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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July 22, 2013

6:06 AM
Symphony No. 5 in D
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 5345 CD
Conductor : William Boughton
Orchestra : English String Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
6:15 AM
Suite from Studentenmusik in C
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Composer : Johann Rosenmuller
Catalog : 907179 CD
Conductor : David Douglass
Orchestra : The King's Noyse
Label : Harm Mundi
6:30 AM
Village Swallows Op 164
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Composer : Josef Strauss
Catalog : 48376 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
6:41 AM
Concerto for 2 violins (Double Concerto) in d, BWV 1043
Artist : Anne Akiko Meyers, violin (playing both parts)
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 7785 CD
Conductor : Steven Mercurio
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : E1 Music
7:06 AM
LA SCALA DI SETA Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 433074 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
7:15 AM
The Royal Welch Fusiliers
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 3 CD
Conductor : Colonel John R. Bourgeois
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:18 AM
Duettino America in Op 37
Artist : Patrick Gallois, flute; Kazunori Seo, flute
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Composer : Albert Franz Doppler
Catalog : 570378 CD
Conductor : Patrick Gallois
Orchestra : Sinfonia Finlandia
Label : Naxos
7:27 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 2 in F Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 907228 CD
Conductor : Andrew Manze
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : Harm Mundi
7:40 AM
Danse Macabre Op 40
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 53979 CD
Conductor : Lorin Maazel
Orchestra : Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:49 AM
Oboe Concerto in F, RV 456
Artist : Joris van den Hauwe, oboe
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 31082 CD
Conductor : Rudolf Werthen
Orchestra : I Fiamminghi
Label : KOCHSchwan
8:06 AM
Eine Faust Overture
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 56165 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:20 AM
Gymnopedie No. 3
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Composer : Erik Satie (arr. Debussy)
Catalog : 80324 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
8:28 AM
Guitar (or Mandolin) Concerto in D, RV 93
Artist : Sharon Isbin, guitar
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 45312 CD
Conductor : Howard Griffiths
Orchestra : Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Label : Warner Bro
8:42 AM
ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD Overture
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Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 37769 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
8:51 AM
Konigspolonaise Op 26
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Composer : Benjamin Bilse
Catalog : 777341 CD
Conductor : Christian Simonis
Orchestra : West German Radio Symphony
Label : CPO
9:06 AM
Gregorian Chant for String Orchestra
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Composer : Paul Creston
Catalog : 4076 CD
Conductor : Arthur Lief
Orchestra : New York Chamber Orchestra
Label : VangrdOmeg
9:19 AM
Violin Concerto No. 4 in D, K. 218
Artist : Pamela Frank, violin
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 72104 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Label : ArteNova
9:44 AM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G, BWV 1048
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 443848 CD
Conductor : Benjamin Britten
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
10:00 AM
Symphony No. 31 in F, P. 22
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Composer : J. Michael Haydn
Catalog : 999179 CD
Conductor : Johannes Goritzki
Orchestra : Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss
Label : CPO
10:20 AM
Scottish Fantasy Op 46
Artist : Rachel Barton Pine, violin
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 83 CD
Conductor : Alexander Platt
Orchestra : Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Cedille
10:53 AM
Rakastava (the lover) Op 14
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 6591 CD
Conductor : Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
11:09 AM
Adagio in g
Artist : Sharon Isbin, guitar
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni (arr. Giazzoto/Duarte)
Catalog : 45312 CD
Conductor : Howard Griffiths
Orchestra : Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Label : Warner Bro
11:19 AM
Falstaff - Symphonic Study in c Op 68
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 6004 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
12:06 PM
Symphony No. 22 in C, K. 162
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4790718 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
12:18 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in a Op 85
Artist : Hae-Won Chang, piano
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Composer : Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Catalog : 223107 CD
Conductor : Tomas Pal
Orchestra : Budapest Symph Chamber Orch
Label : MarcoPolo
12:53 PM
The Planets Op 32
Artist : Rundfunkchor Berlin
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 69690 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
1:46 PM
Pluto, The Renewer - an appendix to Holst’s The Planets
Artist : Rundfunkchor Berlin
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Composer : Colin Matthews
Catalog : 69690 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
1:59 PM
En un barco fenicio In a Phonecian Vessel
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Composer : Jesus Guridi
Catalog : 557110 CD
Conductor : Juan José Mena
Orchestra : Bilbao Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
2:16 PM
Three-Cornered Hat
Artist : Jean Madiera, mezzo-soprano
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Composer : Manuel De Falla
Catalog : 1010 CD
Conductor : Edouard van Remoortel
Orchestra : Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Label : Tuxedo
3:00 PM
Ruy Blas Overture Op 95
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 7905 CD
Conductor : Claus Peter Flor
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : RCA/BMG
3:10 PM
String Quartet No. 5in A Op 18, No. 5
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 90833 CD
Orchestra : Borodin String Quartet
Label : Vrgn Clscs
3:43 PM
Fantastic Scherzo Op 25
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Composer : Josef Suk
Catalog : 572323 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
4:06 PM
Schicksalslied Op 54
Artist : London Philharmonic Choir
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 69518 CD
Conductor : Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:25 PM
DER FREISCHUTZ Overture Op 77
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 570296 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:38 PM
Siegfried Idyll
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 59689 CD
Conductor : Marek Janowski
Orchestra : Phil Orch of Radio France
Label : Vrgn Clscs
5:06 PM
ALI-BABA Overture
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Composer : Luigi Cherubini
Catalog : 791631 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:14 PM
Festpolonese Op 12
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Composer : Johan Svendsen
Catalog : 45128 CD
Conductor : Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra : Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
5:28 PM
The Music of Austria- Potpourri of melodies from Austrian Crowbn Lands
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Composer : Josef Strauss
Catalog : 223679 CD
Conductor : Christian Pollack
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MarcoPolo
5:50 PM
Dance in the Old Style
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Composer : Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Catalog : 1182 CD
Conductor : John Storgards
Orchestra : Helsinki Philharmonic
Label : Ondine

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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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