Compact Discoveries Program Descriptions
in numerical order as Aug. 20, 2015

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1 Brazilian Beats
The catchy tunes and foot-stompin, rhythms of Brazilian tangos, waltzes and other dances composed by Nazareth, da Arbeau, Villa-Lobos and even Frenchman Darius Milhaud. Performances by Brazilian pianist Arthur Moreira Lima, classical flutist Paula Robison, guitarist Michael Cedric Smith, and Leonard Bernstein conducting the French National Orchestra.  Listen Now!

2 Discs for Dishwashing
Fred Flaxman attempts to turn dishwashing from a chore into, well, almost a pleasure, with his selection of appropriate music which can be enjoyed to the accompaniment of the rattle of pots and pans. The program includes Handel's Water Music, "Mack the Knife" from Kurt Weil's The Threepenny Opera, Victor Herbert's Pan Americana, and other tunes which relate by a very far stretch of the imagination to that necessary daily task. This is definitely a light approach to serious music! Listen Now!

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3 The Tune That Drove Composers Wild (Part 1)
In 1820 an Italian violinist, unknown outside of his native country at the time, published a tune that was destined to drive audiences -- and composers -- wild ever since. His name: Niccolo Paganini. The piece: the last of 24 caprices for solo violin. In this hour Fred Flaxman plays the original Paganini caprice plus variations on the theme by Liszt, Brahms, Szymanowski and Rachmaninov. Listen Now!

4 The Tune That Drove Composers Wild (Part 2)
So many variations by so many composers were written on Paganini's original theme, Fred Flaxman couldn't fit even the most famous such works in one hour. So the theme continues in this program with very interesting, unusual, tuneful variations by Boris Blacher, Witold Lutoslowski, and Cats composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. Listen Now!

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5 The First Gershwin
The 19th Century Creole New Orleans composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk -- not George Gershwin -- was the first American composer to combine Afro-American rhythms with classical European forms. His delightful Creole- and Caribbean-influenced fantasies for piano and orchestra are featured. Performances by pianists Philip Martin and Eugene List, and the Utah Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maurice Abravanel. Listen Now!

6 The French Gershwin
The jazz-classical suites of Claude Bolling, featuring flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal, guitarist Alexandre Lagoya, violinist Pinchas Zukerman, pianist Emmanuel Ax, cellist Yo Yo Ma and trumpeter Maurice André accompanying Bolling's jazz trio. Listen Now!

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7 The Cuban Gershwin
Virtually everyone 60 years or older has heard of the piano piece Malagueña, but not one out of 100 could name the composer. Well, it's by Ernesto Lecuona. The Cuban composer, like his contemporary, George Gershwin, wrote popular music and tried his hand successfully at longer forms. Thanks to the Swedish company, BIS, several volumes of Ernesto Lecuona: the Complete Piano Music, are now available. Fred Flaxman presents highlights from these albums as well as an historical release on RCA Victor which features the composer playing his own compositions. Listen Now!

8 The Next Gershwin?
Paul Schoenfield's music mixes Broadway with Jewish folk, jazz, blues, Dixieland, contemporary, classical, romantic and circus styles. This program features recordings of his exciting, melodious, highly charged, rhythmic pieces: Vaudeville, Four Parables and Café Music.  Listen Now!

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9 Best Music for Back Rubs
The music selected should reflect the type and style of backrub desired, the mood of the back rubber and rubbee, and the time of day that it is to be administered. This program's different strokes for different folks includes Carl Orff's Carmina Burana (for those who like to be sat on, pounded with fists and pushed in with great force from above) and Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee (for those who prefer more of a tickle than a rub).  Listen Now!

10 Fauré's Fiascos
Did Fauré have any idea how to play his own Barcarolle No. 1 in A Minor? This gem is followed by the composer's Elégie for Cello and Orchestra, Pavane and his Sonata in A for Violin and Piano. The program's title refers not to Fauré's music, but to his love life. Listen Now!

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11 Radio Revisited
A return to the yesteryears of radio, when a generation of Americans was introduced to classical music via the theme songs of The Lone Ranger, Sergeant Preston of the Yukon, The Shadow and other programs. Clips from the original radio programs show how the music was used. The music includes Rezniceck's Donna Diana Overture, Rossini's William Tell Overture and Lizst's Les Préludes.  Listen Now!

12 Crazy about Kalinnikov
Kalinnikov's two symphonies should be as popular as those of Tchaikovsky. But they are not. You'll want to correct this situation, at least in your own home, when you hear these performances by the Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Neeme Järvi and the USSR Symphony conducted by Evgueni Svetlanov.  Listen Now!

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13 Leroy Anderson's Clever Musical Miniatures
Live long enough and the popular music of your youth becomes the classical music of today. Witness the clever orchestral miniatures of Leroy Anderson, the once-popular American composer who is now listed in the classical music catalogs. This program takes a new look at The Syncopated Clock, Sleigh Ride, The Typewriter Song and other Anderson favorites, as well as his rarely-performed Concerto in C for Piano & Orchestra. [You'll find another hour of this composer's music on Program 142.] Listen Now!

14 All About Alkan
A search for the theme song to Alfred Hitchcock Presents leads by mistake to the discovery of the French composer Charles Valentin Alkan. The music includes his parody, the Funeral March on the Death of a Parrot, as well as Charles Gounod's Funeral March of a Marionette (the actual Hitchcock theme). Also featured are excerpts from the Concerto for Solo Piano performed by Marc-André Hamelin.  Listen Now!

