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

May 12, 2014

6:06 AM
Herodiade Ballet Suite
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Composer : Jules Massenet
Catalog : 553124 CD
Conductor : Jean-Yves Ossonce
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
6:17 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 12 in b Op 6
Artist : Paul Nicholson, harpsichord
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 7921 CD
Orchestra : Guildhall String Ensemble
Label : RCA/BMG
6:30 AM
String Quartet No. 2: Nocturne
Artist : Stephanie Chase, violin
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Composer : Alexander Borodin (arr. Rimsky Korsakov)
Catalog : 1029 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Cala
6:40 AM
Symphony No. 17 in G, K. 129
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 220540 CD
Conductor : Adam Fischer
Orchestra : Danish Radio Sinfonietta
Label : Da Capo
7:06 AM
Valse-Caprice
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Composer : Anton Rubinstein
Catalog : 1000179 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
7:15 AM
Comrades of the Legion
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 301 CD
Conductor : Leonard B. Smith
Orchestra : Detroit Concert band
Label : WalkingFro
7:18 AM
Olympia Overture
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Composer : Joseph Martin Kraus
Catalog : 553734 CD
Conductor : Petter Sundkvist
Orchestra : Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:27 AM
Trumpet Concerto in d (arranged from the oboe concerto)
Artist : Gabor Tarkovi, trumpet
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Composer : Alessandro Marcello
Catalog : 7161 CD
Conductor : Radoslaw Szulc
Orchestra : Bavarian Radio Symph Chmb Orch
Label : Tudor
7:41 AM
LE PRE AUX CLERCS: Overture
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Composer : Louis Joseph F. Herold
Catalog : 282 CD
Conductor : Wolf-Dieter Hauschild
Orchestra : Orch. della Svizzera Italiana
Label : Dynamic
7:50 AM
Jazz Suite No. 1
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Composer : Dmitri Shostakovich
Catalog : 433702 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : Concertgebouw Orch. Amsterdam
Label : London/Dec
8:06 AM
FRA DIAVOLO Overture
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Composer : Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber
Catalog : 4807898 CD
Conductor : Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra : L'Orchestre delaSuisse Romande
Label : London/Dec
8:15 AM
Downton Abbey: Titanic
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Composer : John Lunn
Catalog : 16260 CD
Conductor : Alastair King
Orchestra : London Chamber Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:19 AM
In a Monastery Garden
Artist : Stephanie Mijanovich, horn
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Composer : Albert W. Ketelbey
Catalog : 553515 CD
Conductor : Adrian Leaper
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony
Label : Naxos
8:28 AM
Harpsichord Concerto in C
Artist : Ketil Haugsand, harpsichord
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 570486 CD
Conductor : Helmut Muller-Bruhl
Orchestra : Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:41 AM
Overture in c
Artist : Albrecht Mayer, oboe
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 5761 CD
Conductor : Rainer Kussmaul
Orchestra : Berlin Baroque Soloists
Label : D. Gramphn
8:49 AM
Spring Song Op 16
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 97689 CD
Conductor : Paavo Berglund
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:06 AM
Suite No. 2: Scenes Hongroises
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Composer : Jules Massenet
Catalog : 553124 CD
Conductor : Jean-Yves Ossonce
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
9:25 AM
Piano Concerto in c-Sharp Op 10, No. 2
Artist : Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano
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Composer : Charles-Valentin Alkan
Catalog : 66717 CD
Conductor : Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra : BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestr
Label : Hyperion
9:35 AM
Viola Concerto in B-Flat
Artist : Victoria Chiang, viola
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Composer : Franz Anton Hoffmeister
Catalog : 572162 CD
Conductor : Markand Thakar
Orchestra : Baltimore Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:00 AM
Sinfonia in G
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Composer : Jan Krtitel (Baptist) Vanhal
Catalog : 557483 CD
Conductor : Kevin Mallon
Orchestra : Toronto Camerata
Label : Naxos
10:23 AM
Cello Concerto No. 1 in a Op 46
Artist : Marie Hallynck, cello
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Composer : Henri Vieuxtemps
Catalog : 4609 CD
Conductor : Theodore Guschlbaur
Orchestra : Orchestra National de Belgique
Label : Cypres
10:54 AM
Elegie Op 24
Artist : Julian Lloyd Webber, cello
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Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 2334 CD
Conductor : Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
11:03 AM
Rondo for Youth in C
Artist : Petr Jirikovsky, piano
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 48 CD
