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, 2013

6:06 AM
Academic Festival Overture Op 80
Artist :
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 45932 CD
Conductor : Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
6:18 AM
Piano Concerto in G Op 11, No. 5
Artist : Mary Louise Boehm, piano
Album :
Composer : Carl Friedrich Abel
Catalog : 7639 CD
Conductor : Kees Kooper
Orchestra : Amsterdam Chamber Ensemble
Label : Pantheon
6:31 AM
Gloria
Artist : Turtle Creek Chorale
Album :
Composer : Randol Alan Bass
Catalog : 10602 CD
Conductor : Timothy Seelig
Label : TCC
6:41 AM
Slavonic Rhapsody No. 2 in g Op 45
Artist :
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 416624 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Philips
7:06 AM
DON GIOVANNI Overture, K. 527
Artist :
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 27333 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:15 AM
The Squealer
Artist :
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Composer : Will Huff
Catalog : 432019 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:18 AM
Horn Concerto in D
Artist : Barry Tuckwell, horn
Album :
Composer : Johann Knechtl
Catalog : 6249 CD
Conductor : Iona Brown
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
7:27 AM
Oboe Concerto in F
Artist : Joris van den Hauwe, oboe
Album :
Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 31082 CD
Conductor : Rudolf Werthen
Orchestra : I Fiamminghi
Label : KOCHSchwan
7:38 AM
The Toy Trumpet
Artist : Al Hirt, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Raymond Scott
Catalog : 61373 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:42 AM
SI J’ETAIS ROI (If I were King) Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Adolph Adam
Catalog : 434332 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
7:51 AM
O Holy Night Cantique de Noel
Artist : Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Album :
Composer : Adolph Adam
Catalog : 2 CD
Conductor : Keith Lockhart
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : BosPops
8:06 AM
Four Irish Dances Op 126
Artist :
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Composer : Malcolm Arnold
Catalog : 8867 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Chandos
8:15 AM
Christmas Night Medley
Artist :
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Composer : Angela Morley
Catalog : 48232 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:28 AM
Treble Recorder Concerto in G
Artist : Michala Petri, recorder
Album :
Composer : Jacques-Christophe Naudot
Catalog : 412630 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Sillito
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
8:42 AM
Kamarinskaia
Artist :
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Composer : Mikhail Glinka
Catalog : 65204 CD
Conductor : William Steinberg
Orchestra : Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:47 AM
String Quartet No. 2: Nocturne
Artist : Julian Lloyd Webber, cello
Album :
Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 2334 CD
Conductor : James Judd
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:53 AM
In the Bleak Midwinter
Artist : Shaw Chamber Singers
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 80377 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Label : Telarc
9:06 AM
Vathek- Symphonic Poem (1903)
Artist :
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Composer : Horatio Parker
Catalog : 9124 CD
Conductor : Karl Krueger
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Bridge
9:22 AM
Elegy in memory of Horatio Parker
Artist :
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Composer : George W. Chadwick
Catalog : 74 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Czech State Philharmonic Brno
Label : Reference
9:32 AM
To a Wild Rose Op 51
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Composer : Edward MacDowell (arr. Thos. Frost)
Catalog : 82849 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
9:36 AM
Two Fragments After the Song of Roland Op 30
Artist :
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Composer : Edward MacDowell
Catalog : 104 CD
Conductor : Karl Krueger
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Lib Cong
9:48 AM
Essay for Orchestra No. 2 Op 17
Artist :
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Composer : Samuel Barber
Catalog : 4016 CD
Conductor : Vladimir Golschmann
Orchestra : Symphony of the Air
Label : VangrdOmeg
10:00 AM
Suite William Byrd
Artist :
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Composer : Gordon Jacob
Catalog : 432009 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
10:20 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 :
10:52 AM
Two pieces for cello and piano Op 20
Artist : Steven Isserlis, cello
Album :
Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 91134 CD
Conductor : John Elliot Gardiner
Orchestra : Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Label : Vrgn Clscs
11:04 AM
A Christmas Flourish
Artist : Turtle Creek Chorale
Album :
Composer : Randol Alan Bass
Catalog : 10602 CD
Conductor : Timothy Seelig
Label : TCC
11:20 AM
Symphony No. 2 in c Op 17
Artist :
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 47867 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:07 PM
Symphony No. 4 The Poem of Ecstasy Op 54
Artist :
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Composer : Alexander Scriabin
Catalog : 32630 CD
Conductor : Robert Spano
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
12:30 PM
See amid the winter’s snow
Artist : Members of...
