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 26, 2012

6:06 AM
Concerto for 3 violins
Artist : Pinchas Zukerman, violin;
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 36692 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
6:17 AM
Concertino for Clarinet & Orch in E-Flat Op 26
Artist : Andrew Marriner, clarinet
Album :
Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 432146 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
6:30 AM
Symphony in A
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Georg Christoph Wagenseil
Catalog : 777112 CD
Conductor : Johannes Goritzki
Orchestra : Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
Label : CPO
6:43 AM
Symphony (early) in F
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 2018 CD
Conductor : Tamas Veto
Orchestra : Odense Symphony Orchestra
Label : Unicorn
7:06 AM
Concerto for 2 horns, strings in D
Artist : Hermann Baumann, horn
Album :
Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 412226 CD
Conductor : Iona Brown
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
7:15 AM
The National Game
Artist :
Album :
Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 302 CD
Conductor : Leonard B. Smith
Orchestra : Detroit Concert band
Label : WalkingFro
7:20 AM
RUSLAN AND LUDMILA Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Mikhail Glinka
Catalog : 80657 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:28 AM
Roumanian Rhapsody No. 1 in A Op 11
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Georges Enesco
Catalog : 5033 CD
Conductor : Emil Simon
Orchestra : Cluj-Napoca Phil. Orch.
Label : Tuxedo
7:46 AM
Concerto in D
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johann Friedrich Fasch
Catalog : 751 CD
Orchestra : Tempesta di Mare
Label : Chandos
8:06 AM
BORIS GODUNOV: Polonaise
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 1000179 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
8:15 AM
Violin Concerto in D Op 7
Artist : Simon Standage, violin
Album :
Composer : Jean-Marie Leclair
Catalog : 589 CD
Conductor : Simon Standage
Orchestra : Collegium Musicum 90
Label : Chandos
8:28 AM
Sinfonia No. 3 in C
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 553285 CD
Conductor : Christian Benda
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
8:43 AM
The Marriage of Camacho Op 10
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 7905 CD
Conductor : Claus Peter Flor
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : RCA/BMG
8:53 AM
At Twilight: Poem Op 39
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Zdenek Fibich
Catalog : 3392 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Neumann
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
9:06 AM
Roman Carnival Overture Op 9
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 471627 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
9:17 AM
String Quartet No. 12 in c
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 522099 CD
Orchestra : Borodin String Quartet
Label : Vrgn Clscs
9:29 AM
Symphony No. 4 in c Op 102
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Franz Krommer
Catalog : 10628 CD
Conductor : Matthias Bamert
Orchestra : London Mozart Players
Label : Chandos
10:00 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 11 (After Scarlatti)in G
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Charles Avison
Catalog : 31 CD
Orchestra : Café Zimmermann
Label : Alpha
10:15 AM
Sonata in E
Artist : Yundi Li, piano
Album :
Composer : Domenico Scarlatti
Catalog : 4775571 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
10:24 AM
Sonata in G
Artist : Yundi Li, piano
Album :
Composer : Domenico Scarlatti
Catalog : 4775571 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
10:31 AM
String Symphony No. 8 in D
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 60107 CD
Conductor : Scott Yoo
Orchestra : Metamorphosen
Label :
11:01 AM
Violin Concerto (Adelaide) in D
Artist : Mela Tenenbaum, violin
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 1076 CD
Conductor : Richard Kapp
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Cham. Orch.
Label : ESS.A.Y
11:23 AM
Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Op 97
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 2003 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : PhilOrch.
