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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April 22, 2013

6:06 AM
Norwegian Rhapsody No. 3 Op 21
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Composer : Johan Svendsen
Catalog : 50009 CD
Conductor : Karsten Andersen
Orchestra : Bergen Symphony Orchestra
Label : NKF
6:17 AM
Capriccio Brillant in b Op 22
Artist : Michael Ponti, piano
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 5065 CD
Conductor : Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach
Orchestra : Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
6:30 AM
D’Kernmad’ln (Original Styrian Dance) Op 58
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Composer : Carl Michael Ziehrer
Catalog : 225172 CD
Conductor : Christian Pollack
Orchestra : Razumovsky Sinfonia
Label : MarcoPolo
6:40 AM
Gamba Suite in d
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Composer : Andreas Hammerschmidt
Catalog : 1170 CD
Conductor : Jordi Savall
Orchestra : Hesperion XX
Label : ArsMusici
7:06 AM
Caprice Basque Op 24
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Composer : Pablo Sarasate (arr. Stephanie Chase)
Catalog : 1226 CD
Orchestra : American String Project
Label : MSR
7:15 AM
Congress Hall March
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 559247 CD
Conductor : Keith Brion
Orchestra : Royal Artillery Band
Label : Naxos
7:18 AM
Horn Sonata No. 2
Artist : Barry Tuckwell, horn
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Composer : Luigi Cherubini
Catalog : 86558 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
7:28 AM
Caravan Suite
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Composer : Archibald Joyce
Catalog : 223694 CD
Conductor : Andrew Penny
Orchestra : RTE Concert Orchestra, Dublin
Label : MarcoPolo
7:42 AM
Pomp & Circumstance March No. 4 in G Op 39
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 557273 CD
Conductor : James Judd
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:47 AM
Symphony No. 7 in B-Flat
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 419631 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
8:06 AM
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 54863 CD
Conductor : Gianluigi Gelmetti
Orchestra : Orchestra della Toscana
Label : Angel/EMI
8:14 AM
Cakewalk Ballet after Gottschalk: Suite
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Composer : Hershy Kay
Catalog : 80144 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
8:28 AM
ENDIMIONE: Sinfonia to Act I
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999963 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
8:42 AM
String Symphony No. 13 (Concerto) in e, RV 134
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 2128 CD
Conductor : Adrian Chandler
Orchestra : La Serenissima
Label : Avie
8:47 AM
Piano Concerto No. 3 in E-Flat, K. 107
Artist : Malcolm Bilson,fortepiano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 67116 CD
Conductor : Thomas Crawford
Orchestra : Old Fairfield Academy Orch
Label : MusicMaste
9:06 AM
Sinfonia for Four Trumpets in C
Artist : Trumpets: John Wallace, John Miller, David Mason, William Stokes
Album :
Composer : Giuseppi Torelli
Catalog : 5017 CD
Conductor : Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
9:15 AM
Three Romances for violin & piano Op 22
Artist : Aaron Rosand, violin
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Composer : Clara Schumann
Catalog : 7505 CD
Label : Vox/MMG
9:25 AM
Symphony No.101 in D Clock
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 433084 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Philharmonia Hungarica
Label : London/Dec
10:00 AM
A Song of Summer
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 65119 CD
Conductor : Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:13 AM
Death and Transfiguration Op 24
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 80661 CD
Conductor : Donald Runnicles
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
10:41 AM
Allegro Moderato for 4 string quartets
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Composer : Johannes Bernardus Van Bree
Catalog : 92035 CD
Conductor : Viktor Liberman
Orchestra : Viotta Ensemble
Label : Nederland
10:54 AM
Orchestral Trio in C Op 1, No. 1
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Composer : Johann (Jan Vaclav) Stamitz
Catalog : 553213 CD
Conductor : Richard Armstrong
Orchestra : New Zealand Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
11:16 AM
Symphony No. 7 in d Op 70
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 2005 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : National Sym Orch/Wash.,D.C.
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12:06 PM
The Cedar and the Palm
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Composer : Vassili Kalinnikov
Catalog : 169 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
12:20 PM
Piano Concerto No. 3 in d Op 30
Artist : Vladimir Horowitz, piano
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 63681 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : RCA/BMG
1:05 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 7 in D Op 6
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 423626 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
1:17 PM
Symphony No. 4 in c Tragic
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 7142 CD
Conductor : Jonathan Nott
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : Tudor
2:00 PM
Symphony No. 91 in E-Flat
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 94237 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
2:25 PM
Nais: Orchestral Suite
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Composer : Jean-Philippe Rameau
Catalog : 921106 CD
Conductor : Frans Bruggen
Orchestra : Orchestra of the 18th Century
Label : Glossa
3:00 PM
Diptyque Mediterraneen Op 87
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Composer : Vincent d'Indy
Catalog : 2 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : BuffaloPO
3:16 PM
La Peri
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Composer : Paul Dukas
Catalog : 557274 CD
Conductor : Jean-Claude Casadesus
Orchestra : Lille National Orchestra
Label : Naxos
3:37 PM
The Sea (Morye)in E Op 28
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 4 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Virginia Symphony
Label : VirginiaSO
4:06 PM
Paganiniana Op 65
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Composer : Alfredo Casella
Catalog : 53280 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : La Scala Philaharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
4:28 PM
Pan and the Priest, Symphonic Poem
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Composer : Howard Hanson
Catalog : 559072 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra : Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:41 PM
Marouf, Savetier du Caire
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Composer : Henri Benjamin Rabaud
Catalog : 71 CD
Conductor : Eiji Oue
Orchestra : Minnesota Orchestra
Label : Reference
5:06 PM
Dance Overture
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Composer : Paul Creston
Catalog : 441 CD
Conductor : David Alan Miller
Orchestra : Albany Symphony Orchestra
Label : Albany
5:19 PM
Schwanda the Bagpiper: Polka and Fugue
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Composer : Jaromier Weinberger
Catalog : 63053 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:30 PM
The Woman in White Suite
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Composer : Andrew Lloyd Webber (arr. Laurence Roman)
Catalog : 58043 CD
Conductor : Simon Lee
Orchestra : The London Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI


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.