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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September 05, 2013

6:06 AM
Symphony in B-Flat Op 9
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999487 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
6:18 AM
Violin Concerto No. 11 in D Op 8
Artist : Fabio Biondi, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 45465 CD
Conductor : Fabio Biondi
Orchestra : Europa Galante
Label : Vrgn Clscs
6:30 AM
Jazz Suite No. 1
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Composer : Dmitri Shostakovich
Catalog : 555949 CD
Conductor : Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra : State Symphony Orch, Russia
Label : Naxos
6:41 AM
Suite of English folk dances
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Composer : Ernest Tomlinson
Catalog : 64131 CD
Conductor : Sir Vivian Dunn
Orchestra : Light Music Society Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:06 AM
Overture No. 2 in A
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Composer : Thomas Augustine Arne
Catalog : 4759117 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : London/Dec
7:15 AM
Second Regiment, Conn. Natl Guard March
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Composer : David Wallace Reeves
Catalog : 432019 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:19 AM
Sinfonia No. 2 Op 1
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Composer : Andrea Stefano Fiore
Catalog : 2010 CD
Orchestra : Isabella Leonarda Ensemble
Label : Concerto
7:28 AM
Violin Concerto in C
Artist : Erno Sebestyen, violin
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Composer : Josef Myslivecek
Catalog : 1614 CD
Conductor : Erno Sebestyen
Orchestra : RIAS-Sinfonietta Berlin
Label : KOCH Intl.
7:41 AM
UN GIORNO DI REGNO Overture Sinfonia
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 4784916 CD
Conductor : Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
7:48 AM
Romance for violin and orchestra No. 2 in F Op 50
Artist : Takako Nishizaki, violin
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 2013 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Jean
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:06 AM
Symphony in G
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Composer : Jose Pons
Catalog : 10488 CD
Orchestra : Concerto Koln
Label : Capriccio
8:17 AM
Concerto for 2 trumpets in C
Artist : David Bilger, trumpet
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 1035 CD
Conductor : Richard Kapp
Orchestra : Philharmonia Virtuosi
Label : ESS.A.Y
8:26 AM
St. Paul’s Suite Op 29
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 16 CD
Orchestra : London Concertante
Label : CMG
8:39 AM
Italian Serenade in G
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Composer : Hugo Wolf
Catalog : 434108 CD
Conductor : Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Philips
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
Symphony No. 23 in D
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4790718 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
9:16 AM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in A
Artist : Georges Cziffra, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 74736 CD
Conductor : Gyorgy Cziffra, Jr.
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : Angel/EMI
9:40 AM
Concerto for violin, flutes, oboes, and strings in G
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Composer : Johann David Heinichen
Catalog : 437549 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
10:00 AM
Lyric Suite Op 54
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 86513 CD
Conductor : Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra : Halle Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:20 AM
Symphony No. 3 in D
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 2012 CD
Conductor : Dirk Brossé
Orchestra : Chamber Orchestra of Phila.
Label : Weston Snd
10:46 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 1 in D Op 6
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 74168 CD
Orchestra : I Solisti Italiani
Label : Denon
11:01 AM
Oboe Concerto in f
Artist : Han de Vries, oboe
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 50905 CD
Conductor : Lucy van Dael
Orchestra : Alma Musica Amsterdam
Label : Angel/EMI
11:11 AM
Symphony in e Op 32
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Composer : Amy Marcy Cheney Beach
Catalog : 8958 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:06 PM
Symphony in G Op 8
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999383 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
12:14 PM
Piano Concerto in c-Sharp Op 10
Artist : Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano
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Composer : Charles-Valentin Alkan
Catalog : 66717 CD
Conductor : Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra : BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestr
Label : Hyperion
12:24 PM
Concerto Armonico No. 3 in A
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Composer : Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer
Catalog : 555384 CD
Conductor : Kevin Mallon
Orchestra : Aradia Baroque Ensemble
Label : Naxos
12:35 PM
A Faust Symphony
Artist : Gosta Winbergh, tenor; Westminster Choir
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 49062 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
2:00 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 3 in e Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 907228 CD
Conductor : Andrew Manze
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : Harm Mundi
2:13 PM
Symphony in C
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 9408 CD
Conductor : Heinz Rogner
Orchestra : Berlin Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : Berlin
3:00 PM
Overture on a Street Vendor’s Ditty
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Composer : A. Louis Scarmolin
Catalog : 2620 CD
Conductor : Joel Eric Suben
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Centaur
3:10 PM
South Bohemian Suite Op 64
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Composer : Vitezslav Novak
Catalog : 1873 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Vogel
Orchestra : Brno State Phil. Orch.
Label : Ultraphon
3:41 PM
Suite Modale for flute and strings
Artist : Alexa Still, flute
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Composer : Ernest Bloch
Catalog : 7063 CD
Conductor : Nicholas Braithwaite
Orchestra : New Zealand Chamber Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
4:06 PM
Variations de Concert on a Meyerbeer
Artist : Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano
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Composer : Adolph von Henselt
Catalog : 66717 CD
Conductor : Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra : BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestr
Label : Hyperion
4:25 PM
LE PROPHETE: Coronation March
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Composer : Giacomo Meyerbeer
Catalog : 434332 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
4:31 PM
Les Patineurs ballet suite (after Meyerbeer)
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Composer : Constant Lambert
Catalog : 46341 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:46 PM
Prelude Pastorale
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Composer : Emmanuel Chabrier
Catalog : 447751 CD
Conductor : John Elliot Gardiner
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
5:06 PM
LA DAMA BOBA Overture
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Composer : Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
Catalog : 65618 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
5:16 PM
Introduction and Allegro
Artist : Helga Storck, harp
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 3019 CD
Orchestra : Endres Quartet
Label : Vox/MMG
5:29 PM
Kol Nidrei Op 47
Artist : Janos Starker, cello
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 432001 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
5:40 PM
Three Hassidic Dances
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Composer : Leon Stein
Catalog : 559439 CD
Conductor : Stephen Gunzenhauser
Orchestra : Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos

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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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