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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Liszt: Harmonies poétiques et religieuses – Jenny Lin, Adam Tendler

October 18, 2021

Performed here by pianists Jenny Lin and Adam Tendler, Franz Liszt’s rarely heard Harmonies poétiques et religieuses is one of his most personal and confessional piano cycles. Lin and Tendler alternate movements of this monumental work. “Few performers are willing to take on not only its daunting scale but also its grueling restraint – a cohesion held together in a ...

Delphine Constantin-Reznik: Music of Anton Edvard Pratté

October 15, 2021

When Delphine Constantin-Reznik took up the post as harpist in Sweden’s Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, she came across the name Anton Pratté, well-known in his lifetime as a harpist and composer. Her research into this forgotten master has now resulted in the very first recording of any of his numerous compositions for the harp. Anton Edvard Pratté was born in Bohemia. ...

Beethoven: Complete String Quartets, Volume 2 – Dover Quartet

October 14, 2021

The Dover Quartet, “the young American string quartet of the moment” (The New Yorker), unveils the second installment in its critically acclaimed Beethoven quartet cycle on Cedille Records. The three-album set of the “Middle Quartets” includes the three Op. 59 “Razumovsky” Quartets, infused with Russian folk tunes; the graceful “Harp,” Op. 74, named for its plucked string figures; and the ...

Americascapes – Basque National Orchestra, Robert Trevino

October 13, 2021

All four American composers on this new album wrote music that was known, played, and esteemed during their lifetimes, but none of them ever had a huge “hit” and so the pieces here are likely familiar only to musical scholars. Yet, while it is uncommon enough to find Charles Martin Loeffler, Henry Cowell, Carl Ruggles, and Howard Hanson sharing the ...

Wranitzky: Orchestral Works, Volume 3 – Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Marek Štilec

October 12, 2021

Paul Wranitzky moved to Vienna from his native Moravia at the age of 20, mixing with the likes of Haydn and Mozart. As the most important symphonist in Vienna in the late 1790s, his style influenced the early symphonies of Beethoven. The Symphony in D major, La Chasse, reflects the popularity of hunting music and is heard here for the ...

Chopin: Études, Four Scherzi – Beatrice Rana

October 11, 2021

“Chopin is reserved, visionary, and mysterious,” says Beatrice Rana. “There are many layers to his music. It’s pleasing to the ear and sincere in its communication, but the deeper you go, the more you find.” For this album, Rana pairs Chopin’s complete Études with his four Scherzi, focusing on two musical genres that the composer, combining intellect and imagination, transformed ...

The Classical Piano Concerto: Georg Benda

October 8, 2021

Of the same generation as Mozart’s father and Bach’s children, Georg Anton Benda was highly regarded in his day (not least by Mozart himself). Along with Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Johann Stamitz, Benda was responsible for building the bridge between the Baroque and Classical periods of music. Pianist Howard Shelley brings his customary probing, intelligent musicianship to this selection ...

Bach: Brandenburg Concertos – Berlin Academy for Ancient Music

October 7, 2021

The brilliant Berlin Academy for Ancient Music, with special guests violinist Isabelle Faust and violist Antoine Tamestit, celebrates the 300th anniversary of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg concertos. Widely regarded as among the finest orchestral compositions of the Baroque era, these six works dedicated to the Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt in 1721 explore a dizzying array of instrumental combinations and timbres. Originally given ...

Strauss: Don Quixote, Till Eulenspiegel – Gürzenich Orchestra, François-Xavier Roth

October 6, 2021

After two memorable recordings devoted to Mahler’s Third and Fifth symphonies, François-Xavier Roth continues his exploration of the major works premiered by the Gürzenich Orchestra. In the spotlight this time are two of the young Richard Strauss’s most brilliant achievements: Till Eulenspiegel and Don Quixote. In the latter, a symphonic poem in the guise of a double concerto, Jean-Guihen Queyras ...

Víkingur Ólafsson: Mozart & Contemporaries

October 5, 2021

For his latest album, Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson presents some of his favorite Mozart keyboard works in the company of pieces by a selection of the composer’s leading contemporaries. Juxtaposing works by Mozart, Haydn, and C.P.E. Bach with rarely-recorded Galuppi and Cimarosa, Mozart & Contemporaries dispels the image of Mozart as the angelic prodigy, instead presenting a mature composer through music ...