12:06 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 2a in F Op 6
Artist :
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 9004 CD
Conductor : Yuli Turovsky
Orchestra : I Musici de Montreal
Label : Chandos
12:21 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in g Op 46
Artist : Alessandro Marangoni, piano
Album :
Composer : Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Catalog : 572823 CD
Conductor : Andrew Mogrelia
Orchestra : Malmo Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
12:53 PM
Symphony No. 2 in c
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Anton Bruckner
Catalog : 60077 CD
Conductor : Gunter Wand
Orchestra : Cologne Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : RCA/BMG
2:00 PM
The Golden Spinning Wheel Op 109
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 9048 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
2:25 PM
Serenade for Strings in E-Flat Op 6
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Josef Suk
Catalog : 9063 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
3:00 PM
New England Triptych
Artist :
Album :
Composer : William Schuman
Catalog : 90224 CD
Conductor : Andrew Litton
Orchestra : Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Label : Dorian
3:18 PM
Billy the Kid: Ballet Suite
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 70047 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
3:42 PM
Tragic Overture Op 81
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 75502 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:06 PM
Little Drottningholm Music
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johan Helmich Roman
Catalog : 553733 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Uppsala Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:28 PM
BARBER OF SEVILLE: Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 47118 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:36 PM
BARBER OF SEVILLE: Una voce poco fa
Artist : Angela Gheorghiu, soprano
Album :
Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 57163 CD
Conductor : Evelino Pido
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:45 PM
The Barber of Seville Goes to the Devil
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Gordon Jacob
Catalog : 2116 CD
Conductor : Gavin Sutherland
Orchestra : Royal Ballet Sinfonia /Birming
Label : ASV
4:50 PM
Fuga con Pajarillo
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Aldemaro Romero
Catalog : 11340 CD
Conductor : Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra : S. Bolivar Youth Orch of Venz.
Label : D. Gramphn
5:06 PM
Norwegian Rhapsody No. 2 Op 19
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johan Svendsen
Catalog : 570322 CD
Conductor : Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra : South Jutland Symphony Orch
Label : Naxos
5:17 PM
Valse de Concert No. 2 Op 51
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 47847 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:28 PM
The Prince and the Pauper: Suite
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Catalog : 471347 CD
Conductor : Andre Previn
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
5:53 PM
DIE TOTE STADT: Mein Sehnen, mein Wahnen
Artist : Thomas Hampson, baritone
Album :
Composer : Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Catalog : 86332 CD
Conductor : Fabio Luisi
Orchestra : Munich Radio Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:06 AM
Concerto for 3 violins
Artist : Pinchas Zukerman, violin; Isaac Stern, violin; Pinchas Zukerman, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 36692 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
6:17 AM
Concertino for Clarinet & Orch in E-Flat Op 26
Artist : Andrew Marriner, clarinet
Album :
Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 432146 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
6:30 AM
Symphony in A
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Georg Christoph Wagenseil
Catalog : 777112 CD
Conductor : Johannes Goritzki
Orchestra : Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
Label : CPO
6:43 AM
Symphony (early) in F, K. 19a
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 2018 CD
Conductor : Tamas Veto
Orchestra : Odense Symphony Orchestra
Label : Unicorn
7:06 AM
Concerto for 2 horns, strings in D
Artist : Hermann Baumann, horn; Timothy Brown, horn
Album :
Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 412226 CD
Conductor : Iona Brown
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
7:15 AM
The National Game
Artist :
Album :
Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 302 CD
Conductor : Leonard B. Smith
Orchestra : Detroit Concert band
Label : WalkingFro
7:20 AM
RUSLAN AND LUDMILA Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Mikhail Glinka
Catalog : 80657 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:28 AM
Roumanian Rhapsody No. 1 in A Op 11
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Georges Enesco
Catalog : 5033 CD
Conductor : Emil Simon
Orchestra : Cluj-Napoca Phil. Orch.
