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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Playlist

December 24, 2012

6:06 AM
Suite No. 1 Op 13
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Composer : Jules Massenet
Catalog : 555986 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Jean
Orchestra : Hong Kong Philharmonic Orch.
Label : Naxos
6:32 AM
Fantasia on Greensleeves
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 80595 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
6:38 AM
Brazilian Sleigh Bells
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Composer : Percy Faith
Catalog : 434349 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Rochester Pops Orch
Label : Mercury
6:43 AM
Fir Symphony
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Composer : Arthur Meulemans
Catalog : 223418 CD
Conductor : Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra : BRT Philharmonic, Brussels
Label : MarcoPolo
7:06 AM
A Christmas Festival
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 61373 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:15 AM
Children’s March
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Composer : Edwin Franko Goldman
Catalog : 432019 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:19 AM
Sleigh Ride
Artist :
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 133 CD
Conductor : John Rutter
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Collegium
7:27 AM
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik in G
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 400034 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
7:44 AM
Panis Angelicus
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Composer : Cesar Franck
Catalog : 9349 CD
Conductor : Matthias Bamert
Orchestra : BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
7:47 AM
Islamey - Oriental Fantasy Op 18
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Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 172 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
7:54 AM
Messiah: And He Shall Purify the Sons
Artist : Vienna Choir Boys
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 5160 CD
Conductor : Peter Marschik
Orchestra : Academy of London
Label : Capriccio
7:58 AM
Joy to the World
Artist : Philadelphia Chorus
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 6430 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:06 AM
Prague Waltzes
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 414370 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:16 AM
Sweet Children- Pastorale
Artist : Kuhn Children’s Chorus
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Composer : Jakub Jan Ryba
Catalog : 110330 CD
Conductor : Jir¡ Chvala
Orchestra : Dvorak Chamber Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
8:22 AM
Suite for Harp and Orchestra From
Artist : Ann Mason Stockton, harp
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Composer : Harl McDonald
Catalog : 171 CD
Conductor : Felix Slatkin
Orchestra : Capitol Symphony Orchestra
Label : Crystal
8:45 AM
Medley of Christmas Carols
Artist : Malle Babbe Choir
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 60660 CD
Conductor : Leny van Schaik
Label : CBS/Sony
8:53 AM
Moravian Dances
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Composer : Leos Janacek
Catalog : 572695 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : Warsaw Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
9:06 AM
ALI-BABA Overture
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Composer : Luigi Cherubini
Catalog : 791631 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
9:14 AM
Weihnachtsbaum Christmas Tree
Artist : Jerome Lowenthal, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 9307 CD
Label : Bridge
9:39 AM
Roumanian Folk Dances
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Composer : Bela Bartok
Catalog : 2576 CD
Conductor : Jean-Marie Zeitouni
Orchestra : Les Violons du Roy, Quebec
Label : ATMA
9:50 AM
A Suite of Carols for Woodwinds
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 3552 CD
Conductor : Leroy Anderson
Orchestra : ...and His Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
10:00 AM
Gloria, RV 589
Artist : St. John’s College Choir
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 410018
Conductor : George Guest
Orchestra : Wren Orchestra
Label : Argo
10:35 AM
Clarinet Quintet in B-Flat Op 34
Artist : Janet Hilton, clarinet
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 8366 CD
Orchestra : Lindsay String Quartet
Label : Chandos
10:59 AM
THE SNOW MAIDEN suite
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 572787 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
11:13 AM
Symphony No. 36 in C Linz
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 47442 CD
Conductor : Jeffrey Tate
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
11:48 AM
In dulci jubilo
Artist : Apollo’s Singers
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Composer : Michael Praetorius
Catalog : 7673 CD
Conductor : Jeannette Sorrell
Orchestra : Apollo's Fire Baroque Orchest
Label : KOCH Intl.
12:06 PM
Medley of Christmas Carols
Artist : Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 196 CD
Conductor : Jerold Ottley
Orchestra : Canadian Brass
Label : BWEClassic
12:13 PM
Nutcracker Ballet, The Op 71
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
1:35 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 8 in g Op 6 Christmas
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 90180 CD
Conductor : Bernard Labadie
Orchestra : Les Violons du Roy, Quebec
Label : Dorian
2:00 PM
Still,Still, Still(German)
Artist : Bryn Terfel, baritone
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Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 4772 CD
Conductor : Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
2:06 PM
Prelude on an Old Carol Tune
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 244 CD
Conductor : Douglas Bostock
Orchestra : Munich Symphony Orchestra
Label : Classico
2:14 PM
A Ceremony of Carols Op 28
Artist : The Philadelphia Singers
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Composer : Benjamin Britten
Catalog : 7787 CD
Conductor : Michael Korn
Label : RCA/BMG
2:37 PM
Musical Sleighride: Musikalische
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Composer : Leopold Mozart
Catalog : 427122 CD
Orchestra : Ensemble Eduard Melkus
Label : D. Gramphn
3:00 PM
Four Christmas Motets
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Composer : Francis Poulenc
Catalog : 85776 CD
Conductor : Alldis, John
Orchestra : Groupe Vocal de France
Label : Angel/EMI
3:11 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 8 in f Op 1
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Composer : Pietro Antonio Locatelli
Catalog : 449924 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
3:33 PM
Amahl and the Night Visitors:Dance Suite
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Composer : Gian Carlo Menotti
Catalog : 6 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : BuffaloPO
3:41 PM
O magnum mysterium
Artist : Shaw Chamber Singers
Album :
Composer : Morten Lauridsen
Catalog : 80461 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Label : Telarc
3:49 PM
Ave Maria (medieval Italian)
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Composer : Anonymous
Catalog : 80142 CD
Orchestra : Altramar Medieval Ensemble
Label : Dorian
4:06 PM
Christmas Eve suite
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 3055 CD
Conductor : Loris Tjeknavorian
Orchestra : Armenian Philharmonic Orchestr
Label : Sanctuary
4:27 PM
Sleigh Ride
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 264 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Rochester Pops
Label : Pro Arte
4:32 PM
The Many Moods of Christmas- Suite No. 3
Artist : Robert Shaw Chorale
Album :
Composer : Robert Russell Bennett
Catalog : 68805 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Orchestra : RCA Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:46 PM
Gruss an die heilige Nacht Op 62
Artist : Berlin Philharmonic Choir
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 313013 CD
Conductor : Uwe Gronostay
Orchestra : Berlin Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : KOCHSchwan
5:06 PM
A Christmas Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Nigel Hess
Catalog : 133 CD
Conductor : John Rutter
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Collegium
5:15 PM
It came upon a midnight Clear
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Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 66087 CD
Conductor : Carmen Dragon
Orchestra : Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orches
Label : Angel/EMI
5:20 PM
Santa Claus, A Christmas Symphony
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Composer : William Henry Fry
Catalog : 559057 CD
Conductor : Tony Rowe
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:49 PM
This Christmastide (Jessye’s Carol)
Artist : New York Choral Society; Jessye Norman, alto
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Composer : Donald Fraser
Catalog : 420180 CD
Conductor : Robert DeCormier
Label : Philips
5:50 PM
A Christmas Festival
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Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 61685 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG

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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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