Label : PDI
11:10 AM
Symphony No. 1 in C
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Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 47505 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
12:06 PM
The Poisoned Kiss Overture
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 2419 CD
Conductor : George Hurst
Orchestra : Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Label : Chandos
12:14 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in g Op 23
Artist : Michael Korstick, piano
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Composer : Dmitri Kabalevsky
Catalog : 777658 CD
Conductor : Alun Francis
Orchestra : NDR Radiophilharmonie
Label : CPO
12:40 PM
Violin Partita No. 2: Chaconnein d
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Leopold Stokowski)
Catalog : 62605 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
1:00 PM
The Sanguine Fan Op 81
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 16 CD
Conductor : Adrian Boult
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : LondonPhil
1:19 PM
Symphony No. 1 in f Op 10
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Composer : Dmitri Shostakovich
Catalog : 62642 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
2:00 PM
Suite No. 7 Scenes Alsaciennes
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Composer : Jules Massenet
Catalog : 45859 CD
Conductor : John Elliot Gardiner
Orchestra : Monte Carlo Natl Opera Orch
Label : Erato
2:24 PM
Emeralds
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Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 79135 CD
Conductor : Robert Irving
Orchestra : New York City Ballet Orchestra
Label : Nonesuch
2:55 PM
Downton Abbey: Selections
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Composer : John Lunn
Catalog : 16260 CD
Conductor : Alastair King
Orchestra : London Chamber Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
3:00 PM
Cypresses
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 419601 CD
Orchestra : Hagen Quartet
Label : D. Gramphn
3:18 PM
Lachian Dances
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Composer : Leos Janacek
Catalog : 65 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Reference
3:41 PM
TANNHAUSER Overture
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 426271 CD
Conductor : Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Philips
4:06 PM
Fir Symphony
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Composer : Arthur Meulemans
Catalog : 223418 CD
Conductor : Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra : BRT Philharmonic, Brussels
Label : MarcoPolo
4:27 PM
THAIS: Meditation
Artist : Joshua Bell, violin
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Composer : Jules Massenet
Catalog : 13372 CD
Conductor : Andrew Litton
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:34 PM
THAIS: Ah! je suis seule... Dis-moi que
Artist : Beverly Sills, soprano
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Composer : Jules Massenet
Catalog : 70879 CD
Conductor : Lorin Maazel
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:42 PM
Second Rhapsody
Artist : Ralph Votapek, piano
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 4776115 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
5:06 PM
The Taming of the Shrew Overture Op 61
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Composer : Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Catalog : 572500 CD
Conductor : Andrew Penny
Orchestra : West Australian Symphony Orch.
Label : Naxos
5:17 PM
Scherzo No. 4 in E Op 54
Artist : Artur Rubinstein, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 5113 CD
Label :
5:30 PM
THE MERRY WIDOW Overture
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Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 999891 CD
Conductor : Michail Jurowski
Orchestra : Berlin Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : CPO
5:42 PM
The Birthday of the Infanta (excerpt)
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Composer : Franz Schreker
Catalog : 3 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : BuffaloPO
5:50 PM
Adventures of Robin Hood: film score
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Composer : Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Catalog : 912 CD
Conductor : Charles Gerhardt
Orchestra : National Philharmonic Orch.
Label : RCA/BMG

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3:06 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

LA Opera on WRTI: Britten's BILLY BUDD, August 2, 1 PM

Baritone Liam Bonner sings the title role of Billy Budd, the perfect British seaman.

James Conlon leads the LA Opera Orchestra and Chorus for one of Benjamin Britten's masterpieces. Based on Herman Melville’s classic American tale, adapted into a libretto by English novelist E.M. Forster and writer Eric Crozier, Billy Budd tells the story of the persecution and destruction of a pure-hearted sailor by a predatory master-at-arms. It's a tragedy of "sexual discharge gone evil," as Forster described it, and a work that has captivated audiences around the world since its 1951 world premiere.

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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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