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.

Bach: Violin Concertos – Isabelle Faust, Berlin Academy of Ancient Music

March 20, 2019

Violinist Isabelle Faust offers the next installment in a Bach recording adventure that began nine years ago with a set of the Sonatas and Partitas now regarded as a benchmark. Joined by Bernhard Forck and his partners at the Berlin Academy of Ancient Music, Faust explores a multitude of other works by Bach: harpsichord concertos, trio sonatas, instrumental movements from ...

Brian Thornton: Music of Brahms & Debussy

March 19, 2019

For his latest album on the Steinway & Sons label, cellist Brian Thornton continues his exploration of great sonatas, this time opening his album with Debussy’s Cello Sonata, which marked the composers first return to chamber music since the String Quartet of 1893. The second half of the album is devoted to Brahms’s Clarinet Trio, Op. 114. Thornton and pianist Spencer Myer, ...

Project W: Chicago Sinfonietta, Mei-Ann Chen

March 18, 2019

Conductor Mei-Ann Chen and the Chicago Sinfonietta — the adventurous, MacArthur Award-winning orchestra that champions racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in classical music — give world-premiere recordings of newly commissioned American works by Jennifer Higdon, Clarice Assad, Jessie Montgomery, and Reena Esmail on Project W: Works by Diverse Women Composers, the capstone project of its 30th anniversary season.

Perpetual Twilight: Choral Scholars of University College Dublin

March 17, 2019

The Choral Scholars of University College Dublin and Artistic Director Desmond Earley follow up their debut release with a program of new choral music inspired by the evocative imagery of the natural world in traditional Irish and Scottish folk song and poetry. The disc includes a number of world-premiere recordings of new works and arrangements commissioned by the choir.

Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos – Roberto Prosseda

March 16, 2019

In a multi-year project, pianist Robert Prosseda has been recording all of Mendelssohn’s piano works for the Decca label. His project continues on the orchestral front with this album of the Piano Concertos No. 1 and 2 and Rondo brillant. He is accompanied by the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague, led by Jan Willem de Vriend, principal conductor of the orchestra. The album also includes a ...

Revelations: Beethoven String Quartets, Volume 2 – Casals Quartet

March 15, 2019

The Casals Quartet presents Revelations, the second volume in a new complete cycle of the Beethoven quartets. The group devised an innovative structural arrangement for its recordings. The works are not presented in the typical grouping of early, middle and late periods. Rather, they are arranged according to each quartet’s place within Beethoven’s musical development. This ingenious juxtaposition reveals as ...

Maurizio Pollini: Music of Chopin

March 14, 2019

Pianist Maurizio Pollini, “the pre-eminent Chopinist of his generation” (Fanfare), continues his revelatory re-exploration of the Polish master’s late works. As in previous releases, Pollini performs compositions that are chronologically closely related, highlighting the individual character of each work in its context. These recordings are the pianist’s latest thoughts on Opp. 55-58, including the B minor Sonata and Berceuse. All ...

Desires: A Song of Songs Collection – ORA Singers

March 13, 2019

The ORA Singers were born out of a belief that we are in a second golden age of choral music, matching that of the Renaissance. Of their latest recording, “Desires,” artistic director Suzi Digby writes, “The wealth of compositions using the sensuous and highly charged texts of the Song of Songs is incredibly vast and rich. In the course of ...

Violin Sonatas – Bomsori Kim, Rafał Blechacz

March 12, 2019

For their debut album together, violinist Bomsori Kim and pianist Rafał Blechacz present music from France and Poland. Fauré’s Sonata looks forward to the Impressionism of Debussy and his own Sonata, a late work. “It contains so many emotions and a whole range of characters,” says Blechacz of Szymanowski’s Sonata. The album concludes with a Nocturne by Chopin, a Polish ...

Paul Lewis: Piano Sonatas of Weber & Schubert

March 11, 2019

Coupling sonatas by Weber and Schubert, pianist Paul Lewis paints a unique and highly elegant portrait of two musical dramatists who were emblematic figures of Austro-German Romanticism. While both composers died tragically of illness in their 30’s, they were healthy when they wrote these works – and were just beginning to taste success. Lewis’s performances highlight the beauty and craftsmanship ...

