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 26, 2012

6:06 AM
Symphony No. 6 in D La Matin
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 9612 CD
Conductor : Jesus Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra : Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Label : Denon
6:25 AM
Diplomaten-Polka Op 448
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 438493 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Philips
6:31 AM
Waltz Fantasy in b
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Composer : Mikhail Glinka
Catalog : 2391 CD
Conductor : Anatole Fistoulari
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Guild
6:41 AM
Concerto 3 Hpschds/strings in C, BWV 1064
Artist : Soloists
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 554605 CD
Conductor : Helmut Muller-Bruhl
Orchestra : Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:06 AM
Sinfonia in G, RV 149
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 3171 CD
Conductor : Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
Label : Analekta
7:14 AM
Sabre and Spurs
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 3102 CD
Conductor : Keith Brion
Orchestra : New Sousa Band
Label : Delos
7:19 AM
EUGENE ONEGIN: Waltz
Artist : Eleonor Bindman, piano
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (arr. Eleonor Bindman)
Catalog : 1131 CD
Label : MSR
7:26 AM
PRINCE IGOR: Polovtsian Dances
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 89 CD
Conductor : Alexander Vedernikov
Orchestra : The Bolshoi Theater Orchestra and Chorus
Label : Pentatone
7:41 AM
King Lear Overture Op 4
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 550999 CD
Conductor : Yoav Talmi
Orchestra : San Diego Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:06 AM
Crown Imperial
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Composer : Sir William Walton
Catalog : 9011101 CD
Conductor : Jay Friedman
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orch Brass
Label : CSOR
8:14 AM
MACBETH: Act III: Ballet Music
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 52489 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:26 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 2 in B-Flat Op 3
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 2065 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Handel & Haydn Society
Label : Avie
8:39 AM
Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat
Artist : Maurice Andre, trumpet
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 62947 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:06 AM
Coriolan Overture in c Op 62
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 416274 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Philips
9:16 AM
Sinfonia Concertante (oboe,horn,bassoon) in E-Flat K. 297b
Artist : John de Lancie, oboe; Anthony Gigliotti, clarinet; Mason Jones, horn; Bernard Garfield, bassoon
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 47215 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
9:50 AM
Feierlicher Einzug der Ritter des Johanniter-Ordens
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 66870 CD
Conductor : David Honeyball
Orchestra : London Brass Virtuosi
Label : Hyperion
10:00 AM
Sakuntala Overture Op 13
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Composer : Carl Goldmark
Catalog : 12552 CD
Conductor : Andras Korodi
Orchestra : Budapest Philharmonic Orch.
Label : Hungaroton
10:18 AM
Cello Concerto in C
Artist : Reiner Hochmuth, cello
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Composer : Georg Christoph Wagenseil
Catalog : 2007 CD
Conductor : Jack Martin Handler
Orchestra : Dall'Arco Chamber Orchestra
Label : Thorophon
10:44 AM
Concerto a Cinque
Artist : John Wilbraham, trumpet
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Composer : Johan Georg Albrechtsberger
Catalog : 5042 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : D. Gramphn
10:59 AM
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 5 in e
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 4780237 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : London/Dec
11:11 AM
Symphony No. 3 in a Op 56 Scottish
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 5048 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Profil
11:56 AM
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK: Imperial March
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Composer : John Williams
Catalog : 80664 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
12:07 PM
LA BELLE HELENE Overture
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Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 434332 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
12:17 PM
Symphony No. 4 in e Op 98: excerpt
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 4775324 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
12:28 PM
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C, BWV 564
Artist : Virgil Fox, organ
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 107 CD
Label : Reference
12:46 PM
HANSEL UND GRETEL: Children’s Prayer
Artist : Susanne Mentzer, mezzo-soprano; Heidi-Grant Murphy, soprano
Album :
Composer : Engelbert Humperdinck
Catalog : 50 CD
Conductor : Andreas Delfs
Orchestra : Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Label : Avie
12:49 PM
HANSEL UND GRETEL: Dream Pantomime
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Composer : Engelbert Humperdinck
Catalog : 50 CD
Conductor : Andreas Delfs
Orchestra : Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Label : Avie
12:56 PM
The Seasons Ballet Op 67: Winter
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 61434 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Royal Scottish National Orch
Label : Warner Bro
1:08 PM
Gloria for soprano, chorus, & orchestra: excerpt
Artist : Chorus of Radio France
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Composer : Francis Poulenc
Catalog : 55689 CD
Conductor : Georges Pretre
Orchestra : National Orchestra of France
Label : Angel/EMI
1:16 PM
Symphony No. 3 Op 36: excerpt
Artist : Dawn Upshaw, soprano
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Composer : Henryk Gorecki
Catalog : 79282 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : London Sinfonietta
Label : Nonesuch
1:36 PM
ZAIDE: Ruhe sanft, mein holdes leben
Artist : Renee Fleming, soprano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 452602 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Orchestra of St. Luke's
Label : London/Dec
2:01 PM
BARBER OF SEVILLE Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 47118 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
2:09 PM
Canon and Gigue
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Composer : Johann Pachelbel
Catalog : 98610 CD
Conductor : Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra : Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
Label : Hanssler
2:16 PM
Love Song Op 7
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Composer : Josef Suk
Catalog : 101429 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Smetacek
Orchestra : Prague Symphony Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
2:25 PM
Warsaw Concerto
Artist : William Tritt, piano
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Composer : Richard Addinsell
Catalog : 80175 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
2:35 PM
This Christmastide (Jessye’s Carol)
Artist : New York Choral Society
Album :
Composer : Donald Fraser
Catalog : 420180 CD
Conductor : Robert DeCormier
Label : Philips
2:43 PM
12 Gifts of Christmas
Artist : Tonio DiPaolo, tenor
Album :
Composer : Jeff Tyzik
Catalog : 2006 CD
Conductor : Jeff Tyzik
Orchestra : Rochester Philharmonic
Label : RPO
2:51 PM
Symphony No. 9 in e Op 95: excerpt
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 46331 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
3:00 PM
Christmas Oratorio Part 2
Artist : Monika Frimmer, soprano; Yoshikazu Mera, counter-tenor; Gerd Turk, tenor; Peter Kooij, bass
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 941 CD
Conductor : Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra : Bach Collegium Japan
Label : Bis
3:30 PM
A Winter’s Tale Op 18
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Composer : Lars-Erik Larsson
Catalog : 5157 CD
Conductor : Mario Bernardi
Orchestra : CBC Orchestra
Label : CBC(RCI)
3:42 PM
Wallenstein’s Camp, Symphonic poem Op 14
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 1915 CD
Conductor : Karel Sejna
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
4:06 PM
LA JOLIE FILLE DE PERTH Suite
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 64869 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : Angel/EMI
4:20 PM
Variations on the name ABEGG Op 1
Artist : Florian Uhlig, piano
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 93264 CD
Conductor : Christoph Poppen
Orchestra : German Radio Philharmonic
Label : Hanssler
4:32 PM
NORMA: Overture (Sinfonia)
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Composer : Vincenzo Bellini
Catalog : 4609 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:39 PM
NORMA: Mira, o Norma
Artist : Maria Callas, soprano
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Composer : Vincenzo Bellini
Catalog : 70879 CD
Conductor : Tullio Serafin
Orchestra : Orchestra of La Scala
Label : Angel/EMI
4:49 PM
Le Chasseur Maudit
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Composer : Cesar Franck
Catalog : 47849 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:06 PM
Four Seasons: No.4 Winter (L’Inverno) in f Op 8
Artist : Fabio Biondi, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 45465 CD
Conductor : Fabio Biondi
Orchestra : Europa Galante
Label : Vrgn Clscs
5:15 PM
Memories of My Childhood
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Composer : Charles Martin Loeffler
Catalog : 2256 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : Guild
5:30 PM
Sadko (Musical Picture) Op 5
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 5082 CD
Conductor : Milton Katims
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
5:43 PM
Concertino for Piano & Orchestra Op 15
Artist : Lajos Hernadi, piano
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Composer : Leo Weiner
Catalog : 31992 CD
Conductor : Tibor Polgar
Orchestra : Hungarian State Orchestra
Label : Hungaroton

