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 19, 2012

6:06 AM
Symphonies for Christmas
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Michel Richard Delalande
Catalog : 9908 CD
Conductor : Olivier Fortin
Orchestra : Masques
Label : Analekta
6:17 AM
BABES IN TOYLAND: March of the Toys
Artist :
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Composer : Victor Herbert
Catalog : 117 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bowie Grp
6:23 AM
The Marriage of Camacho Op 10
Artist :
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 7905 CD
Conductor : Claus Peter Flor
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : RCA/BMG
6:30 AM
Fantasy on Serbian Themes Op 6
Artist :
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 553513 CD
Conductor : Igor Golovchin
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
6:44 AM
Messiah: For unto us a child
Artist : and Chorus
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 6918 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
6:50 AM
Four Seasons: No.1 Spring (La Primavera) in E Op 8
Artist : Isaac Stern, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 66472 CD
Conductor : Isaac Stern
Orchestra : Jerusalem Music Centre Ch.Orch
Label : CBS/Sony
7:06 AM
Overture in C Op 170
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 2221 CD
Conductor : Raymond Leppard
Orchestra : Indianapolis Symphony Orch.
Label : Koss Class
7:15 AM
Punchinello
Artist :
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Composer : William Rimmer
Catalog : 6565 CD
Conductor : Michael Antrobus
Orchestra : Black Dyke Mills Band
Label : Chandos
7:20 AM
L’Enfance du Christ: Shepherd’s Farewell
Artist : Atlanta Symphony Chorus
Album :
Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 10033 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
7:28 AM
Ma Vlast: No. 2 Vltava (The Moldau)
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 80327 CD
Conductor : Zdenek Macal
Orchestra : Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:43 AM
BERENICE: Overture
Artist :
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 4758075 CD
Conductor : Karl Munchinger
Orchestra : Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
Label : London/Dec
7:48 AM
A Christmas Festival
Artist :
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 61685 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:06 AM
GOTTERDAMMERUNG: Siegfried’s Rhine Journey
Artist :
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 74762 CD
Conductor : Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
8:19 AM
Sonata for 8 trumpets & orchestra in A
Artist : Wynton Marsalis, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber
Catalog : 42478 CD
Conductor : Raymond Leppard
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:28 AM
O magnum mysterium
Artist : Handel & Haydn Society Chorus
Album :
Composer : Jennifer Higdon
Catalog : 2078 CD
Conductor : Grant Llewellyn
Label : Avie
8:35 AM
PAQUITA: Polonaise & Mazurka
Artist :
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Composer : Leon Minkus
Catalog : 10544 CD
Conductor : Boris Spassov
Orchestra : Sofia National Opera Orchestra
Label : Capriccio
8:43 AM
La Princesse Jaune overture Op 30
Artist :
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 1016 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Cala
8:51 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 2 in c
Artist :
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Composer : Alessandro Scarlatti
Catalog : 45495 CD
Conductor : Fabio Biondi
Orchestra : Europa Galante
Label : Vrgn Clscs
9:06 AM
Melodie Op 20
Artist : Julian Lloyd Webber, cello
Album :
Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 2334 CD
Conductor : James Judd
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
9:15 AM
The Tempest Op 18
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 39359 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
9:40 AM
Sinfonia Concertante
Artist :
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Composer : Dmitri S. Bortnyansky
Catalog : 10370 CD
Orchestra : Moscow Phil. Chamber Ensemble
Label : MCA
10:00 AM
Carol Symphony
Artist :
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Composer : Victor Hely-Hutchinson
Catalog : 64131 CD
Conductor : Barry Rose
Orchestra : Pro Arte Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:27 AM
The Comedians
Artist :
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Composer : Dmitri Kabalevsky
Catalog : 63302 CD
Conductor : Kirill Kondrashin
Orchestra : RCA Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
10:45 AM
Symphony in D La Chasse
Artist :
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Composer : Carl Stamitz
Catalog : 10628 CD
Conductor : Matthias Bamert
Orchestra : London Mozart Players
Label : Chandos
11:04 AM
Piano Concerto in a Op 16
Artist : Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Album :
Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 57562 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
11:36 AM
Three Botticelli Pictures
Artist :
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 37676 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
12:07 PM
Tragic Overture Op 81
Artist :
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 61846 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
12:22 PM
Messiah (excerpts)
Artist : Choir of Clare Coll.,Cambridge
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 901928 CD
Conductor : Rene Jacobs
Orchestra : Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Label : Harmonia Mundi
12:41 PM
Seemorgh
Artist :
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Composer : Behzad Ranjbaran
Catalog : 3336 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Delos
12:48 PM
German Requiem: Wie lieblich sind deine
Artist : Vienna State Opera Chorus
Album :
Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 6918 CD
Conductor : Bernard Haitink
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
12:55 PM
L’Enfance du Christ (excerpt)
