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 17, 2014

6:06 AM
Danzon Cubano
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
6:15 AM
Concert Fantasy on Mozart’s THE MAGIC Op 54
Artist : Tianwa Yang, violin
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Composer : Pablo Sarasate
Catalog : 572275 CD
Conductor : Ernest Martinez Izquierdo
Orchestra : Navarra Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
6:30 AM
Flute Concerto No. 2in g Op 10, RV 439 La Notte
Artist : Janet See, flute
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 57876 CD
Conductor : Andrew Parrott
Orchestra : Taverner Consort
Label : Vrgn Clscs
6:40 AM
Ma Vlast: No. 6 Blanik
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 3465 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
7:06 AM
Sinfonia in C
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 45557 CD
Conductor : Claudio Scimone
Orchestra : I Solisti Veneti
Label : Erato
7:15 AM
George Washington Bicentennial
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 92138 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:18 AM
Concerto in a
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 413788 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
7:28 AM
Symphony in E-Flat
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Composer : Francisco Javier Moreno
Catalog : 10488 CD
Orchestra : Concerto Koln
Label : Capriccio
7:42 AM
Overture No. 2 in A
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Composer : Thomas Augustine Arne
Catalog : 4759117 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : London/Dec
7:50 AM
Henry VIII (Shakespeare) Incidental
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Composer : Edward German
Catalog : 223419 CD
Conductor : Adrian Leaper
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
8:06 AM
Greeting to America Op 56
Artist : Misha Keylin, violin
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Composer : Henri Vieuxtemps
Catalog : 570974 CD
Conductor : Andrew Mogrelia
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
8:20 AM
Suite Espagnole
Artist : Andres Segovia, guitar
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Composer : Gaspar Sanz
Catalog : 2130 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
8:26 AM
FLYING DUTCHMAN: Overture
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 3053 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Delos
8:40 AM
Concertino a 7
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 1808 CD
Conductor : Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra : Accademia Bizantina
Label : London/Dec
8:50 AM
DER GRAF VON LUXEMBURG: Waltzes
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Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 62698 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
9:06 AM
The Presidential Polonaise
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 559247 CD
Conductor : Keith Brion
Orchestra : Royal Artillery Band
Label : Naxos
9:13 AM
Music for Movies
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 61699 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
9:31 AM
Harpsichord Concerto in B-Flat
Artist : Mikl¢s Sp nyi, tangent piano
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 857 CD
Orchestra : Concerto Armonico
Label : Bis
10:00 AM
Overture No. 2 on Three Greek Themes in D Op 6
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 220445 CD
Conductor : Antonio de Almeida
Orchestra : Hong Kong Philharmonic Orch.
Label : MarcoPolo
10:19 AM
Cello Concerto No. 2 in b Op 50
Artist : Marie Hallynck, cello
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Composer : Henri Vieuxtemps
Catalog : 4609 CD
Conductor : Theodore Guschlbaur
Orchestra : Orchestra National de Belgique
Label : Cypres
10:45 AM
Lincoln Portrait
Artist : Marian Anderson, narrator
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 5 CD
Conductor : Aaron Copland
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : PhilOrch.
11:03 AM
Invitation to the Dance Op 65
Artist : Earl Wild, piano
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber (arr. Tausig)
Catalog : 2 CD
Label : Chesky Rec
11:16 AM
Symphony No. 4 in c Tragic
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 340 CD
Conductor : Gordan Nikolic
Orchestra : Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Label : Pentatone
12:06 PM
Violin Concerto No. 11 in D Op 8
Artist : Ronald Thomas,violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 6578 CD
Conductor : Ronald Thomas
Orchestra : Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Label : Chandos
12:21 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat
Artist : Byron Janis, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 432002 CD
Conductor : Kirill Kondrashin
Orchestra : Moscow Philharmonic
Label : Mercury
12:40 PM
Symphony No. 93 in D
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 64285 CD
Conductor : Jeffrey Tate
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
1:04 PM
Pohjola’s Daughter Op 49
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 555299 CD
Conductor : Petri Sakari
Orchestra : Iceland State Symphony Orch.
Label : Naxos
1:20 PM
Symphony No. 3 in A Op 55
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Composer : Leevi Madetoja
Catalog : 9036 CD
Conductor : Petri Sakari
Orchestra : Iceland State Symphony Orch.
Label : Chandos
2:00 PM
Symphony in b
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 572583 CD
Conductor : Jun Markl
Orchestra : National Orchestra of Lyon
Label : Naxos
2:13 PM
Symphony in d
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Composer : Cesar Franck
Catalog : 2647 CD
Conductor : Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra : Montreal,Orch. Metropolitain
Label : ATMA
3:00 PM
Symphony in G
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4802577 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : London/Dec
3:16 PM
Cello Concerto No. 6 in D
Artist : Andres Segovia, guitar
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Composer : Luigi Boccherini
Catalog : 2130 CD
Conductor : Enrique Jorda
Orchestra : Symphony of the Air
Label : D. Gramphn
3:40 PM
Escales
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Composer : Jacques Ibert
Catalog : 61500 CD
Conductor : Charles Munch
Orchestra : Boston Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:06 PM
Variations on a Nursery Song Op 25
Artist : Zoltan Kocsis, piano
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Composer : Ernst von Dohnanyi
Catalog : 422380 CD
Conductor : Ivan Fischer
Orchestra : Budapest Festival Orchestra
Label : Philips
4:30 PM
Little Overture
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Composer : Knudage Riisager
Catalog : 5157 CD
Conductor : Mario Bernardi
Orchestra : CBC Orchestra
Label : CBC(RCI)
4:37 PM
Little Suite in a Op 1
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Composer : Carl Nielsen
Catalog : 4524862 CD
Conductor : Ulf Schirmer
Orchestra : Danish Radio Symph Orch
Label : London/Dec
4:55 PM
In the Steppes of Central Asia
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 65619 CD
Conductor : Andre Cluytens
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:06 PM
Merrie England
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Composer : Edward German
Catalog : 223419 CD
Conductor : Adrian Leaper
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
5:14 PM
A Lincoln Address
Artist : Barry Scott, narrator
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Composer : Vincent Persichetti
Catalog : 559373 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:30 PM
The North Star- Suite
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 80583 CD
Conductor : Jonathan Sheffer
Orchestra : Eos Orchestra
Label : Telarc
5:49 PM
George Washington Slept Here: Suite
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Composer : Adolph Deutsch
Catalog : 557701 CD
Conductor : William Stromberg
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos

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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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