Compact Discoveries

Series produced by Fred Flaxman

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One-hour unusual, audience-appealing, theme-driven classical music programs.

Compact Discoveries (R) is a series of one-hour, classical music radio programs, which, true to its title, introduces listeners to some of the most exciting and unusual compositions to be found on compact discs.

The approach is relaxed, informal and light. The presenter -- award-winning writer/producer Fred Flaxman -- shares his love of music and sense of discovery like one friend talking to another.

Fred sometimes uses humor, sound effects, personal essays, clips from old-time radio programs, and non-classical music to make his theme-based hours interesting and fun. The music is always carefully selected to appeal to the widest possible audience for classical music and to attract new listeners to the genre.

Fred's amusing themes range from "Brazilian Beats" and "Discs for Dishwashing" to "Musical Gardens" and "Best Music for Back Rubs." The programs often feature little-known composers who have written pieces that people will like on first hearing, such as Ernesto Nazareth, Kurt Atterberg, Rene Touzet, Clara Schumann, Cecile Chaminade, Tyzen Hsiao and Joaquin Nin.

Maximum scheduling flexibility is achieved by considering these programs as one-hour building blocks. They can be scheduled one or more times a week; they can be scheduled back to back to create two or three-hour blocks. Fred doesn't say "this program" when he's talking; he says "this hour," making stacking easy. Also, the program/hours are evergreens, except for those created for specific holidays and seasons of the year.

The series began as a local program on WXEL-FM, West Palm Beach, Florida. It was quickly picked up for national distribution via satellite by one of the nation's most prestigious radio syndicators. The series switched to less expensive, more convenient PRX distribution via the internet on Jan. 1, 2006.

Broadcast by stations from Manila in the Philippines to Eugene, Oregon, to West Palm Beach, Florida, the response of listeners has been 100 percent positive. For more information, including short descriptions and complete scripts for each program, go to www.compactdiscoveries.com.

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Compact Discoveries (R) is a series of one-hour, classical music radio programs, which, true to its title, introduces listeners to some of the most exciting and unusual compositions to be found on compact discs.The approach is relaxed, informal and light. The presenter -- award-winning writer/producer Fred Flaxman -- shares his love of music and sense of discovery like one friend talking to another.Fred sometimes uses humor, sound effects, personal essays, clips from old-time radio programs, and non-classical music to make his theme-based hours interesting and fun. The music is always carefully selected to appeal to the widest possible audience for classical music and to attract new listeners to the genre.Fred's amusing themes range from "Brazilian Beats" and "Discs for Dishwashing"... Show full description


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Melodious jazz-inspired art music for the piano by the Cuban composer, Rene Touzet.

Bought by KAMU, WXEL, KCSC, WRTU, KWAX and more


  • Added: Dec 08, 2005
  • Length: 57:00
  • Purchases: 14
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The exciting piano music of Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth.

Bought by Eclectic 89.1 WBCX, WQUB 90.3 FM, KAMU, WSKG, KCSC and more


  • Added: Dec 08, 2005
  • Length: 58:56
  • Purchases: 13
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The catchy tunes and foot-stompin, rhythms of Brazilian tangos, waltzes and other dances.

Bought by KENW, KAMU, WUFT, WQUB 90.3 FM, WPVM-LP and more


  • Added: Dec 12, 2005
  • Length: 57:58
  • Purchases: 14
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The beautiful, romantic music of an almost forgetten French woman composer.

Bought by WMNR, KENW, WMRT, KAMU, WQUB 90.3 FM and more


  • Added: Dec 12, 2005
  • Length: 57:34
  • Purchases: 16
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More beautiful, romantic pieces by this French woman composer.

Bought by WMNR, KENW, WMRT, KAMU, WQUB 90.3 FM and more


  • Added: Dec 12, 2005
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 16
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Music which relates by a very far stretch of the imagination to that necessary daily task.

Bought by KENW, KAMU, WQUB 90.3 FM, KAMU, WPVM-LP and more


  • Added: Dec 14, 2005
  • Length: 57:57
  • Purchases: 15
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The lovely music and musical love-life of French composer Gabriel Faure.

Bought by WMNR, WMRT, KAMU, WQUB 90.3 FM, 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station and more


  • Added: Dec 14, 2005
  • Length: 57:58
  • Purchases: 15
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Fred Flaxman presents the clever, tuneful, orchestral miniatures of Leroy Anderson.

Bought by WMNR, KENW, Eclectic 89.1 WBCX, WEPS, WQUB 90.3 FM and more


  • Added: Dec 22, 2005
  • Length: 57:56
  • Purchases: 19
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Fred Flaxman presents music inspired by the capital of England.

Bought by WMNR, KCSC, Eclectic 89.1 WBCX, KCSC, KAMU and more


  • Added: Dec 23, 2005
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 16
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Russian classical music related to winter by Tchaikovsky, Galzunov and Prokofiev.

Bought by WMNR, KENW, WMRT, KCSC, WQUB 90.3 FM and more


  • Added: Dec 28, 2005
  • Length: 56:56
  • Purchases: 21
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The first in a series of programs devoted to music inspired by major cities.

Bought by WMNR, KCSC, KCSC, WMRT, WQUB 90.3 FM and more


  • Added: Jan 04, 2006
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 15
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The third program in a series devoted to music inspired by major cities.

Bought by WMNR, KCSC, Eclectic 89.1 WBCX, KCSC, WQUB 90.3 FM and more


  • Added: Jan 05, 2006
  • Length: 57:00
  • Purchases: 15
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Classical love music for on or near Valentine's Day

Bought by KRPS, KENW, KENW, KAMU, WQUB 90.3 FM and more


  • Added: Jan 06, 2006
  • Length: 57:56
  • Purchases: 19
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Classic popular love music for Valentine's Day -- or any day!

Bought by KENW, KENW, KAMU, 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station, WQUB 90.3 FM and more


  • Added: Jan 06, 2006
  • Length: 57:56
  • Purchases: 16
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Fred Flaxman presents his favorite Leonard Bernstein pieces for orchestra.

Bought by KCSC, Eclectic 89.1 WBCX, KCSC, KWAX, WQUB 90.3 FM and more


  • Added: Jan 11, 2006
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 18
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Pieces by Gershwin, Copland, Gould and Bernstein.

Bought by KCSC, WQUB 90.3 FM, WEPS, KAMU, WSKG and more


  • Added: Jan 13, 2006
  • Length: 57:00
  • Purchases: 12
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Tuneful, rhythmic, appealing music from Cuba, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru and Argentina.

Bought by KCSC, WQUB 90.3 FM, KAMU, WSKG, KCSC and more


  • Added: Jan 16, 2006
  • Length: 57:00
  • Purchases: 11
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Religion inspired some great music, but food fed the creative juices of several composers who are featured on this program.

Bought by KCSC, WXEL, WQUB 90.3 FM, KAMU, WXEL and more


  • Added: Jan 17, 2006
  • Length: 58:53
  • Purchases: 15
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More tuneful gems from the Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth.

Bought by Eclectic 89.1 WBCX, KCSC, KAMU, WQUB 90.3 FM, WSKG and more


  • Added: Jan 18, 2006
  • Length: 56:56
  • Purchases: 14
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Happy music by Brahms, Haydn, Rimsky-Korsakov, George Gershwin, Scot Joplin, Victor Herbert, Gilbert and Sullivan, and the Six Brown Brothers.

Bought by KENW, KTRL, KENW, KCSC, KAMU and more


  • Added: Feb 07, 2006
  • Length: 57:56
  • Purchases: 17