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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September 09, 2013

6:06 AM
Hebrides Overture in D Op 26
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 391372 CD
Conductor : Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
6:17 AM
Soirees Musicales (after Rossini) Op 9
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Composer : Benjamin Britten
Catalog : 87062 CD
Conductor : Patrick Peire
Orchestra : New Flemish Symphony Orchestra
Label : R. Gailly
6:30 AM
Symphony in D, K. 161
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 139 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Pentatone
6:40 AM
Violin Concerto No. 9 in a Op 104
Artist : Takako Nishizaki, violin
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Composer : Charles Auguste de Beriot
Catalog : 220440 CD
Conductor : Alfred Walter
Orchestra : RTBF Orchestra, Brussels
Label : MarcoPolo
7:06 AM
BARTERED BRIDE Overture
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 63053 CD
Conductor : Thomas Schippers
Orchestra : Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:15 AM
The Belle of Chicago
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 95163 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:18 AM
Polonaise No. 6 in A-Flat Op 53 Heroic
Artist : Maurizio Pollini, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 413795 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
7:28 AM
Little Serenade for string orchestra Op 12
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Composer : Lars-Erik Larsson
Catalog : 285 CD
Conductor : Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra : Stockholm Sinfonietta
Label : Bis
7:42 AM
LA BELLE HELENE Overture
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Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 434332 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
7:50 AM
Espana
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Composer : Emmanuel Chabrier
Catalog : 63313 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:06 AM
Guitar Concerto in A, RV 82
Artist : Christopher Parkening, guitar
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 55052 CD
Conductor : Iona Brown
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
8:17 AM
Rondo for Fortepiano & Stringsin A-Flat
Artist : Eckart Sellheim, piano
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Composer : John Field
Catalog : 47527 CD
Orchestra : Collegium Aureum
Label : Angel/EMI
8:28 AM
Mephisto Waltz No. 1
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 68595 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Angel/EMI
8:42 AM
Islamey - Oriental Fantasy Op 18
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Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 470840 CD
Conductor : Valery Gergiev
Orchestra : Kirov Orchestra
Label : Philips
8:50 AM
Pavane for a Dead Princess
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 80601 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
9:06 AM
Anna Magdalena Notebook: Little Suite
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Thomas Frost)
Catalog : 39431 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
9:15 AM
Symphony No. 96 in D Miracle
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 5200 CD
Conductor : Adam Fischer
Orchestra : Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orch
Label : Nimbus
9:40 AM
Malediction
Artist : Jorges Bolet, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 414079 CD
Conductor : Ivan Fischer
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
10:00 AM
Overture, Scherzo & Finale in E Op 52
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 550608 CD
Conductor : Johannes Wildner
Orchestra : Polish National Radio Orchestr
Label : Naxos
10:20 AM
Im Walde Op 50
Artist : Maria Kliegel, cello
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Composer : David Popper
Catalog : 554657 CD
Conductor : Gerhard Markson
Orchestra : Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
Label : Naxos
10:46 AM
Woodwind Quartet No. 4 in B-Flat (after String Sonata No. 4)
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 1063 CD
Orchestra : Philadephia Woodwind Quintet
Label : Boston
11:02 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 5 in B-Flat Op 6
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 423626 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
11:15 AM
Symphony No. 5 in F Op 76
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 8552 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:06 PM
Margaritena- Rhapsody for Orchestra
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Composer : Inocente Carreno
Catalog : 11340 CD
Conductor : Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra : S. Bolivar Youth Orch of Venz.
Label : D. Gramphn
12:21 PM
Piano Concerto No. 3
Artist : Martha Argerich, piano
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Composer : Bela Bartok
Catalog : 11004 CD
Conductor : Claus Peter Flor
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
12:46 PM
Heritage: Suite
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Composer : John Duffy
Catalog : 630 CD
Conductor : Richard Williams
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : ASV
1:13 PM
Suite on Russian Folk Themes, Op. 79b
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 777385 CD
Conductor : Werner Andreas Albert
Orchestra : SWR Radio Philharmonic
Label : CPO
1:34 PM
Fantasia in f, D. 940
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Composer : Franz Schubert (arr. Mottl)
Catalog : 7307 CD
Conductor : Leon Botstein
Orchestra : American Symphony Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
2:00 PM
Symphony No. 3 Op 36 Symphony of Sorrowful Songs
Artist : Dawn Upshaw, soprano
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Composer : Henryk Gorecki
Catalog : 79282 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : London Sinfonietta
Label : Nonesuch
3:00 PM
Prelude and Quadruple Fugue for orchestra Op 128
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Composer : Alan Hovhaness
Catalog : 80392 CD
Conductor : Rudolf Werthen
Orchestra : I Fiamminghi
Label : Telarc
3:09 PM
Flute & Harp Concerto in C
Artist : Emmanuel Pahud, flute; Marie-Pierre Langlamet, harp
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 56365 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
3:43 PM
Variations on theme by Tchaikovsky Op 35
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Composer : Anton Arensky
Catalog : 5347 CD
Conductor : William Boughton
Orchestra : English String Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
4:06 PM
Prometheus Bound Overture Op 38
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Composer : Carl Goldmark
Catalog : 56955 CD
Conductor : James Conlon
Orchestra : Gurzenich Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:28 PM
The Storm Overture Op 76
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 93980 CD
Conductor : Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
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4:44 PM
Brass Quintet No. 1 in b-Flat Op 5
Artist : David Bilger, trumpet
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Composer : Victor Ewald
Catalog : 1150 CD
Label : Ondine
5:06 PM
SLEEPING BEAUTY Overture
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Composer : Engelbert Humperdinck
Catalog : 61128 CD
Conductor : Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : Vrgn Clscs
5:15 PM
Suite for Violin Viola & Orchestra Op 19
Artist : Sara Trobach, violin
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Composer : Kurt Atterberg
Catalog : 553715 CD
Conductor : Petter Sundkvist
Orchestra : Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:30 PM
Mother Goose Ballet
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 75526 CD
Conductor : Jean Martinon
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : Angel/EMI

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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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