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
8:26 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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2:08 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

New Owner Promises Handmade Steinways For Years To Come

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Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:30 am

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2:22 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

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6:02 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Classical Pranksters Don't Just Play Music: They Play With It

From left: Video director Joe Sabia, bassist Michael Thurber and recording engineer Matt McCorkle of CDZA.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 12:14 pm

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12:37 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

As JFK Died In Dallas, Music Was Born In Boston

Composer William Jay Sydeman, whose first major orchestral premiere was with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on the afternoon of Nov. 22, 1963.
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Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 7:30 pm

Fifty years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, it's still shocking to hear Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Erich Leinsdorf announce the horrific news to a stunned audience.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
11:16 am
Tue November 26, 2013

After Ailing, A Favorite Conductor Stages His Comeback

Conductor James Levine in rehearsal with Russian virtuoso Evgeny Kissin.
Cory Weaver Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 4:15 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
9:06 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Making Music To Be Useful, And For The Living

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A singer takes the stage during the first performance of "Grimes on the Beach," an outdoor production of Benjamin Britten's opera Peter Grimes, on June 17, 2013 in Aldeburgh, England.
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Originally published on Sun November 24, 2013 6:20 pm

Composer Benjamin Britten was born 100 years ago today, and the occasion is being marked by performances of his music around the world, from Carnegie Hall in New York to Memorial Hall in Tokyo.

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6:07 pm
Sat November 23, 2013

A Sound Of Fear, Forged In The Shadow Of War

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Originally published on Sun November 24, 2013 12:09 pm

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11:20 am
Thu November 21, 2013

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3:26 am
Thu November 21, 2013

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Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 6:55 am

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9:13 am
Sun November 17, 2013

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Eric Thayer for NPR Music

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 11:01 am

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