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 06, 2012

6:06 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 6 in D Op 3
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 2065 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Handel & Haydn Society
Label : Avie
6:15 AM
Tragic Overture Op 81
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 75502 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:31 AM
Roman Carnival Overture Op 9
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 54479 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:42 AM
Piano Concerto No. 7 in F
Artist : Mikhail Pletnev, piano
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 61881 CD
Conductor : Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra : Deutsche Kammerphil. Bremen
Label : Vrgn Clscs
7:06 AM
DON GIOVANNI Overture
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 911 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Prague Chamber Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
7:15 AM
Washington Grays
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Composer : Claudio Grafulla
Catalog : 67641 CD
Conductor : Richard Franko Goldman
Orchestra : The Goldman Band
Label : Angel/EMI
7:21 AM
Trumpet Concerto in A-Flat
Artist : Maurice Andre, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 66961 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
7:30 AM
Carmen Suite No. 1
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 64869 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : Angel/EMI
7:45 AM
Festival March in C Op 54
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 3166 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Prague Symphony Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
7:53 AM
Valse de Concert No. 2 Op 51
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 47847 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:06 AM
THE GONDOLIERS Overture
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Composer : Sir Arthur Sullivan
Catalog : 554165 CD
Conductor : Andrew Penny
Orchestra : Royal Ballet Sinfonia /Birming
Label : Naxos
8:15 AM
THE GONDOLIERS: Dance a Cachucha
Artist : ...and various soloists
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Composer : Gilbert & Sullivan
Catalog : 89248 CD
Conductor : John Owen Edwards
Orchestra : D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Label : CBS/Sony
8:20 AM
Symphony No. 7 in B-Flat
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 1171 CD
Conductor : Jorg Faerber
Orchestra : Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra
Label :
8:30 AM
Recorder Concerto in C
Artist : William Heim, flute/piccolo
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 60211 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
8:45 AM
Banks of Green Willow
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Composer : George Butterworth
Catalog : 65615 CD
Conductor : Neville Dilkes
Orchestra : English Sinfonia
Label : Angel/EMI
8:54 AM
Green Bushes
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Composer : Percy Aldridge Grainger
Catalog : 6542 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Montgomery
Orchestra : Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Label : Chandos
9:06 AM
OBERON Overture
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 504 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : OehmsCl
9:18 AM
Symphony No. 5 in c Op 67
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 6899 CD
Conductor : Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra : S. Bolivar Youth Orch of Venz.
Label : D. Gramphn
9:54 AM
Canzon in the 12th tone
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Composer : Giovanni Gabrieli
Catalog : 62353 CD
Orchestra : Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Label : CBS/Sony
10:00 AM
Pelleas et Melisande Op 80
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Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 38471 CD
Conductor : Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:19 AM
Symphony No. 99 in E-Flat
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 62979 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:47 AM
Elegy
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Composer : Howard Hanson
Catalog : 434302 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman-Rochester Sym. Orch.
Label : Mercury
11:01 AM
Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-Flat Op 81
Artist : Alfred Brendel, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 4757555 CD
Label : Philips
11:21 AM
Symphony No. 5 in E-Flat Op 82
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 9055 CD
Conductor : Leif Segerstam
Orchestra : Danish Radio Symph Orch
Label : Chandos
12:06 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 3 in c Op 6
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 74168 CD
Orchestra : I Solisti Italiani
Label : Denon
12:19 PM
String Quartet in E-Flat Op 71
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 12246 CD
Orchestra : Tatrai Quartet
Label : Hungaroton
12:46 PM
Piano Sonata No. 8 in c Op 13
Artist : Seymour Lipkin, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 60171 CD
Label : Newport
1:07 PM
Symphony No. 4 in c
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 385853 CD
Conductor : Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra : Menuhin Festival Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
1:37 PM
Le Chant du Rossignol
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Composer : Igor Stravinsky
Catalog : 8005 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
2:00 PM
Symphony No. 3 Op 36
Artist : Dawn Upshaw, soprano
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Composer : Henryk Gorecki
Catalog : 79282 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : London Sinfonietta
Label : Nonesuch
3:00 PM
The Bouquet: Idyll
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Composer : Bohuslav Martinu
Catalog : 3163 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Neumann
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
3:09 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in d Op 23
Artist : Janos Solyom, piano
Album :
Composer : Wilhelm Stenhammar
Catalog : 65081 CD
Conductor : Stig Westerberg
Orchestra : Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:41 PM
Fantastic Scherzo Op 25
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Composer : Josef Suk
Catalog : 572323 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
4:06 PM
Guitar Concerto No. 1 in A Op 30
Artist : Pepe Romero, guitar
Album :
Composer : Mauro Giuliani
Catalog : 3326 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
4:31 PM
The Winegrower’s Bride
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Composer : Oskar Nedbal
Catalog : 192 CD
Conductor : Douglas Bostock
Orchestra : Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra
Label : Classico
4:42 PM
Eternal Longing
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Composer : Vitezslav Novak
Catalog : 3049 CD
Conductor : Frantisek Jilek
Orchestra : Brno State Phil. Orch.
Label : Supraphon
5:06 PM
Miroirs: 3. Une Barque sur l’Ocean
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 9129 CD
Conductor : Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
5:17 PM
Invocation and Dance
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Composer : Paul Creston
Catalog : 3114 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Delos
5:33 PM
Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto
Artist : Gil Shaham, violin
Album :
Composer : Ho Zhan Hao & Chen Kang
Catalog : 4 CD
Conductor : Lan Shui
Orchestra : Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Label : CanaryClas

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Bettmann/CORBIS

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 2:37 pm

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8:35 am
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Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:32 pm

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6:01 am
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The Voronezh State Folk Choir (Russian)

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4:25 pm
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Crossover
3:43 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

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Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

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12:25 pm
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Crossover
11:23 am
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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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