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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Ysaÿe: Six Sonatas for Solo Violin – James Ehnes

May 6, 2021

Eugène Ysaÿe’s six sonatas are, together with Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas, among the most important extended works for the solo violin. Ysaÿe composed each one of them with a particular violinist in mind, capturing their personality and the characteristics of their playing. These sonatas represent the stylistic bridge between the old and the new, between tradition and improvisation, offering a ...

Miloš Karadaglić: The Moon & The Forest

May 5, 2021

Celebrating 10 years with Universal Music, Miloš Karadaglić releases an album featuring two outstanding new concertos, both commissioned for the guitarist – a testament to his musicianship and pioneering spirit, showcasing new guitar repertoire on the world stage. The Moon & The Forest features works by award-winning composers Howard Shore (Lord of the Rings, The Departed) and Joby Talbot (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to ...

Robert Schumann: Complete Piano Trios, Quartet & Quintet – Trio Wanderer

May 4, 2021

Constantly shifting from the most impulsive exuberance to the most restrained meditation, from the most intense passion to the most innocent tenderness, this program forms a representative panorama of Schumann’s chamber music. Going beyond the piano trios, which already give us a fully rounded account of Schumann, Trio Wanderer have invited their favorite partners to join them for their interpretation ...

Archivo de Guatemala: Music from the Guatemala City Cathedral Archive – El Mundo

May 3, 2021

Spanish colonies in Central and South America emerged as wellsprings of cultural activity throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. The meeting of indigenous populations with Latin American cathedrals and courtly life resulted in styles bearing the imprint of folk music, even in sacred compositions. The sophisticated musical culture of Guatemala City Cathedral is represented in an archive of hundreds of ...

Swedish Chamber Orchestra: The Brandenburg Project

April 30, 2021

Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos belong to those works that are so well-known that we risk taking them for granted. In order to (re-)discover the special qualities that can inspire us today, Thomas Dausgaard and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra decided to contact six contemporary composers, asking each of them to compose a companion piece to one of the concertos. In 2018, they ...

Wolf-Ferrari: Dreams & Drama – Emmanuele Baldini, Luca Delle Donne

April 29, 2021

Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s reputation rests largely on his operas, but the instrumental music he composed at the beginning and end of his career deserves a wider currency. The influence of Brahms can be detected in the First and Second Violin Sonatas, though Wolf-Ferrari’s distinctive long melodies and chromatic flow are clearly present; the dramatic and expressive Second also includes references to ...

Brahms: Symphony No. 2, Academic Festival Overture – Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Herbert Blomstedt

April 28, 2021

Herbert Blomstedt and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra continue their Brahms symphonies project with a recording of the composer’s Second Symphony in D Major, alongside his Academic Festival Overture. Although idyllic and pastoral at first sight, Brahms himself remarked about the symphony that he had “never written anything so sad.” Blomstedt and the orchestra bring out all the different moods and ...

The Music of Gerre Hancock – Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

April 27, 2021

The renowned Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys record a fitting tribute to their former Choirmaster and Organist Gerre Hancock (1934-2012). In this post for over 30 years, he was a pivotal figure in the choir’s rejuvenation and created a wealth of choral and organ music during his career – much of it composed for friends and colleagues across ...

Avison: Concerti Grossi (after Domenico Scarlatti) – Tiento Nuovo

April 26, 2021

Harpsichordist Ignacio Prego directs a new selection of the Concerti Grossi by Charles Avison drawing inspiration from keyboard sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti. Italian music had great popularity in Britain in the 18th century, and Avison adapted and transformed Scarlatti’s sonatas into his Grand Concertos, making them his own. Prego and his new Spain-based ensemble Tiento Nuovo relish the Iberian influences ...

Music of Salvatore Di Vittorio – Chamber Orchestra of New York

April 23, 2021

Salvatore Di Vittorio is seen as an heir to the Italian neo-Classical orchestral tradition with a narrative style notable for its colorful orchestration and ‘swelling lyricism’ (American Record Guide). This second volume of his orchestral works includes a vivid portrayal of the cultural and historical diversity of his home city in Overtura Palermo. Di Vittorio’s Symphony No. 3 evokes the ...

Franz Halász: Spain

April 22, 2021

Franz Halász stands at the forefront of the current guitar scene and has long been one of Germany’s most influential guitar educators. His latest album is a colorful and varied program of music from Spain, taking in highlights in the guitar literature such as Francisco Tárrega’s Recuerdos de la Alhambra, as well as Joaquín Turina’s Guitar Sonata, here recorded for ...

Lara Downes: Spring Fever

April 21, 2021

Pianist Lara Downes offers the latest release in her series “Rising Sun Music,” presenting works by Black composers spanning nearly 200 years and reflecting a stunning array of musical voices that redefine the American canon. On “Spring Fever,” Downes celebrates the season when everything begins again, when new life is born, and new hope stirs. Three of the works are ...

Vivaldi: Bassoon Concertos, Volume V – Sergio Azzolini, L’Onda Armonica

April 20, 2021

Antonio Vivaldi’s catalog of works for bassoon are remarkable, both in number and for his soloistic treatment of an instrument previously confined to accompaniment. Seven bassoon concertos here join the twenty-six already recorded in the first four volumes in the Naïve label’s Vivaldi Edition. The long-running project is devoted to newly rediscovered manuscripts of Vivaldi’s works housed at the Turin ...

Onslow: String Quintets, Volume 4 – Elan Quintet

April 19, 2021

In 2015, the Elan Quintet began a project with Naxos Records to record the cycle of 34 string quintets by the Anglo-French composer George Onslow (1784-1853). He is best known for a body of chamber music that follows the musical lineage of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. A master of the quintet medium, Onslow offered variations of ensemble to players, the ...

The Sixteen: Good night, beloved

April 16, 2021

The works on this album tell stories of life and love, of tranquility and stillness, some naïve and simple, others infused with complex imagery. “Good night, beloved” features a stunning selection of choral music spanning over 500 years. From exuberant early works such as Hoyda, hoyda, jolly rutterkin and I am a jolly foster to Will Todd’s sublime Whisper Him ...

Russian Spectacular – Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Lan Shui

April 15, 2021

This album of orchestral showpieces features four of the five members of the Mighty Handful, a group of 19th-century Russian composers who collaborated to create a distinct national style. The recorded works illustrate different aspects of their endeavors – both in terms of the musical means they employ and their subject matter. Mily Balakirev’s Islamey employs material from the Caucasus ...

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: ...

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