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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Cremona Quartet: Italian Postcards

December 1, 2020

Celebrating 20 years of an illustrious international career with their 14th recording and first on Avie, the multiple award-winning Cremona Quartet sends Italian Postcards, assembling evocations of the country by four non-natives. Mozart penned his first string quartet during his first Italian journey to the town of Lodi. Hugo Wolf’s Italian Serenade takes its inspiration from poetry and ancient Italian ...

American Music for Guitar and Piano

November 30, 2020

When they began playing together in 2017, guitarist Stefano Cardi and pianist Enrico Pieranunzi went in search of repertoire which would harmonize with their disparate musical backgrounds, that of a classical guitarist with a passion for jazz and blues, and a jazz pianist with a thorough grounding in the classics. They turned quickly to America, both north and south, and ...

Moszkowski: Orchestral Music, Volume 2 – Sinfonia Varsovia

November 29, 2020

The Polish composer Moritz Moszkowski (1854–1925) is best remembered for a handful of virtuoso piano pieces, but he also produced a substantial body of orchestral music, most of it unperformed for a century or more. The opening volume in this first-ever survey of his orchestral output presented the monumental symphonic poem Johanna d’Arc. On this latest release, two big-hearted Suites ...

Orchestral Music of Gershwin, Tower, Piston, and Harbison

November 28, 2020

This program represents American orchestral music in all of its verve and expressive variety. Following the sensational success of Rhapsody in Blue, Gershwin’s Concerto in F was his first foray away from jazz bands into the concert hall, recorded here for the first time in a new critical edition by Timothy Freeze based on the composer’s own notation and performances. ...

Ars Nova Copenhagen: And

November 27, 2020

“And” is a collection of contemporary sacred music by Arvo Pärt, Julia Wolfe, and Caroline Shaw, interspersed with songs from the 13th-century collection Laudario di Cortona. Ars Nova Copenhagen was founded in 1979 and is widely recognized as one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles. The ensemble’s chief conductor and artistic director since 2003 is the acclaimed British conductor Paul ...

Ludwig van Beethoven: Late Piano Sonatas – Nikolai Lugansky

November 26, 2020

Édouard Herriot once said: “‘In Beethoven, everything comes from within.” This is particularly true of the late piano sonatas, which contain elements of both intimate journal and total experimentation before attaining the mystical serenity of the last sonata, Op. 111. Here is Nikolai Lugansky’s long-awaited vision of this pianistic Everest. The recording session took place from July 11 to 14, ...

Thomas Dunford & Théotime Langlois de Swarte: The Mad Lover

November 25, 2020

Frequent partners on the current Baroque music scene illuminate aspects of the 17th-century English notion of melancholy. The inconsolable “Mad Lover” of the album title is reimagined by violinist Théotime Langlois de Swarte and lutenist Thomas Dunford as a character from the reign of Charles II: a tale told through music from the pen of such violin virtuosos as the ...

Pablo Sáinz-Villegas: Soul of the Spanish Guitar

November 24, 2020

Regarded as one of the world’s leading soloists on his instrument, Pablo Sáinz-Villegas embodies “the soul of the Spanish guitar” and has long been internationally acclaimed as an ambassador of Spanish culture. For his latest album, this exceptional artist has chosen ten works that are especially close to his heart: “Spanish music represents a blend of different influences,” he explains, ...

Between the Clouds – Charlie Siem, Itamar Golan

November 23, 2020

Internationally-acclaimed violinist Charlie Siem and pianist Itamar Golan release their debut album on Signum including works by Kreisler, Sarasate, Paganini, Elgar, and Wieniawski, showcasing Siem’s versatility and virtuosity in an intimate Parisian-style ‘salon’ program. Siem has appeared with many of the world’s finest orchestras and chamber ensembles and is passionate about bringing classical music to new audiences. He plays the ...

David Greilsammer: Labyrinth

November 22, 2020

In “Labyrinth,” pianist David Greilsammer brings his “extraordinary sensitivity and dramatic flair” (BBC Magazine) to a project that he has been developing since 2017 through a number of concerts. The album is an intimate new recital born out of a dream that had haunted Greilsammer for many years. Instead of allowing the dream to dominate his life, Greilsammer “decided to start searching ...

