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

©2012 by Fred Flaxman

Program 200
"Around the World in 60 Minutes"

MUSIC: Grainger: opening of Country Gardens performed by the Slovak Symphony Orchestra conducted by Keith Brion [Naxos 8.557128, Track 2] [under the following]

Hello and welcome to Compact Discoveries program number 200! I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman. Stay with me and together we’ll go “Around the World in 60 Minutes” to celebrate!

If I don’t talk too much, we’ll fit in 16 countries in that time period, each one represented by one short piece of music. The music will include classical, popular, folk, and jazz. The countries will include Canada, the United States, Jamaica, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Japan, Greece, the Czech Republic, Russia, Sweden, Norway, England, France, and Spain. We’ll do this American style, never spending more than about four minutes in any country. But our trip should be fun! And if you sit back and relax, it shouldn’t be too exhausting.

MUSIC: down and out

So fasten your seat belts, because here we go to French-speaking Canada where French-Canadian composer François Dompierre’s Les Beautés du Diable will be performed by the French-Canadian group, Angèle Dubeau and La Pietà!

MUSIC: Dompierre: Les Beautés du Diable performed by Angèle Dubeau and La Pietà [Analekta AN 2 8723, Track 6] [3:11]

French-Canadian composer François Dompierre’s Les Beautés du Diable was performed by the French-Canadian group, Angèle Dubeau and La Pietà on an Analekta compact disc.

Next we fly south to the USA where we’ll hear my favorite song by the American composer George Gershwin, The Man I Love, sung by one of my favorite American singers, Ella Fitzgerald.

MUSIC: Gershwin: The Man I Love sung by Ella Fitzgerald [Heritage 514266A, Track 13] [3:52]

George Gershwin’s The Man I Love, sung by Ella Fitzgerald from a Heritage compact disc.

We are hopping “Around the World in 60 Minutes” on this hour of Compact Discoveries. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman.

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

Next we continue southeast to Jamaica for Arthur Benjamin’s famous Jamaican Rhumba.

MUSIC: Benjamin: Jamaican Rumba performed by the RTE Concert Orchestra conducted by Ernest Tomlinson [Marco Polo 8.223522, Track 7] [2:21]

Arthur Benjamin’s Jamaican Rhumba. The RTE Concert Orchestra was conducted by Ernest Tomlinson.

Next let’s go to Mexico!

MUSIC: Velasquez: Besame mucho performed by the Trio Azteca [ARC Music EUCD 2302, Track 12] [3:45]

Besame mucho / Kiss Me a Lot performed by the Trio Azteca from an ARC Music CD.

We are going “Around the World in 60 Minutes” on this 200th Compact Discoveries program. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman.

Let’s continue south to Brazil!

MUSIC: Bonfa: Manha da Carnaval performed by Paula Robison, et al [Omega OCD 3016, Track 16] [2:45]

The theme from the Brazilian-based movie classic, Black Orpheus, performed by Paula Robison and her group on an Omega CD.

We are going “Around the World in 60 Minutes” on this hour of Compact Discoveries. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman, hoping that you are enjoying the trip.

Let’s continue even further south now... to Argentina.

MUSIC: Trejo/Piazzolla: Los pájaros perdidos, performed by Christina Pluhar and L’Arpeggiata [Virgin Classics 5099907095023, Track 5] [3:46]

Los pájaros perdidos / The Lost Birds by Trejo and Piazzolla, performed by Christina Pluhar and L’Arpeggiata on a Virgin Classics compact disc.

This is Compact Discoveries -- on the air, on line, and on the Sky.FM Compact Discoveries Radio channel seven days a week, 24 hours a day. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman, and we are taking a musical journey “Around the World in 60 Minutes.”

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

Our next stop is across the Pacific Ocean from South America to Australia and this well-known music by the Australian composer Percy Grainger.

MUSIC: Grainger: Country Gardens performed by the Slovak Symphony Orchestra conducted by Keith Brion [Naxos 8.557128, Track 2] [2:04]

Percy Grainger’s Country Gardens. The Slovak Radio Symphony was conducted by Keith Brion.

The next leg of our “Around the World in 60 Minutes” journey is from Australia to Japan, where flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal and his group of Japanese instrument players bring us this beautiful melody.

MUSIC: Rampal: Hamachidori performed by flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal with a group of Japanese instrument players [CBS Records Masterworks MK 37295, Track 1] [2:56]

Jean-Pierre Rampal and his Japanese koto players brought you Hamachidori by Hirota and Kashiyama.

