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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Simone Dinnerstein: A Character of Quiet (Music of Schubert and Glass)

September 28, 2020

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein plays the music of Franz Schubert and Philip Glass on the album A Character of Quiet. She recorded it over the course of two evenings at her home in Brooklyn in June 2020, during the quiet of the New York City lockdown, with her longtime producer and friend Adam Abeshouse. The album includes three Etudes by Glass paired ...

Bach: Goldberg Variations – Parker Ramsay

September 27, 2020

Recorded in the unique acoustics of the King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England, this version of the Goldberg Variations was created by harpist Parker Ramsay in part to make a statement about the harp: “I wanted to show the world that the harp is an instrument of beauty, sincerity, and transcendence, standing alongside the keyboards and string instruments as a ...

Music We Love – Viktoria Mullova, Misha Mullov-Abbado

September 26, 2020

Violinist Viktoria Mullova and her son, bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado, present an album of some of their favorite music – a very personal and affectionate collection of music ranging from traditional Brazilian folk songs to Bach, via Antonio Carlos Jobim and Schumann. Mullov-Abbado says, “The album contains a broad selection of music from many different cultures that we’ve arranged for violin ...

Schubert: Octet – Modigliani Quartet & Friends

September 25, 2020

Schubert’s Octet for strings and winds bears witness to a new creative force during a dark chapter of the composer’s life, when he was haunted by illness. Powerfully imaginative, interweaving joy and apprehension, the work pays homage to Beethoven’s septet while revealing a poetic and lyrical language in which the dawn of Romanticism emerges. For this recording, the Modigliani Quartet ...

Bach: Soli Deo Gloria – Andrew Balio, Bruce Bengtson

September 24, 2020

Virtuoso trumpeter Andrew Balio’s superlative transcriptions of music by J.S. Bach delight the listener with both new and familiar sounds. Bach affirmed that “the aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” At the end of his compositions he wrote Soli Deo Gloria, “To God alone, ...

Joan Manén: Violin Concerto No. 3, Symphony No. 2

September 23, 2020

Joan Manén was an admired and prolific Catalan composer who wrote in all genres, from opera to transcriptions. He was also one of the leading violinists of his day and made the first recording of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Manén’s Violin Concerto No. 3, Ibérico, is a brilliantly written and unashamedly Romantic work that exudes Iberian vitality. Cast on a huge ...

Seiji Ozawa Conducts Beethoven

September 22, 2020

Renowned conductor Seiji Ozawa has released a new Beethoven recording marking his 85th birthday on September 1, 2020. He leads the Saito Kinen Orchestra in performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and Leonore Overture No. 3, recorded live in 2016/17. Ozawa formed the orchestra with Kazuyoshi Akiyama in 1984 to commemorate their late mentor, Hideo Saito. The orchestra’s successful concerts ...

Brandon Patrick George: Flute Sonatas & Solo Works

September 21, 2020

This is the solo debut recording from Brandon Patrick George, flutist of the Grammy-nominated Imani Winds. The album spans 300 years of music history and features works by J.S. Bach, Pierre Boulez, Kalevi Aho, and Sergei Prokofiev. George describes his album as “a dialogue between the past and the future.” Recorded in collaboration with pianists Steven Beck and Jacob Greenberg, ...

Montéclair: Beloved and Betrayed

September 20, 2020

Michel Pignolet de Montéclair (1667–1737), a noted bass violin player in Paris, composed a small but exquisite body of innovative works in a variety of forms, including an opera-ballet. He was also an important figure in the composition of music for flute at a time when innovations in design brought it to prominence as a solo instrument. This album traces his ...

Aquarelles: Bonita Boyd, Steven Doane, Barry Snyder

September 19, 2020

“Aquarelles” brings together three world-class musicians – Bonita Boyd, Steven Doane, and Barry Snyder, performing four classics from the flute, cello, and piano repertoire. Bonita Boyd began her career with the Rochester Philharmonic under David Zinman, becoming the youngest principal flutist of a major American orchestra. Steven Doane and Barry Snyder have recorded extensively for Bridge, their recordings receiving rave ...

