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 13, 2014

6:06 AM
Sinfonia in D
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Composer : Johann Adolf Hasse
Catalog : 453435 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
6:15 AM
Symphony No. 39 in C
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Composer : J. Michael Haydn
Catalog : 31810 CD
Conductor : Pal Nemeth
Orchestra : Capella Savaria
Label : Hungaroton
6:30 AM
Fantasy on Serbian Themes Op 6
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 553513 CD
Conductor : Igor Golovchin
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
6:40 AM
Keyboard Concerto No. 7 in g, BWV 1058
Artist : David Fray, piano
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 213064 CD
Conductor : David Fray
Orchestra : German Ch. Phil., Bremen
Label : Vrgn Clscs
7:06 AM
Summon the Heroes
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Composer : John Williams
Catalog : 62592 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:15 AM
In Storm and Sunshine
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Composer : John C. Heed
Catalog : 432019 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:20 AM
Duettino America in Op 37
Artist : Patrick Gallois, flute; Kazunori Seo, flute
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Composer : Albert Franz Doppler
Catalog : 570378 CD
Conductor : Patrick Gallois
Orchestra : Sinfonia Finlandia
Label : Naxos
7:28 AM
Symphony in D
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Composer : Frederick the Great
Catalog : 1003 CD
Conductor : Richard Auldon Clark
Orchestra : Manhattan Chamber Orchestra
Label : Helicon
7:42 AM
THE SNOW MAIDEN: Dance of the Tumblers
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 37770 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
7:46 AM
Snow drops Waltz Op 143
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 4780228 CD
Conductor : Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
7:56 AM
DER SCHNEEMAN: Waltz
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Composer : Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Catalog : 1146 CD
Conductor : Caspar Richter
Orchestra : Linz Bruckner Orchestra
Label : ASV
8:06 AM
I VESPRI SICILIANI Overture
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 4776615 CD
Conductor : Louis Frémaux
Orchestra : Monte Carlo Natl Opera Orch
Label : D. Gramphn
8:16 AM
Sinfonia in C
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Composer : Josef Myslivecek
Catalog : 4776418 CD
Conductor : Werner Erhardt
Orchestra : Concerto Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
8:26 AM
Festival Prelude Op 61
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 55185 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:39 AM
ALI BABA: Overture
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Composer : Giovanni Bottesini
Catalog : 570398 CD
Conductor : Franco Petracchi
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:46 AM
Symphony No. 26 in E-Flat, K. 184
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 69818 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
9:06 AM
Souvenir de Russie Op 63
Artist : David Starobin, guitar; Oren Fader, guitar
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Composer : Fernando Sor
Catalog : 9272 CD
Label : Bridge
9:20 AM
Wind Quintet No. 3 in F
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Composer : Giovanni Giuseppe Cambini
Catalog : 1063 CD
Orchestra : Philadephia Woodwind Quintet
Label : Boston
9:36 AM
Symphony No. 2 in C
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 550928 CD
Conductor : John Georgiadis
Orchestra : The Queensland Symphony Orch.
Label : Naxos
10:00 AM
THE SNOW MAIDEN suite
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 572787 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:14 AM
Piano Concerto No. 17 in G
Artist : Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 281 CD
Conductor : Leif Ove Andsnes
Orchestra : Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:44 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 7 in D Op 6
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 423626 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
10:56 AM
Suite Modale for flute and strings
Artist : Alexa Still, flute
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Composer : Ernest Bloch
Catalog : 7063 CD
Conductor : Nicholas Braithwaite
Orchestra : New Zealand Chamber Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
11:10 AM
Symphony No. 1 in g Op 13 Winter Daydreams
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 93980 CD
Conductor : Vladimir Fedoseyev
Orchestra : Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra
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12:05 PM
Gloriana: Courtly Dances
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Composer : Benjamin Britten
Catalog : 69422 CD
Conductor : Uri Segal
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:17 PM
String Quartet No. 13 in a Op 29, D. 804 Rosamunde
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 6687 CD
Orchestra : Guarneri Quartet
Label : Arabesque
12:52 PM
Keyboard Concerto No. 4 in A, BWV 1055
Artist : Richard Egarr, harpsichord
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 907283 CD
Conductor : Andrew Manze
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : Harm Mundi
1:08 PM
Symphony No. 5 in d Op 47
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Composer : Dmitri Shostakovich
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
Orchestra : Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
2:00 PM
Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat, K. 364
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 5740 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
2:33 PM
Symphonic Variations Op 78
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 9002 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
3:00 PM
Canzonetta for Oboe and orchestra
Artist : Bert Lucarelli, oboe
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Composer : Samuel Barber
Catalog : 7023 CD
Conductor : Donald Spieth
Orchestra : Lehigh Valley Chamber Orch.
Label : KOCH Intl.
3:09 PM
Symphony No. 3 Op 48
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Composer : Paul Creston
Catalog : 3114 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Delos
3:37 PM
Cockaigne Overture (In London Town) Op 40
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 16 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : LondonPhil
4:06 PM
Pines of Rome
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 2 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : PhilOrch.
4:31 PM
West Side Story: Tonight
Artist : Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano; Jose Carreras, tenor
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Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Catalog : 57231 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:38 PM
West Side Story: Symphonic Dances
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Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Catalog : 68695 CD
Conductor : Robert Russell Bennett
Orchestra : RCA Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:06 PM
Overture on a Street Vendor’s Ditty
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Composer : A. Louis Scarmolin
Catalog : 2620 CD
Conductor : Joel Eric Suben
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Centaur
5:16 PM
Blue Danube Waltz Op 314
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 48376 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:28 PM
An American in Paris
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 4785092 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
5:46 PM
Tubby the Tuba
Artist : Chester Schmitz, tuba; Julia Child, narrator
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Composer : George Kleinsinger
Catalog : 4776121 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn

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Opera on WRTI
3:06 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

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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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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