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.
 

Anne Akiko Meyers: Mirror in Mirror

September 26, 2018

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers is one of today’s most in-demand classical performers. Beloved by audiences around the world, she has a reputation for innovative programs and ground-breaking commissions. ‘Mirror in Mirror’ is one of the most personal recordings to date by Meyers — a reflective and spiritual journey that weaves a beautiful story through commissions and arrangements by Philip Glass, ...

Antonio Pompa-Baldi: Napoli

September 25, 2018

Antonio Pompa-Baldi is an Italian pianist. He won the Cleveland International Piano Competition in 1999 and a silver medal at the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He has recorded a tribute to the city of Naples with arrangements of Neapolitan songs by pianist and composer Roberto Piana. Piana writes, “For these ‘creative arrangements,’ it was hard to choose which ...

Music of Beethoven & Strauss – Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck

September 24, 2018

Reference Recordings presents two iconic works in definitive interpretations from Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony and Richard Strauss’s Horn Concerto No. 1. In his fascinating and scholarly notes, Maestro Honeck gives us great insight into the history of both pieces, and describes how he conducts and interprets each. He reminds us that the “Eroica” was ...

Thomas Hampson: Songs from Chicago

September 23, 2018

Thomas Hampson, America’s leading baritone and a champion of the art of classic song, makes his Cedille Records debut with a program of songs by five composers of the early 20th century associated with the city of Chicago: Ernst Bacon, Florence Price, John Alden Carpenter, Margaret Bonds, and Louis Campbell-Tipton. All of them, Hampson says, “have distinguished themselves in history ...

Víkingur Ólafsson: Music of Bach

September 21, 2018

Following his critically acclaimed recording of piano works by Philip Glass, Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson has released his second album, a collection of both well-known and rarely performed works by Johann Sebastian Bach. Renowned for his innovative music projects, Ólafsson offers listeners a very personal vision of Bach’s intricate keyboard music, artfully weaving Bach’s original works together with transcriptions by Busoni, ...

Cappella Amsterdam: Music of Josquin des Prez

September 20, 2018

The professional chamber choir Cappella Amsterdam was founded in 1970. Over the years, under the direction of Daniel Reuss, it has built up a repertoire ranging from early music to contemporary works, with a special focus on promoting Dutch music of today. With this recording, they launch a three-part series devoted to the Franco-Flemish masters of the Renaissance. The program ...

Ensemble Dialoghi: Quintets for Piano & Winds

September 19, 2018

Ensemble Dialoghi makes their Harmonia Mundi debut with this program of quintets for piano and winds. A work of ‘maturity,’ which the twenty-eight year-old Mozart considered ‘among his best,’ is paired with a ‘youthful effort’ penned by a twenty-six year-old Beethoven. Dating from an auspicious phase in each composer’s career, both pieces were met with an enthusiastic reception. Beethoven, it ...

Briggs Piano Trio: Music of Gál & Shostakovich

September 18, 2018

Continuing Avie’s acclaimed and influential series of recordings of the music of Austrian émigré Hans Gál, this latest release brings together two of today’s most eminent Gál interpreters, pianist Sarah Beth Briggs and cellist Kenneth Woods with violin virtuoso David Juritz for a recording of Gál’s breathtakingly lyrical Piano Trio in E major and his witty Variations on a Popular ...

Jean-Guihen Queyras: Vivaldi’s Cello Sonatas

September 17, 2018

Antonio Vivaldi’s six sonatas for cello and continuo were written between 1720 and 1730 and published in Paris in 1740. Although a staple of the cello repertoire, these works are not often played in public recitals. When they were composed, the cello was just emerging as a solo instrument, and Vivaldi took full advantage of the instrument’s expressive capabilities. These ...

Igor Frolov and Friends

September 16, 2018

Who is Igor Frolov, and who are his friends? One of Frolov’s best friends is violinist Piet Koornhof. Always on the lookout for unusual and appealing repertoire, Koornhof heard a recording of Frolov’s “Piece in Blues Style” and began his search for more music. Koornhof located many delightful pieces by Frolov, a Soviet composer and professor of violin at the ...

