Classical Weekdays

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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

January 09, 2013

6:06 AM
MACBETH: Act III: Ballet Music
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 62651 CD
Conductor : Roberto Abbado
Orchestra : Munich Radio Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
6:18 AM
Adagio and Rondo for clarinet and orch
Artist : Dieter Klocker, clarinet
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Composer : Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Catalog : 223431 CD
Conductor : Gernot Schmalfuss
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
6:29 AM
Symphony in G
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Composer : Frederick the Great
Catalog : 1003 CD
Conductor : Richard Auldon Clark
Orchestra : Manhattan Chamber Orchestra
Label : Helicon
6:40 AM
Concerto in G
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Composer : Johann David Heinichen
Catalog : 437549 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
7:06 AM
Sonata for Trumpet and Strings in D
Artist : John Wallace, trumpet
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Composer : Henry Purcell
Catalog : 5017 CD
Conductor : Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
7:14 AM
Joyce’s 71 N.Y. Regiment March
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Composer : Thornton Boyer
Catalog : 96197 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:19 AM
Distant Land
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Composer : John Rutter
Catalog : 1821 CD
Conductor : John Rutter
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
7:27 AM
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Overture Op 21
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 61975 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Orch of Age of Enlightenment
Label : Vrgn Clscs
7:41 AM
Overture No. 2 in A
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Composer : Thomas Augustine Arne
Catalog : 4759117 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : London/Dec
7:49 AM
Keyboard Concerto in d
Artist : Christophe Rousset,harpsichord
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 125 CD
Conductor : Christophe Rousset
Orchestra : Les Talens Lyriques
Label : Ambroisie
8:06 AM
Estudiantina Op 191
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Composer : Emile Waldteufel
Catalog : 5264 CD
Conductor : Michel Swierczewski
Orchestra : Gulbenkian Foundation Orch.
Label : Nimbus
8:14 AM
Valse-Scherzo in C Op 34
Artist : Gil Shaham, violin
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 457064 CD
Conductor : Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:26 AM
Morris Dance Tunes
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 7058 CD
Conductor : Nicholas Braithwaite
Orchestra : New Zealand Chamber Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
8:39 AM
Concerto for 2 tenor recorders & strings in a
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 77367 CD
Orchestra : Camerata Koln
Label : Deut Harmo
8:49 AM
Notturno No. 8 in G
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 999741 CD
Conductor : Dieter Klocker
Orchestra : Consortium Classicum
Label : CPO
9:06 AM
Land of the Mountain and the Flood Op 8
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Composer : Hamish MacCunn
Catalog : 436401 CD
Conductor : Grant Llewellyn
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Argo
9:16 AM
Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song
Artist : Paul Watkins, cello
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Composer : Richard Rodney Bennett
Catalog : 10389 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Chandos
9:44 AM
Divertimento No. 2 in B-Flat
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 1035 CD
Conductor : Iona Brown
Orchestra : Norske Kammerorkester
Label : Simax
10:00 AM
MAY NIGHT overture
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 572788 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:10 AM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in b-Flat Op 23
Artist : Martha Argerich, piano
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 446673 CD
Conductor : Kirill Kondrashin
Orchestra : Symphonie-Orchester des Bayeri
Label : Philips
10:44 AM
Canzone Op 55
Artist : Ofra Harnoy, cello
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 60757 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
10:54 AM
Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Op 38
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 38468 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
11:27 AM
Death and Transfiguration Op 24
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 7890 CD
Conductor : Lorin Maazel
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
12:07 PM
Carnival Overture Op 92
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 66 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Water Lily
12:17 PM
A Night on Bald Mountain
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 4776198 CD
Conductor : Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra : Los Angeles Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
