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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Playlist

November 20, 2012

6:06 AM
Coriolan Overture in c Op 62
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 42103 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Bavarian Radio Symphony
Label : CBS/Sony
6:15 AM
Water Music Suite No. 3 in G
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 2569 CD
Conductor : Bernard Labadie
Orchestra : Les Violons du Roy, Quebec
Label : ATMA
6:30 AM
Concerto Grosso in g Op 1, No. 12
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Composer : Pietro Antonio Locatelli
Catalog : 550877 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
6:44 AM
Ancient Airs and Dances: Suite No. 1
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 47116 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:06 AM
Sinfonia in D
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Composer : Antonio Sacchini
Catalog : 2020 CD
Conductor : Enzo Amato
Orchestra : Chamber Orchestra of Naples
Label : Concerto
7:15 AM
The Picador
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 303 CD
Conductor : Leonard B. Smith
Orchestra : Detroit Concert band
Label : WalkingFro
7:19 AM
THE DEMON: Lesginka (Caucasian Dance)
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Composer : Anton Rubinstein
Catalog : 550328 CD
Conductor : Michael Halasz
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:28 AM
Spanish Lady Suite
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 7761 CD
Orchestra : Guildhall String Ensemble
Label : RCA/BMG
7:43 AM
Symphony No. 5 in D
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 46 CD
Conductor : Antonio Janigro
Orchestra : I Solisti Zagreb
Label : VangrdOmeg
7:52 AM
Concerto No. 9 for oboe and strings in F Op 7
Artist : Anthony Camden, oboe
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 553002 CD
Conductor : John Georgiadis
Orchestra : London Virtuosi
Label : Naxos
8:06 AM
Gloriana: Courtly Dances
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Composer : Benjamin Britten
Catalog : 69422 CD
Conductor : Uri Segal
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:16 AM
LE FILS RIVAL: Overture
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Composer : Dmitri S. Bortnyansky
Catalog : 10370 CD
Orchestra : Moscow Phil. Chamber Ensemble
Label : MCA
8:28 AM
Symphony No. 16 in C, K. 128
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 220540 CD
Conductor : Adam Fischer
Orchestra : Danish Radio Sinfonietta
Label : Da Capo
8:41 AM
MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR Overture
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Composer : Otto Nicolai
Catalog : 48376 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:53 AM
Colonial Song
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Composer : Percy Aldridge Grainger
Catalog : 434330 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Rochester Pops
Label : Mercury
9:06 AM
Divertimento Op 26
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Composer : Daniel Gregory Mason
Catalog : 693 CD
Orchestra : Calico Winds
Label : Albany
9:25 AM
Ballade for piano and orchestra Op 19
Artist : John Ogdon, piano
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Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 92747 CD
Conductor : Louis Frémaux
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
9:44 AM
Flute Quartet in A, K. 298
Artist : Sharon Bezaly, flute
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 1044 CD
Orchestra : Salzburger Solisten
Label : Bis
10:00 AM
The Birds Gli Uccelli
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 37676 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
10:22 AM
Serenade for Strings in C Op 48
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 1150 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Ondine
10:58 AM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in e Op 120
Artist : Klaus Hellwig, piano
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Composer : Carl Reinecke
Catalog : 999239 CD
Conductor : Alun Francis
Orchestra : Northwest German Philharmonic
Label : CPO
11:29 AM
Symphony No. 1 in C
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 25018 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : VangrdWelk
12:06 PM
LA FINTA SEMPLICE Overture, K. 51
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4779445 CD
Conductor : Andrea Marcon
Orchestra : La Cetra Baroque Orch., Basel
Label : D. Gramphn
12:15 PM
Piano Trio in E-Flat Op 70, No. 2
Artist : Daniel Barenboim, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 50807 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
12:49 PM
Rondo for string quartet in c
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Composer : Anton Bruckner
Catalog : 570788 CD
Orchestra : Fine Arts Quartet
Label : Naxos
12:58 PM
Symphony No. 1 in D
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Composer : Gustav Mahler
Catalog : 39 CD
Conductor : Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra : San Francisco Symphony
Label : SanFranSym
2:00 PM
Symphonic Poem No. 10: Hamlet
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 66834 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
2:17 PM
The Seasons Ballet Op 67
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 80347 CD
Conductor : Edo de Waart
Orchestra : Minnesota Orchestra
Label : Telarc
3:00 PM
Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat
Artist : George Vosburgh, trumpet
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Composer : Johann Baptist Georg Neruda
Catalog : 3024 CD
Conductor : Arnie Roth
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Cham. Orch.
Label : FourWinds
3:18 PM
Music For the Theatre
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 60177 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
3:42 PM
Suite No. 1 for 2 pianos in F Op 15
Artist : Brenda Lucas, piano; John Ogden, piano
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Composer : Anton Arensky
Catalog : 69386 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
4:06 PM
Tamara
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Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 550792 CD
Conductor : Igor Golovschin
Orchestra : Russian Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:30 PM
Rhythmic Variations on two ancient hymns
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Composer : Howard Hanson
Catalog : 559072 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra : Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:42 PM
Woodland Sketches Op 51
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Composer : Edward MacDowell (arr. Frank Winterbottom)
Catalog : 43 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Dallas Wind Symphony
Label : Reference
5:06 PM
King John Overture Op 111
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Composer : Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Catalog : 572501 CD
Conductor : Andrew Penny
Orchestra : West Australian Symphony Orch.
Label : Naxos
5:17 PM
Morning Mood
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Composer : Lodewijk Mortelmans
Catalog : 223418 CD
Conductor : Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra : BRT Philharmonic, Brussels
Label : MarcoPolo
5:30 PM
Tintagel
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Composer : Sir Arnold Bax
Catalog : 4 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Virginia Symphony
Label : VirginiaSO
5:48 PM
The Maltese Falcon: Suite
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Composer : Adolph Deutsch
Catalog : 557701 CD
Conductor : William Stromberg
Orchestra : Moscow 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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