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 26, 2013

6:05 AM
THE GORDIAN KNOT UNTIED Suite No. 1
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Composer : Henry Purcell (arr. Gustav Holst)
Catalog : 2857 CD
Conductor : Jon Ceander Mitchell
Orchestra : Philharmonia Bulgarica
Label : Centaur
6:17 AM
Introduction and Variations for cl.& orch
Artist : Dieter Klocker, clarinet
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Composer : Andreas Spath
Catalog : 223431 CD
Conductor : Gernot Schmalfuss
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
6:30 AM
Oboe Concerto in d
Artist : Han de Vries, oboe
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 50905 CD
Conductor : Lucy van Dael
Orchestra : Alma Musica Amsterdam
Label : Angel/EMI
6:41 AM
Introduction & Allegro appassionato in G Op 92
Artist : Andras Schiff, piano
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 417802 CD
Conductor : Christoph Von Dohnanyi
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
7:06 AM
DON GIOVANNI Overture
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4779445 CD
Conductor : Andrea Marcon
Orchestra : La Cetra Baroque Orch., Basel
Label : D. Gramphn
7:15 AM
The Chimes of Liberty
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Composer : Edwin Franko Goldman
Catalog : 1998 CD
Conductor : Albert F. Schoepper
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:19 AM
Mazurek in e Op 49
Artist : Akiko Suwanai, violin
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 464531 CD
Conductor : Ivan Fischer
Orchestra : Budapest Festival Orchestra
Label : Philips
7:28 AM
Sinfonia in A
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Composer : Johann (Jan Vaclav) Stamitz
Catalog : 553194 CD
Conductor : Richard Armstrong
Orchestra : New Zealand Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:42 AM
Andalucia Suite: 2. Andalucia
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Composer : Ernesto Lecuona
Catalog : 68173 CD
Conductor : Morton Gould
Orchestra : Morton Gould Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:46 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
8:06 AM
DIE MEISTERSINGER Overture Prelude
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 63301 CD
Conductor : Fritz Reiner
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:17 AM
Romance for Cello and Orchestra Op 12
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Composer : Oskar Nedbal
Catalog : 192 CD
Conductor : Douglas Bostock
Orchestra : Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra
Label : Classico
8:28 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 3 in e Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 907228 CD
Conductor : Andrew Manze
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : Harm Mundi
8:41 AM
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE: Overture
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Composer : Sir Arthur Sullivan
Catalog : 89248 CD
Conductor : John Owen Edwards
Orchestra : D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Label : CBS/Sony
8:49 AM
Suite of Six Dances
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Composer : Giles Farnaby
Catalog : 807 CD
Orchestra : Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Label : London/Dec
9:06 AM
In the Steppes of Central Asia
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 65619 CD
Conductor : Andre Cluytens
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:14 AM
Serenade for Strings in C Op 48
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 60105 CD
Conductor : Scott Yoo
Orchestra : Metamorphosen
Label :
9:46 AM
Islamey - Oriental Fantasy Op 18
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Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 172 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
10:00 AM
Karelia Suite Op 11
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 39785 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:17 AM
Violin Concerto No. 1 in g Op 26
Artist : Janine Jansen, violin
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 7260 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : London/Dec
10:42 AM
The Noon Witch Op 108
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 64303 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
10:58 AM
Scherzo Capriccioso Op 5
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Composer : Oskar Nedbal
Catalog : 192 CD
Conductor : Douglas Bostock
Orchestra : Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra
Label : Classico
11:11 AM
Symphony No. 41 in C Jupiter
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 1001 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Boston Symphony Orchestra
Label : BSOClassic
12:06 PM
RIENZI: Overture
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 3 CD
Conductor : Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : LondonPhil
12:21 PM
Piano Trio No. 2 in F Op 80
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 90864 CD
Orchestra : Trio Fontenay
Label : Teldec
12:49 PM
Symphony No.100 in G Military
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 4778117 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Label : D. Gramphn
1:15 PM
Pagan Symphony
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Composer : Sir Granville Bantock
Catalog : 66630 CD
Conductor : Vernon Handley
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Hyperion
2:00 PM
Introduction & Rondeau brillant Op 144
Artist : Christopher Hinterhuber, piano
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Composer : Ferdinand Ries
Catalog : 572742 CD
Conductor : Uwe Grodd
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
2:19 PM
Requiem Op 48
Artist : Santa Cecilia Chorus
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Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 4783640 CD
Conductor : Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra : Santa Cecilia Academy, Rome
Label : London/Dec
3:00 PM
DIE VERSCHWORENEN Overture
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 570329 CD
Conductor : Christian Benda
Orchestra : Prague Sinfonia
Label : Naxos
3:09 PM
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C
Artist : Annie Fischer, piano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 31492 CD
Conductor : Ervin Lukacs
Orchestra : Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Label : Hungaroton
3:40 PM
Ramuntcho Suite No. 2
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Composer : Gabriel Pierne
Catalog : 10633 CD
Conductor : Juanjo Mena
Orchestra : BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
4:06 PM
Variations on a Theme by Haydn Op 56
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 4782365 CD
Conductor : Bernard Haitink
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:27 PM
MASANIELLO Overture
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Composer : Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber
Catalog : 434309 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
4:36 PM
Gayne Ballet Suite
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Composer : Aram Khachaturian
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
5:06 PM
Adagio from the Hussar Ballad
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Composer : Tikhon Khrennikov
Catalog : 938 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : Swedish Radio Symphony Orchest
Label : Ondine
5:15 PM
Symphony No. 1 in D Op 25
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Composer : Sergei Prokofiev
Catalog : 39783 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:29 PM
The Red Violin Chaconne for violin and
Artist : Joshua Bell, violin
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Composer : John Corigliano
Catalog : 63010 CD
Conductor : Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:49 PM
Red Sun: Suite
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Composer : Maurice Jarre
Catalog : 1061 CD
Conductor : Paul Bateman
Orchestra : City of Prague Philharmonic
Label : Silva

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Sarah Tilotta NPR

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

About two years ago, playwright David Henry Hwang turned down an offer to write a play about the brief life and suicide of Army Pvt. Danny Chen.

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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
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6:01 am
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12:05 pm
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This season, The Philadelphia Orchestra juxtaposed Beethoven’s path-breaking symphonies and concertos with those of the great orchestral master of the 20th century Dmitri Shostakovich...we’ll be treated to such a pairing Sunday afternoon at 1 pm.

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4:29 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

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3:25 pm
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Francesca's Letter

Francesca Martinez (center) and her family

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Creatively Speaking
3:53 pm
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12:56 pm
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Creatively Speaking
12:28 pm
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Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)

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On Sunday, June 8, 2014, on WRTI, Stephane Deneve leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in a performance of Shostakovich's 10th Symphony and Beethoven's Violin Concerto.

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