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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October 08, 2013

6:06 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 4 in a Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 2065 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Handel & Haydn Society
Label : Avie
6:17 AM
New Federal Overture (1796)
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Composer : James Hewitt
Catalog : 559654 CD
Conductor : Patrick Gallois
Orchestra : Sinfonia Finlandia
Label : Naxos
6:30 AM
Four Cornish Dances Op 91
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Composer : Malcolm Arnold
Catalog : 8867 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Chandos
6:41 AM
Ma Vlast: No. 6 Blanik
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 3465 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
7:06 AM
KHOVANSHCHINA: Persian Slaves’ Dance
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 550328 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Jean
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:14 AM
The Southerner March
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Composer : Russell Alexander
Catalog : 2016 CD
Conductor : H. Robert Reynolds
Orchestra : Univ. of Mich. Symph. Band
Label : Quintessen
7:19 AM
Danzon Cubano
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 37257 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
7:27 AM
Overture di Ballo
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Composer : Sir Arthur Sullivan
Catalog : 4776118 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
7:40 AM
Overture in D
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 2260 CD
Conductor : Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra : L'Ensemble Arion
Label : ATMA
7:48 AM
Symphony No. 4 in G, Wq. 183
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 553289 CD
Conductor : Yoon K. Lee
Orchestra : Salzburg Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:06 AM
Helios Overture Op 17
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Composer : Carl Nielsen
Catalog : 42093 CD
Conductor : Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra : Swedish Radio Symphony Orchest
Label : CBS/Sony
8:18 AM
Pavane for a Dead Princess
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 99 CD
Conductor : Eiji Oue
Orchestra : Minnesota Orchestra
Label : Reference
8:26 AM
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Overture Op 21
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 391372 CD
Conductor : Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
8:39 AM
DIE MEISTERSINGER Overture Prelude
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 99595 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : Teldec
8:51 AM
THE TROJANS: Trojan March
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 63412 CD
Conductor : Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:06 AM
Piano Concerto in F
Artist : Martin Galling, piano
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Composer : F. A. Boieldieu
Catalog : 5110 CD
Conductor : Roger Wagner
Orchestra : Innsbruck Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
9:27 AM
Andante and Hungarian Rondo Op 35
Artist : Karl-Otto Hartmann,bassoon
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 150100 CD
Conductor : Arturo Tamayo
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Novalis
9:39 AM
Capriccio Espagnol Op 34
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 44942 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
10:00 AM
King Lear Overture Op 4
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 68790 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : RCA/BMG
10:17 AM
Piano Concerto No. 10 (for two pianos) in E-Flat, K. 365
Artist : Gold & Fizdale, piano duo
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 60598 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
10:47 AM
Violin Concerto The Frogs in A
Artist : Midori Seiler, violin
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 2908605 CD
Conductor : Clemens-Maria Nuszbaumer
Orchestra : Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin
Label : Harm Mundi
11:02 AM
Introduction and Polonaise brillante in C Op 3
Artist : Sara Sant’Ambrogio, cello; Robert Koenig, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 8486 CD
Label :
11:13 AM
Symphony No. 4 in d Op 13
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 94671 CD
Conductor : Otmar Suitner
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Berlin
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12:06 PM
DER FREISCHUTZ Overture Op 77
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 417119 CD
Conductor : Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra : Bavarian Radio Symphony
Label : London/Dec
12:18 PM
Piano Trio No. 2 in B-Flat Op 65
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Composer : Arthur Foote
Catalog : 559039 CD
Orchestra : Arden Trio
Label : Naxos
12:41 PM
Indra Symphonic Poem Op 13
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 572914 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Naxos
12:58 PM
Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Op 60
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 1416 CD
Conductor : Osmo Vanska
Orchestra : Minnesota Orchestra
Label : Bis
1:34 PM
Cello Concerto No. 2
Artist : Quirine Viersen, cello
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Composer : Julius Rontgen
Catalog : 122 CD
Conductor : Eri Klas
Orchestra : Netherlands Radio Chamber Phil
Label : Nederland
2:00 PM
Signorina Gioventu Op 58
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Composer : Vitezslav Novak
Catalog : 3049 CD
Conductor : Frantisek Jilek
Orchestra : Brno State Phil. Orch.
Label : Supraphon
3:00 PM
Mother Goose: Five Nursery Songs
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 80601 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
3:17 PM
Harp Concerto in C
Artist : Marie-Claire Jamet, harp
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Composer : F. A. Boieldieu
Catalog : 3019 CD
Conductor : Paul Kuentz
Orchestra : Paul Kuentz Chamber Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
3:41 PM
Horn Concertino in D
Artist : Barry Tuckwell, horn
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Composer : J. Michael Haydn
Catalog : 6249 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
4:06 PM
Symphony No. 1 in g
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Composer : C.E.F. Weyse
Catalog : 224012 CD
Conductor : Michael Schonwandt
Orchestra : Royal Danish Orchestra
Label : Da Capo
4:28 PM
SOROCHINSKY FAIR: Why my sad heart
Artist : Vladimir Grishko, tenor
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 554843 CD
Conductor : Vladimir Sirenko
Orchestra : Ukraine State Radio Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:35 PM
SOROCHINSKY FAIR: Introduction
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 332 CD
Conductor : Carlo Ponti
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : Pentatone
4:42 PM
SOROCHINSKY FAIR: Hopak (Gopak)
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 62647 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:45 PM
Mlada suite
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 550486 CD
Conductor : Donald Johanos
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
5:06 PM
La Valse
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 64067 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
5:20 PM
Years of Pilgrimage: 2nd year: Sonetto No. 123 del Petrarca
Artist : Van Cliburn, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 40723 CD
Label : RCA/BMG
5:29 PM
Lyra Angelica
Artist : Rachel Masters, harp
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Composer : William Alwyn
Catalog : 9065 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : London Sinfonia
Label : Chandos

