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.

Mari Samuelsen

August 20, 2019

Norwegian violinist Mari Samuelsen’s debut for Deutsche Grammophon is entitled simply MARI. Recorded with the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra and conductor Jonathan Stockhammer, the album explores the contradictions of contemporary life – the fact that, despite the excitement of city life and the convenience of instant communication and express travel, many of us still feel a need to ground ourselves in ...

Music of Charles Villiers Stanford – Ulster Orchestra, Howard Shelley

August 18, 2019

During his lifetime, the Irishman Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852–1924) was possibly the most distinguished composer of English church music. His influence upon English musical life was enormous and long-lasting. The Ulster Orchestra and conductor Howard Shelley give us a sampling of some of Stanford’s finest occasional pieces – from the charming whimsy of Fairy Day to the dignified ceremony ...

Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen Sings Gluck, Handel & Vivaldi

August 17, 2019

Acclaimed as a “young star” and “complete artist” by the New York Times and “extravagantly gifted… poised to redefine what’s possible for singers of this distinctive voice type” by the San Francisco Chronicle, American countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen has quickly been identified as one of opera’s most promising rising stars. A long history of collaborations with American Bach Soloists and ...

Michael Torke: Sky

August 16, 2019

Acclaimed composer Michael Torke has brought fresh life to an old, but popular form, as these four concertos demonstrate. For Sky, a concerto for violin, Torke imposed classical forms on Bluegrass, evoking the music of the people who settled Kentucky. The other three concertos (for bassoon, oboe, and clarinet) test the limits of the instruments with innovative musical expression.

Dzmitry Ulasiuk: Music of Prokofiev & Rachmaninoff

August 15, 2019

Two major piano works by Sergei Prokofiev and Sergei Rachmaninoff are presented on this album by Dzmitry Ulasiuk, who brings these masterpieces to life. Ulasiuk has emerged on the American scene after winning over audiences in Europe with his ferocious technical skills yet quietly refined ability to coax every detail, every note, and every lyrical phrase out of the keyboard. ...

Bach: The Toccatas – Mahan Esfahani

August 14, 2019

Mahan Esfahani has made it his life’s work to bring the harpsichord to the concert mainstream, and to that end his creative programming and work in commissioning new works have drawn the attention of critics and audiences alike. The exuberant vitality of Bach’s toccatas—works which the young composer probably wrote to demonstrate his own brilliance and technique as a performer—here ...

The Jupiter Project: Mozart in the 19th-Century Drawing Room

August 13, 2019

This is an intriguing recreation of how Mozart’s large-scale orchestral works might have been encountered in Georgian Britain. Pianist David Owen Norris, flutist Katy Bircher, violinist Caroline Balding, and cellist Andrew Skidmore join forces to form an ensemble representative of the kind that played such a prominent role in the musical landscape of the time, playing chamber arrangements of recent ...

Mahler: Symphony No. 1 – Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä

August 12, 2019

The Minnesota Orchestra has released the fourth album in their ongoing Mahler series – a recording of the First Symphony, the Titan, conducted by Music Director Osmo Vänskä. Considered one of the most impressive first symphonies ever written, Mahler’s First, begun when the composer was just 24, contains a wide sound world featuring evocations of birdsong and nature, rustic dance ...

El Chan: Music of Bryce Dessner

August 11, 2019

The new album from pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque is dedicated to American composer Bryce Dessner and Academy Award-winning film director Alejandro Gonzales Iñarittú, who created the cover art. Following in the footsteps of minimalist composers such as Glass, Adams, and Reich, Dessner composed the Concerto for Two Pianos for the sisters. Recorded in 2018 with the Paris Orchestra conducted ...

Schumann: Works for Cello & Piano – Brian Thornton, Spencer Myer

August 10, 2019

Cellist Brian Thornton and pianist Spencer Myer have a long history of performing together, going all the way back to 2005. Myer was a finalist in the Cleveland International Piano Competition and performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, where Thornton is a member of the cello section. The two stayed in touch and Thornton even reached out to Myer when he ...

