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 14, 2013

6:06 AM
Carnival Overture Op 92
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 66 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Water Lily
6:17 AM
Sinfonia a 16 in D
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Composer : Johann Adolphe Scheibe
Catalog : 550 CD
Conductor : Andrew Manze
Orchestra : Concerto Copenhagen
Label : Chandos
6:30 AM
OBERON Overture
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 62698 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
6:40 AM
Intro. & Variations on a Swedish Air Op 12
Artist : Anna-M. Korsimaa-Hursti, clarinet
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Composer : Bernhard Henrik Crusell
Catalog : 4 CD
Conductor : Osmo Vanska
Orchestra : Finnish Radio Symphony Orch
Label : YLE
6:53 AM
IVAN SUSANIN: Mazurka
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Composer : Mikhail Glinka
Catalog : 1000166 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
7:06 AM
La Seccia Rapita (The Stolen Bucket)
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Composer : Antonio Salieri
Catalog : 223381 CD
Conductor : Michael Dittrich
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
7:14 AM
Tabasco
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Composer : George W. Chadwick
Catalog : 80266 CD
Conductor : Ainslee Cox
Orchestra : The Goldman Band
Label : New World
7:18 AM
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring-Medley
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Composer : Howard Shore
Catalog : 80664 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:27 AM
Harpsichord Concerto No. 4 in c
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Composer : Alessandro Scarlatti
Catalog : 470650 CD
Conductor : Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra : Accademia Bizantina
Label : London/Dec
7:40 AM
Four Scottish Dances Op 59
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Composer : Malcolm Arnold
Catalog : 68901 CD
Conductor : Keith Lockhart
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:51 AM
Sinfonia in D
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Composer : Antonio Sacchini
Catalog : 2020 CD
Conductor : Enzo Amato
Orchestra : Chamber Orchestra of Naples
Label : Concerto
8:06 AM
Rodeo: Buckaroo Holiday
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 70047 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
8:14 AM
I Got Rhythm Variations
Artist : Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Album :
Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 14091 CD
Conductor : Marin Alsop
Orchestra : Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:26 AM
Concerto a quattro No. 1 in g
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Composer : Baldassare Galuppi
Catalog : 2116 CD
Conductor : Gianluca Capuano
Orchestra : Il Canto di Orfeo
Label : Avie
8:39 AM
Bizzarie Universali: Alla Turinese
Artist : Andrew Manze, violin
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Composer : William Corbett
Catalog : 1391 CD
Conductor : Roy Goodman
Orchestra : European Community Baroque Orc
Label : Channel
8:48 AM
Six German Dances
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 416484 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
9:06 AM
DIE MEISTERSINGER Overture Prelude
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 41 CD
Conductor : Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra : Netherlands Philharmonic Orch
Label : Pentatone
9:19 AM
Violin Concerto No. 4 in D
Artist : Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 69865 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:45 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 5 in B-Flat Op 6
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 434110 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Philips
10:00 AM
Don Juan Op 20
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 56364 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:18 AM
Violin Concerto No. 2 in d Op 44
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 49071 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:44 AM
Concerto in G Op 3
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Composer : Charles Avison
Catalog : 557905 CD
Conductor : Pavlo Beznosiuk
Orchestra : Avison Ensemble
Label : Naxos
10:56 AM
In the Fen Country
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 56762 CD
Conductor : Bernard Haitink
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
11:12 AM
Symphony No. 5 in e Op 64
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 64 CD
Conductor : Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : LondonPhil
12:06 PM
THE VIRTUOUS WIFE Suite
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Composer : Henry Purcell
Catalog : 2857 CD
Conductor : Jon Ceander Mitchell
Orchestra : Philharmonia Bulgarica
Label : Centaur
12:21 PM
Concerto fantasia for Piano & Orchestra
Artist : Margaret Fingerhut, piano
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Composer : Edgar Bainton
Catalog : 10460 CD
Conductor : Paul Daniel
Orchestra : BBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:55 PM
Polonaise No. 7 in A-Flat Op 61
Artist : Maurizio Pollini, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 14190 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
1:10 PM
Symphony No. 7
Artist : London Philharmonic Choir
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 47216 CD
Conductor : Adrian Boult
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
2:00 PM
Clarinet Concerto in E-Flat Op 36
Artist : Dimitri Ashkenazy, clarinet
Album :
Composer : Franz Krommer
Catalog : 25 CD
Conductor : Howard Griffiths
Orchestra : Northern Sinfonia of England
Label :
2:23 PM
Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Op 38
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Composer : Zdenek Fibich
Catalog : 9328 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
3:00 PM
Bourree Fantasque
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Composer : Emmanuel Chabrier
Catalog : 88018 CD
Conductor : Armin Jordan
Orchestra : National Orchestra of France
Label : Erato
3:08 PM
Eternal Songs Op 10
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Composer : Mieczyslaw Karlowicz
Catalog : 570295 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
3:38 PM
En Blanc et Noir
Artist : Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 4781090 CD
Label : London/Dec
4:06 PM
Sinfonia Piccola
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Composer : Heikki Suolahti
Catalog : 9506 CD
Conductor : Kari Tikka
Orchestra : Finnish Radio Symphony Orch
Label : YLE
4:29 PM
Roman Carnival Overture Op 9
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 2 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : PhilOrch.
4:40 PM
Pines of Rome
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 2368 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : Guild
5:06 PM
Mississippi Suite
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Composer : Ferde Grofe
Catalog : 66387 CD
Conductor : Felix Slatkin
Orchestra : Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orches
Label : Angel/EMI
5:20 PM
Soirees de Vienne: Valse-Caprice No. 6in A
Artist : Gabriela Imreh, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 4225 CD
Label : Conn Soc
5:30 PM
Waltz Fantasyin b
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Composer : Mikhail Glinka
Catalog : 2391 CD
Conductor : Anatole Fistoulari
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Guild
5:40 PM
Flute and Harp Concerto Op 48
Artist : James Galway, flute
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Composer : Lowell Liebermann
Catalog : 63235 CD
Conductor : Lowell Liebermann
Orchestra : London Mozart Players
Label : RCA/BMG

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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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