Label : Tuxedo
7:46 AM
Concerto in D
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johann Friedrich Fasch
Catalog : 751 CD
Orchestra : Tempesta di Mare
Label : Chandos
8:06 AM
BORIS GODUNOV: Polonaise
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 1000179 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
8:15 AM
Violin Concerto in D Op 7, No. 1
Artist : Simon Standage, violin
Album :
Composer : Jean-Marie Leclair
Catalog : 589 CD
Conductor : Simon Standage
Orchestra : Collegium Musicum 90
Label : Chandos
8:28 AM
Sinfonia No. 3 in C, Wq. 182
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 553285 CD
Conductor : Christian Benda
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
8:43 AM
The Marriage of Camacho Op 10
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 7905 CD
Conductor : Claus Peter Flor
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : RCA/BMG
8:53 AM
At Twilight: Poem Op 39
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Zdenek Fibich
Catalog : 3392 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Neumann
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
9:06 AM
Roman Carnival Overture Op 9
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 471627 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
9:17 AM
String Quartet No. 12 in c, D. 703 Quartettsatz
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 522099 CD
Orchestra : Borodin String Quartet
Label : Vrgn Clscs
9:29 AM
Symphony No. 4 in c Op 102
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Franz Krommer
Catalog : 10628 CD
Conductor : Matthias Bamert
Orchestra : London Mozart Players
Label : Chandos
10:00 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 11 (After Scarlatti)in G
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Charles Avison
Catalog : 31 CD
Orchestra : Café Zimmermann
Label : Alpha
10:15 AM
Sonata in E, K. 380
Artist : Yundi Li, piano
Album :
Composer : Domenico Scarlatti
Catalog : 4775571 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
10:24 AM
Sonata in G, K. 13
Artist : Yundi Li, piano
Album :
Composer : Domenico Scarlatti
Catalog : 4775571 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
10:31 AM
String Symphony No. 8 in D
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 60107 CD
Conductor : Scott Yoo
Orchestra : Metamorphosen
Label : Archetype
11:01 AM
Violin Concerto (Adelaide) in D K. 294a
Artist : Mela Tenenbaum, violin
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 1076 CD
Conductor : Richard Kapp
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Cham. Orch.
Label : ESS.A.Y
11:23 AM
Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Op 97 Rhenish
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 2003 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : PhilOrch.
12:06 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 2a in F Op 6
Artist :
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 9004 CD
Conductor : Yuli Turovsky
Orchestra : I Musici de Montreal
Label : Chandos
12:21 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in g Op 46
Artist : Alessandro Marangoni, piano
Album :
Composer : Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Catalog : 572823 CD
Conductor : Andrew Mogrelia
Orchestra : Malmo Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
12:53 PM
Symphony No. 2 in c
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Anton Bruckner
Catalog : 60077 CD
Conductor : Gunter Wand
Orchestra : Cologne Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : RCA/BMG
2:00 PM
The Golden Spinning Wheel Op 109
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 9048 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
2:25 PM
Serenade for Strings in E-Flat Op 6
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Josef Suk
Catalog : 9063 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
3:00 PM
New England Triptych
Artist :
Album :
Composer : William Schuman
Catalog : 90224 CD
Conductor : Andrew Litton
Orchestra : Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Label : Dorian
3:18 PM
Billy the Kid: Ballet Suite
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 70047 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
3:42 PM
Tragic Overture Op 81
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 75502 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:06 PM
Little Drottningholm Music
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johan Helmich Roman
Catalog : 553733 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Uppsala Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:28 PM
BARBER OF SEVILLE: Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 47118 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:36 PM
BARBER OF SEVILLE: Una voce poco fa
Artist : Angela Gheorghiu, soprano
Album :
Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 57163 CD
Conductor : Evelino Pido
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:45 PM
The Barber of Seville Goes to the Devil Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Gordon Jacob
Catalog : 2116 CD
Conductor : Gavin Sutherland
Orchestra : Royal Ballet Sinfonia /Birming
Label : ASV
4:50 PM
Fuga con Pajarillo
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Aldemaro Romero
Catalog : 11340 CD
Conductor : Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra : S. Bolivar Youth Orch of Venz.
Label : D. Gramphn
5:06 PM
Norwegian Rhapsody No. 2 Op 19
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johan Svendsen
Catalog : 570322 CD
Conductor : Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra : South Jutland Symphony Orch
Label : Naxos
5:17 PM
Valse de Concert No. 2 Op 51
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 47847 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:28 PM
The Prince and the Pauper: Suite
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Catalog : 471347 CD
Conductor : Andre Previn
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
5:53 PM
DIE TOTE STADT: Mein Sehnen, mein Wahnen
Artist : Thomas Hampson, baritone
Album :
Composer : Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Catalog : 86332 CD
Conductor : Fabio Luisi
Orchestra : Munich Radio Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI

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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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