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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La Serenissima: Settecento

February 22, 2021

“Settecento” is the style of art, music, and architecture that emerged in Italy in the early 18th century, celebrated here by La Serenissima and Adrian Chandler with a collection of works from that era. The pieces are grouped by the areas of Italy where each composer worked. La Serenissima is recognised as the United Kingdom’s leading exponent of the music ...

Emerald Brass Quintet: Danzón

February 21, 2021

Since forming in 2006 at the Eastman School of Music, the Emerald Brass Quintet has gained recognition as a dynamic and virtuosic collection of performers and educators. Their debut album, “Danzón,” is a recording of reimagined masterworks arranged for brass quintet by Chris Van Hof. The idea of dance is a significant influence throughout, highlighting Baroque forms, popular Central and ...

Soundtrack of the American Soldier

February 20, 2021

Navona Records presents an album of contemporary works for wind band performed by the United States Army Field Band and Soldier’s Chorus. Led by Colonel Jim R Keene, the Army Field Band is the U.S. Army’s premier touring musical organization. In “Soundtrack of the American Soldier,” the band presents music of classic American films and video games, and in doing ...

Benjamin Grosvenor: Liszt

February 19, 2021

British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognized for his electrifying performances, distinctive sound, and insightful interpretations. The album Liszt signifies his most substantial solo recording to date, centered around the works of the Romantic piano virtuoso and composer Franz Liszt. Grosvenor says, “The music of Liszt has been central to my repertoire since I was introduced to it as a ...

Saint-Saëns: Music for Wind Ensemble

February 18, 2021

Camille Saint-Saëns was involved in every aspect of French music during his long lifetime, and his frequent travels led to a fascinating mixture of Western music with Moorish and African elements in works such as Orient et Occident and the Suite algérienne. Saint-Saëns wrote few works for winds, but the grand biblical themes of Samson et Dalila, patriotic military traditions, ...

Modigliani Quartet: Haydn, Bartók, Mozart

February 17, 2021

From the peak of the classical era to the hectic years of the 20th Century, the string quartet has established itself as the genre to which composers entrust their most innovative ideas. The Modigliani Quartet highlights three masterpieces of dazzling originality, each of which bears witness to a pivotal moment in the lives of their creators: Haydn, Mozart, and Bartók. ...

Sinfonia of London: English Music for Strings

February 16, 2021

During the 1930s, Arthur Bliss, Benjamin Britten, and Lennox Berkeley all contributed major works to the repertoire for string orchestra, following in the footsteps of Edward Elgar and Ralph Vaughan Williams. They are joined on this album by Frank Bridge whose Lament was composed during the First World War. This is the fourth recording by conductor John Wilson with the ...

Alexander Fiterstein: A Clarinet in America

February 15, 2021

The clarinet has long been embraced by American composers for its jauntiness and jazzy flexibility, qualities heard in abundance on this album. Alexander Fiterstein plays Leonard Bernstein’s Cuban-influenced Sonata and the Sonatina by Budapest-born Miklós Rózsa, who made his name as a Hollywood movie composer. These pieces are bookended by two Aaron Copland works – his Concerto, written for Benny ...

Duke Ellington: Assault on a Queen

February 14, 2021

Dragon’s Domain Records presents the world-premiere soundtrack release of Assault on a Queen, featuring music by the legendary Duke Ellington for the 1966 adventure/thriller directed by Jack Donohue. The film starred Frank Sinatra, Vina Lisi, Anthony Franciosa, Richard Conte, Alf Kjellin, and Errol John. The music has been mastered by James Nelson at Digital Outland and satisfies a long-missing entry ...

Johannes Fleischmann: Exodus

February 13, 2021

Violinist Johannes Fleischmann gives heartfelt and deeply insightful interpretations of the music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Eric Zeisl, Viennese composers who escaped the rise of Nazism by journeying to America shortly before the Second World War. Once there, both composers adapted their talents to the world of Hollywood, becoming defining voices in the golden age of film scores. 2020 ...

