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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October 11, 2012

6:06 AM
Ma Vlast: No. 3 Sarka
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 80265 CD
Conductor : Zdenek Macal
Orchestra : Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
6:16 AM
Oboe Concerto in d
Artist : John Abberger, oboe
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Composer : Alessandro Marcello
Catalog : 9811 CD
Conductor : Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
Label : Analekta
6:30 AM
Legende Op 17
Artist : Juliette Kang, violin
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Composer : Henryk Wieniawski
Catalog : 5197 CD
Conductor : Sergiu Commissiona
Orchestra : Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBC(RCI)
6:43 AM
Concert Piece for harp and orchestra
Artist : Reija Bister, harp
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Composer : Vaino Hannikainen
Catalog : 9703 CD
Conductor : Hannu Bister
Orchestra : Finnish Radio Symphony Orch
Label : YLE
7:06 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 2 in c
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Composer : Alessandro Scarlatti
Catalog : 45495 CD
Conductor : Fabio Biondi
Orchestra : Europa Galante
Label : Vrgn Clscs
7:15 AM
March of the Steelmen
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Composer : Charles Belsterling
Catalog : 1998 CD
Conductor : Albert F. Schoepper
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:19 AM
March To the Memory of Suvorov in c
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Composer : Anton Arensky
Catalog : 1000164 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
7:28 AM
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in c-Sharp
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 447415 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
7:43 AM
RIENZI: Overture
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 62597 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:06 AM
Anna Magdalena Notebook: Little Suite
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 39431 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:16 AM
Concerto Grosso in c Op 2
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Composer : Francesco Geminiani
Catalog : 553019 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
8:28 AM
Four Seasons: No.3 Autumn (L’Autunno) in F Op 8
Artist : Isaac Stern, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 66472 CD
Conductor : Isaac Stern
Orchestra : Jerusalem Music Centre Ch.Orch
Label : CBS/Sony
8:41 AM
Water Night
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Composer : Eric Whitacre
Catalog : 67543 CD
Conductor : Stephen Layton
Orchestra : Polyphony
Label : Hyperion
8:47 AM
Sinfonia in G
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 45557 CD
Conductor : Claudio Scimone
Orchestra : I Solisti Veneti
Label : Erato
9:06 AM
String Symphony No. 1 in C
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 5141 CD
Conductor : William Boughton
Orchestra : English String Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
9:18 AM
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A
Artist : Helene Grimaud, piano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 16204 CD
Conductor : Radoslaw Szulc
Orchestra : Bavarian Radio Symph Chmb Orch
Label : D. Gramphn
9:47 AM
Sonata for Gran Viola and Orchestra in c Op 35
Artist : David Aaron Carpenter, viola
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Composer : Nicolo Paganini
Catalog : 1188 CD
Conductor : Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra : Helsinki Philharmonic
Label : Ondine
10:00 AM
Violin Concerto No. 1 in a
Artist : Isaac Stern, violin
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 45952 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:18 AM
The Tempest: Suite
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Composer : Sir Arthur Sullivan
Catalog : 115 CD
Conductor : Michael Stern
Orchestra : Kansas City Symphony
Label : Reference
10:49 AM
Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 8502 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
11:04 AM
Serenade for Sring Orchestra
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Composer : Peter Warlock
Catalog : 5227 CD
Conductor : Roy Goodman
Orchestra : Manitoba Chamber Orchestra
Label : CBC(RCI)
11:14 AM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in e Op 11
Artist : Yundi Li, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 8236 CD
Conductor : Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
12:06 PM
Scherzo capriccioso Op 66
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 49995 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:21 PM
Piano Trio No. 1 in d Op 49
Artist : Martha Argerich, piano
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 57504 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
12:51 PM
Harpsichord Concerto No. 3 in e
Artist : Ottavio Dantone, harpsichord
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Composer : Alessandro Scarlatti
Catalog : 470650 CD
Conductor : Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra : Accademia Bizantina
Label : London/Dec
1:05 PM
Symphony No. 1 in c Op 68
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 426299 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Philips
2:00 PM
As You Like It Overture Op 166
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Composer : Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Catalog : 572501 CD
Conductor : Andrew Penny
Orchestra : West Australian Symphony Orch.
Label : Naxos
2:15 PM
Symphony No. 2 in D Op 43
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 1 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : PhilOrch.
3:00 PM
Quadro in B-Flat
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 4283 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
3:09 PM
Symphony No.104 in D
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 60022 CD
Conductor : Pierre Boulez
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : WienerPhil
3:43 PM
Fantasia for Orchestra: Marguerite Op 9
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Composer : Anton Arensky
Catalog : 1000164 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
4:06 PM
In The Bottoms
Artist : Monica Gaylord, piano
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Composer : R. Nathaniel Dett
Catalog : 737 CD
Label : Music&Arts
4:28 PM
Die Drei Wunsche: Overture
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Composer : Carl Michael Ziehrer
Catalog : 225332 CD
Conductor : Christian Pollack
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
4:35 PM
A NIGHT IN VENICE:
Artist : Fritz Wunderlich, tenor
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 75915 CD
Conductor : Fried Walter
Orchestra : Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:42 PM
Galanta Dances
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Composer : Zoltan Kodaly
Catalog : 432005 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Philharmonia Hungarica
Label : Mercury
5:06 PM
Le Corsaire Overture Op 21
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 9052 CD
Conductor : Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra : Stockholm Philharmonic Orchest
Label : Chandos
5:18 PM
Tzigane: Rhapsodie de concert
Artist : Isaac Stern, violin
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 64501 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:28 PM
Cinema Paradiso film score
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Composer : Ennio Morricone
Catalog : 60706 CD
Conductor : Henry Mancini
Orchestra : Henry Mancini's Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:42 PM
Goyana: Four Sketches
Artist : Cristina Ortiz, piano
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Composer : Franz Waxman
Catalog : 7444 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : Barcelona/Catalonia Orch.
Label : KOCH Intl.
5:47 PM
DIE TOTE STADT: Pierrot’s dance-song
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Composer : Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Catalog : 47572 CD
Orchestra : I Salonisti
Label : Angel/EMI

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Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

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4:29 pm
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3:25 pm
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Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)

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