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.
 

Music of the Baroque: On This Night

December 11, 2018

Long recognized as one of Chicago’s leading classical groups, Music of the Baroque is a modern instrument orchestra and chorus specializing in music from the 18th century and before. The ensemble’s popular holiday brass and choral concerts have been an important Chicago tradition for nearly four decades. On This Night features highlights from Music of the Baroque’s holiday concerts of ...

Yuja Wang: The Berlin Recital

December 10, 2018

This live recording from the Berlin Philharmonie’s Chamber Music Hall showcases Yuja Wang’s exceptional artistry, technical perfection, and boundless imagination. The thrilling recital program features three late-Romantic and 20th-century Russian composers. It is compelling repertoire that strikes a chord with Wang’s impassioned temperament and has accompanied her since the start of her career. Rounding out the program are three fascinating ...

Libera: Beyond

December 9, 2018

The young singers of Libera who are aged seven to sixteen attend many different local schools in South London and come from a variety of backgrounds. Although they are boys and they sing, they do not think of themselves as choirboys, but rather as an alternative kind of boy band. The distinctive sound of Libera has traveled the world in the ...

Seong-Jin Cho Plays Mozart

December 7, 2018

Seong-Jin Cho, winner of the 2015 International Chopin Competition, has long been steeped in the music of Mozart. “I always fell happy, I always enjoy it, when I play Mozart,” he says. “For me, Mozart has everything; his music has so many layers.” For this album, Cho collaborates with conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, who are ...

Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette – San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas

December 6, 2018

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony bring unsurpassed storytelling to their latest recording on the Grammy Award-winning SFS Media label: Berlioz’s dramatic symphony Roméo et Juliette. With a narrative that Berlioz deemed “too beautiful, too musical” to not be performed, this impassioned orchestral score is further enriched by the voices of Sasha Cooke, Nicholas Phan, Luca Pisaroni, and the SFS Chorus. Tilson Thomas says, “Roméo et Juliette is a true ...

Igor Levit: Life

December 5, 2018

In January 2018, pianist Igor Levit was named the recipient of the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award, which is given every four years. The jury said, “Levit is not only a superb pianist but also a deeply thoughtful and insightful artist.” His latest release on Sony Classical is a very personal selection of works born out of profound loss. Sparked by the ...

Mendelssohn: Complete Symphonies – London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Eliot Gardiner

December 3, 2018

LSO Live presents Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s award-winning Mendelssohn series together in its entirety for the first time. Captured over three seasons during critically-acclaimed concerts in the Barbican Hall, this box set offers listeners the definitive account of Gardiner’s unique take on Mendelssohn with the London Symphony Orchestra: a blend between the conductor’s wide-ranging expertise and the Orchestra’s signature sound. ...

Stravinsky: Petrushka, Jeu de cartes – Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev

December 2, 2018

The Mariinsky Label presents Valery Gergiev’s first recording of Stravinsky’s iconic ballet Petrushka, paired with one of the composer’s hidden gems, the witty Jeu de cartes. Stravinsky’s score to Petrushka is one of his most celebrated works and a product of his famous collaboration with Serge Diaghilev that also produced The Firebird and The Rite of Spring. Presented here in the composer’s original 1911 version, it tells the ...

Puccini in Love – Aleksandra Kurzak, Roberto Alagna

December 1, 2018

The husband and wife duo of tenor Roberto Alagna and soprano Aleksandra Kurzak have made the most poignant duets from Puccini’s operas the focus of their first collaborative album, Puccini in Love. The album features excerpts from Manon Lescaut, La Fanciulla del West, Madama Butterfly, Il Tabarro, and, of course, La Bohéme. The performances are brimming over with passion and ...

Eric Lu: Music of Chopin & Beethoven

November 30, 2018

Warner Classics and Askonas Holt announce the signing of 20-year old American pianist Eric Lu, winner of the prestigious 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition. As part of this year’s prize, the winner receives worldwide management with Askonas Holt, one of the world’s leading arts management agencies, and an international album release on Warner Classics, one of the foremost global classical music recording companies. Lu’s ...

