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 12, 2013

6:06 AM
Rondo for Violin & Orchestra in B-Flat
Artist : Christian Tetzlaff, violin
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 45214 CD
Conductor : Christian Tetzlaff
Orchestra : Deutsche Kammerphil. Bremen
Label : Vrgn Clscs
6:15 AM
Harpsichord Concerto in G
Artist : Andreas Staier, harpsichord
Album :
Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 2908606 CD
Conductor : Petra Mullejans
Orchestra : Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Label : Harm Mundi
6:30 AM
Symphony No. 32 in D
Artist :
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Composer : J. Michael Haydn
Catalog : 999179 CD
Conductor : Johannes Goritzki
Orchestra : Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss
Label : CPO
6:40 AM
Symphony No. 20 in C
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 5407 CD
Conductor : Adam Fischer
Orchestra : Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orch
Label : Nimbus
7:06 AM
Slavonic Dance No. 2 in e Op 72
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 430171 CD
Conductor : Christoph Von Dohnanyi
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
7:15 AM
In Storm and Sunshine
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Composer : John C. Heed
Catalog : 432019 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:18 AM
The Marriage of Camacho Op 10
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 7905 CD
Conductor : Claus Peter Flor
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : RCA/BMG
7:27 AM
Fantasy on a Hymn Tune
Artist :
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Composer : Thomas Canning
Catalog : 9004 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : Houston Symphony Orchestra
Label : Everest
7:40 AM
La Dame Blanche Overture
Artist :
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Composer : F. A. Boieldieu
Catalog : 434332 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
7:50 AM
Symphonic Scherzo Op 2
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Composer : Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov
Catalog : 223629 CD
Conductor : Donald Johanos
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
8:06 AM
Cakewalk Ballet after Gottschalk: Grand Walkaround
Artist :
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Composer : Hershy Kay
Catalog : 45658 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:11 AM
La Valse
Artist :
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 46274 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:26 AM
Concerto Armonico No. 2 in G
Artist :
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Composer : Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer
Catalog : 410205 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Argo
8:39 AM
El Amor Brujo: Ritual Fire Dance
Artist :
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Composer : Manuel De Falla
Catalog : 68173 CD
Conductor : Morton Gould
Orchestra : Morton Gould Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:45 AM
Recorder Concerto in C, RV 443
Artist : Matthias Maute, recorder
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 9173 CD
Conductor : Jörg-Michael Schwarz
Orchestra : REBEL Baroque Orchestra
Label : Bridge
9:06 AM
A Varmland Rhapsody
Artist :
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Composer : Kurt Atterberg
Catalog : 553 CD
Conductor : Jun'ichi Hirokami
Orchestra : Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bis
9:16 AM
Piano Concerto in a Op 16
Artist : Sviatoslav Richter, piano
Album :
Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 67987 CD
Conductor : Lovro von Matacic
Orchestra : Monte Carlo Natl Opera Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
9:47 AM
Sarabande et Rigaudon Op 93
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 1015 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Cala
10:00 AM
Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks Op 28
Artist :
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 707 CD
Conductor : Manfred Honeck
Orchestra : Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Label : Reference
10:16 AM
Suite for Strings
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 572332 CD
Conductor : Salvatore Di Vittorio
Orchestra : Respighi Chmb Orch of New York
Label : Naxos
10:46 AM
Polonaise No. 7 in A-Flat Op 61 Polonaise-fantasie
Artist : Maurizio Pollini, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 14190 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
11:01 AM
Rondo for Piano and Orchestrain B-Flat
Artist : Boris Berezovsky, piano
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 1181 CD
Conductor : Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra : Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Simax
11:12 AM
Symphony No. 4 in c Op 12
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Composer : Sergei Taneyev
Catalog : 2005 CD
Conductor : Valery Gergiev
Orchestra : Orch. of the Mariinsky Theatre
Label : Nederland
12:06 PM
Partita a 4 in d
Artist :
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Composer : Frantisek Tuma
Catalog : 30436 CD
Conductor : Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra : Concerto Italiano
Label : Naive
12:21 PM
String Quartet No. 21 in D, K. 575
Artist :
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 72480 CD
Orchestra : Alban Berg Quartet
Label : Teldec
12:47 PM
Violin Concerto No. 2 in E, BWV 1042
Artist : Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 12054 CD
Conductor : Anne-Sophie Mutter
Orchestra : Trondheim Soloists
Label : D. Gramphn
1:06 PM
Swedish Dances Op 63: Suite No. 2
Artist :
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 777385 CD
Conductor : Werner Andreas Albert
Orchestra : S.W. German Radio Symph. Orch.
Label : CPO
1:20 PM
Symphony No. 6 (1927-28) in C Op 31 Dollar Symphony
Artist :
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Composer : Kurt Atterberg
Catalog : 553 CD
Conductor : Jun'ichi Hirokami
Orchestra : Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bis
2:00 PM
The Hollow Men (1948) Op 25
Artist : Guy Few, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Vincent Persichetti
Catalog : 1201 CD
Conductor : Kevin Mallon
Orchestra : Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Label : MSR
2:09 PM
Symphony No. 5 in e Op 64
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 4784614 CD
Conductor : Valery Gergiev
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Philips
3:00 PM
Lyric Pieces: VIII-6 Wedding Day at Troldhaugen Op 65, No. 6
Artist : Daniel Adni, piano
Album :
Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 68634 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
3:07 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in c Op 18
Artist : Yuja Wang, piano
Album :
Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 15338 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
3:42 PM
In Nature’s Realm Overture Op 91
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 94671 CD
Conductor : Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra : Janacek Philharmonic
Label :
4:06 PM
Ballad Without Words Op 56
Artist :
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Composer : Kurt Atterberg
Catalog : 553 CD
Conductor : Jun'ichi Hirokami
Orchestra : Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bis
4:26 PM
The Lady Mistress Overture
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 54056 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
4:35 PM
Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in f Op 73
Artist : Andrew Marriner, clarinet
Album :
Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 432146 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
5:06 PM
Kikimora Op 63
Artist :
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Composer : Anatol Liadov
Catalog : 4785092 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman Philharmonia
Label : Mercury
5:15 PM
Sadko (Musical Picture) Op 5
Artist :
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 5082 CD
Conductor : Milton Katims
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
5:27 PM
Scottish Fantasy Op 46
Artist : Michael Ludwig, violin
Album :
Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 5 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Virginia Symphony
Label : HamptonRds

