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 28, 2014

6:06 AM
Norwegian Rhapsody No. 3 Op 21
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Composer : Johan Svendsen
Catalog : 1085 CD
Conductor : Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra : Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
Label : Simax
6:18 AM
Concertino for flute and orchestra in D
Artist : Marc Grauwels, flute
Album :
Composer : Gaetano Donizetti
Catalog : 555977 CD
Conductor : Andre Vandernoot
Orchestra : Belgian Radio & TV Symph Orch
Label : Naxos
6:30 AM
Huvinaytelmaalkusoitto (Comedy Overture) Op 53
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Composer : Leevi Madetoja
Catalog : 9036 CD
Conductor : Petri Sakari
Orchestra : Iceland State Symphony Orch.
Label : Chandos
6:41 AM
Symphony in D Op 12
Artist :
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Composer : Francois Joseph Gossec
Catalog : 218 CD
Conductor : Guy Van Waas
Orchestra : Les Agrémens
Label : Ricercare
7:06 AM
Banks of Green Willow
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Composer : George Butterworth
Catalog : 436401 CD
Conductor : Grant Llewellyn
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Argo
7:15 AM
U.S. Field Artillery
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 3102 CD
Conductor : Keith Brion
Orchestra : New Sousa Band
Label : Delos
7:18 AM
Moments Musicaux No. 6 in A-Flat Op 94
Artist : Alfred Brendel, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 456061 CD
Label : Philips
7:27 AM
Trumpet Concerto in d
Artist : Gabor Tarkovi, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Alessandro Marcello
Catalog : 7161 CD
Conductor : Radoslaw Szulc
Orchestra : Bavarian Radio Symph Chmb Orch
Label : Tudor
7:41 AM
Slavonic Dance No. 2 in e Op 72
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 105 CD
Conductor : David Parry
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label :
7:49 AM
Alruna Variations for clarinet and in B-Flat
Artist : Dieter Klocker, clarinet
Album :
Composer : Louis Spohr
Catalog : 223431 CD
Conductor : Gernot Schmalfuss
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
8:06 AM
Artist :
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 68468 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Label : CBS/Sony
8:15 AM
Triumphal March Op 40
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 7001 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra : Hong Kong Philharmonic Orch.
Label : RecordsInt
8:25 AM
Concerto for 2 fl, 2 salmoe, 2 mand. in C
Artist : ...and various soloists
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 11057 CD
Conductor : Claudio Scimone
Orchestra : I Solisti Veneti
Label : MHS
8:39 AM
GOYESCAS: Intermezzo
Artist :
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Composer : Enrique Granados
Catalog : 62698 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:46 AM
Vespers: Magnificat Op 37
Artist : Bulgarian Nat’l Choir
Album :
Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 7010 CD
Conductor : Georgi Robev
Label : Capriccio
9:06 AM
The Lark Ascending
Artist : Janine Jansen, violin
Album :
Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 475011 CD
Conductor : Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
9:22 AM
Le Tombeau de Couperin
Artist : Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Album :
Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 433515 CD
Label : London/Dec
9:48 AM
La plus que lente
Artist :
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 572296 CD
Conductor : Jun Markl
Orchestra : National Orchestra of Lyon
Label : Naxos
10:00 AM
Karelia Suite Op 11
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 412727 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
10:18 AM
Cello Concerto in e Op 85
Artist : Julian Lloyd Webber, cello
Album :
Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 4784614 CD
Conductor : Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Philips
10:49 AM
Rondo in a
Artist : Richard Goode, piano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 79831 CD
Label : Nonesuch
11:01 AM
Ode to Death Op 38
Artist : London Symphony Chorus
Album :
Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 40471 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
11:14 AM
Symphony No. 4 in e Op 98
Artist :
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 4790718 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
12:06 PM
Overture for a masque
Artist :
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Composer : E. J. Moeran
Catalog : 8577 CD
Conductor : Vernon Handley
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:17 PM
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Op 73
Artist : Van Cliburn, piano
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 40723 CD
Conductor : Fritz Reiner
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
12:57 PM
Swanwhite Suite Op 54
Artist :
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 97689 CD
Conductor : Paavo Berglund
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
1:14 PM
Florida Suite
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 553535 CD
Conductor : David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra : English Northern Philharmonia
Label : Naxos
2:00 PM
The Planets Op 32
Artist : Mendelssohn Club, Philadelphia
Album :
Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 41720 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG


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Antique bows were often made with a small piece of ivory that clamps the bow hairs onto the wood.
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