Albrecht Mayer: Longing for Paradise

August 5, 2019

Star oboist Albrecht Mayer’s new release, Longing for Paradise, contains one of the most demanding works in the repertoire for his instrument: Richard Strauss’s first and only Oboe Concerto. Augmenting the Strauss concerto is a new arrangement of Ravel’s famous Le Tombeau de Couperin for oboe and orchestra, as well as less familiar masterpieces by Edward Elgar and Eugène Goossens. Mayer ...

Dance – Jason Vieaux & Escher Quartet

August 4, 2019

Grammy Award winner Jason Vieaux joins forces with the esteemed Escher Quartet to produce a recording of new and old works with dance themes in common: Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Guitar Quintet, Kernis’s 100 Greatest Dance Hits, and Boccherini’s Guitar Quintet No. 4. These three works may share elements of dance-inspired music, and contain allusions to specific dances in the titles of certain ...

Vivaldi: Sacred Music for Contralto – Delphine Galou

August 3, 2019

Contralto Delphine Galou and Ottavio Dantone’s Accademia Bizantina have created two recitals of sacred music and opera that illustrate the incomparable richness of Vivaldi’s body of work and establish the emotional connections between the two repertoires. For the first time, two volumes of the Vivaldi Edition (in this case the 59th and 60th) are released at the same time. The ...

Jae-Hyuck Cho: Beethoven Piano Sonatas

August 2, 2019

Acclaimed pianist Jae-Hyuck Cho is one of the most active concert pianists in South Korea, making over sixty appearances on stage annually. He has been described as “a pianist who is nearing perfection with extraordinary breadth of expression, flawless technique and composition, sensitivity and intelligence, insightful and detailed playing without exaggeration.” On this Sony Classical release, Cho performs three of ...

A Warm Day in Winter: Music of Truman Harris

August 1, 2019

The chamber music of contemporary American composer Truman Harris is informed by his experience as an orchestral musician; it is idiomatic, exciting, and frequently cast for unusual combinations of instruments. One such example is the unique Sonata for Two Bassoons and Piano, flavored with jazz, romance, and waltz-like elegance. Rosemoore Suite is a captivating story without words moving from nostalgia ...

Mozart: New Cello Duos

July 28, 2019

Blaise Déjardin is the principal cellist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Kee-Hyun Kim is the cellist of the Grammy-winning Parker String Quartet. Friends since their student days at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, they are partnering on this first recording project for Opus Cello. Déjardin’s transcriptions for cello duo of three works by Mozart highlight the ...

Schumann: Liederkreis, Kernerlieder – Matthias Goerne, Leif Ove Andsnes

July 27, 2019

In the miraculous year of 1840, Robert Schumann composed nearly 150 lieder, including the two outstanding cycles presented here, based respectively on poems by Heinrich Heine (Liederkreis, Op. 24) and by Justinus Kerner (twelve Kernerlieder, Op. 35). In the hands of two such outstanding artists as baritone Matthias Goerne and pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, these two masterpieces invite us, performers ...

Wynton Marsalis: Violin Concerto, Fiddle Dance Suite – Nicola Benedetti

July 26, 2019

Violinist Nicola Benedetti’s new album features premiere recordings of two works written especially for her by Wynton Marsalis: Violin Concerto in D and Fiddle Dance Suite. In the concerto, Benedetti performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Cristian Măcelaru, who has collaborated with her on the work six times. It explores Benedetti’s and Marsalis’ common musical heritage in Celtic, Anglo, and ...

Music of Richard Strauss – Daniel Müller-Schott, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis

July 25, 2019

During his long and exceptionally fruitful creative life, Richard Strauss composed only a few works for the cello. Only three have survived and small as that number may seem, those works are critical to the composer’s development. Daniel Müller-Schott sees the early Sonata and the late tone poem Don Quixote as marking the path that was to lead Strauss within ...

Bion Tsang: Cello Concertos by Dvořák & Enescu

July 24, 2019

A new recording from Sony Classical pairs two concertos for cello and orchestra in the hands of award-winning cellist Bion Tsang with conductor Scott Yoo and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Tsang gave the U.S. premiere of George Enescu’s Symphonie Concertante in 2000.  He immediately fell in love with the work, finding in it many similarities to his long-time favorite concerto, the much-celebrated work ...

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