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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Bob Chilcott: Circlesong – Houston Chamber Choir, Robert Simpson

January 27, 2022

A work filled with ambition, Bob Chilcott’s Circlesong is a musical portrayal of the human life cycle as captured in the indigenous poetry of North America. Based on poetry from the Chinook, Comanche, Dakota, Eskimo, Iroquois, Kwakiutl, Navajo, Ojibwa, Pueblo, Seminole, Sioux, and Yaqui traditions, the thirteen movements, in seven parts, mark the different stages of life, from birth and ...

Leclair: Violin Concertos – Leila Schayegh, La Cetra Baroque Orchestra

January 26, 2022

Leila Schayegh completes her series of recordings of all the violin concertos by Jean-Marie Leclair with this third release. Leclair grew up in Lyon and was trained as a dancer and violinist, later concentrating entirely on playing the violin. In Italy, he had lessons with the distinguished teacher Giovanni Battista Somis and then went to Paris, where he briefly held ...

Brahms: Late Piano Works – Paul Lewis

January 25, 2022

Paul Lewis explores the world of late works by Johannes Brahms. The old master, far from growing more sedate, deploys a palette of infinite colors and sensibilities in his last four collections for solo piano. By turns tender and dazzling, intimate and tempestuous, these pieces appear to us as their composer’s final confidences.

Edgar Moreau: Transmission

January 24, 2022

Edgar Moreau salutes his family heritage and highlights landmarks in his artistic development with Transmission – music by Ernest Bloch, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Max Bruch, and Maurice Ravel, recorded with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and its chief conductor Michael Sanderling. Moreau’s mother is of Polish-Jewish extraction and all five works on the album have a connection with Jewish culture. The ...

Beethoven: The Conquering Hero (Complete Works for Cello and Piano) – Jennifer Kloetzel, Robert Koenig

January 21, 2022

Jennifer Kloetzel’s lifelong journey with Beethoven began early: she was eight years old when her teacher placed the composer’s second cello sonata on her music stand, opening the door to an odyssey of intrigue and, ultimately, obsession with the composer’s music. Since then, rarely has a day passed without Beethoven being a part of her life. Kloetzel has studied and ...

George Walker: Five Piano Sonatas – Steven Beck

January 20, 2022

A sequence of piano sonatas offers one of the most direct looks into a composer’s most private and most practical obsessions. George Walker is one of the few leading American composers of the 20th century to produce as many as five piano sonatas over the course of fifty years. Taken together, they securely chart a lifetime of stylistic change. Pianist ...

Escualo5: Astor Piazzolla

January 19, 2022

Astor Piazzolla’s music is played in concert halls around the world and has been arranged for the most varied forces: symphony orchestra, string quartet, brass ensemble, mandolin orchestra, and harpsichord. Taking their name from Piazzolla’s Escualo (Shark), the five musicians who make up Escualo5 have a different approach, replicating the formation that Piazzolla performed with for much of his career: ...

Locke: The Flat Consort – Fretwork

January 18, 2022

Matthew Locke was born 400 years ago in 1622, and while he is often ranked as one of England’s finest composers, he is still unaccountably neglected. His music may not be as immediately appealing as his immediate successor, Henry Purcell, nor as wide-ranging as William Byrd, yet his forceful musical personality and luxuriant technique place him in the first echelon ...

Mendelssohn: Complete Solo Piano Music, Volume 6 – Howard Shelley

January 17, 2022

Howard Shelley’s six-volume survey of the complete solo piano music of Felix Mendelssohn offers a welcome opportunity to revisit and reassess this repertoire. As we now know, Mendelssohn composed or began nearly two hundred works for piano. Nevertheless, he saw only about seventy through to print. In this, the final installment of the series, Shelley focuses on late works and ...

Telemann: Viola Concertos – Antoine Tamestit, Berlin Academy for Ancient Music

January 14, 2022

A precursor in this field as in so many others, Georg Philipp Telemann gave the viola its very first masterpieces, immediately establishing it as a solo instrument in its own right. Alongside Sabine Fehlandt and the musicians of the Berlin Academy for Ancient Music, Antoine Tamestit pays splendid tribute to this pioneering music, which blends melodic charm and contrapuntal rigor ...