Next stop on our around-the-world journey is a long flight to Greece, where we’ll begin the remainder of this hour hopping from one European country to another.
MUSIC: Hadjidakis: “A Ship Will Come” from Never on Sunday [Tuxedo TUXCD 5061, Track 1] [2:57]

“A Ship Will Come” from the Greek-based motion picture Never on Sunday. The music by Manos Hadjidakis was performed by the Hellas Orchestra on a Tuxedo Music compact disc.

We are going “Around the World in 60 Minutes” on Compact Discoveries. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman.

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

Next we go from Greece to the Czech Republic where we’ll spend about a minute-and-a-half listening to a melodious musical poem by Zdenek Fibich.

MUSIC: Fibich: Poem, Op. 41/IV/14, performed by pianist Antonin Kubalek [Dorian DOR-90121, Track 14] [1:22]

Poem by the Czech composer, Zdenek Fibich, performed by pianist Antonin Kubalek.

From the Czech Republic we hop to Russia for a quick musical visit.

MUSIC: Traditional: Kalinka, performed by Soviet Army Chorus with the Osipov Russian Folk Orchestra [Melodiya BMG Classics 74321-32043-2, Track 1] [3:45]

Kalinka, performed by the Soviet Army Chorus with the Osipov Russian Folk Orchestra.

Next we go west to Sweden for a lovely Swedish folk song sung by Öjebokören in Swedish.

The words in English go something like this:

Ah Vaermeland, thou fairest, most glorious land, thou crown among Sweden’s provinces!
Were I to travel to the heart of the Promised Land
I’d still return to Vaermeland.
Yes, there I want to live, yes, there I want to die.
And if one day from Vaermeland I choose a bride
I know I shall never regret it.

In Vaermeland -- yes, there I wish to build and die,
with simplest pleasures be content.
The valleys and woods grant quieting rest,
and the air is fresh on its hills.
The waterfalls sing their sweet song;
lulled by them I’ll sleep quietly one day
and rest in Vaermeland’s soil.

MUSIC: Traditional: Ack Värmeland, Du Sköna, performed by Öjebokören [private recording, Track 3] [2:50]

Ack Värmeland, Du Sköna / Ah Vaermeland, Thou Fairest, sung by Öjebokören.

A hop/skip to the west and we’re in Norway for a very short song by that country’s most famous composer, Edvard Grieg.

MUSIC: Grieg: Jeg Elsker Dig, sung by Anne Sofie Von Otter accompanied on the piano by Bengt Forsberg [Deutsche Grammophon D174269, Track 24] [1:39]

Edvard Grieg’s Jeg Elsker Dig / I Love You, sung by Anne Sofie Von Otter accompanied on the piano by Bengt Forsberg. This was from a 1993 Deutsche Grammophon CD of Grieg songs.

From Norway let’s fly musically to England, where we’ll take a four-minute rest by a sleepy lagoon.

MUSIC: Coates: By the Sleepy Lagoon, performed by the East of England Orchestra conducted by Malcolm Nabarro [ASV CD WHL 2053, Track 5] [1:39]

Eric Coates’ By the Sleepy Lagoon, performed by the East of England Orchestra conducted by Malcolm Nabarro. That was the theme for a BBC radio series called “Desert Island Discs.”

We have two more stops to make on our “Around the World in 60 Minutes” voyage: France and Spain. My favorite French singer’s life was tragically cut short by cancer at the age of 49: Jacques Brel. Brel was born in Belgium, so I suppose we get two countries for the price of one with this next selection: Quand on n’a que l’amour / When one only has love.

MUSIC: Brel: Quand on n’a que l’amour / When one only has love, sung by Jacques Brel [Barclay 813 009-2, Track 6] [3:10]

Quand on n’a que l’amour / When one only has love -- lyrics and music by Jacques Brel, sung by Jacques Brel.

A classical selection from Spain concludes our around-the-world musical voyage: Granada by Isaac Albéniz.

MUSIC: Albéniz: “Granada” from Suite Española No. 1, played on the piano by Jorge Federico Osorio [Cedille CDR 90000 075, Track 5] [4:43]

Granada” from Suite Española No. 1 by Isaac Albéniz played on the piano by Jorge Federico Osorio from a Cedille Records compact disc.

And that concludes this musical voyage “Around the World in 60 Minutes” on Compact Discoveries. 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.

This is Fred Flaxman thanking you for listening.

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 by listeners like you. Thank you. [0:26]

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