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 19, 2013

6:06 AM
Symphony No. 3 (Incomplete) in a
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 572786 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
6:25 AM
Dance of the Shepherd Girl
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Composer : Hugo Alfven
Catalog : 46668 CD
Conductor : Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra : Swedish Radio Symphony Orchest
Label : CBS/Sony
6:31 AM
Concerto for 2 violins in c, RV 509
Artist : Viktoria Mullova, violin; Giuliano Carmignola, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 4777466 CD
Conductor : Andrea Marcon
Orchestra : Venice Baroque Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
6:42 AM
Symphony in G
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Composer : J. Michael Haydn
Catalog : 225 CD
Conductor : Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra : Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Label : Melodya
7:06 AM
Flute Concerto No. 4 P 104 in G Op 10, RV 435
Artist : Robert Stallman, flute
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 733 CD
Conductor : John Lubbock
Orchestra : Orchestra of St Johns Smith Sq
Label : ASV
7:15 AM
Bombasto March
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Composer : Orion R. Farrar
Catalog : 432019 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:18 AM
NABUCCO Overture (Sinfonia)
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 68468 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Label : CBS/Sony
7:28 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 3 in e Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 410897 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
7:41 AM
Suite for Trumpet & strings in C
Artist : Joachim Sch„fer, trumpet
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Composer : Theodor Schwartzkopf
Catalog : 77210 CD
Conductor : Anton Popovic
Orchestra : Bratislava Chamber Soloists
Label : Christopho
7:50 AM
LE CID: Ballet Music
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Composer : Jules Massenet
Catalog : 2661
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:06 AM
LA GIOCONDA: Dance of the Hours
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Composer : Amilcare Ponchielli
Catalog : 412236 CD
Conductor : Silvio Varviso
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Philips
8:17 AM
Piano Concerto in c-Sharp Op 10, No. 2
Artist : Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano
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Composer : Charles-Valentin Alkan
Catalog : 66717 CD
Conductor : Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra : BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestr
Label : Hyperion
8:27 AM
The Ship o’ the Fiend
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Composer : Hamish MacCunn
Catalog : 66815 CD
Conductor : Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra : BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestr
Label : Hyperion
8:40 AM
ROMEO AND JULIET: Queen Mab Scherzo Op 17
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 6004 CD
Conductor : Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
8:51 AM
Song for Athene for violin and strings
Artist : Nicola Benedetti, violin
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Composer : John Tavener
Catalog : 476619 CD
Conductor : Andrew Litton
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
9:06 AM
Dance Overture
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Composer : Paul Creston
Catalog : 441 CD
Conductor : David Alan Miller
Orchestra : Albany Symphony Orchestra
Label : Albany
9:19 AM
Spirituals for Strings
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Composer : Morton Gould
Catalog : 49462 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Klein
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:41 AM
Harvest Dance
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Composer : Ilmari Hannikainen
Catalog : 9703 CD
Conductor : Petri Sakari
Orchestra : Finnish Radio Symphony Orch
Label : YLE
10:00 AM
Suite on Jewish Themes
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Composer : Louis Gesensway
Catalog : 403 CD
Orchestra : The New Philadelphia Quartet
Label : Weston Snd
10:16 AM
Concerto for violin & cello in a Op 102
Artist : David Oistrakh, violin; Mstislav Rostropovich, cello
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 64744 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:51 AM
Symphony No. 4 in d Op 12 La Casa del Diavolo
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Composer : Luigi Boccherini
Catalog : 2908609 CD
Conductor : Chiara Banchini
Orchestra : Ensemble 415
Label : Harm Mundi
11:18 AM
Soirees de Vienne: Valse-Caprice No. 1 in A-Flat after Schubert
Artist : Gabriela Imreh, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 4225 CD
Label : Conn Soc
11:27 AM
Symphony No. 3 in D, D. 200
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 2012 CD
Conductor : Dirk Brossé
Orchestra : Chamber Orchestra of Phila.
Label : Weston Snd
12:06 PM
Overture, Scherzo & Finale in E Op 52
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 550608 CD
Conductor : Johannes Wildner
Orchestra : Polish National Radio Orchestr
Label : Naxos
12:25 PM
Piano Quintet in D Op 51
Artist : Adam Neiman, piano
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Composer : Anton Arensky
Catalog : 92143 CD
Orchestra : Ying Quartet
Label :
12:54 PM
Introduction & Variations Brillantes Op 170
Artist : Christopher Hinterhuber, piano
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Composer : Ferdinand Ries
Catalog : 570440 CD
Conductor : Uwe Grodd
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
1:11 PM
THE CAPTURE OF KARS: Solemn March
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky (arr. Lake)
Catalog : 3402 CD
Conductor : James Stobart
Orchestra : Locke Brass Consort
Label : CRD
1:19 PM
Suite No. 2 Suite Characteristique in C Op 53
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 93980 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Radio Symph Orch of Stuttgart
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2:00 PM
Symphony No. 6 in d Op 104
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 753 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
2:31 PM
Aladdin Suite for Orchestra Op 34
Artist : Swedish Radio Choir
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Composer : Carl Nielsen
Catalog : 44934 CD
Conductor : Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra : Swedish Radio Symphony Orchest
Label : CBS/Sony
3:00 PM
Orb & Sceptre
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Composer : Sir William Walton
Catalog : 80125 CD
Conductor : Andre Previn
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Telarc
3:09 PM
Violin Concertoin A Op 8
Artist : Nigel Kennedy,violin
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Composer : Mieczyslaw Karlowicz
Catalog : 79934 CD
Conductor : Jacek Kaspszyk
Orchestra : Polish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:41 PM
Piano Trio No. 39 HOB XV:25in G
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 2131 CD
Orchestra : Czech Trio
Label : BM
4:06 PM
Five Russian Pieces
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Composer : Louis Gesensway
Catalog : 403 CD
Orchestra : The New Philadelphia Quartet
Label : Weston Snd
4:17 PM
Quintet for guitar and strings No. 4 in G
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Composer : Luigi Boccherini
Catalog : 126 CD
Conductor : Ophélie Gaillard
Orchestra : Pulcinella
Label : Ambroisie
4:33 PM
Poeme for Violin & Orchestra Op 25
Artist : Zino Francescatti, violin
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Composer : Ernest Chausson
Catalog : 62339 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:51 PM
Preludio Sinfonico
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 63025 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : La Scala Philaharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
5:06 PM
BEATRICE AND BENEDICT Overture
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 550999 CD
Conductor : Yoav Talmi
Orchestra : San Diego Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:15 PM
Five Russian Pieces
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Composer : Louis Gesensway
Catalog : 403 CD
Orchestra : The New Philadelphia Quartet
Label : Weston Snd
5:27 PM
Skyscrapers (1926)
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Composer : John Alden Carpenter
Catalog : 49263 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Klein
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:49 PM
Mark Twain - Portrait for Orchestra
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Composer : Jerome Kern
Catalog : 68786 CD
Conductor : Keith Lockhart
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG

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Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:32 pm

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6:01 am
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3:43 pm
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AFP/Getty Images

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