Compact Discoveries Program Descriptions
in numerical order as Aug. 20, 2015
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1 Brazilian Beats
Discs for Dishwashing
The Tune That Drove Composers Wild (Part 1)
4 The Tune That Drove Composers Wild (Part 2)
5 The First Gershwin
The French Gershwin
The Cuban Gershwin
The Next Gershwin?
9 Best Music for Back Rubs
10 Fauré's Fiascos
11 Radio Revisited
12 Crazy about Kalinnikov
13 Leroy Anderson's Clever Musical Miniatures
15 Favorite Funeral Music
16 Hats Off to Coates
17 Music for Halloween (Pledge Event Version)
In Praise of Poulenc
Aaron Copland: The Brooklyn Cowboy
20 Controversial Comrade Kabalevsky
22 Music for Hanukkah?
23 Schubert's Tuneful Chamber Music
24 Wagner Without Words
25 A Symphony for Santa Claus
26 Neglected Saint-Saëns
27 Love Music, Part 1
28 Love Music, Part 2
29 Variations on Very Familiar Tunes
30 Ravel: The Composer as Pianist and Conductor
31 A Gershwin Tribute
32 Movie Concertos
33 One-Hit American Composers
35 One-Hit French Composers
37 The Birds and the Bees
39 Leftover Birds
40 Music of "Rospighi"
41 Swan Songs
42 Sullivan Without Gilbert
43 From Borodin to Broadway
44 Name That
Tune! [no script available to prevent cheating!]
45 Musical Gardens
46 Music for Insomniacs
47 Classical Kids
48 The End
50 Joaquín Nin
52 Tyzen Hsiao, the Chinese Rachmaninov
53 Chamber Music Palm Beach
54 From Norway to Broadway
55 James Brooks-Bruzzese
56 Symphonic Klezmer
57 The Buster Walk Jamboree
58 Richard Strauss, Homebreaker
60 How to Get Kids into Classical
61 Swingin' Classics
Music for Autumn
67 Cécile Chaminade, Part 1
68 Cécile Chaminade, Part 2
70 A Russian Winter
72P Hidden Treasures
73P Favorite French Waltzes
76 Musical Beasts
77 More Musical Beasts
78 A Musical Voyage with Camille Saint-Saëns
79 Clara Schumann
80 Orchestral Paris
81 Orchestral London
82 Symphonic Rome
83 New York, New York
85 Bernstein for Orchestra
86 Latin-American Rhythms by Jewish-American Composers
87 Latin-American Rhythms by Latin-American Composers
89 The Romantic Patent Officer Manager
90 Thomas of Nazareth
91 Nazareth Encore!
Religion inspired some great music, but food fed the creative juices of several composers who are featured on this hour. Fred Flaxman brings you first an appetizer on a public radio budget: Raisins and Almonds, the traditional Yiddish song. Then comes La Revue de Cuisine by Martinu, peas by Rossini and a last meal by Jacques Brel. For drinks, Tea for Two as arranged for large orchestra by Shostakovich and Rootbeer Rag by Billy Joel. Desserts include French Pastry by Hayman and Wedding Cake by Saint-Saëns. Listen Now!
93 Beethoven at His Happiest
This serious composer's lighter side is featured in this hour. Music includes a bagatelle, the scherzo movements from three trios, the rondo movements from two piano concertos, excerpts from two violin sonatas, and the "Ode to Joy" ending from his Ninth Symphony. Listen Now!
94 Classic Happiness
Includes Al Fresco, Intermezzo by Victor Herbert; "For He's Going to Marry Yum-Yum" from The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan; a movement from Haydn's Symphony No. 88 in G and his Gypsy Rondo; Smiles and Chuckles and The Laughing Vamp by the Six Brown Brothers, and an excerpt from Schubert's Octet in F for Strings and Winds, Op. 166, D. 803. Listen Now!
96 Classically Irish
98 Two Stravinsky Ballets in One Hour
101 More Carnival
104 More Classical
107 The Color of
Music, Part 1: Blue
109 On the Right
111 A CATalog of
Music, Part 2
113 A Bouquet of
116 Cartoon Classics
The Sweet Sounds of Suk, Part 2
124 Music to Die For
125 Classic Beatles
126 More Classic Beatles
127 Pleasures of
Chances are, no matter how well you know classical music, that you are not familiar with the works of Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga. He was a Spanish child prodigy who didn't live long enough to become an adult, but you would never guess that by listening to his string quartets, two of which producer/host Fred Flaxman presents in this hour. Also presented is an overture to an opera Arriaga wrote at the age of 13, before he even had formal lessons in harmony. Listen Now!
The best of Ernst Bloch, including his Concerto Grosso No. 1, Schelomo, and the final movement from his Suite Modale. Dalea Atlas conducts the Atlas Camerata Orchestra in two of these three works. Schelomo features cellist Rocco Filippini with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana conducted by Alexander Vedernikov. Listen Now!
131 A Classical Christmas
Producer/presenter Fred Flaxman brings you an hour of lesser known but beautiful Christmas compact disc discoveries, including Victor Hely-Hutchinson's A Carol Symphony, Philip Lane's Wassail Dances, Sleigh Ride by Frederick Delius, La Peregrinacion from Navidad Nuestra/Our Nativity by Ariel Ramirez, the Swedish carol Ritsch, Ratsch, Filibom!, Ave Maria by Charles Gounod (with a little help from J.S. Bach), and Christmas Dance and Carol by Vaughan Williams, performed by the Auréole Trio. Listen Now!
132 Melodious MacDowell
Once one of the warhorses of the repertoire, Edward MacDowell's Piano Concerto No. 2 has been unjustly neglected in recent years. In this program, this great romantic American work is performed by Thomas Tirino with the Bulgarian Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vassil Kazandjiev. Also in this hour is MacDowell's Suite No. 1 for Orchestra, Op. 42, with the Ulster Orchestra conducted by Takuo Yuasa, and the composer's most famous piano piece, To a Wild Rose, performed by James Barbagallo. Listen Now!
133 More Melodious MacDowell
Producer/presenter Fred Flaxman brings you the Romantic American composer's Piano Concerto No. 1, played by Thomas Tirino with the Bulgarian Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vassil Kazandjiev. Also in this hour is the Étude de Concert, Op. 36; three excerpts from the Second Modern Suite, Op. 14; Serenata, Op. 16; Hexentanz from Two Fantasy Pieces, Op. 17; and the Hungarian Étude from Twelve Études, Op. 39. Listen Now!
134 Even More Melodious MacDowell
Producer/host Fred Flaxman presents MacDowell's Second Piano Sonata as performed by Charles Fierro on a Delos compact disc; and the final movement of his Fourth Piano Sonata, three of four Forgotten Fairy Tales, and six of Twelve Virtuoso Studies, all performed by James Barbagallo on a Naxos CD. This is the last of three programs devoted to the music of this Romantic Period American composer. Listen Now!
