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 14, 2013

6:06 AM
Turkish Fragments Op 62
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov
Catalog : 553405 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fagen
Orchestra : Ukrainian National Symphony Or
Label : Naxos
6:24 AM
Well Tempered Clavier II:17 in A-Flat
Artist : Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 4756832 CD
Label : London/Dec
6:31 AM
Symphony No. 32 in G
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 69818 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
6:42 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 7 in B-Flat Op 6
Artist :
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 75517 CD
Conductor : Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra : Bath Festival Chamber Orch.
Label : Angel/EMI
7:06 AM
BARTERED BRIDE: Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 27333 CD
Conductor : Rudolph Kempe
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : Angel/EMI
7:14 AM
Colonel Bogey
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Kenneth J. Alford
Catalog : 434334 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:20 AM
CHEREVICHKI: Polonaise
Artist :
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 1000179 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
7:28 AM
Keyboard Concerto No. 7 in g
Artist : Gerald Hambitzer,harpsichord
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 554605 CD
Conductor : Helmut Muller-Bruhl
Orchestra : Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:42 AM
THE MERRY WIDOW Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 999891 CD
Conductor : Michail Jurowski
Orchestra : Berlin Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : CPO
7:53 AM
Legend No. 6 in c-Sharp Op 59
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 453026 CD
Conductor : Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:06 AM
Romeo and Juliet: Suite
Artist :
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Composer : Nino Rota
Catalog : 3210
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:16 AM
Romance in G Op 26
Artist : Anton Kontra, violin
Album :
Composer : Johan Svendsen
Catalog : 570 CD
Conductor : James DePreist
Orchestra : Malmo Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bis
8:25 AM
Concerto No. 2 in d Op 9
Artist : Jacques Chambon, oboe
Album :
Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 45557 CD
Conductor : Karl Ristenpart
Orchestra : Saar Chamber Orchestra
Label : Erato
8:39 AM
Prague Waltzes
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 414370 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:50 AM
Romance Op 62
Artist : Julian Lloyd Webber, cello
Album :
Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 47622 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:06 AM
ROMEO AND JULIET: Introduction Op 17
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 6004 CD
Conductor : Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
9:12 AM
ROMEO AND JULIET: Love Scene Op 17
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 6004 CD
Conductor : Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
9:32 AM
ROMEO AND JULIET: Romeo seul... Op 17
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 6004 CD
Conductor : Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
9:47 AM
A VILLAGE ROMEO AND JULIET: The Walk to
Artist :
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 9355 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
10:00 AM
Rakastava (the lover) Op 14
Artist :
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 5157 CD
Conductor : Mario Bernardi
Orchestra : CBC Orchestra
Label : CBC(RCI)
10:13 AM
RUSLAN AND LUDMILA: Dances
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Mikhail Glinka
Catalog : 1000166 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
10:37 AM
Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 122 CD
Conductor : Derek Gleeson
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : IMP-Pickwi
10:59 AM
Daphnis et Chloe: Suite No. 2
Artist : Cleveland Orchestra Chorus
Album :
Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 75 CD
Conductor : Pierre Boulez
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : ClevelandO
11:17 AM
Symphony No. 2 Op 9 Antar
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 423604 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
12:06 PM
FLYING DUTCHMAN: Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 76896 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
12:19 PM
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op 43
Artist : Yuja Wang, piano
Album :
Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 15338 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
12:44 PM
Romeo and Juliet, fantasy Op 18
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johan Svendsen
Catalog : 45128 CD
Conductor : Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra : Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
1:00 PM
Symphony No. 5 (Lenore) in E Op 177
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Joachim Raff
Catalog : 223455 CD
Conductor : Urs Schneider
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MarcoPolo
2:00 PM
TRISTAN UND ISOLDE: Love Music
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 1 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : PhilOrch.
2:28 PM
Poeme de L’amour et de la mer Op 19
Artist : Dame Janet Baker,mezzo-soprano
Album :
Composer : Ernest Chausson
Catalog : 68667 CD
Conductor : Andre Previn
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:00 PM
The Marriage of Camacho Op 10
Artist :
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 7905 CD
Conductor : Claus Peter Flor
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : RCA/BMG
3:09 PM
Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto
Artist : Gil Shaham, violin
Album :
Composer : Ho Zhan Hao & Chen Kang
Catalog : 4 CD
Conductor : Lan Shui
Orchestra : Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Label : CanaryClas
3:38 PM
Duet for soprano and tenor after the
Artist : ...and various soloists
Album :
Composer : Sergei Taneyev
Catalog : 9034 CD
Conductor : Peter Tiboris
Orchestra : Moscow Radio/TV Symphony Orch.
Label : Bridge
3:52 PM
Tempestuous in love and dance Polka Op 393
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 4780225 CD
Conductor : Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:06 PM
Vertigo: Love Music
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Bernard Herrmann
Catalog : 35643 CD
Conductor : Elmer Bernstein
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Milan
4:14 PM
Passioni amorose for 2 dbl basses & orch
Artist : Thomas Martin, double bass
Album :
Composer : Giovanni Bottesini
Catalog : 570398 CD
Conductor : Matthew Gibson
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:27 PM
ROMEO ET JULIETTE: Ah je veux vivre....
Artist : Renee Fleming, soprano
Album :
Composer : Charles Gounod
Catalog : 467049 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:33 PM
DIE TOTE STADT: Marietta’s Lied
Artist : Renee Fleming, soprano
Album :
Composer : Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Catalog : 458858 CD
Conductor : Jeffrey Tate
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:41 PM
Romeo and Juliet Suite
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Wilhelm Stenhammar
Catalog : 1045 CD
Conductor : Arvo Volmer
Orchestra : Helsingborgs Symph. Orchestra
Label : Sterling
5:06 PM
On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
Artist :
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 62645 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:14 PM
Romeo and Juliet Incidental Music
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Edward German
Catalog : 223419 CD
Conductor : Adrian Leaper
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
5:29 PM
Love for Three Oranges: Suite Op 33
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Sergei Prokofiev
Catalog : 39783 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:48 PM
Carmen-Fantasie
Artist : Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, vln
Album :
Composer : Franz Waxman
Catalog : 79464 CD
Conductor : Andrew Litton
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Nonesuch

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Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

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12:25 pm
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How a Mentor Inspired A Life In Music: Blanche Burton-Lyles Keeps Marian Anderson’s Memory Alive

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Jessica Kourkounis

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Crossover
11:23 am
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Star Soprano Diana Damrau Scratches An Itch

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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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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.

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Excerpts of Meridee Duddleston’s interview with Senior Music Specialist Raymond White and Music Division Director Susan Vita.

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