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 30, 2014

6:06 AM
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 5 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : BuffaloPO
6:15 AM
Scherzo capriccioso Op 66
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 3533 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
6:31 AM
Symphony in G Op 6
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999298 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
6:41 AM
Horn Concertino in D
Artist : Barry Tuckwell, horn
Album :
Composer : J. Michael Haydn
Catalog : 6249 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
7:06 AM
Artist :
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Composer : Emmanuel Chabrier
Catalog : 61497 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:15 AM
The Occidental
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 301 CD
Conductor : Leonard B. Smith
Orchestra : Detroit Concert band
Label : WalkingFro
7:19 AM
Concerto in a
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 413788 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
7:28 AM
String Sonata No. 2 in A
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 69524 CD
Conductor : Jerzy Maksymiuk
Orchestra : Polish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:41 AM
Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4790718 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
7:51 AM
Overture Characteristique et brilliante in b
Artist : Yaara Tal, piano
Album :
Composer : Carl Czerny
Catalog : 45936 CD
Label : CBS/Sony
8:06 AM
Opera Comique
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 223249 CD
Conductor : Alfred Walter
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MarcoPolo
8:15 AM
Sarabande et Rigaudon Op 93
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 1015 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Cala
8:26 AM
Bassoon Concerto No. 6 in e
Artist : Klaus Thunemann, bassoon
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 154 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Pentatone
8:39 AM
Concert Piece for Clarinet & Basset Horn in d Op 114
Artist : Ludmila Peterkova, clarinet; Nicolas Baldeyrou, basset horn
Album :
Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 3554 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Prague Philharmonia
Label : Supraphon
8:50 AM
La Petite Babillarde Op 66
Artist : Ian Hominick, piano
Album :
Composer : Ignaz Moscheles
Catalog : 1341 CD
Label : MSR
9:06 AM
Legend for Violin & Orchestra
Artist : Ralph Holmes, violin
Album :
Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 9040 CD
Conductor : Vernon Handley
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Unicorn
9:16 AM
Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Op 74
Artist : Benny Goodman, clarinet
Album :
Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 5890 CD
Conductor : Jean Martinon
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
9:40 AM
Piano Sonata No. 10 in C
Artist : Zoltan Kocsis, piano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 31804 CD
Label : Hungaroton
10:00 AM
L’Arlesienne Suite No. 1
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 434321 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
10:18 AM
Violin Concerto No. 3 in b Op 61
Artist : Joshua Bell, violin
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 425501 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
10:48 AM
Sinfonia No. 4 in A
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 73326 CD
Conductor : Thomas Fueri
Orchestra : Bern Camerata
Label : Denon
11:02 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 6 in E
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Composer : Alessandro Scarlatti
Catalog : 45495 CD
Conductor : Fabio Biondi
Orchestra : Europa Galante
Label : Vrgn Clscs
11:11 AM
Symphony No. 2 in D Op 43
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 75 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : ClevelandO
12:06 PM
Overture on a Spanish March Theme
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Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 1000153 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
12:21 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in b-Flat Op 66
Artist : Francesco Caramiello, piano
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Martucci
Catalog : 691 CD
Conductor : Francesco d'Avalos
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : ASV
1:04 PM
String Quartet in D Op 64
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 8531 CD
Orchestra : Gabrieli String Quartet
Label : Chandos
1:25 PM
Symphony No. 1 in e Op 21
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Composer : Howard Hanson
Catalog : 4785092 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman-Rochester Sym. Orch.
Label : Mercury
2:00 PM
Passacaille in g
Artist : Gustav Leonhardt, harpsichord
Album :
Composer : Louis Couperin
Catalog : 26 CD
Label : Alpha
2:07 PM
Cello Concerto in A
Artist : Anner Bylsma, cello
Album :
Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 90800 CD
Conductor : Gustav Leonhardt
Orchestra : Orch of Age of Enlightenment
Label : Vrgn Clscs
2:28 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in f-Sharp Op 1
Artist : Vardan Mamikonian, piano
Album :
Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 497001 CD
Conductor : David Stahl
Orchestra : Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orch
Label : Orfeo
3:00 PM
Concerto for 2 trumpets in C
Artist : Albert Calvayrac, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 67425 CD
Conductor : Louis Auriacombe
Orchestra : Orch du Capitole de Toulouse
Label : Angel/EMI
3:09 PM
Violin Concerto No. 3 in g Op 99
Artist : Ragin Wenk-Wolff, violin
Album :
Composer : Jeno Hubay
Catalog : 2790 CD
Conductor : Dennis Burkh
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Centaur
3:41 PM
Concerto for two Horns in F
Artist : Bedrich Tylsar, horn
Album :
Composer : Franz-Xaver Pokorny
Catalog : 550459 CD
Conductor : Frantisek Vajnar
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
4:06 PM
The Incredible Flutist-ballet suite
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Composer : Walter Piston
Catalog : 434307 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman-Rochester Sym. Orch.
Label : Mercury
4:24 PM
PARSIFAL: Prelude to Act I
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 4792343 CD
Conductor : Hans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra : Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
4:38 PM
PARSIFAL: Nur eine Waffe taugt
Artist : Simon O’Neill, tenor
Album :
Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 96666 CD
Conductor : Pietari Inkinen
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:46 PM
Little Serenade for string orchestra Op 12
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Composer : Lars-Erik Larsson
Catalog : 285 CD
Conductor : Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra : Stockholm Sinfonietta
Label : Bis
5:06 PM
In Autumn Overture Op 11
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 469376 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
5:19 PM
Rondo for Violin & Orchestra in B-Flat
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 445536 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
5:27 PM
Distant Land
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Composer : John Rutter
Catalog : 1821 CD
Conductor : John Rutter
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
5:35 PM
Le Tombeau de Couperin
Artist :
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Composer : Maurice Ravel (arr. Kocsis)
Catalog : 32106 CD
Conductor : Zoltan Kocsis
Orchestra : Hungarian National Philharmonic
Label : Hungaroton


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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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.