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.
 

Zhenni Li: Mélancholie

September 13, 2018

Zhenni Li’s riveting personality and passionate performances have brought audiences to their feet around the world. She has been hailed as a “magnetic pianist – with fire and poetry” by music critic David Dubal and for her “big, gorgeous tone and a mesmerizing touch” by The Philadelphia Inquirer. ‘Melancholie’ is Li’s recording debut, and features works by Schumann, Lourié, and Bartók. ...

Tesla Quartet: Music of Haydn, Ravel & Stravinsky

September 12, 2018

The great inventor and futurist Nikola Tesla, from whom the Tesla Quartet takes its name, talked of the invisible yet inseparable ties which bind people together. Through performance, teaching and outreach, the Tesla Quartet has for ten years strived to tap into this palpable feeling, using music to create meaningful connections with their audiences. Celebrating this first decade together, the ...

Music of Owain Park – Choir of Trinity College Cambridge

September 11, 2018

Owain Park was born in Bristol, England, in 1993. While at Cambridge University, he studied composition and orchestration with John Rutter. Park’s works are performed internationally by ensembles including the Tallis Scholars and the Aurora Orchestra. Rutter has written an introduction for a new recording of Park’s choral music performed by the Choir of Trinity College Cambridge. He says Park ...

The Classical Piano Concerto: Jan Ladislav Dussek

September 10, 2018

The Hyperion label presents another volume in a series devoted to rarely heard piano concertos of the Classical period. Howard Shelley’s earlier release of concertos by the Bohemian composer Jan Ladislav Dussek was described as ‘a real find’ (BBC Music Magazine). This successor is, if anything, even more impressive, culminating in one of the finest unknown piano concertos from the ...

Nadine Sierra: There’s A Place For Us

September 8, 2018

Nadine Sierra, 2018 winner of the Metropolitan Opera’s prestigious Beverly Sills Artist Award, has made her first album for Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Gold, having signed an exclusive contract with the labels. “There’s A Place For Us” marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein. The album presents Sierra’s stunning voice in an eclectic choice of music – ...

A Far Cry: Visions and Variations

September 7, 2018

A Far Cry is a chamber orchestra based in Boston. With no conductor, and every single musician a full artistic partner, the result is a huge variety of programming, a high standard of excellence, and national and international recognition. “Visions and Variations” includes some of their signature pieces: Benjamin Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Ethan Wood’s arrangement ...

Yo-Yo Ma: Six Evolutions – Bach’s Cello Suites

September 6, 2018

Yo-Yo Ma’s new album “Six Evolutions” is his third and final recording of Bach’s Cello Suites. These works entered Ma’s life when he was four, when he learned the first measure of the Prelude to Suite No. 1 under his father’s instruction. Ma has never lost his initial fascination. “Bach’s Cello Suites have been my constant musical companions,” Ma writes ...

Brahms: A German Requiem – Yale Schola Cantorum

September 5, 2018

Johannes Brahms’s German Requiem is given a performance which reveals a quite different dimension to this monumental work. Iain Farrington’s arrangement—the orchestral forces distilled down to an instrumental octet inspired by the composer’s own piano reduction—is a perfect match for the glorious young voices of Yale Schola Cantorum. This chamber version highlights the sense of intimacy and personal expression inherent ...

Pavel Kolesnikov: Piano Music of Beethoven

September 4, 2018

London-based Pavel Kolesnikov was born into a Siberian family of scientists and studied both the piano and violin for ten years, before concentrating solely on the piano. He went on to study at the Moscow State Conservatory, London’s Royal College of Music, and at Brussels’ Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel. Since becoming Prize Laureate of the Honens Prize for Piano in ...

Jeff Beal: House of Cards Symphony

September 3, 2018

This release grew out of the fascination of Robert von Bahr, founder and managing director of BIS Records, for the television series House of Cards. It wasn’t only the script or the acting that grabbed him, however, but just as much the music. Jeff Beal, the composer of the soundtrack, was contacted and it was soon decided that he should ...

