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 12, 2012

6:06 AM
IL TURCO IN ITALIA Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 37859 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : National Philharmonic Orch.
Label : CBS/Sony
6:17 AM
Concerto Armonico No. 1in G
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Composer : Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer
Catalog : 410205 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Argo
6:32 AM
Valse de Concert No. 1in D Op 47
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 2391 CD
Conductor : Anatole Fistoulari
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Guild
6:44 AM
String Sonata No. 5in E-Flat
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 69524 CD
Conductor : Jerzy Maksymiuk
Orchestra : Polish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:06 AM
Waltz Fantasyin b
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Composer : Mikhail Glinka
Catalog : 45609 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : Phil Orch of Radio France
Label : Vrgn Clscs
7:17 AM
THE MUSIC MAN: Seventy-Six Trombones
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Composer : Meredith Willson
Catalog : 62 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Dallas Wind Symphony
Label : Reference
7:23 AM
Sailors’ Dances
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Composer : Paul Gilson
Catalog : 223418 CD
Conductor : Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra : BRT Philharmonic, Brussels
Label : MarcoPolo
7:32 AM
Symphonyin D
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Composer : Frederick the Great
Catalog : 1003 CD
Conductor : Richard Auldon Clark
Orchestra : Manhattan Chamber Orchestra
Label : Helicon
7:46 AM
Symphony No. 39in C
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Composer : J. Michael Haydn
Catalog : 481 CD
Conductor : Hans-Peter Frank
Orchestra : Helsingborgs Symph. Orchestra
Label : Bis
8:06 AM
Lustspiel Overture Op 38
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Composer : Ferruccio Busoni
Catalog : 572922 CD
Conductor : Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra : Rome Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:16 AM
Le Dieu et la bayadere: Overture
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Composer : Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber
Catalog : 1039 CD
Conductor : B. Tommy Andersson
Orchestra : Gothenburg Opera Orchestra
Label : Sterling
8:26 AM
RIGOLETTO: La Donna e Mobile
Artist : Luciano Pavarotti, tenor
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 89209 CD
Conductor : Emerson Buckley
Orchestra : Symphonic Orch. of Emilia Roma
Label : CBS/Sony
8:31 AM
Bassoon Concerto No. 6in e
Artist : Klaus Thunemann, bassoon
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 154 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Pentatone
8:46 AM
Sinfoniain C
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Composer : Josef Myslivecek
Catalog : 4776418 CD
Conductor : Werner Erhardt
Orchestra : Concerto Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
8:57 AM
Piano Sonata No. 11: Rondo alla Turcain A
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 9349 CD
Conductor : Matthias Bamert
Orchestra : BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
9:06 AM
Concertoin F
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 453451 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
9:19 AM
Harp Concertoin A
Artist : Claudia Antonelli, harp
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Composer : Karl Ditters Von Dittersdorf
Catalog : 350246 CD
Conductor : Hans Ludwig Hirsch
Orchestra : Innsbruck Chamber Ens.
Label : EuropaMusi
9:41 AM
Adagio on Celtic Themesin e Op 56
Artist : Julius Berger, cello
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 6060 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : Polish Radio Symphony Orchestr
Label : EBS
9:52 AM
Great Mass:in c
Artist : ASMF Chorus
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 416273 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
10:00 AM
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 414595 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Argo
10:18 AM
Violin Concerto No. 1in g Op 26
Artist : Nicola Benedetti, violin
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 4764092 CD
Conductor : Jakub Hrusa
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
10:45 AM
Harpsichord Suite No. 4in e
Artist : Lisa Smirnova, piano
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 2213 CD
Label : ECM
11:02 AM
Symphonic Poem No. 4: Orpheus
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 66834 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
11:16 AM
Symphony No. 3in E-Flat Op 10
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 90797 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Vrgn Clscs
12:06 PM
Concerto for lute and flutein F
Artist : Richard Stone, lute
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Composer : Silvius Leopold Weiss
Catalog : 707 CD
Orchestra : Tempesta di Mare
Label : Chandos
12:20 PM
Piano Concertoin a Op 17
Artist : Felicia Blumenthal, piano
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Composer : Ignace Jan Paderewski
Catalog : 28 CD
Conductor : Helmuth Froschauer
Orchestra : Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Label : Brana
12:57 PM
Trumpet Voluntary
Artist : Wynton Marsalis, trumpet
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Composer : John Stanley
Catalog : 66244 CD
Conductor : Anthony Newman
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
12:57 PM
A Tribute Op 56
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Composer : Edmund Rubbra
Catalog : 6599 CD
Conductor : Hans-Hubert Schonzeler
Orchestra : Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Label : Chandos
12:57 PM
Symphony No. 2
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 47213 CD
Conductor : Adrian Boult
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
2:00 PM
Hymn of the Nations
Artist : Luciano Pavarotti, tenor
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 4758177 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
2:16 PM
Symphony No. 4in e Op 98
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 400037 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
3:00 PM
Duet Concertino
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 5186060 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : German Ch. Phil., Bremen
Label : Pentatone
3:21 PM
Variations on a theme of Corelli Op 42
Artist : Xiayin Wang, piano
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 10724 CD
Label : Chandos
3:42 PM
Serenade No. 6in D
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 91122 CD
Conductor : Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra : Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
4:06 PM
Prometheus Bound Overture Op 38
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Composer : Carl Goldmark
Catalog : 56955 CD
Conductor : James Conlon
Orchestra : Gurzenich Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:26 PM
La Grotta di Tronofrio Overture
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Composer : Antonio Salieri
Catalog : 223381 CD
Conductor : Michael Dittrich
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
4:34 PM
CARMEN: Flower Song; La fleur que tu m’
Artist : Luciano Pavarotti, tenor
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 10170 CD
Conductor : Leone Magiera
Orchestra : Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:42 PM
TURANDOT: Nessun dorma
Artist : Luciano Pavarotti, tenor
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 10014 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:48 PM
Catari, Catari. Core Ingrato
Artist : Luciano Pavarotti, tenor
Album :
Composer : Salvatore Cardillo
Catalog : 4758177 CD
Conductor : Giancarlo Chiaramello
Orchestra : Orch del Teatro Com di Bologna
Label : London/Dec
4:48 PM
DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT:
Artist : Luciano Pavarotti, tenor
Album :
Composer : Gaetano Donizetti
Catalog : 417011 CD
Conductor : Richard Bonynge
Orchestra : Royal Opera, Covent Garden
Label : London/Dec
5:06 PM
Le Dieu et la bayadere: Ballet
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Composer : Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber
Catalog : 1039 CD
Conductor : B. Tommy Andersson
Orchestra : Gothenburg Opera Orchestra
Label : Sterling
5:18 PM
Hungarian Rhapsodyin D Op 68
Artist : Maria Kliegel, cello
Album :
Composer : David Popper
Catalog : 554657 CD
Conductor : Gerhard Markson
Orchestra : Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
Label : Naxos
5:29 PM
Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra
Artist : Christopher Parkening, guitar
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Composer : Elmer Bernstein
Catalog : 56859 CD
Conductor : Elmer Bernstein
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:54 PM
La maja de Goya
Artist : Christopher Parkening, guitar
Album :
Composer : Enrique Granados
Catalog : 56730 CD
Label : Angel/EMI

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The Voronezh State Folk Choir (Russian)

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3:43 pm
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11:49 am
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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

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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

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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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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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The American Pianist Who Rocked Russia for Decades

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Creatively Speaking
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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.

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Excerpts of Meridee Duddleston’s interview with Senior Music Specialist Raymond White and Music Division Director Susan Vita.

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