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 21, 2012

6:06 AM
Ruy Blas Overture Op 95
Artist :
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 417541 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
6:15 AM
Once in Royal David’s City
Artist : Choir Kings College, Cambridge
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 4759177 CD
Conductor : Stephen Cleobury
Label : London/Dec
6:21 AM
Horn Sonata No. 2
Artist : Barry Tuckwell, horn
Album :
Composer : Luigi Cherubini
Catalog : 86558 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
6:30 AM
Balletti a cinque: Introduzione Seconda
Artist :
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 32006 CD
Conductor : Pal Nemeth
Orchestra : Savaria Baroque Orchestra
Label : Hungaroton
6:37 AM
Winter Wonderland
Artist :
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Composer : Felix Bernard
Catalog : 61685 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
6:42 AM
Danish Folk Music Suite: Jutish Melody
Artist :
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Composer : Percy Aldridge Grainger
Catalog : 7003 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
6:52 AM
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Artist : Philadelphia Chorus
Album :
Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 6430 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
6:55 AM
Te Deum: Prelude
Artist : William Kuhlman, organ
Album :
Composer : Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Catalog : 80614 CD
Conductor : Rolf Smedvig
Orchestra : Empire Brass
Label : Telarc
7:06 AM
MAGIC FLUTE Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4775789 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
7:15 AM
The Black Horse Troop
Artist :
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 1998 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:19 AM
Slavonic Dance No. 2 in e Op 46
Artist :
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 430171 CD
Conductor : Christoph Von Dohnanyi
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
7:28 AM
THE GORDIAN KNOT UNTIED Suite No. 2
Artist :
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Composer : Henry Purcell
Catalog : 2857 CD
Conductor : Jon Ceander Mitchell
Orchestra : Philharmonia Bulgarica
Label : Centaur
7:34 AM
Mille cherubini in coro
Artist : Gumpoldskirchner Kinder Chor
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 53358 CD
Conductor : Vjekoslav Sutej
Orchestra : Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:42 AM
Sones de Mariachi
Artist :
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Composer : Blas Galindo
Catalog : 550838 CD
Conductor : Enrique Batiz
Orchestra : Festival Orchestra of Mexico
Label : Naxos
7:49 AM
Good King Wenceslas
Artist : Shaw Chamber Singers
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 80377 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Label : Telarc
7:53 AM
Entry March of the Boyars
Artist :
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Composer : Johan Halvorsen
Catalog : 10584 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Bergen Philharmonic
Label : Chandos
8:06 AM
Tritsch-Tratsch Polka Chit-Chat Polka Op 214
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 1045 CD
Conductor : Janos Ferencsik
Orchestra : Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Label : Hungaroton
8:10 AM
Oboe Concerto in d
Artist : Christian Hommel, oboe
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 554169 CD
Conductor : Helmut Muller-Bruhl
Orchestra : Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:28 AM
A Christmas Bouquet
Artist : Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Album :
Composer : Alfred Burt
Catalog : 48232 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:32 AM
Twelve Variations on Ah, vous dirai-je maman in C
Artist : John Novacek, piano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 3013 CD
Label : FourWinds
8:48 AM
Lieutenant Kije Suite: Troika Op 60
Artist :
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Composer : Sergei Prokofiev
Catalog : 64249 CD
Conductor : Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:53 AM
Sleigh Ride
Artist :
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 6430 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
9:06 AM
Punch and Judy overture
Artist :
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Composer : Leroy Robertson
Catalog : 8155 CD
Conductor : Maurice Abravanel
Orchestra : Utah Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
9:15 AM
String Sextet in C Op 140
Artist : Sandor Papp, viola
Album :
Composer : Louis Spohr
Catalog : 555968 CD
Orchestra : New Haydn Quartet
Label : Naxos
9:41 AM
Introduction and Rondo Brillant in A Op 56
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
Album :
Composer : Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Catalog : 1196 CD
Conductor : Bystrik Rezucha
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MSR
10:00 AM
Christnacht Cantata for chorus,
Artist : Berlin Philharmonic Choir
Album :
Composer : Hugo Wolf
Catalog : 313013 CD
Conductor : Uwe Gronostay
Orchestra : Berlin Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : KOCHSchwan
10:21 AM
Orchestral Suite (Overture) No. 3in D
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 69879 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
10:44 AM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in d Op 40
Artist : Andras Schiff, piano
Album :
Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 4780105 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Bavarian Radio Symphony
Label : London/Dec
11:08 AM
Symphony No. 3 in e Op 53
Artist :
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Composer : Zdenek Fibich
Catalog : 9328 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:06 PM
A Suite of Carols for Brass Choir
Artist :
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 559621 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : BBC Concert Orchestra
Label : Naxos
12:19 PM
Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orch. in D
