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 26, 2014

6:06 AM
Leonore Overture No. 1 in C Op 138
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 4758147 CD
Conductor : Eugen Jochum
Orchestra : Concertgebouw Orch. Amsterdam
Label : Philips
6:17 AM
Flute Concerto in G
Artist : Severino Gazzelloni, flute
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Tartini
Catalog : 154 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Pentatone
6:31 AM
ALEKO: Dances
Artist :
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 69025 CD
Conductor : Andre Previn
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:41 AM
Tragic Overture Op 81
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 11004 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
7:06 AM
Norwegian Dance No. 1 Op 35
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 9028 CD
Conductor : Petri Sakari
Orchestra : Iceland State Symphony Orch.
Label : Chandos
7:15 AM
High School Cadets
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 434300 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:18 AM
Concerto No. 12 for two oboes & strings in D Op 9
Artist : Anthony Robson, oboe
Album :
Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 610 CD
Conductor : Simon Standage
Orchestra : Collegium Musicum 90
Label : Chandos
7:28 AM
Ma Vlast: No. 2 Vltava (The Moldau)
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 92442 CD
Conductor : Walter Weller
Orchestra : Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:41 AM
Concerto Grosso in A Op 2
Artist : Sigiswald Kuijken, violin
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Composer : Francesco Geminiani
Catalog : 77010 CD
Orchestra : La Petite Bande
Label : Deut Harmo
7:51 AM
Navarra (Danza Espagnole) Op 33
Artist : Gil Shaham, violin
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Composer : Pablo Sarasate
Catalog : 7 CD
Conductor : Alejandro Posada
Orchestra : Orchestra of Castille & Leon
Label : CanaryClas
8:06 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 10 (after Scaratti) in D
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Composer : Charles Avison
Catalog : 438806 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
8:15 AM
Viennese Bon Bons Op 307
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 1663 CD
Conductor : Lorin Maazel
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:26 AM
Scherzo Capriccioso Op 5
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Composer : Oskar Nedbal
Catalog : 192 CD
Conductor : Douglas Bostock
Orchestra : Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra
Label : Classico
8:40 AM
Zadok the Priest
Artist : Winchester Cathedral Choir
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 4758363 CD
Conductor : David Hill
Orchestra : Brandenburg Consort
Label : London/Dec
8:47 AM
Sinfonia for strings & continuo in G
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Composer : Johann Friedrich Fasch
Catalog : 191 CD
Conductor : Gunther Wich
Orchestra : Cappella Coloniensis
Label : PhoenixEd
9:06 AM
Sinfonia in G
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 45557 CD
Conductor : Claudio Scimone
Orchestra : I Solisti Veneti
Label : Erato
9:14 AM
Symphonic Dances Op 64
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 9113 CD
Conductor : Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra : Stockholm Philharmonic Orchest
Label : Chandos
9:43 AM
Suite in the Old Style in a Op 10
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
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Composer : Christian Sinding
Catalog : 47167 CD
Conductor : Andre Previn
Orchestra : Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:00 AM
Symphony No. 31 in F
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Composer : J. Michael Haydn
Catalog : 999179 CD
Conductor : Johannes Goritzki
Orchestra : Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss
Label : CPO
10:18 AM
Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra in g Op 24
Artist : Gabriela Demeterova, violin
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Composer : Josef Suk
Catalog : 3385 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Prague Symphony Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
10:42 AM
Serenade No. 6 in D
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 79633 CD
Conductor : Gidon Kremer
Orchestra : Kremerata Baltica
Label : Nonesuch
10:59 AM
Piano Concerto in a Op 10
Artist : Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano
Album :
Composer : Charles-Valentin Alkan
Catalog : 66717 CD
Conductor : Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra : BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestr
Label : Hyperion
11:15 AM
Symphony No. 8 in G Op 88
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 64303 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
12:07 PM
Fireworks Op 4
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Composer : Igor Stravinsky
Catalog : 437850 CD
Conductor : Pierre Boulez
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
12:13 PM
Le Tombeau de Couperin
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 1 CD
Conductor : Ignat Solzhenitsyn
Orchestra : Chamber Orchestra of Phila.