Bright Sheng: Let Fly, Zodiac Tales, Suzhou Overture

February 12, 2021

Inspired by the image of a violin melody “flying off,”  Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng’s virtuosic three-movement concerto Let Fly interweaves Chinese and Western classical elements. Vivid legends of astrological animals inform Zodiac Tales, a tour de force concerto for orchestra. Reflecting the city of Suzhou’s ancient, continuous cultural heritage, traditional nostalgia fuses with contemporary rhythms in the exciting Suzhou Overture. ...

Schnittke: Works for Violin and Piano – Daniel Hope, Alexey Botvinov

February 11, 2021

Daniel Hope was fifteen when he first encountered the music of Alfred Schnittke in 1989. The experience launched a love affair with the Russian composer’s work that has continued to deepen ever since. The violinist’s latest album pays homage to this maverick genius, whose elegant explorations of past styles and free-thinking experiments in “polystylism” were both original and iconoclastic, at ...

Bruckner & Wagner: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

February 10, 2021

Andris Nelsons and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra continue their award-winning Bruckner cycle with the Symphonies Nos. 2 and 8, coupled with Wagner’s Meistersinger Prelude. About Bruckner’s Second Symphony, Nelsons says, “He has formulated everything very clearly: the wonderful themes are clearly separated from each other by general pauses, and yet the result is a great whole. It is astonishing that ...

Nicholas Angelich: Prokofiev

February 9, 2021

Nicholas Angelich’s new album is dedicated to the music of Sergei Prokofiev, the so-called unclassifiable artist – considered revolutionary by some, neo-classical by others. Prokofiev left a fascinating body of work, that of a composer torn between two societies, between the culture of his homeland and the unchallenged culture of the West. Angelich gives nuanced performances of Prokofiev’s Sonata No. ...

Uncovered: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor – Catalyst Quartet

February 8, 2021

The Grammy Award-winning Catalyst Quartet has released the first album in “Uncovered,” a multi-volume series on the Azica label. The opening volume features the works of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, including his Piano Quintet in G minor with pianist Stewart Goodyear, Fantasiestücke, and Clarinet Quintet in F-sharp minor with clarinetist Anthony McGill. The Catalyst Quartet poses, “Over the course of time there ...

Tõnu Kõrvits: You Are Light and Morning

February 7, 2021

This new album by the award-winning Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir together with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra led by Risto Joost includes a recent work by Tõnu Kõrvits – You Are Light and Morning (Sei la luce e il mattino). Kõrvits, one of the most prominent Estonian composers of our time, has created an impressive 60-minute piece for choir and orchestra ...

Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 76 – London Haydn Quartet

February 6, 2021

One of the world’s leading period-instrument string quartets, the London Haydn Quartet was born out of a passion for Haydn. The ensemble’s series of recordings of the complete Haydn quartets on the Hyperion label has met with international critical acclaim. On the ninth volume in the series, the London Haydn Quartet performs the six works in Op. 76, the summit ...

The Golden Renaissance: Josquin des Prez – Stile Antico

February 5, 2021

Decca Classics presents the release of the first in a trilogy of recordings from the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble Stile Antico to celebrate major anniversaries of three Renaissance masters. The first in the series, The Golden Renaissance: Josquin des Prez, is dedicated to the Franco-Flemish composer to mark the 500th anniversary of his death. One of the most important composers ...

Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier – Piotr Anderszewski

February 4, 2021

Piotr Anderszewski takes a characteristically creative approach to Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. Rather than recording all 48 of its prelude-and-fugue pairings, he has focused on 12 pairings from Book Two. “I decided to put the pieces together in a sequence of my own subjective choosing, based sometimes on key relationships, at other times on contrasts. The idea behind this specific order ...

Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 1, Symphonic Dances – Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

February 3, 2021

Sergei Rachmaninoff’s symphonic works hold a special place in the story of one of America’s greatest musical ensembles. The Philadelphia Orchestra and its Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin are about to add a thrilling new chapter with the launch of a cycle of Rachmaninoff’s three symphonies and other orchestral scores for Deutsche Grammophon. The first album pairs the early Symphony No.1 with the Symphonic ...

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