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 18, 2014

6:06 AM
Robin Hood Suite
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Composer : Frederic Curzon
Catalog : 223425 CD
Conductor : Adrian Leaper
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
6:20 AM
Concerto for 3 Oboes and strings in B-Flat
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 580 CD
Conductor : Simon Standage
Orchestra : Collegium Musicum 90
Label : Chandos
6:31 AM
Zampa Overture
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Composer : Louis Joseph F. Herold
Catalog : 37240 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
6:40 AM
Rondo in A, D. 438
Artist : Pinchas Zukerman, violin
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 5221 CD
Conductor : Pinchas Zukerman
Orchestra : Nat. Arts Center Orch., Ottawa
Label : CBC(RCI)
7:06 AM
Overture to an Italian Comedy
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Composer : Arthur Benjamin
Catalog : 442374 CD
Conductor : Joseph Post
Orchestra : Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Label : ABC
7:15 AM
Invictus
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Composer : Karl King
Catalog : 7 CD
Conductor : (Colonel) Lowell E. Graham
Orchestra : US Air Force Band
Label : USAF
7:18 AM
PAQUITA: Grand Pas de trois
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Composer : Leon Minkus
Catalog : 10544 CD
Conductor : Boris Spassov
Orchestra : Sofia National Opera Orchestra
Label : Capriccio
7:28 AM
Sinfonia No. 1 in G
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 553285 CD
Conductor : Christian Benda
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
7:42 AM
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 15 in a
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 61497 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:49 AM
Trumpet Concerto in C
Artist : John Wallace, trumpet
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Composer : J. Michael Haydn
Catalog : 5121 CD
Conductor : Simon Wright
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
8:06 AM
Sinfonia in C
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Composer : Josef Myslivecek
Catalog : 4776418 CD
Conductor : Werner Erhardt
Orchestra : Concerto Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
8:16 AM
Symphony No. 22 in C, K. 162
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4790718 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:28 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 1 in G Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 410897 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
8:41 AM
IL VIAGGIO A REIMS Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 47118 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:49 AM
Norwegian Artists’ Carnival Op 14
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Composer : Johan Svendsen
Catalog : 50009 CD
Conductor : Karsten Andersen
Orchestra : Bergen Symphony Orchestra
Label : NKF
9:06 AM
Overture No. 1 in e
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Composer : Thomas Augustine Arne
Catalog : 4759117 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : London/Dec
9:16 AM
Intermezzo in E-Flat Op 117, No. 1
Artist : Van Cliburn, piano
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 40723 CD
Label : RCA/BMG
9:22 AM
Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Op 97 Rhenish
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Composer : Robert Schumann (arr. Gustav Mahler)
Catalog : 394 CD
Conductor : Aldo Ceccato
Orchestra : Bergen Philharmonic
Label : Bis
10:00 AM
Macbeth Op 23
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 339 CD
Conductor : Marek Janowski
Orchestra : Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Label : Pentatone
10:21 AM
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K. 488
Artist : Christoph Eschenbach, piano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 81793 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:49 AM
Cassazione Op 6
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 448 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bis
11:04 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 2in B-Flat Op 3
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 45981 CD
Conductor : John Elliot Gardiner
Orchestra : English Baroque Soloists
Label : Erato
11:18 AM
Symphony No. 3 in C Op 32
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 423604 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
12:06 PM
Capriccio Italien Op 45
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 2396 CD
Conductor : Dimitri Mitropoulos
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : Guild
12:24 PM
Piano Trio No. 2 in C Op 87
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 57199 CD
Orchestra : Eroica Trio
Label : Angel/EMI
12:53 PM
In Nature’s Realm Overture Op 91
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 794 CD
Conductor : John Farrer
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : ASV
1:08 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in a Op 15
Artist : Thomas Tirino, piano
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Composer : Edward MacDowell
Catalog : 2149 CD
Conductor : Vasil Kazandzhiev
Orchestra : Bulgarian Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : Centaur
1:39 PM
Symphony No. 5 Sinfonia Sacra Op 43
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Composer : Howard Hanson
Catalog : 559703 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
2:00 PM
Overture in g
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Composer : Anton Bruckner
Catalog : 91206 CD
Conductor : Marek Janowski
Orchestra : Phil Orch of Radio France
Label : Vrgn Clscs
2:11 PM
Violin Concerto in D Op 77
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 6004 CD
Conductor : Willem van Otterloo
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
3:00 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 11 (After Scarlatti) in G
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Composer : Charles Avison
Catalog : 31 CD
Orchestra : Café Zimmermann
Label : Alpha
3:14 PM
Harp Concerto Op 25
Artist : Vera Badings, harp
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Composer : Alberto Ginastera
Catalog : 6004 CD
Conductor : Jesus Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
3:43 PM
Russian Easter Festival Overture Op 36
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 434308 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
4:06 PM
Piano Sonata No. 23 in f Op 57
Artist : Vladimir Horowitz, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 34509 CD
Orchestra : Appassionata
Label : CBS/Sony
4:31 PM
Chevy Chace Overture
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Composer : George MacFarren
Catalog : 66515 CD
Conductor : David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra : English Northern Philharmonia
Label : Hyperion
4:41 PM
Guitar Concerto No. 1 in D Op 99
Artist : John Williams, guitar
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Composer : Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Catalog : 44791 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:06 PM
WALZERTRAUME (Waltz Dreams)
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Composer : Oscar Straus
Catalog : 80547 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
5:14 PM
Variations Chromatiques (1868)
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Composer : Georges Bizet (arr. Felix Weingartner)
Catalog : 131 CD
Conductor : Martin West
Orchestra : San Francisco Ballet Orchestra
Label : Reference
5:30 PM
Fancy Free Ballet
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Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Catalog : 63905 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI

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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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