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 28, 2014

6:06 AM
Coronation March Op 65
Artist :
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 619 CD
Conductor : Yondani Butt
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : ASV
6:18 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 12 in F Op 6
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 423626 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
6:30 AM
Altwiener Liebeswalzer Old Viennese
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 999891 CD
Conductor : Michail Jurowski
Orchestra : Berlin Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : CPO
6:41 AM
Piano Concerto Movement in D
Artist : Linnea Bardarson, piano
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 2640 CD
Conductor : Jon Ceander Mitchell
Orchestra : Bohuslav Martinu Philh., Zlin
Label : Centaur
7:06 AM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 1000179 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
7:15 AM
The National Game
Artist :
Album :
Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 434300 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:19 AM
Concerto No. 11 for 2 oboes and strings in C Op 7
Artist : Anthony Robson, oboe
Album :
Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 610 CD
Conductor : Simon Standage
Orchestra : Collegium Musicum 90
Label : Chandos
7:28 AM
Scherzo capriccioso Op 66
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 794 CD
Conductor : John Farrer
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : ASV
7:42 AM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 60387 CD
Conductor : Fritz Reiner
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:53 AM
Novelletta Op 82
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Martucci
Catalog : 53280 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : La Scala Philaharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
8:05 AM
I Got Rhythm Variations
Artist : Lincoln Mayorga, piano
Album :
Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 28 CD
Conductor : Dmitri Kitayenko
Orchestra : Moscow Philharmonic
Label : Sheffield
8:16 AM
Concertino for Oboe and Orchestra in F
Artist : Josef Kiss, oboe
Album :
Composer : Gaetano Donizetti
Catalog : 557492 CD
Conductor : Laszlo Kovacs
Orchestra : Camerata Budapest
Label : Naxos
8:26 AM
Violin Concerto in C
Artist : Giuliano Carmignola, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 89362 CD
Conductor : Andrea Marcon
Orchestra : Venice Baroque Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:40 AM
Academic March (1919)
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 314 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bis
8:48 AM
Fantasia on themes from Le Coq D’or
Artist : Andrei Korsakov, violin
Album :
Composer : Efrem Zimbalist
Catalog : 1000255 CD
Conductor : Yuri Simonov
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
9:06 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 12 in b Op 6
Artist :
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 2065 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Handel & Haydn Society
Label : Avie
9:19 AM
Piano Concerto No. 16 in D
Artist : Rudolf Serkin, piano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 474328 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Label : D. Gramphn
9:45 AM
Four Norwegian Moods
Artist :
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Composer : Igor Stravinsky
Catalog : 61901 CD
Conductor : Dmitri Kitayenko
Orchestra : Bergen Philharmonic
Label : Vrgn Clscs
9:59 AM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 69877 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
10:18 AM
Violin Concerto in A Op 8
Artist : Nigel Kennedy,violin
Album :
Composer : Mieczyslaw Karlowicz
Catalog : 79934 CD
Conductor : Jacek Kaspszyk
Orchestra : Polish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:51 AM
Concertoin D
Artist : ...and various soloists
Album :
Composer : Leonardo Leo
Catalog : 4776728 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
11:06 AM
Piano Sonata No. 14 in c-Sharp Op 27
Artist : Rudolf Serkin, piano
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 37219 CD
Label : CBS/Sony
11:23 AM
Symphony No. 98 in B-Flat
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 64285 CD
Conductor : Jeffrey Tate
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:06 PM
Roumanian Rhapsody No. 2 in D Op 11
Artist :
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Composer : Georges Enesco
Catalog : 434326 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
12:21 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat
Artist : Benjamin Frith, piano
Album :
Composer : John Field
Catalog : 553770 CD
Conductor : David Haslam
Orchestra : Northern Sinfonia of England
Label : Naxos
12:43 PM
Creatures of Prometheus Ballet Op 43
Artist :
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 419608 CD
Orchestra : Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
2:00 PM
Cyrano de Bergerac Overture Op 23
Artist :
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Composer : Johan Wagenaar
Catalog : 8 CD
Conductor : Willem Mengelberg
Orchestra : Concertgebouw Orch. Amsterdam
Label : Pav/Pearl
2:15 PM
Symphony No. 2 in D Op 73
Artist :
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 1204 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Simax
3:00 PM
Rondo for piano & orch in A
Artist : Jeno Jando, piano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 550207 CD
Conductor : Matyas Antal
Orchestra : Concentus Hungaricus
Label : Naxos
3:10 PM
Symphony No. 3 in C Op 52
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 99963 CD
Conductor : Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Orchestra : Finnish Radio Symphony Orch
Label : Finlandia
3:39 PM
Violin Concerto in E
Artist : Ariadne Daskalakis, violin
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Tartini
Catalog : 551243 CD
Conductor : Helmut Muller-Bruhl
Orchestra : Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:06 PM
Introduction & Allegro appassionato in G Op 92
Artist : Rudolf Serkin, piano
Album :
Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 75 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : ClevelandO
4:24 PM
Artist :
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Composer : Umberto Giordano
Catalog : 18 CD
Conductor : Timothy Foley
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
4:33 PM
ANDREA CHENIER: Come un bel di di maggio
Artist : Franco Corelli, tenor
Album :
Composer : Umberto Giordano
Catalog : 64887 CD
Conductor : Gabriele Santini
Orchestra : Teatro dell'Opera Orch., Rome
Label : Angel/EMI
4:38 PM
LA SONNAMBULA: Ah! non giunge
Artist : Natalie Dessay, soprano
Album :
Composer : Vincenzo Bellini
Catalog : 264736 CD
Conductor : Evelino Pido
Orchestra : Lyon National Opera Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
4:44 PM
Rondo in A
Artist : Bela Banfalvi, violin
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 49069 CD
Conductor : Bela Banfalvi
Orchestra : Budapest Strings
Label : Capriccio
5:06 PM
Ballade for Violin and Orchestra
Artist : Stefan Ruha, violin
Album :
Composer : Cipran Porumbescu
Catalog : 5033 CD
Conductor : Emil Simon
Orchestra : Cluj-Napoca Phil. Orch.
Label : Tuxedo
5:19 PM
Hora staccato
Artist : Rafael Mendez, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Grigoras Dinicu
Catalog : 5042 CD
Conductor : Victor Young
Orchestra : ...and His Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
5:23 PM
West Side Story: Symphonic Dances
Artist :
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Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Catalog : 68695 CD
Conductor : Robert Russell Bennett
Orchestra : RCA Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:49 PM
Rhapsody in Blue
Artist : Earl Wild, piano
Album :
Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 70702 CD
Conductor : Paul Whiteman
Orchestra : ...and His Orchestra
Label : Ivory Clas


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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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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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.