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15 Favorite Funeral Music
Music lovers can make the task of writing their last will and testament far more interesting by naming the musical selections they would like to be played at their funeral. Schubert's Death and the Maiden string quartet might be appropriate for some, but Fred Flaxman chooses piano pieces he never managed to play well while still alive, played (by more gifted pianists) as he would have liked to play them. Listen Now!

16 Hats Off to Coates
The music of English composer Eric Coates, including movements from The London Suite, The London Again Suite, and The Three Bears Fantasy. The program also includes the Forsyte Saga theme from The Three Elizabeths Suite and By the Sleepy Lagoon, the theme song of the BBC's "Desert Island Discs." Listen Now!

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17 Music for Halloween (Pledge Event Version)
Host Fred Flaxman attempts to scare listeners into contributing to their local public radio station during their Fall membership drives. Music includes "Fossils" from The Carnival of the Animals and Danse macabre by Saint-Saëns; A Night on Bald Mountain by Mussorgsky; The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Dukas and a snippet of The Isle of the Dead by Rachmaninov.  Listen Now!

18 In Praise of Poulenc
Was Francis Poulenc a great composer? If, by great, you mean a composer who creates a significant body of music which is truly original, full of memorable melodies, with unique harmonies and colorful, captivating orchestration, the French composer would certainly qualify. Examples of his art presented here include "Le Lion Amoureux" from Les Animaux Modèles; his piano concerto; and his Concerto for Two Pianos and OrchestraListen Now!

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19 Aaron Copland: The Brooklyn Cowboy
Aaron Copland talked with a Brooklyn accent and composed with a Western touch. In addition to Appalachian Spring, El Salon Mexico, and Fanfare for the Common Man, this program includes an excerpt from an interview with the composer. Listen Now!

20 Controversial Comrade Kabalevsky
With the fall of communism in the Soviet Union and the demise of atonal elitism in the West, Fred Flaxman takes a new look at this major 20th Century Russian composer, and a new listen to his music. Compositions played include his romantic and tuneful first violin concerto, the Overture to Colas Breugnon, and the ComediansListen Now!

21 Viva Villa-Lobos!
The Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos was so prolific, one needs a guide to pick out the real gems of his output. Fred Flaxman volunteers and presents his listeners with the hauntingly lyrical Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 for soprano and cellos; the melodious, rhythmic, catchy, unforgettable, Brazilian-to-the-core Choros No. 1 for guitar, and the dynamic, tuneful, rhythmic First Piano Concerto. Listen Now!

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22 Music for Hanukkah?
What is appropriate music for Hanukkah? Host Fred Flaxman chooses Ravel's Chanson hébraïque; "This Land is Mine" from the movie Exodus; the "Finale" from Live in the Fiddler's House, with Itzhak Perlman as the violinist; harpist Rachel Van Voorhees playing My Little Dreydl, Candles Burning, Hanukkah, and Rock of Ages; Krein's Esquisses hébraïques; Levenson's Two Jewish Folk Songs; and klezmer music by Klezamir. Listen Now!

23 Schubert's Tuneful Chamber Music
Schubert was one of the greatest melody writers of all time. If you don't believe that, just tune in for this hour of proof. It includes the Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano in A Minor. As an additional bonus, you'll find out what an arpeggione is and why you'll hear this piece played on a cello instead. Listen Now!

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24 Wagner Without Words
This program is aimed particularly at people who enjoy classical music, but who don't care for opera and can't stand, in particular, the long, heavy, highly Germanic operas of Richard Wagner. The overtures, preludes and incidental music to those operas contain many of the best melodies from those works without any of the words. The program will include the "Prélude & Liebestod" from Tristan und Isolde, the "Prélude to Act III" of Lohengrin and some music Wagner wrote that wasn't for any of his operas. Listen Now!

25 A Symphony for Santa Claus
Featured is the Santa Claus Symphony by William Henry Fry, the first native-born American to compose for large symphonic forces. Tony Rowe conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in this world-premiere recording. Listen Now!

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26 Neglected Saint-Saëns
It is ironic that the most famous piece written by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns was his musical joke, The Carnival of the Animals. Ironic because, except for the section called "The Swan," he withdrew the piece after just a few performances and wouldn't allow it to be published until after his death. He didn't want this auditory burlesque to interfere with his reputation as a serious composer. Unfortunately, some of the composer's most beautiful works are still rarely heard by comparison to The Carnival. But they will be featured in this hour, including the Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, the Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, and the symphonic poem Phaëton.  Listen Now!

27 Love Music, Part 1
Classical love music includes Josef Suk's "Song of Love," Prokofiev's march from "The Love for Three Oranges," Khrennikov's "Love for Love" ballet suite, and Grieg's song "Jeg elsker Dig." Love music by George Gershwin concludes the program. Gershwin himself tells the story behind the failure-turned-success of "The Man I Love." Listen Now!

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28 Love Music, Part 2
Fred Flaxman presents popular love music by George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, the theme from "Love Story" by Francis Lai, Sammy Fain's "Love is a Many Splendored Thing," "Creole Love Call" with the Comedy Harmonists, and more. Artists include Michael Rose and the WXEL Orchestra, Christiane Noll, Kiri Te Kanawa, Ivy Austin, and the Cincinnati Pops conducted by Erich Kunzel.  Listen Now!   

29 Variations on Very Familiar Tunes
Fred Flaxman brings you "Happy Birthday Variations" by Peter Heidrich, "Variations on Auld Lang Syne" by Franz Waxman, "Variations on a Nursery Song" ("Twinkle Twinkle Little Star") by Ernst von Dohnányi, and "McMozart's Eine Kleine Bricht Moonlicht Musik" by Teddy Bor. Listen Now!