ARC Ensemble: Chamber Works by Dmitri Klebanov

October 4, 2021

A casualty of Soviet-era cultural suppression and anti-Semitism, Jewish-Ukrainian composer Dmitri Klebanov (1907-1986) is among the scores of musicians whose works are largely forgotten and rarely performed. Fortunate not to have been among those artists and intellectuals arrested, killed, or sent to forced labor camps during Stalin’s brutal reign, Klebanov understood that his career and survival depended on producing works ...

Nuevo Tango Concertos by Astor Piazzolla and Omar Massa

October 1, 2021

Omar Massa is a bandoneon player, composer, and arranger from Buenos Aires, based in Europe since 2016. Regarded by critics as an expert on Astor Piazzolla’s music – whose work he has interpreted from the age of six – Massa has often been the connecting bridge between classical music and Argentine tango music. He has recorded with the Berlin Symphony ...

Mozart: Complete Masses, Volume 1

September 30, 2021

The occasion for the composition of Mozart’s Missa longa is still a matter of speculation, but the Mass remains an exceptional work with its elaborate choral writing, extended orchestration, and dramatic changes. The symphonic qualities of the Coronation Mass reveal influences from Mozart’s travels in Paris and Mannheim, as well as a move towards a more operatic style. The richness ...

Liszt: Années de pèlerinage, Première année: Suisse – Charles Owen

September 29, 2021

With his critically acclaimed recordings of music by Bach, Brahms, Fauré, and Rachmaninov to his credit, celebrated British pianist Charles Owen celebrates his 50th birthday by scaling the heights of Franz Liszt’s anthology Années de pèlerinage—Première année—Suisse, which evokes the composer’s travels throughout Switzerland and the breath-taking Alpine landscape. The program concludes with the emotive Bénédiction de Dieu dans la ...

Florence Price: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 – Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

September 28, 2021

Florence Price came to prominence almost ninety years ago, having surmounted systemic barriers to the progress of African Americans and women in classical music. Much of her music then fell into neglect, however, and has only recently been rediscovered. Among those championing her work today are the Philadelphia Orchestra and its music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Their latest recording, featuring Price’s Symphonies Nos. ...

Skylark Vocal Ensemble: It’s a Long Way

September 27, 2021

Skylark is a premier vocal group—led by Artistic Director Matthew Guard—of leading American vocal soloists, chamber musicians, and music educators, whose dramatic performances have been described as “gripping” (The Times of London). The Boston-based, Grammy-nominated ensemble has released It’s a Long Way, a selection of choral and solo vocal music from the Renaissance to the 21st century, including four world ...

Saint-Georges: Symphonies Concertantes – Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra

September 24, 2021

Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges was a brilliant swordsman, athlete, violin virtuoso, and gifted composer, with a claim to being the most talented figure in an age of remarkable individuals. He was an early and important exponent of the hybrid symphonie concertante – a genre that draws on both the symphony and concerto traditions. This novel format was the ideal ...

Mozart: Piano Concertos – Jeremy Denk, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

September 23, 2021

Pianist Jeremy Denk is joined by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for two Mozart concertos—No. 25 in C Major, K. 503 and No. 20 in D minor, K. 466—bookending the composer’s solo Rondo in A minor, K 511. Denk says of K. 503 in his liner notes: “As I write these words … the world as it used to be ...

Haydn: Piano Sonatas – Paul Lewis

September 22, 2021

In 2018, the English pianist Paul Lewis embarked on an exploration of one of the richest bodies of work of the Classical era: the keyboard sonatas of Haydn. For this second volume, Lewis tackles some of the most remarkable pieces in this vast output. He says, “I’ve wanted to explore the piano sonatas of Haydn in detail for some time. ...

Janine Jansen: 12 Stradivari

September 21, 2021

For the first time in history, 12 instruments by Antonio Stradivari have travelled across the world for a ground-breaking new project with violinist Janine Jansen. The resulting album, 12 Stradivari, captures the individual characters of each instrument in specially-curated music accompanied by Sir Antonio Pappano at the piano. These days, Stradivari’s instruments can reach prices well over $20 million, and some of ...

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