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

March 22, 2013

6:06 AM
Horn Concertino in D
Artist : Barry Tuckwell, horn
Album :
Composer : J. Michael Haydn
Catalog : 6249 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
6:22 AM
TANNHAUSER: Grand March Festmarsch
Artist :
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 38914 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
6:30 AM
DER ROSENKAVALIER: Waltz sequence No. 2
Artist :
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 1012 CD
Conductor : Mark Gorenstein
Orchestra : Russian Symphony Orchestra
Label : Pope Music
6:43 AM
Concertstucke for harp & orch in G-Sharp Op 39
Artist : Lily Laskine, harp
Album :
Composer : Gabriel Pierne
Catalog : 88069 CD
Conductor : Jean Martinon
Orchestra : Orchestre National de O.R.T.F.
Label : Erato
7:06 AM
IL GUARANY: Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Carlos Gomes
Catalog : 2661
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:15 AM
New Mexico
Artist :
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 434300 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:19 AM
Konzertsatz for Piano and Orchestra in d
Artist : Jennifer Eley, piano
Album :
Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 7197 CD
Conductor : Sayard Stone
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
7:28 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 1 in G Op 6
Artist :
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 4758673 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
7:41 AM
Zampa Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Louis Joseph F. Herold
Catalog : 37240 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
7:52 AM
Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs) Op 20
Artist : Gil Shaham, violin
Album :
Composer : Pablo Sarasate
Catalog : 7 CD
Conductor : Alejandro Posada
Orchestra : Orchestra of Castille & Leon
Label : CanaryClas
8:06 AM
Land of the Mountain and the Flood Op 8
Artist :
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Composer : Hamish MacCunn
Catalog : 66815 CD
Conductor : Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra : BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestr
Label : Hyperion
8:17 AM
String Symphony No. 10 in b
Artist :
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 5142 CD
Conductor : William Boughton
Orchestra : English String Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
8:28 AM
Ma Vlast: No. 2 Vltava (The Moldau)
Artist :
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 3465 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
8:42 AM
Concerto for strings in C, RV 116
Artist :
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 110 CD
Conductor : Alberto Lizzio
Orchestra : Musici di San Marco
Label : Pilz
8:48 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 8 (after Scarlatti) in e
Artist :
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Composer : Charles Avison
Catalog : 438806 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
9:06 AM
Variations on theme by Tchaikovsky Op 35
Artist :
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Composer : Anton Arensky
Catalog : 1100301 CD
Conductor : Saulius Sondeckis
Orchestra : Chmb Orch of the Hermitage The
Label : Melodya
9:21 AM
Wanderer Fantasy in C Op 15
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert (orch. Franz Liszt)
Catalog : 1210 CD
Conductor : Paul Freeman
Orchestra : Moscow State Philharmonic Orch
Label : MSR
9:43 AM
Margaritena- Rhapsody for Orchestra
Artist :
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Composer : Inocente Carreno
Catalog : 11340 CD
Conductor : Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra : S. Bolivar Youth Orch of Venz.
Label : D. Gramphn
10:00 AM
The Dowie Dens o’ Yarrow
Artist :
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Composer : Hamish MacCunn
Catalog : 66815 CD
Conductor : Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra : BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestr
Label : Hyperion
10:12 AM
Pibroch Suite Op 42
Artist : Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Album :
Composer : Sir Alexander Mackenzie
Catalog : 83 CD
Conductor : Alexander Platt
Orchestra : Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Cedille
10:37 AM
Three Gymnopedies
Artist :
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Composer : Peggy Glanville-Hicks
Catalog : 442374 CD
Conductor : Myer Fredman
Orchestra : Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Label : ABC
10:48 AM
Linconshire Posey
Artist :
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Composer : Percy Aldridge Grainger
Catalog : 56412 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
11:07 AM
Harold in Italy Op 16
Artist : David Aaron Carpenter, viola
Album :
Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 1188 CD
Conductor : Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra : Helsinki Philharmonic
Label : Ondine
12:06 PM
PHAETON: Suite
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Jean-Baptiste Lully
Catalog : 1001 CD
Conductor : Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
Label :
12:21 PM
Piano Concerto No. 4 in E Op 110 Les Adieux
Artist : Hans Kann, piano
Album :
Composer : Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Catalog : 5064 CD
Conductor : Heribert Beissel
Orchestra : Sinfonie Orchester Hamburg
Label : Vox/MMG
12:54 PM
Violin Sonata No. 26 in B-Flat, K. 378
Artist : Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 7102 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
1:16 PM
Symphony No. 1 Op 7 Poem of the Forest
Artist :
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Composer : Albert Roussel
Catalog : 45253 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : National Orchestra of France
Label : Erato
2:00 PM
Nikotina- Ballet in 7 scenes Op 59
Artist : Brno Madrigal Singers
Album :
Composer : Vitezslav Novak
Catalog : 3050 CD
Conductor : Frantisek Jilek
Orchestra : Brno State Phil. Orch.
Label : Supraphon
3:00 PM
Highland Memories Op 30
Artist :
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Composer : Hamish MacCunn
Catalog : 2123 CD
Conductor : John Wilson
Orchestra : Royal Ballet Sinfonia /Birming
Label : ASV
3:11 PM
Penthesilea
Artist :
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Composer : Hugo Wolf
Catalog : 45416 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : Erato
3:44 PM
Grosse Fuge in B-Flat Op 133
Artist :
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 1205 CD
Conductor : Franz Litschauer
Orchestra : Vienna Chamber Orchestra
Label : VangrdWelk
4:06 PM
Ramuntcho Suite No. 1
Artist :
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Composer : Gabriel Pierne
Catalog : 10633 CD
Conductor : Juanjo Mena
Orchestra : BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
4:28 PM
LA FORZA DEL DESTINO: Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 68468 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Label : CBS/Sony
4:37 PM
LA FORZA DEL DESTINO: Pace, Pace Mio Dio
Artist : Leontyne Price, soprano
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 61440 CD
Conductor : Thomas Schippers
Orchestra : RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:44 PM
Poema concertante for violin & orchestra
Artist : Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Album :
Composer : Xavier Montsalvatge
Catalog : 98642 CD
Conductor : Celso Antunes
Orchestra : NDR Radiophilharmonie
Label : Hanssler
5:06 PM
NORMA Overture (Sinfonia)
Artist :
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Composer : Vincenzo Bellini
Catalog : 4609 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:13 PM
Variations on Casta Diva from Bellini’s NORMA
Artist : Alison Balsom, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Jean-Baptiste Arban (arr. Julian Milone)
Catalog : 53255 CD
Conductor : Edward Gardner
Orchestra : Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:22 PM
Tanzwalzer Op 53
Artist :
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Composer : Ferruccio Busoni
Catalog : 572922 CD
Conductor : Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra : Rome Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:36 PM
Concierto Andaluz for 4 guitars
Artist : Los Romeros, guitars
Album :
Composer : Joaquin Rodrigo
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Victor Alessandro
Orchestra : San Antonio Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury

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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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