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 13, 2013

6:06 AM
Austrian Peasant Dances
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Composer : Various
Catalog : 2677 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
6:17 AM
Havanaise Op 83
Artist : Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, vln
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 49276 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : New York Chamber Symphony
Label : Angel/EMI
6:30 AM
Concerto Grosso in e Op 3
Artist : Sigiswald Kuijken, violin
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Composer : Francesco Geminiani
Catalog : 77010 CD
Orchestra : La Petite Bande
Label : Deut Harmo
6:41 AM
Piano Concerto Movement in D
Artist : Linnea Bardarson, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 2640 CD
Conductor : Jon Ceander Mitchell
Orchestra : Bohuslav Martinu Philh., Zlin
Label : Centaur
7:06 AM
Faust Quadrille Op 277
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 223247 CD
Conductor : Johannes Wildner
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
7:15 AM
Glory of the Yankee Navy
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 3102 CD
Conductor : Keith Brion
Orchestra : New Sousa Band
Label : Delos
7:19 AM
Crown Imperial
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Composer : Sir William Walton
Catalog : 553981 CD
Conductor : Paul Daniel
Orchestra : English Northern Philharmonia
Label : Naxos
7:28 AM
Sinfonia No. 3 in C
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 73326 CD
Conductor : Thomas Fueri
Orchestra : Bern Camerata
Label : Denon
7:41 AM
THIEVING MAGPIE (LA GAZZA LADRA)Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 431653 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Label : D. Gramphn
7:52 AM
Danse- Tarantelle Styrienne
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 75526 CD
Conductor : Jean Martinon
Orchestra : Orchestre National de O.R.T.F.
Label : Angel/EMI
8:06 AM
Marche Slave Op 31
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 434305 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
8:18 AM
Gypsy-caprice
Artist : Julia Krasko, violin
Album :
Composer : Fritz Kreisler
Catalog : 3249 CD
Label : Delos
8:26 AM
Eine Faust Overture
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 62403 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:39 AM
Baden Maiden Waltz Op 257
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Composer : Karel Komzak
Catalog : 799111 CD
Conductor : Friedemann Riehle
Orchestra : Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CPClassics
8:49 AM
Pan and the Birds Op 15
Artist : Marc Grauwels, flute
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Composer : Jules Mouquet
Catalog : 555977 CD
Conductor : Andre Vandernoot
Orchestra : Belgian Radio & TV Symph Orch
Label : Naxos
9:06 AM
Rip Van Winkle Overture
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Composer : George W. Chadwick
Catalog : 9439 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
9:18 AM
Violin Concerto No. 13 in f-Sharp
Artist : Friedemann Eichhorn, violin
Album :
Composer : Pierre Rode
Catalog : 570469 CD
Conductor : Nicolas Pasquet
Orchestra : S.W. German Radio Symph. Orch.
Label : Naxos
9:40 AM
Symphony No. 39 in g
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 557093 CD
Conductor : Helmut Muller-Bruhl
Orchestra : Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:00 AM
Karelian Legend Op 99
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 220444 CD
Conductor : Antonio de Almeida
Orchestra : Hong Kong Philharmonic Orch.
