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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Belle Époque: French Music for Winds – Orsino Ensemble

April 14, 2021

Under the leadership of its Artistic Director, Adam Walker, the Orsino Ensemble is a chamber group of flexible formation with five outstanding wind players at its core. This approach is clearly demonstrated on their début recording for Chandos, programming works for solo instrument through to the full wind quintet and piano. The late 19th and early 20th centuries bore witness ...

Charles Richard-Hamelin: Chopin Preludes

April 13, 2021

The new album by Charles Richard-Hamelin presents two important works by Frédéric Chopin and consolidates the musician’s place in the highest ranks of the pianistic world. Describing the 24 Preludes, Richard-Hamelin says: “One can hear the entire scope of Chopin’s output inside the microcosm that are the Preludes. Across all the different major and minor keys, we get hints of ...

Albrecht Mayer: Mozart

April 12, 2021

Albrecht Mayer has lived with Mozart’s music for almost half a century. His encounters with the composer began while he was a boy soprano in the Bamberg Cathedral Choir and have multiplied over the course of his international career. The 55-year-old German oboist has waited until now, however, to record his first all-Mozart album, a personal and affectionate tribute to ...

Proust: Le concert retrouvé – Théotime Langlois de Swarte, Tanguy de Williencourt

April 9, 2021

On July 1, 1907, Marcel Proust invited a few of his friends to a private concert he was hosting at the Ritz Hotel. In a letter he wrote two days later to the composer Reynaldo Hahn, the host described the eclectic nature of the program. Composers of his day were featured side by side with the masters of the past: ...

Mozart: The Complete Multi-Piano Concertos – MultiPiano Ensemble, English Chamber Orchestra

April 8, 2021

Throughout history, many composers have devoted thought and attention to the challenging genre of “multi-hand” piano music. But it seems that only one great composer showed consistent interest in this genre throughout his entire creative life and contributed to it in almost every possible combination known in his day—and that is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Over a quarter of a century, ...

Intimate Impressions – Adam Cicchillitti, Steve Cowan

April 7, 2021

Guitarists Adam Cicchillitti and Steve Cowan present their new album, Intimate Impressions for Two Guitars, which offers a collection of 20th century works for piano, harp, or guitar composed in Paris by French greats Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Germaine Tailleferre, and André Jolivet and the Catalan composer Federico Mompou. The arrangements for two guitars, most of which are by Cicchillitti ...

Orchestral Music of Ravel – Basque National Orchestra, Robert Trevino

April 6, 2021

Conductor Robert Trevino’s new album release on Ondine – after a successful debut with a complete Beethoven symphony cycle – features six orchestral pieces by Maurice Ravel played by the Basque National Orchestra. Born in a small town in France very close to the Spanish border, Ravel spent most of his life in Paris. However, he was extremely proud of ...

Alan Hovhaness: Selected Piano Compositions – Şahan Arzruni

April 5, 2021

Armenian pianist Şahan Arzruni has stacks of handwritten manuscripts from his longtime friendship with the American-Armenian composer Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000). On the album Alan Hovhaness: Selected Piano Compositions (Kalan Music), Arzruni recorded a collection of these works, nearly all world premieres of unpublished scores. He says the compositions date from the 1940s and early 1950s. Arzruni writes in the liner ...

Cecilia McDowall: Sacred Choral Music – Trinity College Choir Cambridge

April 4, 2021

Born in London in 1951, Cecilia McDowall is a composer who has developed an original and distinctive voice that speaks directly to listeners and performers alike. Her musical language is sufficiently versatile and adaptable to embrace instrumental and chamber pieces, orchestral scores, and works for the stage. McDowall’s keen sensitivity to text and her flair for writing vocal lines that are ...

Respighi: Concerto all’antica, Ancient Airs and Dances – Chamber Orchestra of New York, Salvatore Di Vittorio

April 3, 2021

Ottorino Respighi was in the vanguard of the 20th-century rebirth of Italian symphonic music. Famed for his Roman Trilogy, Respighi was also prominent in the synthesis of pre-Classical melodic styles and late-Romantic harmonies and textures. These are the elements that make the Ancient Airs and Dances so captivating and expressive, as Respighi draws on dances by 16th-century composers to brilliant ...