135 Score 2 for Virgil
The American composer Virgil Thomson wrote the scores for two Great Depression-era U.S. government propaganda films: The Plow that Broke the Plains and The River. Fred Flaxman presents the first complete recordings made of this award-winning film music since the soundtracks were created in 1936 and 1937. The new all-digital Naxos CD is by Washiington, D.C.'s Post-Classical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez. Listen Now!
136 Introducing Sandrine
Fred Flaxman's latest compact discoveries include the three CDs of the talented young French-American pianist Sandrine Erdely-Sayo. This hour will include works by Poulenc, Scriabin, Piazzolla, Debussy, Thalberg and Lázaro. Listen Now!
137 Americans in Paris
An hour of music devoted to Americans who were influenced by or studied music in the City of Light, including George Gershwin, Walter Piston and Aron Copland. The music includes An American in Paris, The Incredible Flutist and Rodeo. Listen Now!
138 Classic Korngold
Erich Wolfgang Korngold was known for his scores for several famous Hollywood movies. But he also excelled at creating romantic, melodious symphonic and chamber music. This hour will include his beautiful Violin Concerto, his incidental music to Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, and his Trio in D Major. Listen Now!
139 Glitzy Glazunov
In this first of two hours devoted to the music of this Russian composer, producer/guide Fred Flaxman presents The Seasons, Concert Waltz No. 1, and Minstrel's Song, Op. 71. Listen Now!
140 More Glitzy Glazunov
In this second of two hours devoted to the music of this Russian composer, producer/guide Fred Flaxman presents his Violin Concerto, his Five Novelettes and the "Polonaise" from his Ballet Scenes, Op. 52. Listen Now!
141 Fire and Smoke
They say that where there's smoke, there's fire, but in music there is a lot more fire than smoke. Producer/presenter Fred Flaxman brings you examples of both. Music includes the Ritual Fire Dance by de Falla, the Firebird Suite by Stravinsky, Dance of Spirits of Fire by Holst, Magic Fire Music by Wagner, Addinsell's Fire Over England Suite, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Kern as arranged by Frolov, and Smoke Rings sung by the Mills Brothers. Listen Now!
142 More Leroy Anderson
The composer was born on June 29, 1908, making 2008 the 100th anniversary of his birth. To mark the occasion, producer/host Fred Flaxman presents a second hour devoted completely to this composer's tuneful miniature orchestral pieces, without repeating any of the works heard in Program 13. Selections include Bugler’s Holiday, A Trumpeter’s Lullaby, Saraband, The Phantom Regiment, Serenata, Forgotten Dreams, Song of the Bells, The Sandpaper Ballet, The Penny Whistle Song, Mother’s Whistler, Promenade, Horse and Buggy, Home Stretch, Old MacDonald Had a Farm and Anderson's Sousa-esque rendition of Meredith Wilson’s Seventy-Six Trombones from the Broadway musical The Music Man. Listen Now!
For hundreds of years, moonlight has served as inspiration for many composers. In this hour producer/host Fred Flaxman presents moonlight-inspired music by Glenn Miller, Beethoven, Debussy, Robin Milford, Charles Lucièn Lambert Sr., Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Hamilton Harty, and Charles Davidson, as well as a Russian folk song called Such a Moonlit Night. Listen Now!
144 More Moon Music
So much music has been inspired by the moon that Producer-Host Fred Flaxman decided to present a second hour of the best of it. He draws on classical music, popular classics and jazz to do so. The composers include everyone from Elgar and Tchaikovsky to Irving Berlin. The entertaining hour even includes a spiritual and a couple of quizes for the listeners. Listen Now!
145 Sunrise, Sunshine, Sunset
Producer/Guide Fred Flaxman presents a wide variety of classical music, semi-classical and jazz inspired by sunrise, sunshine and sunset. Selections include Glenn Miller's Sunrise Serenade, with which the hour begins and ends, Sunrise and Sunset from Ferde Grofe's Grand Canyon Suite, Here Comes the Sun by George Harrison of the Beatles, performed by cellist Ofra Harnoy with the Armin Electric Strings, Irving Berlin's I've Got the Sun in the Morning and the Moon at Night sung by Dean Martin, Cloud and Sunshine by the English composer Frederic Cliffe, Fritz Kreisler's transcription of Rimsy-Korsakov's Hymn to the Sun, Lennon and McCartney's I'll Follow the Sun performed by The King's Singers, On the Sunny Side of the Street played by the Michael Rose Orchestra with the Rosebuds, Irving Berlin's Some Sunny Day sung by Bing Crosby, and English composer Roger Quilter's Summer Sunset. Listen Now!
146 A Leroy Anderson Christmas
This hour features recordings issued by Naxos in celebration of the 100th anniversary in 2008 of the birth of this American master of the short-form orchestral piece. Leonard Slatkin conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra in Anderson's A Christmas Festival, Suite of Carols for Brass Choir, Suite of Carols for String Orchestra and Suite of Carols for Woodwind Ensemble. The hour ends with two versions of Anderson's Sleigh Ride. The first is with lyrics added by Mitchell Parish as sung by Johnny Mathis. The second is Anderson's original version for orchestra alone. Listen Now!
147 Classic Dreams
Throughout the ages composers have been inspired by dreams to write music. This hour opens and closes with Leroy Anderson's Forgotten Dreams and includes the first movement of Tchaikovsky's Winter Dreams symphony, Liszt's Liebesträume No. 3, Schumann's Träumerei, Dykstra's Sweet Daydreams, Joyce's Dreaming and Dream of Autumn, and three dream songs sung by Bing Crosby. Listen Now!
148 Classical Reveries
Dreams take place when you're sleeping; reveries when you're awake. Both have inspired composers. In this hour producer/host Fred Flaxman presents musical daydreams by Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, Schütt, Rubinstein, Moszkowski, Mason, Leoncavallo, and Hill. WARNING: Listening to classical reveries while driving may be hazardous to your health! Listen Now!
149 The Maltese Composer
The tuneful, folk-music influenced music of Maltese composer Charles Camilleri. Works presented include the Malta Suite, Concertino No. 4 ("Summer Nights in Malta"), Four Legends, and the Overture to the Knights of Malta Ballet Suite. Listen Now!
150 Tuneful Contemporaires
This is the program for those who think that modern music is all atonal and tuneless. It includes immediately enjoyable, melodious pieces by American composers G. Bush (Geoffrey, not George), Joseph Horovitz, and William Bland (who does not live up to his name), and British composer Howard Blake. These are true compact discoveries! Listen Now!
