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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February 08, 2013

6:06 AM
Pelleas et Melisande Op 80
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Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 38471 CD
Conductor : Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
6:24 AM
Rondo in C Op 51, No. 1
Artist : Sviatoslav Richter, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 4758613 CD
Label : London/Dec
6:32 AM
Remeniscences from the Norwegian Mts.
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Composer : Franz Berwald
Catalog : 920 CD
Conductor : Ulf Bjorlin
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:43 AM
Symphonic Minutes Op 36
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Composer : Ernst von Dohnanyi
Catalog : 572303 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
7:06 AM
Danzon Cubano
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 37257 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
7:14 AM
Die Regimentskinder March
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Composer : Julius Fucik
Catalog : 4 CD
Conductor : Colonel John R. Bourgeois
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:20 AM
Symphony No. 6 in F
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 46 CD
Conductor : Antonio Janigro
Orchestra : I Solisti Zagreb
Label : VangrdOmeg
7:27 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 2in B-Flat Op 3
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 2065 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Handel & Haydn Society
Label : Avie
7:41 AM
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Composer : Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber
Catalog : 1039 CD
Conductor : B. Tommy Andersson
Orchestra : Gothenburg Opera Orchestra
Label : Sterling
7:50 AM
Valse de Concert No. 1 in D Op 47
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 27 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Leighton Smith
Orchestra : Moscow Philharmonic
Label : Sheffield
8:06 AM
Hussite Overture Husitska Op 67
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 59285 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Vrgn Clscs
8:21 AM
Hungarian Dance No. 20 in e
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 3433 CD
Conductor : Yoav Talmi
Orchestra : San Diego Symphony Orchestra
Label : Pro Arte
8:26 AM
Symphony in D Op 9
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Composer : Chevalier de Saint-George
Catalog : 9985 CD
Conductor : Frantisek Preisler, Jr.
Orchestra : Pilsen Radio Orchestra
Label : Avenira
8:40 AM
EURYANTHE Overture Op 81
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 63053 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:50 AM
Adagio in g
Artist : Oxford New College Choir
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 21659 CD
Conductor : Edward Higginbottom
Label : Erato
9:06 AM
Judith: Overture
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Composer : Thomas Augustine Arne
Catalog : 3072 CD
Conductor : Mary Terey-Smith
Orchestra : Capella Savaria
Label : Centaur
9:16 AM
Symphony No. 39 in E-Flat
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 50917 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:46 AM
Introduction and Polonaise brillante in C Op 3
Artist : Antony Cooke, cello
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 2956 CD
Label : Centaur
10:00 AM
Sinfonia Le campane di Roma
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Composer : Giuseppe Demachi
Catalog : 63430 CD
Conductor : Fabio Biondi
Orchestra : Europa Galante
Label : Vrgn Clscs
10:18 AM
Violin Concerto in d Op 47
Artist : Adele Anthony, violin
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 9 CD
Conductor : Arvo Volmer
Orchestra : Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Label : CanaryClas
10:51 AM
La Valse
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 8903 CD
Conductor : Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
11:05 AM
Marche Fantaisie
Artist : Franz Hauk, organ
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Composer : Alexandre Guilmant
Catalog : 7215 CD
Conductor : Olaf Koch
Orchestra : Philharmonic Ingolstadt
Label : Guild
11:16 AM
Le Rouet d’Omphale: Op 31
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 550138 CD
Conductor : Stephen Gunzenhauser
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
11:26 AM
Symphony in d
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Composer : Cesar Franck
Catalog : 87 CD
Conductor : Georges Pretre
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chesky Rec
12:06 PM
Symphony No. 6 in F
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 139 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Pentatone
12:21 PM
Piano Concerto in E-Flat Op 42
Artist : Christopher Hinterhuber, piano
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Composer : Ferdinand Ries
Catalog : 572742 CD
Conductor : Uwe Grodd
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
12:53 PM
Sinfonia in A Op 3
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Composer : Anton Wilhelm Solnitz
Catalog : 92037 CD
Orchestra : Musica Ad Rhenum
Label : Nederland
1:07 PM
Clarinet and Viola Concerto in e Op 88
Artist : Ludmila Peterkova, clarinet
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 3554 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Prague Philharmonia
Label : Supraphon
1:27 PM
Symphony No. 7 Op 24
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Composer : Nikolai Miaskovsky
Catalog : 223113 CD
Conductor : Michael Halasz
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
2:00 PM
Nocturne for Cello and Orchestra (1888)
Artist : Han-na Chang, cello
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 57052 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
2:07 PM
BORIS GODUNOV: Symphonic Synthesis
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 557645 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
2:33 PM
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Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 550792 CD
Conductor : Igor Golovschin
Orchestra : Russian Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
3:00 PM
Poem for Flute & Orchestra
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Composer : Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Catalog : 434307 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman-Rochester Sym. Orch.
Label : Mercury
3:11 PM
Piano Concerto No. 3
Artist : Helene Grimaud, piano
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Composer : Bela Bartok
Catalog : 3885 CD
Conductor : Pierre Boulez
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
3:38 PM
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Composer : Paul Dukas
Catalog : 9225 CD
Conductor : Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra : BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
4:06 PM
Isle of the Dead, The Op 29
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 436283 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:29 PM
Artist : Elizabeth Hainen, harp
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Composer : Gaetano Donizetti
Catalog : 555791 CD
Label : Naxos
4:35 PM
L’ELISIR D’AMORE: Una furtiva lagrima
Artist : Chorus of the Roy. Opera House
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Composer : Gaetano Donizetti
Catalog : 92845 CD
Conductor : John Pritchard
Orchestra : Royal Opera, Covent Garden
Label : CBS/Sony
4:42 PM
Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat
Artist : George Vosburgh, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Catalog : 6509 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : JVC
5:06 PM
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D-Flat
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
5:16 PM
The Oak
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Composer : Florence Price
Catalog : 7518 CD
Conductor : Apo Hsu
Orchestra : The Women's Philharmonic
Label : KOCH Intl.
5:31 PM
Famous tenor arias
Artist : Doc Severinsen, trumpet
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 80223 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
5:43 PM
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 62645 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony


