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 26, 2012

6:06 AM
Concerto da chiesa in c Op 4
Artist : Adrian Chandler, violin
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Composer : Pietro Antonio Locatelli
Catalog : 2154 CD
Conductor : Adrian Chandler
Orchestra : La Serenissima
Label : Avie
6:17 AM
Africa Fantasie Op 89
Artist : Gwendoline Mok, piano
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 1015 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Cala
6:30 AM
Rondo for piano & orch in D
Artist : Mitsuko Uchida, piano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 432082 CD
Conductor : Jeffrey Tate
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Philips
6:44 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 6 in D
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Composer : Domenico Scarlatti
Catalog : 5247 CD
Conductor : Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
Label : CBC(RCI)
7:06 AM
Concert Overture in F
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Composer : August Soderman
Catalog : 1040 CD
Conductor : Roy Goodman
Orchestra : Umea Symphony Orchestra
Label : Sterling
7:15 AM
The Northern Pines
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 559248 CD
Conductor : Keith Brion
Orchestra : Royal Artillery Band
Label : Naxos
7:20 AM
Silvana Overture
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 9066 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Chandos
7:28 AM
Symphony in E-Flat Op 6
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999298 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
7:43 AM
Symphony No. 6 in F
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 419631 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
7:50 AM
Concert Transcription on Rossini’s opera
Artist : Andrei Korsakov, violin
Album :
Composer : Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Catalog : 1000255 CD
Orchestra : Chamber Ensemble Concertino
Label : Melodya
8:06 AM
Trumpet Concerto in D
Artist : Hakan Hardenberger, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Franz Xaver Richter
Catalog : 426311 CD
Conductor : Elgar Howarth
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Philips
8:20 AM
Suite Espanola: No. 3 Sevilla Op 47
Artist : Norbert Kraft, guitar
Album :
Composer : Isaac Albeniz
Catalog : 8857 CD
Label : Chandos
8:28 AM
Four Seasons: No.1 Spring (La Primavera) in E Op 8
Artist : Sarah Chang, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 94431 CD
Orchestra : Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:43 AM
Recorder Concerto in F
Artist : Judith Linsenberg, recorder
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Sammartini
Catalog : 90704 CD
Orchestra : Musica Pacifica
Label : Dorian
9:06 AM
Symphony No. 23 in G
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 85612 CD
Conductor : Davis Jerome
Orchestra : The Mozart Orchestra
Label : Newport
9:27 AM
Piano Concerto No. 24 in c
Artist : Evgeny Kissin, piano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 82879 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:00 AM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 14131 CD
Conductor : Helmut Winschermann
Orchestra : German Bach Soloists
Label : LaserLight
10:19 AM
Images for Orchestra
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 61956 CD
Conductor : Charles Munch
Orchestra : Boston Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
10:55 AM
Oboe Concerto in E-Flat
Artist : Heinz Holliger, oboe
Album :
Composer : Vincenzo Bellini
Catalog : 129 CD
Conductor : Eliahu Inbal
Orchestra : Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orch
Label : Pentatone
11:04 AM
Slavonic Rhapsody No. 1 in D Op 45
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 416623 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Philips
11:19 AM
Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Op 38
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Composer : Zdenek Fibich
Catalog : 9328 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:05 PM
AT YOUR REQUEST
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Composer : Music you've asked to hear
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3:00 PM
Vocalise Op 34
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 80543 CD
Conductor : Jesus Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra : Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
3:10 PM
North Country Sketches
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 9355 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
3:43 PM
Piano Concerto No. 3 Op. Posth. in E-Flat
Artist : Janina Fialkowska, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 5202 CD
Conductor : Hans Graf
Orchestra : Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBC(RCI)
4:06 PM
Symphony in E-Flat
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Composer : Franz Danzi
Catalog : 777351 CD
Conductor : Howard Griffiths
Orchestra : Orch. della Svizzera Italiana
Label : CPO
4:26 PM
THE BOHEMIAN GIRL: Overture
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Composer : Michael W. Balfe
Catalog : 68793 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:38 PM
THE BOHEMIAN GIRL: I dreamed I dwelt
Artist : Elina Garanca, mezzo-soprano
Album :
Composer : Michael W. Balfe
Catalog : 14777 CD
Conductor : Karel Mark Chichon
Orchestra : Orchestra Sinfonica RAI, Rome
Label : D. Gramphn
4:46 PM
Jalousie (Tango)
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Composer : Jacob Gade
Catalog : 62698 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:06 PM
Jeux d’enfants Children’s Games Op 22
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 6048 CD
Conductor : Enrique Batiz
Orchestra : Mexico City Philharmonic
Label : ASV
5:18 PM
Soirees de Vienne: Valse-Caprice No. 6 in e
Artist : Gabriela Imreh, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 4225 CD
Label : Conn Soc
5:30 PM
Harp Concerto Op 74
Artist : Gretchen Van Hoesen, harp
Album :
Composer : Reinhold Gliere
Catalog : 1049 CD
Conductor : Rossen Milanov
Orchestra : New Symphony Orchestra Sofia
Label : Boston

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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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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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