Harmonie du soir: Songs of Debussy

September 15, 2018

A century after his death on March 25, 1918, many Harmonia Mundi artists are eager to pay tribute to Claude Debussy, the magician of melody and timbre, the great ‘colorist’ and father of modern music. The key word is ‘mélodie’ in this generous joint song recital presented by soprano Sophie Karthäuser and baritone Stéphane Degout with pianists Eugene Asti and ...

Songs for Strings: Arrangements by Donald Fraser

September 14, 2018

In the 1990s, Donald Fraser scored a hit with his orchestral arrangement of Marin Marais’ Baroque classic The Bells of St. Genevieve, which  remains a radio evergreen to this day. Numerous commissions for arrangements followed for musicians such as The King’s Singers, Yehudi Menuhin and the English Chamber Orchestra. Fraser returns to the art of arranging smaller scale, classic works by John Dowland, Henry Purcell, ...

Zhenni Li: Mélancholie

September 13, 2018

Zhenni Li’s riveting personality and passionate performances have brought audiences to their feet around the world. She has been hailed as a “magnetic pianist – with fire and poetry” by music critic David Dubal and for her “big, gorgeous tone and a mesmerizing touch” by The Philadelphia Inquirer. ‘Melancholie’ is Li’s recording debut, and features works by Schumann, Lourié, and Bartók. ...

Tesla Quartet: Music of Haydn, Ravel & Stravinsky

September 12, 2018

The great inventor and futurist Nikola Tesla, from whom the Tesla Quartet takes its name, talked of the invisible yet inseparable ties which bind people together. Through performance, teaching and outreach, the Tesla Quartet has for ten years strived to tap into this palpable feeling, using music to create meaningful connections with their audiences. Celebrating this first decade together, the ...

Music of Owain Park – Choir of Trinity College Cambridge

September 11, 2018

Owain Park was born in Bristol, England, in 1993. While at Cambridge University, he studied composition and orchestration with John Rutter. Park’s works are performed internationally by ensembles including the Tallis Scholars and the Aurora Orchestra. Rutter has written an introduction for a new recording of Park’s choral music performed by the Choir of Trinity College Cambridge. He says Park ...

The Classical Piano Concerto: Jan Ladislav Dussek

September 10, 2018

The Hyperion label presents another volume in a series devoted to rarely heard piano concertos of the Classical period. Howard Shelley’s earlier release of concertos by the Bohemian composer Jan Ladislav Dussek was described as ‘a real find’ (BBC Music Magazine). This successor is, if anything, even more impressive, culminating in one of the finest unknown piano concertos from the ...

Nadine Sierra: There’s A Place For Us

September 8, 2018

Nadine Sierra, 2018 winner of the Metropolitan Opera’s prestigious Beverly Sills Artist Award, has made her first album for Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Gold, having signed an exclusive contract with the labels. “There’s A Place For Us” marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein. The album presents Sierra’s stunning voice in an eclectic choice of music – ...

A Far Cry: Visions and Variations

September 7, 2018

A Far Cry is a chamber orchestra based in Boston. With no conductor, and every single musician a full artistic partner, the result is a huge variety of programming, a high standard of excellence, and national and international recognition. “Visions and Variations” includes some of their signature pieces: Benjamin Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Ethan Wood’s arrangement ...

Yo-Yo Ma: Six Evolutions – Bach’s Cello Suites

September 6, 2018

Yo-Yo Ma’s new album “Six Evolutions” is his third and final recording of Bach’s Cello Suites. These works entered Ma’s life when he was four, when he learned the first measure of the Prelude to Suite No. 1 under his father’s instruction. Ma has never lost his initial fascination. “Bach’s Cello Suites have been my constant musical companions,” Ma writes ...

Brahms: A German Requiem – Yale Schola Cantorum

September 5, 2018

Johannes Brahms’s German Requiem is given a performance which reveals a quite different dimension to this monumental work. Iain Farrington’s arrangement—the orchestral forces distilled down to an instrumental octet inspired by the composer’s own piano reduction—is a perfect match for the glorious young voices of Yale Schola Cantorum. This chamber version highlights the sense of intimacy and personal expression inherent ...

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