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

August 27, 2013

6:06 AM
Symphony in D Op 18, No. 4
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999753 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
6:16 AM
Flute Concerto in C
Artist : Laurence Dean, flute
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Composer : Johann Adolf Hasse
Catalog : 77228 CD
Orchestra : Hanover Court Orchestra
Label : Christopho
6:30 AM
The Planets, Op. 32, No. 4: Jupiter, Bringer of Jollity
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 47417 CD
Conductor : Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra : Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:40 AM
Fantasia on Russian Themes Op 33
Artist : Yuval Waldman, violin
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 85517 CD
Conductor : Johannes Somary
Orchestra : Polish National Radio Orchestr
Label : Newport
7:06 AM
Allegro Appassionato Op 70
Artist : Jean-Philippe Collard, piano
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 49757 CD
Conductor : Andre Previn
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:15 AM
Gilmore’s Triumphal March
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Composer : Thomas P. Brook
Catalog : 92036 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:18 AM
Concerto for trpt, 2 oboes,strings, and continuo in D
Artist : John Wilbraham, trumpet
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Composer : Johann Friedrich Fasch
Catalog : 5042 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : D. Gramphn
7:27 AM
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
7:40 AM
LA GIOCONDA: Dance of the Hours
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Composer : Amilcare Ponchielli
Catalog : 47600 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
7:49 AM
From the Bohemian Forest: Silent Woods Op 68
Artist : James Kreger, cello
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 7235 CD
Conductor : Djong Victorin Yu
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Guild
8:06 AM
The Merrymakers
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Composer : Eric Coates
Catalog : 9106 CD
Conductor : Adrian Boult
Orchestra : BBC Concert Orchestra
Label : BBC
8:12 AM
Pineapple Poll Suite
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Composer : Sir Arthur Sullivan
Catalog : 434322 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
8:25 AM
La Valse
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 80601 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
8:39 AM
RUSLAN AND LUDMILA Overture
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Composer : Mikhail Glinka
Catalog : 400071 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : Philips
8:46 AM
Adagio and Rondo for clarinet and orch
Artist : Dieter Klocker, clarinet
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Composer : Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Catalog : 223431 CD
Conductor : Gernot Schmalfuss
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
9:06 AM
Concerto for 3 Oboes and stringsin B-Flat
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 580 CD
Conductor : Simon Standage
Orchestra : Collegium Musicum 90
Label : Chandos
9:17 AM
Violin Concerto (Adelaide) in D, K. 294a
Artist : Mela Tenenbaum, violin
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (attr.)
Catalog : 1076 CD
Conductor : Richard Kapp
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Cham. Orch.
Label : ESS.A.Y
9:38 AM
Rhapsody Op 14
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 7013 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : RecordsInt
10:00 AM
Scenes Poétiques Op 46
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Composer : Benjamin Godard
Catalog : 570554 CD
Conductor : Kirk Trevor
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : Naxos
10:21 AM
Concerto Variations on an English Theme Op 71
Artist : Margaret Fingerhut, piano
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Composer : Sir Charles Villiers Stanford
Catalog : 8736 CD
Conductor : Vernon Handley
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
10:49 AM
Concerto No. 1 a due cori in B-Flat
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 411721 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : L'Oiseau
11:05 AM
Violin Sonata in A, Op 12, No. 2
Artist : Barbara Govatos, violin; Marcantonio Barone, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 9389 CD
Label : Bridge
11:27 AM
Symphony No. 8 in G Op 88
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 4785092 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
12:06 PM
Overture
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Composer : Fanny Mendelssohn (Hensel)
Catalog : 7169 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : The Women's Philharmonic
Label : KOCH Intl.
12:18 PM
Piano Trio No. 1 in F Op 18
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 90187 CD
Orchestra : The Rembrandt Trio
Label : Dorian
12:47 PM
Symphony on a French Mountain Air
Artist : N. Henriot-Schweitzer, piano
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Composer : Vincent d'Indy
Catalog : 6805 CD
Conductor : Charles Munch
Orchestra : Boston Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
1:14 PM
Symphony No. 3 (1943)
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Composer : Marcel Tyberg
Catalog : 572236 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
2:00 PM
Manfred Symphony Op 58
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 8535 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
3:00 PM
El Salon Mexico
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 37257 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
3:12 PM
Flute Concerto Op 39
Artist : James Galway, flute
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Composer : Lowell Liebermann
Catalog : 63235 CD
Conductor : Lowell Liebermann
Orchestra : London Mozart Players
Label : RCA/BMG
3:39 PM
Escales
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Composer : Jacques Ibert
Catalog : 62644 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:06 PM
Piano Concerto for left hand in D
Artist : Aldo Ciccolini, piano
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 75526 CD
Conductor : Jean Martinon
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : Angel/EMI
4:26 PM
Dimitry Donskoy Overture
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Composer : Anton Rubinstein
Catalog : 223320 CD
Conductor : Horia Andreescu
Orchestra : Enescu State Philharmonic
Label : MarcoPolo
4:40 PM
Capriccio Espagnol Op 34
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 42248 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:06 PM
By the Sleepy Lagoon
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Composer : Eric Coates
Catalog : 553515 CD
Conductor : Andrew Penny
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
5:11 PM
London Again Suite
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Composer : Eric Coates
Catalog : 223445 CD
Conductor : Adrian Leaper
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
5:30 PM
Concerto Folklorico
Artist : John Carmichael, piano
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Composer : John Carmichael
Catalog : 442374 CD
Conductor : David Measham
Orchestra : Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Label : ABC

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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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