30 Ravel: The Composer as Pianist and Conductor
Maurice Ravel plays his own compositions: "Valses nobles et sentimentales," "Sonatine," "Pavane pour une infante défunte," and conducts his most famous piece, "Boléro." Listen Now!

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31 A Gershwin Tribute
Fred Flaxman takes us back in time to July 10, 1938, and we listen to a memorial broadcast honoring George Gershwin on the eve of the first anniversary of his death. It features Jane Froman, Felix Knight, Sonny Schuyler and the Victor Salon Group, conducted by Nathaniel Shilkret. We also hear Al Jolson singing Gershwin's first hit, "Swanee," and an excerpt from Gershwin himself playing his "Rhapsody in Blue" with Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra.  Listen Now!

32 Movie Concertos
Fred Flaxman presents the most famous of the mini piano concertos written especially for the movies, mostly in the 1940s: Richard Addinsell's Warsaw Concerto, the Cornish Rhapsody by Hubert Bath, the Swedish Rhapsody by Charles Wildman, Miklos Rozsa's Spellbound Concerto, George Gershwin's New York Rhapsody, and others. The Cuban-American pianist Santiago Rodriguez performs with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra conducted by William Hudson. Listen Now!

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33 One-Hit American Composers
Fred Flaxman presents the biggest hits of four American composers who only had one big hit: Morton Gould's American Salute, Edward MacDowell's Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Walter Piston's The Incredible Flutist, and an excerpt from Virgil Thomson's The Plow that Broke the PlainsListen Now!

34 More One-Hit American Composers
Howard Hanson's Romantic Symphony, Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings, and excerpts from Ferde Grofé's Grand Canyon Suite are featured. Listen Now!

35 One-Hit French Composers
Featured are Emmanuel Chabrier's España, Vincent d'Indy's Symphony on a French Mountaineer's Song, and an excerpt from Canteloube's one masterwork, Songs of the Auvergne. Listen Now!

36 Good Old-Time Music by Vieuxtemps

Vieuxtemps means "old times" in French, and the 19th Century Belgian violinist Henri Vieuxtemps composed seven old-time romantic violin concertos worthy of his name. Fred Flaxman features the fourth and fifth concertos in this program, both performed by Itzhak Perlman with the Orchestre de Paris conducted by Daniel Barenboim, plus Vieuxtemps, humorous variations on Yankee DoodleListen Now!

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37 The Birds and the Bees
Fred Flaxman's sexiest program yet. It includes The Birds by Respighi; The Wasps and The Lark Ascending by Vaughan-Williams; The Bees by Barrios, and two versions of The Flight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky-Korsakov. Listen Now!

38 Summer Music
Cool off with Summer Nights (Les Nuits d,Été) by Berlioz, Summertime by Gershwin, "Summer" from The Four Seasons by Vivaldi (in a version for harp and orchestra), Alvén's Midsummer Vigil (in a version by the composer for piano, four hands), the theme from Summer of '42 by Michel Legrand, and the theme from A Summer Place by Max Steiner. Listen Now!

39 Leftover Birds
Fred Flaxman's previous program on "The Birds and the Bees" turned up so much terrific bird music, he decided to do another hour of "Leftover Birds." Included: At the Chicken Chaser's Ball with the Royal City Saxophone Quartet... hens, roosters, cuckoos and aviaries from The Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns (Program 41 is devoted entirely to "Swan Songs"!)... Dave Brubeck's Strange Meadow Lark...Tchaikovsky's Song of the Lark...Hoagie Carmichael's Skylark... and music by Glinka, Liszt, Mouquet and others. Listen Now!

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40 Music of "Rospighi"
To create the ballet music for La Boutique Fantasque (The Fantastic Toyshop), Ottorino Respighi orchestrated piano pieces written by the famous opera composer Giacomo Rossini as part of his Sins of Old Age. Respighi orchestrated other Rossini piano pieces into a suite called Rossiniana. These delightful combinations of compositions by Rossini and Respighi constitute what Fred Flaxman calls the music of "Rospighi." The pianist is Paolo Giacometti, and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra is led by Antonio Janigro. Listen Now!

41 Swan Songs
This hour, devoted entirely to music inspired by swans, includes a suite from the ballet Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky, The Swan of Tuonela by Sibelius, and several versions of "The Swan" from The Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns. Listen Now!

42 Sullivan Without Gilbert
Sir Arthur Sullivan is famous for his collaborations with W.S. Gilbert on a series of highly successful operettas. But he did write other music as well. Fred Flaxman presents Sullivan's Overture di Ballo, his Cello Concerto and excerpts from his ballet, L'Ile Enchantée. Listen Now!

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43 From Borodin to Broadway
The Broadway musical Kismet was based on themes of the Russian composer Alexandr Borodin. In this hour Fred Flaxman presents songs from the musical paired with the Borodin originals. Listen Now!

44 Name That Tune! [no script available to prevent cheating!]
This is the first and, so far, only Compact Discoveries quiz, so get out your pen and paper and try to name the composer and composition for each of the ten delightful selections you will hear in this hour. Compact discs will be awarded to the winners. Listen Now!

45 Musical Gardens
Fred Flaxman presents In a Monestary Garden by Ketèlbey, Country Gardens by Grainger, The Flowers by Sibelius, and Chrysanthemums by Pucinni, along with butterflies by Grieg and Lavallée and bees by Mendelssohn and Rimsky-Korsakov. Listen Now!

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46 Music for Insomniacs
Pieces selected to help people fall asleep. WARNING: Do not drive and listen to this program at the same time! Music includes Satie's Gymnopédie No. 1, Vaughan-Williams' Fantasia on Greensleeves, Albinoni's Adagio for Strings, and Tchaikovsky's Andante CantabileListen Now!

