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 25, 2014

6:06 AM
Sinfonia a 5 in G
Artist : Laurence Dean, flute
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Composer : Johann Adolf Hasse
Catalog : 77228 CD
Orchestra : Hanover Court Orchestra
Label : Christopho
6:18 AM
Sinfonia in G
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Composer : Franz Xaver Dussek
Catalog : 572683 CD
Conductor : Aapo Hakkinen
Orchestra : Helsinki Baroque Orchestra
Label : Naxos
6:30 AM
MIGNON: Overture
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Composer : Ambroise Thomas
Catalog : 791631 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
6:41 AM
Symphony in D Op 12
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Composer : Francois Joseph Gossec
Catalog : 218 CD
Conductor : Guy Van Waas
Orchestra : Les Agrémens
Label : Ricercare
7:06 AM
Praeludium & Allegro
Artist : David Garrett, violin
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Composer : Fritz Kreisler
Catalog : 4764425 CD
Conductor : Ion Marin
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
7:15 AM
On the Mall
Artist :
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Composer : Edwin Franko Goldman
Catalog : 434334 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:19 AM
GIANNINA E BERNARDONE Overture
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Composer : Domenico Cimarosa
Catalog : 570279 CD
Conductor : Kevin Mallon
Orchestra : Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:28 AM
Concerto for lute and flute in F
Artist : Richard Stone, lute
Album :
Composer : Silvius Leopold Weiss
Catalog : 707 CD
Orchestra : Tempesta di Mare
Label : Chandos
7:41 AM
DIE MEISTERSINGER Overture Prelude
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 2369 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : Guild
7:53 AM
Spanish March Op 433
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 4775566 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:06 AM
Sinfonia No. 6 in E
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 73326 CD
Conductor : Thomas Fueri
Orchestra : Bern Camerata
Label : Denon
8:16 AM
Pezzo Capriccioso Op 62
Artist : Raphael Wallfisch, cello
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 6552 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Chandos
8:26 AM
Bajadarfesten
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Composer : Franz Berwald
Catalog : 920 CD
Conductor : Ulf Bjorlin
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:39 AM
Overture in A
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Composer : Josef Myslivecek
Catalog : 4776418 CD
Conductor : Werner Erhardt
Orchestra : Concerto Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
8:51 AM
Symphony No. 4 in F
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 46 CD
Conductor : Antonio Janigro
Orchestra : I Solisti di Zagreb
Label : VangrdOmeg
9:06 AM
Suite from Studentenmusik in C
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Composer : Johann Rosenmuller
Catalog : 907179 CD
Conductor : David Douglass
Orchestra : The King's Noyse
Label : Harm Mundi
9:20 AM
Orchestral Suite (Overture) No. 1 in C
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 80619 CD
Conductor : Martin Pearlman
Orchestra : Boston Baroque
Label : Telarc
9:42 AM
Violin Concerto Spring in A
Artist : Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen, violin
Album :
Composer : Giovanni Antonio Guido
Catalog : 213 CD
Orchestra : La Stravaganza
Label : ORF
10:00 AM
Pelleas et Melisande Op 80
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Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 38471 CD
Conductor : Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:18 AM
Piano Concerto No. 4 in c Op 44
Artist : Jean-Philippe Collard, piano
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 47816 CD
Conductor : Andre Previn
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:47 AM
Symphony No. 9 in C
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 5321 CD
Conductor : Adam Fischer
Orchestra : Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orch
Label : Nimbus
11:01 AM
Trumpet Concerto in d
Artist : Maurice Andre, trumpet
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 62947 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
11:12 AM
Symphony No. 4 in e Op 98
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 400037 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
12:06 PM
Orchestral Suite (Overture) No. 2 in b
Artist : Michala Petri, recorder
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 57130 CD
Conductor : Rainer Kussmaul
Orchestra : Berlin Baroque Soloists
Label : RCA/BMG
12:25 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Op 83
Artist : Helene Grimaud, piano
Album :
Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 19046 CD
Conductor : Andris Nelsons
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
1:18 PM
Symphony No.104 in D
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 410517 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
2:00 PM
Petite Suite
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 2 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : BuffaloPO
2:15 PM
Concerto for Orchestra
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Composer : Bela Bartok
Catalog : 1072 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Ondine
3:00 PM
Coriolan Overture in c Op 62
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 48727 CD
Conductor : Daniel Harding
Orchestra : German Ch. Phil., Bremen
Label : Vrgn Clscs
3:09 PM
Symphony No. 4 in d Op 120
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 394 CD
Conductor : Aldo Ceccato
Orchestra : Bergen Philharmonic
Label : Bis
3:39 PM
Overture No. 1 on Three Greek Themes in g Op 3
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 1000164 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
4:06 PM
Symphony No. 28 in C
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 412954 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
4:25 PM
From the Bohemian Forest: Silent Woods Op 68
Artist : Yo Yo Ma, cello
Album :
Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 92858 CD
Conductor : Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra : Boston Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:34 PM
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 5 in e
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
4:46 PM
Two Portraits Op 5
Artist : Jennifer Koh, violin
Album :
Composer : Bela Bartok
Catalog : 89 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kalmar
Orchestra : Grant Park Orchestra
Label : Cedille
5:06 PM
LE ROI D’YS Overture
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Composer : Edouard Lalo
Catalog : 4807898 CD
Conductor : Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra : L'Orchestre delaSuisse Romande
Label : London/Dec
5:19 PM
Im Krapfenwaldl Op 336
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 80098 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
5:25 PM
London Again Suite
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Composer : Eric Coates
Catalog : 2070 CD
Conductor : John Wilson
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Avie
5:43 PM
Suite of English folk dances
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Composer : Ernest Tomlinson
Catalog : 64131 CD
Conductor : Sir Vivian Dunn
Orchestra : Light Music Society Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI

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Opera on WRTI
1:44 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

LA Opera on WRTI: Britten's BILLY BUDD, August 2, 1 PM

Baritone Liam Bonner sings the title role of Billy Budd, the perfect British seaman.

James Conlon leads the LA Opera Orchestra and Chorus for one of Benjamin Britten's masterpieces. Based on Herman Melville’s classic American tale, adapted into a libretto by English novelist E.M. Forster and writer Eric Crozier, Billy Budd tells the story of the persecution and destruction of a pure-hearted sailor by a predatory master-at-arms. It's a tragedy of "sexual discharge gone evil," as Forster described it, and a work that has captivated audiences around the world since its 1951 world premiere.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

The Great War At 100: Music Of Conflict And Remembrance

Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein (who later became an American citizen) lost an arm in World War I. He commissioned composers including Maurice Ravel to write pieces for the left hand alone.
Bettmann/CORBIS

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 2:37 pm

One hundred years ago today, the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia. The conflict drew in country after country and grew to an unprecedented scale. An estimated 9 million combatants lost their lives and more than 21 million were wounded in what came to be known as The Great War and, eventually, World War I.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:35 am
Sat July 26, 2014

War Of Words At Met Opera May Signal Shutdown

Bryn Terfel as Wotan in the Met's production of Wagner's Ring cycle, one of the productions that has been criticized by some as too costly.
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:32 pm

When an opera company is in the midst of contentious labor negotiations, the results can be dramatic. This week, the war of words between unions and management at New York's Metropolitan Opera, the world's largest opera company, escalated. An Aug. 1 shut down now seems likely.

At the center of the debate is the ballooning Met budget, which stood at $200 million in 2006 but has since climbed to more than $325 million. Met General Manager Peter Gelb asserts that union salaries and benefits are his biggest costs, accounting for two-thirds of the operating budget.

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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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