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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October 02, 2013

6:06 AM
Symphony in G
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Composer : Frederick the Great
Catalog : 1003 CD
Conductor : Richard Auldon Clark
Orchestra : Manhattan Chamber Orchestra
Label : Helicon
6:16 AM
St. Paul’s Suite Op 29
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 7761 CD
Orchestra : Guildhall String Ensemble
Label : RCA/BMG
6:30 AM
String Symphony No. 3 in e
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 5141 CD
Conductor : William Boughton
Orchestra : English String Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
6:41 AM
Russian Easter Festival Overture Op 36
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 80378 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:06 AM
Rondo for Violin & Orchestra in B-Flat
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 415958 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
7:15 AM
A Century of Progress
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 304 CD
Conductor : Leonard B. Smith
Orchestra : Detroit Concert band
Label : WalkingFro
7:19 AM
Tantalus’s Torment Overture
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 54056 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
7:27 AM
Fair Melusina Overture Op 32
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 417541 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
7:40 AM
THE KISS: Overture
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 3163 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Neumann
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
7:48 AM
Violin Concerto No. 6 Il Piacere in C Op 8
Artist : Yehudi Menuhin, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 98225 CD
Conductor : Jerzy Maksymiuk
Orchestra : Polish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:06 AM
Donna Diana: Overture
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Composer : Emil von Reznicek
Catalog : 999991 CD
Conductor : Ulrich Windfuhr
Orchestra : Kiel Philharmonic
Label : CPO
8:13 AM
A Shropshire Lad
Artist :
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Composer : George Butterworth
Catalog : 436401 CD
Conductor : Grant Llewellyn
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Argo
8:26 AM
Artist :
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 36716 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:39 AM
Artist :
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4779445 CD
Conductor : Andrea Marcon
Orchestra : La Cetra Baroque Orch., Basel
Label : D. Gramphn
8:43 AM
Allegro de concert in A Op 46
Artist : Michael Ponti, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 5064 CD
Conductor : Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach
Orchestra : Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
9:06 AM
On Hearing the First Cuckoo...
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 65119 CD
Conductor : Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra : Halle Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:15 AM
Symphony No. 92 in G
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 6004 CD
Conductor : Karel Ancerl
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
9:44 AM
Autumn Legend
Artist : Nicholas Daniel, English horn
Album :
Composer : William Alwyn
Catalog : 9065 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : London Sinfonia
Label : Chandos
10:00 AM
Symphonic Poem No. 3: Les Preludes
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 66834 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
10:18 AM
Overture (Suite) in C
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 192 CD
Conductor : Alfredo Bernardini
Orchestra : Ensemble Zefiro
Label : Ambroisie
10:44 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 12 La Follia in d
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Composer : Francesco Geminiani
Catalog : 7784 CD
Orchestra : East Coast Chamber Orchestra
Label : E1 Music
10:59 AM
Poem for Flute & Orchestra
Artist : Alexa Still, flute
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Composer : Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Catalog : 7063 CD
Conductor : Nicholas Braithwaite
Orchestra : New Zealand Chamber Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
11:11 AM
Symphony No. 4 in e Op 98
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 75502 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:08 PM
Polonaise No. 3 in A Op 40 Military
Artist : Vladimir Horowitz, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 42306 CD
Label : CBS/Sony
12:15 PM
Stabat Mater Op 58: excerpt
Artist : London Philharmonic Choir
Album :
Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 62 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : LondonPhil
12:25 PM
Symphony No. 5 Dance Symphony: excerpt
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Composer : Emil von Reznicek
Catalog : 777056 CD
Conductor : Frank Beermann
Orchestra : Bern Symphony Orchestra
Label : CPO
12:39 PM
Anna Magdalena Notebook: Little Suite
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Thos. Frost)
Catalog : 39431 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
12:51 PM
Ein feste burg is unser Gott
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Composer : Johann-Jacob Walther
Catalog : 90292 CD
Orchestra : Piffaro Renaissance Band
Label : Dorian
12:57 PM
Rhapsody in Blue
Artist : Andre Previn, piano
Album :
Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 4784614 CD
Conductor : Andre Previn
Orchestra : Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Label : Philips
1:12 PM
Gesang der Parzen Op 89
Artist : Atlanta Symphony Chorus
Album :
Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 80176 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
1:27 PM
Symphony No. 1
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Composer : Ned Rorem
Catalog : 559149 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
1:41 PM
NABUCCO: Va, pensiero, sull’ali dorate.
Artist : Vienna State Opera Chorus
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 4758366 CD
Conductor : Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra : Vienna Opera Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
1:47 PM
A Night on Bald Mountain
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 332 CD
Conductor : Carlo Ponti
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : Pentatone
2:02 PM
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 471566 CD
Conductor : Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra : Santa Cecilia Academy, Rome
Label : D. Gramphn
2:13 PM
Pines of Rome
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 47316 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
2:25 PM
Lux aurumque
Artist : Eric Whitacre Singers
Album :
Composer : Eric Whitacre
Catalog : 14850 CD
Conductor : Eric Whitacre
Label : London/Dec
2:30 PM
Isle of the Dead, The Op 29
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 1 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : PhilOrch.
2:51 PM
The Red Violin: Vienna
Artist : Joshua Bell, violin
Album :
Composer : John Corigliano
Catalog : 63010 CD
Conductor : Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
2:57 PM
Praeludium in G
Artist : Bine Bryndorf, organ
Album :
Composer : Dietrich Buxtehude
Catalog : 220514 CD
Label : Da Capo
3:00 PM
Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra 1955
Artist : Robert Alemany, clarinet
Album :
Composer : Elie Siegmeister
Catalog : 502 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Czech National Symphony
Label : Albany
3:18 PM
Guitar Concerto No. 1 in D Op 99
Artist : Liat Cohen, guitar
Album :
Composer : Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Catalog : 2537 CD
Conductor : Rafi Kadishson
Orchestra : Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
Label : Centaur
3:39 PM
Concerto for 2 violins (Double Concerto) in d
Artist : Linda Melsted, violin
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 66265 CD
Conductor : Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
Label : CBS/Sony
4:06 PM
Clarinet Concerto in a Op 80
Artist : Janet Hilton, clarinet
Album :
Composer : Sir Charles Villiers Stanford
Catalog : 8991 CD
Conductor : Vernon Handley
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
4:27 PM
NORMA Overture (Sinfonia)
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Composer : Vincenzo Bellini
Catalog : 4609 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:35 PM
NORMA: Meco all’ altar di Venere
Artist : Franco Corelli, tenor
Album :
Composer : Vincenzo Bellini
Catalog : 64887 CD
Conductor : Tullio Serafin
Orchestra : Orchestra of La Scala
Label : Angel/EMI
4:43 PM
Suite for Strings in E Op 63
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Composer : Arthur Foote
Catalog : 1717 CD
Conductor : Mikhail Gurewitsch
Orchestra : Do.gma Chamber Orchestra
Label :
5:06 PM
Viviane (symphonic poem) Op 5
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Composer : Ernest Chausson
Catalog : 64686 CD
Conductor : Michel Plasson
Orchestra : Orch du Capitole de Toulouse
Label : Angel/EMI
5:20 PM
XERXES: Largo: Frondi Tenere/Ombra mai
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 62698 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:28 PM
Las cuatro estaciones portenos
Artist : Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, vln
Album :
Composer : Astor Piazzolla
Catalog : 81 CD
Orchestra : New Century Chamber Orchestra
Label : NSS Music


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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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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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.