12:32 PM
Far from the Madding Crowd: Suite
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Composer : Richard Rodney Bennett
Catalog : 6018 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Alwyn
Orchestra : Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Silva
12:50 PM
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: Final Chorus-In Deepest Grief
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 413613 CD
Conductor : Karl Richter
Orchestra : Munich Bach Choir & Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
12:58 PM
Introduction and Rondo Brillante in A Op 56
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
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Composer : Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Catalog : 1196 CD
Conductor : Bystrik Rezucha
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MSR
1:14 PM
LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR: Chi mi frena in tal momento - sextet
Artist : Carlo Bergonzi, Beverly Sills, Justino Diaz, Patricia Kern, Piero Capucilli, Adolf Dallapozza
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Composer : Gaetano Donizetti
Catalog : 471250 CD
Conductor : Thomas Schippers
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Westminste
1:37 PM
Piano Concerto in G
Artist : Yundi Li, piano
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 10175 CD
Conductor : Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
1:45 PM
Variations on a Dublin Air
Artist : Ralph Holmes, violin
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Composer : Hamilton Harty
Catalog : 8386 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
2:01 PM
TANNHAUSER: Entry of the Guests
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 47296 CD
Conductor : Bernard Haitink
Orchestra : Bavarian Radio Symphony & Chorus
Label : Angel/EMI
2:11 PM
Vespers: Psalm 113
Artist : The Crossing
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Composer : Kile Smith
Catalog : 5809 CD
Conductor : Donald Nally
Orchestra : Piffaro Renaissance Band
Label : Navona
2:21 PM
Suite No. 1 in E-Flat Op 28
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 11161 CD
Conductor : (Colonel) Lowell E. Graham
Orchestra : US Air Force Band
Label : Klavier
2:32 PM
Pavane Op 50
Artist : Tanglewood Festival Chorus
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Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 423089 CD
Conductor : Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra : Boston Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
2:40 PM
Musica proibita
Artist : Placido Domingo, tenor
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Composer : Stanislao Gastaldon
Catalog : 44942 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
2:46 PM
Cello Concerto in A
Artist : Balazs Mate, cello
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 31337 CD
Orchestra : Concerto Armonico Budapest
Label : Hungaroton
3:00 PM
Prelude to Oedipus Tyrannus
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Composer : John Knowles Paine
Catalog : 49263 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Klein
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:11 PM
Symphony No. 3 in D
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 412176 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
3:39 PM
Othello Overture Op 93
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 91144 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
4:06 PM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1in 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
4:29 PM
Concert Fantasy on Gounod’s Op 5
Artist : Tianwa Yang, violin
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Composer : Pablo Sarasate
Catalog : 572216 CD
Conductor : Ernest Martinez Izquierdo
Orchestra : Navarra Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:43 PM
FAUST: Jewel Song: Air des bijoux
Artist : Maria Callas, soprano
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Composer : Charles Gounod
Catalog : 96341 CD
Conductor : Georges Pretre
Orchestra : Orch. of Soc. of Cons. Conc.
Label : Angel/EMI
4:50 PM
Finnish Rhapsody No. 1
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Composer : Robert Kajanus
Catalog : 9501 CD
Conductor : Leif Segerstam
Orchestra : Finnish Radio Symphony Orch
Label : YLE
5:06 PM
Concert Overture in d Op 31
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Composer : Alexander Kopylov
Catalog : 1013 CD
Conductor : Antonio de Almeida
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : ASV
5:20 PM
From the Bohemian Forest: Silent Woods Op 68
Artist : Han-na Chang, cello
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 57052 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:29 PM
Valse-Caprice
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Composer : Anton Rubinstein
Catalog : 1000179 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
5:37 PM
From the Middle Ages in E Op 79
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 8804 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
12:35 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

