What Listeners Write About
Last updated on February 10, 2013.
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"A master impresario, Fred Flaxman is
the cleverest, most friendly host you could hope
I am an unconditional listener of
your program, love it, and enjoy it. I spend a lot
of time, working on my computer, it is not only the
joy of the excellent music of your selection, but
the things that I learn from it. Thank you so much.
"I love your music choices and your
easy going style. I'm a Compact
addict for a long time."
Discoveries is one of the best programs on
public radio. I am grateful to Fred Flaxman for
changing my husband's mind about classical music. He
enjoys listening to Compact Discoveries. Fred
makes the music accessible and understandable to
"Yesterday I tuned
for the first time to Compact Discoveries, and it certainly
was a discovery. I spend many hours working on a PC,
and I'm used to listening to classical music. Thank
you so much, and please keep doing what you do SO
discovered your Compact Discoveries - what nice music I can
hear during my evenings by a computer. Now I'm
listening one hour a day, spending more evenings with
you and your music. Thanks a lot for your
effort. If only there will be more hours for hearing!"
Tour Guide Flaxman
has charmed us again. Such melodious listening
on his "Around the World in 60 Minutes," never with
the expected hackneyed tunes, but with fresh
interesting choices that capture the flavor and
characteristics of each country we visited. Delightful ! ! ! !
I am the Music Therapist at the Wealshire and the Ponds
and I find your programs a huge inspiration. While
Music Therapy training includes 4 semesters of Music
History, because I was not a "classical music" fan while
growing up, I don't have a huge knowledge of the great
pieces out there. Thank you so much for compiling
such interesting thematic programs to give me a starting
point for my monthly Classical Composers Club
meetings. Without you, I would surely be reduced
to simply discussing the biographies and most famous
pieces of the most famous composers. You've given
me such greater scope. I'm truly grateful!
"Just a note to tell you how much I enjoyed today's
program on introducing classical music to teenagers
while trying to remain sane. Your selections
were excellent (particularly liked Bernstein's
"Candide" overture, one of my personal favorites) and
your commentary rang all too true. I'm retired now and
speak from experience: your advice to treat my
teenager like the family cat is absolutely on target!"
"My husband and I just finished listening to your
presentation of Touzet's piano music. You did such a
classy, elegant, interesting and wonderful
presentation! ... You have a great voice and delivery
and made Touzet and his music come alive."
"Just listened to your program here in Concord,
N.H., on WCNH and was delighted to hear the great
music and the recognition that Leroy Anderson is
"Fred Flaxman makes a good companion for the
pleasures of classical music. He's knowledgeable with
a light touch. I really enjoy the music and
the info delivered with it..."
"Compact Discoveries entertains, amuses and
captivates--while at the same time giving listeners a
lot to think about... Some people remain committed to
the past, others want to break new ground and
establish new ways to think about music and its
connection to the human spirit. Compact Discoveries
will ultimately reach the audiences that so deserve to
hear it. Once they do, they'll be hooked."
"I have been listening to your Compact Discoveries
now for about seven months here in College
Station, Tex. and just wanted to tell
you how much I enjoyed the selections you have shared
with us listeners. I receive your show on
KAMU-FM here and hope that we can continue
to receive your show in the future. ...I particularly
enjoyed you recent show on the Leroy Anderson music."
"I just heard your program Compact Discoveries
this evening on KWAX, from Eugene, Oregon, about Leroy
Anderson. I found the program very interesting and
hope I can remember to tune in to it more often. ...
Thank you for enhancing my appreciation of the many
ways music can be presented."
-- Michael Johnson, San Francisco, California
"Bravo! ... I would like stations playing more of
these kinds of well-presented musical tributes... I
hope that Mr. Flaxman is encouraged to keep up his
good work with these productions and that his work can
be heard on stations coast to coast!"
"...I rarely listen in the evening and just happened
upon your program ... You may have made a convert. And
thanks for the fun."
"Oh, Fred. What have you done. I have been hugely
enjoying the CD series of yours on KWAX-FM out of
Eugene ... However, I may never be able to consider
Carmina Burana in the same way ever again. Yes -- I
heard the music for backrubs program."
"YOU HAVE THE BEST PROGRAM on WXEL! Yes, you do! You
know something about what you're talking about -- and
can even pronounce the names of the performers. How
Rare! THANKS. And, PLEASE stay on the air!"
"Your giving us Leroy Anderson's greatest hits
brought me much joy... The Blue Tango -- wow! Couldn't
turn off car radio; let my dog out by himself to run
on the beach. The Bell of the Ball wonderful too!
Thank you so much!"
"This is to let you know how much I enjoy your
program and how impressed I am with its content. It
comes as a breath of fresh air in an otherwise
predictable and redundant recycling of music from the
past.. Your thematic ideas are unique, original and
hosted with intelligence and scholarliness. Stay with
it. Your program is the best musical event of the
season. Many thanks."
