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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Playlist

March 05, 2013

6:06 AM
The Sleeping Draught: Overture
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Composer : C.E.F. Weyse
Catalog : 1018 CD
Conductor : Johan Hye-Knudsen
Orchestra : Royal Danish Orchestra
Label : Sterling
6:12 AM
Concerto for vn, flutes, oboes, strings in G
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Composer : Johann David Heinichen
Catalog : 437549 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
6:30 AM
Genoveva Overture Op 81
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 4758352 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : London/Dec
6:40 AM
Piano Concertino No. 12 in C
Artist : Sabine Vatin, fortepiano
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 557660 CD
Orchestra : Ensemble d'arco
Label : Naxos
7:06 AM
Roumanian Folk Dances
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Composer : Bela Bartok
Catalog : 432005 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
7:15 AM
The Circus Bee
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Composer : Henry Fillmore
Catalog : 432019 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:18 AM
THE MERRY WIDOW: Ballsirenen Walzer
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Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 80547 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:28 AM
Guitar (or Mandolin) Concerto in D, RV 93
Artist : Pepe Romero, guitar
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 4780219 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : London/Dec
7:42 AM
Overturein C Op 170, D. 591 In the Italian Style
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 570329 CD
Conductor : Christian Benda
Orchestra : Prague Sinfonia
Label : Naxos
7:50 AM
Valse for Grand Orchestra No. 3 in E
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Composer : Oscar Bystrom
Catalog : 1025 CD
Conductor : Carlos Spierer
Orchestra : Gavleborg Symphony Orchestra
Label : Sterling
8:06 AM
Baba-Yaga Op 56
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Composer : Anatol Liadov
Catalog : 61901 CD
Conductor : Dmitri Kitayenko
Orchestra : Bergen Philharmonic
Label : Vrgn Clscs
8:11 AM
Variations on the Portugese National Anthem
Artist : Michael Gurt, piano
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Composer : Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Catalog : 559320 CD
Conductor : Richard Rosenberg
Orchestra : Hot Springs Festival Sym Orch
Label : Naxos
8:26 AM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F, BWV 1047
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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
8:40 AM
CAGLIOSTRO IN WIEN Overture
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 223249 CD
Conductor : Alfred Walter
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MarcoPolo
8:49 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 3 in G Op 3
Artist : Lisa Beznosiuk, flute
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 45981 CD
Conductor : John Elliot Gardiner
Orchestra : English Baroque Soloists
Label : Erato
9:06 AM
MASQUERADE Overture
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Composer : Carl Nielsen
Catalog : 46668 CD
Conductor : Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra : Swedish Radio Symphony Orchest
Label : CBS/Sony
9:12 AM
Symphony No. 2 in C
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Composer : C.E.F. Weyse
Catalog : 224012 CD
Conductor : Michael Schonwandt
Orchestra : Royal Danish Orchestra
Label : Da Capo
9:37 AM
Clarinet and Viola Concerto in e Op 88
Artist : Ludmila Peterkova, clarinet; Alexander Besa, viola
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 3554 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Prague Philharmonia
Label : Supraphon
10:00 AM
Symphonic Poem No. 6: Mazeppa
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 63532 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
10:18 AM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in f-Sharp Op 1
Artist : Stephen Hough, piano
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 67501 CD
Conductor : Andrew Litton
Orchestra : Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Label : Hyperion
10:46 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 6 in F Op 6
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 74168 CD
Orchestra : I Solisti Italiani
Label : Denon
11:00 AM
Duo Concertant for dbl-bass,cello & orch in A
Artist : Thomas Martin, double bass
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Composer : Giovanni Bottesini
Catalog : 570398 CD
Conductor : Franco Petracchi
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
11:15 AM
Symphony No. 6 in C, D. 589 The Little
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 42489 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
12:06 PM
Sinfonia in A
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Composer : Franz Xaver Dussek
Catalog : 572683 CD
Conductor : Aapo Hakkinen
Orchestra : Helsinki Baroque Orchestra
Label : Naxos
12:19 PM
Quintet for piano & winds in E-Flat Op 5
Artist : Anton Kuerti, piano
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Composer : Friedrich Witt
Catalog : 1137 CD
Label : CBC(RCI)
12:48 PM
MEFISTOFELE: Prologue
Artist : Nicola Moscona, bass; Robert Shaw Chorale; Columbus Boychoir
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Composer : Arrigo Boito
Catalog : 791631 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA-BMG
1:15 PM
La Boutique Fantasque
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 41 CD
Conductor : Antonio Janigro
Orchestra : Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Label : VangrdOmeg
2:00 PM
Symphony No. 4
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Composer : Vittorio Giannini
Catalog : 559352 CD
Conductor : Daniel Spalding
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
2:25 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in d Op 23
Artist : Thomas Tirino, piano
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Composer : Edward MacDowell
Catalog : 2149 CD
Conductor : Vasil Kazandzhiev
Orchestra : Bulgarian Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : Centaur
3:00 PM
LUCIO SILLA Overture, K. 135
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4779445 CD
Conductor : Andrea Marcon
Orchestra : La Cetra Baroque Orch., Basel
Label : D. Gramphn
3:10 PM
Symphony No. 1 in g
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Composer : C.E.F. Weyse
Catalog : 224012 CD
Conductor : Michael Schonwandt
Orchestra : Royal Danish Orchestra
Label : Da Capo
3:32 PM
Bohemian-Danish Folktune Paraphrase
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Composer : Carl Nielsen
Catalog : 9287 CD
Conductor : Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra : Danish Radio Symph Orch
Label : Chandos
3:43 PM
Totentanz-Danse macabre
Artist : Georges Cziffra, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 74736 CD
Conductor : Gyorgy Cziffra, Jr.
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : Angel/EMI
4:06 PM
Variations on a Rococo Theme Op 33
Artist : Yo Yo Ma, cello
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 63665 CD
Conductor : Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra : Leningrad Philharmonic Orch
Label : RCA/BMG
4:30 PM
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
Artist : Ana Maria Martinez, soprano
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Composer : Heitor Villa-Lobos
Catalog : 557827 CD
Conductor : Steven Mercurio
Orchestra : Prague Philharmonia
Label : Naxos
4:41 PM
Tintagel
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Composer : Sir Arnold Bax
Catalog : 65110 CD
Conductor : Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:06 PM
Overture on a Street Vendor’s Ditty
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Composer : A. Louis Scarmolin
Catalog : 2620 CD
Conductor : Joel Eric Suben
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Centaur
5:16 PM
Recorder Concerto in F
Artist : Michala Petri, recorder
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Composer : Giuseppe Sammartini
Catalog : 68543 CD
Conductor : Vladimir Spivakov
Orchestra : Moscow Virtuosi
Label : RCA/BMG
5:30 PM
London Suite
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Composer : Eric Coates
Catalog : 9106 CD
Conductor : Adrian Boult
Orchestra : BBC Concert Orchestra
Label : BBC
5:47 PM
Spellbound Concerto
Artist : Roderick Elms, piano
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Composer : Miklos Rozsa
Catalog : 17 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

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