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 at the bottom of this page.

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February 11, 2013

6:06 AM
Symphony in D
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Composer : Franz Danzi
Catalog : 777351 CD
Conductor : Howard Griffiths
Orchestra : Orch. della Svizzera Italiana
Label : CPO
6:24 AM
Valse-Scherzo in C Op 34
Artist : Viktor Tretyakov, violin
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 93980 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : USSR State Sym. Orch.
Label :
6:32 AM
Overture No. 6 in d
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 6531 CD
Conductor : Adrian Shepherd
Orchestra : Cantilena
Label : Chandos
6:42 AM
American Rhapsody Op 47
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Composer : Ernst von Dohnanyi
Catalog : 999308 CD
Conductor : Alun Francis
Orchestra : Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orch
Label : CPO
7:06 AM
Concerto in F
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Composer : Johann David Heinichen
Catalog : 437549 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
7:14 AM
A Century of Progress
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 304 CD
Conductor : Leonard B. Smith
Orchestra : Detroit Concert band
Label : WalkingFro
7:19 AM
Coppelia: Mazurka and Waltz
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Composer : Leo Delibes
Catalog : 45658 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:27 AM
Flute Concerto in b
Artist : Laurence Dean, flute
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Composer : Johann Adolf Hasse
Catalog : 77228 CD
Orchestra : Hanover Court Orchestra
Label : Christopho
7:41 AM
Scherzo in d
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 55140 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : St. Petersburg Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
7:48 AM
Victoria Waltzes
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Composer : Benjamin Bilse
Catalog : 777341 CD
Conductor : Christian Simonis
Orchestra : West German Radio Symphony
Label : CPO
8:06 AM
La Jota Aragonese
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Composer : Mikhail Glinka
Catalog : 791631 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:15 AM
Sinfonia in A
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Composer : Giovanni Battista Sammartini
Catalog : 550877 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
8:26 AM
Rhapsody on School Years for Piano & Op 75
Artist : Michael Korstick, piano
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Composer : Dmitri Kabalevsky
Catalog : 777658 CD
Conductor : Alun Francis
Orchestra : NDR Radiophilharmonie
Label : CPO
8:39 AM
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 65119 CD
Conductor : Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra : Halle Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:46 AM
Ballade and Passacaglia Op 38
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Composer : Kurt Atterberg
Catalog : 999732 CD
Conductor : Ari Rasilainen
Orchestra : Radio Philharm. Hannover NDR
Label : CPO
9:06 AM
Impressions d’Italie: On the Hill-Tops
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Composer : Gustave Charpentier
Catalog : 65618 CD
Conductor : Pierre Dervaux
Orchestra : Paris Opera-Comique Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:14 AM
Piano Concerto No. 20 in d
Artist : Martha Argerich, piano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 98407 CD
Conductor : Alexandre Rabinovitch
Orchestra : Veneto/Padua Chamber Orchestra
Label : Teldec
9:45 AM
A Winter’s Tale Op 18
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Composer : Lars-Erik Larsson
Catalog : 5157 CD
Conductor : Mario Bernardi
Orchestra : CBC Orchestra
Label : CBC(RCI)
10:00 AM
Drot og Marsk King and Marshal
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Composer : Peter Heise
Catalog : 1018 CD
Conductor : Johan Hye-Knudsen
Orchestra : Royal Danish Orchestra
Label : Sterling
10:11 AM
Symphony No. 27 in G
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 554405 CD
Conductor : Bela Drahos
Orchestra : Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
Label : Naxos
10:27 AM
Double-bass Concerto in b
Artist : Edgar Meyer, double bass
Album :
Composer : Giovanni Bottesini
Catalog : 60956 CD
Conductor : Hugh Wolff
Orchestra : Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:45 AM
Slovak Suite Op 32
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Composer : Vitezslav Novak
Catalog : 3372 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Prague Chamber Philharmonic
Label : Supraphon
11:15 AM
Piano Concerto in g Op 33
Artist : Rudolf Firkusny, piano
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 60781 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Neumann
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
12:06 PM
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 62373 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Label : CBS/Sony
12:12 PM
Horn Trio in E-Flat Op 40
Artist : Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, vln
Album :
Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 54800 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
12:44 PM
Symphony No. 9 in d
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Composer : Anton Bruckner
Catalog : 6004 CD
Conductor : Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
2:00 PM
String Symphony No. 8 in D
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 60107 CD
Conductor : Scott Yoo
Orchestra : Metamorphosen
Label :
2:28 PM
Piano Concerto in f-Sharp Op 10
Artist : Michael Ponti, piano
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Composer : Hans von Bronsart
Catalog : 5067 CD
Conductor : Richard Kapp
Orchestra : Westphalian Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
3:00 PM
Violin Concerto in G
Artist : Ariadne Daskalakis, violin
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Tartini
Catalog : 551243 CD
Conductor : Helmut Muller-Bruhl
Orchestra : Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
3:17 PM
Symphony No. 4
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Composer : Carlos Chavez
Catalog : 1058 CD
Conductor : Enrique Batiz
Orchestra : State of Mexico Symphony
Label : ASV
3:41 PM
Quintet for guitar and strings No. 4 in G
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Composer : Luigi Boccherini
Catalog : 126 CD
Conductor : Ophélie Gaillard
Orchestra : Pulcinella
Label : Ambroisie
4:06 PM
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Composer : Gaetano Donizetti
Catalog : 63128 CD
Conductor : Bruno Campanella
Orchestra : Paris National Opera Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:14 PM
Artist : Luciano Pavarotti, tenor
Album :
Composer : Gaetano Donizetti
Catalog : 417011 CD
Conductor : Richard Bonynge
Orchestra : Royal Opera, Covent Garden
Label : London/Dec
4:23 PM
Chacony a 4 in g
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Composer : Henry Purcell
Catalog : 557753 CD
Conductor : Gavin Sutherland
Orchestra : Royal Ballet Sinfonia /Birming
Label : Naxos
4:32 PM
MADAMA BUTTERFLY: Humming Chorus (Act 2)
Artist : and Chorus
Album :
Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 64766 CD
Conductor : Gabriele Santini
Orchestra : Teatro dell'Opera Orch., Rome
Label : Angel/EMI
4:37 PM
MADAMA BUTTERFLY: Un bel di vedremo
Artist : Angela Gheorghiu, soprano
Album :
Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 57955 CD
Conductor : Anton Coppola
Orchestra : Orch. Sinf. di Milano G. Verdi
Label : Angel/EMI
4:44 PM
Norwegian Dances Op 35
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 44722 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : Estonian National Symph Orch
Label : Vrgn Clscs
5:06 PM
Der Fremdenfuhrer: Overture
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Composer : Carl Michael Ziehrer
Catalog : 225332 CD
Conductor : Christian Pollack
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
5:14 PM
Lieutenant Kije Suite Op 60
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Composer : Sergei Prokofiev
Catalog : 39783 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:36 PM
BEN HUR: Choral Suite
Artist : Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Album :
Composer : Miklos Rozsa
Catalog : 80631 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc


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Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

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4:29 pm
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Francesca Martinez (center) and her family

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12:56 pm
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Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)

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Creatively Speaking
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