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

July 03, 2013

6:06 AM
Symphony No. 46 in C
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 5186113 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Pentatone
6:19 AM
Bassoon Concerto in a
Artist : Tamas Benkocs, bassoon
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 570798 CD
Conductor : Bela Drahos
Orchestra : Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
Label : Naxos
6:32 AM
Das Spitzentuch der Konigin
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 223249 CD
Conductor : Alfred Walter
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MarcoPolo
6:42 AM
Concerto for Oboe d’amore, strin A
Artist : Han de Vries, oboe
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 50905 CD
Orchestra : I Solisti Zagreb
Label : Angel/EMI
7:06 AM
TANCREDI Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 126114 CD
Conductor : Marcel Ponseele
Orchestra : Ricercar Academy
Label : Ricercare
7:14 AM
Old Comrades
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Composer : Carl Tieke
Catalog : 434334 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:20 AM
Five O’Clock Foxtrot
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 4027 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Cala
7:27 AM
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 1 in c-Sharp
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 37772 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
7:41 AM
Colas Breugnon Overture
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Composer : Dmitri Kabalevsky
Catalog : 400071 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : Philips
7:47 AM
Piccolo Concerto in C
Artist : Michel Sanvoisin, piccolo
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 69143 CD
Conductor : Louis Auriacombe
Orchestra : Orch du Capitole de Toulouse
Label : Angel/EMI
8:06 AM
SAMSON ET DELILA: Bacchanale Op 47
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 63412 CD
Conductor : Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:15 AM
Concerto for 2 flutes, oboes, vn, stringin G
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Composer : Johann David Heinichen
Catalog : 437549 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
8:26 AM
Patrie- Overture Op 19
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 64869 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : Angel/EMI
8:39 AM
ORESTE Overture
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Composer : Domenico Cimarosa
Catalog : 570279 CD
Conductor : Kevin Mallon
Orchestra : Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:55 AM
Moravian Dances
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Composer : Leos Janacek
Catalog : 7008 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : RecordsInt
9:06 AM
La Sylphide: Overture
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Composer : Herman Severin Lovenskiold
Catalog : 6546 CD
Conductor : David Garforth
Orchestra : Royal Danish Orchestra
Label : Chandos
9:14 AM
JERUSALEM: Ballet Music (Act III)
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 572818 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
9:38 AM
L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 15934 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
10:00 AM
Concerto Grosso in D Op 3
Artist : Andrew Manze, violin
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Composer : Pieter Hellendaal
Catalog : 3492 CD
Conductor : Roy Goodman
Orchestra : European Community Baroque Orc
Label : Channel
10:18 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
10:45 AM
Sumarovo The Fiddler’s Child, Ballad
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Composer : Leos Janacek
Catalog : 2417 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
11:00 AM
Blue Danube Waltz Op 314
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 48376 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
11:11 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
12:07 PM
LA GIOCONDA: Dance of the Hours
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Composer : Amilcare Ponchielli
Catalog : 791631 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
12:21 PM
Trittico
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Composer : Vaclav Nelhybel
Catalog : 52 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Dallas Wind Symphony
Label : Reference
12:32 PM
Ma Vlast: No. 2 Vltava (The Moldau)
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 3392 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Neumann
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
12:48 PM
Symphony in D A Festival Piece in One Movement
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Composer : John Vincent
Catalog : 250 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Albany
1:09 PM
Bells Across The Meadows
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Composer : Albert W. Ketelbey
Catalog : 444786 CD
Conductor : Eric Rogers
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
1:24 PM
The Devil and Daniel Webster
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Composer : Bernard Herrmann
Catalog : 7224 CD
Conductor : James Sedares
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
1:35 PM
Suites de Symphonies: Rondeau
Artist : Crispian Steele-Perkins, trump
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Composer : Jean Joseph Mouret
Catalog : 61002 CD
Conductor : Donald Fraser
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
1:39 PM
MEFISTOFELE
Artist : Giuseppe Filianoti, tenor
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Composer : Arrigo Boito
Catalog : 2013 CD
Conductor : Stefano Ranzani
Orchestra : Orch.of Teatro Massimo,Palermo
Label : Naxos
2:12 PM
Mock Morris
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Composer : Percy Aldridge Grainger
Catalog : 542 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : Stokowski Symphony Orchestra
Label : Cala
2:02 PM
Music from the Battle of Gettysburg
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Composer : Various
Catalog : 432591 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
2:16 PM
Country Gardens
Artist : Percy Grainger, piano
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Composer : Percy Aldridge Grainger
Catalog : 542 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : Stokowski Symphony Orchestra
Label : Cala
2:17 PM
God of Our Fathers
Artist : Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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Composer : George W. Warren
Catalog : 302 CD
Conductor : Craig Jessop
Orchestra : Orchestra at Temple Square
Label : MTC
2:23 PM
DIE FLEDERMAUS: Ich lade gern mir Gaste
Artist : Brigitte Fassbaender,contralto
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 55691 CD
Conductor : Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra : Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
2:27 PM
Liebestraum No. 3
Artist : Yundi Li, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 851 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
2:32 PM
The Student Prince: Serenade
Artist : Mario Lanza, tenor
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Composer : Sigmund Romberg
Catalog : 60048 CD
Conductor : Constantine Callinicos
Orchestra : RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
2:37 PM
Manhattan Beach
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 434300 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
2:42 PM
Piano Concerto: II
Artist : Dora Serviarian-Kuhn, piano
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Composer : Aram Khachaturian
Catalog : 964 CD
Conductor : Loris Tjeknavorian
Orchestra : Armenian Philharmonic Orchestr
Label : ASV
2:53 PM
In the Steppes of Central Asia
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 470840 CD
Conductor : Valery Gergiev
Orchestra : Kirov Orchestra
Label : Philips
3:00 PM
Concerto Armonico No. 4 in f
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Composer : Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer
Catalog : 410205 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Argo
3:13 PM
Sinfonietta Op 60
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Composer : Leos Janacek
Catalog : 91506 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
3:38 PM
The Blue Heron ballet Suite
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Composer : Matti Rautio
Catalog : 9702 CD
Conductor : Kari Tikka
Orchestra : Finnish Radio Symphony Orch
Label : YLE
4:06 PM
Quintet for guitar and strings No. 5 in G
Artist : Pepe Romero, guitar
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Composer : Luigi Boccherini
Catalog : 438769 CD
Label : Philips
4:25 PM
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 550142 CD
Conductor : Matyas Antal
Orchestra : Hungarian State Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:38 PM
Concerto for Harp and Strings Op 267
Artist : Yolanda Kondonassis, harp
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Composer : Alan Hovhaness
Catalog : 80530 CD
Conductor : Rudolf Werthen
Orchestra : I Fiamminghi
Label : Telarc
5:06 PM
Searching for Fortune Overture
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 54056 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
5:15 PM
Escales
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Composer : Jacques Ibert
Catalog : 98555 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : Phil Orch of Radio France
Label : Angel/EMI
5:31 PM
Symphony No. 8 in b Unfinished
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 4775324 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
5:58 PM
Ritter Pazman: Csardas Op 441
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 45564 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony

