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

July 12, 2013

6:06 AM
Academic Festival Overture Op 80
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 45932 CD
Conductor : Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
6:18 AM
Invitation to the Dance Op 65
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber (arr. Berlioz)
Catalog : 474250 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
6:30 AM
Concerto for 2 violins in G, RV 516
Artist : Viktoria Mullova, violin; Giuliano Carmignola, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 4777466 CD
Conductor : Andrea Marcon
Orchestra : Venice Baroque Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
6:40 AM
Ma Vlast: No. 1 Vysehrad
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 3465 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
7:06 AM
DREAM ON THE VOLGA: Overture
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Composer : Anton Arensky
Catalog : 554843 CD
Conductor : Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra : Ukrainian National Symphony Or
Label : Naxos
7:15 AM
Our Flirtations
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 434300 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:19 AM
THE CAPTURE OF KARS: Solemn March
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky (arr. Leslie Lake)
Catalog : 3402 CD
Conductor : James Stobart
Orchestra : Locke Brass Consort
Label : CRD
7:28 AM
PRINCE IGOR: Polovtsian Dances
Artist : Atlanta Symphony Chorus
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 80397 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:43 AM
Greetings to America Waltz
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 223246 CD
Conductor : Michael Dittrich
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
7:50 AM
Concerto No. 3 for oboe or trumpet & st in B-Flat Op 7
Artist : Anthony Robson, oboe
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 579 CD
Conductor : Simon Standage
Orchestra : Collegium Musicum 90
Label : Chandos
8:06 AM
Espana
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Composer : Emmanuel Chabrier
Catalog : 447751 CD
Conductor : John Elliot Gardiner
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:14 AM
A Shropshire Lad
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Composer : George Butterworth
Catalog : 436401 CD
Conductor : Grant Llewellyn
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Argo
8:28 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 12 La Follia in d
Artist : Sigiswald Kuijken, violin
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Composer : Francesco Geminiani
Catalog : 77010 CD
Orchestra : La Petite Bande
Label : Deut Harmo
8:43 AM
MIGNON: Overture
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Composer : Ambroise Thomas
Catalog : 37240 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
8:51 AM
Pezzo Capriccioso, Morceau de concert Op 62
Artist : Ofra Harnoy, cello
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 60758 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
9:06 AM
Concerto Grosso in a Op 2, No. 5
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Composer : John Stanley
Catalog : 638 CD
Conductor : Simon Standage
Orchestra : Collegium Musicum 90
Label : Chandos
9:16 AM
The Lark Ascending
Artist : David Greed, violin
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 2013 CD
Conductor : David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra : English Northern Philharmonia
Label : Naxos
9:33 AM
Symphony in C Op 66
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Composer : Ignace Joseph Pleyel
Catalog : 10628 CD
Conductor : Matthias Bamert
Orchestra : London Mozart Players
Label : Chandos
10:00 AM
Suite No. 2 for 2 pianos (Silhouettes) Op 23
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Composer : Anton Arensky (orch. by the composer)
Catalog : 8898 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Danish Radio Symph Orch
Label : Chandos
10:22 AM
Violin Concerto No. 2 in d Op 44
Artist : Salvatore Accardo, violin
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 4784614 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Philips
10:50 AM
Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-Flat Op 81 Les adieux
Artist : Van Cliburn, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 60356 CD
Label : RCA/BMG
11:08 AM
The Pageant of St. Martin-in-the-Fields: Incidental Music
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 2857 CD
Conductor : Jon Ceander Mitchell
Orchestra : Philharmonia Bulgarica
Label : Centaur
11:19 AM
Symphony No. 38 in D, K. 5043 Prague
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4790728 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
12:06 PM
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
12:23 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Op 83
Artist : Van Cliburn, piano
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 62695 CD
Conductor : Kirill Kondrashin
Orchestra : Moscow Philharmonic
Label : RCA/BMG
1:16 PM
Kleine Kammermusik for 5 winds Op 24, No. 2
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Composer : Paul Hindemith
Catalog : 1062 CD
Orchestra : Philadephia Woodwind Quintet
Label : Boston
1:30 PM
Symphony No. 89 in F
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 94237 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
2:00 PM
Nocturne (Notturno) for piano trio in E-Flat Op 148, D. 897
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 2013 CD
Orchestra : Stuttgart Piano Trio
Label : Naxos
2:12 PM
Symphony No. 5 in e Op 64
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 1198 CD
Conductor : Pierre Monteux
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : VangrdWelk
3:00 PM
Banks of Green Willow
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Composer : George Butterworth
Catalog : 47945 CD
Conductor : Jeffrey Tate
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:08 PM
Piano Concerto (1922) in b
Artist : Peter Donohoe, piano
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Composer : Hamilton Harty
Catalog : 557731 CD
Conductor : Takuo Yuasa
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Naxos
3:40 PM
Suite No. 4 for 2 pianos Op 62
Artist : Natalia Lavrova, piano; Vassily Primakov, piano
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Composer : Anton Arensky
Catalog : 1001 CD
Label :
4:06 PM
For the First Time
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Composer : Howard Hanson
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman Philharmonia
Label : Mercury
4:27 PM
AIDA: Celeste Aida
Artist : Placido Domingo, tenor
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 4776613 CD
Conductor : Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra : Los Angeles Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
4:34 PM
Vienna, City of my Dreams
Artist : Placido Domingo, tenor
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Composer : Rudolf Sieczynski
Catalog : 69876 CD
Conductor : Julius Rudel
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:41 PM
Capriccio Italien Op 45
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 55018 CD
Conductor : Placido Domingo
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:06 PM
Pizzicato Polka Op 449
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Composer : Johann Strauss II/Josef Strauss
Catalog : 45564 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:10 PM
Fantasie sur des themes populaires Op 31
Artist : Albrecht Mayer, oboe
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Composer : Vincent d'Indy
Catalog : 4782564 CD
Conductor : Mathias Monius
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
5:27 PM
Symphonic Songs for Band
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Composer : Robert Russell Bennett
Catalog : 432009 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
5:43 PM
OKLAHOMA: Selections
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Composer : Richard Rodgers (arr. Robert Russell Bennett)
Catalog : 555024 CD
Conductor : Richard Hayman
Orchestra : His Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:57 PM
OKLAHOMA: Oklahoma!
Artist : Robert Merrill, baritone; London Festival Chorus
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Composer : Richard Rodgers
Catalog : 478 CD
Conductor : Stanley Black
Orchestra : London Festival Orchestra
Label : London/Dec

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Sat June 14, 2014

Eliot Fisk And Paco Peña: Tiny Desk Concert

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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6:20 am
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6:01 am
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Creatively Speaking
4:29 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

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Station Announcements
3:25 pm
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Creatively Speaking
3:53 pm
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Creatively Speaking
12:56 pm
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Creatively Speaking
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Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)

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Creatively Speaking
11:51 am
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