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 18, 2013

6:06 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 8 (after Scarlatti) in e
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Composer : Charles Avison
Catalog : 438806 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
6:17 AM
Symphony in E-Flat Op 6
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999298 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
6:30 AM
Coliseum Walzes
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 223247 CD
Conductor : Johannes Wildner
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
6:41 AM
Concerto in C
Artist : Jean-Pierre Rampal, flute
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 39772 CD
Conductor : Janos Rolla
Orchestra : Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:06 AM
Caprice-Valse Wedding Cake Op 76
Artist : Jorge Federico Osorio, piano
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 6026 CD
Conductor : Enrique Batiz
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : ASV
7:15 AM
Congress Hall March
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 304 CD
Conductor : Leonard B. Smith
Orchestra : Detroit Concert band
Label : WalkingFro
7:18 AM
MAGIC FLUTE Overture
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 27333 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:27 AM
Academic Festival Overture Op 80
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 37778 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:40 AM
Turkish March Op 55
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Composer : Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov
Catalog : 553405 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fagen
Orchestra : Ukrainian National Symphony Or
Label : Naxos
7:47 AM
Concerto for 4 Hpschds/strings in a
Artist : Raymond Leppard, harpsichord
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 4784614 CD
Conductor : Raymond Leppard
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Philips
8:06 AM
TANNHAUSER: Grand March Festmarsch
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 62403 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:14 AM
The Seasons: No. 6 June Barcarolle Op 37
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (arr. Morton Gould)
Catalog : 38913 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:22 AM
PRINCE IGOR Overture
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 4785092 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
8:35 AM
Czardas
Artist : Maxim Vengerov, violin
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Composer : Vittorio Monti
Catalog : 57164 CD
Orchestra : Virtuosi
Label : Angel/EMI
8:43 AM
Romance for violin and orchestra No. 2in F Op 50
Artist : Isaac Stern, violin
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 37204 CD
Conductor : Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra : Boston Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
9:06 AM
Symphony No. 6 in F
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 5345 CD
Conductor : William Boughton
Orchestra : English String Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
9:15 AM
Sinfonia Concertante (oboe,horn,bassoon)in E-Flat
Artist : John de Lancie, oboe
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 47215 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
9:49 AM
Fugue Great in g
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. William Smith)
Catalog : 38915 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:00 AM
TRISTAN UND ISOLDE: Prelude & Liebestod
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 38914 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:18 AM
Violin Concerto in D Op 35
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 47106 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : EMI Classics
10:55 AM
Brigg Fair
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 62645 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
11:12 AM
Anna Magdalena Notebook: Little Suite
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Thomas Frost)
Catalog : 39431 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
11:21 AM
Piano Concerto in a Op 54
Artist : Rudolf Serkin, piano
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 47269 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
12:06 PM
On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 62645 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
12:14 PM
Yellow River Concerto
Artist : Daniel Epstein, piano
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Composer : Ying Chengzong
Catalog : 240158 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Hong Kong
12:53 PM
Symphony No. 5 in B-flat
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Composer : Anton Bruckner
Catalog : 48160 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
2:00 PM
Sleeping Beauty Suite Op 66
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 39500 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
3:00 PM
TANNHAUSER Overture
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 62403 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
3:16 PM
Symphony No. 7 in C Op 105
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 6004 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
3:39 PM
Exsultate, Jubilate (Motet)
Artist : Beverly Sills, soprano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 6 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : PhilOrch.
4:06 PM
Piano Concerto in a Op 17
Artist : Earl Wild, piano
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Composer : Ignace Jan Paderewski
Catalog : 82266 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Elan
4:40 PM
String Quartet No. 12 in c
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 522099 CD
Orchestra : Borodin String Quartet
Label : Vrgn Clscs
4:51 PM
DAS WUNDER DER HELIANE Op 20
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Composer : Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Catalog : 1146 CD
Conductor : Caspar Richter
Orchestra : Linz Bruckner Orchestra
Label : ASV
5:06 PM
Wonderful Town
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Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Catalog : 416360 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : Philips
5:14 PM
Voyevode Op 78
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 570568 CD
Conductor : Vasily Petrenko
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
5:27 PM
Peter and the Wolf Op 67
Artist : David Bowie, narrator
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Composer : Sergei Prokofiev
Catalog : 2743 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG

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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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