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Baritone Liam Bonner sings the title role of Billy Budd, the perfect British seaman.

James Conlon leads the LA Opera Orchestra and Chorus for one of Benjamin Britten's masterpieces. Based on Herman Melville’s classic American tale, adapted into a libretto by English novelist E.M. Forster and writer Eric Crozier, Billy Budd tells the story of the persecution and destruction of a pure-hearted sailor by a predatory master-at-arms. It's a tragedy of "sexual discharge gone evil," as Forster described it, and a work that has captivated audiences around the world since its 1951 world premiere.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

The Great War At 100: Music Of Conflict And Remembrance

Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein (who later became an American citizen) lost an arm in World War I. He commissioned composers including Maurice Ravel to write pieces for the left hand alone.

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 2:37 pm

One hundred years ago today, the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia. The conflict drew in country after country and grew to an unprecedented scale. An estimated 9 million combatants lost their lives and more than 21 million were wounded in what came to be known as The Great War and, eventually, World War I.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:35 am
Sat July 26, 2014

War Of Words At Met Opera May Signal Shutdown

Bryn Terfel as Wotan in the Met's production of Wagner's Ring cycle, one of the productions that has been criticized by some as too costly.
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:32 pm

When an opera company is in the midst of contentious labor negotiations, the results can be dramatic. This week, the war of words between unions and management at New York's Metropolitan Opera, the world's largest opera company, escalated. An Aug. 1 shut down now seems likely.

At the center of the debate is the ballooning Met budget, which stood at $200 million in 2006 but has since climbed to more than $325 million. Met General Manager Peter Gelb asserts that union salaries and benefits are his biggest costs, accounting for two-thirds of the operating budget.

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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

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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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4:25 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

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

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3:43 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

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

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WRTI Spotlight
11:49 am
Wed July 16, 2014

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Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

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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

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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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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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