Compact Discoveries
a series of one-hour radio programs produced, written, hosted, and edited by Fred Flaxman
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Program 28
"Love Music, Part 2"

MUSIC: Gershwin: Prelude No. 1 with Richard Glazier, pianist [Centaur CRC 2271, track 9] under the following: [1:28]

FLAXMAN: Welcome to Compact Discoveries. I'm your guide, Fred Flaxman.

This is Part Two of a two-part exploration of music inspired by that most human of emotions: love. We'll hear some love songs by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers, the Beatles, and the Comedy Harmonists. We'll also listen to love themes from filmscores, and a little bit of jazzy and klezmer love as well.

Let's begin with my favorite American composer, George Gershwin. I have always considered his death at the age of 38 to have been the greatest tragedy that has ever happened to American music. We'll never know what great music he might have written had he lived a normal life span. For example, he wrote 3 preludes for piano which I think are just wonderful. He had intended to write 24, just like Chopin. I sure wish he had lived to do this. I would have loved to have heard those other 21 pieces! Here's the first one.

MUSIC: up until end of piece at 1:28

FLAXMAN: George Gershwin's first prelude for piano, as performed by Richard Glazier. Glazier has recorded two CDs for Centaur, called Remembrance and Discovery, Volumes 1 and 2. The Three Preludes for Piano are on Volume 1.

Now, in keeping with our "Love Music" theme, here is Love Is Sweeping the Country as introduced by the composer, George Gershwin, on his "Music by Gershwin" radio program, April 30, 1934.

MUSIC: Gershwin: Love is Sweeping the Country [from the April 30, 1934, radio program, "Music by Gershwin"] [MusicMasters, track 10] [1:00]

FLAXMAN: Love is Sweeping the Country by George Gershwin, as introduced by Gershwin in the April 30, 1934, radio program, "Music by Gershwin." This was from a MusicMasters compact disc called "Gershwin Performs Gershwin: Rare Recordings 1931-1935."

Three more Gershwin love songs now, as sung by Kiri Te Kanawa.

MUSIC: Gershwin: Somebody Loves Me from Kiri Sings Gershwin, with the New Princess Theater Orchestra conducted by John McGlinn [EMI 7777-47454-2, track 1] [2:59]

MUSIC: Gershwin: Love Walked In from Kiri Sings Gershwin, with the New Princess Theater Orchestra conducted by John McGlinn [EMI 7777-47454-2, track 4] [3:07]

MUSIC: Gershwin: Our Love is Here to Stay from Kiri Sings Gershwin, with the New Princess Theater Orchestra conducted by John McGlinn [EMI 7777-47454-2, track 5] [2:44]

FLAXMAN: Three love songs by George Gershwin, using the original orchestrations, as sung by Kiri Te Kanawa with the New Princess Theater Orchestra conducted by John McGlinn. First we heard Somebody Loves Me, then Love Walked In, and finally Our Love is Here to Stay.

Next we turn to love, Hollywood style and the theme from the film Love Story by Francis Lai. Michael Chertock is the pianist.

MUSIC: Lai: Theme from Love Story as played by Michael Chertock on the piano [Telarc CD-80357, track 14] [3:23]

FLAXMAN: Michael Chertock playing the theme from the film Love Story by Francis Lai on a Telarc CD called "Cinematic Piano: Solo Piano Music from the Movies."

You are listening to "Love Music" on Compact Discoveries. I'm your guide, Fred Flaxman. And this section of the program is devoted to love music from the movies. One of the most famous such pieces is the theme from Love is a Many Splendored Thing by Sammy Fain.

MUSIC: Fain: Love is a Many Splendored Thing, with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conducted by John Mauceri [Philips 446 681-2, track 1] [2:19]

FLAXMAN: Sammy Fain's Love is a Many Splendored Thing, with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conducted by John Mauceri.

From love music for the movies we turn to love jazz-style and Irving Berlin's I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm.

MUSIC: Berlin: I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm played by Grappelli and Menuhin, violins [Angel 7 2435-66830-2, track 4] [3:31]

FLAXMAN: Violinists Stéphane Grappelli and Yehudi Menuhin played Irving Berlin's I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm.

We continue with "Love Music, Part 2" on Compact Discoveries now with love big-band style. Here's Michael Rose on trumpet as he conducts his orchestra in You Made Me Love You.

MUSIC: McCarthy & Monoco: You Made Me Love You performed by Michael Rose and the WXEL Orchestra [Michael Rose Live at WXEL, track 4]

FLAXMAN: That was Michael Rose on trumpet leading the WXEL Orchestra in McCarthy and Monoco's You Made Me Love You.

