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 Berlioz – Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth

March 4, 2019

A new aesthetic calls for new forms: such is the challenge Berlioz set for himself in the two works presented here. In Les Nuits d’été, he pioneered – well before Mahler and Ravel – the song cycle for voice and orchestra. In Harold in Italy, scored for large orchestra and solo viola, he experimented with the symphonic genre. These period-instrument ...

Piano Music of Brahms & Schumann – Sarah Beth Briggs

March 3, 2019

For her first solo recital recording, award-winning pianist Sarah Beth Briggs turns to some of the greatest collections of Romantic miniatures ever written, largely inspired by one woman: Clara Schumann, wife of Robert Schumann and muse to Johannes Brahms. The twelve short dance movements of Schumann’s early and enigmatic Papillons set the scene, giving way to autumnal, late Brahms – his Op. 117 Intermezzi and Op. ...

Wolf: Italian Songbook – Diana Damrau, Jonas Kaufmann, Helmut Deutsch

March 2, 2019

Soprano Diana Damrau and tenor Jonas Kaufmann, reigning stars of opera, are also consummate interpreters of song. In early 2018, with master pianist Helmut Deutsch, they performed Hugo Wolf’s multi-faceted Italienisches Liederbuch (Italian Songbook) in 12 cities around Europe. “One couldn’t ask for more,” wrote the Telegraph after their London concert, which took place two days before this live recording ...

Music of Mendelssohn – Jan Lisiecki, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

March 1, 2019

For his latest Deutsche Grammophon album, Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki explores a pair of early Romantic masterpieces: Mendelssohn’s Piano Concertos in G minor and D minor, in which he is accompanied by the internationally acclaimed Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of New York. He complements the two concertos with a selection of some of Mendelssohn’s most brilliant pieces for solo piano: the Variations ...

Couperin & Moi – Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset

February 28, 2019

Francois Couperin’s music represents a pinnacle of the French Baroque aesthetic that, between 1720 and 1730, achieved a culmination in its balance and its freedom in ornamentation, color, and feeling. Harpsichordist and conductor Christophe Rousset paints an intimate portrait of the composer by gathering some of his most enchanting pieces. This selection of new and remastered recordings with solo performances ...

Respighi: Roman Trilogy – Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta

February 27, 2019

Respighi is renowned as the composer of the lavishly orchestrated Roman Trilogy, sumptuous tone-poems full of provocative harmonies and suggestive rhythms, which celebrate the city’s architectural marvels, its festivals, pines, and fountains. The composer’s kaleidoscopic writing encapsulates romantic serenade and rustic dance, solemn melody and pastoral landscape, children at play and visions of past martial glories. JoAnn Falletta’s previous Respighi ...

Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow – Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

February 26, 2019

Following upon their previous Grammy-winning releases on Deutsche Grammophon of Shostakovich’s Symphonies Nos. 5, 8, 9, and 10, this new set from Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra turns to two symphonies written in the shadow of World War II: Symphony No. 7, Leningrad, which represents the resistance of the Russian people to the Nazi siege of that city, ...

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique – Jean-François Heisser & Marie-Josèphe Jude

February 25, 2019

A composition that marked the birth of the modern symphony orchestra, it was instead through the medium of the piano that Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique became generally known to the public when Franz Liszt made a transcription of the work for solo keyboard. The project undertaken here by Jean-François Heisser and Marie-Josèphe Jude continues that respected tradition, but it doubles the stakes ...

Vivaldi Concertos – Accademia Bizantina, Ottavio Dantone

February 24, 2019

This double album is the third volume of concertos for strings and the complete concertos for viola d’amore by Antonio Vivaldi, performed by Accademia Bizantina and its director Ottavio Dantone. The Vivaldi Edition is an ambitious project begun at the beginning of the century to record some 450 works by Vivaldi, many of them unknown, found in the National University ...

Schubert: Unfinished – Concentus Musicus Vienna

February 23, 2019

The renowned Concentus Musicus Vienna, now led by the talented conductor Stefan Gottfried, presents a fascinating recording of Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony. It offers a stylistically faithful reconstruction of Schubert’s beloved masterpiece. The third movement was completed by composer Nicola Samale and musicologist Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs, and an Entr’acte borrowed from Rosamunde is its remarkably satisfying finale. A selection of Schubert songs ...

