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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Fanny & Felix Mendelssohn: Chamber Works – Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective

August 17, 2022

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, born four years before her brother, Felix Mendelssohn, was an accomplished pianist and a prolific composer. When she died of a stroke, aged just forty-two, she left around 460 pieces of music, some 250 of which are songs. The difficulties of making a career in her own era have condemned much of her work to obscurity, a ...

Music of Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari – Oviedo Philharmonic, Friedrich Haider

August 16, 2022

Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari is famous for his operatic works in which he invented a new idiom by transplanting 18th-century Venetian culture into the 20th century. But almost all of the composer’s orchestral music dates from his final years and occupies a different expressive realm. The Suite veneziana resonates with melancholy, and Triptychon is a contemplative, passionate masterpiece of orchestration. Subtle use ...

Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Romances – Charlie Siem, Philharmonia Orchestra, Oleg Caetani

August 15, 2022

On his second album with Signum Records, internationally acclaimed violinist Charlie Siem is joined by the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Oleg Caetani, to perform works by Beethoven. Siem is one of today’s foremost young violinists, with such a wide-ranging diversity of cross-cultural appeal as to have played a large part in defining what it means to be a true artist ...

Flauta Andina: 20th Century Andean Music for Flute and Piano – Daniel Velasco, Ellen Sommer

August 12, 2022

The rich variety of colors and rhythms in South American culture and music are an essential feature of this program, which focuses largely on music by composers from the Ecuadorian Andes. Opening with Sixto María Durán’s popular and crowd-pleasing Leyenda incásica, the theme of Ecuadorian dances continues in Jacinto Freire’s Suite, which also celebrates the flight of the condor. Virtuosity, ...

Antonín Dvořák: Symphonies Nos. 7 – 9 – Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel

August 11, 2022

Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic garnered rave reviews for their performances of Antonín Dvořák’s masterful final three symphonies in February 2020. Hailed as “a revelation” by the Los Angeles Times, their interpretations were recorded live at Walt Disney Concert Hall by Deutsche Grammophon. Dudamel amplifies the turbulent emotions of each work and plunges deep into their often dark inner worlds, connecting with ...

Mosaic: Wenting Kang, Sergei Kvitko

August 10, 2022

Violist Wenting Kang, winner of the First Prize of the Tokyo International Viola Competition, has been praised as an “excellent violist” who “possesses a dark glowing sound” (New York Times). Her debut album Mosaic, on Blue Griffin Records, is a collection of diverse and colorful pieces from France and Spain. Kang says, “These composers not only had a strong impact ...

Telemann: The Recorder Sonatas – Dan Laurin

August 9, 2022

Over the past decades, Dan Laurin has established himself as one of the most interesting recorder players of our time. The first recordings Laurin made for the BIS label were of duets by Georg Philipp Telemann, and since then he has returned to the composer several times, recording chamber music and concertos. It is only now that he has set ...

Martha Argerich in Verbier

August 8, 2022

Martha Argerich in Verbier pairs live recordings of chamber and orchestral works from performances at the Verbier Festival in 2000 and 2001. In Haydn’s Piano Trio No. 39 from 2000, Argerich teams up with her long-term collaborators Mischa Maisky and Vadim Repin. While for her jaw-dropping performance of Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto from 2001, she performs with the Verbier Festival ...

J.S. Bach: Harpsichord Concertos – Andrew Arthur, Hanover Band

August 5, 2022

Harpsichordist Andrew Arthur says, “Bach’s seven concertos for solo harpsichord and strings occupy a significant place in the history of music, marking as they do the origin of the keyboard concerto genre. Collectively, they encompass the gamut of Baroque rhetorical expression; indeed, leaving aside the six ground-breaking Brandenburg Concertos…it is difficult to think of a more diverse, revolutionary, and technically ...

Berg, Webern, Schoenberg: String Quartets – Heath Quartet, Carolyn Sampson

August 4, 2022

Signum Classics offers the first album from the Heath Quartet with acclaimed soprano Carolyn Sampson. The three works on the recording demonstrate the extraordinary advances made in the development of the musical language of Arnold Schoenberg and his two chief pupils, Alban Berg and Anton Webern, over a period of a mere five years at the start of the 20th ...

