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 27, 2014

6:06 AM
Concerto a quattro No. 6 in B-Flat
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Composer : Baldassare Galuppi
Catalog : 2116 CD
Conductor : Gianluca Capuano
Orchestra : Il Canto di Orfeo
Label : Avie
6:18 AM
Symphony No. 24 in B-Flat, K. 182
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4802577 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : London/Dec
6:30 AM
Cello Concerto in C, RV 398
Artist : Mstislav Rostropovich, cello
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 4776337 CD
Conductor : Paul Sacher
Orchestra : Collegium Musicum Zurich
Label : D. Gramphn
6:40 AM
Piano Concerto No. 3 Op. Posth. in E-Flat
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 1154 CD
Conductor : Paul Freeman
Orchestra : State Symphony Orch, Russia
Label : MSR
7:06 AM
March Medley
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Composer : Richard Hayman
Catalog : 80122 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:14 AM
Old Comrades
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Composer : Carl Teike
Catalog : 434334 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:20 AM
Rage over a lost penny in G Op 129
Artist : Grigory Sokolov, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 30420 CD
Label : Naive
7:28 AM
Six German Dances, K. 600
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 416484 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
7:42 AM
PRINCE IGOR Overture
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 439892 CD
Conductor : Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
7:54 AM
Chant du Menestrel Op 71
Artist : Mstislav Rostropovich, cello
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 471620 CD
Conductor : Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra : Boston Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:06 AM
Concerto Grosso in c Op 2, No. 2
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Composer : Francesco Geminiani
Catalog : 550877 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
8:15 AM
Romanze Op 85
Artist : Janine Jansen, viola
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 7260 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : London/Dec
8:26 AM
Suite No. 2 in F Op 28
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 40471 CD
Conductor : Imogen Holst
Orchestra : Central Band of the Royal A.F.
Label : Angel/EMI
8:39 AM
Roman Carnival Overture Op 9
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 2 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : PhilOrch.
8:51 AM
Polonaise No. 3 in A Op 40, No. 1 Military
Artist : Rafal Blechacz, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 18883 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
9:06 AM
Miroirs: 3. Une Barque sur l’Ocean
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 9129 CD
Conductor : Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
9:16 AM
Jour d’Ete a la Montagne Op 61
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Composer : Vincent d'Indy
Catalog : 45821 CD
Conductor : Marek Janowski
Orchestra : Phil Orch of Radio France
Label : Erato
9:47 AM
Romanze
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Composer : Ludwig van Beethoven
Catalog : 2725 CD
Conductor : John Ceander Mitchell
Orchestra : Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic
Label : Centaur
10:00 AM
Love’s Labour’s Lost: Four Dances Op 167
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Composer : Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Catalog : 572823 CD
Conductor : Andrew Mogrelia
Orchestra : Malmo Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:18 AM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in c Op 33
Artist : Dmitri Alexeev, piano
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Composer : Nikolai Medtner
Catalog : 66744 CD
Conductor : Aleksander Lazarev
Orchestra : BBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : Hyperion
10:54 AM
Sonata for Gran Viola and Orchestra in c Op 35
Artist : David Aaron Carpenter, viola
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Composer : Nicolo Paganini
Catalog : 1188 CD
Conductor : Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra : Helsinki Philharmonic
Label : Ondine
11:09 AM
El Salon Mexico
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 62698 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
11:21 AM
Grand Canyon Suite
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Composer : Ferde Grofe
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman-Rochester Sym. Orch.
Label : Mercury
12:06 PM
Symphony No. 1 in D Op 25
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Composer : Sergei Prokofiev
Catalog : 2005 CD
Conductor : Mstislav Rostropovich
Orchestra : National Sym Orch/Wash.,D.C.
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12:22 PM
Kinderszenen: No. 7 Traumerei Op 15
Artist : Mstislav Rostropovich, cello
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 471620 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
12:27 PM
Cello Concerto in c Op 66
Artist : Mstislav Rostropovich, cello
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Composer : Nikolai Miaskovsky
Catalog : 65419 CD
Conductor : Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:57 PM
Symphony No. 1 in d Op 13
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 45678 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
1:59 PM
Pines of Rome
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 2 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : PhilOrch.
2:25 PM
Symphony No. 3 Op 70
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Composer : Vincent d'Indy
Catalog : 10585 CD
Conductor : Rumon Gamba
Orchestra : Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
2:59 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 3 in F
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Composer : Alessandro Scarlatti
Catalog : 45495 CD
Conductor : Fabio Biondi
Orchestra : Europa Galante
Label : Vrgn Clscs
3:09 PM
Fantasia for 2 pianos Op 104
Artist : Joan Yarborough, piano; Robert Cowan, piano
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 20910 CD
Label : Pantheon
3:39 PM
Three Shades of Blue
Artist : Richard Dowling, piano
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Composer : Ferde Grofe
Catalog : 11164 CD
Label : Klavier
3:53 PM
Andalucia Suite: 2. Andalucia
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Composer : Ernesto Lecuona
Catalog : 54274 CD
Conductor : Skitch Henderson
Orchestra : New York Pops
Label : Angel/EMI
4:06 PM
Souvenirs Op 62
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Composer : Vincent d'Indy
Catalog : 10464 CD
Conductor : Rumon Gamba
Orchestra : Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
4:26 PM
Perpetual Motion-Moto Perpetuo Op 11
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Composer : Nicolo Paganini
Catalog : 2392 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : Stokowski Symphony Orchestra
Label : Guild
4:32 PM
Cello Concerto No. 1 in C
Artist : Mstislav Rostropovich, cello
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 65701 CD
Conductor : Mstislav Rostropovich
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
5:06 PM
Saraband
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 559125 CD
Conductor : Richard Hayman
Orchestra : ...and His Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:11 PM
Pops Hoedown
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Composer : Richard Hayman
Catalog : 7125 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
5:20 PM
Mississippi Suite
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Composer : Ferde Grofe
Catalog : 66387 CD
Conductor : Felix Slatkin
Orchestra : Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orches
Label : Angel/EMI
5:35 PM
Cello Concerto No. 2 in e Op 30
Artist : Lynn Harrell, cello
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Composer : Victor Herbert
Catalog : 417672 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec

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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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