Label : ChOrchPhl
12:29 PM
Prayer of the Children
Artist : Santa Fe Desert Chorale
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Composer : Kurt Bestor
Catalog : 1342 CD
Conductor : Shrock, Dennis
Label : SantaFeDC
12:35 PM
Intermezzo in A Op 118, No. 2
Artist : Lars Vogt, piano
Album :
Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 57543 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
12:46 PM
Vesperae solennes de confessore: Laudate Dominum
Artist : Danielle de Niese, soprano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 13277 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Orch of Age of Enlightenment
Label : London/Dec
12:53 PM
Serenade for Strings in E-Flat Op 6
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Composer : Josef Suk
Catalog : 447109 CD
Orchestra : Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
1:25 PM
Fantasie-impromptu in c-Sharp Op 66
Artist : Claudio Arrau, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 4757768 CD
Label : Philips
1:27 PM
Cello Suite No. 1, BWV 1007: Prelude in G
Artist : Yo Yo Ma, cello
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 93927 CD
Label : CBS/Sony
1:32 PM
Symphony No. 9 in e Op 95 From the New World: Finale
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 46331 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
1:44 PM
1812 Overture Op 49
Artist : University of Minn. Brass Band
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 434360 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
2:04 PM
Maple Leaf Rag
Artist :
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Composer : Scott Joplin
Catalog : 47193 CD
Orchestra : New England Cons. Ragtime Ens
Label : Angel/EMI
2:09 PM
MARRIAGE OF FIGARO: Dove sono i bei...
Artist : Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 443452 CD
Conductor : Gy”rgy Fischer
Orchestra : Vienna Chamber Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
2:16 PM
WERTHER: Toute mon ame est la!..Pourquoi
Artist : Jonas Kaufmann, tenor
Album :
Composer : Jules Massenet
Catalog : 10837 CD
Conductor : Marco Armiliato
Orchestra : Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
2:23 PM
Lieutenant Kije Suite Op 60
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Composer : Sergei Prokofiev
Catalog : 63235 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
2:44 PM
THE MERRY WIDOW Overture
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Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 999891 CD
Conductor : Michail Jurowski
Orchestra : Berlin Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : CPO
2:55 PM
Enigma Variations Op 36: Var 11; Var. 9, Nimrod
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 463265 CD
Conductor : John Elliot Gardiner
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
3:00 PM
Piano Trio in B-Flat Op 97
Artist : David Oistrakh, violin
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 69367 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
3:37 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 10 in d Op 6
Artist : Paul Nicholson, harpsichord
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 7921 CD
Orchestra : Guildhall String Ensemble
Label : RCA/BMG
4:06 PM
Epiphanie
Artist : Jean Decroos, cello
Album :
Composer : Andre Caplet
Catalog : 6004 CD
Conductor : Jean Fournet
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
4:29 PM
Bravura variatons on a theme from Mose by Rossini
Artist : Vadim Repin, violin
Album :
Composer : Nicolo Paganini
Catalog : 25487 CD
Label : Erato
4:39 PM
Symphonic Dance No. 3 Fiesta
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Composer : Clifton Williams
Catalog : 38 CD
Conductor : Howard Dunn
Orchestra : Dallas Wind Symphony
Label : Reference
4:48 PM
Interplay (American Concertette for piano and orchestra)
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Composer : Morton Gould
Catalog : 61651 CD
Conductor : Morton Gould
Orchestra : Morton Gould Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:06 PM
Chaste Barbara Overture
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Composer : Oskar Nedbal
Catalog : 192 CD
Conductor : Douglas Bostock
Orchestra : Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra
Label : Classico
5:14 PM
The Tale of Honza (Simple Johnny) Valse
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Composer : Oskar Nedbal
Catalog : 180891 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Neumann
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Orfeo
5:22 PM
Legend No. 4 in C Op 59
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 3533 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
5:30 PM
Harry Potter: Suite
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Composer : John Williams
Catalog : 80664 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
5:43 PM
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Artist : Crouch End Festival Chorus
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Composer : Howard Shore
Catalog : 1396 CD
Conductor : Nic Raine
Orchestra : Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Silva

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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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