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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July 22, 2014

6:06 AM
I MASNADIERI Overture
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 4784916 CD
Conductor : Richard Bonynge
Orchestra : Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
6:13 AM
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Scherzo Op 61
Artist : Sergei Rachmaninoff, piano
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 48971 CD
Label : RCA/BMG
6:19 AM
Symphony No. 9 in C
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 5321 CD
Conductor : Adam Fischer
Orchestra : Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orch
Label : Nimbus
6:33 AM
String Quartet No. 2: Nocturne
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 435757 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
6:44 AM
Piano Concerto No. 3 Op. Posth. in E-Flat
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 1154 CD
Conductor : Paul Freeman
Orchestra : State Symphony Orch, Russia
Label : MSR
7:06 AM
Crisantemi for strings
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 341 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : St. Michel Strings
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7:14 AM
Purple Pageant
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Composer : Karl King
Catalog : 1998 CD
Conductor : Albert F. Schoepper
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:19 AM
Die Provinzialen Waltzes
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Composer : Benjamin Bilse
Catalog : 777341 CD
Conductor : Christian Simonis
Orchestra : West German Radio Symphony
Label : CPO
7:28 AM
Sinfonia in A
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Composer : Johann (Jan Vaclav) Stamitz
Catalog : 553194 CD
Conductor : Richard Armstrong
Orchestra : New Zealand Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:42 AM
Symphony No. 5 in D
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 46 CD
Conductor : Antonio Janigro
Orchestra : I Solisti di Zagreb
Label : VangrdOmeg
7:51 AM
Four Miniature Dances
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Composer : Anthony Hedges
Catalog : 223886 CD
Conductor : Anthony Hedges
Orchestra : RTE Sinfonietta, Dublin
Label : MarcoPolo
8:06 AM
Three-Cornered Hat Suite
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Composer : Manuel De Falla
Catalog : 68550 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:19 AM
Lux aurumque
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Composer : Eric Whitacre
Catalog : 67543 CD
Conductor : Stephen Layton
Orchestra : Polyphony
Label : Hyperion
8:25 AM
Serenada
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Composer : Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky
Catalog : 920243 CD
Conductor : Oldrich Vlcek
Orchestra : Virtuosi of Prague
Label : Discover
8:39 AM
Prinz Methusalem Overture
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 223249 CD
Conductor : Alfred Walter
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MarcoPolo
8:47 AM
Friedenspalmen, Walzer Op 207
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Composer : Josef Strauss
Catalog : 1564 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
9:06 AM
Pavane for a Dead Princess
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 37769 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
9:14 AM
Ballade Op 288
Artist : Patrick Gallois, flute
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Composer : Carl Reinecke
Catalog : 557404 CD
Conductor : Fabrice Pierre
Orchestra : Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
9:26 AM
Suite for Orchestra in f-Sharp Op 19
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Composer : Ernst von Dohnanyi
Catalog : 9733 CD
Conductor : Matthias Bamert
Orchestra : BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
10:00 AM
Rural Impressions
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Composer : Joaquim Serra
Catalog : 555871 CD
Conductor : Salvador Brotons
Orchestra : El Valles Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:18 AM
Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Op 101
Artist : Stephen Framil, cello
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 3039 CD
Conductor : Paul Freeman
Orchestra : Czech National Symphony
Label : Centaur
10:47 AM
Concerto Grosso in D
Artist : Adrian Chandler, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 2154 CD
Conductor : Adrian Chandler
Orchestra : La Serenissima
Label : Avie
11:03 AM
Divertissement sur des chansons russes Op 2
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Composer : Henri Benjamin Rabaud
Catalog : 65619 CD
Conductor : Pierre Dervaux
Orchestra : Nat Orch des Pays de la Loire
Label : Angel/EMI
11:17 AM
Symphony No. 1 in E-Flat
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 726 CD
Conductor : Jun'ichi Hirokami
Orchestra : Malmo Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bis
12:06 PM
Hebrides Overture in D Op 26
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 4781525 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : London/Dec
12:19 PM
Piano Trio in c Op 1
Artist : Joseph Kalichstein, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 7724 CD
Label : KOCH Intl.
12:48 PM
Pohjola’s Daughter Op 49
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 57 CD
Conductor : Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : LondonPhil
1:01 PM
Symphony No. 2
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 80138 CD
Conductor : Andre Previn
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Telarc
2:00 PM
W Tatrach (In the Tatra Mountains)
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Composer : Wladyslaw Zelenski
Catalog : 369 CD
Conductor : Grzegorz Nowak
Orchestra : Sinfonia Varsovia
Label : Accord
2:15 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in e Op 11
Artist : Lang Lang, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 11654 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
3:00 PM
Birds of Paradise Op 34
Artist : John La Montaine, piano
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Composer : John La Montaine
Catalog : 4785092 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman-Rochester Sym. Orch.
Label : Mercury
3:15 PM
Violin Concerto Op 14
Artist : James Buswell,violin
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Composer : Samuel Barber
Catalog : 559044 CD
Conductor : Marin Alsop
Orchestra : Royal Scottish National Orch
Label : Naxos
3:40 PM
Cockaigne Overture (In London Town) Op 40
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 60073 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:06 PM
Ballad Without Words Op 56
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Composer : Kurt Atterberg
Catalog : 553 CD
Conductor : Jun'ichi Hirokami
Orchestra : Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bis
4:26 PM
ALI-BABA Overture
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Composer : Luigi Cherubini
Catalog : 9513 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Claves
4:34 PM
Symphony No. 1 (1813) in C
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Composer : Louis Joseph F. Herold
Catalog : 282 CD
Conductor : Wolf-Dieter Hauschild
Orchestra : Orch. della Svizzera Italiana
Label : Dynamic
5:06 PM
Reverie & caprice, vln & orch Op 8
Artist : Augustin Dumay, violin
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 47544 CD
Conductor : Manuel Rosenthal
Orchestra : Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
5:16 PM
Fratres for strings and percussion
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Composer : Arvo Part
Catalog : 55619 CD
Conductor : Franz Welser-Most
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:28 PM
Aquarellen Op 258
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Composer : Josef Strauss
Catalog : 1663 CD
Conductor : Lorin Maazel
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
5:38 PM
The Music of Austria- Potpourri
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Composer : Josef Strauss
Catalog : 223679 CD
Conductor : Christian Pollack
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MarcoPolo