Alla Zingarese: Civitas Ensemble & Gipsy Way Ensemble

September 1, 2018

The Civitas Ensemble, an enterprising chamber group founded by Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians, teams up with Czech violin virtuoso Pavel Šporcl and his wildly popular Gipsy Way Ensemble for a groundbreaking collaboration at the crossroads of Western classical and Romani musical traditions. Alla Zingarese (“in the Gypsy style”) embraces the past with new arrangements of well-loved, Gypsy-infused works by Brahms, Enescu, Hubay, ...

The Clarion Choir: Music of Alexander Kastalsky

August 31, 2018

In the face of the devastation wrought by the First World War, Alexander Kastalsky conceived a musical service of remembrance for the fallen. A pivotal figure in Russian musical life – he was a student of Tchaikovsky and acclaimed as the founder of a new, national church music – Kastalsky composed a choral-orchestral Requiem, for the concert stage. Simultaneously, he ...

Orfeo Amoroso: Music for Decacorde

August 30, 2018

The decacorde, or the 10-string guitar, is a rare variation of the classical guitar, relatively unknown even to many professional guitarists. The extra strings added to the usual 6-string instrument are no novelty but have a long history in many cultures. Thus, the evolution of this variation of the guitar shows influence from a number of different string instruments, the ...

Diderot String Quartet: Dissonance

August 29, 2018

The Diderot String Quartet – named after the eighteenth-century French philosopher and Boccherini enthusiast Denis Diderot – brings a fresh approach to works of the 18th and 19th centuries. The group came together in 2012 after having first met at Oberlin Conservatory and the Juilliard School. The four musicians share a background in historical performance and a passion for the ...

Seattle Symphony: Music of Berio, Boulez & Ravel

August 28, 2018

Each of the three compositions recorded here entails, among other things, an ingenious transformation of pre-existing musical material or styles. The eight-voice, Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth joins the Seattle Symphony and Music Director Ludovic Morlot in an exhilarating live performance of Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia. The program combines Berio’s groundbreaking work with Boulez’s Notations and Ravel’s La valse. Morlot says, ...

Kirill Gerstein: Music of Gershwin

August 27, 2018

In this album recorded live, pianist Kirill Gerstein explores the music of George Gershwin. Together with conductor David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony he plays the Concerto in F as well as the original jazz band version of the Rhapsody in Blue. The program also includes a selection of Gershwin songs in solo piano arrangements by the American pianist Earl ...

The Best of Bernstein

August 20, 2018

Leonard Bernstein unquestionably was one of the most astonishing and magnetic personalities in the world of music. He bestrode the musical scene in the second half of the 20th century like few others: composer, conductor, pianist, educator; but it was as a great communicator – of music and through music – that every facet of his life and legacy is ...

Ronn McFarlane: The Celtic Lute

August 19, 2018

For ‘The Celtic Lute,’ Ronn McFarlane turns to one of his earliest musical influences, and the music of his ancestors: folk music of Scotland and Ireland. He says, “I’ve had a great love of Celtic music since the 1970s, hearing groups like the Chieftains and The Bothy Band. I was delighted to find Scottish tunes in lute manuscripts from the ...

Bach: Dialogue Cantatas – Berlin Academy of Ancient Music

August 18, 2018

As the title implies, the soprano and the baritone soloists in Bach’s three Dialogue Cantatas are partners in conversation. The works, also designated as concertos, feature sacred dialogues between the soul and Christ presented in glorious musical settings that allow the vocalists to shine. This recording features soprano Sophie Karthäuser and bass Michael Volle, backed by the Berlin Academy of Ancient ...

David Quigley: Piano Nocturnes

August 17, 2018

Award-winning Irish pianist David Quigley, heralded by The Birmingham Post as a musician of “amazing maturity and concentration,” makes his Avie label debut with a stunning and beautiful recital that takes the listener on a moonlit journey of the solo piano nocturne. The album begins and ends with Quigley’s compatriot and the genre’s originator, John Field, and traverses the highways ...