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 05, 2014

6:06 AM
FAUST: Ballet Music
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Composer : Charles Gounod
Catalog : 62530 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:18 AM
Festive Symphony: Scherzo
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 223120 CD
Conductor : Lothar Zagrosek
Orchestra : ORF Symphony Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
6:30 AM
DIE FLEDERMAUS Overture
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 80547 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
6:40 AM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 30412 CD
Conductor : Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra : Concerto Italiano
Label : Naive
7:06 AM
Overture No. 2 in A
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Composer : Thomas Augustine Arne
Catalog : 4759117 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : London/Dec
7:14 AM
Under the Double Eagle
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Composer : Josef Franz Wagner
Catalog : 89111 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:18 AM
Fantasy on Two Folk Songs
Artist : Rudolf Belov, domra
Album :
Composer : Nicolai Budashkin
Catalog : 432000 CD
Conductor : Vitaly Gnutov
Orchestra : Osipov State Russian Flk.Orch.
Label : Mercury
7:28 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 1 in G Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 4758673 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
7:41 AM
Feierlicher Einzug der Ritter des
Artist : Michael Murray, organ
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 80438 CD
Conductor : Robert Woods
Orchestra : Empire Brass
Label : Telarc
7:49 AM
Concerto for horn, strings, co in D
Artist : Hermann Baumann, horn
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 412226 CD
Conductor : Iona Brown
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
8:06 AM
Son & Stranger Overture Op 89
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 81788 CD
Conductor : Moshe Atzmon
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:15 AM
String Quartet No. 1: Andante Cantabile Op 11
Artist : Yo Yo Ma, cello
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 93927 CD
Conductor : Lorin Maazel
Orchestra : Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:26 AM
Fra Diavolo-Cotillons Op 41
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Composer : Johann Strauss
Catalog : 225282 CD
Conductor : Christian Pollack
Orchestra : Slovak Sinfonietta Zilina
Label : MarcoPolo
8:39 AM
FIDELIO Overture Op 72
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 27333 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
8:48 AM
Baden Maiden Waltz Op 257
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Composer : Karel Komzak
Catalog : 799111 CD
Conductor : Friedemann Riehle
Orchestra : Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CPClassics
9:06 AM
KHOVANSHCHINA: Prelude
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 90 CD
Conductor : Alexander Vedernikov
Orchestra : The Bolshoi Theater Orchestra
Label : Pentatone
9:13 AM
I VESPRI SICILIANI: Le quattro stagioni
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 52489 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
9:44 AM
Symphony No. 7 in D
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4790718 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
10:00 AM
Ma Vlast: No. 1 Vysehrad
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 9366 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
10:16 AM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Op 17
Artist : Philippe Entremont, piano
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 45624 CD
Conductor : Michel Plasson
Orchestra : Orch du Capitole de Toulouse
Label : CBS/Sony
10:45 AM
Concertino for horn & orch in e Op 45
Artist : Barry Tuckwell, horn
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 86558 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
11:04 AM
Sinfonia in C
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Composer : Josef Myslivecek
Catalog : 4776418 CD
Conductor : Werner Erhardt
Orchestra : Concerto Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
11:13 AM
Symphony No. 4 in e Op 98
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 4775324 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
12:06 PM
A LIFE FOR THE TSAR: 3 dances
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Composer : Mikhail Glinka
Catalog : 1000166 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
12:23 PM
Suite No. 2 for two pianos Op 17
Artist : Martha Argerich, piano
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 4758520 CD
Label : Philips
12:46 PM
Capriccio: Sextet Overture
Artist : Members of...
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 8758 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:58 PM
Swedish Rhapsody No. 1 Op 19
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Composer : Hugo Alfven
Catalog : 469376 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
1:13 PM
Symphony No. 1 in b Op 3
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Composer : Kurt Atterberg
Catalog : 999639 CD
Conductor : Ari Rasilainen
Orchestra : Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orch
Label : CPO
2:00 PM
Poeme Epique
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 7001 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra : Hong Kong Philharmonic Orch.
Label : RecordsInt
2:15 PM
Piano Concerto No. 3 in d Op 30
Artist : Martha Argerich, piano
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 446673 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : Berlin Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : Philips
3:00 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 7 in D Op 6
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 434110 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Philips
3:11 PM
Symphonic Poem No. 1
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 557846 CD
Conductor : Michael Halasz
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
3:42 PM
Scherzo and Finale
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Composer : Hugo Wolf
Catalog : 45416 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : Erato
4:06 PM
Valses Nobles et Sentimentales
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 5031 CD
Conductor : Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
Orchestra : Minnesota Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
4:25 PM
KHOVANSHCHINA: Persian Slaves’ Dance
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 4785092 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
4:34 PM
KHOVANSHCHINA: Chief, our father, come
Artist : Vladimir Krasov, baritone
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 90 CD
Conductor : Alexander Vedernikov
Orchestra : The Bolshoi Theater Orchestra
Label : Pentatone
4:43 PM
Totentanz-Danse macabre
Artist : Alexander Brailowsky, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 48167 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:06 PM
Brook Green Suite Op 190
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 2882 CD
Conductor : Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Intersound
5:15 PM
Polonaise No. 5 in f-Sharp Op 44
Artist : Elisabeth Leonskaja, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 96532 CD
Label : Teldec
5:28 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Op 19
Artist : Martha Argerich, piano
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 3398 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn

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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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