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Opera on WRTI
1:11 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago on WRTI: Puccini's MADAMA BUTTERFLY, May 24, 1 PM

Soprano Patricia Racette sings Cio Cio San and tenor Stefano Secco sings Pinkerton in Puccini's MADAMA BUTTERFLY.

Family, fortune, and honor—the geisha Cio-Cio-San forsakes them all for the callous American naval officer who calls her his "bride." But what she sees as a lifetime commitment, he treats as just a fleeting pleasure.

Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly features some of opera's most famous music, including Cio-Cio-San's heartbreaking "Un bel di" and the beautiful "Humming Chorus." It's Puccini's heartbreaking tragedy on WRTI. Saturday, May 24, 1 to 4 pm.

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Gianandrea Noseda Conducts The Philadelphians
12:42 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI: Saint-Saens' "Organ" Symphony, May 25, 1 PM

Canadian violinist James Ehnes is a Grammy winner and a Juilliard graduate. He plays the "Marsick" Stradivarius of 1715.

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast this Sunday at 1 pm opens with a collection of “Symphonic Fragments” from Alfredo Casella’s rarely performed opera La Donna Serpente (The Snake-Woman), based on an 18th-century fable-play by Carlo Gozzi, and is followed by one of Sergei Prok

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Creatively Speaking
6:00 am
Mon May 19, 2014

A Freelance Classical Musician's Tell-All Memoir Becomes Amazon Series

Gael García Bernal plays the role of Rodrigo in the new Amazon Studios series, MOZART IN THE JUNGLE.