La Rêveuse: London circa 1720, Corelli’s Legacy

September 18, 2020

Founded by Benjamin Perrot and Florence Bolton, La Rêveuse is a flexibly sized ensemble of solo musicians which aims to bring back to life works of the 17th and 18th centuries. In their first recording for Harmonia Mundi, La Rêveuse explores the musical scene in London in the 1720s. The period witnessed a feverish demand for music that led many ...

Beethoven: Complete String Quartets, Volume 1 – Dover Quartet

September 17, 2020

The Dover Quartet, “the young American string quartet of the moment” (The New Yorker), launches its emerging, three-volume complete Beethoven quartet cycle with the six Opus 18 quartets, often cited as the epitome of the classical string quartet as developed by Haydn and Mozart while foreshadowing Beethoven’s future innovations.

Purcell: Royal Welcome Songs for King Charles II – The Sixteen

September 16, 2020

Henry Purcell’s genius abounds in this, the fourth volume in The Sixteen’s series devoted to the composer. Purcell grew from young childhood to established professional adulthood in the service of Charles II. He identified strongly with the court, but he was well aware of Charles’s unreliability as a patron. Wisely, Purcell made an early decision to diversify, flaunting his court ...

Igor Levit: Encounter

September 15, 2020

Pianist Igor Levit has released a very personal double album marked by a desire for encounter and togetherness. The program includes rarely played arrangements of Bach and Brahms by Ferruccio Busoni and Max Reger, as well as Palais de Mari – Morton Feldman’s final work for piano. “Encounter” is the pianist’s sixth disc released on the Sony Classical label and ...

Ground Floor: “Il genio inglese”

September 14, 2020

The figure of the prodigiously gifted violinist Nicola Matteis, who left his native Italy for London, looms large in this program featuring composers active during Restoration England. He was one of a host of artists and performers from across Europe who flocked there and made a crucial impact on the country’s musical culture. The artistry of violinist Alice Julien-Laferrière, joined ...

Kastalsky: Requiem – Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Leonard Slatkin

September 13, 2020

This is the world-premiere recording of Alexander Kastalsky’s Requiem in its complete and revised version for orchestra, choir, and soloists. The album was recorded live in Washington’s National Cathedral in 2018 during a performance commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. Kastalsky was director of the Moscow Synodal School until the Bolshevik regime banned all sacred music, including the extraordinary ...

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 – Kristian Bezuidenhout, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

September 12, 2020

In their own way, Beethoven’s five piano concertos each relate to a part of their composer’s life. In the previous volume of this complete series, pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, and the musicians of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra explored the beginning (Concerto No. 2) and the end of the story (Concerto No. 5). For Volume 2, they turn to ...

Ives: Complete Symphonies – Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel

September 11, 2020

Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic present a rare complete set of the symphonies by Charles Ives. These critically acclaimed live performances were recorded at Walt Disney Concert Hall in February 2020. Ives was an American original, an artist ahead of his time who explored novel combinations of traditional classical forms and American vernacular music, pioneering and exploiting techniques ...

Jake Runestad: Sing, Wearing the Sky

September 10, 2020

The prolific young composer Jake Runestad has won numerous awards for his music, ranging from opera to works for chamber ensemble. He is particularly valued for his choral compositions, which exemplify a desire to write expertly crafted, socially conscious, and emotionally potent music. On this album, Runestad explores a profound life journey in The Secret of the Sea and projects a ...

Mozart: Violin Concertos – Baiba Skride

September 9, 2020

Mozart composed his violin concertos in 1773 and 1775. These five works and the three single movements recorded here have been passed down complete and verified as authentic. Violinist Baiba Skride says about her new album: “I know that there are so many different and super recordings of Mozart, but I think it is important to enjoy the music you ...

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