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
Album :
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
Album :
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
Album :
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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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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