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 12, 2014

6:06 AM
Petite Suite
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Composer : Claude Debussy (arr. Henri Busser)
Catalog : 434306 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
6:18 AM
Concertstuck for clarinet and orchestrain g
Artist : Dieter Klocker, clarinet
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Composer : Heinrich Joseph Baermann
Catalog : 65011 CD
Conductor : Milan Lajc¡k
Orchestra : Prague Chamber Orchestra
Label : Orfeo
6:31 AM
Flugschriften Waltz Op 300
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 74311 CD
Conductor : Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra : Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestr
Label : Angel/EMI
6:41 AM
Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 Op 46
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 8524 CD
Conductor : Vernon Handley
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
7:06 AM
Silvana Overture
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 570296 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:15 AM
High School Cadets
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 30082 CD
Conductor : Jack T. Kline
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label :
7:19 AM
SAMSON ET DELILA: Bacchanale Op 47
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 5959 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : National Philharmonic Orch.
Label : RCA/BMG
7:28 AM
AIDA: Sinfonia (1872 version)
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 1090 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : Orch. Sinf. di Milano G. Verdi
Label : London/Dec
7:43 AM
Symphonie capricieuse in G
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 9919 CD
Conductor : Matthias Maute
Orchestra : Ensemble Caprice
Label : Analekta
7:51 AM
Greek Dances
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Composer : Nikos Skalkottas
Catalog : 877 CD
Conductor : Terence Milligan
Orchestra : U. of Cincinnati Col-Con Wind
Label : Mark
8:06 AM
Concerto a 6 - Trumpet in C
Artist : John Wallace, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 5017 CD
Conductor : Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
8:16 AM
Suite
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Composer : Henry Purcell (arr. Albert Coates)
Catalog : 2882 CD
Conductor : Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Intersound
8:28 AM
SEMIRAMIDE Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 47118 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:41 AM
THE QUEEN OF GOLCONDA Overture
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Composer : Franz Berwald
Catalog : 1051 CD
Conductor : Niklas Willen
Orchestra : Malmo Opera Orchestra
Label : Sterling
8:49 AM
Rondo for Violin & Orchestra in B-Flat, K. 269
Artist : David Oistrakh, violin
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 74744 CD
Conductor : David Oistrakh
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
9:06 AM
Sinfonia in A
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Composer : Franz Xaver Dussek
Catalog : 572683 CD
Conductor : Aapo Hakkinen
Orchestra : Helsinki Baroque Orchestra
Label : Naxos
9:19 AM
Harp Concerto in E-Flat Op 15
Artist : Roberta Alessandrini, harp
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Composer : Jan Ladislav Dussek
Catalog : 553622 CD
Conductor : Vittorio Parisi
Orchestra : Orchestra di Mantova
Label : Naxos
9:46 AM
Symphony No. 2 in C
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 557571 CD
Conductor : Patrick Gallois
Orchestra : Sinfonia Finlandia
Label : Naxos
10:00 AM
In Italien Overture Op 49
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Composer : Carl Goldmark
Catalog : 12552 CD
Conductor : Andras Korodi
Orchestra : Budapest Philharmonic Orch.
Label : Hungaroton
10:13 AM
Flute Concerto in B-Flat
Artist : Patrick Gallois, flute
Album :
Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 555715 CD
Conductor : Kevin Mallon
Orchestra : Toronto Camerata
Label : Naxos
10:38 AM
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Op 73 Emperor
Artist : Helene Grimaud, piano
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 9840 CD
Conductor : Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : D. Gramphn
11:18 AM
Symphony No. 6 in D Op 146
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Composer : Ferdinand Ries
Catalog : 999836 CD
Conductor : Howard Griffiths
Orchestra : Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Label : CPO
12:08 PM
Festive Overture Op 96
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Composer : Dmitri Shostakovich
Catalog : 27 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Leighton Smith
Orchestra : Moscow Philharmonic
Label : Sheffield
12:16 PM
Piano Concerto No. 4 in g Op 40
Artist : Stephen Hough, piano
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 67501 CD
Conductor : Andrew Litton
Orchestra : Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Label : Hyperion
12:43 PM
Fantasie-impromptu in c-Sharp Op 66 Fantaisie Impromptu
Artist : Claudio Arrau, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 4757768 CD
Label : Philips
12:50 PM
Spring Song Op 16
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 469376 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
12:59 PM
AIDA: Ritorna vincitor!
Artist : Leontyne Price, soprano
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 4758368 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : Teatro dell'Opera Orch., Rome
Label : London/Dec
1:07 PM
Ave Maria Op 52
Artist : Leontyne Price, soprano
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 4759177 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
1:14 PM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 3067 CD
