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 18, 2012

6:06 AM
String Symphony No. 3 in e
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 5141 CD
Conductor : William Boughton
Orchestra : English String Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
6:15 AM
Violin Concerto in g, BWV 1056
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 47073 CD
Conductor : Itzhak Perlman
Orchestra : Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:30 AM
Coronation March Op 65
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 553564 CD
Conductor : George Hurst
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
6:43 AM
Overture in the Italian Style in D, D. 590
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 385853 CD
Conductor : Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra : Menuhin Festival Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:51 AM
Caroling Fun
Artist : Sch. Creative & Perf. Arts chr
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Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 80538 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:06 AM
Three German Dances, K. 605
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 416484 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
7:15 AM
Sound Off
Artist :
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 95163 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:18 AM
THE TSAR’S BRIDE Overture
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 572788 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:28 AM
Tales From Vienna Woods Op 325
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 48164 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:44 AM
Christmas Overture
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Composer : Otto Nicolai
Catalog : 91079 CD
Conductor : Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : Vrgn Clscs
7:52 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 5 in d
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Composer : Alessandro Scarlatti
Catalog : 45495 CD
Conductor : Fabio Biondi
Orchestra : Europa Galante
Label : Vrgn Clscs
8:06 AM
Capriccio Italien Op 45
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 907393 CD
Conductor : Daniele Gatti
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Harm Mundi
8:22 AM
Nutcracker: Arabian Dance (coffee) Op 71
Artist : Malinova Sisters, piano duo
Album :
Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 7172 CD
Label : KOCH Intl.
8:28 AM
Africa Fantasie Op 89
Artist : Gwendoline Mok, piano
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 1015 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Cala
8:43 AM
Symphony No. 34 in E-Flat, P. 26
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Composer : J. Michael Haydn
Catalog : 481 CD
Conductor : Hans-Peter Frank
Orchestra : Helsingborgs Symph. Orchestra
Label : Bis
8:51 AM
Ave Maria
Artist : Shaw Chamber Singers
Album :
Composer : Franz Biebl
Catalog : 80461 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Label : Telarc
9:06 AM
Marche Ecossaise
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Composer : Claude Debussy (arr. Kocsis)
Catalog : 32106 CD
Conductor : Zoltan Kocsis
Orchestra : Hungarian Natl. Philharmonic
Label : Hungaroton
9:14 AM
Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Artist : Stephen Varcoe, baritone; Cambridge Singers
Album :
Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 121 CD
Conductor : John Rutter
Orchestra : London Sinfonia
Label : Collegium
9:29 AM
Serenade for Strings in E Op 22
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 60105 CD
Conductor : Scott Yoo
Orchestra : Metamorphosen
Label :
10:00 AM
En Saga (Symphonic Poem) Op 9
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 80320 CD
Conductor : Yoel Levi
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
10:20 AM
Cello Concerto in a Op 129
Artist : Jacqueline DuPre, cello
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 74755 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:49 AM
Concerto for flute and lute in F
Artist : Richard Stone, lute
Album :
Composer : Silvius Leopold Weiss
Catalog : 707 CD
Orchestra : Tempesta di Mare
Label : Chandos
11:07 AM
A Christmas Flourish
Artist : Turtle Creek Chorale
Album :
Composer : Randol Alan Bass
Catalog : 10602 CD
Conductor : Timothy Seelig
Label : TCC
11:24 AM
Symphony No. 1 in E-Flat Op 2
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 94360 CD
Conductor : Jean Martinon
Orchestra : Orchestre National de O.R.T.F.
Label : Brilliant
12:06 PM
In the Bleak Midwinter
Artist : ASMF Chorus
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 442141 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
12:13 PM
Rondo for Violin & Orchestra in B-Flat, K. 269
Artist : Christian Tetzlaff, violin
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 61842 CD
Conductor : Stephan Tetzlaff
Orchestra : Deutsche Kammerphil. Bremen
Label : Vrgn Clscs
12:24 PM
Symphony No. 8 in c
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Composer : Anton Bruckner
Catalog : 2513 CD
Conductor : Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra : Montreal,Orch. Metropolitain
Label : ATMA
2:00 PM
Slavonic Rhapsody No. 2 in g Op 45
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 416624 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Philips
2:17 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in e Op 11
Artist : Olga Kern, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 907402 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : Warsaw Philharmonic
Label : Harm Mundi
3:00 PM
Egmont Overture Op 84
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 148 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Pentatone
3:11 PM
Symphony No. 2 Op 9 Antar
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 72019 CD
Conductor : Maurice Abravanel
Orchestra : Utah Symphony Orchestra
Label : VangrdWelk
3:43 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 8 in g Op 6 Christmas Concerto
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 412739 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Philips
4:06 PM
Symphony No. 34 in C, K. 338
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 412954 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
4:30 PM
Gloria
Artist : Choir Kings College, Cambridge
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Composer : John Rutter
Catalog : 57952 CD
Conductor : Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
4:51 PM
Nocturne (Notturno) for piano trio in E-Flat Op 148, D. 897
Artist : Jean-Philippe Collard, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 74197 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
5:06 PM
Two Fragments After the Song of Roland Op 30
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Composer : Edward MacDowell
Catalog : 104 CD
Conductor : Karl Krueger
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Lib Cong
5:18 PM
Violin Concerto No. 1 in a, BWV 1041
Artist : Lara St. John, violin
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 131 CD
Orchestra : New York Bach Ensemble
Label : Ancalagon
5:31 PM
Scenes de Ballet Op 52
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 80347 CD
Conductor : Edo de Waart
Orchestra : Minnesota Orchestra
Label : Telarc

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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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