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 16, 2013

6:06 AM
Sinfonia No. 7 in D
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Composer : Georg (Jiri Antonin) Benda
Catalog : 553409 CD
Conductor : Christian Benda
Orchestra : Prague Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
6:18 AM
Oboe Concerto in d
Artist : Joris van den Hauwe, oboe
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Composer : Alessandro Marcello
Catalog : 31082 CD
Conductor : Rudolf Werthen
Orchestra : I Fiamminghi
Label : KOCHSchwan
6:30 AM
Little Kirsten: Overture
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Composer : Johann Peter Emilius Hartmann
Catalog : 1018 CD
Conductor : Johan Hye-Knudsen
Orchestra : Royal Danish Orchestra
Label : Sterling
6:41 AM
London Suite
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Composer : Eric Coates
Catalog : 9106 CD
Conductor : Adrian Boult
Orchestra : BBC Concert Orchestra
Label : BBC
7:06 AM
Silvana Overture
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 570296 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:15 AM
Robinson’s Grand Entree
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Composer : Karl King
Catalog : 432019 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:18 AM
Trumpet Concerto No. 1 in D
Artist : Maurice Andre, trumpet
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Composer : Giuseppi Torelli
Catalog : 47311 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:28 AM
Roumanian Rhapsody No. 1 in A Op 11
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Composer : Georges Enesco
Catalog : 61503 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : RCA Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:43 AM
Lemminkainen’s Return Op 22, No. 4
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 22055 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : Stockholm Philharmonic Orchest
Label : Vrgn Clscs
7:49 AM
Thousand and One Nights Op 346
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 48376 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:06 AM
Cuban Overture
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 807441 CD
Conductor : Jeff Tyzik
Orchestra : Rochester Philharmonic
Label : Harm Mundi
8:18 AM
Grand Tarantelle for piano & orchestra Op 67
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
8:28 AM
Violin Concerto in A, RV 341
Artist : Alberto Martini, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 553792 CD
Conductor : Alberto Martini
Orchestra : I Filarmonici
Label : Naxos
8:42 AM
L’ETOILE Overture
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Composer : Emmanuel Chabrier
Catalog : 27333 CD
Conductor : John Elliot Gardiner
Orchestra : Lyon National Opera Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:47 AM
THE MAGIC MIRROR: excerpts
Artist : Sergei Stadler, violin
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Composer : Arsenyi Koreshchenko
Catalog : 58 CD
Conductor : Aleksander Lazarev
Orchestra : The Bolshoi Theater Orchestra
Label : Melodya
9:06 AM
Overture in F
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 439892 CD
Conductor : Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
9:19 AM
Symphony No. 91 in E-Flat
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 94237 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
9:44 AM
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D Carnival in Pest
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
10:00 AM
Mlada suite
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 5082 CD
Conductor : Othmar Maga
Orchestra : Bochum Symphony
Label : Vox/MMG
10:18 AM
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K. 488
Artist : Helene Grimaud, piano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 16204 CD
Conductor : Radoslaw Szulc
Orchestra : Bavarian Radio Symph Chmb Orch
Label : D. Gramphn
10:46 AM
Concertino a 7
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 1808 CD
Conductor : Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra : Accademia Bizantina
Label : London/Dec
10:56 AM
Piano Sonata No. 9 in E Op 14, No. 1
Artist : Gina Bachauer, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Label : Mercury
11:12 AM
Symphony No. 3 in a Op 56 Scottish
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 5048 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Profil
12:06 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 12 in b Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 6165 CD
Conductor : George Malcolm
Orchestra : Northern Sinfonia of England
Label : ASV
12:21 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in d Op 61
Artist : Hans Kann, piano
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Composer : Friedrich Kalkbrenner
Catalog : 5064 CD
Conductor : Heribert Beissel
Orchestra : Sinfonie Orchester Hamburg
Label : Vox/MMG
12:53 PM
Variations on La Follia di Spagna
Artist : David Nolan, violin
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Composer : Antonio Salieri
Catalog : 955 CD
Conductor : Pietro Spada
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : ASV
1:17 PM
Suite No. 2 Suite Characteristique in C Op 53
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 93980 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Radio Symph Orch of Stuttgart
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2:00 PM
Wind Quintetin g
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Composer : Paul Taffanel
Catalog : 1250 CD
Orchestra : Borealis Wind Quintet
Label : MSR
2:25 PM
I VESPRI SICILIANI: Le quattro stagioni
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 4784916 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Label : London/Dec
3:00 PM
Ballade No. 2 in D Op 10
Artist : Nicholas Angelich, piano
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 332628 CD
Label : Vrgn Clscs
3:09 PM
Symphony No. 39 in E-Flat, K. 543
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 615 CD
Conductor : Jane Glover
Orchestra : London Mozart Players
Label : ASV
3:42 PM
Violin Concerto in D, RV 211
Artist : Giuliano Carmignola, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 51352 CD
Conductor : Andrea Marcon
Orchestra : Venice Baroque Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:06 PM
Iberia: Book I
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Composer : Isaac Albeniz (orch. Enrique Arbos)
Catalog : 80470 CD
Conductor : Jesus Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra : Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
4:26 PM
Gypsy Love Waltz
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Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 74735 CD
Conductor : Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra : Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestr
Label : Angel/EMI
4:37 PM
GYPSY LOVE: Song and Czardas
Artist : Elina Garanca, mezzo-soprano
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Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 14777 CD
Conductor : Karel Mark Chichon
Orchestra : Orchestra Sinfonica RAI, Rome
Label : D. Gramphn
4:43 PM
The Incredible Flutist-ballet suite
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Composer : Walter Piston
Catalog : 434307 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman-Rochester Sym. Orch.
Label : Mercury
5:06 PM
Letter from Home
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 559240 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
5:14 PM
Suite of Old American Dances (1949)
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Composer : Robert Russell Bennett
Catalog : 570968 CD
Conductor : Eugene Corporon
Orchestra : Lone Star Wind Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:35 PM
Concerto for Bandoneon, Strings & Percussion Aconcagua (1979)
Artist : Daniel Binelli, bandoneon
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Composer : Astor Piazzolla
Catalog : 572271 CD
Conductor : Giancarlo Guerrero
Orchestra : Nashville 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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