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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Playlist

June 11, 2013

6:06 AM
CHEREVICHKI: Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 93980 CD
Conductor : Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra : Teatro Lirico di Cagliari
Label :
6:19 AM
Polonaise No. 6 in A-Flat Op 53
Artist : Lang Lang, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 771901 CD
Label : CBS/Sony
6:29 AM
Huapango
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Jose Pablo Moncayo
Catalog : 775555 CD
Conductor : Alondra de la Parra
Orchestra : Philharmonic Orch of Americas
Label : CBS/Sony
6:39 AM
Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks Op 28
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 64342 CD
Conductor : Rudolph Kempe
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Angel/EMI
7:06 AM
Chaste Barbara Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Oskar Nedbal
Catalog : 192 CD
Conductor : Douglas Bostock
Orchestra : Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra
Label : Classico
7:14 AM
Golden Jubilee
Artist :
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 434300 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:19 AM
Adagio for violin & orchestra in E
Artist : Philippe Graffin, violin
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 2127 CD
Conductor : Philippe Graffin
Orchestra : Brabant Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Avie
7:27 AM
Roumanian Rhapsody No. 2 in D Op 11
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Georges Enesco
Catalog : 75179 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orch
Label : Erato
7:40 AM
Fantasy on Verdi’s Rigoletto Op 38
Artist : Patrick Gallois, flute
Album :
Composer : Franz & Karl Doppler
Catalog : 570378 CD
Conductor : Patrick Gallois
Orchestra : Sinfonia Finlandia
Label : Naxos
7:52 AM
Creation: Die Himmel erzahlen.
Artist : Cleveland Orchestra Chorus
Album :
Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 63709 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:06 AM
Leonore Overture No. 1 in C Op 138
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 429762 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:17 AM
ACHILLE IN SCIRO Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Francisco Corselli
Catalog : 920307 CD
Conductor : Emilio Moreno
Orchestra : El Concierto Espanol
Label : Glossa
8:26 AM
Flute Quartet in A
Artist : Susan Milan, flute
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 8872 CD
Orchestra : Chilingirian Quartet
Label : Chandos
8:39 AM
INDIGO UND DIE VIERZIG RAUBER: Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 223249 CD
Conductor : Alfred Walter
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MarcoPolo
8:48 AM
String Symphony No. 10 in b
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 5142 CD
Conductor : William Boughton
Orchestra : English String Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
9:06 AM
Don Juan Op 20
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 56364 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:24 AM
Violin Concerto No. 1 in g Op 26
Artist : Takayoshi Wanami, violin
Album :
Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 6558 CD
Conductor : Anatole Fistoulari
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Chandos
9:52 AM
Romance for Violin and Orchestra Op 6
Artist : ...and various soloists
Album :
Composer : Oskar Nedbal
Catalog : 192 CD
Conductor : Douglas Bostock
Orchestra : Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra
Label : Classico
10:00 AM
Concerto No. 5 in C Op 9
Artist : Marc Schachman, baroque oboe
Album :
Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 3108 CD
Conductor : Thomas Crawford
Orchestra : American Classical Orchestra
Label : Centaur
10:11 AM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in f-Sharp Op 1
Artist : Agustin Anievas, piano
Album :
Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 871 CD
Conductor : Rafael Fruhbeck-de Burgos
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:40 AM
Three Welsh Songs
Artist : Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
Album :
Composer : Gordon Getty
Catalog : 40 CD
Conductor : Alexander Vedernikov
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : Pentatone
10:52 AM
Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-Flat Op 31
Artist : Kun-Woo Paik, piano
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 4756909 CD
Label : London/Dec
11:15 AM
Symphony No. 41 in C
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 54090 CD
Conductor : Roger Norrington
Orchestra : London Classical Players
Label : Angel/EMI
12:06 PM
Sinfonia No. 4 in A
Artist :
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 73326 CD
Conductor : Thomas Fueri
Orchestra : Bern Camerata
Label : Denon
12:19 PM
Clarinet Concerto in E-Flat Op 36
Artist : Dimitri Ashkenazy, clarinet
Album :
Composer : Franz Krommer
Catalog : 25 CD
Conductor : Howard Griffiths
Orchestra : Northern Sinfonia of England
Label :
12:42 PM
Le Sacre du Printemps
Artist :
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Composer : Igor Stravinsky
Catalog : 2008 CD
Conductor : Valery Gergiev
Orchestra : Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchest
Label : Nederland
1:18 PM
Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Op 38
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 60125 CD
Conductor : Douglas Bostock
Orchestra : Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orc
Label : NCA
2:00 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in b-Flat Op 23
Artist : John Ogdon, piano
Album :
Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 92747 CD
Conductor : Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
2:35 PM
The Yellow River Concerto
Artist : Daniel Epstein, piano
Album :
Composer : Yin Chengzong, Chua Wanhua
Catalog : 240158 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label :
3:00 PM
The Tempest: Suite No. 1 Op 109
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 448 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bis
3:21 PM
Clarinet Concerto in B-Flat
Artist : Philippe Cuper, clarinet
Album :
Composer : Johann (Jan Vaclav) Stamitz
Catalog : 30 CD
Conductor : Petr Vronsky
Orchestra : Talich Chamber Orchestra
Label : Clarinet
3:40 PM
Violin Concerto in e
Artist : Giuliano Carmignola, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 3849 CD
Conductor : Andrea Marcon
Orchestra : Venice Baroque Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
4:06 PM
Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Op 11
Artist : Dennis Brain, horn
Album :
Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 47834 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:23 PM
LIBUSE Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 223705 CD
Conductor : Robert Stankovsky
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
4:27 PM
Variations on theme from Magic Flute in F Op 66
Artist : Antonio Meneses, cello
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 2103 CD
Label : Avie
4:40 PM
Oboe Concerto in C
Artist : Lajos Lencses, oboe
Album :
Composer : Franz Anton Rosler-Rosetti
Catalog : 999062 CD
Conductor : Bohdan Warchal
Orchestra : Slovak Chamber Orchestra
Label : CPO
5:06 PM
A Hampshire Suite Op 28
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 284 CD
Conductor : Douglas Bostock
Orchestra : Munich Symphony Orchestra
Label : Classico
5:19 PM
Hymne a la Victoire
Artist : Leeds Festival Chorus
Album :
Composer : Luigi Cherubini
Catalog : 5175 CD
Conductor : John Wallace
Orchestra : The Wallace Collection
Label : Nimbus
5:27 PM
Gypsy Lad
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Albert W. Ketelbey
Catalog : 47806 CD
Conductor : John Lanchbery
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:39 PM
Dodge City: Film score
Artist :
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Composer : Max Steiner
Catalog : 912 CD
Conductor : Charles Gerhardt
Orchestra : National Philharmonic Orch.
Label : RCA/BMG
5:49 PM
The Free Lance (Selections)
Artist :
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 559092 CD
Conductor : Keith Brion
Orchestra : Royal Artillery Band
Label : Naxos

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The Voronezh State Folk Choir (Russian)

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11:49 am
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Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

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Creatively Speaking
12:25 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

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Jessica Kourkounis

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Crossover
11:23 am
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Star Soprano Diana Damrau Scratches An Itch

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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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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.

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Excerpts of Meridee Duddleston’s interview with Senior Music Specialist Raymond White and Music Division Director Susan Vita.

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