151 Famous Lovers: Romeo & Juliet
In this first of two programs devoted to "Famous Lovers" in classical music, producer/guide Fred Flaxman presents the love scene from Berlioz's Romeo et Juliette and Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture, both performed by the Oregon Symphony conducted by James DePreist, and two pieces from Prokofiev's three Romeo and Juliet suites performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pavo Järvi. Listen Now!
152 More Famous Lovers
Producer/guide Fred Flaxman presents music from Tristan and Isolde by Wagner, Orpheus and Euridyce by Gluck, Pelléas and Mélisande by Fauré and Daphnis and Chloé by Ravel. Listen Now!
Producer/Guide Fred Flaxman uses a big mixture of styles, periods and instrumentation to illustrate "Winter" in music. Included is music by Lully, Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael, Julie Styne and Sammy Cahn, Ronald Binge, Franz Liszt, William Alwyn, Selim Palmgren, Claude Debussy, Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith, Antonio Vivaldi, Astor Piazzolla, and Ernst von Dohnanyi. Performing artists include Daniel Barenboim, Bing Crosby with Fred Astaire, Ella Fitzgerald with Louis Jordan, Chanticleer, Natalie Cole with the Vienna Symphony, and bamboo flutist Chen Yue. Songs include In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening; Baby, It's Cold Outside; Let It Snow!; and Winter Wonderland. Listen Now!
154 The Pleasures of Ponce
Although Mexican composer Manuel Ponce was a 20th Century composer, dying in 1948, his music is romantic and tuneful to the core, reminiscent of his 19th Century predecessors. In this hour Fred Flaxman presents Ponce's Piano Concerto, Balada Mexicana, Gavota, Dance of the Ancient Mexicans, Estrelita, Mazurca No. 23, Juventud, Souvenir and Quimera. Performers include pianists Jorge Federico Osorio and Eva Suk, and the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra conducted by Enrique Bátiz. Listen Now!
155 The Romantic Piano
An hour of uninterrupted, beautiful, romantic piano music by Chopin, Scriabin, Grieg, Rachmaninoff, Rubinstein, MacDowell, Ravel, Debussy, Gershwin, Ginestera, Lai, Suk, Touzet and Villa-Lobos. Click on the program's title to access the playlist with performers' names. Listen Now!
156 Independence Day
Designed for broadcast on or shortly before July 4, this program features off-the-beaten-track music for the occasion, including Morton Gould's American Salute and his "Star-Spangled Overture" from American Ballads, "Celebration - Fourth of July" from Star-Spangled Symphony by Don Gillis, Henri Vieuxtemps' Yankee Doodle Variations, Leoncavallo's Yankee March, Three American Dances by Henry Gilbert, The Union by Gottschalk, and America Medley by Leonard Bernstein. Listen Now!
157 A Frankly Franck Sampler
Producer/presenter Fred Flaxman selected his picks for the very best music by the Belgian/French composer César Franck for this hour. The program includes a complete performance of Symphonic Variations for piano and orchestra, and movements from the Violin Sonata in A Major, Psyché, and the Symphony in D Minor. Performers include pianist François-Joël Thiollier, the Arnhem Philharmonic, violinist Sergey Khachatryan, pianist Lusine Khachatryan, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg. Listen Now!
158 The Threepenny Opera
Producer/presenter Fred Flaxman gives the history of the famous Theater de Lys production of this unusual Kurt Weill "opera for beggars" while bringing listeners through the score, song by song, using the original cast recording. Listen Now!
159 Musical Devils
Producer/presenter Fred Flaxman discarded many devil-inspired pieces in his search for the ones that are the most enjoyable on first hearing, because most listeners will not have heard most of these Compact Discoveries before. They include works by Saeverud, Dompierre, Herrmann, Morricone, Cassado, Rodrigo, Tartini, Stravinsky, Schubert and Vaughan-Williams. The devil is heard dancing in The Devil's Reel, The Devil's 5-Hop, Swing Your Partner from The Devil and Daniel Webster, The Dance of the Green Devil, The Devil's Dance, Satan's Dance of Triumph and The Devil's Sequidillas. This is one Halloween program that won't scare anyone! Listen Now!
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160 Swingling Mozart
In this first of three one-hour programs featuring the Swingle Singers, producer/host Fred Flaxman plays Mozart's Symphony No. 40, alternating between the Swingle Singers' unique a cappella arrangements of each movement from their Virgin Classics CD and the original Mozart score as performed by the Tafelmusik Orchestra conducted by Bruno Weil from an Analekta compact disc. The hour starts with the Turkish March from Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 11, first performed by the Swingle Singers, then by German pianist Lars Vogt on an EMI recording. The program concludes with the Swingle Singer's interpretation of Mozart's Andante from his Piano Concerto No. 21. Listen Now!
161 Swingling Bach
In this second of three one-hour programs featuring the Swingle Singers, producer/host Fred Flaxman plays some of Bach's--and their--greatest hits: the Little Organ Fugue, the Chorale from Cantata No. 140, the first movement from the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Sheep May Safely Graze from Cantata BWV 208, Badinerie from Suite No. 2, Air on a G String from Suite No. 3, Blute nur from St. Matthew Passion, and Et resurrexit from Bach’s B-Minor Mass. Listen Now!
162 Swingling Encores
The third and final hour devoted to the music of the Swingle Singers paired with the original compositions by Rossini, Debussy, Gershwin, Sondheim, and Tchaikovsky. Listen Now!
163 Goldmark Gold
Karl Goldmark may be considered a one-hit composer these days, and that may not be fair, but that one warhorse is his Rustic Wedding Symphony, a thoroughly enjoyable work from start to finish. You can hear all five movements in this hour plus the finale of Goldmark's Piano Quintet in B-flat Major, Op. 30. Listen Now!
164 Goldmark Silver
Fred Flaxman presents Karl Goldmark's Violin Concerto (which was once his most popular work), the first movement of his Violin Sonata, and a romantic piano piece called Quiet Hope. Listen Now!
165 A Broadway Valentine
Producer/presenter Fred Flaxman plays his favorite love songs from Broadway musicals while you play "Name That Musical!" Listen Now!
166 Variations on Scott Joplin Rags
The tunes are The Maple Leaf Rag, The Easy Winners, The Rag-Time Dance, and The Entertainer. The performers include pianists Scott Joplin (from piano rolls), André Previn, Richard Glazier, Joshua Rifkin, Benjamin Loeb and John Arpin; violinist Itzhak Perlman; and the New England Conservatory Ragtime Ensemble conducted by Gunther Schuller. Listen Now!
