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.

Playlists are at the bottom of this page.

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November 15, 2013

6:06 AM
Concerto for 2 violins and strings in B-Flat Op 10
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Composer : Willem De Fesch
Catalog : 92037 CD
Orchestra : Musica Ad Rhenum
Label : Nederland
6:17 AM
Slavonic Rhapsody No. 1 in D Op 45
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 223129 CD
Conductor : Zdenek Kosler
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
6:31 AM
Sinfonia a 4 in A
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Composer : Johann Adolphe Scheibe
Catalog : 550 CD
Conductor : Andrew Manze
Orchestra : Concerto Copenhagen
Label : Chandos
6:41 AM
Concerto for Oboe, violin in d
Artist : Carmel Kaine, violin
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 127 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Boston Sky
7:06 AM
Cello Concerto in F
Artist : Christophe Coin, cello
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 30457 CD
Conductor : Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra : Il Giardino Armonico, Milano
Label : Naive
7:15 AM
Riders for the Flag
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 2016 CD
Conductor : H. Robert Reynolds
Orchestra : Univ. of Mich. Symph. Band
Label : Quintessen
7:18 AM
Lemminkainen’s Return Op 22
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 556677 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony
Label : Naxos
7:27 AM
Piano Concertino in E-Flat Op 14
Artist : Mary Louise Boehm, piano
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 7639 CD
Conductor : Kees Kooper
Orchestra : Amsterdam Chamber Ensemble
Label : Pantheon
7:40 AM
Symphonies pour les soupers du Roi
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Composer : Michel Richard Delalande
Catalog : 67425 CD
Conductor : Jean Pierre Wallez
Orchestra : Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
Label : Angel/EMI
7:47 AM
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 420814 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
8:06 AM
Showboat Overture
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Composer : Jerome Kern
Catalog : 27333 CD
Conductor : John McGlinn
Orchestra : London Sinfonietta
Label : Angel/EMI
8:13 AM
Show Boat: Make Believe
Artist : Voices of Ascension Chorus
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Composer : Jerome Kern
Catalog : 3224 CD
Conductor : Dennis Keene
Label : Delos
8:18 AM
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
Album :
Composer : Scott Joplin
Catalog : 47170 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
8:28 AM
Concerto No. 8 for 2 violins obligati in a Op 3
Artist : Isaac Stern, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 45952 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:41 AM
Symphony No. 2 in A
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 5345 CD
Conductor : William Boughton
Orchestra : English String Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
8:48 AM
Concerto for 3 oboes, 3 violins and bass in B-Flat
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 1413 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
9:06 AM
Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat, Wq. 182
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 10175 CD
Conductor : Hartmut Haenchen
Orchestra : CPE Bach Chamber Orchestra
Label : Capriccio
9:17 AM
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Composer : Christoph Willibald Gluck
Catalog : 471582 CD
Conductor : Marc Minkowski
Orchestra : Musicians of the Louvre
Label : D. Gramphn
9:36 AM
Symphonic Metamorphosis
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Composer : Paul Hindemith
Catalog : 422347 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Bavarian Radio Symphony
Label : Philips
10:00 AM
An American in Paris
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 39454 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:20 AM
Guitar Concerto No. 1 in A Op 30
Artist : Eduardo Fernandez, guitar
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Composer : Mauro Giuliani
Catalog : 417617 CD
Conductor : George Malcolm
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
10:44 AM
Fantasy on Hungarian Folk Tunes
Artist : Jorges Bolet, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 414079 CD
Conductor : Ivan Fischer
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
11:02 AM
Three Romances for violin & piano Op 22
Artist : Jeffrey Khaner, flute
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Composer : Clara Schumann
Catalog : 2075 CD
Label : Avie
11:13 AM
Symphony No. 5 in d Op 107 Reformation
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 81788 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:06 PM
Chamber Symphony in F
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Composer : Sir William Herschel
Catalog : 85612 CD
Conductor : Davis Jerome
Orchestra : The Mozart Orchestra
Label : Newport
12:22 PM
Piano Concerto in g Op 177
Artist : Christopher Hinterhuber, piano
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Composer : Ferdinand Ries
Catalog : 572742 CD
Conductor : Uwe Grodd
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
12:55 PM
Cello Sonata No. 4 in C Op 102
Artist : Adrian Brendel, cello; Alfred Brendel, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 3958 CD
Label : Philips
1:13 PM
The Seasons Ballet Op 67
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 61434 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Royal Scottish National Orch
Label : Warner Bro
2:00 PM
The Planets Op 32
Artist : Montreal Symphony Chorus
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 417553 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
3:00 PM
The Water Goblin (Symphonic Poem) Vodnik Op 107
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 550896 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : Polish National Radio Orchestr
Label : Naxos
3:23 PM
Violin Concerto No. 5 in D Op 55
Artist : Philippe Quint, violin
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Composer : Charles Auguste de Beriot
Catalog : 570360 CD
Conductor : Kirk Trevor
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
3:40 PM
Symphonic Poem in Memory of Chopin in b Op 37
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Composer : Sergey Liapunov
Catalog : 173 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
4:06 PM
DER ROSENKAVALIER: Waltz Sequence No. 1
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 64346 CD
Conductor : Rudolph Kempe
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Angel/EMI
4:25 PM
Violin Fantasy on Puccini’s Turandot
Artist : Vanessa-Mae, violin
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Composer : Vanessa-Mae
Catalog : 56483 CD
Conductor : Victor Fedorov
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:39 PM
LA BOHEME: Quando men vo
Artist : Renee Fleming, soprano
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 467049 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:44 PM
Marouf, Savetier du Caire
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Composer : Henri Benjamin Rabaud
Catalog : 71 CD
Conductor : Eiji Oue
Orchestra : Minnesota Orchestra
Label : Reference
5:06 PM
NABUCCO Overture (Sinfonia)
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 4784916 CD
Conductor : Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra : Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
5:15 PM
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Composer : Jules Massenet
Catalog : 555986 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Jean
Orchestra : Hong Kong Philharmonic Orch.
Label : Naxos
5:27 PM
The Insect World
Artist : New London Children’s Choir
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Composer : Richard Rodney Bennett
Catalog : 572113 CD
Conductor : Ronald Corp
Label : Naxos
5:36 PM
Beatles Concerto for two pianos and orch
Artist : Rostal & Schaefer, piano duo
Album :
Composer : John Rutter
Catalog : 1821 CD
Conductor : John Rutter
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec


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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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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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.