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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April 19, 2013

6:06 AM
Symphony No. 9 in C
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 2578 CD
Conductor : Eiji Hashimoto
Orchestra : Ensemble for 18th Cent. Music
Label : Centaur
6:18 AM
Capriol Suite
Artist : Christopher Parkening, guitar
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Composer : Peter Warlock
Catalog : 55052 CD
Conductor : Iona Brown
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
6:30 AM
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 433074 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
6:41 AM
Concerto for Trump, Oboe d’amore, violin, and strings in E
Artist : John Wallace, trumpet
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Composer : Carl Fredrich Christian Fasch
Catalog : 5121 CD
Conductor : Simon Wright
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
7:06 AM
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 63151 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:15 AM
Mother Hubbard March
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 559690 CD
Conductor : Keith Brion
Orchestra : Royal Swedish Navy Band
Label : Naxos
7:18 AM
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Composer : Thomas Augustine Arne
Catalog : 3072 CD
Conductor : Mary Terey-Smith
Orchestra : Capella Savaria
Label : Centaur
7:28 AM
PORGY AND BESS Concert Suite
Artist : Leonard Pennario, piano
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Composer : George Gershwin (arr. Greg Macritchie)
Catalog : 66086 CD
Conductor : Alfred Newman
Orchestra : Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orches
Label : Angel/EMI
7:42 AM
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4776558 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
7:47 AM
THE TROJANS: Royal Hunt & Storm
Artist : San Diego Women’s Chorus
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 5003 CD
Conductor : Yoav Talmi
Orchestra : San Diego Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naive
8:06 AM
Concerto for 2 oboes, bassoon & strings in c
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Composer : Johann Friedrich Fasch
Catalog : 9815 CD
Conductor : Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
Label : Analekta
8:17 AM
Concerto Symphonique No. 4: Scherzo Op 102
Artist : John Ogdon, piano
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Composer : Henry Litolff
Catalog : 92747 CD
Conductor : Louis Frémaux
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
8:28 AM
Concertino for English Horn in G
Artist : Agnes Girgas, English Horn
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Composer : Gaetano Donizetti
Catalog : 557492 CD
Conductor : Laszlo Kovacs
Orchestra : Camerata Budapest
Label : Naxos
8:42 AM
ALEKO: Dances
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 69025 CD
Conductor : Andre Previn
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:49 AM
Hejre Kati: Scene from the Czarda Op 32
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Composer : Jeno Hubay
Catalog : 550142 CD
Conductor : Matyas Antal
Orchestra : Hungarian State Orchestra
Label : Naxos
9:06 AM
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Composer : Joachim Raff
Catalog : 223638 CD
Conductor : Urs Schneider
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
9:14 AM
Les Boreades-suite (Abaris)
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Composer : Jean-Philippe Rameau
Catalog : 420240 CD
Conductor : Frans Bruggen
Orchestra : Orchestra of the 18th Century
Label : Philips
9:49 AM
Suite Bergamasque: No. 3 Clair de Lune
Artist : Yolanda Kondonassis, harp
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 80418 CD
Label : Telarc
10:00 AM
Symphony No. 1 in C
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 1 CD
Conductor : Ignat Solzhenitsyn
Orchestra : Chamber Orchestra of Phila.
Label : ChOrchPhl
10:26 AM
Violin Concerto No. 19 in g
Artist : Franco Mezzena, violin
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Composer : Giovanni Battista Viotti
Catalog : 86 CD
Conductor : Luciano Borin
Orchestra : Viotti Chamber Orchestra
Label : Dynamic
11:00 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 12 in F Op 6
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 423626 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
11:12 AM
A Night Piece
Artist : Alexa Still, flute
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Composer : Arthur Foote
Catalog : 7063 CD
Conductor : Nicholas Braithwaite
Orchestra : New Zealand Chamber Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
11:23 AM
Symphony Jena in C
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Composer : Friedrich Witt
Catalog : 572089 CD
Conductor : Patrick Gallois
Orchestra : Sinfonia Finlandia
Label : Naxos
12:06 PM
In the Fen Country
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 8502 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:25 PM
Ballade for piano and orchestra
Artist : Rosario Marciano, piano
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Composer : Germaine Tailleferre
Catalog : 8157 CD
Conductor : Louis de Froment
Orchestra : Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg
Label : Vox/MMG
12:41 PM
Overture No. 3 in B-Flat
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Composer : Francesco Maria Veracini
Catalog : 439937 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
12:56 PM
Symphony No. 1 in F
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Composer : Wilhelm Stenhammar
Catalog : 219 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bis
2:00 PM
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Composer : Christoph Willibald Gluck
Catalog : 791631 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
2:11 PM
Piano Trio in B-Flat Op 99, D. 898
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 8308 CD
Orchestra : Borodin Trio
Label : Chandos
3:00 PM
Elegie Op 24
Artist : Julian Lloyd Webber, cello
Album :
Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 2334 CD
Conductor : Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
3:09 PM
Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song
Artist : Paul Watkins, cello
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Composer : Richard Rodney Bennett
Catalog : 10389 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Chandos
3:36 PM
The Tempest: Suite No. 2 Op 109, No. 3
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 115 CD
Conductor : Michael Stern
Orchestra : Kansas City Symphony
Label : Reference
4:06 PM
Suite of Old American Dances (1949)
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Composer : Robert Russell Bennett
Catalog : 570968 CD
Conductor : Eugene Corporon
Orchestra : Lone Star Wind Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:26 PM
SIEGFRIED: Forest Murmurs
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 2005 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : National Sym Orch/Wash.,D.C.
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4:36 PM
SIEGFRIED: Brunhilde’s Awakening
Artist : Placido Domingo, tenor; Denorah Voigt, soprano
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 57004 CD
Conductor : Antonio Pappano
Orchestra : Royal Opera, Covent Garden
Label : Angel/EMI
4:43 PM
Introduction & Variations Brillantes Op 170
Artist : Christopher Hinterhuber, piano
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Composer : Ferdinand Ries
Catalog : 570440 CD
Conductor : Uwe Grodd
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
5:06 PM
Berceuse Op 16
Artist : Yan-Pascal Tortelier, violin
Album :
Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 8792 CD
Conductor : Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
5:12 PM
Paraphrase on Schubert’s Standchen
Artist : Murray Perahia, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 66511 CD
Label : CBS/Sony
5:19 PM
Soir de Fete Op 32
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Composer : Ernest Chausson
Catalog : 64686 CD
Conductor : Michel Plasson
Orchestra : Orch du Capitole de Toulouse
Label : Angel/EMI
5:36 PM
Fantasia on British Sea Songs
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Composer : Sir Henry Wood
Catalog : 6502001 LP
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : BBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : Philips


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Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

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