Next on our Compact Discoveries tribute to love, we go back to September 12, 1933, in Berlin when this recording was made by the sensational German male singers called "The Comedy Harmonists."

As the group consisted of both Jews and gentiles, they had quite an interesting time of it during the Nazi years. A very good German film called "The Harmonists" tells their whole story, complete with recreations of their musical arrangements. We'll listen to the original group now as they pretend to be musical instruments in their rendition of Duke Ellington's Creole Love Call.

MUSIC: Ellington/Miley/Jackson: Creole Love Call with the Comedy Harmonists [Naxos Nostalgia 8.120613, track 6]

FLAXMAN: The Comedy Harmonists' rendition of Duke Ellington's Creole Love Call. This was from a Naxos Nostalgia recording called "The Comedy Harmonists: Whistle While You Work: Original 1929-1938 Recordings."

Another song about love now by Irving Berlin: You're Just in Love from "Call Me Madam." This is a duet with both parts being sung in this recording by the star of Jeckyl and Hyde on Broadway, Christiane Noll.

MUSIC: Berlin: You're Just in Love, sung by Christiane Noll [Varese Sarabande VSD-5956, track 5] [3:30]

FLAXMAN: Irving Berlin's You're Just in Love, both parts sung by Christiane Noll, from her CD "A Broadway Love Story." This CD takes songs from various Broadway shows and uses them to tell a love story from start to finish. And, as you just heard, Christiane Noll knows how to put a song across. She's as good an actress as she is a singer.

MUSIC: Porter: True Love sung by Kiri Te Kanawa with the New World Philharmonic conducted by Peter Matz [EMI 7243 555050 2 6, track 15] [3:33]

FLAXMAN: Cole Porter's True Love, sung by Kiri Te Kanawa with the New World Philharmonic conducted by Peter Matz.

Well, let's see, what else did I promise to play for you at the beginning of this hour? Richard Rodgers, for one. A Beatle's love song for two. And a kleszmer love song to top things off. So here goes.

MUSIC: Richard Rodgers: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, sung by Ivy Austin [Fynsworth Alley 302 062 129 2, track 11]

MUSIC: Beatles: All You Need Is Love with the Cincinnati Pops conducted by Erich Kunzel, featuring the King'singers. [Telarc CD-80540, track 2] [3:09]

FLAXMAN: All You Need is Love as performed by the Cincinnati Pops with the King'singers conducted by Erich Kunzel.

Since there's nothing quite like klezmer love music, we go next to Felicia Shpall with Klezamir singing Oh Mama, I'm So In Love.

MUSIC: Klezamir: Oh Mama, I'm So In Love, sung by Felicia Shpall [Klezamir KL103 excerpt from track 5]

FLAXMAN: Felicia Shpall backed by Klezamir sang Oh Mama, I'm So In Love.

From Yiddish to German love now and Beethoven's short piano piece Ich Liebe Dieh, I Love You.

MUSIC: Beethoven: Ich Liebe Dieh [Naxos 8.557128, track 11] [1:25]

FLAXMAN: Beethoven's Ich Liebe Dieh, I Love You. That was from a Naxos CD for children called "Listen, Learn and Grow: Around the World."

You are listening to Compact Discoveries. I'm your guide, Fred Flaxman, and this is the second hour I have devoted to "Love Music." In this hour we have heard American love songs, a British love song, a Yiddish love song and a German love song. Of course, no hour on this subject would be complete without hearing from the French, although they can bring a certain pessimism to the topic. For example, here's Jacque Douai singing Il n'y a pas d'amour heureux, which means, literally, There's no happy love.

MUSIC: Jacques Douai: Il n'y a pas d'amour heureux, [EPM 980532, track 8]

FLAXMAN: Il n'y a pas d'amour heureux, There's no happy love. Jacques Douai was the singer.

Let's conclude this second hour devoted to "Love Music" on Compact Discoveries with the French queen of the love ballad, Edith Piaf.

MUSIC: Piaf: Non, je ne regrette rien [Capitol CDP7243 82709725, CD 2, track 6] [2:20]

FLAXMAN: The great French chanteuse Edith Piaf singing Non, je ne regrette rien brings this hour of Compact Discoveries to an end. I hope you enjoyed our "Love Music."

MUSIC: Lai: excerpt from the theme to the film Love Story [Skyline SLCD817, track 2] under the following:

FLAXMAN: Compact Discoveries is produced and presented by your guide, Fred Flaxman. It is a presentation of WXEL-FM, West Palm Beach, Florida.

MUSIC: fades out at 58:00

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