C.P.E. Bach: Complete String Symphonies – Gli Incogniti

April 2, 2021

Gli Incogniti was founded in 2006 by a group of friends, brought together by the violinist Amandine Beyer. It is named after the Accademia degli Incogniti, an artistic and academic circle that was among the most active in 17th century Venice. The ensemble’s new recording features the six symphonies by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach dedicated to Baron van Swieten. These ...

Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 – London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle

April 1, 2021

One of Rachmaninoff’s most popular pieces, the Second Symphony is a melancholic and sentimental work: a magic box of the late-Romantic orchestra. Dramatic sections played by the full orchestra contrast heart-breaking swells that only this composer could have written. The London Symphony Orchestra has a long history with the Second Symphony, recording it many times with conductors such as André ...

Schubert: Explorations – Mathieu Gaudet

March 31, 2021

Mathieu Gaudet, concert pianist and full-time emergency physician, presents Schubert: Explorations, the fourth and most recent chapter of his ambitious project to record the complete sonatas and major piano works of the great Austrian composer Franz Schubert. The program includes the Sonata in F Minor, D. 625, and the Moments musicaux, D. 780, written in 1823 and 1824, which represent ...

Ensemble Correspondances: Septem Verba & Membra Jesu Nostri

March 30, 2021

Since its formation in 2008, Ensemble Correspondances has devoted itself chiefly to French sacred music of the 17th century. On this recording, they leave Paris for an excursion to the shores of the Baltic, between Lübeck and Stockholm, to explore Lutheran music before Bach, from Dietrich Buxtehude to Heinrich Schütz and the rarely heard Lüdert Dijkman. The works devoted to ...

Beethoven & Brahms: Violin Concertos – Gil Shaham, The Knights

March 29, 2021

Gil Shaham, Grammy award-winner and Musical America’s 2015 “Instrumentalist of the Year,” performs two of the greatest violin concertos – the works by Brahms and Beethoven. Shaham partners with the Brooklyn-based ensemble The Knights, conducted by Eric Jacobsen, musicians with whom he feels fortunate to collaborate on a regular basis. This is Shaham’s first solo release in almost five years ...

J.S. Bach: Sonatas for Viola (da Gamba) and Harpsichord

March 28, 2021

Violist Marie Stockmarr Becker and harpsichordist Ilaria Macedonio say this about their new recording: “We offer a fresh and different – yet historically informed – perspective on the three sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord by J.S. Bach. With our rather uncommon instrumentation, we contribute with a neglected perspective to the framework of understanding of these sonatas in their ...

Richard Fountain: American Ivory

March 27, 2021

For Richard Fountain’s debut album on Navona Records, American Ivory, the pianist celebrates the variety and vitality of American art music by performing a decades-spanning collection of works by time-honored and contemporary composers alike. Not just a chronological account, the album carefully pairs pieces to create conversational back-and-forths between contemporary composers, highlighting the similarities—and differences—in their musical styles. Alongside works ...

John Abraham Fisher: Symphonies Nos. 1-6

March 26, 2021

Described as having “natural genius,” John Abraham Fisher was a significant figure in London during the second half of the 18th century. A virtuoso violinist, he also wrote admired stage works for the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden. His orchestral works are largely forgotten today, but his symphonies display a surprising awareness of contemporary continental trends in their use of dynamic ...

Janusz Wawrowski: Phoenix

March 25, 2021

Janusz Wawrowski’s album Phoenix pairs two life-affirming violin concertos written during difficult periods in their composers’ lives: Tchaikovsky was recovering from his disastrous marriage and Ludomir Różycki was enduring the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. Wawrowski spent several years reconstructing Różycki’s concerto from long-lost fragments. He says, “This wonderful work spoke to me immediately. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, it ...

Lucas and Arthur Jussen: The Russian Album

March 24, 2021

The Russian Album is the seventh album by the brothers Lucas and Arthur Jussen on the Deutsche Grammophon label. The pianists selected compositions for two pianos by Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Igor Stravinsky, and Anton Arensky. Their aim was to capture the essence of Russian music with its unique character, timbre, and energy. The compositions reflect some turbulent episodes in ...

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