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.