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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December 28, 2012

6:06 AM
Bassoon Concerto in B-Flat, K. 191
Artist : Mark Gigliotti, bassoon
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 20126 CD
Conductor : Felix Chiu-Sen Chen
Orchestra : Taipei Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bravo
6:26 AM
Romance from Faust
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 223247 CD
Conductor : Johannes Wildner
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
6:30 AM
Sinfonia in g
Artist :
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 45557 CD
Conductor : Claudio Scimone
Orchestra : I Solisti Veneti
Label : Erato
6:41 AM
Symphony in F Op 12
Artist :
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Composer : Francois Joseph Gossec
Catalog : 9661 CD
Conductor : Matthias Bamert
Orchestra : London Mozart Players
Label : Chandos
7:06 AM
Orb & Sceptre
Artist :
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Composer : Sir William Walton
Catalog : 420946 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : Philips
7:15 AM
By Land and by Sea
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Composer : Kenneth J. Alford
Catalog : 4 CD
Conductor : Colonel John R. Bourgeois
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:19 AM
Humoresque for Orchestra
Artist :
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Composer : Arthur DeGreef
Catalog : 4013 CD
Conductor : Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra : Flemish Radio Orchestra
Label : EtCetera
7:28 AM
Flute Concerto in G
Artist : Severino Gazzelloni, flute
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Tartini
Catalog : 154 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Pentatone
7:43 AM
LES FEES DU RHIN: Suite
Artist :
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Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 4776403 CD
Conductor : Marc Minkowski
Orchestra : Musicians of the Louvre
Label : D. Gramphn
8:06 AM
THE MERRY WIDOW Overture
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Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 999891 CD
Conductor : Michail Jurowski
Orchestra : Berlin Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : CPO
8:17 AM
THE TROJANS: Act II Pantomime
Artist : Richard Vieille, clarinet
Album :
Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 45646 CD
Conductor : John Nelson
Orchestra : Paris Orchestral Ensemble
Label : Vrgn Clscs
8:27 AM
Hebrides Overture in D Op 26
Artist :
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 4781525 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : London/Dec
8:43 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 10 in d Op 6
Artist : Paul Nicholson, harpsichord
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 7921 CD
Orchestra : Guildhall String Ensemble
Label : RCA/BMG
9:06 AM
Sinfonia No. 6 in E, Wq. 182
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 73326 CD
Conductor : Thomas Fueri
Orchestra : Bern Camerata
Label : Denon
9:16 AM
Clarinet Quintet in b Op 115
Artist : Ricardo Morales, clarinet
Album :
Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 605 CD
Orchestra : Wister Quartet
Label : D-T-R
10:00 AM
KONIGSKINDER Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Engelbert Humperdinck
Catalog : 61128 CD
Conductor : Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : Vrgn Clscs
10:09 AM
KONIGSKINDER: Hellafest und kinderreigen
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Composer : Engelbert Humperdinck
Catalog : 61128 CD
Conductor : Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : Vrgn Clscs
10:15 AM
KONIGSKINDER: Verdorben-gestorben
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Composer : Engelbert Humperdinck
Catalog : 61128 CD
Conductor : Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : Vrgn Clscs
10:26 AM
Violin Concerto a Lunardo Venier in a
Artist : Enrico Gatti, violin
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Tartini
Catalog : 2908606 CD
Conductor : Chiara Banchini
Orchestra : Ensemble 415
Label : Harm Mundi
10:44 AM
Piano Concerto No. 10 (for two pianos) in E-Flat
Artist : Christoph Eschenbach, piano; Justus Frantz, piano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 47473 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
11:11 AM
Symphony No. 2
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Composer : Joao Bomtempo
Catalog : 557163 CD
Conductor : Alvaro Cassuto
Orchestra : Algarve Orchestra
Label : Naxos
12:06 PM
Orpheus and Euridice: Orchestral excerpt
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Composer : Evstigney Ipatovich Fomin
Catalog : 10370 CD
Orchestra : Moscow Phil. Chamber Ensemble
Label : MCA
12:21 PM
Violin Concerto in D Op 61
Artist : Nigel Kennedy, violin
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 95373 CD
Conductor : Nigel Kennedy
Orchestra : Polish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
1:11 PM
La Princess Lointaine Op 4
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Composer : Nikolai Tcherepnin
Catalog : 447084 CD
Conductor : Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
1:22 PM
Symphony No. 1 in E-Flat Op 28
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 420932 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Philips
2:00 PM
Little Suite in a Op 1
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Composer : Carl Nielsen
Catalog : 4524862 CD
Conductor : Ulf Schirmer
Orchestra : Danish Radio Symph Orch
Label : London/Dec
2:17 PM
Symphony No. 3 in D Op 10
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Composer : Kurt Atterberg
Catalog : 999640 CD
Conductor : Ari Rasilainen
Orchestra : Radio Philharm. Hannover NDR
Label : CPO
3:00 PM
THAIS: Meditation
Artist : Nigel Kennedy,violin
Album :
Composer : Jules Massenet
Catalog : 56890 CD
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:08 PM
Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Op 6
Artist : Nigel Kennedy,violin
Album :
Composer : Emil Mlynarski
Catalog : 79934 CD
Conductor : Jacek Kaspszyk
Orchestra : Polish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:43 PM
Grosse Fuge in B-Flat Op 133
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 37873 CD
Orchestra : Julliard String Quartet
Label : CBS/Sony
4:06 PM
Fantasie Polonaise Op 19
Artist : Felicia Blumenthal, piano
Album :
Composer : Ignace Jan Paderewski
Catalog : 28 CD
Conductor : Robert Wagner
Orchestra : Innsbruck Symphony Orchestra
Label : Brana
4:30 PM
THE MERRY WIDOW: Ballsirenen Walzer
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 80547 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
4:39 PM
THE MERRY WIDOW: Vilja-Lied
Artist : Ana Maria Martinez, soprano
Album :
Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 557827 CD
Conductor : Steven Mercurio
Orchestra : Prague Philharmonia
Label : Naxos
4:47 PM
Konzertstuck for piano & orch in f Op 79
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
Album :
Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 1196 CD
Conductor : Bystrik Rezucha
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MSR
5:06 PM
Gwendoline Overture
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Composer : Emmanuel Chabrier
Catalog : 447751 CD
Conductor : John Elliot Gardiner
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
5:16 PM
A Moorside Suite
Artist :
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 40471 CD
Conductor : Imogen Holst
Orchestra : BMC Oxford Band
Label : Angel/EMI
5:32 PM
On the Town: Three Dance Episodes
Artist :
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Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Catalog : 416360 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : Philips
5:44 PM
Slaven Potpourri Op 39
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 223234 CD
Conductor : Michael Dittrich
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo

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AFP/Getty Images

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