167 More Scott Joplin Variations
Producer/presenter Fred Flaxman brings you multiple versions of Sun Flower Slow Drag, The Cascades, Sugar Cane Rag, The Chrysanthemum, Heliotrope Bouquet, and Elite Syncopations. Performers include the Southland Stingers, Itzhak Perlman, André Previn, Richard Glazier, Joshua Rifkin, the New England Conservatory Ragtime Ensemble, Benjamin Loeb, and John Arpin. Listen Now!
168 Modern Melodies
Lots of folks are prejudiced against modern "classical" music. That's because the music world went through a period when many contemporary composers wrote atonal, dissonant and altogether tuneless music. But now living composers are returning to writing music lay listeners can enjoy on first hearing, and a selection of these pieces is presented in this hour. The program includes works by James Cohn, Phil Rosheger, Nikolai Kapustin, Michael Sahl, Lita Grier, and Sandrine Erdely-Sayo. Listen Now!
169 Grofé's Orchestral Suites
In this first of two hours devoted to the work of the American composer/orchestrator/arranger/pianist, Ferde Grofé, producer/guide Fred Flaxman presents Grofé's original orchestral suites. The most famous of these compositions, The Grand Canyon Suite, is presented in its entirety. Then there are movements from The Mississippi Suite, Hollywood Suite, and the Niagara Falls Suite. Listen Now!
170 Gershwin by Grofé
In this second of two hours devoted to the work of the American composer/orchestrator/arranger/pianist, Ferde Grofé, producer/guide Fred Flaxman presents Grofé's orchestrations for the Paul Whiteman Orchestra of works by George Gershwin. They are recreated by Hamonie Ensemble / New York conducted by Steven Richman, and include his original orchestration of Rhapsody in Blue, Somebody Loves Me (which is also heard with Grofé playing his own piano arrngement), Sweet and Low-Down, I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise, The Man I Love, and Fascinating Rhythm. Listen Now!
171 The Music of Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin wrote the music for many of his own films. Lyrics were often added to these romantic tunes and the songs went to to become huge hits. Producer/guide Fred Flaxman presents four different versions of "Smile" from Modern Times, plus music from The Gold Rush, Limelight, City Lights, A King in New York, A Dog's Life, and The Countess from Hong Kong. Performances are by Michel Villard and his Orchestra, I Salonisti, Itzhak Perlman with the Boston Pops conducted by John WIlliams, pianist Susanne Kessel, tenor David Hobson with Sinfonia Australis conducted by Guy Noble, andthe City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Carl Davis. Listen Now!
172 Tunes for Bassoons
This hour of lively, catchy melodies includes two versions of Carl Maria von Weber's Andante and Hungarian Rondo, Johann Nepomuk Hummel's Grand Concerto in F Major for Bassoon and Orchestra, Camille Saint-Saëns' Sonata for Bassoon and Piano, and Francisco Mignone's Concertino for Bassoon and Chamber Orchestra. Performers include bassoonists Frank Morelli and Nadina Mackie Jackson, the Orpheus and Toronto Chamber Orchestras, conductor Nicholas McGegan, and pianist Gilbert Kalish. The recordings are all from MSR Classics. Listen Now!
173 Rodgers without Hammerstein, Part 1
This hour features two ballets by the famous composer of Broadway musicals, Richard Rodgers: Ghost Town and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue. Producer/host Fred Flaxman also presents "The Sweetest Sounds" from No Strings, a musical for which Rodgers wrote the lyrics as well as the score. Listen Now!
174 Rodgers without Hammerstein, Part 2
Orchestral renditions of music from four of Richard Rodgers' most famous musicals: Oklahoma!, South Pacific, The King and I, and Carousel. The music from Oklahoma! was arranged by master orchestrator Robert Russell Bennett and is performed by the Orchestra of the Americas conducted by Paul Freeman. Selections from South Pacific and The King and I are performed by Richard Hayman and His Orchestra. The hour concludes with Carousel: A Symphonic Portrait, arranged by master orchestrator and composer Morton Gould and performed by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conducted by John Mauceri. Listen Now!
175 The Sad Story of Marcel Tyberg
He wrote symphonies with the power of Mahler. He wrote popular rumbas, tangos, and waltzes. He was a Catholic who played the organ in churches, but because he was 1/16th Jewish on his mother's side, the Nazis exterminated him in Auschwitz in 1944. JoAnn Falletta conducts the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in the first recording of Tyberg's Symphony No. 3 in D Minor. Filling out the hour are the final two movements of his romantic Piano Trio in F Major. Listen Now!
176 Alan Shulman
Tuneful, romantic music by an unjustly overlooked 20th Century American composer. Pieces performed include his Theme and Variations for Viola and Orchestra, Rendezvous for Clarinet and Piano, Cod Liver 'Ile for Violin and Piano (as performed by Jascha Heifetz), Homage to Erik Satie, Latin Serenade, Serenade for Cello and Piano, The Bop Gavotte (played by the NBC Concert Orchestra), Song of the Moon Festival in the Woods, and Theme and Variations for Viola and Piano. Listen Now!
177 John Williams, Part 1
Music by America's most famous contemporary composer of film scores. Music includes: Suite: Schindler's List for Violin and Orchestra, piano and piano quintet versions of the theme from Schindler's List, a Debussy/Satie-like piano arrangement of E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial, "The Raiders March" from Raiders of the Lost Ark, "Sean's Theme" from Minority Report, Jurassic Park, and Elegy for Cello and Orchestra. Performers include cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the Denver Brass, pianist Michael Chertock, and the Orchestre Symphonique Bienne conducted by Thomas Rösner with violinist Alexandre da Costa. Listen Now!
178 John Williams, Part 2
This second hour of music by John Williams includes suites from Star Wars and Harry Potter as performed by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra conducted by Erich Kunzel. Listen Now!
179 Sergei Lyapunov
Producer/Presenter Fred Flaxman present two works by this Russian romantic composer: Sextet, Opus 63, and Rhapsody on Ukrainian Themes for Piano and Orchestra. Listen Now!
180 Cinema Concertante
The Kurpfälzische Chamber Orchestra under Frank Zacher with pan flutist Ulrich Herkenhoff plays beautiful arrangements of film music by Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota, Henry Mancini and others. Listen Now!
181 Playing Grieg Like Grieg
Norwegian pianist/musicologist Sigurd Slåttebrekk carefully studied all nine of the acoustic recordings that Edvard Grieg made in Paris in 1903 of his own piano pieces, enabling Slåttebrekk to play Grieg in the same manner as the composer. The music includes several of Grieg's Lyric Pieces, three movements of his Piano Sonata in E Minor, and the entire Piano Concerto. Listen Now!
182 Jazz Concertos
American concertos of the Jazz Age inspired by the success of George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." The music includes Harry Reser's Suite for Banjo and Orchestra, James Price Johnson's Yamekraw: A Negro Rhapsody, and Dana Suesse's Concerto in Three Rhythms. Performers include the Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra conducted by Richard Rosenberg, pianists Michael Gurt and Gary Hammond, and banjoist Don Vappie. Listen Now!
