New Releases with Lisa Flynn

Lisa Flynn

Host Lisa Flynn curates the best new classical recordings to share with you each day of the week at 10:00 am. There’s always wonderful music discover on New Releases, from instrumental to vocal music, new recordings of old favorites, or albums featuring cutting-edge contemporary works. Discover more about each of Lisa’s daily selections below. Share how you feel about the new release of the day by commenting.

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Locke: The Flat Consort – Fretwork

January 18, 2022

Matthew Locke was born 400 years ago in 1622, and while he is often ranked as one of England’s finest composers, he is still unaccountably neglected. His music may not be as immediately appealing as his immediate successor, Henry Purcell, nor as wide-ranging as William Byrd, yet his forceful musical personality and luxuriant technique place him in the first echelon ...

Mendelssohn: Complete Solo Piano Music, Volume 6 – Howard Shelley

January 17, 2022

Howard Shelley’s six-volume survey of the complete solo piano music of Felix Mendelssohn offers a welcome opportunity to revisit and reassess this repertoire. As we now know, Mendelssohn composed or began nearly two hundred works for piano. Nevertheless, he saw only about seventy through to print. In this, the final installment of the series, Shelley focuses on late works and ...

Telemann: Viola Concertos – Antoine Tamestit, Berlin Academy for Ancient Music

January 14, 2022

A precursor in this field as in so many others, Georg Philipp Telemann gave the viola its very first masterpieces, immediately establishing it as a solo instrument in its own right. Alongside Sabine Fehlandt and the musicians of the Berlin Academy for Ancient Music, Antoine Tamestit pays splendid tribute to this pioneering music, which blends melodic charm and contrapuntal rigor ...

New Year’s Concert 2022: Vienna Philharmonic, Daniel Barenboim

January 13, 2022

There are few concerts in the world that are awaited with as much excitement as the New Year’s Concert from Vienna. For 2022, the Vienna Philharmonic ushered in the New Year with a concert conducted by Daniel Barenboim for the third time at the magnificent Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein. The concert was broadcast to over 90 countries all ...

From Brighton to Brooklyn: Elena Urioste, Tom Poster

January 12, 2022

Elena Urioste is a musician, yogi, writer, and entrepreneur, while Tom Poster is a musician whose skills and passions extend well beyond the conventional role of the concert pianist; they are musical and (now married) life partners. From Brighton to Brooklyn is an exploration and celebration of their British and American backgrounds and mutual fascination with music from each other’s ...

C.P.E. Bach: Sonatas & Rondos – Marc-André Hamelin

January 11, 2022

“A performer of near-superhuman technical prowess” (The New York Times), pianist Marc-André Hamelin is known worldwide for his unrivalled blend of consummate musicianship and brilliant technique in the great works of the established repertoire, as well as for his intrepid exploration of rarities. The music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach makes complex stylistic demands of the performer like little else ...

United Strings of Europe: Renewal

January 10, 2022

Having released their debut album, In Motion, in 2020, the musicians that make up United Strings of Europe (USE) return with another innovative program: Renewal. The title refers in part to the fact that the majority of the works included are heard in arrangements and adaptations tailormade for the ensemble by Julian Azkoul, who also directs from the violin. In ...

Benedict Sheehan: Vespers

January 7, 2022

Conductor and composer Benedict Sheehan leads the Saint Tikhon Choir in his new setting of Eastern Orthodox Vespers in English. Inspired by the great All-Night Vigil setting by Rachmaninoff, Sheehan’s composition expands the genre with full settings of Psalms. Each verse is treated with deep musical pathos to express a full range of human emotion. The Saint Tikhon Choir was ...

Quicksilver: Early Moderns

January 6, 2022

Quicksilver brings together today’s top North American historically-informed performers. On Early Moderns, the ensemble explores brilliant and sumptuously beautiful music one could hear in 17th-century Vienna, including works by Schmeltzer, Fux, Buonamente, Bertali, Biber, Rosenmüller, Kerll, Legrenzi, and Valentini.

Stewart Goodyear: Phoenix

January 5, 2022

As a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor, the works on this album obtain new life by arising from the sound world, past traditions, and gestures of Franz Liszt. Whether it is the virtuosic splashes of color created by Debussy, the urban landscape constructed by Jennifer Higdon, the intense improvisation and haunting dissonant starkness ...