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1:44 pm
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LA Opera on WRTI: Britten's BILLY BUDD, August 2, 1 PM

Baritone Liam Bonner sings the title role of Billy Budd, the perfect British seaman.

James Conlon leads the LA Opera Orchestra and Chorus for one of Benjamin Britten's masterpieces. Based on Herman Melville’s classic American tale, adapted into a libretto by English novelist E.M. Forster and writer Eric Crozier, Billy Budd tells the story of the persecution and destruction of a pure-hearted sailor by a predatory master-at-arms. It's a tragedy of "sexual discharge gone evil," as Forster described it, and a work that has captivated audiences around the world since its 1951 world premiere.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

The Great War At 100: Music Of Conflict And Remembrance

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Bettmann/CORBIS

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

One hundred years ago today, the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia. The conflict drew in country after country and grew to an unprecedented scale. An estimated 9 million combatants lost their lives and more than 21 million were wounded in what came to be known as The Great War and, eventually, World War I.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:35 am
Sat July 26, 2014

War Of Words At Met Opera May Signal Shutdown

Bryn Terfel as Wotan in the Met's production of Wagner's Ring cycle, one of the productions that has been criticized by some as too costly.
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

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

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Creatively Speaking
6:01 am
Mon July 21, 2014

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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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4:25 pm
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LA Opera on WRTI: Bizet's CARMEN, July 19, 1 PM

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Crossover
3:43 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Legendary Man of Music: Lorin Varencove Maazel, 1930-2014

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WRTI Spotlight
11:49 am
Wed July 16, 2014

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Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

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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

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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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