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 17, 2013

6:06 AM
Symphony No. 5 in F Op 3
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999268 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
6:17 AM
Overture in F
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 439892 CD
Conductor : Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
6:30 AM
KHOVANSHCHINA: Persian Slaves’ Dance
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 432147 CD
Conductor : Valery Gergiev
Orchestra : Kirov Orchestra
Label : Philips
6:40 AM
Fantasie sur des themes populaires Op 31
Artist : Albrecht Mayer, oboe
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Composer : Vincent d'Indy
Catalog : 4782564 CD
Conductor : Mathias Monius
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
7:06 AM
Kamarinskaia
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Composer : Mikhail Glinka
Catalog : 7042 CD
Conductor : Donald Barra
Orchestra : San Diego Chamber Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
7:14 AM
Chimes of Liberty
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Composer : Edwin Franko Goldman
Catalog : 80266 CD
Conductor : Richard Franko Goldman
Orchestra : The Goldman Band
Label : New World
7:19 AM
Concerto for trumpet, oboe, str & b.c.
Artist : Alexis Basque, trumpet
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 9995 CD
Conductor : Matthias Maute
Orchestra : Ensemble Caprice
Label : Analekta
7:27 AM
Ma Vlast: No. 5 Tabor
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 46 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Lotos
7:41 AM
Tom Jones Waltz
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Composer : Edward German
Catalog : 223419 CD
Conductor : Adrian Leaper
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
7:46 AM
Rigoletto Fantasy
Artist : Sabine Meyer, clarinet
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Composer : Alamiro Giampieri
Catalog : 56137 CD
Conductor : Franz Welser-Most
Orchestra : Zurich Opera Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:06 AM
A NIGHT IN VENICE Overture
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 12569 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:15 AM
Suite for Trumpet and Orchestrain D
Artist : Bibi Black, trumpet
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 54620 CD
Conductor : Claudio Scimone
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:26 AM
Concerto grosso in B-Flat
Artist : Richard Stone, lute
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Composer : Silvius Leopold Weiss
Catalog : 707 CD
Orchestra : Tempesta di Mare
Label : Chandos
8:40 AM
Sinfonia in C
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 45557 CD
Conductor : Claudio Scimone
Orchestra : I Solisti Veneti
Label : Erato
8:48 AM
Concert Piece for Clarinet & Basset Hn. in d Op 114
Artist : Ludmila Peterkova, clarinet
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 3554 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Prague Philharmonia
Label : Supraphon
9:06 AM
Overture in A
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Composer : Josef Myslivecek
Catalog : 4776418 CD
Conductor : Werner Erhardt
Orchestra : Concerto Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
9:17 AM
Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Op 101
Artist : Han-na Chang, cello
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 56535 CD
Conductor : Giuseppi Sinopoli
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Angel/EMI
9:45 AM
Nocturne in B Op 40
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 9391 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
10:00 AM
Scenes Poétiques Op 46
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Composer : Benjamin Godard
Catalog : 570554 CD
Conductor : Kirk Trevor
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : Naxos
10:19 AM
Symphony No. 96 in D
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 48904 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:44 AM
Fantastic Scherzo Op 25
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Composer : Josef Suk
Catalog : 572323 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
11:01 AM
Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise Op 22
Artist : Emanuel Ax, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 63371 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Orch of Age of Enlightenment
Label : CBS/Sony
11:17 AM
Symphony No. 1 Slavyanskaya in E Op 5
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 68904 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Royal Scottish National Orch
Label : Warner Bro
12:07 PM
Rule Britannia
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Composer : Thomas Augustine Arne
Catalog : 48473 CD
Conductor : Major Colin Reeves
Orchestra : Band of the Life Guards
Label : CBS/Sony
12:10 PM
Our Town
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 42429 CD
Conductor : Aaron Copland
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
12:24 PM
Danses Sacree et Profane
Artist : Lisa Wellbaum, harp
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 2121 CD
Conductor : Pierre Boulez
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
12:38 PM
Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat
Artist : Isaac Stern, violin
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 36692 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
1:13 PM
RUSALKA: O Lovely Moon
Artist : Anna Netrebko, soprano
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 80403 CD
Conductor : Gianandrea Noseda
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
1:21 PM
Terpsichore Op 54
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Composer : Marcel Farago
Catalog : 2394 CD
Conductor : Gergely Kesselyak
Orchestra : Gyor Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Centaur
1:29 PM
Nocturne No. 1 in b-Flat Op 9
Artist : William Kapell, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 68991 CD
Label : RCA/BMG
1:38 PM
Hymn to the Virgin
Artist : Shaw Chamber Singers
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Composer : Benjamin Britten
Catalog : 80461 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Label : Telarc
1:43 PM
South Pacific: Selections
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Composer : Richard Rodgers
Catalog : 555024 CD
Conductor : Richard Hayman
Orchestra : ...and His Orchestra
Label : Naxos
2:02 PM
Three Places in New England
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Composer : Charles Ives
Catalog : 7025 CD
Conductor : James Sinclair
Orchestra : Orchestra New England
Label : KOCH Intl.
2:15 PM
Suite Symphonique Paris
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Composer : Jacques Ibert
Catalog : 85531 CD
Conductor : Richard Auldon Clark
Orchestra : Manhattan Chamber Orchestra
Label : Newport
2:31 PM
RIGOLETTO: Quartet: Bella figlia d’amore
Artist : Joan Sutherland, soprano
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 4758366 CD
Conductor : Richard Bonynge
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
2:41 PM
Sonata for cello & pianoin g Op 19
Artist : Mischa Maisky, cello
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 58472 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
2:49 PM
Hary Janos Suite
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Composer : Zoltan Kodaly
Catalog : 875 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : S.W. Rad. Sym Orch Baden-Baden
Label : Bis
2:55 PM
Pavane for a Dead Princess
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 80601 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
3:00 PM
Praeludium and Allegro
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Composer : Vittorio Giannini
Catalog : 570130 CD
Conductor : Tom Bennett
Orchestra : Univ. of Houston Wind Ensemble
Label : Naxos
3:09 PM
Cello Concerto
Artist : Gregor Piatigorsky, cello
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Composer : Sir William Walton
Catalog : 61498 CD
Conductor : Charles Munch
Orchestra : Boston Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
3:40 PM
Cockaigne Overture (In London Town) Op 40
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 73279 CD
Conductor : Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra : BBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : Teldec
4:06 PM
Symphony No.2 A Montevideo
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Composer : Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Catalog : 559320 CD
Conductor : Richard Rosenberg
Orchestra : Hot Springs Festival Sym Orch
Label : Naxos
4:19 PM
An American Port of Call (1985)
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Composer : Adolphus Hailstork
Catalog : 61 CD
Conductor : Paul Freeman
Orchestra : Chicago Sinfonietta
Label : Cedille
4:29 PM
Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks Op 28
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 504 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : OehmsCl
4:47 PM
Hungarian Nocturne Op 28
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Composer : Miklos Rozsa
Catalog : 7191 CD
Conductor : James Sedares
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
5:06 PM
GYPSY BARON: Treasure waltz Op 418
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 474250 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
5:17 PM
Dreams Op 6
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Composer : Sergei Prokofiev
Catalog : 10481 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
5:30 PM
DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN: Suite
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 8005 CD
Conductor : Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
5:53 PM
Adagio for cello and orchestra
Artist : Steven Isserlis, cello
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Composer : Woldemar Bargiel
Catalog : 63665 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : Deutsche Kammerphil. Bremen
Label : RCA/BMG

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Bettmann/CORBIS

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 2:37 pm

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Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

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Jessica Kourkounis

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11:23 am
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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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