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

March 24, 2014

6:06 AM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F, BWV 1047
Artist : Michala Petri, recorder
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 57130 CD
Conductor : Rainer Kussmaul
Orchestra : Berlin Baroque Soloists
Label : RCA/BMG
6:18 AM
Spharenklange-Walzer Op 235
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Composer : Josef Strauss
Catalog : 416819 CD
Conductor : Franz Bauer-Theussl
Orchestra : Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
Label : Philips
6:30 AM
Valse oubliee No. 1 in F-Sharp
Artist : Byron Janis, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 432002 CD
Label : Mercury
6:35 AM
Novelette No. 1 in F Op 21
Artist : Byron Janis, piano
Album :
Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 432002 CD
Label : Mercury
6:42 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 5 in D Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 907228 CD
Conductor : Andrew Manze
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : Harm Mundi
7:06 AM
THE GORDIAN KNOT UNTIED Suite No. 2
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Composer : Henry Purcell (arr. Gustav Holst)
Catalog : 2857 CD
Conductor : Jon Ceander Mitchell
Orchestra : Philharmonia Bulgarica
Label : Centaur
7:15 AM
The Aviator
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 305 CD
Conductor : Leonard B. Smith
Orchestra : Detroit Concert band
Label : WalkingFro
7:18 AM
Violin Concerto No. 10 in B-Flat Op 8, RV 362
Artist : Fabio Biondi, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 45465 CD
Conductor : Fabio Biondi
Orchestra : Europa Galante
Label : Vrgn Clscs
7:28 AM
String Symphony No. 2 in D
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 69524 CD
Conductor : Jerzy Maksymiuk
Orchestra : Polish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:41 AM
LES FEES DU RHIN: Overture
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Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 4776403 CD
Conductor : Marc Minkowski
Orchestra : Musicians of the Louvre
Label : D. Gramphn
7:48 AM
Nocturne for violin and orchestra Op 12
Artist : Daniel Hope, violin
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Composer : Joseph Joachim
Catalog : 15312 CD
Conductor : Sakari Oramo
Orchestra : Stockholm Philharmonic Orchest
Label : D. Gramphn
8:06 AM
Hebrides Overture in D Op 26
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 9099 CD
Conductor : Walter Weller
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Chandos
8:18 AM
Pavane for a Dead Princess
Artist : Albrecht Mayer, oboe
Album :
Composer : Maurice Ravel (arr. Chris Hazell)
Catalog : 4782564 CD
Conductor : Mathias Monius
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
8:25 AM
Concerto No. 7 in D Op 9
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 610 CD
Conductor : Simon Standage
Orchestra : Collegium Musicum 90
Label : Chandos
8:39 AM
DON GIOVANNI Overture, K. 527
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 911 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Prague Chamber Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
8:47 AM
Parysatis: Airs de Ballet
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 1015 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Cala
9:06 AM
Serenade for string orchestra in e Op 20
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 2882 CD
Conductor : Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Intersound
9:20 AM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in A
Artist : Byron Janis, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 432002 CD
Conductor : Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra : Moscow Radio Symphony Orches.
Label : Mercury
9:41 AM
Fantasy for violin in C Op 131
Artist : Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
Album :
Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 457075 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
10:00 AM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat, BWV 1051
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 423492 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
10:18 AM
Impromptu No. 1 in c Op 90, D. 899
Artist : Murray Perahia, piano
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 37291 CD
Label : CBS/Sony
10:31 AM
Slavonic Rhapsody No. 1 in D Op 45
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 223129 CD
Conductor : Zdenek Kosler
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
10:45 AM
Violin Concerto No. 2 in d Op 11 In the Hungarian Style
Artist : Rachel Barton, violin
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Composer : Joseph Joachim
Catalog : 68 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kalmar
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : Cedille
11:34 AM
Variations on a Theme by Haydn Op 56
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 3 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : PhilOrch.
12:06 PM
Two Symphonic Sketches
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Composer : Joaquim Serra
Catalog : 555871 CD
Conductor : Salvador Brotons
Orchestra : El Valles Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
12:18 PM
Piano Quintet in g Op 49
Artist : Mac McClure, piano
Album :
Composer : Enrique Granados
Catalog : 82 CD
Orchestra : Glinka String Quartet
Label : ColumnaMus
12:39 PM
Piano Concerto No. 15 in B-Flat, K. 450
Artist : Leonard Bernstein, piano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 60734 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
1:09 PM
Adagio con Variazioni for cello & orch
Artist : Han-na Chang, cello
Album :
Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 57052 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
1:24 PM
Symphony No. 2 in e
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Composer : Randall Thompson
Catalog : 9439 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
2:00 PM
Ancient Airs and Dances: Suite No. 1
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 80309 CD
Conductor : Jesus Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra : Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Label : Telarc
2:17 PM
Piano Quartet No. 1 in g Op 25
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 75 CD
Conductor : Christoph Von Dohnanyi
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : ClevelandO
3:00 PM
Divertimento Op 24
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Composer : Leo Weiner
Catalog : 31992 CD
Conductor : Vilmos Tatrai
Orchestra : Hungarian Chamber Orchestra
Label : Hungaroton
3:16 PM
Symphony No. 7 in C Op 105
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 6004 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
3:39 PM
The Mountain King Bergakungen Op 37
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Composer : Hugo Alfven
Catalog : 585 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Stockholm Philharmonic Orchest
Label : Bis
4:06 PM
Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat
Artist : H†kan Hardenberger, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Catalog : 4784614 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
4:26 PM
ERMIONE: Sinfonia with chorus
Artist : Prague Philharmonic Choir
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 570933 CD
Conductor : Christian Benda
Orchestra : Prague Sinfonia
Label : Naxos
4:36 PM
Messa di Gloria: Gratias agimus tibi
Artist : Juan Diego Florez, tenor
Album :
Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 14875 CD
Conductor : Michele Mariotti
Orchestra : Orch del Teatro Com di Bologna
Label : London/Dec
4:46 PM
Les Djinns
Artist : Francois-Joel Thiollier, piano
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Composer : Cesar Franck
Catalog : 553472 CD
Conductor : Roberto Benzi
Orchestra : Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:06 PM
Queen of Spades Pique Dame
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 434309 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
5:15 PM
Symphonic Minutes Op 36
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Composer : Ernst von Dohnanyi
Catalog : 572303 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
5:32 PM
Star Trek: The Motion Picture-Main Theme
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Composer : Jerry Goldsmith
Catalog : 80433 CD
Conductor : Jerry Goldsmith
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
5:38 PM
Forever Amber suite
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Composer : David Raksin
Catalog : 1490 CD
Conductor : David Raksin
Orchestra : New Philharmonia 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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