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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Playlist

January 08, 2013

6:06 AM
Guitar Concerto in A, RV 82 (arrangement of lute and violin sonata)
Artist : Sharon Isbin, guitar
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi (arr. Emilio Pujol)
Catalog : 45312 CD
Conductor : Howard Griffiths
Orchestra : Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Label : Warner Bro
6:18 AM
Ma Vlast: No. 3 Sarka
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 9366 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
6:30 AM
Leonore Overture No. 1 in C Op 138
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 148 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Pentatone
6:43 AM
Concerto for Oboe d’amore and strings in A, BWV 1055
Artist : Han de Vries, oboe
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 50905 CD
Orchestra : I Solisti Zagreb
Label : Angel/EMI
7:06 AM
Les Belles Americaines
Artist :
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Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 80294 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:15 AM
The Washington Post March (1889)
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 434334 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:19 AM
Impressions d’Italie: On the Hill-Tops
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Composer : Gustave Charpentier
Catalog : 65618 CD
Conductor : Pierre Dervaux
Orchestra : Paris Opera-Comique Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:28 AM
Sinfonia No. 2 in B-Flat, Wq. 182
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 3176 CD
Conductor : John Hsu
Orchestra : The Vivaldi Project
Label : Centaur
7:40 AM
MAGIC FLUTE, K. 620: Overture
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 85060 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
7:49 AM
D’Kernmad’ln (Original Styrian Dance) Op 58
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Composer : Carl Michael Ziehrer
Catalog : 225172 CD
Conductor : Christian Pollack
Orchestra : Razumovsky Sinfonia
Label : MarcoPolo
8:06 AM
Schwanda the Bagpiper: Polka and Fugue
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Composer : Jaromier Weinberger
Catalog : 63053 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:16 AM
Legende Op 17
Artist : Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
Album :
Composer : Henryk Wieniawski
Catalog : 437544 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:26 AM
Concerto No. 12 in F Op 4
Artist : Adrian Chandler, violin
Album :
Composer : Pietro Antonio Locatelli
Catalog : 2154 CD
Conductor : Adrian Chandler
Orchestra : La Serenissima
Label : Avie
8:43 AM
Waverley Overture Op 1
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 68790 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : RCA/BMG
8:51 AM
Liebestraum No. 3
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Composer : Franz Liszt (arr. Victor Herbert)
Catalog : 62698 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
9:06 AM
L’Arlesienne Suite No. 1
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 434321 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
9:24 AM
Piano Concerto No. 3 in E-Flat Op 75
Artist : Vladimir Feltsman,piano
Album :
Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 45756 CD
Conductor : Mstislav Rostropovich
Orchestra : National Sym Orch/Wash.,D.C.
Label : CBS/Sony
9:42 AM
Suite No. 1 for 2 pianos in F Op 15
Artist : Brenda Lucas, piano; John Ogdon, piano
Album :
Composer : Anton Arensky
Catalog : 69386 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
10:00 AM
Guitar Concerto in A Op 8
Artist : Pepe Romero, guitar
Album :
Composer : Ferdinando Carulli
Catalog : 426263 CD
Conductor : Iona Brown
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
10:18 AM
Burleske Op 11
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
Album :
Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 1346 CD
Conductor : Paul Freeman
Orchestra : Czech National Symphony
Label : MSR
10:42 AM
Violin Concerto (School Concerto) No. 2 Op 13
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
Album :
Composer : Friedrich Seitz (arr. Bruce Adolphe)
Catalog : 56750 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : Julliard Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:53 AM
Divertimento in B-Flat, K. 270
Artist : Danzi Quartet
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 60115 CD
Label : CBS/Sony
11:06 AM
Symphony No. 6 in D Op 60
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 65775 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Warner Bro
12:06 PM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F, BWV 1047
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 94615 CD
Conductor : Helmut Rilling
Orchestra : Oregon Bach Festival Chmb Orch
Label : Hanssler
12:19 PM
Piano Quintet in E-Flat Op 44
Artist : Martha Argerich, piano; Dora Schwarzberg, violin; Renaud Capucon, violin; Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg, viola; Mark Drobinsky, cello
Album :
Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 76871 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
12:49 PM
Violin Concerto in d Op 47
Artist : David Oistrakh, violin
Album :
Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 47659 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
1:22 PM
Tragedy of Salome Op 50
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Composer : Florent Schmitt
Catalog : 2647 CD
Conductor : Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra : Montreal,Orch. Metropolitain
Label : ATMA
2:00 PM
Symphony in E-Flat Op 9, No. 2
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 65733 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Label : Angel/EMI
2:15 PM
Piano Trio in B-Flat Op 97 Archduke
Artist :
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 122 CD
Orchestra : Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
Label : PhoenixEd
3:00 PM
BENVENUTO CELLINI: Overture
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 54237 CD
Conductor : Michel Plasson
Orchestra : Orch du Capitole de Toulouse
Label : Angel/EMI
3:12 PM
Symphony No. 86 in D
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 62976 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
3:40 PM
Serenade in G
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Composer : E. J. Moeran
Catalog : 64721 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : Northern Sinfonia of England
Label : Angel/EMI
4:06 PM
Symphonie Concertante for violin & Viola in D
Artist : Isaac Stern, violin; Pinchas Zukerman, viola
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Composer : Carl Stamitz
Catalog : 66472 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:29 PM
Overture on a Spanish March Theme
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Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 1000153 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
4:44 PM
Norwegian Rhapsody No. 4 Op 22
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Composer : Johan Svendsen
Catalog : 50009 CD
Conductor : Karsten Andersen
Orchestra : Bergen Symphony Orchestra
Label : NKF
5:06 PM
Lustspiel Overture Op 38
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Composer : Ferruccio Busoni
Catalog : 572922 CD
Conductor : Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra : Rome Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:15 PM
Capriccio Sinfonico
Artist :
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 63025 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : La Scala Philaharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
5:30 PM
The Yellow River Concerto
Artist : Lang Lang, piano
Album :
Composer : Yin Chengzong, Chua Wanhua
Catalog : 8233 CD
Conductor : Long Yu
Orchestra : China Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
5:52 PM
Nocturne No. 8 in D-Flat Op 27
Artist : Lang Lang, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 10774 CD
Label : D. Gramphn

