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

May 05, 2014

6:06 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
6:16 AM
Overture on Russian Themes Op 28
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 572788 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
6:30 AM
ITALIAN IN ALGIERS Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 3654 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Prague Philharmonia
Label : Supraphon
6:40 AM
Symphony in G
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4802577 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : London/Dec
7:06 AM
LO SPEZIALE (The Apothecary) Overture
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 56535 CD
Conductor : Giuseppi Sinopoli
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Angel/EMI
7:14 AM
From Maine to Oregon
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 96197 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:18 AM
Norwegian Dance No.6
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Composer : Johan Halvorsen
Catalog : 50033 CD
Conductor : Ari Rasilainen
Orchestra : Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Label : NKF
7:27 AM
Concerto for 2 oboes, violin and strings
Artist : ...and various soloists
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Composer : Conrad Hurlebusch
Catalog : 92037 CD
Orchestra : Musica Ad Rhenum
Label : Nederland
7:41 AM
RUSLAN AND LUDMILA Overture
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Composer : Mikhail Glinka
Catalog : 400071 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : Philips
7:48 AM
Symphony No. 3 in F, Wq. 183
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 10175 CD
Conductor : Hartmut Haenchen
Orchestra : CPE Bach Chamber Orchestra
Label : Capriccio
8:06 AM
FIDELIO Overture Op 72
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 42103 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Bavarian Radio Symphony
Label : CBS/Sony
8:15 AM
Remeniscences from the Norwegian Mts.
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Composer : Franz Berwald
Catalog : 920 CD
Conductor : Ulf Bjorlin
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:26 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 2 in B-Flat Op 3
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 2065 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Handel & Haydn Society
Label : Avie
8:39 AM
Sigurd Jorsalfar: Homage March Op 58
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 39785 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:50 AM
Romance in e Op 9
Artist : Birgitte Staernes, violin
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Composer : Christian Sinding
Catalog : 54446 CD
Label : MTG
9:06 AM
Bajka (The Fairy Tale)
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Composer : Stanislaw Moniuszko
Catalog : 369 CD
Conductor : Grzegorz Nowak
Orchestra : Sinfonia Varsovia
Label : Accord
9:20 AM
Fairy Tales: Skazka Op 29
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 5082 CD
Conductor : Othmar Maga
Orchestra : Bochum Symphony
Label : Vox/MMG
9:40 AM
Valses Nobles et Sentimentales
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 4807898 CD
Conductor : Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra : L'Orchestre delaSuisse Romande
Label : London/Dec
10:00 AM
Prelude to a Drama (1914)
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Composer : Franz Schreker
Catalog : 9491 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : BeauFleuve
10:19 AM
Violin Concerto in d Op 8
Artist : Sarah Chang, violin
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 56870 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : Bavarian Radio Symphony
Label : Angel/EMI
10:51 AM
Symphonic Poem No. 13: From Cradle to Grave
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 553355 CD
Conductor : Michael Halasz
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
11:07 AM
Scherzo No. 2 in b-Flat Op 31
Artist : Sergei Rachmaninoff, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 80491 CD
Label : Telarc
11:19 AM
Symphony No. 4 in c
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 7142 CD
Conductor : Jonathan Nott
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : Tudor
12:06 PM
Downton Abbey: The Suite
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Composer : John Lunn
Catalog : 16260 CD
Conductor : Alastair King
Orchestra : London Chamber Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
12:15 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in g Op 22
Artist : Artur Rubinstein, piano
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 63070 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
12:40 PM
Symphony No. 9 in d Op 125
Artist : London Bach Choir
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 4792343 CD
Conductor : Pierre Monteux
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
2:00 PM
TRISTAN UND ISOLDE Prelude Act I
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 426271 CD
Conductor : Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Philips
2:12 PM
Scheherazade Op 35
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 65424 CD
Conductor : Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra : Concert Arts Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:00 PM
Sinfonia a 4 in B-Flat
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Composer : Johann Adolphe Scheibe
Catalog : 550 CD
Conductor : Andrew Manze
Orchestra : Concerto Copenhagen
Label : Chandos
3:09 PM
Octet in E-Flat Op 20
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 3888 CD
Orchestra : Emerson String Quartet
Label : D. Gramphn
3:42 PM
Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat
Artist : George Vosburgh, trumpet
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 6509 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : JVC
4:06 PM
Pygmalion (1956)
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Composer : Romeo Cascarino
Catalog : 559266 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Philadelphia Philharmonia
Label : Naxos
4:26 PM
CINDERELLA: Adagio Op 87
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Composer : Sergei Prokofiev
Catalog : 938 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : Swedish Radio Symphony Orchest
Label : Ondine
4:34 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 Op 35
Artist : Yefim Bronfman, piano
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Composer : Dmitri Shostakovich
Catalog : 60677 CD
Conductor : Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra : Los Angeles Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
5:06 PM
Der Fremdenfuhrer: Overture
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Composer : Carl Michael Ziehrer
Catalog : 225332 CD
Conductor : Christian Pollack
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
5:14 PM
Suite for Violin Viola & Orch. Op 19
Artist : Sara Trobach, violin
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Composer : Kurt Atterberg
Catalog : 553715 CD
Conductor : Petter Sundkvist
Orchestra : Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:28 PM
5 Fingers (1952)
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Composer : Bernard Herrmann
Catalog : 570186 CD
Conductor : William Stromberg
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos

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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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