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 25, 2013

6:06 AM
Violin Concerto in b
Artist : Giuliano Carmignola, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 87733 CD
Conductor : Andrea Marcon
Orchestra : Venice Baroque Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
6:19 AM
Concerto a 6 - Trumpet in C
Artist : John Wallace, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 5017 CD
Conductor : Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
6:29 AM
Leonore Overture No. 1 in C Op 138
Artist :
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 11 CD
Conductor : Eduard van Beinum
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : LondonPhil
6:41 AM
Theme and Variations in G
Artist : Karl-Otto Hartmann,bassoon
Album :
Composer : Antonin Reicha
Catalog : 170021 CD
Conductor : Milan Lajc¡k
Orchestra : Prague Chamber Orchestra
Label : Orfeo
7:06 AM
Polonaise in C Op 49
Artist :
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Composer : Anatol Liadov
Catalog : 47505 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
7:15 AM
Boy Scouts of America
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 30082 CD
Conductor : Jack T. Kline
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label :
7:19 AM
Suite Espanola: No. 5 Asturias Op 47
Artist : Xuefei Yang, guitar
Album :
Composer : Isaac Albeniz
Catalog : 70714 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
7:27 AM
Suite No. 2 in F Op 28
Artist :
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 40471 CD
Conductor : Imogen Holst
Orchestra : Central Band of the Royal A.F.
Label : Angel/EMI
7:40 AM
Caprice Basque Op 24
Artist :
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Composer : Pablo Sarasate
Catalog : 1226 CD
Orchestra : American String Project
Label : MSR
7:48 AM
Marcha Triunfal y Final de Opera
Artist :
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Composer : Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Catalog : 5009 CD
Conductor : Samuel Adler
Orchestra : Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
8:06 AM
Finlandia Op 26
Artist :
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 572705 CD
Conductor : Pietari Inkinen
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:16 AM
Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra in B-Flat
Artist : Wolfgang Meyer, clarinet
Album :
Composer : Gaetano Donizetti
Catalog : 45 CD
Conductor : Wojciech Rajski
Orchestra : Polish Radio Symphony Orchestr
Label : ClassicTal
8:26 AM
Overture on Russian Themes Op 28
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 46013 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : ZYX Music
8:39 AM
LA CLEMENZA DI TITO Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 5149 CD
Conductor : Mario Bernardi
Orchestra : Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBC(RCI)
8:47 AM
Bergensiana:Rococo Variations on an old
Artist :
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Composer : Johan Halvorsen
Catalog : 50013 CD
Conductor : Karsten Andersen
Orchestra : Bergen Symphony Orchestra
Label : NKF
9:06 AM
Sinfonia in C
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Composer : Josef Myslivecek
Catalog : 4776418 CD
Conductor : Werner Erhardt
Orchestra : Concerto Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
9:16 AM
Guitar Concerto in e Op 56
Artist : Pepe Romero, guitar
Album :
Composer : Francesco Molino
Catalog : 426263 CD
Conductor : Iona Brown
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
9:42 AM
Symphony (No. 2) in D
Artist :
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Composer : Simon Le Duc
Catalog : 777219 CD
Conductor : Michael Schneider
Orchestra : La Stagione Frankfurt
Label : CPO
10:00 AM
Historic Scenes Suite II Op 66
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 6591 CD
Conductor : Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
10:20 AM
Symphony No. 1 in C
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 550928 CD
Conductor : John Georgiadis
Orchestra : The Queensland Symphony Orch.
Label : Naxos
10:47 AM
Wind Quintet No. 14 in f Op 99
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Composer : Antonin Reicha
Catalog : 267 CD
Orchestra : Westwood Wind Quintet
Label : Crystal
11:30 AM
Le Tombeau de Couperin
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 75526 CD
Conductor : Jean Martinon
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : Angel/EMI
12:06 PM
Scenes Italiennes
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Composer : Benjamin Godard
Catalog : 550087 CD
Conductor : Ondrej Lenard
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
12:21 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in c Op 18
Artist : Yuja Wang, piano
Album :
Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 15338 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
12:56 PM
Francesca da Rimini Op 32
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 9037 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : Stadium SO of New York
Label : Everest
1:21 PM
Symphony in D
Artist :
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Composer : Luigi Cherubini
Catalog : 557908 CD
Conductor : Piero Bellugi
Orchestra : Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo
Label : Naxos
2:00 PM
Beni Mora (Oriental Suite) Op 29
Artist :
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 5086 CD
Conductor : Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra : BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
2:18 PM
Symphony No. 2 Op 16
Artist :
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Composer : Carl Nielsen
Catalog : 220623 CD
Conductor : Alan Gilbert
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : Da Capo
3:00 PM
Egmont Overture Op 84
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 42103 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Bavarian Radio Symphony
Label : CBS/Sony
3:11 PM
Piano Concerto No. 5 in F Op 103
Artist : Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 4758764 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : L'Orchestre delaSuisse Romande
Label : London/Dec
3:40 PM
Variations on a theme in Ancient Style Op 30
Artist : Yolanda Kondonassis, harp
Album :
Composer : Carlos Salzedo
Catalog : 80581 CD
Label : Telarc
4:06 PM
Ancient Airs and Dances: Suite No. 2
Artist :
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 1007 CD
Conductor : Christopher Lyndon Gee
Orchestra : Australian Chamber Orchestra
Label : Omega
4:28 PM
JEANNE D’ARC, MAID OF ORLEANS: 3 Dances
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 11169 CD
Conductor : Thomas G. Leslie
Orchestra : UNLV Wind Orchestra
Label : Klavier
4:43 PM
JEANNE D’ARC, MAID OF ORLEANS: Joan’s
Artist : Dolora Zajick, mezzo-soprano
Album :
Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 80557 CD
Conductor : Charles Rosekrans
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Telarc
4:51 PM
Waltz from Delibe’s Naila
Artist : Ilona Prunyi, piano
Album :
Composer : Ernst von Dohnanyi
Catalog : 31910 CD
Label : Hungaroton
5:06 PM
HMS Pinafore: Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Sir Arthur Sullivan
Catalog : 80374 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Label : Telarc
5:12 PM
Natoma: Selections
Artist :
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Composer : Victor Herbert
Catalog : 559027 CD
Conductor : Keith Brion
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
5:29 PM
Carnival of the Animals
Artist : Hugh Downs, narrator
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 68131 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
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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