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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Playlist

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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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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