Artist : Montreal Symphony Chorus
Album :
Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 4783640 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
1:12 PM
Gesu Bambino
Artist : Luciano Pavarotti, tenor
Album :
Composer : Pietro A. Yon
Catalog : 4759177 CD
Conductor : Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra : National Philharmonic Orch.
Label : London/Dec
1:17 PM
’Twas the Night Before Christmas
Artist : Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Album :
Composer : Ken Darby
Catalog : 2 CD
Conductor : Keith Lockhart
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : BosPops
1:26 PM
Misa Criolla: Gloria
Artist : Sociedad Coral de Bilbao
Album :
Composer : Ariel Ramirez
Catalog : 420955 CD
Conductor : Jose Luis Ocejo
Orchestra : Coral Salve de Laredo
Label : Philips
1:35 PM
Variations on a theme by Robert Schumann Op 23
Artist : Silke-Thora Matthies, piano; Chrstian Kohn, piano
Album :
Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 553139 CD
Label : Naxos
1:54 PM
Cantata No.208: Sheep May Safely Graze:
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 62683 CD
Orchestra : Canadian Brass
Label : RCA/BMG
2:01 PM
Magnificat (excerpt)
Artist : Choir Kings College, Cambridge
Album :
Composer : John Rutter
Catalog : 57952 CD
Conductor : Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
2:10 PM
Nocturne (Notturno) for piano trio in E-Flat Op 148
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 412620 CD
Orchestra : Beaux Arts Trio
Label : Philips
2:22 PM
Frostiana (excerpts)
Artist : New York Choral Society
Album :
Composer : Randall Thompson
Catalog : 7283 CD
Conductor : Richard Auldon Clark
Orchestra : Manhattan Chamber Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
2:35 PM
Ave Maria Op 52
Artist : Renata Tebaldi, soprano
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert (arr. Gamley)
Catalog : 4758134 CD
Conductor : Anton Guadagno
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
2:43 PM
Cantata No. 140 Sleepers awake:
Artist : Sir David Willcocks, organ
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 86052 CD
Conductor : David Willcocks
Orchestra : Choir of King's College, Camb.
Label : Angel/EMI
2:53 PM
Ashokan Farewell: from Civil War film
Artist : Jay Ungar, fiddle
Album :
Composer : Jay Ungar
Catalog : 56720 CD
Conductor : Paul Gambill
Orchestra : Nashville Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:00 PM
Four Christmas Motets
Artist : St. John’s College Choir
Album :
Composer : Francis Poulenc
Catalog : 8658 CD
Conductor : George Guest
Label : Chandos
3:13 PM
MEFISTOFELE
Artist : Westminster College Choir
Album :
Composer : Arrigo Boito
Catalog : 791631 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony
Label : RCA
3:41 PM
Escales
Artist :
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Composer : Jacques Ibert
Catalog : 62644 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:06 PM
A Christmas Carol
Artist :
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Composer : Carl Davis
Catalog : 553495 CD
Conductor : John Pryce-Jones
Orchestra : Northern Ballet Theatre Orch.
Label : Naxos
4:26 PM
The White Peacock
Artist :
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Composer : Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Catalog : 3099 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Delos
4:35 PM
I VESPRI SICILIANI: Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 2 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : PhilOrch.
4:47 PM
I VESPRI SICILIANI: Bolero
Artist : Sondra Radvanofsky, soprano
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 3404 CD
Conductor : Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra : Philharmonia of Russia
Label : Delos
4:54 PM
Fantaisie sur deux noëls wallons Op 24
Artist :
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Composer : Joseph Jongen
Catalog : 1634 CD
Conductor : Roman Kofman
Orchestra : Orchestra National de Belgique
Label : Cypres
5:06 PM
A Suite of Carols for Woodwinds
Artist :
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 3552 CD
Conductor : Leroy Anderson
Orchestra : ...and His Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
5:19 PM
LE VOYAGE DANS LA LUNE: Ballet of the Snowflakes
Artist :
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Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 4776403 CD
Conductor : Marc Minkowski
Orchestra : Musicians of the Louvre
Label : D. Gramphn
5:34 PM
Sospiri Op 70
Artist :
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 8788 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
5:41 PM
Dancing Day
Artist : Etherea Vocal Ensemble
Album :
Composer : John Rutter
Catalog : 3422 CD
Label : Delos

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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.

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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

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8:35 am
Sat July 26, 2014

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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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The Voronezh State Folk Choir (Russian)

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4:25 pm
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Crossover
3:43 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

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11:49 am
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Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

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12:25 pm
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Jessica Kourkounis

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Crossover
11:23 am
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2:01 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

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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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