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 10, 2013

6:06 AM
Drot og Marsk King and Marshal
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Composer : Peter Heise
Catalog : 1018 CD
Conductor : Johan Hye-Knudsen
Orchestra : Royal Danish Orchestra
Label : Sterling
6:17 AM
Concerto Grosso in B-Flat
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 6541 CD
Conductor : Adrian Shepherd
Orchestra : Cantilena
Label : Chandos
6:30 AM
Abendsterne Walzer Op 180
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Composer : Joseph Lanner
Catalog : 4763793 CD
Conductor : Franz Welser-Most
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
6:41 AM
Introduction & Allegro appassionato in G Op 92
Artist : Sequeira Costa, piano
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 220306 CD
Conductor : Stephen Gunzenhauser
Orchestra : Gulbenkian Foundation Orch.
Label : MarcoPolo
7:06 AM
Valse-Caprice
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Composer : Anton Rubinstein
Catalog : 1000179 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
7:15 AM
My Congratulations
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Composer : H. L. Blankenberg
Catalog : 89111 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:19 AM
EZIO Overture
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Composer : Christoph Willibald Gluck
Catalog : 27333 CD
Conductor : Alan Curtis
Orchestra : Il Complesso Barocco
Label : Angel/EMI
7:28 AM
EUGENE ONEGIN: Waltz & Polonaise Op 24
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 10071 CD
Conductor : Hans Vonk
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Capriccio
7:41 AM
Concerto No. 8 in g Op 9
Artist : Anthony Robson, oboe
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 579 CD
Conductor : Simon Standage
Orchestra : Collegium Musicum 90
Label : Chandos
7:53 AM
Sonata pian’e forte
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Composer : Giovanni Gabrieli
Catalog : 62353 CD
Orchestra : Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Label : CBS/Sony
8:06 AM
The Shopkeeper and his Assistant
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 223648 CD
Conductor : Alfred Walter
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
8:16 AM
Legende Op 17
Artist : Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
Album :
Composer : Henryk Wieniawski
Catalog : 437544 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:28 AM
EL CAPITAN: Selections
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 559248 CD
Conductor : Keith Brion
Orchestra : Royal Artillery Band
Label : Naxos
8:43 AM
Sinfonia in G
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Composer : Johann (Jan Vaclav) Stamitz
Catalog : 1201 CD
Orchestra : Ostrava Janacek Chamber Orch.
Label : Panton
8:49 AM
Sones de Mariachi
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Composer : Blas Galindo
Catalog : 550838 CD
Conductor : Enrique Batiz
Orchestra : Festival Orchestra of Mexico
Label : Naxos
9:06 AM
LODOISKA: Overture
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Composer : Luigi Cherubini
Catalog : 557908 CD
Conductor : Piero Bellugi
Orchestra : Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo
Label : Naxos
9:18 AM
Violin Concerto No. 8 in D Op 99
Artist : Takako Nishizaki, violin
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Composer : Charles Auguste de Beriot
Catalog : 220440 CD
Conductor : Alfred Walter
Orchestra : RTBF Orchestra, Brussels
Label : MarcoPolo
9:44 AM
Two English Idylls
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Composer : George Butterworth
Catalog : 47945 CD
Conductor : Jeffrey Tate
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:00 AM
Symphony No. 20 in C
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 5407 CD
Conductor : Adam Fischer
Orchestra : Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orch
Label : Nimbus
10:16 AM
Violin Concerto No. 2 in d Op 22
Artist : Juliette Kang, violin
Album :
Composer : Henryk Wieniawski
Catalog : 5197 CD
Conductor : Sergiu Commissiona
Orchestra : Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBC(RCI)
10:42 AM
The Sea: Orchestral suite
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Composer : Frank Bridge
Catalog : 6698 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Long Beach (CA) Symphony Orch.
