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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Playlist

July 25, 2013

6:06 AM
Concerto a quattro No. 6 in B-Flat
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Composer : Baldassare Galuppi
Catalog : 2116 CD
Conductor : Gianluca Capuano
Orchestra : Il Canto di Orfeo
Label : Avie
6:18 AM
Havanaise Op 83
Artist : Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, vln
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 49276 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : New York Chamber Symphony
Label : Angel/EMI
6:30 AM
Iberia: No. 7 El Albaicin
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Composer : Isaac Albeniz
Catalog : 80470 CD
Conductor : Jesus Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra : Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
6:41 AM
Irish Rhapsody No. 5
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Composer : Sir Charles Villiers Stanford
Catalog : 8545 CD
Conductor : Vernon Handley
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
7:06 AM
EUGENE ONEGIN: Waltz
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 45609 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : Phil Orch of Radio France
Label : Vrgn Clscs
7:15 AM
Invercargill
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Composer : Alexander Frame Lithgow
Catalog : 96197 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:18 AM
Merrie England
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Composer : Edward German
Catalog : 223419 CD
Conductor : Adrian Leaper
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
7:27 AM
Harry Potter: Suite
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Composer : John Williams
Catalog : 80664 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:40 AM
Florentiner Op 214
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Composer : Julius Fucik
Catalog : 3163 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Neumann
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
7:47 AM
Concerto No. 5 in C 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
8:06 AM
Vienna Jubilation
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 65653 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
8:15 AM
Rapsodia Sinfonica Op 66
Artist : Gustavo Romero, piano
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Composer : Joaquin Turina
Catalog : 7160 CD
Conductor : Donald Barra
Orchestra : San Diego Chamber Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
8:26 AM
Overture to King Lear
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Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 1000153 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
8:39 AM
Rondo for horn & orch in E-Flat
Artist : David Jolley, horn
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 6780 CD
Conductor : Uri Mayer
Orchestra : The Israel Sinfonietta
Label : Arabesque
8:47 AM
DER ROSENKAVALIER: Waltz sequence No. 2
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 1012 CD
Conductor : Mark Gorenstein
Orchestra : Russian Symphony Orchestra
Label : Pope Music
9:06 AM
Saga of the Prairies (Prairie Journal)
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 61699 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
9:19 AM
Swedish Rhapsody No. 3 Op 48
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Composer : Hugo Alfven
Catalog : 9313 CD
Conductor : Petri Sakari
Orchestra : Iceland State Symphony Orch.
Label : Chandos
9:43 AM
Ballet Suite No. 4
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Composer : Dmitri Shostakovich
Catalog : 7000 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Royal Scottish National Orch
Label : Chandos
10:00 AM
Concerto in G
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Composer : Johann David Heinichen
Catalog : 437549 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
10:16 AM
Josephslegende Suite Op 63
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 572041 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
10:42 AM
Keyboard Concerto No. 6 in F
Artist : Richard Egarr, harpsichord
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 907283 CD
Conductor : Andrew Manze
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : Harm Mundi
11:00 AM
Roscatha
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Composer : Sir Arnold Bax
Catalog : 8367 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
11:13 AM
Symphony No. 1 in g
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Composer : Vassili Kalinnikov
Catalog : 8611 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:06 PM
Norwegian Rhapsody No. 4 Op 22
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Composer : Johan Svendsen
Catalog : 50009 CD
Conductor : Karsten Andersen
Orchestra : Bergen Symphony Orchestra
Label : NKF
12:21 PM
String Quartet in g Op 27
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 6340 CD
Orchestra : Emerson String Quartet
Label : D. Gramphn
12:55 PM
Six Old Netherlandish Dances Op 46
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Composer : Julius Rontgen
Catalog : 777255 CD
Conductor : David Porcelijn
Orchestra : NDR Radiophilharmonie
Label : CPO
1:06 PM
Symphony No. 93 in D
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 48904 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
1:32 PM
Symphony No. 1 Op 9
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Composer : Samuel Barber
Catalog : 80596 CD
Conductor : Robert Spano
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
2:00 PM
Piano Concerto (1917/19)
Artist : Arto Satukangas, piano
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Composer : Ilmari Hannikainen
Catalog : 9703 CD
Conductor : Petri Sakari
Orchestra : Finnish Radio Symphony Orch
Label : YLE
2:35 PM
Symphony No. 7 in C Op 105
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 6004 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
3:00 PM
Poema Autunnale for violin and
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
3:16 PM
Paganiniana Op 65
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Composer : Alfredo Casella
Catalog : 53280 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : La Scala Philaharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
3:36 PM
Totentanz-Danse macabre
Artist : Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 433075 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:06 PM
Concertpiece for 4 horns & orchestra Op 86
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 453482 CD
Conductor : Christian Thielemann
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
4:26 PM
Sarabande: For Katharine in April
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Composer : Ron Nelson
Catalog : 434347 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman-Rochester Sym. Orch.
Label : Mercury
4:33 PM
THE BALLAD OF BABY DOE:
Artist : Beverly Sills, soprano
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Composer : Douglas Moore
Catalog : 2469 CD
Conductor : Emerson Buckley
Orchestra : New York City Opera Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
4:39 PM
Variations on a Theme by Haydn Op 56
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 37777 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:06 PM
My Home Overture Op 62
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 45127 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
5:18 PM
Ballade No. 3 in A-Flat Op 47
Artist : Piotr Anderszewski, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 45620 CD
Label : Vrgn Clscs
5:28 PM
Love for Three Oranges: Suite Op 33
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Composer : Sergei Prokofiev
Catalog : 10483 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
5:45 PM
Wagon Train Theme
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Composer : Jerome Moross
Catalog : 1049 CD
Conductor : Paul Bateman
Orchestra : Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Silva
5:50 PM
Cowboys Overture
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Composer : John Williams
Catalog : 400071 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : Philips

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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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