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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Playlist

December 24, 2012

6:06 AM
Suite No. 1 Op 13
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Composer : Jules Massenet
Catalog : 555986 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Jean
Orchestra : Hong Kong Philharmonic Orch.
Label : Naxos
6:32 AM
Fantasia on Greensleeves
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 80595 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
6:38 AM
Brazilian Sleigh Bells
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Composer : Percy Faith
Catalog : 434349 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Rochester Pops Orch
Label : Mercury
6:43 AM
Fir Symphony
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Composer : Arthur Meulemans
Catalog : 223418 CD
Conductor : Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra : BRT Philharmonic, Brussels
Label : MarcoPolo
7:06 AM
A Christmas Festival
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 61373 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:15 AM
Children’s March
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Composer : Edwin Franko Goldman
Catalog : 432019 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:19 AM
Sleigh Ride
Artist :
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 133 CD
Conductor : John Rutter
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Collegium
7:27 AM
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik in G
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 400034 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
7:44 AM
Panis Angelicus
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Composer : Cesar Franck
Catalog : 9349 CD
Conductor : Matthias Bamert
Orchestra : BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
7:47 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
7:54 AM
Messiah: And He Shall Purify the Sons
Artist : Vienna Choir Boys
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 5160 CD
Conductor : Peter Marschik
Orchestra : Academy of London
Label : Capriccio
7:58 AM
Joy to the World
Artist : Philadelphia Chorus
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 6430 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:06 AM
Prague Waltzes
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 414370 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:16 AM
Sweet Children- Pastorale
Artist : Kuhn Children’s Chorus
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Composer : Jakub Jan Ryba
Catalog : 110330 CD
Conductor : Jir¡ Chvala
Orchestra : Dvorak Chamber Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
8:22 AM
Suite for Harp and Orchestra From
Artist : Ann Mason Stockton, harp
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Composer : Harl McDonald
Catalog : 171 CD
Conductor : Felix Slatkin
Orchestra : Capitol Symphony Orchestra
Label : Crystal
8:45 AM
Medley of Christmas Carols
Artist : Malle Babbe Choir
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Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 60660 CD
Conductor : Leny van Schaik
Label : CBS/Sony
8:53 AM
Moravian Dances
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Composer : Leos Janacek
Catalog : 572695 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : Warsaw Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
9:06 AM
ALI-BABA Overture
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Composer : Luigi Cherubini
Catalog : 791631 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
9:14 AM
Weihnachtsbaum Christmas Tree
Artist : Jerome Lowenthal, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 9307 CD
Label : Bridge
9:39 AM
Roumanian Folk Dances
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Composer : Bela Bartok
Catalog : 2576 CD
Conductor : Jean-Marie Zeitouni
Orchestra : Les Violons du Roy, Quebec
Label : ATMA
9:50 AM
A Suite of Carols for Woodwinds
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 3552 CD
Conductor : Leroy Anderson
Orchestra : ...and His Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
10:00 AM
Gloria, RV 589
Artist : St. John’s College Choir
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 410018
Conductor : George Guest
Orchestra : Wren Orchestra
Label : Argo
10:35 AM
Clarinet Quintet in B-Flat Op 34
Artist : Janet Hilton, clarinet
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 8366 CD
Orchestra : Lindsay String Quartet
Label : Chandos
10:58 AM
THE SNOW MAIDEN suite
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 572787 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
11:13 AM
Symphony No. 36 in C Linz
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 47442 CD
Conductor : Jeffrey Tate
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
11:48 AM
In dulci jubilo
Artist : Apollo’s Singers
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Composer : Michael Praetorius
Catalog : 7673 CD
Conductor : Jeannette Sorrell
Orchestra : Apollo's Fire Baroque Orchest
Label : KOCH Intl.
12:06 PM
Medley of Christmas Carols
Artist : Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 196 CD
Conductor : Jerold Ottley
Orchestra : Canadian Brass
Label : BWEClassic
12:13 PM
Nutcracker Ballet, The Op 71
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
1:35 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 8 in g Op 6 Christmas
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 90180 CD
Conductor : Bernard Labadie
Orchestra : Les Violons du Roy, Quebec
Label : Dorian
2:00 PM
Still,Still, Still(German)
Artist : Bryn Terfel, baritone
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Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 4772 CD
Conductor : Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
2:06 PM
Prelude on an Old Carol Tune
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 244 CD
Conductor : Douglas Bostock
Orchestra : Munich Symphony Orchestra
Label : Classico
2:14 PM
A Ceremony of Carols Op 28
Artist : The Philadelphia Singers
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Composer : Benjamin Britten
Catalog : 7787 CD
Conductor : Michael Korn
Label : RCA/BMG
2:37 PM
Musical Sleighride: Musikalische
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Composer : Leopold Mozart
Catalog : 427122 CD
Orchestra : Ensemble Eduard Melkus
Label : D. Gramphn
3:00 PM
Four Christmas Motets
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Composer : Francis Poulenc
Catalog : 85776 CD
Conductor : Alldis, John
Orchestra : Groupe Vocal de France
Label : Angel/EMI
3:11 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 8 in f Op 1
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Composer : Pietro Antonio Locatelli
Catalog : 449924 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
3:33 PM
Amahl and the Night Visitors:Dance Suite
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Composer : Gian Carlo Menotti
Catalog : 6 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : BuffaloPO
3:41 PM
O magnum mysterium
Artist : Shaw Chamber Singers
Album :
Composer : Morten Lauridsen
Catalog : 80461 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Label : Telarc
3:49 PM
Ave Maria (medieval Italian)
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Composer : Anonymous
Catalog : 80142 CD
Orchestra : Altramar Medieval Ensemble
Label : Dorian
4:06 PM
Christmas Eve suite
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 3055 CD
Conductor : Loris Tjeknavorian
Orchestra : Armenian Philharmonic Orchestr
Label : Sanctuary
4:27 PM
Sleigh Ride
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 264 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Rochester Pops
Label : Pro Arte
4:32 PM
The Many Moods of Christmas- Suite No. 3
Artist : Robert Shaw Chorale
Album :
Composer : Robert Russell Bennett
Catalog : 68805 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Orchestra : RCA Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:46 PM
Gruss an die heilige Nacht Op 62
Artist : Berlin Philharmonic Choir
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 313013 CD
Conductor : Uwe Gronostay
Orchestra : Berlin Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : KOCHSchwan
5:06 PM
A Christmas Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Nigel Hess
Catalog : 133 CD
Conductor : John Rutter
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Collegium
5:15 PM
It came upon a midnight Clear
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Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 66087 CD
Conductor : Carmen Dragon
Orchestra : Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orches
Label : Angel/EMI
5:20 PM
Santa Claus, A Christmas Symphony
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Composer : William Henry Fry
Catalog : 559057 CD
Conductor : Tony Rowe
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:49 PM
This Christmastide (Jessye’s Carol)
Artist : New York Choral Society; Jessye Norman, alto
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Composer : Donald Fraser
Catalog : 420180 CD
Conductor : Robert DeCormier
Label : Philips
5:50 PM
A Christmas Festival
Artist :
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 61685 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG

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Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

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