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

June 02, 2014

6:06 AM
A Shropshire Lad
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Composer : George Butterworth
Catalog : 65615 CD
Conductor : Neville Dilkes
Orchestra : English Sinfonia
Label : Angel/EMI
6:16 AM
Ma Vlast: No. 5 Tabor
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 3465 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
6:31 AM
I Got Rhythm Variations
Artist : Lincoln Mayorga, piano
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 28 CD
Conductor : Dmitri Kitayenko
Orchestra : Moscow Philharmonic
Label : Sheffield
6:41 AM
Concerto for 2 violins (Double Concerto) in d
Artist : Anne Akiko Meyers, violin
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 7785 CD
Conductor : Steven Mercurio
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : E1 Music
7:06 AM
Tantalus’s Torment Overture
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 54056 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
7:15 AM
Flags of Freedom
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 1 CD
Conductor : (Colonel) Lowell E. Graham
Orchestra : ACC Heritage of America Band
Label : USAF
7:18 AM
Adagio for violin & orchestra in E
Artist : Pepe Romero, guitar
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4785669 CD
Conductor : Iona Brown
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
7:27 AM
Eine Faust Overture
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 62403 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:41 AM
Orchestral Suite No. 3:
Artist : Yo-Yo Ma, Baroque Cello
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 60680 CD
Conductor : Ton Koopman
Orchestra : Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:48 AM
Concerto No. 10 in b Op 3
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 423094 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
8:06 AM
Jenny Bell: Overture
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Composer : Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber
Catalog : 1039 CD
Conductor : B. Tommy Andersson
Orchestra : Gothenburg Opera Orchestra
Label : Sterling
8:15 AM
Fantasia & Fugue in c
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Elgar)
Catalog : 89012 CD
Conductor : Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra : Los Angeles Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
8:26 AM
Harpsichord Concerto No. 4 in c
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Composer : Alessandro Scarlatti
Catalog : 470650 CD
Conductor : Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra : Accademia Bizantina
Label : London/Dec
8:40 AM
MAGIC FLUTE Overture
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4775789 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:48 AM
Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs) Op 20
Artist : Sarah Chang, violin
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Composer : Pablo Sarasate
Catalog : 57220 CD
Conductor : Placido Domingo
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
9:06 AM
Rhapsodie d’Auvergne Op 73
Artist : Camille Saint-Saens, piano
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 110677 CD
Label : Naxos
9:15 AM
Piano Concerto No. 5 in F Op 103
Artist : Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 4758764 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : L'Orchestre delaSuisse Romande
Label : London/Dec
9:44 AM
String Symphony No. 6 in E-Flat
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 553161 CD
Conductor : Nicholas Ward
Orchestra : Northern Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:00 AM
Tragic Overture Op 81
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 37776 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:16 AM
Violin Concerto Op 14
Artist : Dylana Jenson, violin
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Composer : Samuel Barber
Catalog : 126057 CD
Conductor : David Lockington
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : ManoAMano
10:42 AM
Sinfonia No. 8 in D
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Composer : Georg (Jiri Antonin) Benda
Catalog : 553409 CD
Conductor : Christian Benda
Orchestra : Prague Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:52 AM
Keyboard Concerto No. 4 in A
Artist : Murray Perahia, piano
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 82429 CD
Conductor : Murray Perahia
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : CBS/Sony
11:07 AM
Symphony No. 9 in e Op 95
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 432996 CD
Conductor : Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Philips
12:06 PM
Leonore Overture No. 2 Op 72
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 429762 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
12:23 PM
Concerto for 2 pianos and orchestra Op 88
Artist : Guher & Suher Pekinel, pianos
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 9711 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:50 PM
THE DEMON: Ballet Music
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Composer : Anton Rubinstein
Catalog : 71 CD
Conductor : Eiji Oue
Orchestra : Minnesota Orchestra
Label : Reference
1:01 PM
Tarantella Op 14
Artist : Julianne Markavitch, piano
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Composer : Nikolai Rubinstein
Catalog : 7226 CD
Label : Starlight
1:09 PM
Symphony No. 1 in c Op 3
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Composer : Nikolai Miaskovsky
Catalog : 11007 CD
Conductor : Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra : USSR Ministry of Culture Symph
Label : Russian
2:00 PM
Violin Concerto No. 2 in f-Sharp Op 19
Artist : Misha Keylin, violin
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Composer : Henri Vieuxtemps
Catalog : 554114 CD
Conductor : Dennis Burkh
Orchestra : Janacek Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
2:22 PM
Enigma Variations Op 36
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 55001 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
3:00 PM
Sinfonia No. 6 Op 1
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Composer : Andrea Stefano Fiore
Catalog : 2010 CD
Orchestra : Isabella Leonarda Ensemble
Label : Concerto
3:09 PM
Piano Trio in G Op 1
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 7334 CD
Orchestra : European Fine Arts Trio
Label : Guild
3:42 PM
Years of Pilgrimage: 2nd Year: Apres une
Artist : Jerome Lowenthal, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 9307 CD
Label : Bridge
4:06 PM
Memories of My Childhood
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Composer : Charles Martin Loeffler
Catalog : 2256 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : Guild
4:21 PM
Choric Dance No. 2 Op 17
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Composer : Paul Creston
Catalog : 2256 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : Guild
4:32 PM
Zampa Overture
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Composer : Louis Joseph F. Herold
Catalog : 37240 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
4:38 PM
MIREILLE: Mon coeur est plein d’un noir
Artist : Lili Pons, soprano
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Composer : Charles Gounod
Catalog : 60655 CD
Conductor : Andre Kostelanetz
Orchestra : Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:43 PM
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik in G
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 67141 CD
Conductor : Julius Rudel
Orchestra : Virtuosi of Prague
Label : MusicMaste
5:06 PM
Bugler’s Holiday
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 6213 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:10 PM
Concerto for Clarinet and String Orch.
Artist : Robert Spring, clarinet
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 1019 CD
Conductor : Timothy Russell
Orchestra : Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra
Label : Summit
5:28 PM
In The South (Alassio) overture Op 50
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 57973 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : La Scala Philaharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
5:52 PM
Henry VIII (Shakespeare) Incidental
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Composer : Edward German
Catalog : 223419 CD
Conductor : Adrian Leaper
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo

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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.
Bettmann/CORBIS

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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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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