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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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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