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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July 09, 2013

6:06 AM
Leonore Overture No. 1 in C Op 138
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 148 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Pentatone
6:16 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 2 in B-Flat Op 3
Artist : Sophia McKenna, oboe
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 45981 CD
Conductor : John Elliot Gardiner
Orchestra : English Baroque Soloists
Label : Erato
6:30 AM
PENELOPE: Prelude
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Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 97722 CD
Conductor : Michel Plasson
Orchestra : Orch du Capitole de Toulouse
Label : Angel/EMI
6:41 AM
Overture No. 1 on Three Greek Themes in g Op 3
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 555048 CD
Conductor : Vladimir Ziva
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:06 AM
Crisantemi for strings
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 341 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : St. Michel Strings
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7:15 AM
Marche Indienne
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Composer : Adolphe Sellenick
Catalog : 4 CD
Conductor : Colonel John R. Bourgeois
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:20 AM
Waltzes
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Composer : Richard Rodgers (arr. Leroy Anderson)
Catalog : 4776115 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
7:28 AM
Symphony No. 1 in E-Flat, K. 16
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 2018 CD
Conductor : Tamas Veto
Orchestra : Odense Symphony Orchestra
Label : Unicorn
7:42 AM
Pour le Piano: Sarabande
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Composer : Claude Debussy (arr. Maurice Ravel)
Catalog : 572296 CD
Conductor : Jun Markl
Orchestra : National Orchestra of Lyon
Label : Naxos
7:48 AM
Le Dieu et la bayadere: Ballet
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Composer : Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber
Catalog : 1039 CD
Conductor : B. Tommy Andersson
Orchestra : Gothenburg Opera Orchestra
Label : Sterling
8:06 AM
I Got Rhythm Variations
Artist : Leonard Pennario, piano
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 66086 CD
Conductor : Alfred Newman
Orchestra : Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orches
Label : Angel/EMI
8:16 AM
Anna Magdalena Notebook: Little Suite
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Thos. Frost)
Catalog : 39431 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:28 AM
Four Seasons: No.3 Autumn (L’Autunno) in F Op 8, RV 293
Artist : Yolanda Kondonassis, harp
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 80523 CD
Conductor : Rudolf Werthen
Orchestra : I Fiamminghi
Label : Telarc
8:43 AM
American Eagle Waltz
Artist : Philip Collins, trumpet
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Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 9011 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
8:47 AM
Prague Waltzes
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 3166 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Prague Symphony Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
9:06 AM
Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture Op 27
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 81788 CD
Conductor : Moshe Atzmon
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:19 AM
Fountains of Rome
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 37676 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:36 AM
2 Studies for Doktor Faust Op 51
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Composer : Ferruccio Busoni
Catalog : 555373 CD
Conductor : Samuel Wong
Orchestra : Hong Kong Philharmonic Orch.
Label : Naxos
10:00 AM
John Field Suite
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Composer : Hamilton Harty
Catalog : 6583 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
10:21 AM
Harpsichord Concerto in d, Wq. 23
Artist : George Malcolm, harpsichord
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 65733 CD
Conductor : Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra : Bath Festival Chamber Orch.
Label : Angel/EMI
10:46 AM
Piano Trio No. 31 HOB XV:32 in G
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 161 CD
Orchestra : Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
Label : PhoenixEd
11:00 AM
Four Norwegian Moods
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Composer : Igor Stravinsky
Catalog : 61901 CD
Conductor : Dmitri Kitayenko
Orchestra : Bergen Philharmonic
Label : Vrgn Clscs
11:12 AM
Symphony No. 1 in c
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Composer : Johan Halvorsen
Catalog : 10584 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Bergen Philharmonic
Label : Chandos
12:06 PM
Ancient Airs and Dances: Suite No. 3
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 8802048 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Philharmonia Hungarica
Label : Newton
12:26 PM
Piano Quintet No. 2 in e-Flat Op 26
Artist : Lydia Artymiw, piano
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Composer : Ernst von Dohnanyi
Catalog : 2503 CD
Orchestra : Audubon Quartet
Label : Centaur
12:53 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 4 in a Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 4758673 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
1:07 PM
Symphony No. 1 in g Op 13 Winter Dayreams
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 97033 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
2:00 PM
Pines of Rome
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 2 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : PhilOrch.
2:25 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in d
Artist : Jeffrey Swann, piano
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Composer : Giuseppe Martucci
Catalog : 89 CD
Conductor : Massimo de Bernart
Orchestra : Orchestre de Montpellier
Label : Agora
3:00 PM
A Song Before Sunrise
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 65119 CD
Conductor : Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra : Halle Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:08 PM
Violin Concerto in e Op 64
Artist : Hillary Hahn, violin
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 89921 CD
Conductor : Hugh Wolff
Orchestra : Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
3:36 PM
Concertstucke for harp & orch in G-Sharp Op 39
Artist : Lily Laskine, harp
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Composer : Gabriel Pierne
Catalog : 88069 CD
Conductor : Jean Martinon
Orchestra : Orchestre National de O.R.T.F.
Label : Erato
4:06 PM
Concerto Pathétique for Piano and Orch. in e
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 1148 CD
Conductor : Kirk Trevor
Orchestra : Bohuslav Martinu Philh., Zlin
Label : MSR
4:28 PM
Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs) Op 20
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Composer : Pablo Sarasate
Catalog : 1226 CD
Orchestra : American String Project
Label : MSR
4:40 PM
Krakowiak Concert Rondo in F Op 14
Artist : Idil Biret, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 550369 CD
Conductor : Robert Stankovsky
Orchestra : CSSR State Phil. (Kosice)
Label : Naxos
5:06 PM
Roumanian Rhapsody No. 2 in D Op 11
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Composer : Georges Enesco
Catalog : 75179 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orch
Label : Erato
5:19 PM
Spellbound Concerto
Artist : Leonard Pennario, piano
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Composer : Miklos Rozsa
Catalog : 63735 CD
Conductor : Miklos Rozsa
Orchestra : Hollywood Bowl Pops Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:33 PM
Feste Romane-Roman Festivals
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 37676 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI

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Opera on WRTI
3:06 pm
Mon July 28, 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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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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