An Opera Remembers The Tragedy Of An Asian-American Soldier

Andrew Stenson plays Pvt. Danny Chen in An American Soldier, a new opera about the hazing and death of the Chinese-American soldier from New York City.
Sarah Tilotta NPR

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 12:34 pm

About two years ago, playwright David Henry Hwang turned down an offer to write a play about the brief life and suicide of Army Pvt. Danny Chen.

But an opera? He couldn't refuse.

"This is a story with big emotions, big primary colors in a way, and big plot events," says Hwang, who wrote the libretto for An American Soldier, a new hourlong opera commissioned by Washington National Opera.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:03 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Eliot Fisk And Paco Peña: Tiny Desk Concert

Paco Pena performs at the Tiny Desk in April 2014.
Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 10:07 am

Eliot Fisk looks like the happiest man on the planet. Watch that face as he plays guitar. Between performing music by J.S. Bach and partnering with the world's best flamenco guitarist, Paco Peña, Fisk can barely control his joy. I find his exuberance and their performance undeniably brilliant, inspiring and so completely universal.

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Creatively Speaking
6:20 am
Mon June 9, 2014

The Ocean City Pops Are Back For Summer!

As summer approaches, WRTI's Jim Cotter takes us down the shore to the Ocean City Music Pier. There have been concerts on the music pier since 1929, when it hosted performances by the new Municipal Orchestra. Since then, what is today the Ocean City Pops, has operated under a variety of names and conductors. In 1987, the orchestra appointed a new music director; William (Bill) Scheible has led the Pops since then.

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Creatively Speaking
6:01 am
Mon June 9, 2014

The Very Political Ludwig van Beethoven

The second movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 is "kind of a march," says Christoph von Dohnanyi, "in respect for all the victims who suffered by Napoleon's attacks."

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) wrote his seventh symphony in the midst of Napoleon’s attempts to conquer Europe. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the work, and its second movement in particular, is a tribute to freedom. Here, the Israel Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta, performs:

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
12:05 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

It's Beethoven, Shostakovich, and The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI: June 8, 1 PM

Danish-Israeli violinist Nikolaj Znaider performs Beethoven's Violin Concerto with the Philadelphians on WRTI, June 8 at 1 pm

This season, The Philadelphia Orchestra juxtaposed Beethoven’s path-breaking symphonies and concertos with those of the great orchestral master of the 20th century Dmitri Shostakovich...we’ll be treated to such a pairing Sunday afternoon at 1 pm.

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Creatively Speaking
4:29 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians "At Play" on their Asia Tour

The Philadelphia Orchestra's "Team Firebird" about to challenge the baseball team from the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s current 2014 tour of Asia and Japan has been rough and tumble enough with moldering halls in remote Chinese capitals and residency activities amid challenging acoustics and blistering heat. Is that what drives some of them to jump off the top of the 700-foot Macau Tower? The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports what orchestra members are going to some extremes to get a break from night after night of concerts.

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Station Announcements
3:25 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Francesca's Letter

Francesca Martinez (center) and her family

Last Wednesday, I read a moving letter on the air from Francesca Martinez when I inducted her family into the Sousalarm Club. So many of you responded to her heartfelt message, and asked if you could read it online, that we have posted it here (see below), with Ms. Martinez's consent. It's a poignant reminder of how transcendent the power of music can be, and of why this work, this station, and this art form matter so much.

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Creatively Speaking
3:53 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Violinist Nikolaj Znaider's Beethoven Odyssey

Ludwig van Beethoven tried certain musical forms only once. One opera, one violin concerto, was all he wrote.

Violinist Nikolaj Znaider says he spent years preparing to take on, what he says is, one of the most difficult pieces for his instrument. It took age, and its attendant personal and artistic growth, for him to get beyond what he describes as "mere graphical representation of the music, those black dots on white paper."

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Creatively Speaking
12:56 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Great Composers Memorialized in Fairmount Park

Bust of Franz Schubert by Henry Baerer, 1891 in West Fairmount Park, east of Horticultural Hall. Bronze sculpture with limestone base and granite with bronze plaque.

Among the hundreds of outdoor sculptures that dot Philadelphia’s urban landscape are three classical music masters. But they're not where you might expect to find them.

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Creatively Speaking
12:28 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Written in Secret Musical Codes: Shostakovich's 10th Symphony

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)

Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who had been in and out of favor with Soviet authorities for decades, wrote his 10th symphony in 1953 - the year Stalin died. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the work is both political and personal, with parts written in musical code.

On Sunday, June 8, 2014, on WRTI, Stephane Deneve leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in a performance of Shostakovich's 10th Symphony and Beethoven's Violin Concerto.

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