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Opera on WRTI
1:44 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

LA Opera on WRTI: Britten's BILLY BUDD, August 2, 1 PM

Baritone Liam Bonner sings the title role of Billy Budd, the perfect British seaman.

James Conlon leads the LA Opera Orchestra and Chorus for one of Benjamin Britten's masterpieces. Based on Herman Melville’s classic American tale, adapted into a libretto by English novelist E.M. Forster and writer Eric Crozier, Billy Budd tells the story of the persecution and destruction of a pure-hearted sailor by a predatory master-at-arms. It's a tragedy of "sexual discharge gone evil," as Forster described it, and a work that has captivated audiences around the world since its 1951 world premiere.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

The Great War At 100: Music Of Conflict And Remembrance

Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein (who later became an American citizen) lost an arm in World War I. He commissioned composers including Maurice Ravel to write pieces for the left hand alone.
Bettmann/CORBIS

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 2:37 pm

One hundred years ago today, the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia. The conflict drew in country after country and grew to an unprecedented scale. An estimated 9 million combatants lost their lives and more than 21 million were wounded in what came to be known as The Great War and, eventually, World War I.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:35 am
Sat July 26, 2014

War Of Words At Met Opera May Signal Shutdown

Bryn Terfel as Wotan in the Met's production of Wagner's Ring cycle, one of the productions that has been criticized by some as too costly.
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:32 pm

When an opera company is in the midst of contentious labor negotiations, the results can be dramatic. This week, the war of words between unions and management at New York's Metropolitan Opera, the world's largest opera company, escalated. An Aug. 1 shut down now seems likely.

At the center of the debate is the ballooning Met budget, which stood at $200 million in 2006 but has since climbed to more than $325 million. Met General Manager Peter Gelb asserts that union salaries and benefits are his biggest costs, accounting for two-thirds of the operating budget.

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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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