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 28, 2012

6:06 AM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Henry Purcell (arr. Holst)
Catalog : 2857 CD
Conductor : Jon Ceander Mitchell
Orchestra : Philharmonia Bulgarica
Label : Centaur
6:15 AM
Concerto grosso in B-Flat
Artist : Richard Stone, lute
Album :
Composer : Silvius Leopold Weiss
Catalog : 707 CD
Orchestra : Tempesta di Mare
Label : Chandos
6:30 AM
The Planets, Op 32: Jupiter
Artist :
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 47417 CD
Conductor : Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra : Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:44 AM
Symphony No. 40 in F
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 557093 CD
Conductor : Helmut Muller-Bruhl
Orchestra : Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:06 AM
Scherzando No. 1 in F
Artist : Emmanuel Pahud, flute
Album :
Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 56577 CD
Orchestra : Haydn-Ensemble Berlin
Label : Angel/EMI
7:15 AM
The Pathfinder of Panama
Artist :
Album :
Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 80266 CD
Conductor : Ainslee Cox
Orchestra : The Goldman Band
Label : New World
7:18 AM
Le Banjo (Grotesque Fantasie) Op 15
Artist : Ruskin Cooper, piano
Album :
Composer : Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Catalog : 2584 CD
Label : Centaur
7:28 AM
Emperor Waltz Op 437
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 971016 CD
Conductor : Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra : Orchestra of the Komische Oper
Label : Vision
7:43 AM
Solomon: Ouverture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 2569 CD
Conductor : Bernard Labadie
Orchestra : Les Violons du Roy, Quebec
Label : ATMA
7:52 AM
Trumpet Concerto No. 1 in D
Artist : Maurice Andre, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Giuseppi Torelli
Catalog : 47311 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:06 AM
ROLAND Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Jean-Baptiste Lully
Catalog : 5150 CD
Conductor : Christophe Rousset
Orchestra : Les Talens Lyriques
Label : Naive
8:12 AM
Concerto Grosso in D
Artist : Adrian Chandler, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 2154 CD
Conductor : Adrian Chandler
Orchestra : La Serenissima
Label : Avie
8:28 AM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 36716 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:43 AM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4775789 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:50 AM
SIEGFRIED: Forest Murmurs
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 410137 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
9:06 AM
Sinfonia No. 5 in b
Artist :
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 73326 CD
Conductor : Thomas Fueri
Orchestra : Bern Camerata
Label : Denon
9:19 AM
Symphony No. 1 in D
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 7141 CD
Conductor : Jonathan Nott
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : Tudor
9:47 AM
Potpourri for clarinet and Orchestra in F Op 80
Artist : Ernst Ottensamer,clarinet
Album :
Composer : Louis Spohr
Catalog : 550688 CD
Conductor : Johannes Wildner
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
10:00 AM
Orchestral Suite (Overture) No. 4 in D
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 69879 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
10:23 AM
Symphony No. 7 in C Le Midi
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 9612 CD
Conductor : Jesus Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra : Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Label : Denon
10:48 AM
Six Variations for Violin and Guitar Op 63
Artist : Monica Huggett, violin; Richard Savino, guitar
Album :
Composer : Mauro Giuliani
Catalog : 7591 CD
Label : KOCH Intl.
