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 23, 2013

6:06 AM
Concerto Grosso in b
Artist :
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 6541 CD
Conductor : Adrian Shepherd
Orchestra : Cantilena
Label : Chandos
6:17 AM
Manfred Overture Op 115
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 550608 CD
Conductor : Johannes Wildner
Orchestra : Polish National Radio Orchestr
Label : Naxos
6:30 AM
Oboe Concerto in E-Flat
Artist : Lajos Lencses, oboe
Album :
Composer : Vincenzo Bellini
Catalog : 83114 CD
Conductor : Paul Angerer
Orchestra : S.W.German Ch.Or. of Pforzeim
Label : Carus
6:41 AM
Ma Vlast: No. 1 Vysehrad
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 9366 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
7:06 AM
Feierlicher Einzug der Ritter des
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 66870 CD
Conductor : David Honeyball
Orchestra : London Brass Virtuosi
Label : Hyperion
7:15 AM
Revival March
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 302 CD
Conductor : Leonard B. Smith
Orchestra : Detroit Concert band
Label : WalkingFro
7:21 AM
THE MERRY WIDOW: Ballsirenen Walzer
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Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 80547 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:28 AM
Symphony No. 1 in D
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 2908609 CD
Conductor : Andrew Manze
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : Harm Mundi
7:42 AM
DROTTINGEN AV GOLCONDA Overture
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Composer : Franz Berwald
Catalog : 920 CD
Conductor : Ulf Bjorlin
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:50 AM
Schlagobers Ballet: Waltz Op 70
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 64346 CD
Conductor : Rudolph Kempe
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Angel/EMI
8:06 AM
Brook Green Suite Op 190
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 2882 CD
Conductor : Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Intersound
8:15 AM
String Symphony No. 1 in C
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 5141 CD
Conductor : William Boughton
Orchestra : English String Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
8:28 AM
Flute Concerto in G
Artist : William Bennett, flute
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Composer : Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Catalog : 391378 CD
Conductor : Ian Watson
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
8:42 AM
LA DAMA BOBA Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
Catalog : 65618 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
8:50 AM
Nocturnes: No. 2 Fetes
Artist : Brenda Lucas, piano
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 69386 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
9:06 AM
On Hearing the First Cuckoo In Spring
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 62645 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
9:14 AM
Anacreaon Suite for Orchestra
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Composer : Jean-Philippe Rameau
Catalog : 553746 CD
Conductor : Mary Terey-Smith
Orchestra : Capella Savaria
Label : Naxos
9:38 AM
Lamia Op 29
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Composer : Edward MacDowell
Catalog : 104 CD
Conductor : Karl Krueger
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Lib Cong
10:00 AM
Orchestral Suite (Overture) No. 2 in b
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 80619 CD
Conductor : Martin Pearlman
Orchestra : Boston Baroque
Label : Telarc
10:19 AM
Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra in D
Artist : Christoph Eschenbach, piano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 89488 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : Sym Orch N. D. R. Hamburg
Label : CBS/Sony
10:48 AM
Krakowiak Concert Rondo in F Op 14 Krakowiak
Artist : Garrick Ohlsson, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 6702 CD
Conductor : Kazimierz Kord
Orchestra : Warsaw Philharmonic
Label : Arabesque
11:05 AM
Hussite Overture Husitska Op 67
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 59285 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Vrgn Clscs
11:21 AM
Symphony No. 2 in c Op 17 Little Russian
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 47867 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:09 PM
WILLIAM TELL Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 74752 CD
Conductor : Gianluigi Gelmetti
Orchestra : Radio Symph Orch of Stuttgart
Label : Angel/EMI
12:21 PM
The Lamb
Artist : Monteverdi Choir
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Composer : John Tavener
Catalog : 462050 CD
Conductor : John Elliot Gardiner
Label : Philips
12:26 PM
Ave Maria
Artist : Shaw Chamber Singers
Album :
Composer : Franz Biebl
Catalog : 80461 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Label : Telarc
12:34 PM
Horn Concerto No. 1 in D
Artist : Barry Tuckwell, horn
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 86558 CD
