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 31, 2013

6:06 AM
Mephisto Waltz No. 1
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 4780239 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : London/Dec
6:18 AM
Organ Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Op 4
Artist : Peter Hurford, organ
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 414604 CD
Conductor : Joshua Rifkin
Orchestra : Concertgebouw Chamber Orch.
Label : London/Dec
6:30 AM
Grand Fantasia Triumfal
Artist : Cristina Ortiz, piano
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Composer : Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Catalog : 414348 CD
Conductor : Moshe Atzmon
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
6:40 AM
Symphony No. 15 in G, K. 124
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 220540 CD
Conductor : Adam Fischer
Orchestra : Danish Radio Sinfonietta
Label : Da Capo
7:06 AM
Danse Macabre Op 40
Artist : Renaud Capucon, violin
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 45482 CD
Conductor : Daniel Harding
Orchestra : German Ch. Phil., Bremen
Label : Vrgn Clscs
7:14 AM
March of the Belgian Paratroopers
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Composer : Pierre Leemans
Catalog : 3708 CD
Conductor : William Silvester
Orchestra : Eastern Wind Symphony
Label : Mark
7:19 AM
Concerto for trpt, 2 ob,str,co in D
Artist : George Vosburgh, trumpet
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Composer : Johann Friedrich Fasch
Catalog : 3024 CD
Conductor : Arnie Roth
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Cham. Orch.
Label : FourWinds
7:28 AM
Violin Concerto in g, BWV 1056
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 47856 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:41 AM
DAMNATION OF FAUST: Rakoczy March Op 24
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 80122 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:48 AM
Concerto Grossoin d Op 2, No. 5
Artist : Sigiswald Kuijken, violin
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Composer : Francesco Geminiani
Catalog : 77010 CD
Orchestra : La Petite Bande
Label : Deut Harmo
8:06 AM
Concerto No. 1 a cinque for strings in D Op 7
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 553002 CD
Conductor : John Georgiadis
Orchestra : London Virtuosi
Label : Naxos
8:12 AM
A Night on Bald Mountain
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky (arr. Rimsky-Korsakov)
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
8:26 AM
El Salon Mexico
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 60571 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
8:39 AM
Pomp & Circumstance March No. 1 in D Op 39
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 47206 CD
Conductor : Adrian Boult
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:47 AM
Tam O’Shanter Op 51
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Composer : Malcolm Arnold
Catalog : 553981 CD
Conductor : Paul Daniel
Orchestra : English Northern Philharmonia
Label : Naxos
9:06 AM
Music for the Royal Fireworks
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 453451 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
9:25 AM
Symphony No. 2 Op 132 Mysterious Mountain
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Composer : Alan Hovhaness
Catalog : 3157 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Delos
9:44 AM
La Valse
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 80601 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
10:00 AM
The Isle of the Dead Op 29
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 1 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : PhilOrch.
10:21 AM
Piano Concerto No. 4 in c Op 44
Artist : Idil Biret, piano
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 550334 CD
Conductor : James Loughran
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:53 AM
Symphony in D La Chasse
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Composer : Carl Stamitz
Catalog : 10628 CD
Conductor : Matthias Bamert
Orchestra : London Mozart Players
Label : Chandos
11:11 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 1 in B-Flat Op 3
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 907415 CD
Conductor : Richard Egarr
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : Harm Mundi
11:21 AM
Night on Mount Triglav
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 7009 CD
Conductor : Bystrik Rezucha
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : RecordsInt
12:06 PM
The Noon Witch Op 108
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 65 CD
Conductor : Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra : Netherlands Philharmonic Orch
Label : Pentatone
12:21 PM
String Quartet No. 1 in F Op 18
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 1655 CD
Orchestra : Miro Quartet
Label : VangrdOmeg
12:52 PM
Symphonie Fantastique Op 14
Artist : Les Musiciens du Louvre
Album :
Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 1851 CD
Conductor : Mark Minkowski
Orchestra : Mahler Chamber Orchestra; Musucians of the Louvre
Label : D. Gramphn
2:00 PM
Csardas macabre
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 60 CD
Conductor : Gyorgy Selmeczi
Orchestra : Camerata Transsylvanica
Label : BudapestMu
2:09 PM
Totentanz-Danse macabre
Artist : Alexander Brailowsky, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 48167 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
2:26 PM
Serenade for Strings in C Op 48
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 60105 CD
Conductor : Scott Yoo
Orchestra : Metamorphosen
Label :
3:00 PM
A Night on Bald Mountain
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 4776198 CD
Conductor : Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra : Los Angeles Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
3:14 PM
Francesca da Rimini Op 32
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 9037 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : Stadium SO of New York
Label : Everest
3:39 PM
Tragic Overture Op 81
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 11004 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
4:06 PM
LE VILLI: Intermezzo & Witches Sabbath
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 63025 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : La Scala Philaharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
4:11 PM
Ballad of the Gnomes
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 4028 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Cala
4:28 PM
MACBETH: Act III: Ballet Music
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 4784916 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : Orch del Teatro Com di Bologna
Label : London/Dec
4:40 PM
MACBETH: Tre volte miagola
Artist : Chicago Symphony Chorus
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 430226 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:46 PM
Symphonic Poem No. 6: Mazeppa
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 447415 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
5:06 PM
Mephistos Hollenrufe Op 101
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 223236 CD
Conductor : Alfred Walter
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
5:16 PM
Serenade for String Orchestra
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Composer : Vassili Kalinnikov
Catalog : 1000170 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
5:27 PM
Psycho Selections
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Composer : Bernard Herrmann
Catalog : 17 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label :
5:36 PM
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Suite
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Composer : John Williams
Catalog : 1381 CD
Conductor : Nic Raine
Orchestra : Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Silva

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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.

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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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3:43 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

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

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11:49 am
Wed July 16, 2014

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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

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

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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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12:24 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

The American Pianist Who Rocked Russia for Decades

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Creatively Speaking
6:00 am
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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.

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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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