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Opera on WRTI
1:44 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

LA Opera on WRTI: Britten's BILLY BUDD, August 2, 1 PM

Baritone Liam Bonner sings the title role of Billy Budd, the perfect British seaman.

James Conlon leads the LA Opera Orchestra and Chorus for one of Benjamin Britten's masterpieces. Based on Herman Melville’s classic American tale, adapted into a libretto by English novelist E.M. Forster and writer Eric Crozier, Billy Budd tells the story of the persecution and destruction of a pure-hearted sailor by a predatory master-at-arms. It's a tragedy of "sexual discharge gone evil," as Forster described it, and a work that has captivated audiences around the world since its 1951 world premiere.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

The Great War At 100: Music Of Conflict And Remembrance

Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein (who later became an American citizen) lost an arm in World War I. He commissioned composers including Maurice Ravel to write pieces for the left hand alone.
Bettmann/CORBIS

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 2:37 pm

One hundred years ago today, the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia. The conflict drew in country after country and grew to an unprecedented scale. An estimated 9 million combatants lost their lives and more than 21 million were wounded in what came to be known as The Great War and, eventually, World War I.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:35 am
Sat July 26, 2014

War Of Words At Met Opera May Signal Shutdown

Bryn Terfel as Wotan in the Met's production of Wagner's Ring cycle, one of the productions that has been criticized by some as too costly.
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:32 pm

When an opera company is in the midst of contentious labor negotiations, the results can be dramatic. This week, the war of words between unions and management at New York's Metropolitan Opera, the world's largest opera company, escalated. An Aug. 1 shut down now seems likely.

At the center of the debate is the ballooning Met budget, which stood at $200 million in 2006 but has since climbed to more than $325 million. Met General Manager Peter Gelb asserts that union salaries and benefits are his biggest costs, accounting for two-thirds of the operating budget.

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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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