Label : MarcoPolo
10:19 AM
Piano Concerto No. 3 in e Op 60
Artist : Michael Ponti, piano
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Composer : Nikolai Medtner
Catalog : 5068 CD
Conductor : Pierre Cao
Orchestra : Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg
Label : Vox/MMG
10:51 AM
Scherzo Capriccioso Op 5
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Composer : Oskar Nedbal
Catalog : 192 CD
Conductor : Douglas Bostock
Orchestra : Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra
Label : Classico
11:05 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 10 in C Op 6
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 434110 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Philips
11:19 AM
La Boutique Fantasque
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 41 CD
Conductor : Antonio Janigro
Orchestra : Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Label : VangrdOmeg
12:05 PM
Ma Vlast: No. 2 Vltava (The Moldau)
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 3392 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Neumann
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
12:24 PM
Eternity’s Sunrise
Artist : Patricia Rozario, soprano
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Composer : John Tavener
Catalog : 907231 CD
Conductor : Paul Goodwin
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : Harm Mundi
12:39 PM
Tales From Vienna Woods Op 325
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 1663 CD
Conductor : Lorin Maazel
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
12:52 PM
Rodeo: Hoe-Down
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 70047 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
12:55 PM
Bugler’s Holiday
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 4785092 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Rochester Pops Orch
Label : Mercury
1:01 PM
Finlandia Op 26
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 555773 CD
Conductor : Jorma Panula
Orchestra : Turku Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
1:10 PM
Ave Verum Corpus
Artist : Atlanta Symphony Chorus
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 80119 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
1:12 PM
Lieutenant Kije Suite Op 60
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Composer : Sergei Prokofiev
Catalog : 38527 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
1:36 PM
Prelude No. 2 in B-Flat Op 23
Artist : Andrei Gavrilov, piano
Album :
Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 85779 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
1:39 PM
Nocturne No. 2 in E-Flat Op 9
Artist : Van Cliburn, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 40723 CD
Label : RCA/BMG
1:45 PM
Donna Diana: Overture
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Composer : Emil von Reznicek
Catalog : 27333 CD
Conductor : Rudolph Kempe
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
1:50 PM
L’AMICO FRITZ: Suzel, buon di
Artist : Luciano Pavarotti, tenor; Cecelia Bartoli, mezzo; London Voices
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Composer : Pietro Mascagni
Catalog : 10170 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : Orch. Sinf. di Milano G. Verdi
Label : London/Dec
2:03 PM
Eclogue for piano and string orchestra Op 10
Artist : Martin Jones, piano
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Composer : Gerald Finzi
Catalog : 5366 CD
Conductor : William Boughton
Orchestra : English String Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
2:15 PM
I sat down under his shadow
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Composer : Edward Bairstow
Catalog : 7093 CD
Conductor : Gerre Hancock
Orchestra : St. Thomas Choir of Men & Boys
Label : KOCH Intl.
2:19 PM
Crisantemi for strings
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 73871 CD
Conductor : Jean Jacques Kantorow
Orchestra : Orchestre D'Auvergne
Label : Denon
2:25 PM
The Lamb
Artist : Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Album :
Composer : John Tavener
Catalog : 6188 CD
Conductor : Craig Jessop
Label : MTC
2:30 PM
Four Last Songs
Artist : Renee Fleming, soprano
Album :
Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 11851 CD
Conductor : Christian Thielemann
Orchestra : Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
2:53 PM
CANDIDE: Make Our Garden Grow
Artist : Joshua Bell, violin
Album :
Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Catalog : 89358 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
2:56 PM
On The Town: New York, New York
Artist : Joshua Bell, violin
Album :
Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Catalog : 89358 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
3:00 PM
Vardar, a Bulgarian Rhapsody Op 16
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Composer : Pantscho Vladigerov
Catalog : 777125 CD
Conductor : Horia Andreescu
Orchestra : Berlin Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : CPO
3:11 PM
Symphony No. 2 Psalms
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Composer : Richard Yardumian
Catalog : 1232 CD
Conductor : Lan Shui
Orchestra : Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bis
3:41 PM
St. Paul’s Suite Op 29
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 5032 CD
Conductor : William Boughton
Orchestra : English String Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
4:06 PM
Le Tombeau de Couperin
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 2327 CD
Conductor : Charles Munch
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : Guild
4:26 PM
Manfred Overture Op 115
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 791631 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:39 PM
Variations Symphoniques
Artist : Jean-Philippe Collard, piano
Album :
Composer : Cesar Franck
Catalog : 81783 CD
Conductor : Michel Plasson
Orchestra : Orch du Capitole de Toulouse
Label : Angel/EMI
5:06 PM
Melpomene Overture
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Composer : George W. Chadwick
Catalog : 9439 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
5:19 PM
Nocturne No. 14 in f-Sharp Op 48
Artist : Earl Wild, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 70701 CD
Label : Ivory Clas
5:28 PM
LA STRADA: Symphonic suite from the film
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Composer : Nino Rota
Catalog : 74987 CD
Conductor : Gianluigi Gelmetti
Orchestra : Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orch
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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