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, 2013

6:06 AM
Overture on Russian Themes Op 28
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 46013 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : ZYX Music
6:19 AM
Moravian Dances
Artist :
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Composer : Leos Janacek
Catalog : 572695 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : Warsaw Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
6:31 AM
Sinfonia in D
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johann Adolphe Scheibe
Catalog : 550 CD
Conductor : Andrew Manze
Orchestra : Concerto Copenhagen
Label : Chandos
6:41 AM
Introduction, Theme & Variations in f Op 102
Artist : Alex Klein, oboe
Album :
Composer : Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Catalog : 45 CD
Conductor : Paul Freeman
Orchestra : Czech National Symphony
Label : Cedille
7:06 AM
Overture to an Italian Comedy
Artist :
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Composer : Arthur Benjamin
Catalog : 442374 CD
Conductor : Joseph Post
Orchestra : Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Label : ABC
7:14 AM
Revival March
Artist :
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 80266 CD
Conductor : Richard Franko Goldman
Orchestra : The Goldman Band
Label : New World
7:19 AM
PAN VOYEVODA: Polonaise
Artist :
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 1000179 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
7:28 AM
Symphony No.2 A Montevideo
Artist :
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Composer : Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Catalog : 559320 CD
Conductor : Richard Rosenberg
Orchestra : Hot Springs Festival Sym Orch
Label : Naxos
7:41 AM
Coriolan Overture in c Op 62
Artist :
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 1180 CD
Conductor : Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra : Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Simax
7:50 AM
Introduction & Caprice-Jota Op 41
Artist : Tianwa Yang, violin
Album :
Composer : Pablo Sarasate
Catalog : 572275 CD
Conductor : Ernest Martinez Izquierdo
Orchestra : Navarra Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:06 AM
Overture in C Op 170
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 570329 CD
Conductor : Christian Benda
Orchestra : Prague Sinfonia
Label : Naxos
8:15 AM
Concerto for 2 violins in G
Artist : Viktoria Mullova, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 4777466 CD
Conductor : Andrea Marcon
Orchestra : Venice Baroque Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:26 AM
Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture Op 27
Artist :
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 81788 CD
Conductor : Moshe Atzmon
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:39 AM
Cortege Solennel No. 2 Op 89
Artist :
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 1000163 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
8:46 AM
Ballade Op 288
Artist : Patrick Gallois, flute
Album :
Composer : Carl Reinecke
Catalog : 557404 CD
Conductor : Fabrice Pierre
Orchestra : Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
9:06 AM
Sinfonica Melodica
Artist :
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Composer : Georg Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 8379 CD
Conductor : Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
9:18 AM
LA CLEMENZA DI TITO selections
Artist :
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 67118 CD
Conductor : Julius Rudel
Orchestra : The Amadeus Ensemble
Label : MusicMaste
9:44 AM
Andantino in A
Artist : Marat Bisengaliev, violin
Album :
Composer : Joseph Joachim
Catalog : 553026 CD
Label : Naxos
10:00 AM
A LIFE FOR THE TSAR: 3 dances
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Composer : Mikhail Glinka
Catalog : 1000166 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
10:17 AM
Symphony in D
Artist :
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Composer : Luigi Cherubini
Catalog : 3429 CD
Conductor : Igor Markevitch
Orchestra : Prague Chamber Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
10:51 AM
Notturno No. 5 in C
Artist : ...and various soloists
Album :
Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 999741 CD
Conductor : Dieter Klocker
Orchestra : Consortium Classicum
Label : CPO
11:02 AM
Suite for Orchestra and Solo Viola
Artist : Marcus Thompson, viola
Album :
Composer : Joseph Jongen
Catalog : 2788 CD
Conductor : Paul Freeman
Orchestra : Czech National Symphony
Label : Centaur
11:26 AM
Symphony No. 8 in F Op 93
Artist :
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 416274 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Philips
12:06 PM
Symphony No. 70 in D
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 54297 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
12:24 PM
Piano Concerto No. 3 in c-Sharp Op 80
Artist : Seta Tanyel, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Xaver Scharwenka
Catalog : 67365 CD
Conductor : Tadeusz Strugala
Orchestra : Radio Philharm. Hannover NDR
Label : Hyperion
1:04 PM
Symphony No. 6 in D Op 60
Artist :
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 65775 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Warner Bro
2:00 PM
Leonore Overture No. 3 Op 72
Artist :
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 80439 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Telarc
2:15 PM
Symphony No. 2 in A
Artist :
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Composer : Vassili Kalinnikov
Catalog : 1000170 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
3:00 PM
The Ocean (Tone Poem) Op 99
Artist :
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Composer : Henry Hadley
Catalog : 559064 CD
Conductor : John McLaughlin Williams
Orchestra : Ukrainian National Symphony Or
Label : Naxos
3:16 PM
The Tender Land-orch suite
Artist :
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 7092 CD
Conductor : James Sedares
Orchestra : Phoenix Symphony
Label : KOCH Intl.
3:39 PM
The Comedians
Artist :
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Composer : Dmitri Kabalevsky
Catalog : 553411 CD
Conductor : Vasily Jelvakov
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:06 PM
Symphony in E-Flat
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Danzi
Catalog : 777351 CD
Conductor : Howard Griffiths
Orchestra : Orch. della Svizzera Italiana
Label : CPO
4:25 PM
I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI: Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Vincenzo Bellini
Catalog : 27333 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Royal Opera, Covent Garden
Label : Angel/EMI
4:32 PM
I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI: Eccomi in
Artist : Nicole Cabell, soprano
Album :
Composer : Vincenzo Bellini
Catalog : 6590 CD
Conductor : Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:44 PM
Recorder Concerto in F
Artist : Judith Linsenberg, recorder
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Sammartini
Catalog : 90704 CD
Orchestra : Musica Pacifica
Label : Dorian
5:06 PM
Overture in C Op 170
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 385853 CD
Conductor : Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra : Menuhin Festival Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:15 PM
Concerto for Two Violins and Lute in D
Artist : Pepe Romero, guitar
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 4784614 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Philips
5:29 PM
Hero and Leander
Artist :
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Composer : Victor Herbert
Catalog : 52491 CD
Conductor : Lorin Maazel
Orchestra : Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony

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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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