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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May 28, 2013

6:06 AM
Concerto in D Op 3
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Composer : Charles Avison
Catalog : 557905 CD
Conductor : Pavlo Beznosiuk
Orchestra : Avison Ensemble
Label : Naxos
6:17 AM
Ballade and Passacaglia Op 38
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Composer : Kurt Atterberg
Catalog : 999732 CD
Conductor : Ari Rasilainen
Orchestra : Radio Philharm. Hannover NDR
Label : CPO
6:29 AM
Coriolan Overture in c Op 62
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 148 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Pentatone
6:39 AM
Lira Concerto No. 2 in G
Artist : Hugo Ruf, lira
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 1049 CD
Orchestra : Stuttgart Soloists
Label : Tuxedo
7:06 AM
La plus que lente
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 572296 CD
Conductor : Jun Markl
Orchestra : National Orchestra of Lyon
Label : Naxos
7:14 AM
The Diplomat
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 303 CD
Conductor : Leonard B. Smith
Orchestra : Detroit Concert band
Label : WalkingFro
7:19 AM
Festal Dance
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Composer : Havergal Brian
Catalog : 223481 CD
Conductor : Adrian Leaper
Orchestra : RTE National Sym Orch Ireland
Label : MarcoPolo
7:27 AM
Indigo und die 40 Rauber: Ballet Music
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 223247 CD
Conductor : Johannes Wildner
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
7:40 AM
Havanaise Op 83
Artist : James Ehnes, violin
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 3151 CD
Conductor : Yoav Talmi
Orchestra : Quebec Symphony Orchestra
Label : Analekta
7:53 AM
ACIS & GALATEA: O ruddier than the
Artist : Bryn Terfel, baritone
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 453480 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:06 AM
Introduction and Variations on a Theme in B-Flat
Artist : Dieter Klocker, clarinet
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Composer : Antonin Reicha
Catalog : 170021 CD
Conductor : Milan Lajc¡k
Orchestra : Prague Chamber Orchestra
Label : Orfeo
8:18 AM
PEARL FISHERS: Au fond du temple saint
Artist : Neil Shicoff, tenor
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 561031 CD
Conductor : Fabio Luisi
Orchestra : Munich Radio Orchestra
Label : Orfeo
8:25 AM
Children’s Overture
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Composer : Roger Quilter
Catalog : 64131 CD
Conductor : Sir Vivian Dunn
Orchestra : Light Music Society Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:38 AM
Symphony in G
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Composer : Leopold Mozart
Catalog : 570499 CD
Conductor : Kevin Mallon
Orchestra : Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:53 AM
Melody on Two Notes
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 559357 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : BBC Concert Orchestra
Label : Naxos
9:06 AM
Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat
Artist : Wouter Moller, cello
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Composer : Luigi Boccherini
Catalog : 61239 CD
Conductor : Hans-Martin Linde
Orchestra : Linde-Consort
Label : Vrgn Clscs
9:27 AM
Toy Symphony...Cassation
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Composer : Leopold Mozart
Catalog : 66 CD
Conductor : Janos Rolla
Orchestra : Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra
Label : WhiteLabel
9:38 AM
Suite No. 3 Scenes dramatiques
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Composer : Jules Massenet
Catalog : 553124 CD
Conductor : Jean-Yves Ossonce
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:00 AM
Concerto No. 2 a due cori in F
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 63073 CD
Conductor : Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
Label : CBS/Sony
10:18 AM
Mathis der Maler -Symphony
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Composer : Paul Hindemith
Catalog : 55230 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:47 AM
Fantasie in f Op 49
Artist : Barbara Nissman, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 19 CD
Label : Pierian
11:01 AM
Cello Concerto in B-Flat
Artist : Timothy Hugh, cello
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 553298 CD
Conductor : Richard Studt
Orchestra : Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Label : Naxos
11:25 AM
Symphony No. 2 in b
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 572786 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
12:06 PM
Sinfonia Concertante for 2 oboes & orch.in F
Artist : Andrea Gullickson, oboe
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Composer : Federigo Fiorillo
Catalog : 3400 CD
Conductor : Paul Polivnick
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Cham. Orch.
Label : Delos
12:24 PM
Symphony No. 4 in d Op 120
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 38468 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
12:53 PM
Symphonic Poem No. 1:
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 68598 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Angel/EMI
1:23 PM
Symphony No.104 in D
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 55002 CD
Conductor : Roger Norrington
Orchestra : London Classical Players
Label : Angel/EMI
2:00 PM
Orchestral Trio in E Op 5
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Composer : Johann (Jan Vaclav) Stamitz
Catalog : 553194 CD
Conductor : Richard Armstrong
Orchestra : New Zealand Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
2:17 PM
Symphony No. 3 in c Op 78
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 550138 CD
Conductor : Stephen Gunzenhauser
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
3:00 PM
LA JOLIE FILLE DE PERTH Suite
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 64869 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : Angel/EMI
3:14 PM
Symphony in G
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Composer : Leopold Mozart
Catalog : 570499 CD
Conductor : Kevin Mallon
Orchestra : Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
3:40 PM
Dance Suite from Terpsichore
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Composer : Michael Praetorius
Catalog : 118 CD
Conductor : Fritz Neumeyer
Orchestra : Collegium Terpsichore
Label : Boston Sky
4:06 PM
Flute Concerto No. 7 in e
Artist : James Galway, flute
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Composer : Francois Devienne
Catalog : 63701 CD
Conductor : James Galway
Orchestra : London Mozart Players
Label : RCA/BMG
4:25 PM
Rip Van Winkle Overture
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Composer : George W. Chadwick
Catalog : 9439 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
4:38 PM
Rhapsody Op 14
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 7013 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : RecordsInt
5:06 PM
The Wise Virgins Suite (from the ballet)
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Composer : Sir William Walton
Catalog : 555868 CD
Conductor : David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra : English Northern Philharmonia
Label : Naxos
5:26 PM
Cowboys Overture
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Composer : John Williams
Catalog : 400071 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : Philips
5:37 PM
The Three Musketeers film score
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Composer : Max Steiner
Catalog : 557704 CD
Conductor : Richard Kaufman
Orchestra : Brandenburg Philharm. Potsdam
Label : Naxos

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Bettmann/CORBIS

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

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6:01 am
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The Voronezh State Folk Choir (Russian)

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4:25 pm
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Crossover
3:43 pm
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11:49 am
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Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

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12:25 pm
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Jessica Kourkounis

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Crossover
11:23 am
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2:01 pm
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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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12:24 pm
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