183 Mieczyslaw Karlowicz
If you've never heard of Mieczyslaw Karlowicz, blame it on his love of skiing, not his ability to create beautiful music. This very talented, late Romantic Polish composer wrote some gorgeous music before being killed in an avalanche at 33, abruptly and tragically ending his promising career in 1909. His Violin Concerto and Serenade are presented in this hour. Listen Now!
184 Jesús Guridi
Fred Flaxman presents three tuneful pieces by this Spanish Basque composer: Ten Basque Melodies for Orchestra, Basque Images for Choir and Orchestra, and Don Quixote's Adventure. The performances are all by the Basque National Orchestra conducted by Miguel A. Gomez Martinez. Listen Now!
185 Lee Actor
Two melodious, rhythmic, colorfully orchestrated concertos and a "Dance Rhapsody" by this multi-talented, very much alive-and-kicking American composer. Producer/presenter Fred Flaxman recounts the unusual dual career of this Denver, Colorado native. Despite his last name, one of those careers has never been acting. You'll hear Actor's 2009 Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra, performed by the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kirk Trevor with Debra Richtmeyer as soloist; his Dance Rhapsody; and his Concerto for Horn and Orchestra, performed by Karol Nitron with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra. Listen Now!
186 The Best of the Best of Karl Jenkins
This hour includes Jenkins' infectious tune for the "Diamonds are Forever" TV ad, his hilarious tango based on themes from Beethoven, and excerpts from The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace and the Requiem. Listen Now!
187 Artur Lemba
Fred Flaxman introduces two beautiful, romantic works by this Estonian composer: his Piano Concerto No. 1 and his Symphony in C-Sharp Minor. Listen Now!
188 Michel Legrand
Producer/presenter Fred Flaxman devotes an hour to the beautiful, melancholy, unforgettable, romantic melodies of the contemporary French composer, pianist, conductor, singer, recording artist, and collector of awards: Michel Legrand. Includes excerpts from his music for The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Summer of '42, and Yentl. Performers include Michel Legrand (as both pianist and singer), Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, David Hobson, Sinfonia Australis conducted by Guy Noble, pianist Danielle Laval, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo conducted by Pascal Verrot. Listen Now!
189 The Best Video Game Music
The 58-minute program features the London Symphony Orchestra playing classical orchestrations of the best-known video game themes, including Legend of Zelda, Tetris, Super Mrio Bros., Angry Birds, Halo 3, Advent Rising, Call of Duty - Modern Warfare, Final Fantasy VIII, Uncharted - Drake's Fortune, Metal Gear Solid, Battlefield 2, and Bioshock. Listen Now!
190 Rachel Barton Pine
A tragic accident when this child prodigy was 20 did not at all put an end to her highly successful career. The program features her début with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from a live TV/radio simulcast when she was just 10, and her discussing her career then and now. Listen Now!
191 William Grant Still
The life and music of a highly successful African-American composer. Music features his Afro-American Symphony and his symphonic poem, Africa. The Fort Smith Symphony is conducted by John Jeter. Listen Now!
192 More Still
Three more works by American composer William Grant Still on this second program in a series of three devoted to his music. Includes Wood Notes from 1947, his Symphony No. 2 in G Minor ("Song of a New Race") from 1937, and three of the four movements of his Symphony No. 3 ("The Sunday Symphony"). John Jeter conducts the Fort Smith, Arkansas, Symphony. Listen Now!
193 Still More Still
The final hour of three devoted to this American composer features two of his symphonies (Nos. 4 and 5) and his Poem for Orchestra. John Jeter leads the Fort Smith Symphony. Listen Now!
194 Dancing Pianos
Dance music for piano by Shostakovich, Ginastera, Bartók, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos, Brahms, Satie, Chopin, and Albéniz, performed by the British pianist Kathryn Stott. Listen Now!
195 Strange Musical Animals
Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant features such strange musical animals as the Pop-up toadsters, the Circular Sawtoise, the Clocktopus, and the Ballpoint Pen-quins. These delightful poems, written and read by Jack Prelutsky, are accompanied by the music of Lucas Richman with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jahja Ling. The program also includes new poems by Prelutsky to accompany Camille Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals, from the same San Diego Symphony CD. Listen Now!
196 Yours, Anne
Producer/host Fred Flaxman presents the complete, original off-Broadway cast recording of this musical drama based on The Diary of Anne Frank. Music by Michael Cohen. Libretto by Enid Futterman. Listen Now!
197 Robert Fuchs's Serenades, Part 1
The Austrian composer Robert Fuchs taught composition to Mahler, Wolf, Enescu, Sibelius and many others. He also composed beautiful, if neglected, music himself. Compact Discoveries guide Fred Flaxman presents the first two of Fuchs's five serenades for string orchestra in this hour, and the other three in hour number two. Listen Now!
198 Robert Fuchs's Serenades, Part 2
The second hour of serenades includes Fuchs's Serenades 3 and 4 in their entirety and the first movement of his Serenade No. 5. The Cologne Chamber Orchestra is conducted by Christian Ludwig. Listen Now!
199 Marvelous Movements
Marvelous movements from classical pieces that most people -- even classical music lovers -- don’t know, but would probably like if they heard them. Some are by little-known composers, but most are little-known pieces by very famous composers. Listen Now!
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200 Around the World in 60 Minutes
Using classical, international popular, folk music, and jazz, producer/presenter Fred Flaxman celebrates this 200th Compact Discoveries program by taking a musical trip to 16 countries: Canada, the U.S., Jamaica, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Japan, Greece, the Czech Republic, Russia, Sweden, Norway, England, France, and Spain. Artists featured include Angèle Dubeau and La Pietà, Ella Fitzgerald, Trio Azteca, Paula Robison, Christina Pluhar, Jean-Pierre Rampal, the Soviet Army Chorus, Öjebokören, Anne Sofie Von Otter, and Jacques Brel. Listen Now!
201 Jacques Brel is Dead but not Gone as His Songs Live Forever
Fred Flaxman tells the story of Jacques Brel while playing eight of his most famous songs twice -- the first time in English as sung by the original cast of "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris;" the second time in French as sung by Jacques Brel himself. The songs include Marathon (Les Flamandes), Madeleine, Mathilde, Marieke, Brussels (Bruxelles), If We Only Have Love (Quand on a que l'amour), Amsterdam, and Carousel (La Valse a Mille Temps). Listen Now!
202 Musical Rivers
The Blue Danube Waltz serves to open this hour of music inspired by rivers, including the Mississippi, Hudson, Shenandoah, Swanee, and Moldau. Paul Robeson sings four songs on the theme. Listen Now!
