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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Playlist

February 20, 2013

6:06 AM
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Overture Op 21
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 80551 CD
Conductor : Yoel Levi
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
6:19 AM
Concerto for guitar, two horns & strings in A Op 140
Artist : Karl Scheit, guitar
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Composer : Ferdinando Carulli
Catalog : 1020 CD
Conductor : Wilfried Boettcher
Orchestra : Vienna Soloists
Label : Omega
6:30 AM
Triumphal March Op 40
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 7001 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra : Hong Kong Philharmonic Orch.
Label : RecordsInt
6:40 AM
Occasional Suite in D
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 453451 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
7:06 AM
Symphony in A
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Composer : Georg Christoph Wagenseil
Catalog : 777112 CD
Conductor : Johannes Goritzki
Orchestra : Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
Label : CPO
7:15 AM
New Mexico
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 434300 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:19 AM
WILLIAM TELL: Dance for Six (Ballet Mus)
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 65618 CD
Conductor : Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra : Concert Arts Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:26 AM
Violin Concerto in g
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 47073 CD
Conductor : Itzhak Perlman
Orchestra : Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:39 AM
MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Overture
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 9876 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
7:46 AM
Concerto Grosso in b
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 6541 CD
Conductor : Adrian Shepherd
Orchestra : Cantilena
Label : Chandos
8:06 AM
MIGNON: Overture
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Composer : Ambroise Thomas
Catalog : 37240 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
8:16 AM
Symphonie capricieuse in G
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 9919 CD
Conductor : Matthias Maute
Orchestra : Ensemble Caprice
Label : Analekta
8:26 AM
Carmen Fantasy Op 25
Artist : Sarah Chang, violin
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Composer : Pablo Sarasate
Catalog : 57220 CD
Conductor : Placido Domingo
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
8:40 AM
Serenade Lyrique - Melodie
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 6544 CD
Conductor : Norman Del Mar
Orchestra : Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Label : Chandos
8:47 AM
Concerto Grosso in D Op 2
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Composer : John Stanley
Catalog : 638 CD
Conductor : Simon Standage
Orchestra : Collegium Musicum 90
Label : Chandos
9:06 AM
Symphonic Poem No. 3: Les Preludes
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 66 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Water Lily
9:24 AM
Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-Flat
Artist : Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 57803 CD
Conductor : Leif Ove Andsnes
Orchestra : Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:00 AM
INVISIBLE CITY OF KITEZH: Symph. Suite
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 5082 CD
Conductor : Richard Kapp
Orchestra : Philharmonia Hungarica
Label : Vox/MMG
10:25 AM
Violin Concerto No. 5 in a Op 37
Artist : Sarah Chang, violin
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Composer : Henri Vieuxtemps
Catalog : 55292 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:46 AM
Ballade No. 4 in f Op 52
Artist : Emanuel Ax, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 72554 CD
Label : RCA/BMG
11:00 AM
Concerto for 2 celli and strings in g
Artist : Raphael Wallfisch, cello
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 550908 CD
Conductor : Nicholas Kraemer
Orchestra : City of London Sinfonia
Label : Naxos
11:13 AM
Symphony No. 3 in c Op 78 Organ
Artist : Olivier Latry, organ
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 1094 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Ondine
12:05 PM
AT YOUR REQUEST
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Composer : Music you've asked to hear
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3:00 PM
Rondo for 2 pianos in C Op 73
Artist : Rosi & Toni Grunschlag, pianos
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 3024 CD
Label : Centaur
3:10 PM
Violin Concerto No. 2 in b Op 32
Artist : Philippe Quint, violin
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Composer : Charles Auguste de Beriot
Catalog : 570360 CD
Conductor : Kirk Trevor
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
3:40 PM
Symphony Concertante in A Op 10
Artist : Jiri Zilak, violin
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Composer : Chevalier de Saint-George
Catalog : 9987 CD
Conductor : Frantisek Preisler, Jr.
Orchestra : Pilsen Radio Orchestra
Label : Avenira
4:06 PM
Harp Concerto in C
Artist : Elizabeth Hainen, harp
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Composer : Johan Georg Albrechtsberger
Catalog : 2221 CD
Conductor : Rossen Milanov
Orchestra : Bulgarian Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : Avie
4:28 PM
BARBER OF SEVILLE: Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 60387 CD
Conductor : Fritz Reiner
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:37 PM
BARBER OF SEVILLE: Dunque io son
Artist : Robert Merrill, baritone
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 63494 CD
Conductor : Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra : Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:44 PM
Partita a 3 in c
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Composer : Frantisek Tuma
Catalog : 30436 CD
Conductor : Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra : Concerto Italiano
Label : Naive
5:06 PM
Ballade et Polonaise Op 38
Artist : Misha Keylin, violin
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Composer : Henri Vieuxtemps
Catalog : 570974 CD
Conductor : Andrew Mogrelia
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
5:23 PM
Romance for cello and orchestra
Artist : Steven Isserlis, cello
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 63518 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : Sym Orch N. D. R. Hamburg
Label : RCA/BMG
5:32 PM
DER ROSENKAVALIER: Concert Suite Op 59
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 59408 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : Houston Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:54 PM
Four Last Songs: 1. Fruhling (Spring)
Artist : Renee Fleming, soprano
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 59408 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : Houston Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG

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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.

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The Voronezh State Folk Choir (Russian)

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LA Opera on WRTI: Bizet's CARMEN, July 19, 1 PM

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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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11:49 am
Wed July 16, 2014

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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
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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.

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Westminster Symphonic Choir

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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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