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

November 22, 2012

6:06 AM
MERRY MOUNT: Suite
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Composer : Howard Hanson
Catalog : 559072 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra : Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
6:26 AM
Water Night
Artist : Eric Whitacre Singers
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Composer : Eric Whitacre
Catalog : 4783640 CD
Conductor : Eric Whitacre
Label : London/Dec
6:35 AM
Suite No. 2 (Indian) Op 48
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Composer : Edward MacDowell
Catalog : 559075 CD
Conductor : Takuo Yuasa
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:06 AM
Mayflower Overture
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Composer : Ron Nelson
Catalog : 11168 CD
Conductor : Jack Stamp
Orchestra : Keystone Wind Ensemble
Label : Klavier
7:15 AM
THE MUSIC MAN: Seventy-Six Trombones
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Composer : Meredith Willson
Catalog : 108 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : London Trombone Sound
Label : Cala
7:23 AM
Piano Concerto in C
Artist : Stewart Goodyear, piano
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 80112 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:44 AM
Turkey in the Straw
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Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 8466
Conductor : Carmen Dragon
Orchestra : Capitol Symphony Orchestra
Label : Capitol
7:51 AM
Pops Hoedown
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Composer : Richard Hayman
Catalog : 7125 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
8:06 AM
New England Triptych
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Composer : William Schuman
Catalog : 559083 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:09 AM
Thanksgiving Waltz
Artist : Jay Ungar, fiddle
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Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 56720 CD
Conductor : Paul Gambill
Orchestra : Nashville Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:25 AM
Prayer of Thanksgiving
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Composer : Valerius
Catalog : 2677 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:31 AM
West Side Story Suite
Artist : Joshua Bell, violin
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Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Catalog : 89358 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:53 AM
New Medley Overture (1799) in C
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Composer : James Hewitt
Catalog : 559654 CD
Conductor : Patrick Gallois
Orchestra : Sinfonia Finlandia
Label : Naxos
9:06 AM
Mark Twain - Portrait for Orchestra
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Composer : Jerome Kern
Catalog : 68786 CD
Conductor : Keith Lockhart
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
9:22 AM
Pleasant Valley
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Composer : Jeff Tyzik
Catalog : 5 CD
Conductor : Jeff Tyzik
Orchestra : Rochester Pops
Label : RPO
9:45 AM
Adventures in a Perambulator
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Composer : John Alden Carpenter
Catalog : 434319 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman Philharmonia
Label : Mercury
10:00 AM
Mississippi Suite
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Composer : Ferde Grofe
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman-Rochester Sym. Orch.
Label : Mercury
10:16 AM
Frostiana
Artist : Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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Composer : Randall Thompson
Catalog : 5 CD
Conductor : Craig Jessop
Orchestra : Orchestra at Temple Square
Label : MTC
10:49 AM
Pygmalion (1956)
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Composer : Romeo Cascarino
Catalog : 559266 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Philadelphia Philharmonia
Label : Naxos
11:10 AM
Piano Concerto
Artist : Gabriela Imreh, piano
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Composer : Vittorio Giannini
Catalog : 559352 CD
Conductor : Daniel Spalding
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
12:06 PM
Miscellaneous Overture (1801) in D
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Composer : Alexander Reinagle
Catalog : 559654 CD
Conductor : Patrick Gallois
Orchestra : Sinfonia Finlandia
Label : Naxos
12:17 PM
Violin Concerto Op 14
Artist : Vadim Gluzman, violin
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Composer : Samuel Barber
Catalog : 1662 CD
Conductor : John Neschling
Orchestra : Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bis
12:44 PM
The Tender Land-orch suite
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 61505 CD
Conductor : Aaron Copland
Orchestra : Boston Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
1:07 PM
Symphony No. 2
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Composer : Howard Hanson
Catalog : 432008 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman-Rochester Sym. Orch.
Label : Mercury
1:38 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in d Op 23
Artist : Earl Wild, piano
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Composer : Edward MacDowell
Catalog : 76 CD
Conductor : Massimo Freccia
Orchestra : RCA Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chesky Rec
2:00 PM
Divertimento for Orchestra
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Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Catalog : 45295 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Vrgn Clscs
2:18 PM
Suite Symphonique in E-Flat
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Composer : George W. Chadwick
Catalog : 74 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Czech State Philharmonic Brno
Label : Reference
3:00 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
3:14 PM
Symphony No. 2 in e
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Composer : Randall Thompson
Catalog : 9439 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
3:44 PM
Rhapsody in Blue
Artist : Earl Wild, piano
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 2256 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : Guild
4:06 PM
The Tender Land-orch suite
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 7092 CD
Conductor : James Sedares
Orchestra : Phoenix Symphony
Label : KOCH Intl.
4:30 PM
blue cathedral
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Composer : Jennifer Higdon
Catalog : 80596 CD
Conductor : Robert Spano
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
4:45 PM
Toccata Festiva for Organ and Orchestra Op 35
Artist : David Schrader, Organ
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Composer : Samuel Barber
Catalog : 63 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kalmar
Orchestra : Grant Park Orchestra
Label : Cedille
5:06 PM
Prelude to Oedipus Tyrannus
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Composer : John Knowles Paine
Catalog : 49263 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Klein
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:18 PM
The Tender Land-orch suite
Artist :
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 7092 CD
Conductor : James Sedares
Orchestra : Phoenix Symphony
Label : KOCH Intl.
5:42 PM
An American in Paris
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 431625 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
4:58 pm
Sat May 24, 2014

A Few Words With Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone became a fixture of global culture with his film music — but as a young composer, he was a radical.
Courtesy of Armonia AC

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 2:10 pm

Today at the Cannes Film Festival, attendees marked the 50th anniversary of the spaghetti western at a special screening of A Fistful of Dollars, the Sergio Leone classic that kick-started the genre. Leone's vision of the American West remains singular — and it's impossible to imagine without the iconic music of Ennio Morricone.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:27 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Asleep In Dress Blues: Music For Memorial Day

A lone bugler plays "Taps" during a burial service at Arlington National Cemetery.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 8:52 am

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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 GarcĂ­a 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 MarĂ­a MartĂ­nez 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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