47 Classical Kids
Piano music inspired by children, including Debussy's Children's Corner Suite, Schumann's Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood), Fauré's Dolly Suite, and Poldini's Poupée valsante (Waltzing Doll). Listen Now!

48 The End
Fred Flaxman presents particularly interesting, exciting and unusual endings of classical music pieces. These include the final moments of Mahler's Song of Lament and his Symphony No. 6, Malcolm Arnold's A Grand, Grand Overture, Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 and his Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Ives' Symphony No. 2, and Poulenc's Dialogues of the CarmelitesListen Now!

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49 Opus 1
A program of first published compositions by Rachmaninov, Chopin, Grieg and others -- their Opus 1. Listen Now!

50 Joaquín Nin
The father of writer Anaïs Nin was a modern day "Don Juan" whose scandal-plagued life eclipsed his melodic, rhythmic, folksy piano compositions. Pianist Thomas Tirino's new CD of Nin's complete works for solo piano is featured. Listen Now!

51 Vocalise Variations
Fred Flaxman presents vocal, instrumental, choral and orchestral transcriptions of one of Rachmaninov's most beautiful melodies. Listen Now!

52 Tyzen Hsiao, the Chinese Rachmaninov
The highly romantic violin and cello concertos of the contemporary Taiwanese composer Tyzen Hsiao successfully mix Chinese folk melodies with Western classical music. Listen Now!

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53 Chamber Music Palm Beach 
Highlights from the group's first four compact discs. Music include's Poulenc's Perpetual Motion, Turina's Toreador's Prayer, Lalo's Aubade No. 2, the third movement from McAlister's Lou's Mountain Bread, the opening movement from Malcolm Arnold's Trio, Paladilhe's Danse noble, the allegretto movement from Martinu's Nonet, two movements from Pierné's Royal Court Ballet, a Divertissement by Samazeuilh, and Deux Mouvements by Ibert.  Listen Now!

54 From Norway to Broadway
The music of Edvard Grieg as turned into the Broadway musical "Song of Norway." The Grieg originals include Norwegian Dance No. 2, the Waltz from Lyric Pieces, Book 1, Notturno from the Lyric Suite, and To Spring from Lyric Pieces, Book 3. The Broadway songs include Strange Music, Hymn of Betrothal, and Freddy and His Fiddle. Listen Now!

55 James Brooks-Bruzzese
The recordings of the conductor of the Symphony of the Americas, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, are featured. Maestro Brooks-Bruzzese conducts the Hungarian Virtuosi in Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings, Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances, and Elgar's Serenade for Strings. He conducts the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra of Mexico for Gershwin's I Got Rhythm and Kander and Ebb's Cabaret. Listen Now!

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56 Symphonic Klezmer
Producer/presenter Fred Flaxman presents two lively, tuneful, fun works by Canadian composers -- the Suite for Klezmer Band and Orchestra by Sid Robinovitch and The Old Toronto Klezmer Suite by Srul Irving Glick -- and "Klezmers" from the Vaudeville suite by the American composer Paul Schoenfield. Listen Now!

57 The Buster Walk Jamboree
A personal look at melodious memories from an imaginary radio series. Music includes a suite from Oklahoma! and easy-to-play piano pieces by Clementi and Kuhlau. The program opens with an essay on what Fred Flaxman learned about life from his childhood dog.  Listen Now!

58 Richard Strauss, Homebreaker
Producer/guide Fred Flaxman presents the music of Richard Strauss for people who don't like the music of Richard Strauss. The music includes early piano pieces played by Glenn Gould and the orchestral waltzes from Der RosenkavalierListen Now!

59 Richard Strauss, Orchestrator
Producer/guide Fred Flaxman presents some of Richard Strauss' greatest tunes: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Don Juan, and BurleskeListen Now!

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60 How to Get Kids into Classical
Strictly forbid it in your home and they'll listen to it in secret every chance they get. If that doesn't work, Fred Flaxman has some suggestions for classical music that might appeal to them. Listen Now!

61 Swingin' Classics
Fred Flaxman explores Big Band-era music based on classical themes. Works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Khachaturian, Rimsky-Korsakoff and Weber are interpreted by Glenn Miller, Freddy Martin, Alvino Rey, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey. Listen Now!

62 From Classics to Carmen Cavallaro
Original and jazz interpretations of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Badarzewska and Sarasate.  Listen Now!

63 Classic Ellington
Duke Ellington's jazz interpretations of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite and Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 are interposed with the Tchaikovsky and Grieg originals. Listen Now!

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64 Music for Autumn
The program includes "Autumn" from The Seasons by Glazunov, "Autumn" from The Four Seasons by Vivaldi, "Autumn Song" from The Seasons by Tchaikovsky, Autumn Colors by Zamfir, and Autumn Leaves by Joseph Kosma, as interpreted by Richard Hayman and his Orchestra, jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli with classical violinist Yehudi Menuhin, and French singer Jacques Douai. Listen Now!

65 Chanticleer
Fred Flaxman plays excerpts from this extraordinary male choir's latest release, "How Sweet the Sound," as well as from three previous albums: "Wondrous Love," "Where the Sun Will Never Go Down," and "Our American Journey." Songs include Camptown Races, Love Walked In, Old Time Religion, Deep River, Keep Your Hand on the Plow, Nelly Bly and many others. Listen Now!