 

The way we watch television has altered radically in the past 10 years. So, too, has the classical music world. Yet now, as WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, a musician's memoir written a decade ago is being adapted for television...but not for any traditional TV station.

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Opera on WRTI
6:28 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago on WRTI: Verdi's OTELLO, May 17, 1 PM

Ana María Martínez sings Desdemona and Johan Botha sings the title role in Verdi's OTELLO.

A new season of broadcasts from the Lyric Opera of Chicago kicks off on Saturday with Giuseppe Verdi's OTELLO. Get set for eight opera broadcasts on WRTI!

Jealousy, betrayal, and murder—Shakespeare's drama finds new dimension in Verdi's blazing and revealingly expressive music. Otello seems unbeatable on the battlefield, but he's powerless against his insidious henchman Iago, who convinces him that his innocent wife has been untrue. Saturday, May 17, 1 to 4 pm on WRTI.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
3:15 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Is A Stradivarius Just A Violin?

A Stradivarius violin at the restoration and research laboratory of the Musee de la Musique, Paris, in 2009.
Patrick Kovarik AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 8:00 pm

The Stradivarius violin gets its name from master craftsman Antonio Stradivari. When he died in 1737, his secrets died with him: No one has ever been able to duplicate the sound of the violins or violas he made.

His instruments have taken on a mythical quality. Today they fetch millions of dollars at auctions; Sotheby's will soon auction off a viola that it expects to sell for $45 million.

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Creatively Speaking
12:48 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

A New Principal Guest Conductor for The Philadelphia Orchestra

As Principal Guest Conductor, Stephane Deneve will be part of the creative planning process, and lead several subscription weeks, family programs, and summer concerts in Vail and Saratoga.

The Philadelphia Orchestra has named a Principal Guest Conductor for a three-year term beginning this fall. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on the appointment of the internationally known conductor Stephane Deneve, who has been a frequent guest since making his debut with the Orchestra in 2007.

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Chamber Orchestra of Philadlephia on WRTI
3:53 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

A Musical "Surprise" with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, May 18, 5 PM

Conductor Ignat Solzhenitsyn

Conductor Laureate Ignat Solzhenitsyn leads The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in two works on this month's Applause! broadcast. Benjamin Britten's tribute to his teacher, the Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, will open the program. The work, written in 1937, brought Britten international attention. Also on the program, Franz Joseph Haydn's "Surprise Symphony." Dave Conant hosts. Sunday, May 18th, 5 to 6 pm on WRTI.

Program:

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
11:00 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Anonymous 4: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (But They're Doing It)

The vocal ensemble Anonymous 4 will disband after the 2015-16 concert season.
Dario Acosta

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 12:01 pm

In 1986, four women gathered in a casual setting to sing through a bit of medieval chant. Little did they know they were launching Anonymous 4, an a cappella ensemble that has spanned nearly 30 years, 20 albums, countless concerts and more than a millenium of music.

Today the group announced that the 2015-16 season will be its last together. But this isn't the first time Anonymous 4 has thought about calling it quits. The group bid a similar farewell in 2004.

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Creatively Speaking
7:41 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Graduation and Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance"- What's the Connection?

Although you may not realize that it was first composed as a military march, you’ll instantly recognize one of Sir Edward Elgar’s most popular works, "Pomp and Circumstance, March No. 1 in D," - especially the nearly two-minute middle section so commonly associated with graduation.  

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Creatively Speaking
7:26 am
Mon May 12, 2014

The Philadelphians and Yannick in Asia: Not Your Typical Tour

Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts is on the itinerary for The Philadelphia Orchestra's 2014 Asia Tour, as well as some very unusual venues.

The Philadelphia Orchestra is going deeper into China than ever before, into the Hunan province where modern arts centers have only existed for a few years, and out of Macao's air-conditioned casinos for outdoor performing amid the ruins of a cathedral. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns will be there every step of the way.

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