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 06, 2014

6:06 AM
Athalia Overture Op 74
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 81788 CD
Conductor : Moshe Atzmon
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:17 AM
Sonata a 4 in e
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Composer : Frantisek Tuma
Catalog : 30436 CD
Conductor : Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra : Concerto Italiano
Label : Naive
6:30 AM
LA CENERENTOLA Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 433074 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
6:40 AM
Andalusian Dances
Artist : Guher & Suher Pekinel, pianos
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Composer : Manuel Infante
Catalog : 44931 CD
Label : Teldec
7:06 AM
Norwegian Dance No. 1 Op 35
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 9028 CD
Conductor : Petri Sakari
Orchestra : Iceland State Symphony Orch.
Label : Chandos
7:14 AM
The Rifle Regiment (1886)
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 434300 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:19 AM
Concerto Symphonique No. 4: Scherzo Op 102
Artist : Leonard Pennario, piano
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Composer : Henry Litolff
Catalog : 63661 CD
Conductor : Carmen Dragon
Orchestra : Hollywood Bowl Pops Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:28 AM
Roumanian Rhapsody No. 1 in A Op 11
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Composer : Georges Enesco
Catalog : 62698 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:42 AM
Slavonic Dance No. 4 in D-Flat Op 72
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 430171 CD
Conductor : Christoph Von Dohnanyi
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
7:49 AM
Symphony in G
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Composer : Jose Pons
Catalog : 10488 CD
Orchestra : Concerto Koln
Label : Capriccio
8:06 AM
DES TEUFELS LUSTSCHLOSS Overture
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 570328 CD
Conductor : Christian Benda
Orchestra : Prague Sinfonia
Label : Naxos
8:17 AM
Concerto No. 5 in C Op 9
Artist : Anthony Robson, oboe
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 579 CD
Conductor : Simon Standage
Orchestra : Collegium Musicum 90
Label : Chandos
8:28 AM
Concerto for 2 flutes, bassoon, strings in G
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 1113 CD
Orchestra : Hanoverian Ensemble
Label : MSR
8:41 AM
Zur Namensfeier Overture in C Op 115
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 429762 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:50 AM
Suite
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Composer : Henry Purcell
Catalog : 2882 CD
Conductor : Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Intersound
9:06 AM
Saltarello
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Composer : Charles Gounod
Catalog : 550087 CD
Conductor : Ondrej Lenard
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
9:14 AM
Variations Chromatiques (1868)
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 131 CD
Conductor : Martin West
Orchestra : San Francisco Ballet Orchestra
Label : Reference
9:30 AM
Suite-concertino for bassoon in F Op 16
Artist : Giuseppe Ciabocchi, bassoon
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Composer : Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
Catalog : 572921 CD
Conductor : Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra : Rome Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:00 AM
Siegfried Idyll
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 59689 CD
Conductor : Marek Janowski
Orchestra : Phil Orch of Radio France
Label : Vrgn Clscs
10:19 AM
Sehnsucht, Symphonic Poem
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Composer : Siegfried Wagner
Catalog : 999366 CD
Conductor : Werner Andreas Albert
Orchestra : Hamburg Philharmonic
Label : CPO
10:41 AM
Overture No. 5 in B-Flat
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Composer : Francesco Maria Veracini
Catalog : 447644 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
10:57 AM
Piano Sonata No. 22 in F Op 54
Artist : Stephen Kovacevich, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 62700 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
11:10 AM
Symphony No. 1 in g Op 13
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 93980 CD
Conductor : Vladimir Fedoseyev
Orchestra : Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra
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12:06 PM
Scherzo in A Op 10
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Composer : Alexander Kopylov
Catalog : 1013 CD
Conductor : Antonio de Almeida
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : ASV
12:20 PM
Concertstuck in g Op 33
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
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Composer : Carl Reinecke
Catalog : 1196 CD
Conductor : Bystrik Rezucha
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MSR
12:37 PM
Violin Concerto in d
Artist : Leonid Kogan, violin
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Composer : Aram Khachaturian
Catalog : 63708 CD
Conductor : Pierre Monteux
Orchestra : Boston Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
1:14 PM
Introduction and Polonaise brillante in C Op 3
Artist : Antony Cooke, cello
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 2956 CD
Label : Centaur
1:26 PM
Symphony No. 10: Adagio
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Composer : Gustav Mahler
Catalog : 39 CD
Conductor : Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra : San Francisco Symphony
Label : SanFranSym
2:00 PM
Piano Concerto in a Op 16
Artist : Philippe Entremont, piano
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 37805 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
2:29 PM
Symphony No. 92 in G
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 6004 CD
Conductor : Karel Ancerl
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
3:00 PM
Adagio in g
Artist : Iona Brown, violin
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 65925 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
3:09 PM
String Quartet No. 1 in F Op 18
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 1655 CD
Orchestra : Miro Quartet
Label : VangrdOmeg
3:40 PM
Violin Concerto No. 9 in a Op 104
Artist : Takako Nishizaki, violin
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Composer : Charles Auguste de Beriot
Catalog : 220440 CD
Conductor : Alfred Walter
Orchestra : RTBF Orchestra, Brussels
Label : MarcoPolo
4:06 PM
Simple Symphony Op 4
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Composer : Benjamin Britten
Catalog : 423624 CD
Orchestra : Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
4:25 PM
LA TRAVIATA Prelude to Act I
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 4784916 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Bavarian State Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:31 PM
LA TRAVIATA Prelude to Act III
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 4784916 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Bavarian State Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:36 PM
LA TRAVIATA: Teneste la promessa...Addio
Artist : Anna Moffo, soprano
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 68921 CD
Conductor : Fernando Previtali
Orchestra : Rome Opera Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:41 PM
Spartacus: Ballet Suite No. 3
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Composer : Aram Khachaturian
Catalog : 550801 CD
Conductor : Andre Anichanov
Orchestra : St. Petersburg State Symphony
Label : Naxos
5:06 PM
Gwendoline Overture
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Composer : Emmanuel Chabrier
Catalog : 4785092 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
5:16 PM
Fantasy Scenes (from an Eastern Romance)
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Composer : Hamilton Harty
Catalog : 557731 CD
Conductor : Takuo Yuasa
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:30 PM
Four Irish Dances Op 126
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Composer : Malcolm Arnold
Catalog : 8867 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Chandos
5:39 PM
The Irish Suite
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 7892 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG

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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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