Classical Weekdays

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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

March 11, 2013

6:06 AM
Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture Op 27
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 81788 CD
Conductor : Moshe Atzmon
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:19 AM
Roses from the South Op 388
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 48164 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
6:30 AM
The Planets: Op 32
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 47417 CD
Conductor : Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra : Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:40 AM
Introduction and Polonaise Op 174
Artist : Christopher Hinterhuber, piano
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Composer : Ferdinand Ries
Catalog : 557844 CD
Conductor : Uwe Grodd
Orchestra : Gävle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:06 AM
Sinfonia No. 8 Op 1
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Composer : Andrea Stefano Fiore
Catalog : 2010 CD
Orchestra : Isabella Leonarda Ensemble
Label : Concerto
7:15 AM
The Corcoran Cadets
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 303 CD
Conductor : Leonard B. Smith
Orchestra : Detroit Concert band
Label : WalkingFro
7:19 AM
Lemminkainen’s Return Op 22
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 97689 CD
Conductor : Paavo Berglund
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:27 AM
Sinfonia in A Op 3
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Composer : Anton Wilhelm Solnitz
Catalog : 92037 CD
Orchestra : Musica Ad Rhenum
Label : Nederland
7:41 AM
I VESPRI SICILIANI Overture
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 2 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : PhilOrch.
7:52 AM
Crisantemi for strings
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 341 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : St. Michel Strings
Label :
8:06 AM
Three Bavarian Dances Op 27
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 6544 CD
Conductor : Norman Del Mar
Orchestra : Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Label : Chandos
8:20 AM
GOYESCAS: Intermezzo
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Composer : Enrique Granados
Catalog : 62698 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:27 AM
Overture to King Lear
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Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 1000153 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
8:40 AM
Valse oubliee No. 1 in F-Sharp
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 60 CD
Conductor : Gyorgy Selmeczi
Orchestra : Camerata Transsylvanica
Label : BudapestMu
8:46 AM
Serenade for string orchestra in e Op 20
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 90819 CD
Conductor : Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra : London Chamber Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
9:06 AM
Banks of Green Willow
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Composer : George Butterworth
Catalog : 436401 CD
Conductor : Grant Llewellyn
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Argo
9:14 AM
Piano Concerto in a Op 7
Artist : Francesco Nicolosi, piano
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Composer : Clara Schumann
Catalog : 557552 CD
Conductor : Stefania Rinaldi
Orchestra : Alma Mahler Sinfonietta
Label : Naxos
9:39 AM
Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks Op 28
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 504 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : OehmsCl
10:00 AM
DON CARLO: Ballet Music
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 572818 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:18 AM
Cello Concerto No. 2 in b Op 50
Artist : Marie Hallynck, cello
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Composer : Henri Vieuxtemps
Catalog : 4609 CD
Conductor : Theodore Guschlbaur
Orchestra : Orchestra National de Belgique
Label : Cypres
10:45 AM
Symphony No. 8 in G
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 550722 CD
Conductor : Nicholas Ward
Orchestra : Northern Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
11:08 AM
Clarinet Concerto in A
Artist : Paul Meyer, clarinet
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 332627 CD
Conductor : John Nelson
Orchestra : Paris Orchestral Ensemble
Label : Vrgn Clscs
11:36 AM
Fountains of Rome
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 37676 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:06 PM
Vardar, a Bulgarian Rhapsody Op 16
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Composer : Pantscho Vladigerov
Catalog : 777125 CD
Conductor : Horia Andreescu
Orchestra : Berlin Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : CPO
12:17 PM
Variations on Balkan Themes Op 60
Artist : Joanne Polk, piano
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Composer : Amy Marcy Cheney Beach
Catalog : 6693 CD
Label : Arabesque
12:49 PM
Manfred Symphony Op 58
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 9 CD
Conductor : Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : LondonPhil
2:00 PM
Symphony No. 92 in G
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 94237 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
2:26 PM
Violin Concerto in d
Artist : Joshua Bell, violin
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 444811 CD
Conductor : Christoph Von Dohnanyi
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
3:00 PM
King John Overture Op 111
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Composer : Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Catalog : 572501 CD
Conductor : Andrew Penny
Orchestra : West Australian Symphony Orch.
Label : Naxos
3:10 PM
Petite Suite
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 9386 CD
Conductor : Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra : Stockholm Philharmonic Orchest
Label : Chandos
3:42 PM
Introduction and Rondo Brillante in b-Flat Op 255
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
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Composer : Carl Czerny
Catalog : 1196 CD
Conductor : Bystrik Rezucha
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MSR
4:06 PM
Duet Concertino
Artist : Nicholas Cox, clarinet
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 2071 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Avie
4:26 PM
IL TROVATORE: Anvil Chorus
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 49552 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
4:34 PM
RIGOLETTO: Quartet: Bella figlia d’amore
Artist : Joan Sutherland, soprano
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 4758366 CD
Conductor : Richard Bonynge
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:42 PM
Matinees Musicales (after Rossini) Op 24
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Composer : Benjamin Britten
Catalog : 87062 CD
Conductor : Patrick Peire
Orchestra : New Flemish Symphony Orchestra
Label : R. Gailly
5:06 PM
Four Cornish Dances Op 91
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Composer : Malcolm Arnold
Catalog : 8867 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Chandos
5:16 PM
The Perfect Fool Ballet Music Op 39
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 284 CD
Conductor : Douglas Bostock
Orchestra : Munich Symphony Orchestra
Label : Classico
5:30 PM
Las cuatro estaciones portenos
Artist : Tianwa Yang, violin
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Composer : Astor Piazzolla
Catalog : 572271 CD
Conductor : Giancarlo Guerrero
Orchestra : Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos

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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

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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

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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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