66 Dracula
Music from the ballet by Anthony DeLorenzo, performed by Proteus 7. Listen Now!

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67 Cécile Chaminade, Part 1
Fred Flaxman's latest compact discoveries are CDs of music by an extraordinarily talented French woman composer and pianist who lived from 1857 until 1944. The program starts with two very different versions of her most famous piano piece, the Scarf Dance, and goes on to include her strikingly melodious Trio No. 1 in G Minor performed by the Tzigane Piano Trio, her Sérénade espagnole as transcribed by Fritz Kreisler and played by Itzhak Perlman on one of his "Greatest Hits" CDs, and her Concertstück for Piano and Orchestra with Rosario Marciano and the Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg conducted by Louis de Froment. The hour concludes with a beautiful piano piece by this master of the keyboard. Listen Now!

68 Cécile Chaminade, Part 2
This second hour of music by Chaminade includes 11 of her best piano pieces, three of her songs, and her Concertino for Flute and Orchestra. Performers include pianists Enid Katahn, Eric Parkin and Bengt Forsberg, soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, and flutist Marilyn Maingart with the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra conducted by James Brooks-Bruzzese. Listen Now!

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69 Classical Tango
A fun-filled hour of familiar and unfamiliar tangos by classical and popular composers from Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Denmark, England and the United States. Listen Now!

70 A Russian Winter
Experience a Russian winter with Fred Flaxman the warm and cozy, easy way -- through music by Tchaikovsky, Glazunov and Prokofiev. No need for a down coat or gloves; just your ears and your imagination. Listen Now!

71 Tarantellas
Originally created as a dance to keep the poisonous bite of the tarantula from killing its victims, this infectious, increasingly rapid music has inspired composers from many different countries. Fred Flaxman brings you an hour of melodious examples. Listen Now!

72P Hidden Treasures
[a pledge program for use in fund-raising by local public radio stations]
Fred Flaxman unearths gorgeous music by composers you may not have heard of: Jaromir Weinberger, Franz Xaver Scharwenka, Karl Goldmark, Ivan Laskovsky, Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, and Grigoras Dinicu. Listen Now!

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73P Favorite French Waltzes
When you think waltz, Johann Strauss comes to mind, as does Vienna. But French composers have come up with their own unique concept of this famous dance form. Fred Flaxman presents some favorite examples. Listen Now!

74 Catchy Khachaturian, Part 1
This hour includes Khachaturian's Violin Concerto and the suite from Masquerade. The composer himself conducts the latter, from an EMI Classics recording. Listen Now!

75 Catchy Khachaturian, Part 2
This hour includes Khachaturian's ballet suites Gayne and Spartacus. Listen Now!

76 Musical Beasts
The ferocious musical animals include a glowworm, a bullfrog, two little bullfinches, two pigeons, a turkey, a tiger, a parade of elephants and the entire gang from Noah's Ark! Listen Now!

77 More Musical Beasts
Fred Flaxman presents real beasts this time, including a wolf, a lion, an elephant, kangaroos, a bear, and -- most frightening of all -- two pianists. Music is by Prokofiev, Saint-Saëns and Poulenc. Listen Now!

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78 A Musical Voyage with Camille Saint-Saëns
Although Saint-Saëns was born in Paris, he died in Algiers -- one of the many places in North Africa which fascinated him and which influenced his music. He wrote an Algerian suite, an Arab caprice, an African fantasy, and a piano concerto which is called "The Egyptian." All of these pieces are included in this program. Listen Now!

79 Clara Schumann
The music of a superwoman who gave birth to eight children, played the piano on the level of Franz Liszt, and supported her family, including footing the bills for a private insane asylum for her husband, the composer Robert Schumann. Included are Clara's Piano Concerto in A Minor and her Piano Trio in G Minor. Listen Now!

80 Orchestral Paris
This is the first in a series of programs devoted to music inspired by major cities. This hour includes Gershwin's An American in Paris, the Paris Suite by Haydn Wood, and excerpts from the ballet music for Gaité parisienne, based on the music of Jacques Offenbach. Listen Now!

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81 Orchestral London
The second program in a series devoted to music inspired by major cities. This hour includes the London Cameos Suite by Haydn Wood, the London Suite and London Again Suite by Eric Coates, and the minuet movement from the Symphony No. 104 ("The London") by Franz Joseph Haydn.  Listen Now!

82 Symphonic Rome
The third program in a series devoted to music inspired by major cities. This hour includes the Roman Carnival Overture by Berlioz, and the Pines of Rome, the Fountains of Rome, and the final section of Roman Festivals, all by Respighi.  Listen Now!

83 New York, New York
Music inspired by the city of New York, including selections from the film score to the Woody Allen movie, Manhattan, with music by George Gershwin; Gershwin's New York Rhapsody; Rodgers and Hart's song, Manhattan; and New York-inspired music by American composers John Kander, Vernon Duke, and John Philip Sousa. The program concludes with New York Skyline by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. Listen Now!

84 More Musical Cities
In this final "musical cities" hour, Fred Flaxman presents works inspired by the cities of Vienna, Warsaw, Moscow, Québec, Londonderry and Brussels. Listen Now!

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85 Bernstein for Orchestra
Fred Flaxman presents his favorite Bernstein pieces for orchestra: the Overture to Candide, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, and excerpts from Fancy Free, On the Town, Mass, On the Waterfront and Chichester Psalms.  Listen Now!

86 Latin-American Rhythms by Jewish-American Composers
South-of-the-border-inspired pieces by George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, Morton Gould and Leonard Bernstein. Listen Now!

87 Latin-American Rhythms by Latin-American Composers
This hour features tuneful, rhythmic, appealing music from Cuba, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru and Argentina. Artists featured include violinist Jorge Saade Scaff, flutist Paula Robison and guitarist David Burgess. Listen Now!

