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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November 11, 2013

6:06 AM
Variations on America
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Composer : Charles Ives
Catalog : 4776115 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
6:16 AM
Masques et Bergamasques Op 112
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Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 391381 CD
Conductor : Jean-Bernard Pommier
Orchestra : Northern Sinfonia of England
Label : Vrgn Clscs
6:30 AM
Sinfonia in G
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Composer : Josef Myslivecek
Catalog : 4776418 CD
Conductor : Werner Erhardt
Orchestra : Concerto Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
6:41 AM
Lute Concerto in F
Artist : Richard Stone, lute
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Composer : Silvius Leopold Weiss
Catalog : 707 CD
Orchestra : Tempesta di Mare
Label : Chandos
7:06 AM
LO SPEZIALE (The Apothecary) Overture
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 56535 CD
Conductor : Giuseppi Sinopoli
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Angel/EMI
7:15 AM
Armed Forces Medley
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Composer : Various
Catalog : 1 CD
Conductor : Colonel John R. Bourgeois
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:19 AM
South Pacific: Overture
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Composer : Richard Rodgers
Catalog : 434932 CD
Conductor : John Mauceri
Orchestra : Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orches
Label : Philips
7:28 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 3 in e Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 75517 CD
Conductor : Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra : Bath Festival Chamber Orch.
Label : Angel/EMI
7:42 AM
American Salute
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Composer : Morton Gould
Catalog : 80144 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:48 AM
Cuban Overture
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 49278 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:06 AM
Henry VIII (Shakespeare) Incidental
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Composer : Edward German
Catalog : 223419 CD
Conductor : Adrian Leaper
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
8:16 AM
Slavonic Dance No. 8 in A-Flat Op 72
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 730 CD
Conductor : John Farrer
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : ASV
8:25 AM
PRINCE IGOR: Polovtsian Dances
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 434308 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
8:39 AM
ZAIS Overture
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Composer : Jean-Philippe Rameau
Catalog : 4759107 CD
Conductor : Christophe Rousset
Orchestra : Les Talens Lyriques
Label : London/Dec
8:46 AM
Symphony in E-Flat
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999487 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
9:06 AM
Wasps: Overture
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 2419 CD
Conductor : Vernon Handley
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
9:18 AM
From Foreign Lands- Suite for Orchestra Op 23
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Composer : Moritz Moszkowski
Catalog : 553989 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : Polish National Radio Orchestr
Label : Naxos
9:42 AM
Concerto for 3 violins and strings in F
Artist : Simon Standage, violin
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 580 CD
Conductor : Simon Standage
Orchestra : Collegium Musicum 90
Label : Chandos
10:00 AM
MASQUERADE Overture
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Composer : Carl Nielsen
Catalog : 46668 CD
Conductor : Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra : Swedish Radio Symphony Orchest
Label : CBS/Sony
10:06 AM
Masquerade: Dance of the Cockerels
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Composer : Carl Nielsen
Catalog : 46668 CD
Conductor : Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra : Swedish Radio Symphony Orchest
Label : CBS/Sony
10:13 AM
Symphony No.100 in G
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 4778117 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Label : D. Gramphn
10:39 AM
Suite in the Old Style in a Op 10
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
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Composer : Christian Sinding
Catalog : 47167 CD
Conductor : Andre Previn
Orchestra : Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:53 AM
Piano Concerto in a Op 16
Artist : Philippe Entremont, piano
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 37805 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
11:23 AM
Symphony No. 7 in c-Sharp Op 131
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Composer : Sergei Prokofiev
Catalog : 4784614 CD
Conductor : Andre Previn
Orchestra : Los Angeles Philharmonic
Label : Philips
12:06 PM
Festival Ov. on The Star-Spangled Bannner
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Composer : Dudley Buck
Catalog : 49263 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Klein
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:14 PM
Violin concerto in d
Artist : Ralph Holmes, violin
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Composer : Hamilton Harty
Catalog : 8386 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:49 PM
American Rhapsody
Artist : Michael Ludwig, violin
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Composer : Kenneth Fuchs
Catalog : 559723 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
1:03 PM
Symphony No. 1 in d Op 13
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 5311 CD
Conductor : Tadaaki Otaka
Orchestra : BBC National Orch of Wales
Label : Nimbus
2:00 PM
Violin Concerto in e
Artist : Carmencita Lozada, violin
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Composer : Alfredo Buenaventura
Catalog : 220419 CD
Conductor : Alfredo Buenaventura
Orchestra : Philippine Philharmon Orchestr
Label : MarcoPolo
2:27 PM
Aphrodite a Symphonic Poem
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Composer : George W. Chadwick
Catalog : 74 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Czech State Philharmonic Brno
Label : Reference
3:00 PM
The Enchanted Lake Op 62
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Composer : Anatol Liadov
Catalog : 80657 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
3:10 PM
Todtenfeier- Symphonic Poem
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Composer : Gustav Mahler
Catalog : 8956 CD
Conductor : Leif Segerstam
Orchestra : Danish Radio Symph Orch
Label : Chandos
3:40 PM
GOTTERDAMMERUNG: Siegfried’s Funeral Music
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 36715 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:06 PM
Blades of Grass (1945)
Artist : Dorothy Freeman, English horn
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Composer : Romeo Cascarino
Catalog : 745 CD
Conductor : James Freeman
Orchestra : Orchestra 2001
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4:16 PM
Chaconne ...In Memorium
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Composer : Ron Nelson
Catalog : 76 CD
Conductor : Jerry Junkin
Orchestra : Dallas Wind Symphony
Label : Reference
4:29 PM
Summon the Heroes
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Composer : John Williams
Catalog : 70636 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:37 PM
Firebird Suite (1919)
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Composer : Igor Stravinsky
Catalog : 98555 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
5:06 PM
Agnus Dei
Artist : Robert Shaw Festival Singers
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Composer : Samuel Barber
Catalog : 80503 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Label : Telarc
5:18 PM
West Point Symphony for band
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Composer : Morton Gould
Catalog : 434320 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
5:41 PM
Victory at Sea: Symphonic Scenario
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Composer : Richard Rodgers
Catalog : 80175 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc

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Ten Amazing Philadelphia-Area Music Teachers
6:10 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Presents: Ovation Award Finalists!

Elizabeth Kaderabek

Ten music educators from the Delaware Valley will be honored by the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) during their Annual Festival Concert at the Kimmel Center on June 1st for "inspiration and outstanding leadership in music education."

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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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