Rachmaninoff: Cello Sonata – Gautier Capuçon, Yuja Wang

January 4, 2022

Rachmaninoff’s Cello Sonata, Op. 19, one of the great landmarks of late Romantic music, has found its ideal interpreters in Gautier Capuçon and Yuja Wang. Their new recording of the work projects a partnership of equals fully immersed in the music’s turbulent emotions and striking expressive contrasts.  “In the last few years of working together, Gautier and I have developed ...

Beethoven: String Quartets Nos. 10 and 11 – Ehnes Quartet

January 3, 2022

Hailed as “an important new force in the chamber music arena” with a “dream-team line-up” (Strings), the Ehnes Quartet is comprised of four internationally renowned string musicians: violinists James Ehnes and Amy Schwartz Moretti, violist Richard O’Neill, and cellist Edward Arron. On their third release devoted to Beethoven, the Ehnes Quartet includes the last two works of his “middle period.” ...

Clément Lefebvre: Ravel

December 31, 2021

Maurice Ravel, a versatile and eclectic composer, took his inspiration from many sources, but especially and most constantly throughout his life from music of the French Baroque. His Menuet antique, Pavane pour une infante défunte, Valses nobles et sentimentales (title chosen in homage to Franz Schubert), and Le Tombeau de Couperin are fine illustrations of that interest and inspiration, and ...

Bach: Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord – Sarah Cunningham, Richard Egarr

December 30, 2021

Legends of the period-performance community Sarah Cunningham and Richard Egarr need little introduction with their contributions to recorded music, garnering critical acclaim from early music afficionados across the decades. They join forces for their Avie Records debut recording of J.S. Bach’s celebrated Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord together with Cunningham’s dazzling Organ Trio Sonata and Flute Partita arrangements ...

Christian-Pierre La Marca: Wonderful World

December 29, 2021

Cellist Christian-Pierre La Marca’s new two-disc set Wonderful World embraces classical, neo-classical, world music, and jazz in a program dedicated to saving the planet. “Nature has always been a source of inspiration for many musicians,” says La Marca. “I have conceived Wonderful World, a project where several art forms combine on stage, aligning the beauty of our world with its ...

The Gesualdo Six: Josquin’s Legacy

December 28, 2021

The Gesualdo Six is an award-winning British vocal ensemble comprising some of the United Kingdom’s finest consort singers, directed by Owain Park. Taking inspiration from Josquin des Prez’s 500th-anniversary year in 2021, the ensemble examines his legacy in the Italian city of Ferrara, a particular destination for composers from France and the Low Countries. This album explores some of the ...

Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 – Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard

December 27, 2021

Having begun their collaboration in 1997, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and its conductor laureate Thomas Dausgaard have developed an unusually tight partnership. Nowhere is this demonstrated more clearly than in their cycles of the symphonies of Schumann, Schubert, and Brahms – performances which have been characterized by reviewers as variously “fresh,” “vivid,” and “transparent.” Of Mendelssohn, the team has previously ...

Christmas Carols with The King’s Singers

December 23, 2021

This new Christmas album from The King’s Singers features 25 tracks covering everything from contemporary choral gems and folk songs through to well-loved carols. Dotted throughout the album are several of the most famous English church carols, which take The King’s Singers right back to their earliest singing days, and which also reflect the group’s heritage at King’s College, Cambridge. ...

The Sixteen: Carol of the Bells

December 22, 2021

The Sixteen contrasts traditional with contemporary in this choral feast of festive music. Bob Chilcott’s sumptuous Advent Antiphons based on plainsong melodies anticipate the coming of Christmas and feature alongside Mykola Leontovich’s much-loved Carol of the Bells, Richard Rodney Bennett’s stunning Susanni, and Eric Whitacre’s shimmering Lux aurumque. Interspersed with the beautiful simplicity of traditional carols, this is a Christmas collection ...

Fretwork: An Elizabethan Christmas

December 21, 2021

Viol consort Fretwork and mezzo soprano Helen Charlston explore the more reflective and somber Christmas celebrations of Elizabethan England, in a collection of works by William Byrd, Anthony Holborne, Orlando Gibbons, and Martin Peerson. With celebrations confined strictly to the twelve days from Christmas Eve to Epiphany, the preceding Advent was regarded as a time of religious introspection, with music ...

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