Artist : Christoph Eschenbach, piano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 89488 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : Sym Orch N. D. R. Hamburg
Label : CBS/Sony
12:49 PM
Pohjola’s Daughter Op 49
Artist :
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 80320 CD
Conductor : Yoel Levi
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
1:05 PM
Rosenkranz Sonata No. 3 The Nativity
Artist : Leah Gale Nelson, violin
Album :
Composer : Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber
Catalog : 8079 CD
Label : Lyrichord
1:13 PM
Romantic Symphony
Artist :
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Composer : Carlo Giorgio Garofalo
Catalog : 225183 CD
Conductor : Joel Spiegelman
Orchestra : New Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
2:00 PM
Concert No. 2
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Composer : Jean-Philippe Rameau
Catalog : 1845 CD
Conductor : Christophe Rousset
Orchestra : Les Talens Lyriques
Label : London/Dec
2:16 PM
Christmas Oratorio
Artist : Edith Wiens, soprano
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 50512 CD
Conductor : Dieter Hellmann
Orchestra : Mainz Chamber Orchestra
Label : Calig
3:00 PM
O Tannenbaum O Christmas Tree
Artist :
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Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 66087 CD
Conductor : Carmen Dragon
Orchestra : Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orches
Label : Angel/EMI
3:04 PM
Concerto for violin & cello in a Op 102
Artist : Julia Fischer, violin
Album :
Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 66 CD
Conductor : Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra : Netherlands Philharmonic Orch
Label : Pentatone
3:43 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
O Holy Night Cantique de Noel
Artist : Luciano Pavarotti, tenor
Album :
Composer : Adolph Adam
Catalog : 443401 CD
Conductor : Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra : National Philharmonic Orch.
Label : London/Dec
4:12 PM
Ave Maria Op 52
Artist : Renata Tebaldi, soprano
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 4758134 CD
Conductor : Anton Guadagno
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:18 PM
Il est ne le divin enfant
Artist : Roberto Alagna, tenor
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 57017 CD
Conductor : Robin Smith
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:23 PM
White Christmas
Artist : Bryn Terfel, baritone
Album :
Composer : Irving Berlin
Catalog : 449965 CD
Conductor : Paul Daniel
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
4:30 PM
Panis Angelicus
Artist : Placido Domingo, tenor
Album :
Composer : Cesar Franck
Catalog : 471575 CD
Conductor : Marcello Viotti
Orchestra : Orch. Sinf. di Milano G. Verdi
Label : D. Gramphn
4:36 PM
Twelve Days of Christmas
Artist : Ambrosian Singers
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 4759177 CD
Conductor : Richard Bonynge
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:41 PM
Sleigh Ride
Artist : Placido Domingo, tenor
Album :
Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 89131 CD
Conductor : Steven Mercurio
Orchestra : Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:45 PM
O Come, All Ye Faithful
Artist : Gumpoldskirchner Kinder Chor
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 30821 CD
Conductor : Paul Angerer
Orchestra : Austrian Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : Orfeo
4:50 PM
A Christmas Garland
Artist : Jessye Norman, soprano
Album :
Composer : Bruce Saylor
Catalog : 454640 CD
Conductor : David Robertson
Label : Philips
4:56 PM
The Virgin’s Slumber Song
Artist : Mario Lanza, tenor
Album :
Composer : Max Reger
Catalog : 6427 CD
Conductor : Constantine Callinicos
Orchestra : Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:06 PM
Chaste Barbara Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Oskar Nedbal
Catalog : 192 CD
Conductor : Douglas Bostock
Orchestra : Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra
Label : Classico
5:14 PM
At Twilight Op 39
Artist :
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Composer : Zdenek Fibich
Catalog : 3197 CD
Conductor : Frantisek Vajnar
Orchestra : Prague Radio Symphony
Label : Supraphon
5:32 PM
LA GIOCONDA: Dance of the Hours
Artist :
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Composer : Amilcare Ponchielli
Catalog : 791631 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:44 PM
LA GIOCONDA: Suicidio!
Artist : Renata Tebaldi, soprano
Album :
Composer : Amilcare Ponchielli
Catalog : 4758134 CD
Conductor : Oliviero de Fabritiis
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
5:50 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 8 in f Op 1 Christmas Concerto
Artist :
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Composer : Pietro Antonio Locatelli
Catalog : 550567 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos

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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.

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The Voronezh State Folk Choir (Russian)

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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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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
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Star Soprano Diana Damrau Scratches An Itch

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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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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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The American Pianist Who Rocked Russia for Decades

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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.

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Excerpts of Meridee Duddleston’s interview with Senior Music Specialist Raymond White and Music Division Director Susan Vita.

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