88 René Touzet
The popular songs of this Cuban composer were recorded by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Desi Arnaz, but it took Maria Letona to bring attention to Touzet's melodious jazz-inspired art music for the piano. Listen Now!

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89 The Romantic Patent Officer Manager
Swedish composer Kurt Atterberg combined an almost life-long career in the patent office with an equally lifelong career as a musician, composer, conductor, music administrator and critic. Fred Flaxman introduces his piano concerto, featuring Dan Franklin Smith, and several chamber music selections.  Listen Now!

90 Thomas of Nazareth
The Brazilian composer sounds like a cross between Frederic Chopin and Scott Joplin, as demonstrated by pianist Thomas Tirino on a new Koch International release. The music includes exciting, melodious Brazilian tangos, waltzes and polkas. Two world-premiere recordings are featured, plus the story of how host Fred Flaxman managed to get his name in the CD's program notes. Listen Now!

91 Nazareth Encore!
More tuneful gems from this Brazilian composer, including side-by-side recordings of his original piano music and contemporary transcriptions for guitar, flute and Brazilian band. Performances by pianists Thomas Tirino, Maria José Carrasqueira and Iara Behs, flutist Paula Robison and guitarist David Burgess.   Listen Now!

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92 A Musical Feast 
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! 

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95 The Sound of Trees 
Music inspired by nature's tallest living creatures includes Ottorino Respighi's The Pines Of RomeTrees by Jean Sibelius, Larch Trees by Malcolm Arnold and The Happy Forest by Arnold Bax. Listen Now!

96 Classically Irish
Irish folk tunes turned into orchestral music by Leroy Anderson, Victor Herbert, Frank Bridge and Hamilton Harty. Pleasant listening for St. Patrick's Day or any day. Listen Now!

97 Classically Scottish
Music inspired by Scotland and Scottish folk-music. Featured are Max Bruch's Scottish FantasyScottish Dances by Ronald Binge, Four Scottish Dances by Malcolm Arnold, and Leroy Anderson's Blue Bells of Scotland from his Scottish Suite. The program also includes brief clips from Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony, Dvorak's Scottish Dances, Ted Health's big band version of Night Train to Scotland and Frederic Lamond's From the Scottish Highlands. Of all the composers represented in this program, only Lamond was Scottish. Listen Now!

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98 Two Stravinsky Ballets in One Hour
Robert Craft conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in music from Pulcinella and the London Symphony Orchestra in music from The Fairy's Kiss. The former is based on music by Pergolesi and others; the latter is a homage to Tchaikovsky. Listen Now!

99 Music by the Numbers
Music which begins with a number, including the 20th Century Fox FanfareThe 12th Street Rag, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, Hsiao's 1947 Overture, music from Rota's filmscore to Fellini's 8 & 1/2, Nin's 1830 Variations on a Frivolous Theme, and Meredith Wilson's 76 Trombones from The Music Man. Listen Now!

100 Carnival Classics
The 100th "Compact Discoveries" program is a musical carnival, presenting three composers' variations on "Carnival of Venice," two interpretations of "Carnival of Rio," Berlioz's "Roman Carnival" and "The Carnival of the Animals" -- not the famous piece by Camille Saint-Saens, but a much more recent set of musical animals by British composer Malcolm Arnold. Listen Now!

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101 More Carnival Classics
Fred Flaxman presents three more tuneful, happy pieces inspired by carnivals: Alfred Hill's Symphony No. 5 in A Minor (“The Carnival”), performed by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Wilfred Lehmann; Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in E-flat (“Carnival at Pest”), performed by Georgia & Louise Mangos, piano four-hands; and Mikis Theodorakis's Carnaval: Ballet Suite for Orchestra, performed by the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer. Listen Now!

102 Even More Carnival Classics
The final program in this trilogy devoted to music inspired by carnivals features piano and orchestral versions of Schumann's Carnaval,  the Vienna Carnival Waltz by Johann Strauss I and Cuban composer Rene Touzet's Carnival Bells. Listen Now!

103 Classical Disney
Favorite melodies from Disney films in the style of great classical composers. Listen Now!

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104 More Classical Disney
More favorite melodies from Disney films in the style of great classical composers. Listen Now!

105 The Dream of America
Peter Boyer's Ellis Island: The Dream of America is featured, performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by the composer with a cast of well-known actors reading texts from the Ellis Island Oral History Project. The hour concludes with Belgian composer Henri Vieuxtemps' Yankee Doodle Variations and James Raphael's piano arrangement of John Philip Sousa's The Stars and Stripes Forever. Although this program was designed for use on or around July 4, it can be used anytime as Independence Day is not actually mentioned. Listen Now!

106 Two Unknown Romantic Gems
Producer/presenter Fred Flaxman brings you two of his most recent "Compact Discoveries" -- the Quartet in E-flat Major for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 1 by Walter Rabl and the Quintet in D Major for Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano, Op. 11 by Josef Labor. Both are performed by the Orion Ensemble and both come from a Cedille compact disc called "Twilight of the Romantics." Listen Now!

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107 The Color of Music, Part 1: Blue 
Fred Flaxman presents music with the color blue in the title: Leroy Anderson's Blue Tango, Johann Stauss's Blue Danube Waltz,  Ernesto Nazareth's Gold on Blue, George Gershwin's Jazzbo Brown Blues and a clarinet quartet version of his Rhapsody in Blue called Little Rhapsody in Blue,  an excerpt from Humperdinck's The Blue Bird,  Savino's A Study in Blue, Tchaikovsky's Valse bluette, Dave Brubeck's Blue Rondo à la Turk, The Bull Frog Blues by the Six Brown Brothers, and From the Land of the Sky-Blue Water by Cadman. Listen Now!

