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

February 20, 2013

6:06 AM
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Overture Op 21
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 80551 CD
Conductor : Yoel Levi
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
6:19 AM
Concerto for guitar, two horns & strings in A Op 140
Artist : Karl Scheit, guitar
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Composer : Ferdinando Carulli
Catalog : 1020 CD
Conductor : Wilfried Boettcher
Orchestra : Vienna Soloists
Label : Omega
6:30 AM
Triumphal March Op 40
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 7001 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra : Hong Kong Philharmonic Orch.
Label : RecordsInt
6:40 AM
Occasional Suite in D
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 453451 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
7:06 AM
Symphony in A
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Composer : Georg Christoph Wagenseil
Catalog : 777112 CD
Conductor : Johannes Goritzki
Orchestra : Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
Label : CPO
7:15 AM
New Mexico
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 434300 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:19 AM
WILLIAM TELL: Dance for Six (Ballet Mus)
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 65618 CD
Conductor : Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra : Concert Arts Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:26 AM
Violin Concerto in g
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 47073 CD
Conductor : Itzhak Perlman
Orchestra : Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:39 AM
MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Overture
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 9876 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
7:46 AM
Concerto Grosso in b
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 6541 CD
Conductor : Adrian Shepherd
Orchestra : Cantilena
Label : Chandos
8:06 AM
MIGNON: Overture
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Composer : Ambroise Thomas
Catalog : 37240 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
8:16 AM
Symphonie capricieuse in G
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 9919 CD
Conductor : Matthias Maute
Orchestra : Ensemble Caprice
Label : Analekta
8:26 AM
Carmen Fantasy Op 25
Artist : Sarah Chang, violin
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Composer : Pablo Sarasate
Catalog : 57220 CD
Conductor : Placido Domingo
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
8:40 AM
Serenade Lyrique - Melodie
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 6544 CD
Conductor : Norman Del Mar
Orchestra : Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Label : Chandos
8:47 AM
Concerto Grosso in D Op 2
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Composer : John Stanley
Catalog : 638 CD
Conductor : Simon Standage
Orchestra : Collegium Musicum 90
Label : Chandos
9:06 AM
Symphonic Poem No. 3: Les Preludes
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 66 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Water Lily
9:24 AM
Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-Flat
Artist : Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 57803 CD
Conductor : Leif Ove Andsnes
Orchestra : Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:00 AM
INVISIBLE CITY OF KITEZH: Symph. Suite
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 5082 CD
Conductor : Richard Kapp
Orchestra : Philharmonia Hungarica
Label : Vox/MMG
10:25 AM
Violin Concerto No. 5 in a Op 37
Artist : Sarah Chang, violin
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Composer : Henri Vieuxtemps
Catalog : 55292 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:46 AM
Ballade No. 4 in f Op 52
Artist : Emanuel Ax, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 72554 CD
Label : RCA/BMG
11:00 AM
Concerto for 2 celli and strings in g
Artist : Raphael Wallfisch, cello
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 550908 CD
Conductor : Nicholas Kraemer
Orchestra : City of London Sinfonia
Label : Naxos
11:13 AM
Symphony No. 3 in c Op 78 Organ
Artist : Olivier Latry, organ
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 1094 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Ondine
12:05 PM
AT YOUR REQUEST
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Composer : Music you've asked to hear
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3:00 PM
Rondo for 2 pianos in C Op 73
Artist : Rosi & Toni Grunschlag, pianos
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 3024 CD
Label : Centaur
3:10 PM
Violin Concerto No. 2 in b Op 32
Artist : Philippe Quint, violin
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Composer : Charles Auguste de Beriot
Catalog : 570360 CD
Conductor : Kirk Trevor
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
3:40 PM
Symphony Concertante in A Op 10
Artist : Jiri Zilak, violin
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Composer : Chevalier de Saint-George
Catalog : 9987 CD
Conductor : Frantisek Preisler, Jr.
Orchestra : Pilsen Radio Orchestra
Label : Avenira
4:06 PM
Harp Concerto in C
Artist : Elizabeth Hainen, harp
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Composer : Johan Georg Albrechtsberger
Catalog : 2221 CD
Conductor : Rossen Milanov
Orchestra : Bulgarian Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : Avie
4:28 PM
BARBER OF SEVILLE: Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 60387 CD
Conductor : Fritz Reiner
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:37 PM
BARBER OF SEVILLE: Dunque io son
Artist : Robert Merrill, baritone
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 63494 CD
Conductor : Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra : Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:44 PM
Partita a 3 in c
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Composer : Frantisek Tuma
Catalog : 30436 CD
Conductor : Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra : Concerto Italiano
Label : Naive
5:06 PM
Ballade et Polonaise Op 38
Artist : Misha Keylin, violin
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Composer : Henri Vieuxtemps
Catalog : 570974 CD
Conductor : Andrew Mogrelia
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
5:23 PM
Romance for cello and orchestra
Artist : Steven Isserlis, cello
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 63518 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : Sym Orch N. D. R. Hamburg
Label : RCA/BMG
5:32 PM
DER ROSENKAVALIER: Concert Suite Op 59
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 59408 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : Houston Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:54 PM
Four Last Songs: 1. Fruhling (Spring)
Artist : Renee Fleming, soprano
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 59408 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : Houston Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG

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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

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3:25 pm
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Francesca Martinez (center) and her family

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Creatively Speaking
12:56 pm
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Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)

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Creatively Speaking
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