Label : LongBeach
11:07 AM
Entrata after William Byrd
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Composer : Carl Orff
Catalog : 801 LP
Conductor : Hermann Scherchen
Orchestra : Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Label : Westminster
11:18 AM
Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Op 10
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 65775 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Warner Bro
12:05 PM
A Night on Bald Mountain
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky (arr. Rimsky-Korsakov)
Catalog : 4784614 CD
Conductor : Valery Gergiev
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Philips
12:19 PM
Fur Elise, bagatelle in a
Artist : Valentina Lisitsa, piano
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 17091 CD
Label : London/Dec
12:22 PM
TALES OF HOFFMANN: Barcarolle
Artist : Anna Netrebko, soprano; Elina Garanca, mezzo
Album :
Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 12217 CD
Conductor : Emmanuel Villaume
Orchestra : Prague Philharmonia
Label : D. Gramphn
12:29 PM
Cantique de Jean Racine Op 11
Artist : Lyon National Chorus
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Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 79527 CD
Conductor : Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra : National Orchestra of Lyon
Label : Denon
12:40 PM
Symphony: The Airborne (excerpt)
Artist : New York Choral Artists; Orson Welles, narrator
Album :
Composer : Marc Blitzstein
Catalog : 61849 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
12:55 PM
Carmina Burana (excerpts)
Artist : Cleveland Orchestra Chorus; Peter Binder, bar.
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Composer : Carl Orff
Catalog : 33172 CD
Conductor : Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
1:07 PM
Festive Overture Op 96
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Composer : Dmitri Shostakovich
Catalog : 27 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Leighton Smith
Orchestra : Moscow Philharmonic
Label : Sheffield
1:15 PM
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op 43
Artist : Yuja Wang, piano
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 15338 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
1:40 PM
DAS RHEINGOLD
Artist : Kirsten Flagstad, soprano; George London, bass
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 414101 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
1:54 PM
Coronation March for Alex III
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 80541 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
2:17 PM
DER ROSENKAVALIER: Ist ein traum (Love Duet)
Artist : Elina Garanca, mezzo-soprano; Diana Damrau, sop.
Album :
Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 8235 CD
Conductor : Fabio Luisi
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : D. Gramphn
2:24 PM
Etudes de Concert: Gnomenreigen
Artist : Jorges Bolet, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 444851 CD
Label : London/Dec
2:28 PM
Lyric Pieces:V-4 Nocturne Op 54
Artist : Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Album :
Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 57296 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
2:34 PM
MARRIAGE OF FIGARO: Dove sono i bei...
Artist : Eleanor Steber, soprano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 68921 CD
Conductor : Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra : RCA Victor Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
2:39 PM
Piano Concerto (excerpt)
Artist : Alicia de Larrocha, piano
Album :
Composer : Aram Khachaturian
Catalog : 448252 CD
Conductor : Rafael Fruhbeck-de Burgos
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
2:51 PM
Serenade for Strings in C Op 48: Waltz
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 93980 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Mravinsky
Orchestra : Leningrad Philharmonic Orch
Label :
2:55 PM
ANDREA CHENIER: Un di all’azzuro spazio
Artist : Franco Corelli, tenor
Album :
Composer : Umberto Giordano
Catalog : 6 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : PhilOrch.
3:00 PM
Sursum Corda Op 11
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 66870 CD
Conductor : David Honeyball
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Hyperion
3:12 PM
Artist : Paavo Berglund
Album :
Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 97689 CD
Conductor : Bournemouth Symphony Orch.
Orchestra : Spring Song
Label : Angel/EMI
3:22 PM
Masquerade Suite
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Composer : Aram Khachaturian
Catalog : 11005 CD
Conductor : Aram Khachaturian
Orchestra : Moscow Radio Symphony Orches.
Label : Russian
3:44 PM
Pour le Piano suite
Artist : Aldo Ciccolini, piano
Album :
Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 54451 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
4:06 PM
Cuban Overture
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 62698 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:17 PM
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in c-Sharp
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 61497 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:28 PM
Suite of Three Pieces Op 116
Artist : Susan Milan, flute
Album :
Composer : Benjamin Godard
Catalog : 8840 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : City of London Sinfonia
Label : Chandos
4:41 PM
La Muse et le Poete Op 132
Artist : Joshua Bell, violin; Steven Isserlis, cello
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 63518 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : Sym Orch N. D. R. Hamburg
Label : RCA/BMG
5:06 PM
LE CID: Ballet Music
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Composer : Jules Massenet
Catalog : 2661 LP
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:16 PM
Pastoral Suite Op 19
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Composer : Lars-Erik Larsson
Catalog : 570 CD
Conductor : James DePreist
Orchestra : Malmo Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bis
5:40 PM
West Side Story Suite
Artist : Joshua Bell, violin
Album :
Composer : Leonard Bernstein (arr. William David Brohn)
Catalog : 89358 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
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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