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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March 08, 2013

6:06 AM
SIEGE OF CORINTH Overture (Sinfonia)
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 8005 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
6:17 AM
Soirees Musicales (after Rossini) Op 9
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Composer : Benjamin Britten
Catalog : 87062 CD
Conductor : Patrick Peire
Orchestra : New Flemish Symphony Orchestra
Label : R. Gailly
6:30 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 2in c
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Composer : Alessandro Scarlatti
Catalog : 45495 CD
Conductor : Fabio Biondi
Orchestra : Europa Galante
Label : Vrgn Clscs
6:40 AM
Trumpet Concertoin E-Flat
Artist : George Vosburgh, trumpet
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 6509 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : JVC
7:06 AM
Sinfonia in G
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 3171 CD
Conductor : Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
Label : Analekta
7:15 AM
King Cotton (1895)
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 88115 CD
Conductor : Donald Albright
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:18 AM
FIDELIO Overture Op 72
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 4758147 CD
Conductor : Eugen Jochum
Orchestra : Concertgebouw Orch. Amsterdam
Label : Philips
7:27 AM
Symphony No. 16 in C
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 220540 CD
Conductor : Adam Fischer
Orchestra : Danish Radio Sinfonietta
Label : Da Capo
7:41 AM
LA VERA COSTANZA Overture
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 572130 CD
Conductor : Kevin Mallon
Orchestra : Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:52 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 8 in F Op 3
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Composer : Francesco Manfredini
Catalog : 553891 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
8:06 AM
Capriccio Italien Op 45
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 907393 CD
Conductor : Daniele Gatti
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Harm Mundi
8:22 AM
Tarentelle in G Op 33
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Composer : David Popper
Catalog : 495021 CD
Orchestra : Philharmonic Cellists
Label : Orfeo
8:28 AM
Fantasia on Russian Themes Op 33
Artist : Aaron Rosand, violin
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 5082 CD
Conductor : Louis de Froment
Orchestra : Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg
Label : Vox/MMG
8:41 AM
NORMA Overture (Sinfonia)
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Composer : Vincenzo Bellini
Catalog : 27333 CD
Conductor : Tullio Serafin
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:49 AM
Concerto in G
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Composer : Johann David Heinichen
Catalog : 437549 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
9:06 AM
Roumanian Rhapsody No. 2 in D Op 11
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Composer : Georges Enesco
Catalog : 75179 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orch
Label : Erato
9:19 AM
Piano Trio in E
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Composer : E. T. A. Hoffmann
Catalog : 999309 CD
Orchestra : Beethoven Trio Ravensburg
Label : CPO
9:43 AM
Coppelia: Ballet Suite
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Composer : Leo Delibes
Catalog : 75221 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:00 AM
The Rock Op 7
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 440604 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
10:16 AM
Harpsichord Concerto in d
Artist : George Malcolm, harpsichord
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 65733 CD
Conductor : Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra : Bath Festival Chamber Orch.
Label : Angel/EMI
10:40 AM
Adagio con Variazioni for cello & orch
Artist : Han-na Chang, cello
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 57052 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:56 AM
Polonaise No. 7 in A-Flat Op 61
Artist : Emanuel Ax, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 72554 CD
Label : RCA/BMG
11:11 AM
Symphony No. 2 in D Op 43
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 1 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : PhilOrch.
12:06 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 4 in D Op 6
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 31 CD
Conductor : Simon Murphy
Orchestra : New Dutch Academy Chamber Orch
Label : Pentatone
12:19 PM
Piano Concerto in b Op 4
Artist : Roland Keller, piano
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Composer : Bernhard Stavenhagen
Catalog : 5067 CD
Conductor : Jorg Faerber
Orchestra : Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
12:46 PM
Impromptu No. 5 in E Op 7
Artist : David Gross, piano
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Composer : Jan Vaclav Vorisek
Catalog : 3022 CD
Label : Centaur
12:58 PM
Toman and the Woodnymph Op 49
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Composer : Zdenek Fibich
Catalog : 350951 CD
Conductor : Gerd Albrecht
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Orfeo
1:15 PM
Symphony No. 8 in G Op 88
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 65 CD
Conductor : Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra : Netherlands Philharmonic Orch
Label : Pentatone
2:00 PM
Overture in F
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 439892 CD
Conductor : Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
2:13 PM
Don Quixote Op 35
Artist : Carlton Cooley, viola
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 47656 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
3:00 PM
Serenade for String Orchestra Op 1
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Composer : Samuel Barber
Catalog : 7206 CD
Conductor : Donald Barra
Orchestra : San Diego Chamber Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
3:11 PM
Violin Concerto No. 3 in e Op 44
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
Symphonic Poem No. 11: Hunnenschlacht
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 68598 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Angel/EMI
4:06 PM
Greek Dances
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Composer : Nikos Skalkottas
Catalog : 877 CD
Conductor : Terence Milligan
Orchestra : U. of Cincinnati Col-Con Wind
Label : Mark
4:14 PM
Overture No. 1 on Three Greek Themes in g Op 3
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 7001 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra : Hong Kong Philharmonic Orch.
Label : RecordsInt
4:29 PM
MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR: Overture
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Composer : Otto Nicolai
Catalog : 48376 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:40 PM
MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR: Horch, die Lerc
Artist : Fritz Wunderlich, tenor
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Composer : Otto Nicolai
Catalog : 75915 CD
Conductor : Robert Heger
Orchestra : Bavarian State Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:47 PM
Hymn for Violin and Orchestra
Artist : Emmy Verhey, violin
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Composer : Alphons Diepenbrock
Catalog : 8821 CD
Conductor : Hans Vonk
Orchestra : Residentie Orkest Den Haag
Label : Chandos
5:06 PM
PAGLIACCI: Intermezzo
Artist : Ruggiero Leoncavallo, piano
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Composer : Ruggiero Leoncavallo
Catalog : 106188 CD
Label : Teldec
5:11 PM
PAGLIACCI: Vesti la giubba
Artist : Luciano Pavarotti, tenor
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Composer : Ruggiero Leoncavallo
Catalog : 10014 CD
Conductor : Leone Magiera
Orchestra : Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
5:16 PM
Slavonic Rhapsody No. 1in D Op 45
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 416623 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Philips
5:30 PM
Elegy for cello and orchestra
Artist : Yo Yo Ma, cello
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Composer : John Williams
Catalog : 89670 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Recording Arts Orchestra/LA
Label : CBS/Sony
5:39 PM
Memoirs of a Geisha: Selections
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
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Composer : John Williams
Catalog : 74708 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:52 PM
My Geisha Suite
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Composer : Franz Waxman
Catalog : 2283 CD
Conductor : Franz Waxman
Orchestra : Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG

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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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