00 PM
Symphony in D Op 18
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999752 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
2:14 PM
Posthorn Serenade in D
Artist : Helmut Wobisch, posthorn
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 1050 CD
Conductor : Jonathan Sternberg
Orchestra : Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Label : Music&Arts


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Archive Photos Getty Images

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