203 Musical Mountains
Classical, popular, folk, and Broadway music inspired by mountains. Listen Now!
204 The Music of James Cohn
Tuneful contemporary American pieces, including Miniatures for Orchestra, A Grecian Festival, the "Carnival" movement from Evocations: Concerto No. 2 for Clarinet and Strings, The Goldfinch Variations, and "Theme and Variations" from Sonata Romantica. Fred Flaxman hosts. Listen Now!
205 Living American Composers
Melodious, immediately enjoyable music by serious, living American composers who know how to write a good tune and to please listeners. The music includes Green Places by Gary Schocker, the Cantata for the Children of Terezin by Mary Ann Joyce-Walter, and Goyescana: Concerto for Guitar by Michael Colina. Performers include guitarist Michael Andriaccio, the London Symphony Orchestra, soprano Oxnaya Oleskaya, the Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra and Singers, flutist Carla Auld, and the Beauty in America Orchestra. Listen Now!
206 More Living American Composers
Another hour devoted to proving that all the great melodies were not written by composers of the past. There are living American composers who know how to write catchy tunes! The proof includes Reflective Rag by Judith Lang Zaimont, Voyage to a New Land by Steven Giammarino, Discover the Wild by Kenneth Fuchs, Down the Ladder to Sleep by Timothy Crist, two songs by Nicholas White, and Sonata for Brass Quintet by John Cheetham. Listen Now!
207 Porgy and Bess
Various interpretations of music from George Gershwin's opera, starting with Robert Russell Bennett’s Symphonic Picture, continuing with Igor Alexandrovich Frolov’s Concert Fantasy on Themes from “Porgy and Bess” for two violins and piano, and concluding with songs from the opera as played by the Barcelona Clarinet Quartet and sung by Maureen McGovern, William Warfield, and Leontyne Price. Listen Now!
208 Déodat de Séverac
The piano music of this impressionistic French composer has been unjustly neglected since his death at 38 in 1921, but several recordings have recently been issued of his music. Some of them are sampled in this hour. Listen Now!
209 Chopin's Chamber Music
Chopin wrote very little chamber music, and most of it fits in this hour: his cello sonata and piano trio. Listen Now!
210 Lise de la Salle
The extraordinary, young, French pianist plays Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 and Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1. Listen Now!
211 Hollywood Musical Hits
An hour of the greatest hits from Hollywood musicals. Songs include Cheek to Cheek, Over the Rainbow, Easter Parade, Anything You Can Do, Ol’ Man River, Singin’ in the Rain, The Surrey with the Fringe on Top, Getting to Know You, Some Enchanted Evening, Thank Heaven for Little Girls, Maria, and Seventy-Six Trombones. The singers include Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Betty Hutton, Howard Keel, William Warfield, Gene Kelly, Gordon MacRae, Marni Nixon, Giorgio Tozzi, Maurice Chevalier, Jim Bryant, and Robert Preston. Listen Now!
212 Hollywood's Greatest Themes
Fred Flaxman presents some of the greatest theme music from Hollywood movies, starting in 1939 with Gone with the Wind, and finishing in 1993 with Schindler's List. In between you'll hear the themes from Laura, The High and the Mighty, The Bridge on the River Kwai, A Summer Place, Exodus, The Magnificent Seven, The Pink Panther, Doctor Zhivago, Love Story, Summer of '42, and Star Wars. Listen Now!
213 Oscar-Winning Songs
Fourteen Academy-Award-winning popular classics as sung by Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Lionel Richie, and others. The music includes Moon River... Over the Rainbow... The Way You Look Tonight...Whatever Will Be, Will Be... Born Free... The Windmills of Your Mind… You Light Up My Life; and Fame.
214 Longing for Lalo
Fred Flaxman presents two of Lalo's most popular, tuneful works -- his Symphonie Espagnole and his Cello Concerto -- plus his little-known but delightful Aubade No. 2. The performers include violinist Alexandre da Costa with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Radiotelevisión Española conducted by Carlow Kalmar, cellist Paul Tortelier with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Louis Frémaux, and Chamber Music Palm Beach. Listen Now!
215 More Longing for Lalo
Fred Flaxman presents Lalo's tuneful Symphony in G Minor, two Rapsodies, and three movements from his Namouna Suite No. 1. Performers include the Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo conducted by Antonio de Almeida and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Radiotelevisión Espagñola conducted by Carlos Kalmar. Listen Now!
216 Impressions of Italy
Everyone loves to visit Italy -- especially composers. And the country inspires lots of tuneful, cheery, sunny music. In this hour we hear from three such composers: one Russian, one German, and one Austrian. The Russian composer is Tchaikovsky, and his Italian contribution is Capriccio Italien. The German is Mendelssohn. His fourth symphony is called “The Italian.” The Austrian is Hugo Wolf, the composer of Italian Serenade. Listen Now!
217 Impressions of Spain
"Spanish" music by French, Russian, and German composers: Chabrier, Ravel, Debussy, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Moszkowski. The pieces include Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio espagnol performed by the Seattle Symphony conducted by Gerard Schwarz, Emmanuel Chabrier's España with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo under the baton of Hervé Niquet, two movements of Maurice Ravel's Rapsodie espagnole played by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Lorin Maazel, two movements of Claude Debussy's Iberia with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by André Previn, and Moritz Moszkowski's Caprice Espagnol performed by accordionist Ksenija Sidorova. Listen Now!
218 20th Century Flute Favorites
This hour was inspired by the almost simultaneous release of three compact discs from three different companies each featuring wonderful, tuneful, romantic 20th Century pieces for flute. The works include the Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra by the English composer, Howard Blake -- an immediately appealing work from 1996. The program begins with the Suite Antique by another living English composer, John Rutter, who is known mainly for his choral works. The final piece is the Flute Sonata by Francis Poulenc as orchestrated by Lennox Berkeley. It was written in 1956-1957. Listen Now!
219 Amahl and the Night Visitors
This was the first opera written for TV. Gian Carlo Menotti's work enjoys more than 500 performances annually around the world. Fred Flaxman introduces a Naxos recording made by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra with members of the Chicago Symphony Chorus. Ike Hawkersmith sings the role of Amahl; Kirsten Gunlogson sings the role of his mother. Listen Now!
220 Gian Carlo Menotti
Known mainly for his operas, Italian-American composer Gian Carlo Menotti also wrote orchestral music. This hour features his violin concerto and excerpts from his ballet Sebastian. His Concerto for Violin and Orchestra is performed by violinist Walter Verdehr with the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic conducted by Kirk Trevor from a Crystal Records CD. Sebastian is performed by the Vienna State Opera Orchestra conducted by Jonathan Sternberg from a Pierian Recording Society compact disc. Listen Now!
