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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November 05, 2013

6:06 AM
Sonata No. 11 in g
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Composer : Pietro Andrea Ziani
Catalog : 72032 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : ChallengeC
6:17 AM
Four Seasons: No.1 Spring (La Primavera) in E Op 8, RV 269
Artist : Pinchas Zukerman, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 36710 CD
Conductor : Pinchas Zukerman
Orchestra : Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
6:30 AM
Egmont Overture Op 84
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 4785092 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
6:40 AM
Violin Concerto No. 1 in a, BWV 1041
Artist : Salvatore Accardo, violin
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 416413 CD
Conductor : Salvatore Accardo
Orchestra : Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Label : Philips
7:06 AM
EUGENE ONEGIN: Waltz
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 63412 CD
Conductor : Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:15 AM
The Outlook March
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Composer : Fred Jewell
Catalog : 7 CD
Conductor : (Colonel) Lowell E. Graham
Orchestra : US Air Force Band
Label : USAF
7:18 AM
DIE VERSCHWORENEN Overture, D. 787
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 570329 CD
Conductor : Christian Benda
Orchestra : Prague Sinfonia
Label : Naxos
7:27 AM
Estonian Dance Suite in E
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Composer : Eduard Tubin
Catalog : 851002 CD
Conductor : Hans-Peter Frank
Orchestra : Helsingborgs Symph. Orchestra
Label : Big Ben
7:40 AM
Chevy Chace Overture
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Composer : George MacFarren
Catalog : 66515 CD
Conductor : David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra : English Northern Philharmonia
Label : Hyperion
7:50 AM
Soirees de Vienne: Valse-Caprice No. 6 in A
Artist : Vladimir Horowitz, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 419499 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
8:06 AM
DIE MEISTERSINGER Overture Prelude
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 38914 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:18 AM
Rondo for Violin & Orchestra in C, K. 373
Artist : Julia Fischer, violin
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 453 CD
Conductor : Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra : Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Label : Pentatone
8:26 AM
Pineapple Poll Suite
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Composer : Sir Arthur Sullivan (arr. Duthoit)
Catalog : 434322 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
8:39 AM
IL SIGNOR BRUSCHINO Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 415363 CD
Orchestra : Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:46 AM
Oboe Concerto in C, RV 178
Artist : Han de Vries, oboe
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 50905 CD
Orchestra : I Solisti di Zagreb
Label : Angel/EMI
9:06 AM
Quiet City
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 70047 CD
Conductor : Aaron Copland
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
9:17 AM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat
Artist : Georges Cziffra, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 74736 CD
Conductor : Gyorgy Cziffra, Jr.
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : Angel/EMI
9:38 AM
Symphony in E-Flat Op 3, No. 4
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Composer : Franz Ignaz Beck
Catalog : 570799 CD
Conductor : Kevin Mallon
Orchestra : Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:00 AM
Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks Op 28
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 8005 CD
Conductor : Ivan Fischer
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
10:17 AM
Piano Concerto for left hand in D
Artist : Jean-Philippe Collard, piano
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 47386 CD
Conductor : Lorin Maazel
Orchestra : National Orchestra of France
Label : Angel/EMI
10:38 AM
Piano Trio No. 13 HOB XV:38 in B-Flat
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 161 CD
Orchestra : Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
Label : PhoenixEd
10:52 AM
Oboe Concerto No. 3 in C
Artist : Heinz Holliger, oboe
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Composer : Ludwig August Lebrun
Catalog : 471724 CD
Conductor : Thomas Fueri
Orchestra : Bern Camerata
Label : D. Gramphn
11:14 AM
Symphony No. 2 in C Op 61
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 2003 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : PhilOrch.
12:06 PM
Adagio for Strings from String Quartet Op 11
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Composer : Samuel Barber
Catalog : 791631 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
12:15 PM
Essay for Orchestra No. 1 Op 12
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Composer : Samuel Barber
Catalog : 9053 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:25 PM
Piano Quartet in a Op 1
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Composer : Josef Suk
Catalog : 232346 CD
Orchestra : Fauré Quartet
Label : ArsMusici
12:48 PM
Cello Concerto in b Op 104
Artist : Gregor Piatigorsky, cello
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 61498 CD
Conductor : Charles Munch
Orchestra : Boston Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
1:32 PM
Sinfonia Piccola
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Composer : Heikki Suolahti
Catalog : 9506 CD
Conductor : Kari Tikka
Orchestra : Finnish Radio Symphony Orch
Label : YLE
2:00 PM
Symphony No. 1 in D
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Composer : Gustav Mahler
Catalog : 12 CD
Conductor : Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : LondonPhil
3:00 PM
Menuet Antique
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 2121 CD
Conductor : Pierre Boulez
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
3:09 PM
Piano Concerto No. 4 (left hand) in B-Flat Op 53
Artist : Viktoria Postnikova, piano
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Composer : Sergei Prokofiev
Catalog : 1000203 CD
Conductor : Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra : USSR Ministry of Culture Symph
Label : Melodya
3:37 PM
Indra Symphonic Poem Op 13
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 572914 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:06 PM
Symphony No. 2 in C
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 550928 CD
Conductor : John Georgiadis
Orchestra : The Queensland Symphony Orch.
Label : Naxos
4:27 PM
DIE MEISTERSINGER: Prelude to Act III
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 63301 CD
Conductor : Fritz Reiner
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:34 PM
DIE MEISTERSINGER: Procession of Masters
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 63301 CD
Conductor : Fritz Reiner
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:40 PM
DIE MEISTERSINGER: Morgenlich leuchtend (Prize Song)
Artist : Jonas Kaufmann, tenor
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 10837 CD
Conductor : Marco Armiliato
Orchestra : Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:47 PM
Swedish Rhapsody No. 1 Op 19
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Composer : Hugo Alfven
Catalog : 9313 CD
Conductor : Petri Sakari
Orchestra : Iceland State Symphony Orch.
Label : Chandos
5:06 PM
The Bard Op 64
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 85785 CD
Conductor : Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:15 PM
Concert Fantasy on Mozart’s THE MAGIC FLUTE Op 54
Artist : Tianwa Yang, violin
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Composer : Pablo Sarasate
Catalog : 572275 CD
Conductor : Ernest Martinez Izquierdo
Orchestra : Navarra Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:30 PM
Concierto Antillano (1983)
Artist : Carlos Barbosa-Lima, guitar
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Composer : Ernesto Cordero
Catalog : 42048 CD
Conductor : Plamen Djurov
Orchestra : Sofia Soloists Chamber Ensemble
Label : Concord

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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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