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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Christmas at St. George’s Windsor

December 14, 2019

The Choir of St. George’s Chapel, world famous through its royal patronage, is one of this country’s foremost vocal ensembles, participating in daily services throughout the year at its Windsor Castle home. This program collects a wide range of music appropriate to the seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany.

A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols: The Centenary Service

December 13, 2019

In 2018, Sir Stephen Cleobury and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, celebrated 100 years of Nine Lessons and Carols, the iconic festival that is enjoyed by millions around the world. The performance marked the final time that Cleobury, who passed away on November 22, 2019, would lead the service.

Schütz: The Christmas Story

December 12, 2019

Yale Schola Cantorum presents Heinrich Schütz’s dramatic retelling of the birth of Christ in a charming tableau of angels, shepherds, and wise men. Designed to be performed as part of the Christmas Vespers service in Dresden, The Christmas Story is the jubilant climax to a program of music from the mid-1600s.

Fernando Sor: The 19th-Century Guitar – Gianluigi Giglio

December 11, 2019

The acclaimed Italian guitarist Gianluigi Giglio makes his debut on Somm Recordings with The 19th-Century Guitar, a scintillating recital of music by Fernando Sor, a pioneering champion of the guitar in the vanguard of raising its profile out of the tavern and into the concert hall. Giglio’s wide-ranging recital explores Sor’s innate feeling for the guitar and charts the increasing ...

Music of Saint-Saëns – Utah Symphony, Thierry Fischer

December 10, 2019

These performances of the Symphony No. 1 and the Symphony in A Major from conductor Thierry Fischer and the Utah Symphony showcase the work of the young Camille Saint-Saëns, spreading his compositional wings and displaying a technical fluency far beyond his teenage years. In between the symphonies is his famous musical menagerie – Carnival of the Animals.

Beethoven Violin Sonatas – James Ehnes, Andrew Armstrong

December 9, 2019

Violinist James Ehnes and pianist Andrew Armstrong release the second volume in their cycle of Beethoven’s complete Violin Sonatas, following the critically acclaimed release of Sonatas Nos. 6 and 9.  This album contains the three early Op. 12 Sonatas (which Beethoven dedicated to his teacher Antonio Salieri) and ends with the early Variations on a Theme From Mozart’s Marriage of ...

George Li: Tchaikovsky & Liszt

December 8, 2019

George Li gained international attention in 2015 when he won the silver medal in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Now, he has recorded one of Tchaikovsky’s greatest and best-loved works, the Piano Concerto No. 1 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Vasily Petrenko. The New York Times has called him a “real revelation” in the work. It is ...

Hamlet Piano Trio Plays Schubert

December 7, 2019

Three world-class musicians join forces in the Hamlet Piano Trio – pianist Paolo Giacometti, violinist Candida Thompson, and cellist Xenia Jankovic. All three have earned their stripes, both as soloists and as chamber musicians. Their latest album features Schubert’s Notturno and monumental Piano Trio No. 2, exploring the music’s different dimensions, sound colors, dynamics, and moods on instruments from Schubert’s ...

Bach: Six Flute Sonatas – Michala Petri, Hille Perl, Mahan Esfahani

December 6, 2019

Recorder soloist Michala Petri makes a return visit to Bach’s Flute Sonatas. Her famous 1992 recording with Keith Jarrett has long since attained legendary status. Just as her collaboration with Jarrett unveiled a new approach to Bach, this new recording is likewise revelatory and transcendent. Joining Petri on this journey are harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and viola da gambist Hille Perl.

Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 – London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle

December 5, 2019

Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony is one of the most original of all the composer’s works. Its contrasting moods and overarching theme moving from darkness to light can be haunting one moment and ecstatic the next, culminating in one of the most enigmatic symphonic conclusions of the 19th century. For this recording with the London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Benjamin-Gunnar ...

