Classical Weekdays

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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 11, 2013

6:06 AM
Waverley Overture Op 1
Artist :
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 8379 CD
Conductor : Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
6:18 AM
Capriccio Brillant in b Op 22
Artist : Ian Hobson, piano
Album :
Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 6688 CD
Conductor : Ian Hobson
Orchestra : Sinfonia da Camera
Label : Arabesque
6:31 AM
Judith: Overture
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Composer : Thomas Augustine Arne
Catalog : 3072 CD
Conductor : Mary Terey-Smith
Orchestra : Capella Savaria
Label : Centaur
6:41 AM
Piano Concerto No. 4 in B-Flat Op 13
Artist : Susan Alexander-Max,fortepiano
Album :
Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 570474 CD
Conductor : Susan Alexander-Max
Orchestra : The Music Collection
Label : Naxos
7:06 AM
Crown Imperial
Artist :
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Composer : Sir William Walton
Catalog : 9011101 CD
Conductor : Jay Friedman
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orch Brass
Label : CSOR
7:15 AM
The Chantyman’s March
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 303 CD
Conductor : Leonard B. Smith
Orchestra : Detroit Concert band
Label : WalkingFro
7:19 AM
Pavane Op 50
Artist : Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Album :
Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 423089 CD
Conductor : Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra : Boston Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
7:28 AM
Harpsichord Concerto No. 3 in e
Artist : Ottavio Dantone, harpsichord
Album :
Composer : Alessandro Scarlatti
Catalog : 470650 CD
Conductor : Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra : Accademia Bizantina
Label : London/Dec
7:41 AM
Olympia Overture
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Composer : Joseph Martin Kraus
Catalog : 553734 CD
Conductor : Petter Sundkvist
Orchestra : Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:49 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 3 in G Op 3
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 98918 CD
Conductor : Iona Brown
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Hanssler
8:06 AM
Invitation to the Dance Op 65
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber (arr. Berlioz)
Catalog : 474250 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:17 AM
BEATRICE AND BENEDICT Overture
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 6805 CD
Conductor : Charles Munch
Orchestra : Boston Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:28 AM
Concerto No. 2 in d Op 9
Artist : Neil Black, oboe
Album :
Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 391378 CD
Conductor : Ian Watson
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
8:41 AM
Espana
Artist :
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Composer : Emmanuel Chabrier
Catalog : 88018 CD
Conductor : Armin Jordan
Orchestra : National Orchestra of France
Label : Erato
8:48 AM
Concertino Op 107
Artist : Susan Milan, flute
Album :
Composer : Cecile Chaminade
Catalog : 8840 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : City of London Sinfonia
Label : Chandos
9:06 AM
Lyric Fantasy
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Composer : Lars-Erik Larsson
Catalog : 553715 CD
Conductor : Petter Sundkvist
Orchestra : Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
9:16 AM
Variations on La Follia di Spagna
Artist : David Nolan, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonio Salieri
Catalog : 955 CD
Conductor : Pietro Spada
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : ASV
9:41 AM
Serenade No. 6 in D, K. 239 Serenata Notturna
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 79633 CD
Conductor : Gidon Kremer
Orchestra : Kremerata Baltica
Label : Nonesuch
10:00 AM
In a Summer Garden
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 62645 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:13 AM
Cello Concerto No. 1 in a Op 33
Artist : Jacqueline DuPre, cello
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 7 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : PhilOrch.
10:34 AM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F, BWV 1046
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 554607 CD
Conductor : Helmut Muller-Bruhl
Orchestra : Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
11:02 AM
Symphonie Fantastique Op 14
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 60959 CD
Conductor : Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra : San Francisco Symphony
Label : RCA/BMG
12:07 PM
Violin Concerto Winter, RV 297
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 45465
Conductor : Fabio Biondi, Violin and Conductor
Orchestra : Europa Galante
Label : Virgin
12:15 PM
QUO VADIS: Choral Suite
Artist : Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Album :
Composer : Miklos Rozsa (arr. Christopher Palmer)
Catalog : 80631 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
12:36 PM
Ballade No. 3 in A-Flat Op 47
Artist : Ignace Jan Paderewski, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 8816 CD
Label : Nimbus
12:48 PM
The Lark Ascending
Artist : Hillary Hahn, violin
Album :
Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 3026 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
1:07 PM
THE BOHEMIAN GIRL: I dreamed I dwelt in Marble Halls
Artist : Elina Garanca, mezzo-soprano
Album :
Composer : Michael W. Balfe
Catalog : 14777 CD
Conductor : Karel Mark Chichon
Orchestra : Orchestra Sinfonica RAI, Rome
Label : D. Gramphn
1:13 PM
MLADA: Procession of the Nobles
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 62647 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
1:19 PM
Danny Boy, The Londonderry Air
Artist : Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 80317 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
1:21 PM
OTELLO: Piangea cantando (Willow Song)...Ave Maria
Artist : Renata Tebaldi, soprano
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 1148 CD
Conductor : Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra : Orchestra
Label : VAI Audio
1:42 PM
Rhapsody in Blue
Artist : Earl Wild, piano
Album :
Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 1190 CD
Conductor : Howard Mitchell
Orchestra : National Sym Orch/Wash.,D.C.
Label : Ondine
2:03 PM
BARBER OF SEVILLE: Largo al Factotum
Artist : Robert Merrill, baritone
Album :
Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 61440 CD
Conductor : Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra : Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
2:10 PM
The Snow
Artist : American Boychoir
Album :
Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 67076 CD
Conductor : James Litton
Label : MusicMaste
2:17 PM
Roses de Noel Waltz Op 230
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Composer : Emile Waldteufel
Catalog : 5264 CD
Conductor : Michel Swierczewski
Orchestra : Gulbenkian Foundation Orch.
Label : Nimbus
2:27 PM
Flags of Freedom
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 1 CD
Conductor : (Colonel) Lowell E. Graham
Orchestra : ACC Heritage of America Band
Label : USAF
2:30 PM
The Impossible Dream ( Man of La Mancha)
Artist : Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Album :
Composer : Mitch Leigh
Catalog : 48294 CD
Conductor : Harris, Arthur
Orchestra : Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
2:35 PM
MARRIAGE OF FIGARO: Voi che Sapete..
Artist : Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4783641 CD
Conductor : Kazushi Ono
Orchestra : Lyon National Opera Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
2:39 PM
Russian Christmas Music
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Composer : Alfred Reed
Catalog : 126 CD
Conductor : Jerry Junkin
Orchestra : Dallas Wind Symphony
Label : Reference
2:55 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 12: Aria in F
Artist : Carlo Curley, organ
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 1025 CD
Label : RLF
3:00 PM
Monbar
Artist :
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Composer : Ignacy Feliks Dobrzynski
Catalog : 369 CD
Conductor : Grzegorz Nowak
Orchestra : Sinfonia Varsovia
Label : Accord
3:14 PM
Clarinet Concerto (1947)
Artist : George Pieterson, clarinet
Album :
Composer : Paul Hindemith
Catalog : 8005 CD
Conductor : Kirill Kondrashin
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
3:42 PM
Variations Symphoniques
Artist : Francois-Joel Thiollier, piano
Album :
Composer : Cesar Franck
Catalog : 553472 CD
Conductor : Roberto Benzi
Orchestra : Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:06 PM
ROMEO AND JULIET: Love Scene Op 17
Artist :
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 80606 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
4:24 PM
Nuits d’Ete: 1. Villanelle Op 7
Artist : Renee Fleming, soprano
Album :
Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 19033 CD
Conductor : Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:28 PM
Fra Diavolo Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber
Catalog : 434309 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
4:38 PM
MANON LESCAUT:C’est l’histoire amoureuse
Artist : Joan Sutherland, soprano
Album :
Composer : Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber
Catalog : 4758743 CD
Conductor : Richard Bonynge
Orchestra : L'Orchestre delaSuisse Romande
Label : London/Dec
4:44 PM
Children’s Corner
Artist :
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Composer : Claude Debussy (arr. Andre Caplet)
Catalog : 1024 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Cala
5:06 PM
Daphnis et Chloe: Suite No. 1
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 536 CD
Conductor : Grzegorz Nowak
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : ASV
5:19 PM
The Stolen Child
Artist : Eric Whitacre Singers
Album :
Composer : Eric Whitacre
Catalog : 14850 CD
Conductor : Eric Whitacre
Label : London/Dec
5:30 PM
Souvenir D’un Lieu Cher: Meditation Op 42, No. 1
Artist : Joshua Bell, violin
Album :
Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 94832 CD
Conductor : Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
5:41 PM
West Side Story Suite
Artist : Joshua Bell, violin
Album :
Composer : Leonard Bernstein (arr. William David Brohn)
Catalog : 89358 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony

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

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Lorin Maazel conducing the Vienna Philharmonic in March 2010.
AFP/Getty Images

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