Neave Trio: Celebrating Piazzolla

November 29, 2018

The Neave Trio celebrates Astor Piazzolla’s rich legacy through arrangements, by one of Piazzolla’s longtime colleagues and by a younger protégé. “All three of us wear many musical hats, emulating other sounds and instruments,” says Anna Williams. “Sometimes we provide percussion. At times we were inspired by the sounds of bandoneón, accordion, guitar, viola, and double bass.” Mezzo-soprano Carla Jablonski ...

Debussy: The Three Sonatas & Late Works

November 28, 2018

The Harmonia Mundi label’s ongoing series of recordings marking the centenary of the death of Claude Debussy continues with this fascinating album of chamber works. On it, violinist Isabelle Faust has brought together an all-star team of musicians including cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, violist Antoine Tamestit, flutist Magali Mosnier, harpist Xavier de Maistre and pianists Alexander Melnikov, Javier Perianes, and Tanguy ...

Music of Janáček – Czech Philharmonic, Jiri Bělohlávek

November 27, 2018

Jiří Bělohlávek was a leading interpreter of Czech music. He became chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in 1990, a role he would serve on two different occasions during a combined span of seven years. This release continues the series of Bělohlávek’s last recordings of Czech masterworks for Decca Classics before he passed away in 2017. It holds four of Leoš Janáček’s most ...

Mozart Violin Concertos: Nikolaj Znaider, London Symphony Orchestra

November 26, 2018

Nikolaj Znaider performs at the highest level as both conductor and virtuoso violin soloist, and for this album, the second of two releases exploring all five Mozart violin concertos, he directed the London Symphony Orchestra from his instrument, the ‘Kreisler’ Guarnerius ‘del Gesu’ 1741. Speaking of his admiration for these works, Znaider says, “For me Mozart is the greatest composer, ...

Fazil Say: Debussy & Satie

November 25, 2018

Fazil Say’s interpretive daring and seemingly limitless imagination reap great rewards in the fertile territory of Debussy’s evocative First Book of Preludes and the mystical eccentricity of Satie’s best-known miniatures. Perhaps because their piano music was so different, Satie and Debussy were close friends. Whereas Satie’s titles look back to ancient Greek civilization, Debussy derived the inspiration for the individual ...

Jakub Jósef Orliński: Anima Sacra

November 24, 2018

This release, Anima sacra, marks a number of firsts. It is the debut album from countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński – born in Poland, trained at the renowned Juilliard School in New York, and winner in 2016 of the Metropolitan Opera’s prestigious National Council Auditions. It also features what are believed to be world premiere recordings of eight Baroque arias. Orliński plumbs the depths of sacred music for a ...

Calidore String Quartet: Resilience

November 23, 2018

The Calidore String Quartet is a recent Avery Fisher Career Grant and Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award recipient. The multi-award-winning ensemble is based in New York and already recognized as one of America’s foremost quartets with a steadily growing reputation in Europe. The players wanted to find their own musical standpoint in the current environment of unrest and division. So they identified four masterworks from ...

David Finckel & Wu Han: Music of Bach, Mendelssohn, Debussy, Britten

November 21, 2018

ArtistLed, the classical music industry’s first musician-directed and internet-based recording company, has released its 20th recording. Featuring the company’s founders, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, the album includes four iconic duo sonatas: Bach’s Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Keyboard in G major; Mendelssohn’s Sonata No. 2 in D major; Debussy’s Sonata; and the Sonata in C by ...

Franz Schubert: Die Nacht – Anja Lechner, Pablo Márquez

November 20, 2018

German cellist Anja Lechner and Argentinean guitarist Pablo Márquez met in 2003 and have since explored the most diverse repertoire and modes of expression in their concerts. For their first duo album, they highlight the strong tradition of songs with guitar accompaniment prevalent in 19th century Vienna. Lechner and Márquez play some of Schubert’s most beloved songs, framing the album’s ...

Music of Franz Schreker – Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta

November 19, 2018

Franz Schreker was a prominent figure in early 20th-century Austro-German music, his reputation as an opera composer rivaling that of Richard Strauss. The Prelude to a Drama is the concert overture of Schrekers acclaimed opera Die Gezeichneten, a lurid drama involving murder and madness. Conceived as a theatrical pantomime, The Birthday of the Infanta adapts Oscar Wilde’s tragic tale of ...

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