Carolyn Surrick & Ronn McFarlane: Fermi’s Paradox

November 21, 2020

Sono Luminus presents “Fermi’s Paradox,” a new album from viola da gambist Carolyn Surrick and lutenist Ronn McFarlane, with guest percussionist Jackie Moran. The album is Surrick and McFarlane’s first together and was created and recorded during the Covid-19 pandemic. Surrick is well-known for her many recordings with the group she founded in 1998, Ensemble Galilei. McFarlane is the founder ...

Errollyn Wallen: Peace on Earth – Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

November 20, 2020

Three enchanting choral works from one of the United Kingdoms’s most accomplished contemporary composers: Errollyn Wallen’s new release on the King’s College label depicts the mystery and exhilaration of faith. In the three works (Peace on Earth, See that I am God, and Pace), Wallen reaches across centuries of traditions and cultures to create a journey of human reflection like ...

Avi Avital: Art of the Mandolin

November 19, 2020

“Art of the Mandolin” is a celebration of the mandolin and its diverse repertoire, offering a guided tour of the instrument’s rich history and a star performer’s personal selection of some of its greatest compositions. However, as Avi Avital comments: “This is not an introduction to the mandolin. It’s the essence of the mandolin.” Avital, who has commissioned and premiered ...

Beethoven: Violin Sonatas – Andrew Wan, Charles Richard-Hamelin

November 18, 2020

Analekta presents the release of the second volume of Beethoven’s complete Violin Sonatas, performed by two of the most outstanding musicians of their generation: Andrew Wan, concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra since 2008, and Charles Richard-Hamelin, winner of the silver medal at the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition. This album holds the three sonatas of Opus 12 and Sonata ...

Bach at the Mendelssohn’s

November 17, 2020

Flutist Mika Putterman and fortepianist Jory Vinikour present Bach at the Mendelssohn’s, their new album where they explore the largely uncharted territory of how the Baroque repertoire was interpreted during the Romantic period. When 19th-century musicians performed Baroque music, they paid little interest to what performance practice norms of the Baroque period might have been and instead used the expressive ...

Daniil Trifonov: Silver Age

November 16, 2020

Daniil Trifonov’s latest album for Deutsche Grammophon, recorded with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, recalls a time when Russia’s composers, poets, artists, dramatists, and star performers were among the most original anywhere in the world. Silver Age illustrates the artistic audacity and brilliance of a turbulent era in the country’s history with works by three of its most pioneering ...

Benedict Sheehan: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom – Saint Tikhon Choir

November 15, 2020

Cappella Records has released Benedict Sheehan’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, the world premiere recording of a major new choral work of elegance and beauty, reminiscent of medieval Eastern chant, minimalism, American folk singing, with hints of Arvo Pärt and late Romanticism. The Liturgy is performed by the Saint Tikhon Choir, conducted by the composer. The Choir was founded in ...

Michel Dalberto: Ravel

November 14, 2020

Heir to a true French pianistic tradition, Michel Dalberto studied with Vlado Perlemuter, who was a favorite pupil of Alfred Cortot and was coached by Maurice Ravel. Dalberto reveals that precious legacy here, in the fourth part of his cycle devoted to French music. Each program in the series will be recorded on a different piano (Steinway, Fazioli, Bechstein, etc.) ...

Gautier Capuçon: Emotions

November 13, 2020

Emotions, a selection of pieces dear to their interpreter and recorded shortly before the onset of the global pandemic, seems to foreshadow all the states of mind of the months to follow. From Debussy’s Clair de Lune to Fauré’s Pavane, from Schubert’s Ave Maria to Tchaikovsky’s Valse sentimentale, via Édith Piaf’s Hymne à l’Amour, Piazzola’s Oblivion, and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah ...

Mozart: Complete Piano Sonatas, Volume 1 – Orli Shaham

November 12, 2020

Over the past year, Orli Shaham recorded all 18 piano sonatas by Mozart at historic Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts. The first volume holds the three sonatas (Nos. 3, 13, and 17) in the key of B-flat. In the words of Shaham, these works “are so varied and different in their inventive brilliance. Each has a truly individual and distinct ...

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