Program 155
"The Romantic Piano"

1. MUSIC: Villa-Lobos: Valsa Romantica performed by Sonia Rubisnky, piano [Naxos 8.555717, track 19] [under the following]

Hello and welcome to Compact Discoveries. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman, and for the next hour let’s enjoy “The Romantic Piano” together.

This will be an unusual program. Because I don’t want to interrupt the melancholy romantic mood established by these beautiful piano pieces, I’m not going to tell you what you’re hearing: not now; not later.

Instead, all the information on all the recordings I use during this hour are available at the Compact Discoveries website: When you get there, click on “Program Descriptions” or “Program Titles,” scroll down to program number 155, and click on its title: “The Romantic Piano.” That will bring up the script, which will give you a complete playlist.

Since I’m not going to announce the composers and titles of the pieces as we move along, you can make a “Name That Tune!” game out of this, if you like. Just take out a piece of paper and something to write with, mark down a column of numbers from 1 to 15 on the left, and fill in the name of the composer and the name of the piece if you know it, as it is played, or a line if you don’t. Start with the piece you hear in the background right now, calling it number one.

I’d like to dedicate this hour of Compact Discoveries to the memory of my mother, who died at the age of 97 in 2005, and who always loved piano music, particularly the music of Chopin, and who played the first two pieces that you’ll hear.

I hope you enjoy these selections as much as I do. I’ll be back at the end of the hour!

MUSIC: stops at end of the piece

Chopin: Étude in E Major, Op. 10, No. 3, performed by pianist Yukio Yokoyama [Sony Classics SK 62605, track 3]

Rubinstein: Romance, Op. 44, performed by pianist Zora Mihailovich [Centaur CDC 2235, track 11]

Suk: Song of Love, performed by pianist Risto Lauriala [Naxos 8.553762, track 1]

5. MUSIC: Scriabin: Étude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 2, No. 1, performed by pianist Garrick Ohlsson [Bridge 9287, track 1] [3:17]

6. MUSIC: Grieg: Melody from Lyric Pieces, Book 2, Op. 38, performed by pianist Eva Knardahl [BIS-CD-104, track 11] [2:01]

7. MUSIC: Grieg: Notturno from Lyric Pieces, Book 5, Op. 54, performed by pianist Eva Knardahl [BIS-CD-105, track 4] [4:28]

8. MUSIC: Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G Minor performed by pianist/physics professor Michael Ruiz [private recording provided by Mr. Ruiz at our request, for which we are very grateful] [4:22]

9. MUSIC: MacDowell: Étude de Concert performed by pianist James Barbagallo, [Naxos 8.559030, track 1] [3:29]

10. MUSIC: Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte performed by pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet [London 433 515-2, track 3] [6:07]

11. MUSIC: Debussy: Rêverie performed by pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet [London 452 022-2, track 18] [4:17]

12. MUSIC: Gershwin: Prelude No. 2, performed by pianist John O’Conor [Telarc CD-80391, track 21] [3:14]

13. MUSIC: Ginestera: Danzas Argentinas: Danza de la moza donosa, performed by pianist Barbara Nissman [Pierian 0005/6, track 10] [2:54]

14. MUSIC: Lai: Love Story, performed by pianist Michael Chertock [Telarc CD-80357, track 14] [3:23]

15. MUSIC: Touzet: Danzas Cubanas: Apasionada, performed by pianist Maria Letona [Tempo Primo TP-002, track 15] [3:07] [under the following

This brings us to the end this hour of Compact Discoveries devoted to “The Romantic Piano.” I hope you enjoyed it. If you missed any of this hour or would like to hear it again, go to on the internet where you’ll find links to stream most Compact Discoveries programs on demand without charge. Look for program number 155.

At the web site you’ll also find scripts for every Compact Discoveries program, including this one, with complete information on every recording I use. There are some other features there as well, including my lists of recommended orchestral music, concert DVDs, and CDs and DVDs of classics for kids.

This is Fred Flaxman thanking you for listening and for supporting your local public radio station. It is that kind of support which makes the broadcast of this program possible in your community.

MUSIC: fade out

ANNOUNCER [Steve Jencks]: Compact Discoveries is made possible in part by grants from an anonymous donor, Isabel and Marvin Leibowitz, the Puffin Foundation ("continuing the dialogue between art and the lives of ordinary people"), and Barry and Florence Friedberg. It is a production of Compact Discoveries, Inc., a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation located at 36 Pickens Lane, Weaverville, North Carolina, and on the web at These programs are distributed to public radio stations nationwide through PRX, the Public Radio Exchange. [0:30]

Program Ends at 58:30

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