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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Music of Dan Locklair

September 2, 2019

This world premiere recording of four recent orchestral works by acclaimed composer Dan Locklair opens with the powerful Symphony No. 2, America, the orchestral fireworks of which celebrate three significant American holidays. Hail the Coming Day is a festive celebration of the consolidation of the towns of Winston and Salem in 1913, while the antiphonal dialogues of PHOENIX celebrate new life. The Concerto for ...

Michael Torke: Sky

September 1, 2019

Acclaimed composer Michael Torke has brought fresh life to an old, but popular form, as these four concertos demonstrate. For Sky, a concerto for violin, Torke imposed classical forms on Bluegrass, evoking the music of the people who settled Kentucky. The other three concertos (for bassoon, oboe, and clarinet) test the limits of the instruments with innovative musical expression.

Bach: Viola da Gamba Sonatas – Antoine Tamestit, Masato Suzuki

August 31, 2019

Antoine Tamestit and his artistic partner Masato Suzuki, Principal Conductor of the famous Bach Collegium Japan, immersed themselves in Bach’s three sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord in order to present this sublime interpretation using a modern viola. The change in instrumentation allows the artists total freedom to rediscover the exquisite qualities of these all too rarely played masterpieces.

Brahms: Violin Sonatas – Alina Ibragimova, Cédric Tiberghien

August 30, 2019

Violinist Alina Ibragimova and pianist Cédric Tiberghien first met as members of the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists initiative in 2005. The duo have gone on to perform throughout Europe, Asia, and North America, appearing at major venues. This new release from Ibragimova and Tiberghien brings matchless accounts of Brahms’s three violin sonatas, with a Clara Schumann encore to ...

Max Richter: My Brilliant Friend

August 29, 2019

Max Richter (The Leftovers, Taboo, Waltz with Bashir, Hostiles) composed the music for the HBO and RAI series My Brilliant Friend (L’amica geniale). The drama is based on Elena Ferrante’s bestselling book of the same name and tells the story of an elderly woman who discovers the most important friend in her life seems to have disappeared without a trace.

Endeavor: Works for Oboe and Piano

August 28, 2019

Jeffrey Rathbun has served as assistant principal oboe of the Cleveland Orchestra since 1990 and was the principal oboe from 2001 to 2003. He was previously a member of the Atlanta, San Francisco, Oakland, and Honolulu symphony orchestras. Rathbun is joined on this recording by pianist Marc Shapiro in works by Schumann, Slavický, Stravinsky, and Howells. Frank Rosenwein, principal oboist ...

Mozart: Piano Concertos – Orli Shaham, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra/David Robertson

August 27, 2019

Orli Shaham revels in the theatrical richness and breathtaking invention of Mozart’s piano concertos, joining forces with David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra for this recording of No. 17 in G Major, K. 453, and No. 24 in C minor, K. 491. Shaham says, “The hope is to be able to highlight some aspect of the work that ...

Choral Music of Gerald Finzi: Choir of Trinity College Cambridge

August 26, 2019

The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge comprises around thirty Choral Scholars and two Organ Scholars, all of whom are students at the University. The College’s choral tradition dates back to the all-male choir of the fourteenth century, when former Chapel Royal choristers studied in King’s Hall which later became part of Trinity College. The Choir’s latest recording features the music ...

The Fellini Album: Film Music of Nino Rota

August 25, 2019

Conductor Riccardo Chailly and La Scala Philharmonic present The Fellini Album, featuring iconic Nino Rota film scores from classic Federico Fellini films, capturing Italy in the 1950s and ’60s. A remarkable collaboration encompassing the giants of Italian film, composition, and classical music, the album includes new recordings of music from La Dolce Vita, Amarcord, 8 ½, The Clowns, and Il Casanova.

Gregory Hutter: Secular Choral Music

August 24, 2019

The exciting, genre-defying American composer Gregory Hutter wrote this selection of choral music between 2009 and 2014 — his intention being economic, direct, and tuneful music. The settings range from the English Renaissance to American poems of the early 20th century. Hutter served on the DePaul University School of Music faculty from 2002 to 2019, and he is currently on ...

Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 – Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck

August 23, 2019

Reference Recordings presents Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony in a new and definitive interpretation from Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, in superb audiophile sound. This hybrid release was recorded live in Heinz Hall, home of the PSO. As an important added feature, in his deeply personal and scholarly music notes, Maestro Honeck gives great insight into the history and the ...

Petr Eben: In Heaven – Jitro Czech Girls Choir

August 21, 2019

The Jitro Czech Girls Choir, under the leadership of conductor and music director Jiří Skopal, presents yet another vivid exploration of the depths of Czech music on their fourth release with Navona, In Heaven. The album is devoted to works by Petr Eben (1929-2007), an icon of 20th-century Czech music. Despite his creative diversity in many different forms, Eben devoted ...

Music of Charles Villiers Stanford – Ulster Orchestra, Howard Shelley

August 18, 2019

During his lifetime, the Irishman Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852–1924) was possibly the most distinguished composer of English church music. His influence upon English musical life was enormous and long-lasting. The Ulster Orchestra and conductor Howard Shelley give us a sampling of some of Stanford’s finest occasional pieces – from the charming whimsy of Fairy Day to the dignified ceremony ...

Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen Sings Gluck, Handel & Vivaldi

August 17, 2019

Acclaimed as a “young star” and “complete artist” by the New York Times and “extravagantly gifted… poised to redefine what’s possible for singers of this distinctive voice type” by the San Francisco Chronicle, American countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen has quickly been identified as one of opera’s most promising rising stars. A long history of collaborations with American Bach Soloists and ...

Dzmitry Ulasiuk: Music of Prokofiev & Rachmaninoff

August 15, 2019

Two major piano works by Sergei Prokofiev and Sergei Rachmaninoff are presented on this album by Dzmitry Ulasiuk, who brings these masterpieces to life. Ulasiuk has emerged on the American scene after winning over audiences in Europe with his ferocious technical skills yet quietly refined ability to coax every detail, every note, and every lyrical phrase out of the keyboard. ...

Mahler: Symphony No. 1 – Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä

August 12, 2019

The Minnesota Orchestra has released the fourth album in their ongoing Mahler series – a recording of the First Symphony, the Titan, conducted by Music Director Osmo Vänskä. Considered one of the most impressive first symphonies ever written, Mahler’s First, begun when the composer was just 24, contains a wide sound world featuring evocations of birdsong and nature, rustic dance ...

El Chan: Music of Bryce Dessner

August 11, 2019

The new album from pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque is dedicated to American composer Bryce Dessner and Academy Award-winning film director Alejandro Gonzales Iñarittú, who created the cover art. Following in the footsteps of minimalist composers such as Glass, Adams, and Reich, Dessner composed the Concerto for Two Pianos for the sisters. Recorded in 2018 with the Paris Orchestra conducted ...

Schumann: Works for Cello & Piano – Brian Thornton, Spencer Myer

August 10, 2019

Cellist Brian Thornton and pianist Spencer Myer have a long history of performing together, going all the way back to 2005. Myer was a finalist in the Cleveland International Piano Competition and performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, where Thornton is a member of the cello section. The two stayed in touch and Thornton even reached out to Myer when he ...

Dance – Jason Vieaux & Escher Quartet

August 4, 2019

Grammy Award winner Jason Vieaux joins forces with the esteemed Escher Quartet to produce a recording of new and old works with dance themes in common: Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Guitar Quintet, Kernis’s 100 Greatest Dance Hits, and Boccherini’s Guitar Quintet No. 4. These three works may share elements of dance-inspired music, and contain allusions to specific dances in the titles of certain ...

Jae-Hyuck Cho: Beethoven Piano Sonatas

August 2, 2019

Acclaimed pianist Jae-Hyuck Cho is one of the most active concert pianists in South Korea, making over sixty appearances on stage annually. He has been described as “a pianist who is nearing perfection with extraordinary breadth of expression, flawless technique and composition, sensitivity and intelligence, insightful and detailed playing without exaggeration.” On this Sony Classical release, Cho performs three of ...