11:03 AM
Concerto for 2 flutes, oboes, vn, string in G
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johann David Heinichen
Catalog : 437549 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
11:18 AM
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Op 73
Artist : Helene Grimaud, piano
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 9840 CD
Conductor : Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : D. Gramphn
12:07 PM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 433074 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
12:19 PM
Rondo in a, K. 511
Artist : Mitsuko Uchida, piano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 412122 CD
Label : Philips
12:32 PM
Vocalise Op 34
Artist : Anna Moffo, soprano
Album :
Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff/arr. Dubensky
Catalog : 63669 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : American Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
12:44 PM
The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan
Artist :
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Composer : Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Catalog : 3099 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Delos
12:56 PM
Concerto for 2 violins (Double Concerto) in d
Artist : Jeanne Lamon, violin; Linda Milsted, violin
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 66265 CD
Conductor : Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
Label : CBS/Sony
1:14 PM
The Secret Agent Filmscore
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Philip Glass
Catalog : 8727 CD
Conductor : Angele Dubeau
Orchestra : La Pieta
Label : Analekta
1:19 PM
Suite Gothique Op 25
Artist : Dave Wagner, organ
Album :
Composer : Leon Boellmann
Catalog : 961114 CD
Label : Voyager
1:34 PM
Artist : Montserrat Caballe, soprano
Album :
Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 70879 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
1:41 PM
Crisantemi for strings
Artist :
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 57159 CD
Conductor : Antonio Pappano
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
1:46 PM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Howard Skempton
Catalog : 5 CD
Conductor : Mark Wigglesworth
Orchestra : BBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : NMC
2:02 PM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 49797 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
2:09 PM
Thunder & Lightning Polka Op 324
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 12569 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
2:14 PM
Artist : Linda Burman-Hall, piano
Album :
Composer : Erik Satie
Catalog : 1097 CD
Label : MSR
2:24 PM
DIE TOTE STADT: Marietta’s Lied
Artist : Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano
Album :
Composer : Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Catalog : 1863 CD
Conductor : Stephen Barlow
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
2:32 PM
Piano Sonata No. 14 in c-Sharp Op 27 Moonlight
Artist : Rudolf Serkin, piano
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 37219 CD
Label : CBS/Sony
2:47 PM
Dances with Wolves: Suite
Artist : Louise DiTullio, flute
Album :
Composer : John Barry
Catalog : 1194 CD
Conductor : Ronald Royer
Orchestra : Sinfonia Toronto
Label : Cambria
2:55 PM
Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese
Artist : Joan Morris, mezzo-soprano; William Bolcom, piano
Album :
Composer : William Bolcom
Catalog : 55830 CD
Label : RCA/BMG
3:00 PM
Langsamer Satz
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Anton Von Webern (arr. Schawarz)
Catalog : 3121 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Delos
3:16 PM
BORIS GODUNOV: Symphonic Synthesis
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Modest Moussorgsky (arr. Leopold Stokowski)
Catalog : 557645 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
3:43 PM
Violin Concerto in C
Artist : Ivan Zenaty, violin
Album :
Composer : Josef Myslivecek
Catalog : 920265 CD
Conductor : Oldrich Vlcek
Orchestra : Virtuosi of Prague
Label : Discover
4:06 PM
Harp Concerto Op 182
Artist : Catherine Michel, harp
Album :
Composer : Carl Reinecke
Catalog : 3019 CD
Conductor : Louis de Froment
Orchestra : Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg
Label : Vox/MMG
4:30 PM
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 2549 CD
Conductor : Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra : Montreal,Orch. Metropolitain
Label : ATMA
4:45 PM
Symphonic Poem No. 3: Les Preludes
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 9 CD
Conductor : Zsolt Hamar
Orchestra : Hungarian Natl. Philharmonic
Label : BudapestMu
5:06 PM
Carnival Overture Op 92
Artist :
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 66 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Water Lily
5:18 PM
Capriccio Diabolico
Artist : Carlos Barbosa-Lima, guitar
Album :
Composer : Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Catalog : 42048 CD
Conductor : Plamen Djurov
Orchestra : Sofia Soloists Chamber Ensembl
Label : Concord
5:30 PM
Grand Variations on Rule Britannia Op 116
Artist : Christopher Hinterhuber, piano
Album :
Composer : Ferdinand Ries
Catalog : 570440 CD
Conductor : Uwe Grodd
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
5:47 PM
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
Artist : Members of...
Album :
Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 2214 CD
Conductor : Raymond Leppard
Orchestra : Indianapolis Symphony Orch.
Label : Koss Class


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.