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.

Playlists are at the bottom of this page.

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Playlist

April 01, 2013

6:06 AM
Concerto Grosso in d Op 3, No. 2
Artist : Andrew Manze, violin
Album :
Composer : Pieter Hellendaal
Catalog : 3492 CD
Conductor : Roy Goodman
Orchestra : European Community Baroque Orc
Label : Channel
6:18 AM
Concertstck for clarinet and orchestra in g
Artist : Dieter Klocker, clarinet
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Composer : Heinrich Joseph Baermann
Catalog : 65011 CD
Conductor : Milan Lajc¡k
Orchestra : Prague Chamber Orchestra
Label : Orfeo
6:30 AM
Knight Templar Overture
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Composer : Otto Nicolai
Catalog : 91079 CD
Conductor : Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : Vrgn Clscs
6:42 AM
Horn Concerto No. 3 in E-Flat, K. 447
Artist : James Sommerville, horn
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 5172 CD
Conductor : Mario Bernardi
Orchestra : Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBC(RCI)
7:06 AM
Overture to an Italian Comedy
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Composer : Arthur Benjamin
Catalog : 442374 CD
Conductor : Joseph Post
Orchestra : Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Label : ABC
7:15 AM
Stars and Stripes Forever
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 1721 LP
Conductor : Dr. Fritz Guckenheimer
Orchestra : Guckenheimer Sour Kraut Band
Label : RCA/BMG
7:19 AM
Pavane Op 50
Artist : Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Album :
Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 423089 CD
Conductor : Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra : Boston Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
7:28 AM
PRINCE IGOR: Polovtsian Dances
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 80657 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:41 AM
The Barber of Seville Goes to the Devil
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Composer : Gordon Jacob
Catalog : 2116 CD
Conductor : Gavin Sutherland
Orchestra : Royal Ballet Sinfonia /Birming
Label : ASV
7:47 AM
Suite No. 1 in E-Flat Op 28
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 80606 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Cleveland Symphonic Winds
Label : Telarc
8:06 AM
Coriolan Overture in c Op 62
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 416274 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Philips
8:16 AM
Symphony in A
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Composer : Leopold Mozart
Catalog : 570499 CD
Conductor : Kevin Mallon
Orchestra : Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:26 AM
Harp (or Organ)Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat Op 4
Artist : Maxine Eilander, harp
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 9811 CD
Conductor : Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
Label : Analekta
8:39 AM
Children’s Overture
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Composer : Roger Quilter
Catalog : 64131 CD
Conductor : Sir Vivian Dunn
Orchestra : Light Music Society Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:53 AM
Joke Polka Op 72
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 474252 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
9:06 AM
My Life is Love & Laughter Op 263
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Composer : Josef Strauss
Catalog : 4782601 CD
Conductor : Franz Welser-Most
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
9:15 AM
A Musical Joke
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 433084 CD
Conductor : Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra : Vienna Mozart Ensemble
Label : London/Dec
9:39 AM
The Incredible Flutist-ballet suite
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Composer : Walter Piston
Catalog : 434307 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman-Rochester Sym. Orch.
Label : Mercury
10:00 AM
Suitein b
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Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 1000153 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
10:18 AM
Symphony No. 60 Il Distratto in C
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 54297 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
10:43 AM
Roumanian Folk Dances
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Composer : Bela Bartok
Catalog : 432005 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
10:51 AM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in c Op 18
Artist : Yuja Wang, piano
Album :
Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 15338 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
11:26 AM
Wasps (Aristophanes): Incidental Music
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 47216 CD
Conductor : Adrian Boult
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:06 PM
Scapino - Comedy Overture
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Composer : Sir William Walton
Catalog : 8968 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:16 PM
String Quartet in E-Flat Op 33, No. 2 Joke
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 11887 CD
Orchestra : Tatrai Quartet
Label : Hungaroton
12:35 PM
Piano Concerto in C Op 39
Artist : Garrick Ohlsson, piano; Men of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus
Album :
Composer : Ferruccio Busoni
Catalog : 80207 CD
Conductor : Christoph Von Dohnanyi
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : Telarc
2:00 PM
Symphony No. 2 in e Op 27
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 572458 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
3:00 PM
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 2549 CD
Conductor : Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra : Montreal,Orch. Metropolitain
Label : ATMA
3:13 PM
Variations on a Nursery Song Op 25
Artist : Eldar Nebolsin, piano
Album :
Composer : Ernst von Dohnanyi
Catalog : 572303 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
3:39 PM
Poeme for Violin & Orchestra Op 25
Artist : Philippe Graffin, violin
Album :
Composer : Ernest Chausson
Catalog : 2091 CD
Conductor : Vernon Handley
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Avie
4:06 PM
THE BELLES OF ST. TRINIAN’S comedy suite
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Composer : Malcolm Arnold
Catalog : 294 CD
Conductor : Douglas Bostock
Orchestra : Munich Symphony Orchestra
Label : Classico
4:16 PM
1712 Overture
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Composer : Peter Schickele
Catalog : 80520 CD
Conductor : Peter Schickele
Orchestra : Greater Hoople Area Phil.
Label : Telarc
4:30 PM
DIE FLEDERMAUS: Overture
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 45564 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:39 PM
DIE FLEDERMAUS: Herr Chevalier/
Artist : Vienna Volksoper Chorus
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 55691 CD
Conductor : Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra : Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:46 PM
Divertissement
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Composer : Jacques Ibert
Catalog : 80294 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
5:06 PM
IL VIAGGIO A REIMS Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 62653 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:14 PM
Mountain Children Waltz Op 444
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Composer : Carl Michael Ziehrer
Catalog : 225172 CD
Conductor : Christian Pollack
Orchestra : Razumovsky Sinfonia
Label : MarcoPolo
5:28 PM
Concertino for Harp, String Quartet & Clarinets
Artist : Ann Mason Stockton, harp
Album :
Composer : Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Catalog : 171 CD
Orchestra : Capitol Symphony Orchestra
Label : Crystal
5:46 PM
To a Wild Rose Op 51
Artist : Jascha Heifetz, violin; Jack Benny, violin; Emanuel Bay, piano
Album :
Composer : Edward MacDowell
Catalog : 118 CD
Label : Cembal d'amour

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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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