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Creatively Speaking
6:01 am
Mon July 21, 2014

How a Russian-Born Philadelphian Helped Give New Life to a Song Van Cliburn Loved

Van Cliburn loved the Russian folk song, "Ducks are Flying," and asked for it to be performed at his funeral service. But no one in Texas could find the song.

When American pianist Van Cliburn died in 2013, funeral organizers in Texas couldn’t locate an obscure piece of music he’d requested for the service. But as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, thanks to a Philadelphia connection, the Russian folk song was found, and is now enjoying new life in America.

Here are several ensembles presenting the Russian folk song performed at Van Cliburn's funeral service.

The Voronezh State Folk Choir (Russian)

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Opera on WRTI
4:25 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

LA Opera on WRTI: Bizet's CARMEN, July 19, 1 PM

Carmen (Patricia Bardon) expresses her love for the matador Escamillo (Ildebrando D'Arcangelo) as he prepares to enter the bullring.

No man can resist Carmen’s gypsy charms. But when she’s ready to move on, watch out! A riveting drama of love and jealousy, filled with famously alluring melodies and captivating dances, Carmen is one of the world’s most popular operas. Georges Bizet’s immortal score overflows with one delight after another - a music lover’s hit parade of opera’s most intoxicating melodies. Placido Domingo conducts. Saturday, July 19, 1 to 4 pm.

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Crossover
3:43 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Legendary Man of Music: Lorin Varencove Maazel, 1930-2014

Maestro Lorin Maazel passed away last Sunday at the age of 84.  This legendary man of music devoted over 75 years to his craft. To him, music was a bridge-builder - a way to bring peace to the world and its people.  