Conductor : Barry Tuckwell
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:53 PM
Sonata for cello & piano in g Op 19
Artist : Truls Mork, cello; Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Album :
Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 45119 CD
Label : Vrgn Clscs
1:11 PM
Pavane Op 50
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Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 99 CD
Conductor : Eiji Oue
Orchestra : Minnesota Orchestra
Label : Reference
1:17 PM
Barcarolles (1949)
Artist : Ruskin Cooper, piano
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Composer : Ned Rorem
Catalog : 2584 CD
Label : Centaur
1:32 PM
GOTTERDAMMERUNG: Brunhilde’s Immolation
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 62598 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
1:54 PM
Intermezzo in A Op 118
Artist : Tamar Halperin, piano
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 17529 CD
Label : London/Dec
2:03 PM
The Boulevardier: Characteristic Intermezzo
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Composer : Frederic Curzon
Catalog : 223425 CD
Conductor : Adrian Leaper
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
2:09 PM
Etude No. 24 in c Op 25
Artist : Orlando Otey, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 2986 CD
Label : IonianProd
2:13 PM
Gloria in D, RV 589: excerpts
Artist : Taverner Choir
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 59326 CD
Conductor : Andrew Parrott
Orchestra : Taverner Players
Label : Vrgn Clscs
2:22 PM
Symphony No. 5 in c Op 67: finale
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 57447 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
2:33 PM
LA BOHEME: Che gelida manina
Artist : Luciano Pavarotti, tenor
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 10013 CD
Conductor : Leone Magiera
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
2:38 PM
Fantasy on Hungarian Folk Tunes
Artist : John Ogdon, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 92747 CD
Conductor : John Pritchard
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
2:54 PM
Four Seasons: No. 3 Autumn (L’Autunno) in F Op 8
Artist : Giuliano Carmignola, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 51352 CD
Conductor : Andrea Marcon
Orchestra : Venice Baroque Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
3:00 PM
Summer Night on the River
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 47610 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : Northern Sinfonia of England
Label : Angel/EMI
3:00 PM
Summer Night on the River
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 47610 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : Northern Sinfonia of England
Label : Angel/EMI
3:08 PM
Enigma Variations Op 36
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 80192 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
3:40 PM
Concerto in F
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Composer : Johann David Heinichen
Catalog : 447644 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
4:06 PM
PRINCE IGOR: Overture
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 1029 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Cala
4:18 PM
PRINCE IGOR: Polovtsian Dances
Artist : BBC Symphony Chorus
Album :
Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 1029 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Cala
4:31 PM
Mazurka-oberek for violin and orchestra
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
Album :
Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 55475 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : Abbey Road Ensemble
Label : Angel/EMI
4:42 PM
L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2
Artist :
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 550061 CD
Conductor : Anthony Bramall
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:06 PM
Dance Overture
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Composer : Paul Creston
Catalog : 441 CD
Conductor : David Alan Miller
Orchestra : Albany Symphony Orchestra
Label : Albany
5:19 PM
Invitation to the Dance Op 65
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 61250 CD
Conductor : Fritz Reiner
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:30 PM
Capriccio Diabolico
Artist : Carlos Barbosa-Lima, guitar
Album :
Composer : Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Catalog : 42048 CD
Conductor : Plamen Djurov
Orchestra : Sofia Soloists Chamber Ensembl
Label : Concord
5:43 PM
Once Upon a Time in the West: Main Theme
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Composer : Ennio Morricone
Catalog : 60706 CD
Conductor : Henry Mancini
Orchestra : Henry Mancini's Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:50 PM
Hook: Suite
Artist : Louise DiTullio, flute
Album :
Composer : John Williams
Catalog : 1194 CD
Conductor : Ronald Royer
Orchestra : Sinfonia Toronto
Label : Cambria

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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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