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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March 25, 2013

6:06 AM
Piccolo Concerto in C, RV 444
Artist : Michael Schneider, recorder
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 777304 CD
Conductor : Michael Schneider
Orchestra : Cappella Academica Frankfurt
Label : CPO
6:17 AM
Colas Breugnon Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Dmitri Kabalevsky
Catalog : 791631 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
6:24 AM
Dubinushka (1906) Op 62
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 8783 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
6:30 AM
Fuga & Grave in g
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Composer : Johann Adolf Hasse
Catalog : 453435 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
6:42 AM
Comedy Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Hamilton Harty
Catalog : 8314 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
7:06 AM
Valse-Caprice
Artist :
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Composer : Anton Rubinstein
Catalog : 1000179 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
7:15 AM
George Washington Bicentennial
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 92138 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:19 AM
Two Swedish Folk Tunes Op 27
Artist :
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Composer : Johan Svendsen
Catalog : 18132 CD
Conductor : Andrew Penny
Orchestra : Orchestra of the Mill
Label : Lydian
7:28 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
7:42 AM
Poet and Peasant Overture
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 54056 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
7:53 AM
Festival March in C Op 54
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 3166 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Prague Symphony Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
8:06 AM
Accelerations Op 234
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 4780228 CD
Conductor : Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:15 AM
Jazz Suite No. 1
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Composer : Dmitri Shostakovich
Catalog : 55601 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:28 AM
Piano Concerto No. 3 in D, K. 40
Artist : Jeno Jando, piano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 550212 CD
Conductor : Julius Hegyi
Orchestra : Concentus Hungaricus
Label : Naxos
8:42 AM
BEATRICE AND BENEDICT Overture
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 65616 CD
Conductor : Andre Previn
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:49 AM
Concerto No. 12 for oboe and strings in C Op 7
Artist : Heinz Holliger, oboe
Album :
Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 4757757 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Philips
9:06 AM
Swanwhite Suite Op 54
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 97689 CD
Conductor : Paavo Berglund
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:23 AM
Orchestral Suite (Overture) No. 1 in C, BWV 1066
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 4776348 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
9:44 AM
Oboe Concerto in d
Artist : Gabriela Krckov , oboe
Album :
Composer : Alessandro Marcello
Catalog : 1290 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra : Musica Bohemica
Label : Supraphon
10:00 AM
Sinfonia a 5 in G for two flutes
Artist : Lawrence Dean and Christina Ahrens, flutes
Album :
Composer : Johann Adolf Hasse
Catalog : 77228 CD
Orchestra : Hofkapelle Hannover
Label : Christophorus
10:11 AM
Symphony No. 36 in C, K. 425 Linz
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 47442 CD
Conductor : Jeffrey Tate
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:47 AM
Violin Concerto No. 5 in B-Flat
Artist : Terry Baune, violin
Album :
Composer : Maddalena Sirmen
Catalog : 60102 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Bay Area Women's Philharmonic
Label : Newport
11:11 AM
Hungarian Peasant Songs Op 100
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Composer : Bela Bartok
Catalog : 4784614 CD
Conductor : Ivan Fischer
Orchestra : Budapest Festival Orchestra
Label : Philips
11:22 AM
The Golden Spinning Wheel Op 109
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 8501 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:06 PM
OBERON Overture
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 791631 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
12:16 PM
Concerto No. 1 for 2 Pianos & Orchestra in E
Artist : Joshua Pierce & Dorothy Jonas
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 1330 CD
Conductor : Bystrik Rezucha
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MSR
12:47 PM
Symphonic Poem No. 9: Hungaria
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 33 CD
Conductor : Mark Ermler
Orchestra : USSR Ministry of Culture Symph
Label : Melodya
1:11 PM
Concerto for Orchestra
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Composer : Bela Bartok
Catalog : 1072 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Ondine
2:00 PM
Poem for Flute & Orchestra
Artist : Mary Stolper, flute
Album :
Composer : Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Catalog : 46 CD
Conductor : Paul Freeman
Orchestra : Czech National Symphony
Label : Cedille
2:12 PM
Piano Trio in E-Flat Op 100
Artist : Jean-Philippe Collard, piano; Augustin Dumay, violin; Frederic Lodeon, cello
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 385853 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
3:00 PM
ROMEO AND JULIET: Queen Mab Scherzo Op 17
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 4 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : PhilOrch.
3:10 PM
Piano Concerto No. 3
Artist : Jonathan Biss, piano
Album :
Composer : Bela Bartok
Catalog : 505 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : OehmsCl
3:37 PM
Night Ride & Sunrise Op 55
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 6533 CD
Conductor : Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra : Royal Scottish National Orch
Label : Chandos
4:06 PM
Pastorale for Oboe, Harp and Strings Op 38
Artist : Jonathan Blumenfeld, oboe; Jacqueline Pollauf, harp
Album :
Composer : Howard Hanson
Catalog : 559251 CD
Conductor : Daniel Spalding
Orchestra : Philadelphia Virtuosi Chm Orch
Label : Naxos
4:15 PM
Piano Trio (2003)
Artist : Anne Akiko Meyers, violin; Alisa Weilerstein, cello; Adam Neiman, piano
Album :
Composer : Jennifer Higdon
Catalog : 559298 CD
Label : Naxos
4:30 PM
Roman Carnival Overture Op 9
Artist :
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 80271 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
4:41 PM
Eternal Longing
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Composer : Vitezslav Novak
Catalog : 3049 CD
Conductor : Frantisek Jilek
Orchestra : Brno State Phil. Orch.
Label : Supraphon
5:06 PM
A VILLAGE ROMEO AND JULIET: The Walk to the Paradise Garden
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 65119 CD
Conductor : Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:17 PM
Norsk Festouverture Op 16
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Composer : Johan Halvorsen
Catalog : 50013 CD
Conductor : Karsten Andersen
Orchestra : Bergen Symphony Orchestra
Label : NKF
5:29 PM
Eclogue for piano and string orchestra Op 10
Artist : Martin Jones, piano
Album :
Composer : Gerald Finzi
Catalog : 5366 CD
Conductor : William Boughton
Orchestra : English String Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
5:41 PM
Fantaisie-Symphonique for Organ & Orch.
Artist : Franz Hauk, organ
Album :
Composer : Francios Joseph Fetis
Catalog : 7215 CD
Conductor : Olaf Koch
Orchestra : Philharmonic Ingolstadt
Label : Guild

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JOE KLAMAR AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 3:11 pm

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

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8:03 am
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Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

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

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6:20 am
Mon June 9, 2014

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Creatively Speaking
6:01 am
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4:29 pm
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Creatively Speaking
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Creatively Speaking
12:56 pm
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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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