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

September 06, 2012

6:06 AM
L’amant anonyme (1780) Overture in D Op 11
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Composer : Chevalier de Saint-George
Catalog : 5225 CD
Conductor : Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
Label : CBC(RCI)
6:16 AM
Bylina Overture
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Composer : Vassili Kalinnikov
Catalog : 169 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
6:30 AM
Sinfonia in E-Flat
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Composer : Josef Myslivecek
Catalog : 4776418 CD
Conductor : Werner Erhardt
Orchestra : Concerto Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
6:43 AM
String Sonata No. 4 in B-Flat
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 69524 CD
Conductor : Jerzy Maksymiuk
Orchestra : Polish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:06 AM
Finlandia Op 26
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 80320 CD
Conductor : Yoel Levi
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:15 AM
The Diplomat
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 303 CD
Conductor : Leonard B. Smith
Orchestra : Detroit Concert band
Label : WalkingFro
7:18 AM
Finnish Sketches No. 1 Op 89
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 1000163 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
7:28 AM
Capriccio Brillant in b Op 22
Artist : Ian Hobson, piano
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 6688 CD
Conductor : Ian Hobson
Orchestra : Sinfonia da Camera
Label : Arabesque
7:43 AM
TANCREDI Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 62653 CD
Conductor : Ralf Weikert
Orchestra : La Fenice orch.& Chor.(Venice)
Label : CBS/Sony
7:50 AM
Rondo for Violin & Orchestra in B-Flat, K. 269
Artist : Julia Fischer, violin
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 453 CD
Conductor : Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra : Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Label : Pentatone
8:06 AM
Waverley Overture Op 1
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 68790 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : RCA/BMG
8:19 AM
Sinfonia No. 10
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Composer : Francesco Manfredini
Catalog : 550877 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
8:28 AM
Guitar Concerto in d (arranged from the oboe concerto)
Artist : Alexandre Lagoya, guitar
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Composer : Alessandro Marcello
Catalog : 10413 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Sillito
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
8:44 AM
Variations on the Portugese National Anthem
Artist : Michael Gurt, piano
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Composer : Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Catalog : 559320 CD
Conductor : Richard Rosenberg
Orchestra : Hot Springs Festival Sym Orch
Label : Naxos
9:06 AM
LA CLEMENZA DI TITO Overture
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4779445 CD
Conductor : Andrea Marcon
Orchestra : La Cetra Baroque Orch., Basel
Label : D. Gramphn
9:13 AM
Symphony No. 1 in c Op 11
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 741 CD
Conductor : Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra : The Queensland Symphony Orch.
Label : Ondine
9:49 AM
Passioni amorose for 2 dbl basses & orch
Artist : Thomas Martin, double bass; Franco Petracchi, double bass
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Composer : Giovanni Bottesini
Catalog : 570398 CD
Conductor : Matthew Gibson
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:00 AM
Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks Op 28
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 48272 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:17 AM
Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra after Schubert’s Fantasy, D, 940
Artist : Michael Korstick, piano
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Composer : Dmitri Kabalevsky
Catalog : 777658 CD
Conductor : Alun Francis
Orchestra : NDR Radiophilharmonie
Label : CPO
10:44 AM
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 55371 CD
Conductor : Andre Previn
Orchestra : Orch. of the Curtis Institute
Label : Angel/EMI
11:04 AM
Sinfonia in A
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Composer : Franz Xaver Dussek
Catalog : 572683 CD
Conductor : Aapo Hakkinen
Orchestra : Helsinki Baroque Orchestra
Label : Naxos
11:17 AM
Symphony No. 1 in g Op 7
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Composer : Carl Nielsen
Catalog : 454 CD
Conductor : Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra : Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bis
12:06 PM
Valse-Caprice
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Composer : Anton Rubinstein
Catalog : 1000179 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
12:15 PM
Piano Trio in D Op 70 "Ghost"
Artist : Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano; Itzhal Perlman, violin; Lynn Harrell, cello
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 62588 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
12:41 PM
Fatum Op 77
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 1000196 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
1:00 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 11in A Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 362 CD
Conductor : Pavlo Beznosiuk
Orchestra : Avison Ensemble
Label : Linn
1:19 PM
Symphony No. 1 in b Op 12
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Composer : Sergey Liapunov
Catalog : 172 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
2:00 PM
Tam O’Shanter
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Composer : George W. Chadwick
Catalog : 64 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Czech State Philharmonic Brno
Label : Reference
2:22 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in c
Artist : Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden,pian
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Composer : Arthur DeGreef
Catalog : 65075 CD
Conductor : Pierre Bartholomee
Orchestra : Liege Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
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
3:10 PM
Pohadka: Fairy tale Op 16
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Composer : Josef Suk
Catalog : 572323 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
3:43 PM
The Cedar and the Palm
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Composer : Vassili Kalinnikov
Catalog : 169 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
4:06 PM
Clarinet and Viola Concerto in e Op 88
Artist : Ludmila Peterkova, clarinet; Alexander Besa, viola
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 3554 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Prague Philharmonia
Label : Supraphon
4:28 PM
Islamey - Oriental Fantasy Op 18
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Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 172 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
4:38 PM
Violin Concerto No. 2 in E, BWV 1042
Artist : Anne Akiko Meyers, violin
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 7785 CD
Conductor : Steven Mercurio
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : E1 Music
5:06 PM
Boccaccio Overture
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 400071 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : Philips
5:15 PM
La Valse
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 46274 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:28 PM
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op 43
Artist : Van Cliburn, piano
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 7945 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:52 PM
Prelude No. 5 in G Op 32
Artist : Van Cliburn, piano
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 63612 CD
Label : RCA/BMG

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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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