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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January 01, 2013

6:06 AM
Graduation Ball - Ballet
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Composer : Johann Strauss II (arr. Antal Dorati)
Catalog : 1919
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
6:37 AM
La Sorella- March
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Composer : Charles Borel-Clerc
Catalog : 2661
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
6:42 AM
An American in Paris
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 431625 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
7:06 AM
IL GUARANY: Overture
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Composer : Carlos Gomes
Catalog : 2661
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:14 AM
America First
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 160 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:19 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
7:39 AM
Nocturne
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Composer : Gerald Finzi
Catalog : 570417 CD
Conductor : David Hill
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:51 AM
Ziehrer’s Waltz Op 478
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Composer : Carl Michael Ziehrer
Catalog : 225172 CD
Conductor : Christian Pollack
Orchestra : Razumovsky Sinfonia
Label : MarcoPolo
8:06 AM
DER ROSENKAVALIER: Concert Suite Op 59
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 7890 CD
Conductor : Lorin Maazel
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
8:27 AM
Britta Polka
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Composer : Hans Christian Lumbye
Catalog : 90000
Conductor : Tippe Lumbye
Orchestra : Tivoli Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
8:33 AM
Florentiner Op 214
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Composer : Julius Fucik
Catalog : 42337 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Neumann
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Teldec
8:40 AM
New Year
Artist : Cambridge Singers
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Composer : John Rutter
Catalog : 133 CD
Conductor : John Rutter
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Collegium
8:46 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
9:06 AM
Valse Brillante
Artist : Wynton Marsalis, cornet
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Composer : Herbert L. Clarke
Catalog : 41219
Conductor : Donald Hunsberger
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : CBS/Sony
9:16 AM
Die Puppenfee- Ballet in two scenes
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Composer : Joseph Bayer
Catalog : 1138
Conductor : Peter Falk
Orchestra : Rhineland Philharmonia
Label : MHS
10:00 AM
Suite of English folk dances
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Composer : Ernest Tomlinson
Catalog : 64131 CD
Conductor : Sir Vivian Dunn
Orchestra : Light Music Society Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:16 AM
Rhapsody in Blue
Artist : Peter Donohoe, piano
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 57691 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : London Sinfonietta
Label : Angel/EMI
10:34 AM
Festival March
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Composer : Victor Herbert
Catalog : 7125 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
10:43 AM
Austrian Peasant Dances
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Composer : Various
Catalog : 2677 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
12:59 PM
DIE FLEDERMAUS
Artist : Bavarian State Opera Chorus
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 415646 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Bavarian State Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
3:00 PM
Christmas Oratorio Part 4
Artist : Monika Frimmer, soprano
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 941 CD
Conductor : Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra : Bach Collegium Japan
Label : Bis
3:23 PM
Symphony in E-Flat Op 5
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Composer : Francois Joseph Gossec
Catalog : 9661 CD
Conductor : Matthias Bamert
Orchestra : London Mozart Players
Label : Chandos
3:38 PM
London Again Suite
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Composer : Eric Coates
Catalog : 2070 CD
Conductor : John Wilson
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Avie
4:06 PM
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
4:27 PM
Auld Lang Syne Variations
Artist : Mark Kaplan, violin
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Composer : Franz Waxman
Catalog : 7444 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : Barcelona/Catalonia Orch.
Label : KOCH Intl.
4:42 PM
Beim Antritt des neuen Jahres
Artist : Bamberg Symphony Choir
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 312941 CD
Conductor : Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : Orfeo
5:06 PM
March Medley
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Composer : Richard Hayman
Catalog : 80122 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
5:14 PM
Bolero
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 46274 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:31 PM
Gold and Silver Waltz Op 79
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Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 80547 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
5:39 PM
DAS LAND DES LACHELNS: Dein ist mein ganzes herz
Artist : Fritz Wunderlich, tenor
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Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 75915 CD
Conductor : Carl Michalski
Orchestra : Studio Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:45 PM
Musikalischer Telegraph No. 5 Potpourri Op 106
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Composer : Johann Strauss
Catalog : 225285 CD
Conductor : Christian Pollack
Orchestra : Slovak Sinfonietta Zilina
Label : MarcoPolo

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The Voronezh State Folk Choir (Russian)

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3:43 pm
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11:49 am
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Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

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12:25 pm
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Jessica Kourkounis

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Crossover
11:23 am
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Lorin Maazel conducing the Vienna Philharmonic in March 2010.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 11:58 am

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12:05 pm
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