108 The Color of Music, Part 2: The Competition

Host Fred Flaxman serves as judge and jury for a mock competition to find the best compositions in his personal collection with colors in their titles. The colors include black, white, gray, brown, green, red, pink, silver and gold. The "winning" works are by Frederic Chopin, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Haydn Wood, Stephen Foster, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Leroy Anderson, Reinhold Glière, Victor Herbert, Henry Mancini, and Dmitri Shostakovich. Listen Now!
 

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109 On the Right Track
Classical, popular and jazz music inspired by railroad trains.  Train conductor, Fred Flaxman, ends the hour in England with the short, light, tuneful pieces that 20th Century British composers were so good at turning out, but he begins the program with classical pieces by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Arthur Honegger and Gioacchino Rossini.  In the middle is a French song sung by Jacques Douai and train music by Percy Grainger, Duke Ellington and Ted Heath. Listen Now!


110 A CATalog of Music, Part 1
Music inspired by our feline friends from the Baroque period through the beginning of the 20th Century. Includes: Aaron Copland's The Cat and the Mouse; The Cat Came Back and Eine Kleine Kat by Garrison Keillor; Cat's Serenade by Razek; Sauget's Le Chat; Satie's Song of the Cat; Bizet's Puss in the Corner; Ravel's Cat Duet; Fauré's Mi-a-ou and Kitty-Valse; Tchaikovsky's Puss-in-Boots and The White Cat; Rossini's Cat Duet; Chopin's Cat Waltz; Miau! Miau! by Mozart; Biber's The Cat; Scarlatti's Cat Fugue; and other pieces. Listen Now!

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111 A CATalog of Music, Part 2 
Music from the 20th Century inspired by our feline friends: Aroon Copland's arrangement of I Bought Me a Cat; Garrison Keillor's The Grandmother's CatKitten on the Keys by Confrey; Gato by Gustavino; Cat Dreaming by Hohvaness; Piece for Piano, Four Paws by Ketzel the Cat; March of the Cats on the Midnight Solstice by Martinu; the Dog-Cat Polka by Antheil; Our Cat by Siegmeister; Leroy Anderson's Waltzing Cat and The Pussy Foot; the overture to Kern's The Cat and the Fiddle; Lecuona's Black CatCat Miaow and The Cat by Villa-Lobos; The Jellicle Ball and Memory from the Broadway musical Cats by Andrew Lloyd-Webber; and What Kind of Cat Are You? by Billy Jonas. Listen Now!

112 Romantic Reinecke
The German composer Carl Reinecke, who lived from 1824 until 1910, is remembered today mainly as an educator, pianist, and conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. He was the teacher of Sullivan of Gilbert and Sullivan, as well as of Weingartner and Grieg. But he has a long and varied list of compositions to his name, including operatic, vocal and choral works, three symphonies, and concertos for piano, harp and flute. Host Fred Flaxman presents the beautiful harp and flute concertos, his latest compact discoveries, during this hour. Listen Now!

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113 A Bouquet of Roses
Host Fred Flaxman guides listeners through a selection of classical, popular, French, Big Band and ragtime music all connected to roses -- one way or another. The hour begins and ends with Edward MacDowell's To a Wild Rose. Other works include the waltzes from Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss, Haydn Wood's Roses of Picardy, Leroy Anderson's  orchestration of The Last Rose of Summer, Scott Joplin's Rose Leaf RagLa Vie en Rose sung by Edith Piaf, and two selections performed by Michael Rose and His Orchestra, including Rosebud vocalist Evelyn Russell singing Tenderly. Listen Now!

114 Noël with Noel
The “Noël” part consists of unfamiliar Christmas music and very familiar Christmas music in unfamiliar piano concert arrangements. The “Noel” part of the theme title comes from Noel Lester, the pianist for the entire hour. Listen Now!

115 Don Gillis
Host Fred Flaxman spends the hour presenting two very American, jazzy symphonic pieces by a very American composer: Don Gillis.  Featured are his ballet Shindig and his Star Spangled Symphony. Listen Now!

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116 Cartoon Classics
Classical music as used in Bugs Bunny cartoons of the 1940s and 50s. These are cuts from the 1991 Warner Bros. compact disc called "Bugs Bunny on Broadway," with material recorded in stereo in 1990 by the Warner Brothers Symphony Orchestra conducted by George Daugherty. The CD was taken from a production at the Gershwin Theatre in New York in which new prints of the classic cartoon films were accompanied by the live orchestral music. Listen Now!

117 The Sweet Sounds of Suk, Part 1

Host Fred Flaxman begins the hour with Suk’s very successful opus one, his Quartet for Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello. Then, in case you think that was just beginner’s luck, he’ll move on to Suk's equally beautiful opus two, the Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello. After that Fred presents Suk's romantic, melodic Elegy for Piano, Violin and Cello. And he concludes the hour with the scherzo movement from Suk’s Quintet for Piano, two violins, viola and cello. Listen Now!

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118 The Sweet Sounds of Suk, Part 2
In this second hour host Fred Flaxman presents Suk's most famous orchestral piece, his Serenade for Strings. James Brooks-Bruzzese conducts a stunning performance by the Cappella Istropolitana from Bratislava, Slovakia. Also, pianist Antonin Kubalek performs Song of Love and Idyl in F Minor, both from the composer's opus 7. Two pieces for violin and piano are heard next, with the composer's namesake grandson, Josef Suk, as violinist, and Jan Panenka at the piano. The Finnish pianist, Risto Lauriala, concludes the hour with Humoreske and Recollections. Listen Now!