"I caught your delightful program for the first time
here in Eugene, Oregon on KWAX on April 21st 2004. I
was enchanted by your opening and very amusing
soliloquy about "dishwashing" and the music you could
use for this activity. My question (or request) is MAY
I GET A COPY OF YOUR OPENING WORDS ABOUT
DISHWASHING??? My husband was in the hospital at the
time and didn't hear it. I want him to hear it too!"
"I have been listening to your program for many
weeks, I rush back from golf so that I can rest and
listen to your surprises. It is such a pleasure to be
able to turn off TV and just listen. Thanks again and
keep up the good work."
"Caught your program quite by trial and error on
WXEL FM, West Palm Beach, Fla., last week. I LOVE IT!
. Your choices were like a breath of fresh air. .I
hope you'll be on more frequently."
"You have one of the best programs on NPR here in
south Florida; enjoy the commentary most. A few weeks
ago you played several CDs of guitar music by a South
American, they were marvelous and I would love to get
them. Could you please help with his name and the
company that issues them? Thanks mucho."
"I heard part of today's program Compact
Discoveries (which featured Leroy
Anderson) and I loved it."
"Loved The Lone Ranger, Sergeant Preston and The Big
Story. Very good program. It brought back memories..
Keep up the good work. I never did know about Reznicek
and am pleased to have listened today."
"Thanks for the great program on WXEL, FM
highlighting Villa-Lobos. I've been a fan of his music
for a long time and it was exciting to hear some of
the music that I don't have on disc."
"I wanted to thank you especially for the program
today on Leroy Anderson. Of course, as are most
people, I was familiar with almost every piece, but
could not for the life of me remember the composer.
Because you played all of these wonderful pieces
together, I was able to realize just how talented he
was, and now I won't forget his name when I hear those
memorable gems. I hope you will do this more often (if
you haven't already): devote an entire program to one
composer or musician. It really helps place the work,
etc., in a more meaningful context."
"I hope to become a regular listener of Compact
Discoveries on WXEL. I have also discovered your
website, which appears to have considerable
"Am really enjoying the Compact Discoveries programs..
research, commentary and pronunciation of difficult
foreign language titles are wonderful. I particularly
like the humorous vein in which it is presented. This
series is destined for greatness!"
"Compact Discoveries, with Fred Flaxman, is a
fine addition to WXEL programming. The format presents
classical music in a fresh and engaging way. I
especially enjoy the programs that introduce music of
lesser known composers, and I loved the recent "Music
"My whole family absolutely loved Compact
Discoveries. We are Cuban and had not heard that
kind of music since childhood. Thank you so much for
such a wonderful show!"
"What a great musical pleasure it was for me to
listen to your March 3rd Compact Discoveries
program highlighting Schubert's chamber music. You
have distinguished WXEL in the field of classical
music by your willingness to explain to your listeners
the meaning of such important musical terms as
"arpeggione." Thank you for giving me and your other
listeners these rare moments of musical appreciation
and enjoyment. P.S. This program is but one example of
your ability to bring classical music to young people.
"While driving in the Palm Beach area in late
December, I listened to your radio program about the
use of classical music in old radio shows, such as The
Shadow and The Lone Ranger. Thank you for a
fascinating radio program."
"Thank you for helping to keep classical music alive
in South Florida."
"I loved the Compact Discoveries Hanukkah
"I love your show."
"I truly enjoy listening to your program, Compact
Discoveries. In the program guide you state, "a
light approach to serious music." At first I was wary;
frequently "light approaches" tend to oversimplify..
However, I was pleasantly surprised! Besides enjoying
the music, I learn something new.. Thank you for hours
of joyful listening."
"Your program is just wonderful!"
"I discovered your show last night rather
accidentally at 7:30 and enjoyed it.. I wonder if you
would be good enough to tell me what the selections
were that you played in that half hour? As I was in my
pool and hadn't brought pen and paper out with me, I
couldn't write them down when you announced them. And
I enjoyed them.. Thanks so much."
"I am sorry it has taken me so long to tell you how
much I enjoyed your program on Louis Moreau Gottschalk
on April 21. He's been a favorite of my husband and
mine for many years.. I love your program. Keep up the
good work! Thank you."
"I was really excited when for the first time I was
introduced to a recording of Mr. Gottschalk. His music
is magical and you did a wonderful job of presenting
it. You gave a little backround information of the
composers life, which always gives the listener more
insight into why, where and how. Please keep up the
good work. I will pass on the info re your station
,and hope that you receive lots of positive feed back.
Thank you. An avid listener."
"Compact Discoveries is informative,
entertaining, and highly personal. I wish WXEL had
more programs like yours."
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