New Year’s Concert 2022: Vienna Philharmonic, Daniel Barenboim

January 13, 2022

There are few concerts in the world that are awaited with as much excitement as the New Year’s Concert from Vienna. For 2022, the Vienna Philharmonic ushered in the New Year with a concert conducted by Daniel Barenboim for the third time at the magnificent Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein. The concert was broadcast to over 90 countries all ...

From Brighton to Brooklyn: Elena Urioste, Tom Poster

January 12, 2022

Elena Urioste is a musician, yogi, writer, and entrepreneur, while Tom Poster is a musician whose skills and passions extend well beyond the conventional role of the concert pianist; they are musical and (now married) life partners. From Brighton to Brooklyn is an exploration and celebration of their British and American backgrounds and mutual fascination with music from each other’s ...

C.P.E. Bach: Sonatas & Rondos – Marc-André Hamelin

January 11, 2022

“A performer of near-superhuman technical prowess” (The New York Times), pianist Marc-André Hamelin is known worldwide for his unrivalled blend of consummate musicianship and brilliant technique in the great works of the established repertoire, as well as for his intrepid exploration of rarities. The music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach makes complex stylistic demands of the performer like little else ...

United Strings of Europe: Renewal

January 10, 2022

Having released their debut album, In Motion, in 2020, the musicians that make up United Strings of Europe (USE) return with another innovative program: Renewal. The title refers in part to the fact that the majority of the works included are heard in arrangements and adaptations tailormade for the ensemble by Julian Azkoul, who also directs from the violin. In ...

Benedict Sheehan: Vespers

January 7, 2022

Conductor and composer Benedict Sheehan leads the Saint Tikhon Choir in his new setting of Eastern Orthodox Vespers in English. Inspired by the great All-Night Vigil setting by Rachmaninoff, Sheehan’s composition expands the genre with full settings of Psalms. Each verse is treated with deep musical pathos to express a full range of human emotion. The Saint Tikhon Choir was ...

Quicksilver: Early Moderns

January 6, 2022

Quicksilver brings together today’s top North American historically-informed performers. On Early Moderns, the ensemble explores brilliant and sumptuously beautiful music one could hear in 17th-century Vienna, including works by Schmeltzer, Fux, Buonamente, Bertali, Biber, Rosenmüller, Kerll, Legrenzi, and Valentini.

Stewart Goodyear: Phoenix

January 5, 2022

As a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor, the works on this album obtain new life by arising from the sound world, past traditions, and gestures of Franz Liszt. Whether it is the virtuosic splashes of color created by Debussy, the urban landscape constructed by Jennifer Higdon, the intense improvisation and haunting dissonant starkness ...

Rachmaninoff: Cello Sonata – Gautier Capuçon, Yuja Wang

January 4, 2022

Rachmaninoff’s Cello Sonata, Op. 19, one of the great landmarks of late Romantic music, has found its ideal interpreters in Gautier Capuçon and Yuja Wang. Their new recording of the work projects a partnership of equals fully immersed in the music’s turbulent emotions and striking expressive contrasts.  “In the last few years of working together, Gautier and I have developed ...

Beethoven: String Quartets Nos. 10 and 11 – Ehnes Quartet

January 3, 2022

Hailed as “an important new force in the chamber music arena” with a “dream-team line-up” (Strings), the Ehnes Quartet is comprised of four internationally renowned string musicians: violinists James Ehnes and Amy Schwartz Moretti, violist Richard O’Neill, and cellist Edward Arron. On their third release devoted to Beethoven, the Ehnes Quartet includes the last two works of his “middle period.” ...

Clément Lefebvre: Ravel

December 31, 2021

Maurice Ravel, a versatile and eclectic composer, took his inspiration from many sources, but especially and most constantly throughout his life from music of the French Baroque. His Menuet antique, Pavane pour une infante défunte, Valses nobles et sentimentales (title chosen in homage to Franz Schubert), and Le Tombeau de Couperin are fine illustrations of that interest and inspiration, and ...

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