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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August 29, 2013

6:06 AM
Waverley Overture Op 1
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 8379 CD
Conductor : Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
6:18 AM
Symphony in E-Flat Op 6, No. 3
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999298 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
6:31 AM
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Composer : Michael W. Balfe
Catalog : 68793 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
6:41 AM
Piano Concerto No. 3 Op. E-Flat
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 1154 CD
Conductor : Paul Freeman
Orchestra : State Symphony Orch, Russia
Label : MSR
7:06 AM
Pomp & Circumstance March No. 5 in C Op 39
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 557273 CD
Conductor : James Judd
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:15 AM
Golden Gate March
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Composer : Edwin Franko Goldman
Catalog : 9 CD
Conductor : Captain Douglas Monroe
Orchestra : USAF Band of the Golden West
Label : USAF
7:19 AM
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Composer : Thomas Augustine Arne
Catalog : 3072 CD
Conductor : Mary Terey-Smith
Orchestra : Capella Savaria
Label : Centaur
7:27 AM
Patrie- Overture Op 19
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 434321 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
7:42 AM
Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 434309 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
7:50 AM
Concerto No. 8 for 2 oboes and strings Op 7
Artist : Anthony Camden, oboe
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 553002 CD
Conductor : John Georgiadis
Orchestra : London Virtuosi
Label : Naxos
8:06 AM
Sinfonia in A
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Composer : Giovanni Battista Sammartini
Catalog : 550877 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
8:16 AM
Trumpet Concerto in D
Artist : Wynton Marsalis, trumpet
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Composer : Leopold Mozart
Catalog : 37846 CD
Conductor : Raymond Leppard
Orchestra : National Philharmonic Orch.
Label : CBS/Sony
8:28 AM
Ballade for Violin and Orchestra
Artist : Stefan Ruha, violin
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Composer : Cipran Porumbescu
Catalog : 5033 CD
Conductor : Emil Simon
Orchestra : Cluj-Napoca Phil. Orch.
Label : Tuxedo
8:42 AM
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Composer : Luigi Cherubini
Catalog : 350221 CD
Conductor : Donato Renzetti
Orchestra : Orchestra della Toscana
Label : EuropaMusi
8:46 AM
String Symphony No. 1 in C
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 5141 CD
Conductor : William Boughton
Orchestra : English String Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
9:06 AM
De Vogels Overture
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Composer : Alphons Diepenbrock
Catalog : 8821 CD
Conductor : Hans Vonk
Orchestra : Residentie Orkest Den Haag
Label : Chandos
9:18 AM
Clarinet Concerto in A, K. 622
Artist : Sabine Meyer, clarinet
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 55155 CD
Conductor : Hans Vonk
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Angel/EMI
9:44 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
10:00 AM
Simple Symphony Op 4
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Composer : Benjamin Britten
Catalog : 6592 CD
Conductor : Ronald Thomas
Orchestra : Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Label : Chandos
10:18 AM
Serenade in d Op 44
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 4780119 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
10:43 AM
Divertimento in B-Flat, K. 270
Artist : Danzi Quartet
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 60115 CD
Label : CBS/Sony
10:56 AM
Sinfonia for violoncello & strings in F
Artist : Michael Flaksman, cello
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Composer : Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Catalog : 4252 CD
Conductor : Jorg Faerber
Orchestra : Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra
Label : Excelsior
11:06 AM
Symphony No. 9 in C, D. 944 The Great
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 37239 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
12:06 PM
Concerto in D
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 453451 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
12:16 PM
String Quartet in C Op 20, No. 2
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 622 CD
Orchestra : Lindsay String Quartet
Label : ASV
12:40 PM
Symphony No. 5 in c-Sharp
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Composer : Gustav Mahler
Catalog : 721 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
2:00 PM
Le Tombeau de Couperin
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Composer : Maurice Ravel (arr. Zoltan Kocsis)
Catalog : 32106 CD
Conductor : Zoltan Kocsis
Orchestra : Hungarian Natl. Philharmonic
Label : Hungaroton
2:26 PM
Violin Concerto in a Op 53
Artist : Gabriela Demeterova, violin
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 3385 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Prague Symphony Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
3:00 PM
Adagio from the Hussar Ballad
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Composer : Tikhon Khrennikov
Catalog : 938 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : Swedish Radio Symphony Orchest
Label : Ondine
3:09 PM
Concierto para una fiesta
Artist : Ricardo Gallen, guitar
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Composer : Joaquin Rodrigo
Catalog : 555842 CD
Conductor : Maximiano Valdes
Orchestra : Asturias Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
3:40 PM
Rondo in A, D. 438
Artist : Bela Banfalvi, violin
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 49069 CD
Conductor : Bela Banfalvi
Orchestra : Budapest Strings
Label : Capriccio
4:06 PM
Guitar Concerto in D (arr. from String Quartet Op. 2, No. 2)
Artist : Friedemann Wuttke, guitar
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn (arr. Friedemann Wuttke)
Catalog : 6054 CD
Conductor : Igor Zhukov
Orchestra : New Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Label : Profil
4:26 PM
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Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 2012611 CD
Conductor : Kurt Woss
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Gram.Loden
4:37 PM
Artist : Fritz Wunderlich, tenor
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Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 75915 CD
Conductor : Carl Michalski
Orchestra : Studio Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:43 PM
Ballad of the Gnomes
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 4028 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Cala
5:06 PM
Grand Tarantelle for piano & orchestra Op 67
Artist : Reid Nibley, piano
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Composer : Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Catalog : 4051 CD
Conductor : Maurice Abravanel
Orchestra : Utah Symphony Orchestra
Label : VangrdOmeg
5:15 PM
Transcendental Etude No. 11 Harmonies du soit
Artist : Russell Sherman, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 1488 CD
Label : VangrdOmeg
5:28 PM
Etude No. 19 in c-Sharp Op 25, No. 7
Artist : Nelson Freire, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 470288 CD
Label : London/Dec
5:35 PM
Suite for Orchestra in E-Flat Op 9
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Composer : Zygmunt Stojowski
Catalog : 625 CD
Conductor : Marcin Nalecz-Niesiolowski
Orchestra : Podlasie Opera & Phil Orch
Label : DUX


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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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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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.