Album :
Composer : John Goss
Catalog : 5151 CD
Conductor : Jean Ashworth Bartle
Orchestra : Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBC(RCI)
12:36 PM
Mille cherubini in coro
Artist : Renata Tebaldi, soprano
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 4759177 CD
Conductor : Anton Guadagno
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
12:44 PM
Agnus Dei
Artist : Luciano Pavarotti, tenor
Album :
Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 414044 CD
Conductor : Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra : National Philharmonic Orch.
Label : London/Dec
12:49 PM
A Suite of Carols for Woodwinds
Artist :
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 3552 CD
Conductor : Leroy Anderson
Orchestra : Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
1:03 PM
Jazz Suite No. 2: Second Waltz
Artist :
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Composer : Dmitri Shostakovich
Catalog : 55601 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
1:09 PM
Symphonic Poem No. 3: Les Preludes
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 9 CD
Conductor : Zsolt Hamar
Orchestra : Hungarian Natl. Philharmonic
Label : BudapestMu
1:25 PM
12 Gifts of Christmas
Artist : Tonio DiPaolo, tenor
Album :
Composer : Jeff Tyzik
Catalog : 2006 CD
Conductor : Jeff Tyzik
Orchestra : Rochester Philharmonic
Label : RPO
1:37 PM
Brother Heinrich’s Christmas
Artist : Cambridge Singers
Album :
Composer : John Rutter
Catalog : 115 CD
Conductor : John Rutter
Orchestra : London Sinfonia
Label : Collegium
2:03 PM
I Wonder As I Wander
Artist : Over the Bridge
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL (arr. Rutter)
Catalog : 16092 CD
Conductor : John Rutter
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
2:08 PM
Mary and the Baby Medley
Artist : Chanticleer
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL (arr. Jennings)
Catalog : 85555 CD
Conductor : Joseph Jennings
Label : Teldec
2:22 PM
The Lark Ascending
Artist : Janine Jansen, violin
Album :
Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 475011 CD
Conductor : Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
2:37 PM
Jesus, Jesus, rest your head
Artist : Davyd Booth, violin; Michael Stairs, organ
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 9504 CD
Label : D-T-R
2:40 PM
AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS: excerpts
Artist : Nashville Symphony Chorus
Album :
Composer : Gian Carlo Menotti
Catalog : 669019 CD
Conductor : Alastair Willis
Orchestra : Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
2:48 PM
The Snow
Artist : American Boychoir
Album :
Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 67076 CD
Conductor : James Litton
Label : MusicMaste
3:00 PM
Concerto for 2 Violins & Strings
Artist : Jorg-Michael Schwarz, violin
Album :
Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 9421 CD
Conductor : Jörg-Michael Schwarz
Orchestra : REBEL Baroque Ensemble
Label : Bridge
3:11 PM
Hero and Leander
Artist :
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Composer : Victor Herbert
Catalog : 52491 CD
Conductor : Lorin Maazel
Orchestra : Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
3:41 PM
Lamia Op 29
Artist :
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Composer : Edward MacDowell
Catalog : 49263 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Klein
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:06 PM
Introduction and Rondeau Brillant, WoO 54
Artist : Christopher Hinterhuber, piano
Album :
Composer : Ferdinand Ries
Catalog : 572088 CD
Conductor : Uwe Grodd
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:26 PM
Gloria
Artist : Choir Kings College, Cambridge
Album :
Composer : John Rutter
Catalog : 57952 CD
Conductor : Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
4:46 PM
Holiday Cheer-Medley
Artist :
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Composer : Billy May
Catalog : 416287 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : Philips
5:06 PM
Mephisto Waltz No. 1
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 88235 CD
Conductor : James Conlon
Orchestra : Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchest
Label : Erato
5:20 PM
Capriccio Italien Op 45
Artist :
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 434360 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
5:36 PM
Woodland Sketches Op 51
Artist :
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Composer : Edward MacDowell (arr. Frank Winterbottom)
Catalog : 43 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Dallas Wind Symphony
Label : Reference

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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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