Orchestra : Apollo Ensemble
Label : Centaur
1:33 PM
Hexentanz Op 17
Artist : Stephen Hough, piano
Album :
Composer : Edward MacDowell
Catalog : 59509 CD
Label : Vrgn Clscs
1:36 PM
THE SOUND OF MUSIC: My Favorite Things
Artist : Stephen Hough, piano
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Composer : Richard Rodgers (arr. Hough)
Catalog : 59509 CD
Label : Vrgn Clscs
1:40 PM
Birthday Ode to Big Daddy Bach
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Composer : Peter Schickele
Catalog : 80239 CD
Conductor : Newton Wayland
Orchestra : Greater Hoople Area Phil.
Label : Telarc
1:51 PM
Cantata No. 1: Wie schon leuchtet der Morgenstern: Chorale
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 2402 CD
Conductor : Eric Milnes
Orchestra : Montreal Baroque
Label : ATMA
2:04 PM
TALES OF HOFFMANN: Pourtant, o fiancee -
Artist : Anna Netrebko, soprano
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Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 15987 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
2:08 PM
Shuffle Along: Overture
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Composer : James Hubert (Eubie) Blake
Catalog : 80731 CD
Conductor : Rick Benjamin
Orchestra : The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra
Label : New World
2:16 PM
Overture in F
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Composer : Louis Emmanuel Jadin
Catalog : 5175 CD
Conductor : John Wallace
Orchestra : The Wallace Collection
Label : Nimbus
2:23 PM
The Armed Man: Benedictus
Artist : Portsmouth Cathedral Choir
Album :
Composer : Karl Jenkins
Catalog : 7271 CD
Conductor : David Price
Label : Guild
2:28 PM
Symphony No. 3 in c Op 78: Finale
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 60817 CD
Conductor : Charles Munch
Orchestra : Boston Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
2:37 PM
Danzas espanolas No. 10 Triste in G Op 37
Artist : Manuel Barrueco, guitar
Album :
Composer : Enrique Granados
Catalog : 54456 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
2:42 PM
Peer Gynt: Morning Op 46
Artist : James Galway, flute
Album :
Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 6089 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
2:47 PM
Warsaw Concerto
Artist : Cristina Ortiz, piano
Album :
Composer : Richard Addinsell
Catalog : 414348 CD
Conductor : Moshe Atzmon
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
3:00 PM
Fossegrimen: Overture Op 21
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Composer : Johan Halvorsen
Catalog : 1207 CD
Conductor : Terje Mikkelsen
Orchestra : Latvian National Symphony
Label : Simax
3:08 PM
String Quartet in g Op 27
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 6340 CD
Orchestra : Emerson String Quartet
Label : D. Gramphn
3:42 PM
Danzas de Panama
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Composer : William Grant Still
Catalog : 3050 CD
Orchestra : Serafin String Quartet
Label : Centaur
4:06 PM
The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan
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Composer : Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Catalog : 559164 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
4:20 PM
Larghetto
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Composer : Niel McKay
Catalog : 434347 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman-Rochester Sym. Orch.
Label : Mercury
4:28 PM
Rhapsody in Blue (orig. 1924)
Artist : George Gershwin, piano
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 61697 CD
Conductor : Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra : Columbia Jazz Band
Label : CBS/Sony
4:44 PM
Symphony No. 7 (first version)
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Composer : Roy Harris
Catalog : 2379 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Guild
5:06 PM
ITALIAN IN ALGIERS Overture:
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 3654 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Prague Philharmonia
Label : Supraphon
5:15 PM
Adagio Amoroso for flute and orchestra
Artist : G"ran Marcusson, flute
Album :
Composer : Kurt Atterberg
Catalog : 18 CD
Conductor : Thor Svedlund
Orchestra : Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Label : IntimMusik
5:24 PM
Concerto for Two Pianos & Orchestra in B-Flat
Artist : Rosi & Toni Grunschlag, pianos
Album :
Composer : Jan Ladislav Dussek
Catalog : 2635 CD
Conductor : Paul Angerer
Orchestra : Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
Label : Centaur

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LA Opera on WRTI: Britten's BILLY BUDD, August 2, 1 PM

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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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.
Bettmann/CORBIS

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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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

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Creatively Speaking
6:01 am
Mon July 21, 2014

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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
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Crossover
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

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Jessica Kourkounis

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Crossover
11:23 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Star Soprano Diana Damrau Scratches An Itch

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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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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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