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

September 12, 2012

6:06 AM
Concerto Armonico No. 2 in G
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Composer : Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer
Catalog : 410205 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Argo
6:19 AM
Valse di Bravura Op 33
Artist : Patrick Gallois, flute
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Composer : Franz & Karl Doppler
Catalog : 570378 CD
Conductor : Patrick Gallois
Orchestra : Sinfonia Finlandia
Label : Naxos
6:30 AM
Carnaval de Venise variations
Artist : John Wallace, trumpet
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Composer : Jean-Baptiste Arban
Catalog : 4113 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : London Trumpet Orchestra
Label : Cala
6:43 AM
Symphony in F
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Composer : Jose Nono
Catalog : 10488 CD
Orchestra : Concerto Koln
Label : Capriccio
7:06 AM
Julius Caesar Overture Op 128
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 8649 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
7:15 AM
Daughters of Texas
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 87107 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:20 AM
Pomp & Circumstance March No. 3 in c Op 39
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 47206 CD
Conductor : Adrian Boult
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:28 AM
Symphony in D Op 18
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 540 CD
Conductor : Simon Standage
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : Chandos
7:44 AM
Harpsichord Concerto in G
Artist : Andreas Staier, harpsichord
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 2908606 CD
Conductor : Petra Mullejans
Orchestra : Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Label : Harm Mundi
8:06 AM
Festive Overture
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 223705 CD
Conductor : Robert Stankovsky
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
8:17 AM
Prague Waltzes
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 3166 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Prague Symphony Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
8:28 AM
Federal Overture (1794)
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Composer : Carr, Benjamin
Catalog : 559654 CD
Conductor : Patrick Gallois
Orchestra : Sinfonia Finlandia
Label : Naxos
8:43 AM
Russian Easter Festival Overture Op 36
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 68132 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
9:06 AM
In the Fen Country
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 442427 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
9:23 AM
Piano Concerto No. 3 in c Op 37
Artist : Richard Goode, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 480508 CD
Conductor : Ivan Fischer
Orchestra : Budapest Festival Orchestra
Label : Nonesuch
10:00 AM
Holberg Suite Op 40
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 44722 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : Estonian National Symph Orch
Label : Vrgn Clscs
10:23 AM
Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra in d
Artist : Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 47429 CD
Conductor : Gerd Albrecht
Orchestra : Berlin Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : Angel/EMI
10:49 AM
A Song of Summer
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 65119 CD
Conductor : Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
11:04 AM
Grand Duo Concertante for vln.& dbl.bassin A
Artist : Joshua Bell, violin
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Composer : Giovanni Bottesini
Catalog : 60956 CD
Conductor : Hugh Wolff
Orchestra : Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
11:21 AM
Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 340 CD
Conductor : Gordan Nikolic
Orchestra : Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Label : Pentatone
12:06 PM
SEMIRAMIDE Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 47118 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:19 PM
North Sea Pictures Waltz Op 390
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 52 CD
Conductor : Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra : Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Label : Pentatone
12:30 PM
TRISTAN UND ISOLDE: Love Music
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 1 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : PhilOrch.
1:00 PM
Zadok the Priest
Artist : Vienna Choir Boys
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 462778 CD
Conductor : Peter Marschik
Orchestra : Vienna Volksoper Chamber Orch.
Label : Philips
1:06 PM
Manfred Overture Op 115
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 2003 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : PhilOrch.
1:19 PM
TALES OF HOFFMANN: Barcarolle
Artist : Joan Sutherland, soprano
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Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 467632 CD
Conductor : Richard Bonynge
Orchestra : L'Orchestre delaSuisse Romande
Label : London/Dec
1:23 PM
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK: Imperial March
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Composer : John Williams
Catalog : 80664 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
1:26 PM
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK: Yoda’s Theme
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Composer : John Williams
Catalog : 80664 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
1:30 PM
Sonata for Viola and Piano
Artist : Alexander Besa, viola
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Composer : Rebecca Clarke
Catalog : 1 CD
Label : Artimus
1:43 PM
Blades of Grass (1945)
Artist : Geoffrey Deemer, English Horn
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Composer : Romeo Cascarino
Catalog : 559266 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Philadelphia Philharmonia
Label : Naxos
1:55 PM
Freikugeln (Magic Bullets) Polka Op 326
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 223233 CD
Conductor : Johannes Wildner
Orchestra : CSSR State Phil. (Kosice)
Label : MarcoPolo
2:01 PM
The Lark Ascending
Artist : Tasmin Little, violin
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 73127 CD
Conductor : Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra : BBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : Teldec
2:17 PM
In the Steppes of Central Asia
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 412552 CD
Conductor : Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra : Bavarian Radio Symphony
Label : Philips
2:25 PM
Prelude No. 1 in F Op 2
Artist : Alessio Bax, piano
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 264 CD
Label : Signum
2:29 PM
Exsultate, Jubilate: Exsultate, jubilate
Artist : Judith Blegen, soprano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 87771 CD
Conductor : Pinchas Zukerman
Orchestra : Mostly Mozart Festival Orch
Label : CBS/Sony
2:35 PM
Lawrence of Arabia: Overture
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Composer : Maurice Jarre
Catalog : 80168 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
2:40 PM
O Sole Mio
Artist : Luciano Pavarotti, tenor
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Composer : Eduardo Di Capua
Catalog : 10010 CD
Conductor : Giancarlo Chiaramello
Orchestra : National Philharmonic Orch.
Label : London/Dec
2:45 PM
Requiem
Artist : Choir of Clare Coll.,Cambridge
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Composer : John Rutter
Catalog : 557130 CD
Conductor : Timothy Brown
Orchestra : City of London Sinfonia
Label : Naxos
3:00 PM
Suite Provencale Op 152
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Composer : Darius Milhaud
Catalog : 9072 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
3:17 PM
Variations on a Rococo Theme Op 33
Artist : Julian Lloyd Webber, cello
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 434106 CD
Conductor : Maxim Shostakovich
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Philips
3:43 PM
Malediction
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 1210 CD
Conductor : Paul Freeman
Orchestra : Moscow State Philharmonic Orch
Label : MSR
4:06 PM
Andante Grazioso and Capriccio Op 63
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Composer : Robert Fuchs
Catalog : 2260 CD
Conductor : Manfred Mssauer
Orchestra : Moravian Philharmonic Orch
Label : Thorophon
4:28 PM
LUISA MILLER: Overture
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 68468 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Label : CBS/Sony
4:35 PM
LUISA MILLER: Quando le sere al placido
Artist : Placido Domingo, tenor
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 92845 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:42 PM
LES FEES DU RHIN: Suite
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Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 4776403 CD
Conductor : Marc Minkowski
Orchestra : Musicians of the Louvre
Label : D. Gramphn
5:06 PM
Lustspiel Overture Op 38
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Composer : Ferruccio Busoni
Catalog : 572922 CD
Conductor : Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra : Rome Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:16 PM
Two Symphonic Sketches
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Composer : Joaquim Serra
Catalog : 555871 CD
Conductor : Salvador Brotons
Orchestra : El Valles Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:28 PM
Show Boat: Scenario for Orchestra
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Composer : Jerome Kern
Catalog : 446404 CD
Conductor : John Mauceri
Orchestra : Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orches
Label : Philips
5:51 PM
Prelude for Piano No. 2
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 57319 CD
Orchestra : Cellists of the Berlin Phil.
Label : Angel/EMI

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8:03 am
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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4:29 pm
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Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)

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