Compact Discoveries®
a series of one-hour radio programs produced, written, hosted, and edited
by Fred Flaxman

©2012 by Fred Flaxman

Program 198
"Robert Fuchs's Serenades, Part 2"

MUSIC: Fuchs: opening of the third movement of Serenade No. 3, Op. 21 performed by the Cologne Chamber Orchestra conducted by Christian Ludwig [Naxos 8.572607, Track 3] [under the following]

Hello and welcome to Compact Discoveries. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman, and I’m going to fill this hour of Compact Discoveries with more of my very latest compact discoveries: the tuneful serenades of the Romantic period Austrian composer and teacher -- Robert Fuchs.

In the first hour of this two-part exploration of Fuchs’s serenades, I played for you the Naxos recording of Serenades 1 and 2. In this hour you’ll hear Serenades 3 and 4 in their entirety, and the first movement of his Serenade No. 5. If you missed the first hour, you can always stream it on demand through our website, compactdiscoveries.com.

MUSIC:
down and out

Robert Fuchs’s memorial stone calls him “a richly endowed composer, selfless teacher, and a rare human being,” and this esteem is reflected in his astonishing roster of pupils: Mahler, Sibelius, Wolf, and Korngold among them. But his own compositions have been overlooked, which is very strange considering the immediate attractiveness of his pieces.

One of my favorites of these is the Serenade No. 3, Opus 21. Let’s begin with that one, as does this Naxos compact disc featuring the Cologne Chamber Orchestra conducted by Christian Ludwig.

MUSIC:
Fuchs: Serenade No. 3 in D, Op. 21 performed by the Cologne Chamber Orchestra conducted by Christian Ludwig [Naxos 8.5722607, Tracks 1- 4] [22:03]

Robert Fuchs’s Serenade No. 3, Opus 21, performed by the Cologne Chamber Orchestra under conductor Christian Ludwig.

You are listening to “Robert Fuchs’s Serenades, Part 2” on this hour of Compact Discoveries. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman.

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Robert Fuchs lived from 1847 until 1927. If he had never composed a single piece that has survived to this day, his influence on the world of classical music still would have been almost beyond belief. That’s because he taught George Enescu, Erich Korngold, Gustav Mahler, Franz Schmidt, Franz Schreker, Jean Sibelius, Hugo Wolf, and Alexander Zemlinsky how to compose.

But Fuchs was really a fine composer himself, which I would like to prove once again by playing for you the Naxos recording of his five-movement Serenade No. 4, Op. 51. Once again, the Cologne Chamber Orchestra is conducted by Christian Ludwig.

MUSIC:
Fuchs: Serenade No. 4, Op. 51 performed by the Cologne Chamber Orchestra conducted by Christian Ludwig [Naxos 8.5722607, Tracks 5 - 9] [25:25]

Robert Fuchs’s Serenade No. 4, Opus 51, performed by the Cologne Chamber Orchestra conducted by Christian Ludwig.

You are listening to “Robert Fuchs’s Serenades, Part 2” on this hour of Compact Discoveries. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman.

[optional one-minute break not included in the total timing]

Fuchs wrote five serenades in all, and number 5 is also included on this 69-minute Naxos compact disc. But our program can last no more than an hour, so we only have time for the first movement of this four-movement piece. To hear the rest, and to keep beautiful music like this coming out on compact discs, encourage their production and treat yourself to a copy of the CD.

MUSIC:
Fuchs: first movement from Serenade No. 5, Op. 53, performed by the Cologne Chamber Orchestra conducted by Christian Ludwig [Naxos 8.572607, Track 10]

The first movement of Robert Fuchs’s Serenade No. 5, Opus 53, performed by the Cologne Chamber Orchestra conducted by Christian Ludwig.

MUSIC:
Fuchs: opening of the third movement of Serenade No. 3, Op. 21 performed by the Cologne Chamber Orchestra conducted by Christian Ludwig [Naxos 8.572607, Track 3] [under the following]

And that concludes this hour of Compact Discoveries devoted to Part 2 of “Robert Fuchs’s Serenades.” If you missed any of this program or would like to hear it again, go to compactdiscoveries.com on the internet, where you’ll find links to stream Compact Discoveries programs on demand without charge. At the website you’ll also find scripts for every Compact Discoveries program with complete information on every selection. There are other features there as well, including my lists of recommended orchestral music, concert DVDs, and CDs and DVDs of classics for kids.

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ANNOUNCER
(Steve Jencks): Compact Discoveries is made possible in part by Story Book Publishers and their latest offering, a tongue-in-cheek memoir by Compact Discoveries host Fred Flaxman called “Sixty Slices of Life ... on Wry: The Private Life of a Public Broadcaster.” And by the financial support of Isabel and Marvin Leibowitz, and an anonymous donor from Palm Beach, Florida. And by contributions to local public radio stations by listeners like you. Thank you. [0:28]

Total Program Timing: 58:00