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 29, 2013

6:06 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 3 in c Op 6
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 74168 CD
Orchestra : I Solisti Italiani
Label : Denon
6:18 AM
Violin Concerto No. 11 in D Op 8, RV 210
Artist : Fabio Biondi, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 45465 CD
Conductor : Fabio Biondi
Orchestra : Europa Galante
Label : Vrgn Clscs
6:30 AM
String Symphony No. 3 in e
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 5141 CD
Conductor : William Boughton
Orchestra : English String Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
6:42 AM
Concerto in the Hungarian Style
Artist : Janina Fialkowska, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt (arr. Tchaikovsky)
Catalog : 5202 CD
Conductor : Hans Graf
Orchestra : Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBC(RCI)
7:06 AM
THE KISS: Overture
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 3163 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Neumann
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
7:15 AM
Easter Monday on the White House Lawn
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 3 CD
Conductor : Colonel John R. Bourgeois
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:18 AM
Scherzo and Cortege on themes from Julius Caesar
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Composer : John Ireland
Catalog : 8994 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
7:28 AM
Symphony No. 9 in C, K. 73
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 63970 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Concentus Musicus Wien
Label : RCA/BMG
7:42 AM
PETER SCHMOLL Overture Op 8
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 570296 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:52 AM
Bryllupsmarsj Wedding March Op 32, No. 1
Artist : Stephan Barratt-Due jr.,violin
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Composer : Johan Halvorsen
Catalog : 50013 CD
Conductor : Karsten Andersen
Orchestra : Bergen Symphony Orchestra
Label : NKF
8:06 AM
Easter Oratorio: Sinfonia in D, BWV 249
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 1413 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
8:11 AM
Tales From Vienna Woods Op 325
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 1663 CD
Conductor : Lorin Maazel
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:28 AM
Concerto Armonico No. 1 in G
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Composer : Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer
Catalog : 410205 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Argo
8:41 AM
Das Liebesverbot: Overture
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 56165 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:50 AM
Sonata a Cinque in g Op 2, No. 6
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 550877 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
9:06 AM
EUGENE ONEGIN: Polonaise Op 24
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 80541 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
9:12 AM
Concert Variations on Bellini’s Pirate Op 8
Artist : Susanne Grutzmann, piano
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Composer : Clara Schumann
Catalog : 7065 CD
Label : Profil
9:31 AM
Symphony No. 4 in d Op 120
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 62349 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:00 AM
PARSIFAL: Prelude to Act I
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 64456 CD
Conductor : Bruno Walter
Orchestra : Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:14 AM
PARSIFAL: Good Friday Spell
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 64456 CD
Conductor : Bruno Walter
Orchestra : Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:26 AM
Cello Concerto in d
Artist : Jesus Morales, cello
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Composer : Edouard Lalo
Catalog : 2837 CD
Conductor : Jaime Morales
Orchestra : Philharmonia Bulgarica
Label : Centaur
10:56 AM
Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Op 10
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 90797 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Vrgn Clscs
11:34 AM
Psalm 129
Artist : Monteverdi Choir
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Composer : Lili Boulanger
Catalog : 463789 CD
Conductor : John Elliot Gardiner
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
12:06 PM
St. Matthew Passion
Artist : Edith Mathis, soprano; Dame Janet Baker, mezzo; Peter Schreier, tenor; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar.; Matti Salminen, bass
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 413613 CD
Conductor : Karl Richter
Orchestra : Munich Bach Choir & Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
3:40 PM
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 442427 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
4:06 PM
Cello Concerto No. 2 in d Op 119
Artist : Steven Isserlis, cello
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 63518 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : Sym Orch N. D. R. Hamburg
Label : RCA/BMG
4:26 PM
LA TRAVIATA: Prelude to Act I
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 68468 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Label : CBS/Sony
4:31 PM
LA TRAVIATA: Prelude to Act III
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 68468 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Label : CBS/Sony
4:37 PM
LA TRAVIATA: Lunge da lei...De miei
Artist : Marc Hervieux, tenor
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 2618 CD
Conductor : Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra : Montreal,Orch. Metropolitain
Label : ATMA
4:43 PM
Ballade on a Norwegian Folk Song Op 36
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Composer : Julius Rontgen
Catalog : 777255 CD
Conductor : David Porcelijn
Orchestra : NDR Radiophilharmonie
Label : CPO
5:06 PM
Leonore Overture No. 3 Op 72
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 148 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Pentatone
5:21 PM
Summer Night on the River
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 623 CD
Conductor : Alan Barlow
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : ASV
5:30 PM
Polonaise de concert for violin & orch. in D Op 4
Artist : Leila Josefowicz, violin
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Composer : Henryk Wieniawski
Catalog : 472207 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : D. Gramphn
5:37 PM
KING OF KINGS: Choral Suite
Artist : Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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Composer : Miklos Rozsa (arr. Daniel Robbins)
Catalog : 80631 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc

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Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

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

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Lorin Maazel conducing the Vienna Philharmonic in March 2010.
AFP/Getty Images

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