Prokofiev: Piano Concertos – Vadym Kholodenko, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Miguel Harth-Bedoya

March 10, 2019

2013 Cliburn Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko became the first-ever ”Artistic Partner” with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra beginning in the 2014-2015 season. He joins them here for the conclusion of his complete cycle of Prokofiev’s piano concertos. The three works heard here were composed over a span of two decades (1911 to 1930) and were met with a widely uneven ...

Washington Saxophone Quartet: Looking Bach

March 9, 2019

The Washington Saxophone Quartet evokes the refined sounds of a string quartet, the rich harmonies of an organ prelude, and the excitement of a jazz sax section. The ensemble taps into a rich repertoire, from early music to newly commissioned works, and draws on a wealth of experience to reach listeners of every age and background. “Looking Bach” has special meaning ...

Lara Downes: Holes in the Sky

March 8, 2019

This star-studded release from pianist Lara Downes is a collection of music written and performed by a constellation of today’s leading female artists, celebrating the contributions of phenomenal women to the past, present, and future of American music. Downes collaborates with an extraordinary multi-generational group of artists, including singer-songwriter Judy Collins, violinist Rachel Barton Pine, singer and instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens, pianist ...

Amici Voices: Music of Bach

March 7, 2019

Amici Voices was founded in 2012 for a performance of Bach’s St. John Passion. Born as an opportunity for some of the best young voices in the United Kingdom to experience first-hand the world of professional consort work, the singers are united by their drive to continue to create their ‘truly wonderful sound’ (Daily Telegraph). At home in the repertoire ...

Violin Sonatas of Vierne & Franck – Alina Ibragimova, Cédric Tiberghien

March 6, 2019

The Franck sonata—one of the best-loved works in the entire Romantic violin repertoire—is one of a trio of delectable Franco-Belgian treats on offer from the acclaimed pair of violinist Alina Ibragimova and pianist Cédric Tiberghien. Their latest collaboration includes a rarely heard sonata by Louis Vierne and Poème élégiaque by Eugène Ysaÿe. A lovely Nocturne from Lili Boulanger completes a ...

Vivaldi Edition: Violin Concertos, ‘La boemia’

March 5, 2019

The Vivaldi Edition is an ambitious project begun at the beginning of the century to record some 450 works by Vivaldi, many of them unknown, found in the National University Library of Turin.  After the release of albums dedicated to concertos and other instrumental and vocal works (including many of Vivaldi’s operas), this recording brings together six violin concertos that Vivaldi ...

Music of Berlioz – Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth

March 4, 2019

A new aesthetic calls for new forms: such is the challenge Berlioz set for himself in the two works presented here. In Les Nuits d’été, he pioneered – well before Mahler and Ravel – the song cycle for voice and orchestra. In Harold in Italy, scored for large orchestra and solo viola, he experimented with the symphonic genre. These period-instrument ...

Piano Music of Brahms & Schumann – Sarah Beth Briggs

March 3, 2019

For her first solo recital recording, award-winning pianist Sarah Beth Briggs turns to some of the greatest collections of Romantic miniatures ever written, largely inspired by one woman: Clara Schumann, wife of Robert Schumann and muse to Johannes Brahms. The twelve short dance movements of Schumann’s early and enigmatic Papillons set the scene, giving way to autumnal, late Brahms – his Op. 117 Intermezzi and Op. ...

Wolf: Italian Songbook – Diana Damrau, Jonas Kaufmann, Helmut Deutsch

March 2, 2019

Soprano Diana Damrau and tenor Jonas Kaufmann, reigning stars of opera, are also consummate interpreters of song. In early 2018, with master pianist Helmut Deutsch, they performed Hugo Wolf’s multi-faceted Italienisches Liederbuch (Italian Songbook) in 12 cities around Europe. “One couldn’t ask for more,” wrote the Telegraph after their London concert, which took place two days before this live recording ...

Music of Mendelssohn – Jan Lisiecki, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

March 1, 2019

For his latest Deutsche Grammophon album, Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki explores a pair of early Romantic masterpieces: Mendelssohn’s Piano Concertos in G minor and D minor, in which he is accompanied by the internationally acclaimed Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of New York. He complements the two concertos with a selection of some of Mendelssohn’s most brilliant pieces for solo piano: the Variations ...

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