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 23, 2013

6:06 AM
Bassoon Concerto in a
Artist : Tamas Benkocs, bassoon
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 570798 CD
Conductor : Bela Drahos
Orchestra : Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
Label : Naxos
6:18 AM
Marche Solennelle
Artist :
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Composer : Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Catalog : 5009 CD
Conductor : Igor Buketoff
Orchestra : Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
6:29 AM
The Planets: Op 32
Artist :
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 5086 CD
Conductor : Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra : BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
6:40 AM
Three Blind Mice Symphonic Variations Op 37
Artist :
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Composer : Joseph Holbrooke
Catalog : 777442 CD
Conductor : Howard Griffiths
Orchestra : Brandenburg St Orch/Frankfurt
Label : CPO
7:06 AM
Lemminkainen’s Return Op 22
Artist :
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 47636 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:14 AM
Commando March
Artist :
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Composer : Samuel Barber
Catalog : 1 CD
Conductor : Colonel John R. Bourgeois
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:19 AM
Vocalise Op 34
Artist :
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 68025 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : Warner Bro
7:28 AM
Concerto Die Relinge for Violino
Artist : Stephan Schardt, violin
Album :
Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 471492 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
7:41 AM
FIDELIO Overture Op 72
Artist :
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 49487 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:50 AM
DIE MEISTERSINGER: Morgenlich leuchtend:
Artist : Jean Cox, tenor
Album :
Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 4780233 CD
Conductor : Silvio Varviso
Orchestra : Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:06 AM
MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Otto Nicolai
Catalog : 62698 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:15 AM
Overture Carnevalesca
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 557820 CD
Conductor : Adriano
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
8:26 AM
Romance et Tarantelle Brilliante
Artist : Ian Hobson, piano
Album :
Composer : Ignaz Moscheles
Catalog : 6596 CD
Label : Arabesque
8:36 AM
L’Isle Joyeuse
Artist :
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 9129 CD
Conductor : Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
9:06 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 11 in A Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 80688 CD
Conductor : Martin Pearlman
Orchestra : Boston Baroque
Label : Telarc
9:24 AM
Violin Concerto No. 1in C
Artist : Franco Mezzena, violin
Album :
Composer : Giovanni Battista Viotti
Catalog : 86 CD
Conductor : Luciano Borin
Orchestra : Viotti Chamber Orchestra
Label : Dynamic
9:48 AM
Harp Sonata in c
Artist : Willy Postma, harp
Album :
Composer : Jan Ladislav Dussek
Catalog : 19003 CD
Label : Victoria
10:00 AM
Hamlet Overture Op 37
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Composer : Niels Wilhelm Gade
Catalog : 999362 CD
Conductor : Ole Schmidt
Orchestra : Rheinland-Pfalz State Phil.
Label : CPO
10:13 AM
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op 43
Artist : Andrei Gavrilov, piano
Album :
Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 85779 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:38 AM
Fantasia in c
Artist : Alicia de Larrocha, piano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 417372 CD
Label : London/Dec
10:52 AM
Danish Folk Music Suite
Artist :
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Composer : Percy Aldridge Grainger
Catalog : 7003 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
11:13 AM
Symphony No. 2 in D Op 73
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 4782365 CD
Conductor : Bernard Haitink
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
12:06 PM
Organ Concerto No. 3 in A
Artist : Roger Bevan Williams, organ
Album :
Composer : Thomas Augustine Arne
Catalog : 8604 CD
Conductor : Adrian Shepherd
Orchestra : Cantilena
Label : Chandos
12:26 PM
Czech Suite (Bohemian Suite) Op 39
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 414370 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
12:52 PM
Piano Quintet in A Op 114
Artist : Peter Serkin, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 72004 CD
Label : VangrdWelk
1:34 PM
Piano Concerto No. 3 in E-Flat Op 75
Artist : Geoffrey Tozer, pianist
Album :
Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 9130 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
2:00 PM
DON GIOVANNI arr. for Wind Octet & Bass
Artist :
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 190 CD
Orchestra : Netherlands Wind Ensemble
Label : Pentatone
2:41 PM
Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise Op 22
Artist : Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 6702 CD
Conductor : Kazimierz Kord
Orchestra : Warsaw Philharmonic
Label : Arabesque
3:00 PM
Horn Concerto No. 11 in E
Artist : Barry Tuckwell, horn
Album :
Composer : Giovanni Punto (aka Stich)
Catalog : 86558 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
3:16 PM
Violin Concerto No. 2 in E
Artist : Franco Mezzena, violin
Album :
Composer : Giovanni Battista Viotti
Catalog : 86 CD
Conductor : Luciano Borin
Orchestra : Viotti Chamber Orchestra
Label : Dynamic
3:39 PM
Le Chasseur Maudit
Artist :
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Composer : Cesar Franck
Catalog : 87 CD
Conductor : Massimo Freccia
Orchestra : RCA Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chesky Rec
4:06 PM
Overture No. 1 on Three Greek Themesin g Op 3
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 7001 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra : Hong Kong Philharmonic Orch.
Label : RecordsInt
4:21 PM
CANDIDE Overture
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Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Catalog : 54274 CD
Conductor : Skitch Henderson
Orchestra : New York Pops
Label : Angel/EMI
4:27 PM
DON GIOVANNI: Madamina, il catalogo...
Artist : Thomas Allen, baritone
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 3155 CD
Conductor : David Parry
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Chandos
4:35 PM
Swedish National Airs with Variations Op 52
Artist : Christopher Hinterhuber, piano
Album :
Composer : Ferdinand Ries
Catalog : 557844 CD
Conductor : Uwe Grodd
Orchestra : Gävle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:52 PM
Spring Song Op 16
Artist :
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 469376 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
5:06 PM
Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra Op 34
Artist : Henry Chapin, narrator
Album :
Composer : Benjamin Britten
Catalog : 60175 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
5:25 PM
American Journey- Suite
Artist :
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Composer : John Williams
Catalog : 70636 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Recording Arts Orchestra/LA
Label : CBS/Sony
5:52 PM
TREEMONISHA: A Real Slow Drag
Artist : Marcus Roberts, piano
Album :
Composer : Scott Joplin
Catalog : 60554 CD
Label : CBS/Sony

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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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