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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May 20, 2013

6:06 AM
Cello Concerto in D
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Composer : Leonardo Leo
Catalog : 9815 CD
Conductor : Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
Label : Analekta
6:23 AM
Die Ehre Gottes aus der Natur Op 48
Artist : Norman Luboff Choir
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 62599 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : New Symphony Orch. of London
Label : RCA/BMG
6:29 AM
Rondo in e
Artist : Barthold Kuijken, transv.flute
Album :
Composer : Franz Xavier Mozart
Catalog : 97125 CD
Label : Accent
6:39 AM
Artist :
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Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 4776403 CD
Conductor : Marc Minkowski
Orchestra : Musicians of the Louvre
Label : D. Gramphn
7:06 AM
Banks of Green Willow
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Composer : George Butterworth
Catalog : 436401 CD
Conductor : Grant Llewellyn
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Argo
7:14 AM
Major General U.S. Grant’s Grand March
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Composer : Josef Gungl
Catalog : 29179 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:19 AM
Overture in F
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Composer : Louis Emmanuel Jadin
Catalog : 5175 CD
Conductor : John Wallace
Orchestra : The Wallace Collection
Label : Nimbus
7:27 AM
Carnival for Small Orchestra Op 5
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Composer : Leo Weiner
Catalog : 18 CD
Conductor : Tibor Varga
Orchestra : Budapest Chamber Symphony
Label : BudapestMu
7:40 AM
Sinfonia in D
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Composer : Johann Adolf Hasse
Catalog : 453435 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
7:50 AM
Nocturnes: No. 2 Fetes
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 1 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : BuffaloPO
8:06 AM
The Song of Destiny Op 84
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 220445 CD
Conductor : Antonio de Almeida
Orchestra : Hong Kong Philharmonic Orch.
Label : MarcoPolo
8:19 AM
Scherzo No. 1 in d Op 10
Artist : Susanne Grutzmann, piano
Album :
Composer : Clara Schumann
Catalog : 7065 CD
Label : Profil
8:26 AM
Organ Concerto No. 2 in A Op 7
Artist : Simon Preston, organ
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 75517 CD
Conductor : Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra : Menuhin Festival Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:40 AM
Hebrides Overture in D Op 26
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 417541 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:52 AM
CARMEN: Flower Song; La fleur que tu m’
Artist : Placido Domingo, tenor
Album :
Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 467632 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
9:06 AM
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Composer : Howard Hanson
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman-Rochester Sym. Orch.
Label : Mercury
9:23 AM
Cakewalk Ballet after Gottschalk
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Composer : Hershy Kay
Catalog : 61501 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
9:50 AM
Souvenir de Puerto Rico: March des Gibar Op 31
Artist : Eugene List, piano
Album :
Composer : Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Catalog : 4050 CD
Label : VangrdOmeg
10:00 AM
Sinfonia Concertante in B-Flat
Artist : Gordan Nikolic, violin
Album :
Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 300 CD
Conductor : Gordan Nikolic
Orchestra : Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Label : Pentatone
10:21 AM
Artist : Margot Dilmaghani, piano
Album :
Composer : Clara Schumann
Catalog : 99002 CD
Label : Celebratn
10:28 AM
Symphony No. 25 in g
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 75736 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Concentus Musicus Wien
Label : RCA/BMG
10:57 AM
Concerto Grosso in g Op 5
Artist : Daniel Hope, violin
Album :
Composer : Francesco Geminiani
Catalog : 13993 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
10:57 AM
Symphony No. 1 in e Op 39
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 753 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
12:06 PM
Pineapple Poll Suite
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Composer : Sir Arthur Sullivan
Catalog : 434322 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
12:19 PM
Piano Concerto in a Op 7
Artist : Angela Cheng, piano
Album :
Composer : Clara Schumann
Catalog : 7169 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : The Women's Philharmonic
Label : KOCH Intl.
12:42 PM
Clarinet Quartet in F
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Composer : Jan Krtitel (Baptist) Vanhal
Catalog : 3055 CD
Orchestra : Crusell Quartet
Label : Centaur
1:02 PM
Symphony No. 2 in e Op 27
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 45678 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
2:00 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in e Op 11
Artist : Olli Mustonen, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 444518 CD
Conductor : Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra : San Francisco Symphony
Label : London/Dec
2:42 PM
Marosszek Dances
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Composer : Zoltan Kodaly
Catalog : 550520 CD
Conductor : Adrian Leaper
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
3:00 PM
Pictures from the Crimea
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 1030 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Cala
3:15 PM
Concierto de Aranjuez
Artist : Carlos Bonell, guitar
Album :
Composer : Joaquin Rodrigo
Catalog : 400054 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
3:39 PM
Octet: Allegro moderato in E-Flat Op 20
Artist : EnAccord String Quartet
Album :
Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 124 CD
Orchestra : Rubens Quartet
Label : Nederland
4:06 PM
Cello Concerto No. 2 in d Op 119
Artist : Steven Isserlis, cello
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 63518 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : Sym Orch N. D. R. Hamburg
Label : RCA/BMG
4:26 PM
Concerto in d Op 4
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Composer : Charles Avison
Catalog : 557905 CD
Conductor : Pavlo Beznosiuk
Orchestra : Avison Ensemble
Label : Naxos
4:36 PM
Suite No. 2 in F Op 28
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 11161 CD
Conductor : (Colonel) Lowell E. Graham
Orchestra : US Air Force Band
Label : Klavier
4:49 PM
Artist :
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Composer : Jose Pablo Moncayo
Catalog : 7211 CD
Conductor : Herrera de la Fuente
Orchestra : Xalapa Symphony Orchestra
Label : Guild
5:06 PM
Piano Concerto in C
Artist : Stewart Goodyear, piano
Album :
Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 80112 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
5:26 PM
They Died With Their Boots On: Film scor
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Composer : Max Steiner
Catalog : 912 CD
Conductor : Charles Gerhardt
Orchestra : National Philharmonic Orch.
Label : RCA/BMG
5:37 PM
Les Miserables Suite
Artist : and others
Album :
Composer : Claude-Michel Schonberg
Catalog : 80498 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
5:51 PM
Artist : Crouch End Festival Chorus
Album :
Composer : John Barry
Catalog : 3015 CD
Conductor : Nic Raine
Orchestra : City of Prague Philharmonic
Label : Silva


Opera on WRTI
1:44 pm
Tue July 29, 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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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

The Great War At 100: Music Of Conflict And Remembrance

Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein (who later became an American citizen) lost an arm in World War I. He commissioned composers including Maurice Ravel to write pieces for the left hand alone.

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

One hundred years ago today, the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia. The conflict drew in country after country and grew to an unprecedented scale. An estimated 9 million combatants lost their lives and more than 21 million were wounded in what came to be known as The Great War and, eventually, World War I.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:35 am
Sat July 26, 2014

War Of Words At Met Opera May Signal Shutdown

Bryn Terfel as Wotan in the Met's production of Wagner's Ring cycle, one of the productions that has been criticized by some as too costly.
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:32 pm

When an opera company is in the midst of contentious labor negotiations, the results can be dramatic. This week, the war of words between unions and management at New York's Metropolitan Opera, the world's largest opera company, escalated. An Aug. 1 shut down now seems likely.

At the center of the debate is the ballooning Met budget, which stood at $200 million in 2006 but has since climbed to more than $325 million. Met General Manager Peter Gelb asserts that union salaries and benefits are his biggest costs, accounting for two-thirds of the operating budget.

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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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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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