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 24, 2013

6:06 AM
Concerto No. 3 a cinque in F Op 9
Artist : Pierre Pierlot, oboe
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 45557 CD
Conductor : Claudio Scimone
Orchestra : I Solisti Veneti
Label : Erato
6:18 AM
Gloriana: Courtly Dances
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Composer : Benjamin Britten
Catalog : 69422 CD
Conductor : Uri Segal
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:30 AM
MAY NIGHT overture
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 554843 CD
Conductor : Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra : Ukrainian National Symphony Or
Label : Naxos
6:40 AM
Keyboard Concerto No. 4 in A
Artist : Ivor Bolton, harpsichord
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 25201 CD
Conductor : Ivor Bolton
Orchestra : St. James Baroque Players
Label : MCA
7:06 AM
DON GIOVANNI Overture
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4779445 CD
Conductor : Andrea Marcon
Orchestra : La Cetra Baroque Orch., Basel
Label : D. Gramphn
7:15 AM
The Lehar Boys March
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Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 16849 CD
Conductor : Laszlo Marosi
Orchestra : Budapest Symphonic Band
Label : Hungaroton
7:18 AM
COUNTESS MARITZA: Overture
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Composer : Emmerich Kalman
Catalog : 80547 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:24 AM
COUNTESS MARITZA: Czardas, Come Gypsy
Artist : Fritz Wunderlich, tenor
Album :
Composer : Emmerich Kalman
Catalog : 75915 CD
Conductor : Hans Moltkau
Orchestra : Bavarian State Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:31 AM
Roman Carnival Overture Op 9
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 8316 CD
Conductor : Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
7:42 AM
Artaserse: Overture
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999963 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
7:50 AM
Rondo for piano & orch in A
Artist : John O’Conor, piano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 80285 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Telarc
8:06 AM
Concerto for 4 Recorders, oboes, strings in C
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Composer : Johann David Heinichen
Catalog : 437549 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
8:15 AM
Sinfonia in C
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Composer : Josef Myslivecek
Catalog : 4776418 CD
Conductor : Werner Erhardt
Orchestra : Concerto Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
8:26 AM
Symphony in E-Flat
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Composer : Francisco Javier Moreno
Catalog : 10488 CD
Orchestra : Concerto Koln
Label : Capriccio
8:39 AM
Pomp & Circumstance March No. 5 in C Op 39
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 557273 CD
Conductor : James Judd
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:47 AM
Freuet euch des Lebens (Waltz) Op 340
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 4780225 CD
Conductor : Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
9:06 AM
Ruy Blas Overture Op 95
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 417541 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
9:15 AM
Piano Concerto after JC Bach in G
Artist : Malcolm Bilson,fortepiano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 67116 CD
Conductor : Thomas Crawford
Orchestra : Old Fairfield Academy Orch
Label : MusicMaste
9:26 AM
Octet in E-Flat Op 20
Artist : Gil Shaham, violin
Album :
Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 8 CD
Orchestra : Sejong Soloists
Label : CanaryClas
10:00 AM
Ancient Airs and Dances: Suite No. 1
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 4785092 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Philharmonia Hungarica
Label : Mercury
10:18 AM
Death and Transfiguration Op 24
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 80167 CD
Conductor : Andre Previn
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Telarc
10:47 AM
Piano Concerto in f-Sharp Op 69
Artist : Michael Ponti, piano
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Composer : Ferdinand Hiller
Catalog : 5065 CD
Conductor : Louis de Froment
Orchestra : Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg
Label : Vox/MMG
11:06 AM
String Symphony No. 8 in D
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 60107 CD
Conductor : Scott Yoo
Orchestra : Metamorphosen
Label :
11:35 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 11 in A Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 410899 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
12:06 PM
Symphony No. 28 in A
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 554405 CD
Conductor : Bela Drahos
Orchestra : Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
Label : Naxos
12:24 PM
Sextet Op 37
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Composer : Ernst von Dohnanyi
Catalog : 557153 CD
Orchestra : Spectrum Concerts Berlin
Label : Naxos
12:56 PM
Cello Concerto in d
Artist : Paul Tortelier, cello
Album :
Composer : Edouard Lalo
Catalog : 76868 CD
Conductor : Louis Frémaux
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
1:26 PM
Iberia Suite
Artist :
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Composer : Isaac Albeniz
Catalog : 4785092 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
2:00 PM
BARTERED BRIDE Overture
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 5 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : BuffaloPO
2:09 PM
Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat Op 4
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 94671 CD
Conductor : Otmar Suitner
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Berlin
Label :
3:00 PM
Gymnopedies Nos. 1 & 3
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Composer : Erik Satie
Catalog : 570 CD
Conductor : James DePreist
Orchestra : Malmo Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bis
3:08 PM
Sinfonietta
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Composer : Francis Poulenc
Catalog : 22045 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : City of London Sinfonia
Label : Vrgn Clscs
3:37 PM
Escales
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Composer : Jacques Ibert
Catalog : 4 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Virginia Symphony
Label : VirginiaSO
4:06 PM
Irmelin: Suite
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 19 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Rhenish Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Dinemec
4:26 PM
DIE CSARDASFURSTIN: Overture
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Composer : Emmerich Kalman
Catalog : 2012611 CD
Conductor : Kurt Woss
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Gram.Loden
4:34 PM
DIE CSARDASFURSTIN: Heia, heia in den
Artist : Anna Netrebko, soprano
Album :
Composer : Emmerich Kalman
Catalog : 12217 CD
Conductor : Emmanuel Villaume
Orchestra : Prague Philharmonia
Label : D. Gramphn
4:39 PM
A Legend of the Skerries Op 20
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Composer : Hugo Alfven
Catalog : 9313 CD
Conductor : Petri Sakari
Orchestra : Iceland State Symphony Orch.
Label : Chandos
5:06 PM
Zampa Overture
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Composer : Louis Joseph F. Herold
Catalog : 37240 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
5:16 PM
English Folk Song Suite
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 104 CD
Conductor : Jerry Junkin
Orchestra : Univ of Texas Wind Ensemble
Label : Reference
5:29 PM
American Symphonette No. 2 (1938)
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Composer : Morton Gould
Catalog : 49462 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Klein
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:41 PM
Facsimile
Artist :
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Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Catalog : 45295 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Vrgn Clscs

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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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