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.

Playlists are at the bottom of this page.

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Playlist

December 25, 2012

6:06 AM
Gloria in D
Artist : Lynda Russell, soprano
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 410018 CD
Conductor : George Guest
Orchestra : The Wren Orchestra
Label : Argo
6:37 AM
In dulci jubilo
Artist : Apollo’s Singers
Album :
Composer : Michael Praetorius
Catalog : 7673 CD
Conductor : Jeannette Sorrell
Orchestra : Apollo's Fire Baroque Orchest
Label : KOCH Intl.
6:46 AM
Awake, and join the cheerful choir
Artist : Andrew Lawrence King, harp
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 907325 CD
Orchestra : Anonymous 4
Label : Harm Mundi
6:52 AM
The Holly and the Ivy
Artist :
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 907325 CD
Orchestra : Anonymous 4
Label : Harm Mundi
7:06 AM
In ecclesiis a 14
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Giovanni Gabrieli
Catalog : 60970 CD
Conductor : Richard Westenburg
Label : RCA/BMG
7:16 AM
BABES IN TOYLAND: March of the Toys
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Victor Herbert
Catalog : 557545 CD
Conductor : Jerker Johansson
Orchestra : Royal Swedish Air Force Band
Label : Naxos
7:20 AM
Cantata: Nun freut euch lieben Christen
Artist : Olivier Laquerre,bass-baritone
Album :
Composer : Christoph Graupner
Catalog : 9115 CD
Conductor : Genevieve Soly
Orchestra : L'Ensemble des Idees heureuses
Label : Analekta
7:41 AM
O magnum mysterium
Artist : Shaw Chamber Singers
Album :
Composer : Morten Lauridsen
Catalog : 80461 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Label : Telarc
7:49 AM
A Christmas Festival
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 416287 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : Philips
8:06 AM
Christ is Born
Artist : Estonian Phil. Chamber Choir
Album :
Composer : Georgiy Izvekov
Catalog : 907410 CD
Conductor : Paul Hillier
Label : Harm Mundi
8:25 AM
The Many Moods of Christmas- Suite No. 2
Artist : Robert Shaw Chorale
Album :
Composer : Robert Russell Bennett
Catalog : 68805 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Orchestra : RCA Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:38 AM
Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Artist : Cambridge Singers
Album :
Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 121 CD
Conductor : John Rutter
Orchestra : London Sinfonia
Label : Collegium
8:52 AM
Geistliches Wiegenlied Op 91
Artist : Jessye Norman, soprano
Album :
Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 432731 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : Lyon Opera Orchestra
Label : Philips
9:06 AM
Carol Symphony
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Victor Hely-Hutchinson
Catalog : 64131 CD
Conductor : Barry Rose
Orchestra : Pro Arte Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:32 AM
Russian Christmas Music
Artist : George Boyer, organ
Album :
Composer : Alfred Reed
Catalog : 22173 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
9:49 AM
A Calendar of Kings
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Peter Maxwell Davies
Catalog : 907325 CD
Orchestra : Anonymous 4
Label : Harm Mundi
10:00 AM
A Suite of Carols for Strings
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 3552 CD
Conductor : Leroy Anderson
Orchestra : ...and His Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
10:13 AM
Four Christmas Motets
Artist : The Philadelphia Singers
Album :
Composer : Francis Poulenc
Catalog : 7787 CD
Conductor : Michael Korn
Label : RCA/BMG
10:25 AM
Brother Heinrich’s Christmas
Artist : Cambridge Singers
Album :
Composer : John Rutter
Catalog : 115 CD
Conductor : John Rutter
Orchestra : London Sinfonia
Label : Collegium
10:47 AM
Polish Christmas Carols
Artist : Philharmonia Chorus
Album :
Composer : Witold Lutoslawski
Catalog : 11561 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : BBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
11:20 AM
Variants on a Moravian Hymn Morning
Artist : George Boyer, organ
Album :
Composer : James Barnes
Catalog : 22173 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
11:31 AM
Laud to the Nativity of the Lord
Artist : The Philadelphia Singers
Album :
Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 7787 CD
Conductor : Michael Korn
Orchestra : Chamber Orchestra of Phila.
Label : RCA/BMG
2:00 PM
A Christmas Greeting
Artist : Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Album :
Composer : Alfred Burt
Catalog : 416287 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : Philips
2:14 PM
Weihnachtsbaum Christmas Tree
Artist : Eteri Andjaparidze, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 553461 CD
Label : Naxos
3:00 PM
Christmas Oratorio Part 1
Artist : Monika Frimmer, soprano
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 941 CD
Conductor : Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra : Bach Collegium Japan
Label : Bis
3:26 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 8in g Op 6
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 90180 CD
Conductor : Bernard Labadie
Orchestra : Les Violons du Roy, Quebec
Label : Dorian
3:41 PM
Serenade of Carols
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Morton Gould
Catalog : 5 CD
Conductor : Carl Davis
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Threefold
4:06 PM
Siegfried Idyll
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 75 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : ClevelandO
4:27 PM
The Many Moods of Christmas- Suite No. 4
Artist : Robert Shaw Chorale
Album :
Composer : Robert Russell Bennett
Catalog : 68805 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Orchestra : RCA Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:41 PM
A Christmas Carol
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Carl Davis
Catalog : 5 CD
Conductor : Carl Davis
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Threefold
5:06 PM
Christmas Night Medley
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Angela Morley
Catalog : 48232 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:17 PM
Parade of the Wooden Soldiers
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Leon Jessel
Catalog : 62698 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:23 PM
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Artist :
Album :
Composer : John Marks
Catalog : 61685 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:27 PM
Sing with Us of Christmas
Artist : Indiana U. Hoosier Singers
Album :
Composer : TRADITIONAL
Catalog : 80538 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
5:37 PM
HOME ALONE: Three songs
Artist : and Chorus
Album :
Composer : John Williams
Catalog : 2006 CD
Conductor : Jeff Tyzik
Orchestra : Rochester Philharmonic
Label : RPO
5:49 PM
A Christmas Festival
Artist : Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Album :
Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 48232 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony

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1:11 pm
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Synopsis

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Library of Congress

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 1:26 pm

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University of Pennsylvania

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 2:08 pm

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