221 Anton Rubinstein for Cello
The multi-talented Anton Rubinstein was the Leonard Bernstein of his day. In this hour Fred Flaxman presents his Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1 in its entirety, along with two movements from his Second Cello Sonata and a short piece for cello and piano. The cellist is Michal Kaňka; Jaromír Klepáč is the pianist. Listen Now!
222 The Music of Nino Rota
Famous as a film composer, Rota was equally prolific as a composer of concert music. Fred Flaxman presents examples of both genres in this hour: the suite from the ballet, La Strada, which was originally music for the Fellini film, and the Divertimento Concertanto for Double Bass and Orchestra. The music from La Strada is performed by the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada conducted by Josep Pons. Rick Sotijn is the soloist in the Divertimento Concertanto for Double Bass and Orchestra with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mats Rondin. Listen Now!
223 More Music of Nino Rota
The hour includes Concerto Soirée, Dances from Il Gattopardo (The Leopard film), and A Fantasia on Nino Rota's Themes from Fellini's Movies. Josep Pons conducts the Granada City Orchestra in the first two works. I Cameristi di Roma play the Fantasia. Listen Now!
224 Nino Rota's Chamber Music
The hour starts with "A Time for Us" from Romeo & Juliet, and includes Nonetto, “Cantilena" from Seven Piano Pieces for Children, Intermezzo for Viola and Piano, and Saraband and Toccata for Harp. Performers include Angèle Dubeau and La Pieta, and Kremerata Musica. Listen Now!
225 Nino Rota's Piano Concertos
Fred Flaxman presents two of Rota's four piano concertos in this hour. They are both performed by Finnish pianist Janne Mertanen with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Hannu Lintu. Listen Now!
226 Nino Rota's Movie Music
Great tunes from The Godfather, Amarcord, The Leopard, La Strada, Romeo and Juliette, Rocco and His Brothers, and 8½, performed by the Filarmonica della Scala conducted by Riccardo Muti, pianist Massimo Palumbo, the Harmonia Ensemble, and Nino Rota himself on the piano. Listen Now!
227 More Nino Rota Concertos
Fred Flaxman presents the first recordings of Nina Rota's delightful concertos for Harp and Orchestra, Bassoon and Orchestra, and Castel del Monte: Ballad for Horn and Orchestra. Marzio Conti conducts I Virtuosi Italiani with harpist Luisa Prandina, bassoonist Paolo Carlini, and French hornist Guido Corti. This is the last of a series of six programs devoted to the music of this 20th Century Italian composer, known more for his film scores than his equally tuneful concert music. Listen Now!
228 Saint-Saëns for Cello and Orchestra
Fred Flaxman presents Saint-Saëns' Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 1 in its entirety, then his Suite, his Romance, and his Allegro Appassionato for the same combination of instruments, and finally the last movement of his Second Concerto for Cello and Orchestra. In all these works the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, Belgium, is conducted by Christian Arming. Cello soloists include Adam Krzeszowiec, Pau Codina, Wojciech Fudala, Noëlle Weidmann, and Deborah Pae. The soloists are all from the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium. Listen Now!
229 Symphonic Variations
César Franck's Symphonic Variations are performed by pianist François-Joël Thiollier with Roberto Benzi conducting the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra. Dvorák's Symphonic Variations, Op. 78, are performed by the Janàcek Philharmonic Orchestra with Theodore Kuchar conducting, and Parry's Symphonic Variations in E Minor are performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Matthias Bamert. Listen Now!
230 The Taming of the Shrew
Composers who wrote music inspired by Shakespeare's comedy include Johan Wagenaar, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Hermann Goetz, Vittorio Giannini, and Cole Porter, all of whom we hear in this hour. The music includes Taming of the Shrew overtures by Wagenaar, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and Goetz, an excerpt from an opera by Giannini, and songs from Cole Porter's musical, Kiss Me Kate, which was based on The Taming of the Shrew. Listen Now!
231 American Indians
An hour of Romantic period music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Frederick Delius and Edward MacDowell inspired by Native Americans: the Hiawatha Overture by Coleridge-Taylor, Hiawatha, a tone poem for orchestra by Delius, and the “Indian Suite,” Suite Number 2, Opus 48, by MacDowell. Listen Now!
This hour of music inspired by the Cinderella story includes Rossini's overture to La Cenerentola, D'Albert's Aschenputtel Suite, Prokofiev's Cinderella Suite No. 1, and the overture to the TV and Broadway musical Cinderella by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Performers include the Prague Sinfonia Orchestra conducted by Christian Benda, the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jun Märkl, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine conducted by Theodore Kuchar. Listen Now!
233 Dies Irae
This Gregorian chant as incorporated in music by Liszt, Elgar, Rachmaninoff, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Respighi, Shostakovich, Khachaturian, and others. Listen Now!
234 Well-Known Don Quixotes
In this first hour of music inspired by the Spanish classic novel, Fred Flaxman presents Richard Strauss's Don Quixote and the "Overture" and "The Impossible Dream" from the Broadway musical, Man of La Mancha, sung by Plácido Domingo. Strauss's work is performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim with cellist John Sharp. Listen Now!
235 Lesser-Known Don Quixotes
In this second hour of music inspired by the Spanish classic novel, Fred Flaxman presents Una Aventura de Don Quijote, a 1916 symphonic poem by Jésus Guridi; Don Quixote (Symphonic Engravings) from 1960 by Kara Karayev; and Don Quixote -- Humoresque for Orchestra, Op. 87, by Anton Rubinstein, from 1870. Listen Now!
236 Don Quixote: The Ballet
Fred Flaxman concludes his trilogy of programs inspired by this famous fictional character with the ballet by Ludwig Minkus. The music in this Warner Classics recording was made for the soundtrack for a 1973 film of the revised version of the ballet that Rudolf Nureyev made for the Australian Ballet. John Lanchbery conducts the Elizabethan Trust Melbourne Orchestra in highlights from the ballet. Listen Now!
237 Hans Pfitzner's Cello Concertos
Hans Pfitzner (1869-1949) wrote three very beautiful cello concertos, all of which are heard in their entirety in this program. But what was he like as a person? Was he a Nazi? Was he an anti-Semite? You’ll hear his gorgeous music and learn about his relationship with Hitler and the Nazis in this Compact Discoveries program. Listen Now!
238 The Year 1914 in Music
Music making its premiere in 1914 included Maurice Ravel’s Trio for Piano, Violin, and Cello, The Oceanides by Jean Sibelius, Scott Joplin’s Magnetic Rag Eubie Blake’s Fizz Water, and Spooks: A Midnight Chase by Harry Alford — all of which you’ll hear in this hour of Fred Flaxman's Compact Discoveries. Listen Now!
