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 29, 2012

6:06 AM
Overture in A
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Composer : Josef Myslivecek
Catalog : 4776418 CD
Conductor : Werner Erhardt
Orchestra : Concerto Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
6:16 AM
Cello concerto in a, RV 420
Artist : Han-na Chang, cello
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 34791 CD
Conductor : Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra : London Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:30 AM
Two Huts Overture
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Composer : Karol Kurpinski
Catalog : 369 CD
Conductor : Grzegorz Nowak
Orchestra : Sinfonia Varsovia
Label : Accord
6:44 AM
Leonore Overture No. 2 Op 72
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 429762 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
7:06 AM
DER GRAF VON LUXEMBURG: Waltzes
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Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 62698 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:15 AM
Independentia-March
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Composer : Robert Browne Hall
Catalog : 5 CD
Conductor : (Colonel) Lowell E. Graham
Orchestra : US Air Force Band
Label : USAF
7:19 AM
DAMNATION OF FAUST: Menuet des Follets
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 2008 CD
Conductor : Valery Gergiev
Orchestra : Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchest
Label : Nederland
7:28 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
7:43 AM
Capriccio Espagnol Op 34
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 434308 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
8:06 AM
Carnival Overture Op 92
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 60563 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
8:17 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 6 in D Op 3
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Composer : Francesco Manfredini
Catalog : 553891 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
8:28 AM
Swedish Dances, Suite No. 2 Op 63
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 777385 CD
Conductor : Werner Andreas Albert
Orchestra : S.W. German Radio Symph. Orch.
Label : CPO
8:42 AM
Lady Radnor’s Suite
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Composer : Sir Charles Hubert H. Parry
Catalog : 550331 CD
Conductor : Adrian Leaper
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
9:06 AM
Sinfonia in B-Flat
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Composer : Johann (Jan Vaclav) Stamitz
Catalog : 553194 CD
Conductor : Richard Armstrong
Orchestra : New Zealand Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
9:17 AM
String Quintet in G Op 77
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 9046 CD
Orchestra : Chilingirian Quartet
Label : Chandos
9:53 AM
BARTERED BRIDE: Skocn  (Spring Dance)
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 3163 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Neumann
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
10:00 AM
Scenes Poétiques Op 46
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Composer : Benjamin Godard
Catalog : 570554 CD
Conductor : Kirk Trevor
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : Naxos
10:20 AM
Violin Concerto No. 2 in d Op 44
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 49071 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:47 AM
Keyboard Concerto No. 7 in g, BWV 1058
Artist : Christophe Rousset,harpsichord
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 4759099 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : London/Dec
11:02 AM
Wedding Scenes Suite
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 223705 CD
Conductor : Robert Stankovsky
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
11:16 AM
Symphony No. 7 in d Op 70
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 9391 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:06 PM
Orchestral Trio in F Op 1, No. 3
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Composer : Johann (Jan Vaclav) Stamitz
Catalog : 553213 CD
Conductor : Richard Armstrong
Orchestra : New Zealand Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
12:24 PM
Concerto for Two Pianos & Orchestra in B-Flat
Artist : Rosi & Toni Grunschlag, pianos
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Composer : Jan Ladislav Dussek
Catalog : 2635 CD
Conductor : Paul Angerer
Orchestra : Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
Label : Centaur
1:02 PM
Divertimento in B-Flat, K. 270
Artist : Danzi Quartet
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 60115 CD
Label : CBS/Sony
1:16 PM
Caprice (after Saint-Saens)
Artist : Joshua Bell, violin
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Composer : Eugene Ysaye
Catalog : 433519 CD
Conductor : Andrew Litton
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
1:27 PM
Symphony No. 4 in E-Flat
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Composer : Franz Berwald
Catalog : 553052 CD
Conductor : Okko Kamu
Orchestra : Helsingborgs Symph. Orchestra
Label : Naxos
2:00 PM
Danube Symphonic Poem
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Composer : Leos Janacek
Catalog : 7008 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : RecordsInt
2:19 PM
Symphonic Dances Op 45
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 1003 CD
Conductor : Robert Spano
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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3:00 PM
Quintet No. 4 for winds in B
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Composer : Josef Myslivecek
Catalog : 777377 CD
Conductor : Carin van Heerden
Orchestra : L'Orfeo Wind Ensemble
Label : CPO
3:09 PM
Piano Quintet in A Op 81
Artist : Stephen Kovacevich, piano
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 462284 CD
Orchestra : Members of the Berlin Philharmonic Octet
Label : Philips
3:42 PM
Rhapsodie espagnole
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 98555 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:06 PM
Death and Transfiguration Op 24
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 310 CD
Conductor : Marc Albrecht
Orchestra : Strasbourg Philharmonic Orch
Label : Pentatone
4:30 PM
NORMA Overture (Sinfonia)
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Composer : Vincenzo Bellini
Catalog : 4609 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:38 PM
NORMA: Sediziose voci... Casta diva
Artist : Maria Callas, soprano
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Composer : Vincenzo Bellini
Catalog : 57613 CD
Conductor : Tullio Serafin
Orchestra : La Scala Philaharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
4:46 PM
I PURITANI: A te, o cara
Artist : Franco Corelli, tenor
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Composer : Vincenzo Bellini
Catalog : 64887 CD
Conductor : Franco Ferraris
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:49 PM
W Tatrach (In the Tatra Mountains)
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Composer : Wladyslaw Zelenski
Catalog : 369 CD
Conductor : Grzegorz Nowak
Orchestra : Sinfonia Varsovia
Label : Accord
5:06 PM
DON GIOVANNI Overture, K. 527
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 85060 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
5:15 PM
Nocturne in B Op 40
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 414370 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
5:26 PM
Phantasia- Based on themes from PHANTOM
Artist : Sarah Chang, violin; Julian Lloyd Webber, cello
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Composer : Andrew Lloyd Webber (arr. Geoffrey Alexander)
Catalog : 58043 CD
Conductor : Simon Lee
Orchestra : The London Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI

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

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5:00 am
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Bettmann/CORBIS

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

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8:35 am
Sat July 26, 2014

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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

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Creatively Speaking
6:01 am
Mon July 21, 2014

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The Voronezh State Folk Choir (Russian)

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4:25 pm
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Crossover
3:43 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Legendary Man of Music: Lorin Varencove Maazel, 1930-2014

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WRTI Spotlight
11:49 am
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Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

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Creatively Speaking
12:25 pm
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Jessica Kourkounis

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Crossover
11:23 am
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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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2:01 pm
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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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