Emmanuel Pahud: Dreamtime

December 4, 2019

Dreamtime is a spellbinding collection of works for flute and orchestra which, in Emmanuel Pahud’s words, “expresses and gives form to the composers’ most personal, spiritual, or dreamlike visions.” The album ranges wide both culturally and chronologically, embracing works by Mozart, Reinecke, Busoni, Takemitsu, and Penderecki, and inhabits a dimension “populated by incantations and prayers, in which imagination is woven ...

The Russian Album – Christoph Croisé, Alexander Panfilov

December 3, 2019

In the spring of 2019, Christoph Croisé scored a breakthrough with his critically acclaimed recording of Haydn’s Cello Concertos. With pianist Alexander Panfilov, he turns his attention to two towering 20th-century masterpieces: the cello sonatas by Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich. Croisé also offers his own transcriptions of the March from Prokofiev’s opera The Love for Three Oranges and Shchedrin’s flamboyant In ...

The John Adams Album – Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Kent Nagano

December 2, 2019

“The John Adams Album” continues the award-winning series of recordings from the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Kent Nagano on Decca, released in time for Nagano’s final, triumphant season with the orchestra. The recording contains the composer’s key orchestral works, including Common Tones in Simple Time and Harmonielehre, conducted by one of his greatest champions.

Bach: The Six Partitas – Angela Hewitt

December 1, 2019

“Brilliant, well-sounding, expressive and always new” was the verdict of Bach’s first biographer on the six Partitas, a description which applies equally to Angela Hewitt’s wonderful new recording of what Bach designated his “Opus 1.” Hewitt describes a lifetime of living with Bach’s music as “a great gift and a lifelong adventure” – an adventure in which we are fortunate ...

Berlioz’s Requiem at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London

November 30, 2019

Marking the 150th anniversary of Berlioz’s death, this performance of the mighty Requiem or Grande Messe des Morts – presented on both DVD and CD – took place in St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, in March 2019. Conducted by John Nelson, it involved over 300 musicians. As Nelson said: “Every measure resonates deeply with me and I feel there is sincerity, ...

Beethoven Piano Sonatas – Young-Ah Tak

November 29, 2019

In anticipation of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, Steinway & Sons releases a recording of three of the composer’s piano sonatas performed by Young-Ah Tak in her debut recording for the Steinway label. The works span the short and cheery early Sonata No. 6 in F Major to the monumental Sonata No. 23 in F minor, the Appassionata. Like ...

Music of Charles Ives – San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas

November 28, 2019

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony perform Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 of Charles Ives on their latest release, recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall in November 2017. The album also features a selection of hymn tunes which served as sources of inspiration for Ives. Tilson Thomas, a leading champion of Ives’ work, says, “At its core, the ...

Daniel Lozakovich: None but the Lonely Heart

November 27, 2019

None but the Lonely Heart captures the extraordinary maturity of Daniel Lozakovich’s interpretations of Tchaikovsky. The 18-year-old violinist’s second album for Deutsche Grammophon features a live performance of the composer’s Violin Concerto, recorded with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia under the helm of conductor, and fellow violinist, Vladimir Spivakov, with whom Lozakovich made his solo debut in 2010. The ...

Chamber Music Northwest: Clarinet Quintets for Our Time

November 26, 2019

Master clarinetist David Shifrin partners with the Dover and Harlem String Quartets in three new quintets. The works showcase the clarinet’s many moods and tones and explore the expressive capabilities of the string quartet as well. First on the album is Ducal Suite, featuring arrangements of compositions by Duke Ellington. David Schiff’s arrangements make the most of Shifrin’s virtuosity and ...

Mariam Batsashvili: Chopin & Liszt

November 25, 2019

Mariam Batsashvili already ranks among the most promising young pianists of her generation. She gained international recognition at the 10th Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht in 2014. On her debut album, Batsashvili combines solo works by Liszt and his contemporary Frédéric Chopin. Chopin was just a year older than Liszt and the two became good friends in Paris. The ...

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