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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June 27, 2013

6:06 AM
Concerto Grosso in g Op 1, No. 12
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Composer : Pietro Antonio Locatelli
Catalog : 550877 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
6:16 AM
Capriccio Brillant in b Op 22
Artist : Ian Hobson, piano
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 6688 CD
Conductor : Ian Hobson
Orchestra : Sinfonia da Camera
Label : Arabesque
6:29 AM
Organ (or Harp) Concerto No. 5 in F Op 4
Artist : Matthew Halls, organ
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 2055 CD
Conductor : Monica Huggett
Orchestra : Ensemble Sonnerie
Label : Avie
6:39 AM
Symphony in G
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4790718 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
7:06 AM
DIE SCHONE GALATEA: Overture
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 434309 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
7:15 AM
The Black Horse Troop
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 137 CD
Conductor : Keith Brion
Orchestra : Washington Winds
Label : WalkingFro
7:19 AM
MAGIC FLUTE Overture, K. 620
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 105 CD
Conductor : David Parry
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
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7:27 AM
String Symphony No. 1 in C
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 553161 CD
Conductor : Nicholas Ward
Orchestra : Northern Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:41 AM
THIEVING MAGPIE (LA GAZZA LADRA) Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 412236 CD
Conductor : Silvio Varviso
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Philips
7:53 AM
Tarantelle
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Composer : Cesar Cui
Catalog : 550087 CD
Conductor : Ondrej Lenard
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
8:06 AM
SIEGFRIED: Forest Murmurs
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 410137 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:16 AM
Romance in G Op 26
Artist : Dong-suk Kang,violin
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Composer : Johan Svendsen
Catalog : 550329 CD
Conductor : Adrian Leaper
Orchestra : Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:26 AM
Mephisto Waltz No. 1
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 37772 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:42 AM
Overture in C Op 170, D. 591 In the Italian Style
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 570329 CD
Conductor : Christian Benda
Orchestra : Prague Sinfonia
Label : Naxos
8:48 AM
Jazz Suite No. 1
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Composer : Dmitri Shostakovich
Catalog : 433702 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : Concertgebouw Orch. Amsterdam
Label : London/Dec
9:06 AM
Notturno No. 4 in C
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 999741 CD
Conductor : Dieter Klocker
Orchestra : Consortium Classicum
Label : CPO
9:17 AM
Grand Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra in F
Artist : Klaus Thunemann, bassoon
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Composer : Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Catalog : 432081 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
9:42 AM
Concert Fantasy on Mozart’s THE MAGIC FLUTE Op 54
Artist : Tianwa Yang, violin
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Composer : Pablo Sarasate
Catalog : 572275 CD
Conductor : Ernest Martinez Izquierdo
Orchestra : Navarra Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:00 AM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F, BWV 1046
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 412790 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Philips
10:21 AM
Symphony No. 90 in C
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 94237 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
10:49 AM
Scherzo No. 1 in b Op 20
Artist : Artur Rubinstein, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 61396 CD
Label : RCA/BMG
11:00 AM
Somerset Rhapsody Op 21, No. 2
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 40471 CD
Conductor : Norman Del Mar
Orchestra : Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Label : Angel/EMI
11:12 AM
Symphony No. 3 in f "Irish"
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Composer : Sir Charles Villiers Stanford
Catalog : 8545 CD
Conductor : Vernon Handley
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:06 PM
Symphony in E
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Composer : Georg Christoph Wagenseil
Catalog : 777112 CD
Conductor : Johannes Goritzki
Orchestra : Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
Label : CPO
12:19 PM
Piano Trio in B-Flat, K. 502
Artist : Andre Previn, piano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 6099 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
12:43 PM
Ondine
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Composer : George Templeton Strong
Catalog : 559078 CD
Conductor : Adriano
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
1:11 PM
Symphony No. 3 in F Op 90
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 4790718 CD
Conductor : Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
2:00 PM
Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 8502 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
2:15 PM
Symphony No. 6 in D Op 60
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 4790718 CD
Conductor : Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
3:00 PM
Largo Mysterioso
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Composer : Aarre Merikanto
Catalog : 9806 CD
Conductor : Leif Segerstam
Orchestra : Finnish Radio Symphony Orch
Label : YLE
3:06 PM
Violin Concerto in d Op 47
Artist : Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 54855 CD
Conductor : Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:41 PM
Fantasy on Polish Airs in A Op 13
Artist : Garrick Ohlsson, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 71472 CD
Conductor : Jerzy Maksymiuk
Orchestra : Polish National Radio Orchestr
Label : Angel/EMI
4:06 PM
Jeux (Poeme dansee)
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 8903 CD
Conductor : Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
4:25 PM
DEUX COUERS: Zwei Herzen Im Dreivierteltakt
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Composer : Robert Stolz
Catalog : 80547 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
4:30 PM
DER FAVORIT: Du Sollst der Kaiser meiner...
Artist : Anna Moffo, soprano
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Composer : Robert Stolz
Catalog : 72916 CD
Conductor : Robert Stolz
Orchestra : Orchestra Hagen Galatis
Label : RCA/BMG
4:35 PM
FAUST: Jewel Song: Air des bijoux
Artist : Anna Moffo, soprano
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Composer : Charles Gounod
Catalog : 63530 CD
Conductor : Tullio Serafin
Orchestra : Rome Opera Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:43 PM
Poema Autunnale for violin and orchestra
Artist : Julia Fischer, violin
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 15535 CD
Conductor : Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra : Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orch
Label : London/Dec
5:06 PM
Thousand and One Nights Op 346
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 48376 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:16 PM
Tzigane: Rhapsodie de concert
Artist : Joshua Bell, violin
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 433519 CD
Conductor : Andrew Litton
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
5:28 PM
Piccolo Concerto Op 50
Artist : James Galway, flute
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Composer : Lowell Liebermann
Catalog : 63235 CD
Conductor : Lowell Liebermann
Orchestra : London Mozart Players
Label : RCA/BMG
5:55 PM
Schwanengesang:04. Standchen (Serenade), D., 957
Artist : James Galway, flute; Phillip Moll, piano
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Composer : Franz Schubert (arr. Galway)
Catalog : 60033 CD
Label : RCA/BMG

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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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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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12:05 pm
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Westminster Symphonic Choir

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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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