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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February 04, 2013

6:06 AM
Violin Concerto (School Concerto) No. 2 Op 13
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
Album :
Composer : Friedrich Seitz
Catalog : 56750 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : Julliard Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:17 AM
Flute Quartet in A, K. 298
Artist : Sharon Bezaly, flute
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 1044 CD
Orchestra : Salzburger Solisten
Label : Bis
6:29 AM
Symphony No. 32 in D, P. 23
Artist :
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Composer : J. Michael Haydn
Catalog : 999179 CD
Conductor : Johannes Goritzki
Orchestra : Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss
Label : CPO
6:40 AM
Lira Concerto No. 4 in F
Artist : Hugo Ruf, lira
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 1049 CD
Orchestra : Stuttgart Soloists
Label : Tuxedo
7:06 AM
Ruler of the Spirits Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 8766 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Chandos
7:14 AM
The Naval Reserve
Artist :
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 559247 CD
Conductor : Keith Brion
Orchestra : Royal Artillery Band
Label : Naxos
7:18 AM
KHOVANSHCHINA: Prelude
Artist :
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 432147 CD
Conductor : Valery Gergiev
Orchestra : Kirov Orchestra
Label : Philips
7:26 AM
Scherzo capriccioso Op 66
Artist :
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 794 CD
Conductor : John Farrer
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : ASV
7:40 AM
Guitar Concerto in g, RV439
Artist : Pepe Romero, guitar
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi (arr. Romero)
Catalog : 4780219 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : London/Dec
7:53 AM
Spanish Dance Op 12
Artist : Mela Tenenbaum, violin; Richard Kapp, piano
Album :
Composer : Moritz Moszkowski
Catalog : 1081 CD
Label : ESS.A.Y
8:06 AM
Sigurd Jorsalfar: Homage March Op 58
Artist :
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 5959 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : National Philharmonic Orch.
Label : RCA/BMG
8:16 AM
Norwegian Air Op 7
Artist : Marianne Thorsen, violin
Album :
Composer : Johan Halvorsen
Catalog : 10614 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Bergen Philharmonic
Label : Chandos
8:26 AM
Fair Melusina Overture Op 32
Artist :
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 417541 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:39 AM
THE KISS: Overture
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 3163 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Neumann
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
8:47 AM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G, BWV 1048
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 14131 CD
Conductor : Helmut Winschermann
Orchestra : German Bach Soloists
Label : LaserLight
9:06 AM
St. Paul’s Suite Op 29
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 550823 CD
Conductor : Richard Studt
Orchestra : Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Label : Naxos
9:20 AM
Danse- Tarantelle Styrienne
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Composer : Claude Debussy (arr. Ravel)
Catalog : 1024 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Cala
9:27 AM
Symphony No. 1 in C Op 21
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 2007 CD
Conductor : Frans Bruggen
Orchestra : Netherlands Radio Chamber Phil
Label : Nederland
10:00 AM
Symphony in d, P. 220
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Danzi
Catalog : 777351 CD
Conductor : Howard Griffiths
Orchestra : Orch. della Svizzera Italiana
Label : CPO
10:19 AM
Symphony No. 4 in A Op 90 "Italian"
Artist :
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 37760 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:48 AM
Romanze Op 85
Artist : Janine Jansen, violin
Album :
Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 7260 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : London/Dec
10:58 AM
Autumn Legend
Artist : Nicholas Daniel, English horn
Album :
Composer : William Alwyn
Catalog : 9065 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : London Sinfonia
Label : Chandos
11:12 AM
Symphony No. 1in g
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Composer : Vassili Kalinnikov
Catalog : 8611 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:06 PM
Symphony in E-Flat
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999487 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
12:19 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in f Op 21
Artist : Claudio Arrau, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 4780113 CD
Conductor : Eliahu Inbal
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
12:56 PM
I VESPRI SICILIANI: Le quattro stagioni
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 62651 CD
Conductor : Roberto Abbado
Orchestra : Munich Radio Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
1:28 PM
Feste Romane-Roman Festivals
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 47316 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
2:00 PM
Prometheus Bound Overture Op 38
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Composer : Carl Goldmark
Catalog : 56955 CD
Conductor : James Conlon
Orchestra : Gurzenich Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
2:19 PM
String Quartet No. 14 in d, D. 810
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 6687 CD
Orchestra : Guarneri Quartet
Label : Arabesque
3:00 PM
Three Japanese Dances
Artist :
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Composer : Bernard Rogers
Catalog : 432754 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
3:13 PM
Bold Island Suite
Artist :
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Composer : Howard Hanson
Catalog : 80649 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
3:38 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 2 in F Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 75517 CD
Conductor : Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra : Bath Festival Chamber Orch.
Label : Angel/EMI
4:06 PM
Waltz Fantasy in b
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Composer : Mikhail Glinka
Catalog : 45609 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : Phil Orch of Radio France
Label : Vrgn Clscs
4:16 PM
Capriccio Italien Op 45
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 434360 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
4:33 PM
COUNTESS MARITZA: Overture
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Composer : Emmerich Kalman
Catalog : 80547 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
4:39 PM
COUNTESS MARITZA: Czardas, Come Gypsy
Artist : Fritz Wunderlich, tenor
Album :
Composer : Emmerich Kalman
Catalog : 75915 CD
Conductor : Hans Moltkau
Orchestra : Bavarian State Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:46 PM
Fantasy on Hungarian Folk Tunes
Artist : Philippe Entremont, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 48167 CD
Conductor : Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:06 PM
ITALIAN IN ALGIERS Overture:
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 400071 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : Philips
5:16 PM
Nursery Suite
Artist :
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 8318 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
5:43 PM
Suite Antique
Artist :
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Composer : John Rutter
Catalog : 1821 CD
Conductor : John Rutter
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec

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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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