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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Playlist

April 16, 2013

6:06 AM
Les Francs-Juges Op 3
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 80271 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
6:20 AM
Concerto for two oboes and orchestra in d
Artist : Andrea Gullickson, oboe; Mark Weiger, oboe
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Composer : Johann Friedrich Fasch
Catalog : 3400 CD
Conductor : Paul Polivnick
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Cham. Orch.
Label : Delos
6:30 AM
Concerto for 2 horns, strings in D
Artist : Hermann Baumann, horn; Timothy Brown, horn
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 412226 CD
Conductor : Iona Brown
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
6:41 AM
Overture No. 1 on Three Greek Themes in g Op 3
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 555048 CD
Conductor : Vladimir Ziva
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:06 AM
Marche Ecossaise
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 75526 CD
Conductor : Jean Martinon
Orchestra : Orchestre National de O.R.T.F.
Label : Angel/EMI
7:15 AM
Brooke’s Chicago Marine Band
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Composer : Roland Forrest Seitz
Catalog : 7 CD
Conductor : (Colonel) Lowell E. Graham
Orchestra : US Air Force Band
Label : USAF
7:19 AM
Slavonic Dance No. 2 in e Op 72
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 36716 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:28 AM
Bassoon Concerto No. 35 in B-Flat
Artist : Michael McCraw, bassoon
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 90704 CD
Orchestra : Musica Pacifica
Label : Dorian
7:41 AM
Swedish Dances, Suite No. 1 Op 63
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 420932 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Philips
7:53 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 5 in d
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Composer : Alessandro Scarlatti
Catalog : 45495 CD
Conductor : Fabio Biondi
Orchestra : Europa Galante
Label : Vrgn Clscs
8:06 AM
GYPSY BARON Overture
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 12569 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:16 AM
Waltz Fantasy in b
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Composer : Mikhail Glinka
Catalog : 2391 CD
Conductor : Anatole Fistoulari
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Guild
8:28 AM
El Salon Mexico
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 440639 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Label : Argo
8:41 AM
LA BELLE HELENE Overture
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Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 550468 CD
Conductor : Alfred Walter
Orchestra : CSSR State Phil. (Kosice)
Label : Naxos
8:50 AM
THE GORDIAN KNOT UNTIED Suite No. 2
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Composer : Henry Purcell (arr. Gustav Holst)
Catalog : 2857 CD
Conductor : Jon Ceander Mitchell
Orchestra : Philharmonia Bulgarica
Label : Centaur
9:06 AM
Overture in the Italian Style in D, D. 590
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 570329 CD
Conductor : Christian Benda
Orchestra : Prague Sinfonia
Label : Naxos
9:15 AM
Violin Partita No. 3: Preludium in E
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. William Smith)
Catalog : 38915 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
9:21 AM
Symphony No. 40 in g, K. 550
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 11004 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
10:00 AM
Scenes from The Veil of Pierette Op 18
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Composer : Ernst von Dohnanyi
Catalog : 9733 CD
Conductor : Matthias Bamert
Orchestra : BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
10:18 AM
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Op 144
Artist : Klaus Hellwig, piano
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Composer : Carl Reinecke
Catalog : 999239 CD
Conductor : Alun Francis
Orchestra : Northwest German Philharmonic
Label : CPO
10:55 AM
Trumpet Concerto No. 2 Op. 4, No.13 in D
Artist : Wynton Marsalis, trumpet
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Composer : Johann Melchior Molter
Catalog : 39061 CD
Conductor : Raymond Leppard
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
11:09 AM
Slavonic Rhapsody No. 3 in A-Flat Op 45
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 416623 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Philips
11:22 AM
Symphony No. 2 in f Op 36
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 420932 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Philips
12:06 PM
Elegia
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Composer : Amilcare Ponchielli
Catalog : 63025 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : La Scala Philaharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
12:20 PM
String Quartet in e
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 4775739 CD
Orchestra : Amadeus Quartet
Label : D. Gramphn
12:45 PM
Cello Concerto in D
Artist : Julian Lloyd Webber, cello
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Composer : Sir Arthur Sullivan
Catalog : 47622 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
1:04 PM
Symphony No. 2 London
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 65109 CD
Conductor : Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra : Halle Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
2:00 PM
Suite for Strings in E Op 63
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Composer : Arthur Foote
Catalog : 1717 CD
Conductor : Mikhail Gurewitsch
Orchestra : Do.gma Chamber Orchestra
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2:18 PM
Piano Concerto in F
Artist : Tzimon Barto, piano
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 1190 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : National Sym Orch/Wash.,D.C.
Label : Ondine
3:00 PM
Overture in B-Flat, D. 470
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 57933 CD
Conductor : Arie Lipsky
Orchestra : St. Christopher Chamber Orch
Label : FleurdeSon
3:08 PM
South Bohemian Suite Op 64
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Composer : Vitezslav Novak
Catalog : 1873 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Vogel
Orchestra : Brno State Phil. Orch.
Label : Ultraphon
3:39 PM
Symphony in G
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Composer : J. Michael Haydn
Catalog : 225 CD
Conductor : Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra : Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Label : Melodya
4:06 PM
L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 15934 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
4:26 PM
LE PROPHETE: Coronation March
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Composer : Giacomo Meyerbeer
Catalog : 434332 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
4:32 PM
LE PROPHETE: Ah! mon fils, soit béni!
Artist : Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano
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Composer : Giacomo Meyerbeer
Catalog : 4758493 CD
Conductor : Henry Lewis
Orchestra : L'Orchestre delaSuisse Romande
Label : London/Dec
4:38 PM
A Legend of the Skerries Op 20
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Composer : Hugo Alfven
Catalog : 505 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Stockholm Philharmonic Orchest
Label : Bis
5:06 PM
School for Scandal Overture
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Composer : Samuel Barber
Catalog : 74287 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:16 PM
Piano Concerto No. 4 in C Op 99
Artist : Michael Korstick, piano
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Composer : Dmitri Kabalevsky
Catalog : 777658 CD
Conductor : Alun Francis
Orchestra : NDR Radiophilharmonie
Label : CPO
5:31 PM
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
5:49 PM
Pink Panther
Artist : James Galway, flute
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Composer : Henry Mancini
Catalog : 42201 CD
Conductor : Henry Mancini
Orchestra : National Philharmonic Orch.
Label : RCA/BMG
5:54 PM
Peter Gunn Theme
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Composer : Henry Mancini
Catalog : 6213 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:58 PM
Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Moon River
Artist : John Williams, guitar
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Composer : Henry Mancini (arr. Christopher Gunning)
Catalog : 63000 CD
Conductor : Christopher Gunning
Orchestra : Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony

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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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