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 31, 2012

6:06 AM
Symphony No. 31 in D, K. 297 Paris
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 416490 CD
Conductor : Frans Bruggen
Orchestra : Orchestra of the 18th Century
Label : Philips
6:25 AM
London Suite: Knightsbridge March
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Composer : Eric Coates
Catalog : 553515 CD
Conductor : Adrian Leaper
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony
Label : Naxos
6:30 AM
Majorca (Mallorca) Op 202
Artist : Sharon Isbin, guitar
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Composer : Isaac Albeniz
Catalog : 61627 CD
Label : Vrgn Clscs
6:43 AM
Rhapsodie Espagnole
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt (arr. Ferruccio Busoni)
Catalog : 1210 CD
Conductor : Paul Freeman
Orchestra : Moscow State Philharmonic Orch
Label : MSR
7:06 AM
Oboe Concerto No. 7 in B-Flat Op 7, RV 464
Artist : Heinz Holliger, oboe
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 128 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Pentatone
7:15 AM
Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 30082 CD
Conductor : Jack T. Kline
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : Altissimo
7:19 AM
Waltzes
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Composer : Richard Rodgers (arr. Leroy Anderson)
Catalog : 416499 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : Philips
7:28 AM
English Folk Song Suite
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 104 CD
Conductor : Jerry Junkin
Orchestra : Univ of Texas Wind Ensemble
Label : Reference
7:43 AM
TANNHAUSER Overture
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 426271 CD
Conductor : Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Philips
8:06 AM
MacBeth Overture
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Composer : Sir Arthur Sullivan
Catalog : 66515 CD
Conductor : David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra : English Northern Philharmonia
Label : Hyperion
8:16 AM
Hungarian Fantasy Op 45
Artist : Robert McDuffie, violin
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Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 80402 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
8:26 AM
Dance Rhapsody No. 1
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 9355 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
8:43 AM
Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks Op 28
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 310 CD
Conductor : Marc Albrecht
Orchestra : Strasbourg Philharmonic Orch
Label : Pentatone
9:06 AM
Symphony No. 32 in D, P. 23
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Composer : J. Michael Haydn
Catalog : 999179 CD
Conductor : Johannes Goritzki
Orchestra : Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss
Label : CPO
9:16 AM
Concerto Symphonique No. 4 in d Op 102
Artist : Gerald Robbins, piano
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Composer : Henry Litolff
Catalog : 101 CD
Conductor : Edouard van Remoortel
Orchestra : Monte Carlo Natl Opera Orch
Label : Genesis
10:00 AM
Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 2005 CD
Conductor : Valery Gergiev
Orchestra : Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchest
Label : Nederland
10:22 AM
Piano Concerto No. 3 in E-Flat Op 29
Artist : Philippe Entremont, piano
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 45624 CD
Conductor : Michel Plasson
Orchestra : Orch du Capitole de Toulouse
Label : CBS/Sony
10:53 AM
Impressions d’Ardennes Op 44
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Composer : Joseph Jongen
Catalog : 1634 CD
Conductor : Roman Kofman
Orchestra : Orchestra National de Belgique
Label : Cypres
11:10 AM
Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Op 19
Artist : Nathan Milstein, violin
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Composer : Sergei Prokofiev
Catalog : 76862 CD
Conductor : Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
11:33 AM
Lincoln Portrait
Artist : H. Norman Schwartzkopf, narr.
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 60983 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
12:06 PM
Symphony in D Op 3, No. 2
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Composer : Johann (Jan Vaclav) Stamitz
Catalog : 553194 CD
Conductor : Richard Armstrong
Orchestra : New Zealand Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
12:18 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in f-Sharp Op 3
Artist : Jonathon Plowright, piano
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Composer : Zygmunt Stojowski
Catalog : 67314 CD
Conductor : Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra : BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestr
Label : Hyperion
12:55 PM
wissahickon poeTrees
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Composer : Jennifer Higdon
Catalog : 488 CD
Conductor : Jan Krzywicki
Orchestra : Network for New Music Ensemble
Label : Albany
1:19 PM
Symphonic Dances Op 45
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 433181 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
2:00 PM
Sleeping Beauty Suite Op 66
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 39500 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
3:00 PM
Music for his Majesty’s Sagbutts
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Composer : Matthew Locke
Catalog : 6013 CD
Orchestra : London Gabrieli brass ensemble
Label : ASV
3:11 PM
Symphony No. 1 in e Op 1
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 423604 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
3:40 PM
Symphony No. 5 Sinfonia Sacra Op 43
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Composer : Howard Hanson
Catalog : 559703 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:06 PM
Symphony in C
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Composer : Franz Danzi
Catalog : 777351 CD
Conductor : Howard Griffiths
Orchestra : Orch. della Svizzera Italiana
Label : CPO
4:29 PM
DIE FLEDERMAUS Overture
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 45564 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:37 PM
DIE FLEDERMAUS: Ballet Suite for Act ll
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 223247 CD
Conductor : Johannes Wildner
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
4:46 PM
DIE FLEDERMAUS: Trinke, Liebchen
Artist : Ruth-Margartet Putz, soprano
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 866 CD
Conductor : Siegfried Kohler
Orchestra : Munich Radio Orchestra
Label : Original
4:56 PM
Tik-Tak Polka from Die Fledermaus Op 365
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 4780228 CD
Conductor : Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
5:06 PM
School for Scandal Overture
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Composer : Samuel Barber
Catalog : 49463 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:16 PM
Cloudburst
Artist : Stephen Betteridge, piano
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Composer : Eric Whitacre
Catalog : 67543 CD
Conductor : Stephen Layton
Orchestra : Polyphony
Label : Hyperion
5:24 PM
Phantasia- Based on themes from PHANTOM
Artist : Sarah Chang, violin; Julian Llord Webber, cello
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Composer : Andrew Lloyd Webber (arr. Geoffrey Alexander)
Catalog : 58043 CD
Conductor : Simon Lee
Orchestra : The London Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI

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Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:32 pm

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Lorin Maazel conducing the Vienna Philharmonic in March 2010.
AFP/Getty Images

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