Music of Tchaikovsky & Mussorgsky – London Symphony Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda

February 22, 2019

Widely recognized as one of the leading conductors of his generation, London Symphony Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda presents the first release in a new series exploring Tchaikovsky’s final three symphonies. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4 is said to reflect his own turmoil: a disastrous marriage, struggles with his sexuality, and severe depression. Yet, despite the gloomy outlook, the symphony proves ...

Mozart: The Last Three Symphonies – Ensemble Appassionato

February 21, 2019

Naïve Records presents the debut album from conductor Mathieu Herzog and Ensemble Appassionato, an orchestra Herzog recently founded that is comprised of members from France’s major string quartets. Mozart’s last three symphonies, a triptych as monumental as it is mysterious, best symbolizes the fresh vision and repertoire of the ensemble. Herzog says, “Mozart’s music must be completely alive and continue ...

Leonore Piano Trio: Music of Hubert Parry

February 20, 2019

The Leonore Piano Trio brings together three internationally acclaimed artists whose performances as part of Ensemble 360 were met with such enthusiastic responses that they decided to form a piano trio in their own right. For their latest recording, the trio turns to chamber music of the English composer Hubert Parry (1848 – 1918), who is best known for the choral ...

Haydn: Piano Sonata – Kristian Bezuidenhout

February 19, 2019

A few years after a complete recording of Mozart’s solo piano works that has come to be regarded as a benchmark, Kristian Bezuidenhout turns his keen musical talents to Haydn, the other towering figure of the Viennese Classical keyboard repertory. The pianist described the project, saying, ”Preparing for this recording has been a vivid reminder that it is remarkably difficult ...

Bach: Orchestral Suites – American Bach Soloists

February 18, 2019

The American Bach Soloists are leading performers in the field of Baroque music. The San Francisco-based ensemble is dedicated to historically informed performances of Bach and his contemporaries. Their new recording contains the four Orchestral Suites of Bach, under the direction of renowned conductor Jeffrey Thomas. Bach’s suites are infused with the spirit of dance and also showcase the phenomenal ...

Gautier Capuçon: Cello Music of Schumann

February 17, 2019

Gautier Capuçon is a true 21st-century ambassador for the cello. Performing each season with many of the world’s foremost conductors and instrumentalists, he is acclaimed for his expressive musicianship, exuberant virtuosity, and for the deep sonority of his 1701 Matteo Goffriller cello. On this new album, Capuçon offers a program of music by Robert Schumann. In the Cello Concerto, his ...

Joyce DiDonato: Songplay

February 16, 2019

Joyce DiDonato’s new album, Songplay, unites world-class musicians from the varied worlds of opera, jazz, and tango in the pure pleasure of improvisation, experimentation, and exchange. The celebrated and critically acclaimed mezzo-soprano takes a creative turn on vocal music from the Baroque and Classical periods, coupled with imaginative interpretations of jazz ballads and selections from the Great American Songbook. The result is ...

Julien Martineau: Come Una Volta (Italian Mandolin Concertos)

February 14, 2019

A luminous, easily recognizable instrument, and a symbol of Italy’s musical traditions, the mandolin has been the subject of several major compositions throughout the history of music. First of all, the famous concertos by Vivaldi: two of them appear here on this new album by Julien Martineau. He also performs the poetic second concerto (in its first recording with orchestra) ...

The Music of Brazil: Alberto Nepomuceno

February 13, 2019

Alberto Nepomuceno (1864-1920) was a herald of Brazilian musical nationalism. He was one of the first composers in his country to employ elements of folklore in his compositions, he encouraged younger composers such as Heitor Villa-Lobos, and his music was conducted by Richard Strauss. The Prelude to O Garatuja, an incomplete opera, is one of his best-known works and an ...

Ascent: Matthew Lipman & Henry Kramer

February 12, 2019

Dmitri Shostakovich’s long-lost Impromptu for Viola and Piano, Op. 33, recently unearthed in the Moscow State Archives, receives its world-premiere recording on Matthew Lipman’s Ascent, the acclaimed young American violist’s solo debut album, featuring, in the artist’s words, “music enraptured by flights of fantasy.” Recipient of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Lipman has created an album of uplifting and spiritually ...

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