239 Jewish Gems
Fifteen great Jewish tunes, including traditional folk songs, klezmer, dance music, and other festive songs. Performers include The Weavers, Jeff Warschauer, the Rochester Singers, the New London Children's Choir, Counterpoint, Bruce Adler, the London Festival Orchestra and Chorus, Inessa Galante, Isabelle Georges, the Sirba Octet, the Karmon Israeli Dancers and Singers, and Gregori Schechter's Klezmer Festival Band. The music includes the Hanukkah Madrigal, Rock of Ages, The Rabbi Elimelekh, Tumbalalayka, The Youngest Daughter, Hudl Makes Strudel, Hava Nagila, My Yiddishe Momme, Hatikva, Beir Mir Bist Du Scheyn, Raisins with Almonds, Hevenu shalom aleichem, Bublitchki, The Elephant’s Dance, and Tzena, Tzena, Tzena. Listen Now!
240 Discoveries Potpourri
Each one-hour Compact Discoveries program is devoted to a different theme. But every year we discover wonderful music that doesn’t fit a theme that we're currently working on. This hour is devoted to this terrific music. It includes the world premiere recording of Roberto Di Marino's Concerto for Bandoneon and String Orchestra, Myroslav Skoryk's Melody, the third movement of Carl Goldmark's Suite for Violin and Piano, the final movement of Richard Strauss' Violin Concerto, the final movement of Joseph Horovitz's Sonatina, and “Otoño en Buenos Aires” from José Elizondo's Danzas Latinamericanas. Listen Now!
241 Classic Kern
Jerome Kern's greatest hits sung by Kiri Te Kanawa, Sylvia McNair, William Warfield, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Barbara Cook, and others. Find out why they would never have been created had Kern not loved to play poker. You’ll also learn the unique way Kern escaped going into his father’s business, and how this Jewish boy from New York City managed to marry a gentile English barmaid way back in 1910, when this sort of thing was not very common. Listen Now!
242 Kern Without Words
Jerome Kern's Mark Twain: A Portrait for Orchestra, Overture to "Show Boat," a Russian arrangement of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes for two violins and piano, a string quartet version of five famous Kern songs, and two Kern songs as scored for piano and orchestra. Performers include the Cincinatti Pops Orchestra conducted by Erich Kunzel, the Music Theater Orchestra of Lincoln Center, violinists Nicolas Koecker and Rudolf Joachim Koeckert, pianist Kristina Miller-Koeckert, the Alexander String Quartet, and Paul Weston and His Orchestra. Listen Now!
243 Best Music of 1915, Part 1
The music includes Bartók's Danses Populaires Roumaines, performed by Les Violons du Roy conducted by Jean-Marie Zeitouni... Siegfried Wagner's Violin Concerto, performed by Ulf Hoelscher with Werner Andreas Albert conducting the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz... Manuel Ponce's Balada Mexicana, performed by pianist Jorge Federico Osorio with the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra conducted by Enrique Bátiz... and Albert Ketèlbey’s In a Monastery Garden, performed by the London Promenade Orchestra and Ambrosian Chorus conducted by Alexander Faris. Listen Now!
244 Best Music of 1915, Part 2: Manuel de Falla
Manuel De Falla wrote two of his best orchestral pieces 100 years ago this year: Nights in the Gardens of Spain and Love, the Magician. Producer/host Fred Flaxman presents both works in this hour. They are both performed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Geoffrey Simon. El amor brujo / Love the Magician features mezzo-soprano Sarah Walker. Noches en los jardines de España / Nights in the Gardens of Spain features pianist Margaret Fingerhut. Listen Now!
245 Czech This Out!
The music includes Antonin Dvořák’s Czech Suite; Czech Dances by Bedřich Smetana; two Czech waltzes by Oskar Nedbal; and the Poem from the Idyll “At Twilight” by Zdeněk Fibich. Performers include the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Václav Neumann; the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Theodore Kuchar; and pianist Jan Novotný. Listen Now!
246 Rossini's Last Sin
Rossini called his Petite Messe Solennelle a "Small Solemn Mass," but it is very large, not very solemn, and sounds more like one of his operas than a mass. This program brings you excerpts from Rossini's last major work, written when he was 75. It is performed by the Orchestre e Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia conducted by Antonio Pappano. The soprano is Marina Rebeka. Sara Mingardo is the contralto; Francesco Meli, the tenor; and Alex Esposito, the bass. Ciro Visco is the chorus master in this Warner Classics release from 2013. Listen Now!
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247 Sibelius at 150, Part 1
Music by Jean Sibelius which is still greatly loved and often played 150 years after his birth in Finland on December 8, 1865: his Violin Concerto, The Swan of Tuonela, and Valse Triste. In this 2011 MSR Classics recording of Sibelius's Violin Concerto, the soloist is Zina Schiff. Avlana Eisenberg conducts the MAV Symphony Orchestra. The Swan of Tuonela is performed by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Paavo Berglund. Valse triste, Op. 44, is performed by the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Herbert Von Karajan. Listen Now!
248 Sibelius at 150, Part 2
This second hour includes Sibelius's Symphony No. 2, performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra conducted by Paavo Järvi, and Finlandia, played by the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy. Listen Now!
249 Castelnuovo-Tedesco Concertos
Fred Flaxman presents a very tuneful guitar concerto and melodious violin concerto by this 20th Century Italian-born composer. Listen Now!
250 More from Mario
The very first performance and recording of Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Four Dances from “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” Opus 167, is followed by a complete recording of his Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor with Alessandro Marangoni and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Mogrelia. Listen Now!
251 More Castelnuovo-Tedesco Concertos
Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s infectious Concerto for Two Guitars and his tuneful Piano Concerto No. 2. The prize-winning guitarists in this program are Nagasaki-born Kazuhito Yamashita and his younger sister, Naoko Yamashita. The London Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Leonard Slatkin. The Second Piano Concerto is performed by the Italian pianist Alessandro Marangoni accompanied by the Malmö Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Mogrelia. Listen Now!
252 Castelnuovo-Tedesco Encore
This is the fourth of four one-hour programs featuring the music of this gifted, highly-accessible, but unjustly neglected composer. In this hour we hear Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Guitar Concerto No. 2, Opus 160; his Sonatina for Flute and Guitar, Opus 205; and the “Romanza con variazioni” movement from his Piano Trio No. 2. Listen Now!
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253 A Foote for Your Ears
Arthur Foote was an American composer who wrote beautiful European music. Featured are Foote's Serenade for Strings, Op. 25, performed by the London Octave conducted by Kypros Markou; his Suite No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15, performed by pianist Artem Belogurov; and Three Pieces for Flute and Piano, Op. 31, performed by flutist Teresa Beaman with pianist Jane Davis Maldonado. Listen Now!
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