119 Tantalizing Thuille
Ludwig Thuille, who lived his short life from 1861 until 1907, is host Fred Flaxman's latest compact discovery. Folksy parts of his "Piano Sextet" sound as though they might have been written by Dvorak, while his "Piano Quintet in G Minor" sounds very much like Brahms. These two works are featured, the first as performed by the Appalachian Wind Quintet with Noel Lester at the piano; the second by the Falk Quartet with Tomer Lev, pianist. Listen Now!

120 More Tantalizing Thuille
In this second hour of music by Ludwig Thuille, Fred Flaxman presents the Sonata for Cello and Piano , performed by Antony Cooke, cello, and Armin Watkins, piano; and the last movement of the Piano Concerto in D Major, with the Haydn Orchester von Bozen und Trient, conducted by Alun Francis, with Oliver Triendl at the piano. Listen Now!

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121 Morricone's Memorable Melodies
On Feb. 25, 2007, Italian composer Ennio Morricone received a special lifetime achievement Oscar award from the National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his tremendous output of filmscores.  In this hour, host Fred Flaxman presents various interpretations of some of Morricone's most famous scores. Included is music from Cinema ParadisoThe Mission, Once Upon a Time in America, and For Love One Can Die. Morricone conducts his own arrangements of these tunes. Then there are interpretations by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Michael Chertock, violinists Angele Dubeau and Gil Shaham, an Austrian trio called Triology, and the Hollywood Bowl and Rome Sinfonietta orchestras. Listen Now!

122 In the Beginning...
In the beginning, there are pieces that just start out with some notes played by some instruments. But once in a while a composer starts off his composition with something really original and interesting. Such is the case with every selection in this hour of Compact Discoveries, which includes the openings to Kodaly's Hary Janos Suite, with its big orchestral sneeze, Beethoven's Third and Fifth Symphonies, Richard  Strauss' Burleske, Grieg's Piano Concerto, and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Listen Now!

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123 Spring
Fred Flaxman presents an hour's worth of uninterrupted music inspired by this season, including a humorous piece by Tom Lehrer called Poisoning Pigeons in the Park, It Might as Well Be Spring by Rodgers and Hammerstein; With a Song in My Heart by Rodgers and Hart from the 1929 Broadway show Spring is Here; April in Paris as performed by violinists Stéphan Grappelli and Yehudi Menuhin; a concert rag by contemporary composer Brian Dykstra called Spring Beauties as performed by pianist Noel Lester; a beautiful but rarely heard serious piece by Leroy Anderson called The First Day of Spring, conducted by the composer; Mendelssohn’s Spring Song; another Spring Song by Frank Bridge; April, May and June from The Seasons by Tchaikovsky as transcribed for violin and orchestra by Peter Breiner; The Last Spring by Grieg; excerpts from Beethoven’s Spring Sonata as performed by Yehudi and Jeremy Menuhin; and Spring from The Four Seasons by Vivaldi. Listen Now!

124 Music to Die For
Beethoven called Luigi Cherubini "the greatest living composer." Berlioz, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Wagner all admired his Requiem in C Minor. Beethoven said that if he were to write a requiem, this would be his only model. And yet this beautiful work has fallen into undeserved obscurity. Discover it for yourself now on this edition of Compact Discoveries! Listen Now!

125 Classic Beatles
Producer/presenter Fred Flaxman introduces four famous Beatles tunes, each one played in very different versions by Ofra Harnoy and the Orford String Quartet, the Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic, the King's Singers, the Cincinnati and Boston Pops, and, in one case, by a Chinese guitarist. The tunes are Michelle, Yesterday, Eleanor Rigby, and Here, There and Everywhere. Listen Now!

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126 More Classic Beatles
In this second hour devoted to classical interpretations of Beatles songs, producer/presenter Fred Flaxman presents movements from four Beatles Concertos Grosso by Peter Breiner -- one each in the styles of Handel and Vivaldi and two in the style of J.S. Bach. The hour concludes with four different interpretations of Hey Jude by five different musical groups: Ofra Harnoy and the Orford String Quartet, the Cincinnati Pops with the King's Singers, the Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Boston Pops Orchestra. Listen Now!

127 Pleasures of Pierné
Producer/Presenter Fred Flaxman recently discovered the beautiful, melodic, romantic and impressionistic music of the French composer, conductor and organist, Gabriel Pierné, who lived from 1863 until 1937. In this first of two programs featuring Pierné's music, Fred shares his love of Pierné's Piano Concerto, Canzonetta for Clarinet and Piano, the March of the Little Lead Soldiers, the Fantaisie-Impromptu for Violin and Piano, the Pastoral for Wind Quintet, the Serenade for Oboe and Harp, and the mini-ballet Giration/Gyration. Listen Now!

128 More Pleasures of Pierné

This second hour of melodious, very French romantic and impressionistic music includes Pierné's Scherzo-Caprice in D for Piano and Orchestra, Suite No. 1 from his ballet Cydalise et le Chèvre-pied / Cydalise and the Faun, excerpts from his Ballet de Cour / Royal Court Ballet, and his Solo de Concert for bassoon and piano. Listen Now!

129 Arriaga
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!


130 Bloch-Busters
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!

143 Moonlight
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 SuiteHere 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!

153 Winter
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!

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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!

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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!

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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.
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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.
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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!

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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!

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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.
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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 ConcertoListen 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!

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 , 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.
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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!

232 Cinderella
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.
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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.
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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.
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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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