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 22, 2012

6:06 AM
MERRY MOUNT: Suite
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Composer : Howard Hanson
Catalog : 559072 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra : Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
6:26 AM
Water Night
Artist : Eric Whitacre Singers
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Composer : Eric Whitacre
Catalog : 4783640 CD
Conductor : Eric Whitacre
Label : London/Dec
6:35 AM
Suite No. 2 (Indian) Op 48
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Composer : Edward MacDowell
Catalog : 559075 CD
Conductor : Takuo Yuasa
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:06 AM
Mayflower Overture
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Composer : Ron Nelson
Catalog : 11168 CD
Conductor : Jack Stamp
Orchestra : Keystone Wind Ensemble
Label : Klavier
7:15 AM
THE MUSIC MAN: Seventy-Six Trombones
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Composer : Meredith Willson
Catalog : 108 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : London Trombone Sound
Label : Cala
7:23 AM
Piano Concerto in C
Artist : Stewart Goodyear, piano
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 80112 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:44 AM
Turkey in the Straw
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Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 8466
Conductor : Carmen Dragon
Orchestra : Capitol Symphony Orchestra
Label : Capitol
7:51 AM
Pops Hoedown
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Composer : Richard Hayman
Catalog : 7125 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
8:06 AM
New England Triptych
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Composer : William Schuman
Catalog : 559083 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:09 AM
Thanksgiving Waltz
Artist : Jay Ungar, fiddle
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Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 56720 CD
Conductor : Paul Gambill
Orchestra : Nashville Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:25 AM
Prayer of Thanksgiving
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Composer : Valerius
Catalog : 2677 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:31 AM
West Side Story Suite
Artist : Joshua Bell, violin
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Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Catalog : 89358 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:53 AM
New Medley Overture (1799) in C
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Composer : James Hewitt
Catalog : 559654 CD
Conductor : Patrick Gallois
Orchestra : Sinfonia Finlandia
Label : Naxos
9:06 AM
Mark Twain - Portrait for Orchestra
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Composer : Jerome Kern
Catalog : 68786 CD
Conductor : Keith Lockhart
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
9:22 AM
Pleasant Valley
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Composer : Jeff Tyzik
Catalog : 5 CD
Conductor : Jeff Tyzik
Orchestra : Rochester Pops
Label : RPO
9:45 AM
Adventures in a Perambulator
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Composer : John Alden Carpenter
Catalog : 434319 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman Philharmonia
Label : Mercury
10:00 AM
Mississippi Suite
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Composer : Ferde Grofe
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman-Rochester Sym. Orch.
Label : Mercury
10:16 AM
Frostiana
Artist : Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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Composer : Randall Thompson
Catalog : 5 CD
Conductor : Craig Jessop
Orchestra : Orchestra at Temple Square
Label : MTC
10:49 AM
Pygmalion (1956)
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Composer : Romeo Cascarino
Catalog : 559266 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Philadelphia Philharmonia
Label : Naxos
11:10 AM
Piano Concerto
Artist : Gabriela Imreh, piano
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Composer : Vittorio Giannini
Catalog : 559352 CD
Conductor : Daniel Spalding
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
12:06 PM
Miscellaneous Overture (1801) in D
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Composer : Alexander Reinagle
Catalog : 559654 CD
Conductor : Patrick Gallois
Orchestra : Sinfonia Finlandia
Label : Naxos
12:17 PM
Violin Concerto Op 14
Artist : Vadim Gluzman, violin
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Composer : Samuel Barber
Catalog : 1662 CD
Conductor : John Neschling
Orchestra : Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bis
12:44 PM
The Tender Land-orch suite
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 61505 CD
Conductor : Aaron Copland
Orchestra : Boston Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
1:07 PM
Symphony No. 2
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Composer : Howard Hanson
Catalog : 432008 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman-Rochester Sym. Orch.
Label : Mercury
1:38 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in d Op 23
Artist : Earl Wild, piano
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Composer : Edward MacDowell
Catalog : 76 CD
Conductor : Massimo Freccia
Orchestra : RCA Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chesky Rec
2:00 PM
Divertimento for Orchestra
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Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Catalog : 45295 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Vrgn Clscs
2:18 PM
Suite Symphonique in E-Flat
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Composer : George W. Chadwick
Catalog : 74 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Czech State Philharmonic Brno
Label : Reference
3:00 PM
American Rhapsody
Artist : Michael Ludwig, violin
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Composer : Kenneth Fuchs
Catalog : 559723 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
3:14 PM
Symphony No. 2 in e
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Composer : Randall Thompson
Catalog : 9439 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
3:44 PM
Rhapsody in Blue
Artist : Earl Wild, piano
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 2256 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : Guild
4:06 PM
The Tender Land-orch suite
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 7092 CD
Conductor : James Sedares
Orchestra : Phoenix Symphony
Label : KOCH Intl.
4:30 PM
blue cathedral
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Composer : Jennifer Higdon
Catalog : 80596 CD
Conductor : Robert Spano
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
4:45 PM
Toccata Festiva for Organ and Orchestra Op 35
Artist : David Schrader, Organ
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Composer : Samuel Barber
Catalog : 63 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kalmar
Orchestra : Grant Park Orchestra
Label : Cedille
5:06 PM
Prelude to Oedipus Tyrannus
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Composer : John Knowles Paine
Catalog : 49263 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Klein
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:18 PM
The Tender Land-orch suite
Artist :
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 7092 CD
Conductor : James Sedares
Orchestra : Phoenix Symphony
Label : KOCH Intl.
5:42 PM
An American in Paris
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 431625 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn

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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.

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The Voronezh State Folk Choir (Russian)

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3:43 pm
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Legendary Man of Music: Lorin Varencove Maazel, 1930-2014

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11:49 am
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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

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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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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.

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Creatively Speaking
6:00 am
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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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