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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Playlist

September 20, 2012

6:06 AM
PETER SCHMOLL Overture Op 8
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 570296 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
6:17 AM
Piano Concertino in E-Flat Op 14
Artist : Mary Louise Boehm, piano
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 7639 CD
Conductor : Kees Kooper
Orchestra : Amsterdam Chamber Ensemble
Label : Pantheon
6:30 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 11 in B-Flat Op 6
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 434110 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Philips
6:43 AM
La barcarolle Waltz Op 178
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Composer : Emile Waldteufel
Catalog : 223684 CD
Conductor : Alfred Walter
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MarcoPolo
7:06 AM
Roman Carnival Overture Op 9
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 54479 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:15 AM
National Emblem March
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Composer : Edwin E. Bagley
Catalog : 21198 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:19 AM
Shepherd Fennel’s Dance
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Composer : Balfour Gardiner
Catalog : 3303 CD
Conductor : Raymond Leppard
Orchestra : Indianapolis Symphony Orch.
Label : Koss Class
7:28 AM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G, BWV 1048
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 1037 CD
Conductor : Richard Kapp
Orchestra : Philharmonia Virtuosi
Label : ESS.A.Y
7:43 AM
Concerto for Guitar,Viola d’amore (Lute) in d, RV 540
Artist : Pepe Romero, guitar; Massimo Paris, viola d’amore
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 4780219 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : London/Dec
8:06 AM
Concerto for 2 violins (Double Concerto) in d, BWV 1043
Artist : Alexander Sitkovetsky, violin; Dimitri Sitkovetsky, violin
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 57440 CD
Conductor : Dmitry Sitkovetsky
Orchestra : New European Strings Ch. Orch.
Label : Angel/EMI
8:21 AM
Walking Tune
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Composer : Percy Aldridge Grainger
Catalog : 1062 CD
Orchestra : Philadephia Woodwind Quintet
Label : Boston
8:28 AM
Symphony in D Op 9, No. 2
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Composer : Chevalier de Saint-George
Catalog : 9985 CD
Conductor : Frantisek Preisler, Jr.
Orchestra : Pilsen Radio Orchestra
Label : Avenira
8:43 AM
DREAM ON THE VOLGA: Overture
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Composer : Anton Arensky
Catalog : 554843 CD
Conductor : Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra : Ukrainian National Symphony Or
Label : Naxos
8:51 AM
EUGENE ONEGIN: Waltz
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 45609 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : Phil Orch of Radio France
Label : Vrgn Clscs
9:06 AM
FLYING DUTCHMAN: Overture, D 733
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 66108 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
9:20 AM
3 Marches Militaires
Artist : Christoph Eschenbach, piano
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 385853 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
9:37 AM
Violin Concerto No. 2 in d Op 22
Artist : Julian Rachlin, violin
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Composer : Henryk Wieniawski
Catalog : 48373 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:00 AM
Capriccio: Sextet Overture
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 44702 CD
Conductor : Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra : New Stockholm Chamber Orchestr
Label : CBS/Sony
10:16 AM
Concierto Serenata for harp & orchestra
Artist : Catherine Michel, harp
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Composer : Joaquin Rodrigo
Catalog : 4780218 CD
Conductor : Antonio de Almeida
Orchestra : Monte Carlo Natl Opera Orch
Label : London/Dec
10:42 AM
Symphony No. 7 in B-Flat
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 5345 CD
Conductor : William Boughton
Orchestra : English String Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
10:55 AM
La Foret enchantée Op 8
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Composer : Vincent d'Indy
Catalog : 10464 CD
Conductor : Rumon Gamba
Orchestra : Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
11:11 AM
Symphony in d
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Composer : Cesar Franck
Catalog : 2647 CD
Conductor : Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra : Montreal,Orch. Metropolitain
Label : ATMA
12:06 PM
Concerto No. 3 a due cori in F
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 63073 CD
Conductor : Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
Label : CBS/Sony
12:25 PM
String Quartet No. 1 in D Op 11
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 56 CD
Orchestra : Vermeer Quartet
Label : Cedille
12:56 PM
Scherzo No. 1 in b Op 20
Artist : William Kapell, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 68560 CD
Label : RCA/BMG
1:08 PM
Symphony No. 9 in C, D. 944 "The Great"
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 11004 CD
Conductor : John Elliot Gardiner
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
2:00 PM
Karelian Dances
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Composer : Uuno Klami
Catalog : 9602 CD
Conductor : Jussi Julas
Orchestra : Finnish Radio Symphony Orch
Label : YLE Record
2:09 PM
Four Legends from the Kalevala Op 22
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 47612 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:00 PM
Meditation on an Old Czech Hymn, Op 35
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Composer : Josef Suk
Catalog : 111825 CD
Conductor : Petr Altrichter
Orchestra : Prague Symphony Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
3:09 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in d
Artist : Jeffrey Swann, piano
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Composer : Giuseppe Martucci
Catalog : 89 CD
Conductor : Massimo de Bernart
Orchestra : Orchestre de Montpellier
Label : Agora
3:43 PM
Concertoin D
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Composer : Johann Friedrich Fasch
Catalog : 751 CD
Orchestra : Tempesta di Mare
Label : Chandos
4:06 PM
Cello Concerto No. 2 in d Op 119
Artist : Steven Isserlis, cello
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 63518 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : Sym Orch N. D. R. Hamburg
Label : RCA/BMG
4:28 PM
Waltz No. 1 in E-Flat Op 18
Artist : William Kapell, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 68991 CD
Label : RCA/BMG
4:34 PM
Valse-Scherzo in C Op 34
Artist : Gil Shaham, violin
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 457064 CD
Conductor : Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
4:46 PM
Rondo Brilliant for piano and orchestra in E-Flat Op 29
Artist : Ian Hobson, piano
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 6688 CD
Conductor : Ian Hobson
Orchestra : Sinfonia da Camera
Label : Arabesque
5:06 PM
DIE SCHONE GALATEA: Overture
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 47532 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
5:16 PM
Havanaise Op 83
Artist : Ruggiero Ricci, violin
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 4758372 CD
Conductor : Pierino Gamba
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
5:28 PM
CANDIDE Overture
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Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Catalog : 459147 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : Los Angeles Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
5:36 PM
West Side Story Suite
Artist : Joshua Bell, violin
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Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Catalog : 89358 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : Philharmonia 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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