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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Playlist

November 04, 2013

6:06 AM
Athalia Overture Op 74
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 81788 CD
Conductor : Moshe Atzmon
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:17 AM
Concerto No. 11 in d Op 3
Artist : Igor Kipnis, harpsichord
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 8009 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : orchestra
Label : VangrdOmeg
6:30 AM
D’Kernmad’ln (Original Styrian Dance) Op 58
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Composer : Carl Michael Ziehrer
Catalog : 225172 CD
Conductor : Christian Pollack
Orchestra : Razumovsky Sinfonia
Label : MarcoPolo
6:41 AM
Concerto for 2 violins (Double Concerto) in d BWV 1043
Artist : Alexander Sitkovetsky, violin
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 57440 CD
Conductor : Dmitry Sitkovetsky, conductor and violin
Orchestra : New European Strings Ch. Orch.
Label : Angel/EMI
7:06 AM
Zur Namensfeier Overture in C Op 115
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 429762 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
7:15 AM
The Liberty Bell (1893)
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 88115 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:22 AM
Symphony No. 7 in B-Flat
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 1171 CD
Conductor : Jorg Faerber
Orchestra : Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra
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7:28 AM
Ma Vlast: No. 2 Vltava (The Moldau)
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 9366 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
7:42 AM
LA SCALA DI SETA Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 60387 CD
Conductor : Fritz Reiner
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:51 AM
Symphonic Sketches: Jubilee
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Composer : George W. Chadwick
Catalog : 64 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Czech State Philharmonic Brno
Label : Reference
8:06 AM
Espana
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Composer : Emmanuel Chabrier
Catalog : 63572 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:14 AM
Concert No. 3
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Composer : Jean-Philippe Rameau
Catalog : 1845 CD
Conductor : Christophe Rousset
Orchestra : Les Talens Lyriques
Label : London/Dec
8:28 AM
Overture in F
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 439892 CD
Conductor : Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:42 AM
Jubilee March
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Composer : Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov
Catalog : 223629 CD
Conductor : Donald Johanos
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
8:47 AM
King Arthur Suite
Artist : Colin Tilney, Harpsichord
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Composer : Henry Purcell
Catalog : 67425 CD
Conductor : Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra : Bath Festival Chamber Orch.
Label : Angel/EMI
9:06 AM
Froissart Concert Overture Op 19
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 66515 CD
Conductor : David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra : English Northern Philharmonia
Label : Hyperion
9:21 AM
Trumpet Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat
Artist : Hakan Hardenberger, trumpet
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Composer : Johann Wilhelm Hertel
Catalog : 426311 CD
Conductor : Elgar Howarth
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Philips
9:36 AM
The Tempest: Suite No. 1 Op 109
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 115 CD
Conductor : Michael Stern
Orchestra : Kansas City Symphony
Label : Reference
10:00 AM
THE TROJANS: Royal Hunt & Storm
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 431624 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
10:11 AM
Violin Concerto No. 3 in b Op 61
Artist : Joshua Bell, violin
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 425501 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
10:41 AM
Slavonic Rhapsody No. 3 in A-Flat Op 45
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 9002 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
11:01 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
11:13 AM
Symphony No. 6 in F Op 68 Pastorale
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 471489 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
12:06 PM
Catone in Utica: Overture
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999963 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
12:14 PM
String Quartet No. 17 in B-Flat, K. 458 The Hunt
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 79 CD
Orchestra : Bartok Quartet
Label : BudapestMu
12:39 PM
Intermezzo for String Quintet in d
Artist : Gil Sharon, viola
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Composer : Anton Bruckner
Catalog : 570788 CD
Orchestra : Fine Arts Quartet
Label : Naxos
12:45 PM
Symphony No. 4 in E-Flat Romantic
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Composer : Anton Bruckner
Catalog : 55119 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
2:00 PM
String Quartet No. 1: Andante Cantabile Op 11
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 2392 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : Stokowski Symphony Orchestra
Label : Guild
2:10 PM
Symphony No. 1 in c Op 68
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 2402 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Guild
3:00 PM
Hamlet/Ophelia Op 22
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Composer : Edward MacDowell
Catalog : 559075 CD
Conductor : Takuo Yuasa
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Naxos
3:15 PM
Concerto da Chiesa for strings
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Composer : Sir George Dyson
Catalog : 9076 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : City of London Sinfonia
Label : Chandos
3:38 PM
Concerto for Orchestra in D
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (arr. Maximilian Steinberg)
Catalog : 62345 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:06 PM
Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 4785092 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
4:26 PM
Four Last Songs: 2. September
Artist : Dorothea Roschmann, soprano
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 1880 CD
Conductor : Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra : Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchest
Label : Bis
4:32 PM
INTERMEZZO: 4 Interludes
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 3052 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Delos
5:06 PM
DER GOTTERGATTE Overture
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Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 999891 CD
Conductor : Michail Jurowski
Orchestra : Berlin Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : CPO
5:15 PM
The Nymphs (Symphonic Picture)
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Composer : Vassili Kalinnikov
Catalog : 1000170 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
5:28 PM
Eternal Songs Op 10
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Composer : Mieczyslaw Karlowicz
Catalog : 570295 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos

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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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