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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December 03, 2012

6:06 AM
Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Op 3
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999268 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
6:16 AM
Suite from Studentenmusik in C
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Composer : Johann Rosenmuller
Catalog : 907179 CD
Conductor : David Douglass
Orchestra : The King's Noyse
Label : Harm Mundi
6:30 AM
Phaeton - Symphonic Poem Op 39
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 53979 CD
Conductor : Lorin Maazel
Orchestra : Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
6:43 AM
Symphony No. 30 in D
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Composer : J. Michael Haydn
Catalog : 999179 CD
Conductor : Johannes Goritzki
Orchestra : Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss
Label : CPO
7:06 AM
Sinfonia for 2 horns, strings and bass in D
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Composer : Johann Philipp Kirnberger
Catalog : 61903 CD
Conductor : Roy Goodman
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : RCA/BMG
7:15 AM
New York Hippodrome
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 559092 CD
Conductor : Keith Brion
Orchestra : Royal Artillery Band
Label : Naxos
7:18 AM
Grand choeur dialogue
Artist : Michael Murray, organ
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Composer : Eugene Gigout
Catalog : 80218 CD
Orchestra : Empire Brass
Label : Telarc
7:28 AM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 94615 CD
Conductor : Helmut Rilling
Orchestra : Oregon Bach Festival Chmb Orch
Label : Hanssler
7:43 AM
AIDA: Ballet music
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 572818 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:50 AM
THAIS: Meditation
Artist : Michael Ludwig, violin
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Composer : Jules Massenet
Catalog : 5 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Virginia Symphony
Label : HamptonRds
8:06 AM
EURYANTHE Overture Op 81
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 63053 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:15 AM
Two Icelandic melodies
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Composer : Johan Svendsen
Catalog : 9028 CD
Conductor : Petri Sakari
Orchestra : Iceland State Symphony Orch.
Label : Chandos
8:28 AM
RIENZI: Overture
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 36699 CD
Conductor : Lorin Maazel
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:42 AM
Trumpet Sonata in D
Artist : David Bilger, trumpet
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 1035 CD
Conductor : Richard Kapp
Orchestra : Philharmonia Virtuosi
Label : ESS.A.Y
8:53 AM
Adagio in g
Artist : Oxford New College Choir
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 21659 CD
Conductor : Edward Higginbottom
Label : Erato
9:06 AM
Overture No. 4 in D
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 6531 CD
Conductor : Adrian Shepherd
Orchestra : Cantilena
Label : Chandos
9:15 AM
Octet in E-Flat Op 20
Artist : Gil Shaham, violin
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 8 CD
Orchestra : Sejong Soloists
Label : CanaryClas
9:47 AM
Andante and Rondo Op 25
Artist : Patrick Gallois, flute; Kazunori Seo, flute
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Composer : Albert Franz Doppler
Catalog : 570378 CD
Conductor : Patrick Gallois
Orchestra : Sinfonia Finlandia
Label : Naxos
10:00 AM
Symphony No. 78 in c
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 45972 CD
Conductor : Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra : Stockholm Chamber Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:20 AM
Guitar Concerto No. 3 in F Op 70
Artist : Pepe Romero, guitar
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Composer : Mauro Giuliani
Catalog : 4780220 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
10:51 AM
Danzas Fantasticas Op 22
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Composer : Joaquin Turina
Catalog : 555955 CD
Conductor : Max Bragado Darman
Orchestra : Orchestra of Castille & Leon
Label : Naxos
11:10 AM
Fantasia for piano in g Op 77
Artist : Jonathan Biss, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 85894 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
11:22 AM
Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Op 55
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 61434 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Royal Scottish National Orch
Label : Warner Bro
12:06 PM
Ramuntcho Suite No. 2
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Composer : Gabriel Pierne
Catalog : 10633 CD
Conductor : Juanjo Mena
Orchestra : BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:23 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in c Op 18
Artist : Lang Lang, piano
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 3902 CD
Conductor : Valery Gergiev
Orchestra : Orch. of the Mariinsky Theatre
Label : D. Gramphn
1:03 PM
Hymn to Apollo
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Composer : Sir Arthur Bliss
Catalog : 8818 CD
Conductor : Vernon Handley
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
1:17 PM
Symphony No. 38 in D, K. 504 "Prague"
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 426231 CD
Conductor : Frans Bruggen
Orchestra : Orchestra of the 18th Century
Label : Philips
2:00 PM
The Poisoned Kiss Overture
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 6545 CD
Conductor : George Hurst
Orchestra : Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Label : Chandos
2:09 PM
Symphony No. 1 in A-Flat Op 55
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 46 CD
Conductor : Vernon Handley
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : LondonPhil
3:00 PM
Cassation in E-Flat
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Composer : Leopold Anton¡n Kozeluch
Catalog : 442981 CD
Orchestra : Consortium Classicum
Label : Orfeo
3:12 PM
Sonata Arpeggione in a
Artist : Matt Haimovitz, cello; Itamar Golan, piano
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 2002 CD
Label : Oxingale
3:43 PM
Swanwhite Suite Op 54
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 97689 CD
Conductor : Paavo Berglund
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:06 PM
Iberia: Book III
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Composer : Isaac Albeniz
Catalog : 80470 CD
Conductor : Jesus Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra : Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
4:30 PM
Minuetto I in A
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 73871 CD
Conductor : Jean Jacques Kantorow
Orchestra : Orchestre D'Auvergne
Label : Denon
4:36 PM
Minuetto II in A
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 73871 CD
Conductor : Jean Jacques Kantorow
Orchestra : Orchestre D'Auvergne
Label : Denon
4:38 PM
Minuetto III
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 73871 CD
Conductor : Jean Jacques Kantorow
Orchestra : Orchestre D'Auvergne
Label : Denon
4:42 PM
TOSCA: Vissi D’Arte
Artist : Maria Callas, soprano
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 70879 CD
Conductor : Georges Pretre
Orchestra : Orch. of Soc. of Cons. Conc.
Label : Angel/EMI
4:45 PM
Poema Autunnale for violin and
Artist : Julia Fischer, violin
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 15535 CD
Conductor : Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra : Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orch
Label : London/Dec
5:06 PM
Overture on a Street Vendor’s Ditty
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Composer : A. Louis Scarmolin
Catalog : 2620 CD
Conductor : Joel Eric Suben
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Centaur
5:17 PM
Siegfried Idyll
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 65208 CD
Conductor : William Steinberg
Orchestra : Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:30 PM
Two Waltzes in C
Artist : Katia & Marielle Labeque,piano
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 74729 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
5:39 PM
On the Waterfront: Symphonic Suite
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Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Catalog : 415253 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn

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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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