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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.

James Conlon leads the LA Opera Orchestra and Chorus for one of Benjamin Britten's masterpieces. Based on Herman Melville’s classic American tale, adapted into a libretto by English novelist E.M. Forster and writer Eric Crozier, Billy Budd tells the story of the persecution and destruction of a pure-hearted sailor by a predatory master-at-arms. It's a tragedy of "sexual discharge gone evil," as Forster described it, and a work that has captivated audiences around the world since its 1951 world premiere.

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5:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

The Great War At 100: Music Of Conflict And Remembrance

Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein (who later became an American citizen) lost an arm in World War I. He commissioned composers including Maurice Ravel to write pieces for the left hand alone.
Bettmann/CORBIS

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 2:37 pm

One hundred years ago today, the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia. The conflict drew in country after country and grew to an unprecedented scale. An estimated 9 million combatants lost their lives and more than 21 million were wounded in what came to be known as The Great War and, eventually, World War I.

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8:35 am
Sat July 26, 2014

War Of Words At Met Opera May Signal Shutdown

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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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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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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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4:25 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

LA Opera on WRTI: Bizet's CARMEN, July 19, 1 PM

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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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WRTI Spotlight
11:49 am
Wed July 16, 2014

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Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

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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

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Jessica Kourkounis

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Crossover
11:23 am
Tue July 15, 2014

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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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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