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 14, 2013

6:06 AM
Lady Radnor’s Suite
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Sir Charles Hubert H. Parry
Catalog : 550331 CD
Conductor : Adrian Leaper
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
6:23 AM
DIE ZWILLINGSBRUDER Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 385853 CD
Conductor : Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra : Menuhin Festival Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:29 AM
An Irish Melody, The Londonderry Air
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Frank Bridge
Catalog : 5366 CD
Conductor : William Boughton
Orchestra : English String Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
6:39 AM
Piano Concerto Movement in D
Artist : Linnea Bardarson,piano
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 2640 CD
Conductor : Jon Ceander Mitchell
Orchestra : Bohuslav Martinu Philh., Zlin
Label : Centaur
7:06 AM
Polonaise No. 3 in A Op 40
Artist : Lang Lang, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 782933 CD
Label : CBS/Sony
7:14 AM
Jack Tar
Artist :
Album :
Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 3102 CD
Conductor : Keith Brion
Orchestra : New Sousa Band
Label : Delos
7:19 AM
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Howard Shore
Catalog : 80664 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:27 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 12 in b Op 6
Artist : Paul Nicholson, harpsichord
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 7921 CD
Orchestra : Guildhall String Ensemble
Label : RCA/BMG
7:40 AM
Schlagobers Ballet: Waltz Op 70
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 64346 CD
Conductor : Rudolph Kempe
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Angel/EMI
7:49 AM
Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in C
Artist : Ottavio Dantone, harpsichord
Album :
Composer : Alessandro Scarlatti
Catalog : 470650 CD
Conductor : Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra : Accademia Bizantina
Label : London/Dec
8:06 AM
Symphony No. 23 in D
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 412954 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
8:18 AM
Roumanian Folk Dances
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Bela Bartok
Catalog : 443444 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:26 AM
LE VOYAGE DANS LA LUNE: Ballet of the
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 5303 CD
Conductor : Michel Swierczewski
Orchestra : Gulbenkian Foundation Orch.
Label : Nimbus
8:39 AM
Caucasian Sketches: Suite No. 1 Op 10
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov
Catalog : 5010 CD
Conductor : Maurice Abravanel
Orchestra : Utah Symphony Orchestra
Label : VangrdOmeg
8:51 AM
Suite Bergamasque: No. 3 Clair de Lune
Artist : James Galway, flute
Album :
Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 80318 CD
Conductor : David Measham
Orchestra : National Philharmonic Orch.
Label : RCA/BMG
9:06 AM
Flute Concerto in D
Artist : Maria Bania, flute
Album :
Composer : Johann Joachim Agrell
Catalog : 535 CD
Conductor : Andrew Manze
Orchestra : Concerto Copenhagen
Label : Chandos
9:23 AM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in g Op 25
Artist : Lang Lang, piano
Album :
Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 666 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
9:45 AM
Danses Sacree et Profane
Artist : Alice Chalifoux, harp
Album :
Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 68327 CD
Conductor : Pierre Boulez
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:00 AM
Clarinet Concerto in E-Flat
Artist : Philippe Cuper, clarinet
Album :
Composer : Anonymous
Catalog : 30 CD
Conductor : Petr Vronsky
Orchestra : Talich Chamber Orchestra
Label : Clarinet
10:15 AM
Symphony in C
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 423624 CD
Orchestra : Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
10:49 AM
Islamey - Oriental Fantasy Op 18
Artist : Lang Lang, piano
Album :
Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 80524 CD
Label : Telarc
11:00 AM
Violin Concerto No. 3 in G
Artist : Isaac Stern, violin
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 45952 CD
Orchestra : Columbia Chamber Symphony
Label : CBS/Sony
11:24 AM
Symphony No. 4 in c
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 385853 CD
Conductor : Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra : Menuhin Festival Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:06 PM
Jubel Overture in C Op 103
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Joachim Raff
Catalog : 223638 CD
Conductor : Urs Schneider
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
12:22 PM
Symphony No. 1 in D Op 4
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johan Svendsen
Catalog : 49769 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:59 PM
Concerto for 2 violins and strings in B-Flat Op 10
Artist : ...and various soloists
Album :
Composer : Willem De Fesch
Catalog : 92037 CD
Orchestra : Musica Ad Rhenum
Label : Nederland
12:59 PM
Symphony No. 4 in e Op 98
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 4775324 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
2:00 PM
THE THREEPENNY OPERA: Little Suite
Artist :
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Composer : Kurt Weill
Catalog : 64142 CD
Conductor : Otto Klemperer
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
2:22 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Op 15
Artist : Mikhail Pletnev, piano
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 4776415 CD
Conductor : Christian Gansch
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
3:00 PM
Macbeth Op 23
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 64350 CD
Conductor : Rudolph Kempe
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Angel/EMI
3:21 PM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 3185 CD
Orchestra : Lincoln Center Chamber Society
Label : Delos
3:40 PM
Introduction & Variations Brillantes Op 170
Artist : Christopher Hinterhuber, piano
Album :
Composer : Ferdinand Ries
Catalog : 570440 CD
Conductor : Uwe Grodd
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
4:06 PM
Sylvia: Excerpts
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Leo Delibes
Catalog : 473171 CD
Conductor : Anatole Fistoulari
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:23 PM
Dialogue in Song
Artist : Lang Lang, piano
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 6233 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
4:28 PM
La SirŠne: Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber
Catalog : 1039 CD
Conductor : B. Tommy Andersson
Orchestra : Gothenburg Opera Orchestra
Label : Sterling
4:38 PM
Slavonic Rhapsody No. 3 in A-Flat Op 45
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 416623 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Philips
4:53 PM
BERENICE: Overture
Artist :
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 4758075 CD
Conductor : Karl Munchinger
Orchestra : Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
Label : London/Dec
5:06 PM
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 442427 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
5:22 PM
The Red Poppy: Russian Sailor’s Dance
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Reinhold Gliere
Catalog : 3178 CD
Conductor : Zdenek Macal
Orchestra : New Jersey Symphony
Label : Delos
5:28 PM
Concertino for violin and orchestra in b
Artist : Robert McDuffie, violin
Album :
Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 80402 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
5:43 PM
Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 Op 46
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 36718 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony

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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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