Chopin & Rachmaninoff: Cello Sonatas – Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexander Melnikov

August 3, 2022

After recording Beethoven, pianist Alexander Melnikov and cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras now turn to two more giants of the repertory. Chopin’s Cello Sonata, his last work published in his lifetime, seems almost like a testament, somber and tormented – a world away from the radiance and surging lyricism of the youthful work by Rachmaninoff that it inspired.

From Graceful Fields: Classical Works for Native American Flute – R. Carlos Nakai

August 2, 2022

For over 35 years, 11-time Grammy nominee R. Carlos Nakai has been at the forefront of the musical development of the Native American flute, introducing the traditional flute to the genres of jazz, new age, and classical music. From Graceful Fields is Nakai’s fifth classical album and features the ethereal and playful From Graceful Fields by Giuli Doyle, a new Nakai composition, ...

The Romantic Piano Concerto: Aloys Schmitt – Howard Shelley, Ulster Orchestra

August 1, 2022

Composer and conductor, pianist and pedagogue: Aloys Schmitt was respected by his peers but largely forgotten by posterity. He was an accomplished and prolific composer of impressive achievements, and his educational works for piano-playing were held in high esteem by Liszt. Schmitt was an acquaintance of Weber, Paganini, Liszt, and Chopin, and friends with Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn, and Louis ...

Alon Sariel: Plucked Bach

July 29, 2022

Alon Sariel makes his Pentatone label debut with Plucked Bach, a program exploring Bach’s cello suites performed on mandolins, lutes, baroque guitar, and oud, concluding with Sariel’s own Bach-inspired Mandolin Partita. Bach’s suites are often considered to be “the cellist’s Bible,” but the transferability of his music between instruments – a practice to which the composer himself also contributed frequently ...

Beethoven: The Symphonies – Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

July 28, 2022

Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe present Beethoven’s nine symphonies in what is the very first recorded cycle to be based on the recently concluded New Complete Edition of the composer’s works. “I’m interested in how Beethoven’s music can surprise us today,” says Nézet-Séguin. “Our interpretation should make the audience feel as if they were hearing this music for the first time. That is ...

Sachiko Furuhata: Chopin Piano Favorites

July 27, 2022

Sachiko Furuhata was born in Yokohama, Japan, and completed her piano studies at the Tokyo Conservatory. Further studies took her to Germany at the Detmold University of Music and the Robert Schumann University in Düsseldorf. Her concert activities have taken her to Germany, Holland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and Japan. With this third recital album, Sachiko Furuhata takes up selected works ...

London Choral Sinfonia: Colourise

July 26, 2022

The London Choral Sinfonia and director Michael Waldron are joined for their latest recording by baritone Roderick Williams, tenor Andrew Staples, and violinist Elena Urioste. The album opens with the Five Mystical Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams. These hypnotically beautiful songs are staples of the repertoire but have never before been recorded in this version for voice, choir, piano, and ...

Beach: Complete Works for Piano Duo – Genova & Dimitrov Piano Duo

July 25, 2022

Amy Beach was not the first American woman who composed or the first American woman who earned money with her compositions; but she created a stir in the music world by forging ahead into genres in which previously only men had distinguished themselves. It was above all the piano that was Beach’s lifelong companion. She honored her instrument with solo ...

Cubatina: Music from Cuba and Argentina – Nora Lee García, Rene Izquierdo

July 22, 2022

Flutist Nora Lee García and guitarist Rene Izquierdo team up on a new recording, Cubatina. The album presents fresh interpretations of favorite works from Cuba and Argentina, as well as newly-commissioned pieces for flute and guitar by some of the most exciting composers of today. A Puerto Rico native, García is one of the most highly regarded flutists in the ...

The King’s Singers: The Library, Volume 4

July 21, 2022

The King’s Singers were founded in 1968 by six choral scholars who had recently graduated from King’s College Cambridge. Their vocal line-up was (by chance) two countertenors, a tenor, two baritones, and a bass, and the group has never wavered from this formation since. This is the fourth volume in the ensemble’s Library EP series. The idea behind it is ...

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