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 15, 2013

6:06 AM
Lyric Suite Op 54
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 86513 CD
Conductor : Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra : Halle Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:26 AM
Artist :
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Composer : Alessandro Piccinini arr. Bryan Johanson)
Catalog : 602 CD
Orchestra : Oregon Guitar Quartet
Label :
6:30 AM
Das Liebesverbot: Overture
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 56165 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:42 AM
Lady Radnor’s Suite
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Composer : Sir Charles Hubert H. Parry
Catalog : 550331 CD
Conductor : Adrian Leaper
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
7:06 AM
Symphony No. 4 in F
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 419631 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
7:15 AM
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 305 CD
Conductor : Leonard B. Smith
Orchestra : Detroit Concert band
Label : WalkingFro
7:18 AM
Lustspiel Overture Op 38
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Composer : Ferruccio Busoni
Catalog : 572922 CD
Conductor : Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra : Rome Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:28 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 4 in D Op 6
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 31 CD
Conductor : Simon Murphy
Orchestra : New Dutch Academy Chamber Orch
Label : Pentatone
7:41 AM
Octet: Scherzo in E-Flat Op 120
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 935 CD
Conductor : Lev Markiz
Orchestra : Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam
Label : Bis
7:47 AM
Six Old Netherlandish Dances Op 46
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Composer : Julius Rontgen
Catalog : 777255 CD
Conductor : David Porcelijn
Orchestra : NDR Radiophilharmonie
Label : CPO
8:05 AM
In Ireland Fantasy for flute,harp & orch
Artist : Colin Fleming, flute
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Composer : Hamilton Harty
Catalog : 8321 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
8:17 AM
Concerto for trpt, 2 ob,str,co in D
Artist : George Vosburgh, trumpet
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Composer : Johann Friedrich Fasch
Catalog : 3024 CD
Conductor : Arnie Roth
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Cham. Orch.
Label : FourWinds
8:28 AM
RIENZI: Overture
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 11004 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
8:43 AM
Vardar, a Bulgarian Rhapsody Op 16
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Composer : Pantscho Vladigerov
Catalog : 777125 CD
Conductor : Horia Andreescu
Orchestra : Berlin Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : CPO
8:51 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 5 in d
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Composer : Alessandro Scarlatti
Catalog : 45495 CD
Conductor : Fabio Biondi
Orchestra : Europa Galante
Label : Vrgn Clscs
9:06 AM
Roman Carnival Overture Op 9
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
9:16 AM
Symphony No. 6 in D Le Matin
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 2908610 CD
Conductor : Petra Mullejans
Orchestra : Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Label : Harm Mundi
9:41 AM
Fountains of Rome
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 37676 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:00 AM
Patrie- Overture Op 19
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 64869 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : Angel/EMI
10:13 AM
Variations and Capriccio on Marlborough, s’e, va-t-en guerre
Artist : Felicia Blumenthal, piano
Album :
Composer : Georg Joseph Vogler
Catalog : 24 CD
Conductor : Alberto Zedda
Orchestra : Prague New Chamber Orchestra
Label : Brana
10:37 AM
Concerto for 2 flutes, bassoon, strings in D
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 1113 CD
Orchestra : Hanoverian Ensemble
Label : MSR
10:49 AM
Sheherazade: Overture de Feerie
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 572887 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : National Orchestra of Lyon
Label : Naxos
11:04 AM
Symphony No. 1 in g Op 13 Winter Daydreams
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 97033 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
12:06 PM
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 68468 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Label : CBS/Sony
12:15 PM
Piano Concerto in E Op 59
Artist : Markus Pawlik, piano
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Composer : Moritz Moszkowski
Catalog : 553989 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : Polish National Radio Orchestr
Label : Naxos
12:56 PM
Allegro for Piano-4 Hands in a Op 144, D. 947 Lebensturme
Artist : Christoph Eschenbach, piano; Justus Frantz, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 385853 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
1:15 PM
Symphony Concertante in E-Flat Op 7
Artist : Jiri Zilak, violin; Jan Motlik, viola
Album :
Composer : Chevalier de Saint-George
Catalog : 9987 CD
Conductor : Frantisek Preisler, Jr.
Orchestra : Pilsen Radio Orchestra
Label : Avenira
1:31 PM
Negro Folk Symphony
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Composer : William Dawson
Catalog : 4776502 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : American Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
2:00 PM
Symphony No. 2 Op 35
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Composer : Paul Creston
Catalog : 7036 CD
Conductor : David Amos
Orchestra : Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
2:24 PM
Piano Concerto in F
Artist : Andre Previn, piano
Album :
Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 47161 CD
Conductor : Andre Previn
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:00 PM
Concerto No. 3 for oboe or trumpet & stin B-Flat Op 7
Artist : Heinz Holliger, oboe
Album :
Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 4757757 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Philips
3:10 PM
Symphony No.104 in D
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 5200 CD
Conductor : Adam Fischer
Orchestra : Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orch
Label : Nimbus
3:41 PM
Concerto for 2 violins (Double Concerto, BWV 1043) in d
Artist : Lara St. John, violin; Scott St. John, violin
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 131 CD
Orchestra : New York Bach Ensemble
Label : Ancalagon
4:06 PM
Symphony in C, P. 221
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Composer : Franz Danzi
Catalog : 777351 CD
Conductor : Howard Griffiths
Orchestra : Orch. della Svizzera Italiana
Label : CPO
4:29 PM
RIGOLETTO: La donna e mobile
Artist : Alfredo Kraus, tenor
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 61440 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:33 PM
RIGOLETTO: Gualtier Malde...Caro Nome
Artist : Beverly Sills, soprano
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 86317 CD
Conductor : Julius Rudel
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:42 PM
Don Juan Op 20
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 64342 CD
Conductor : Rudolph Kempe
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Angel/EMI
5:06 PM
Ruy Blas Overture Op 95
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 81788 CD
Conductor : Moshe Atzmon
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:15 PM
Piano Concerto in a Op 10, No. 1
Artist : Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano
Album :
Composer : Charles-Valentin Alkan
Catalog : 66717 CD
Conductor : Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra : BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestr
Label : Hyperion
5:31 PM
Sursum Corda Op 11
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 6544 CD
Conductor : Norman Del Mar
Orchestra : Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Label : Chandos
5:40 PM
Five Meditations for Orchestra
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Composer : John Rutter
Catalog : 1821 CD
Conductor : John Rutter
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec


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Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

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