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WRTI Spotlight
11:49 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Mahler's 4th Symphony: The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI, July 20, 1 PM

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

You won't want to miss the optimism and sunshine of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, drawing much of its balance and influence from the Classical era, this Sunday, July 20th at 1 pm. It's the Philadelphians in a performance from October in Verizon Hall, a re-broadcast from November, 2013.

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Creatively Speaking
12:25 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

How a Mentor Inspired A Life In Music: Blanche Burton-Lyles Keeps Marian Anderson’s Memory Alive

Pianist Blanche Burton-Lyles, the first African American woman to graduate from the Curtis Institute of Music, was mentored by Marian Anderson.
Jessica Kourkounis

A classical pianist considered Marian Anderson’s protégé was the beneficiary of the opera star’s generous encouragement and wisdom.  As a child, Blanche Burton-Lyles lived in South Philadelphia near the home that Marian Anderson called her "dream home."  Anderson knew Blanche’s parents, and would invite the young prodigy to her home to play the living-room piano. It was a life-long relationship. And even in her later years, Burton-Lyles and Anderson kept up through letters after Anderson moved to the West Coast. 

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Crossover
11:23 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Star Soprano Diana Damrau Scratches An Itch

Diana Damrau, Forever: Unforgettable Favorites from Vienna, Broadway and Hollywood

Soprano Diana Damrau usually sticks with her forte of mainstream opera. Indeed, she's made her name in such demanding roles as Mozart's Queen of the Night, Strauss' Zerbinetta, Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor and Verdi's Violetta. But not long ago, she had this itch that needed scratching. And scratch she did, to excellent result.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
2:01 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Conductor Lorin Maazel, Who Brought America To The Podium, Dies

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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Creatively Speaking
12:24 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

The American Pianist Who Rocked Russia for Decades

Van Cliburn in a ticker-tape parade in 1958 after winning the Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition. He's the only musician to ever receive a ticker-tape parade tribute in New York City.

Saturday, July 12, 2014 would have been the 80th birthday of celebrated American pianist Van Cliburn,  who died in 2013. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, his 1958 win in the Soviet Union’s first International Tchaikovsky Competition was a welcome sign of warmth in the midst of Cold War tensions.

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Creatively Speaking
12:05 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Yannick Conducts His Alma Mater Choir...and The Philadelphia Orchestra!

Westminster Symphonic Choir

Westminster Choir College at Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey is an epicenter for excellence in choral music. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, one of Westminster’s choirs can be heard on WRTI on Sunday, July 13 at 1 pm, conducted by a now very well-known alum of the school.

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Creatively Speaking
6:00 am
Mon July 7, 2014

The Musical Treasure Trove At The Library Of Congress

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) at work in his apartment in NYC in 1947.
Photographic proof by Victor Kraft Library of Congress

A manuscript of a J.S. Bach cantata casts a new light on how Bach intended the piece to be played. A singer gains insight from a line in a Porgy and Bess manuscript that differs from the final lyrics. The Music Division of the massive Library of Congress in Washington, DC,  is a place where performers, composers, scholars and the general public make discoveries of the musical kind.

Case in point: in a series of letters written in 1957 to his wife Felicia, while she was visiting her family in Santiago, Chile, Leonard Bernstein faithfully chronicles the progress of West Side Story during the final weeks of rehearsal through the show’s out-of-town opening in Washington, D.C.  The letters reveal Bernstein’s changing emotions about the show from frustration and agony to his final state of euphoria.  In addition to comments about West Side Story, Bernstein writes about signing his contract as conductor with the New York Philharmonic, his upcoming thirty-ninth birthday, and how much he misses Felicia and their children, Jamie and Alexander. Read the letters here.

The Special Collections of the Music Division are truly fascinating and constitute a resource for musical scholarship that is unmatched anywhere in the world. These unique bodies of materials are extraordinarily vast and diverse, yet very much interrelated. They include some of the greatest treasures of the Music Division and the Library of Congress.

Excerpts of Meridee Duddleston’s interview with Senior Music Specialist Raymond White and Music Division Director Susan Vita.

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