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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Trio Wanderer – Music of Rachmaninoff, Grieg and Suk

May 21, 2019

Rachmaninoff’s output of chamber music was small, but all the more precious for that reason. Piano Trios Nos. 1 and 2 are absolute gems that bear witness to this conclusion. Although the products of a young composer still indisputably under the influence of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff’s personality is already fully present – reaching soaring heights of emotion and expressiveness. The album ...

Mr. Handel’s Dinner – Maurice Steger, La Cetra Baroque Orchestra

May 20, 2019

London in the 1730s. Musical life was flourishing around the figure of George Frideric Handel. At the height of his fame, he surrounded himself with the finest London musicians and was joined by many foreign composers. Swiss recorder virtuoso Maurice Steger and La Cetra Baroque Orchestra recreate the sorts of musical interludes that occupied the long breaks between the acts ...

Troy Sonata: Fazil Say Plays Say

May 19, 2019

Pianist and composer Fazil Say presents a collection of his own compositions. Say frequently draws inspiration from the music, history, and culture of his native Turkey. The major work on his album, “Troy Sonata,” evokes an ancient city that lay near the Dardanelles, the strait that connects the Aegean Sea and the Sea of Marmara. Say’s recording of the “Troy ...

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra: Music of Mendelssohn

May 17, 2019

Mendelssohn’s first symphonic work scored for full orchestra, the Symphony in C minor, Op. 11, paved the way for even greater examples of the genre he was soon to produce. The concert overture The Fair Melusina and the sparkling Piano Concerto No. 2 rely on the type of orchestration and harmonic language that are best served when played on period ...

Spring Forward: Music for Clarinet and String Quartet

May 16, 2019

Clarinetist David Shifrin, joined by three different string quartets, performs in world premieres commissioned by Chamber Music Northwest, which chose three of the finest living American composers. Spring Forward, the title work by Peter Schickele, is a suite representing a culmination of sorts “after a lifetime of entering sketches for such a piece into my notebooks,” Schickele writes in the ...

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Triple Concerto – London Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

May 15, 2019

LSO Live celebrates the 90th birthday of one of the conducting world’s greats – Bernard Haitink. Few artists have a deeper understanding of the music of Beethoven than the celebrated Dutch conductor, who is known for his mastery of the great symphonic repertoire. This album focuses on Haitink’s interpretations of Beethoven’s concerto writing, coupling a new recording of the Piano ...

Artur Schnabel: Complete Works for Solo Piano – Jenny Lin

May 14, 2019

Artur Schnabel, still regarded as one of the most important pianists of the 20th century, particularly for his role in re-popularizing Beethoven’s piano music, was himself a passionate composer. His work as a pianist has overshadowed his composition career, but Steinway & Sons aims to correct this imbalance of perception with the double album Artur Schnabel: Complete Works for Solo ...

Beethoven: Cello Sonatas – Leonard Elschenbroich, Alexei Grynyuk

May 13, 2019

Leonard Elschenboich is joined by pianist Alexi Grynyuk for a program of Beethoven’s five cello sonatas, which span his three creative periods. The audacious Op. 5 sonatas date from his early years in Vienna as a piano virtuoso and aspiring composer. The great Op. 69 sonata is from the same period that saw the composition of Symphonies Nos. 4-8. The ...

Music of Bairstow, Harris & Stanford – Choir of Westminster Abbey

May 12, 2019

Resident throughout most of the year, the Choir of Westminster Abbey sings the daily services in the Abbey, as it has since its foundation in the late fourteenth century. Today, the Choir has a worldwide reputation which also encompasses its concerts, recordings, and broadcasts. On this album, the choir presents seminal works by three composers whose contributions to the Anglican ...

Mozart: The Final Quartets – Alexander String Quartet

May 11, 2019

The Alexander String Quartet turns its attention to Mozart’s last years, beginning with this recording of the final four quartets (the first of a three-volume set which will add his other great chamber works from that period). Eric Bromberger’s liner notes are prefaced by comments from ASQ violist Paul Yarbrough, excerpted here: ”Taken as a whole, Mozart’s works for string ...

Iridescence: Adria Sternstein Foster, Susan Robinson

May 10, 2019

Adria Sternstein Foster and Susan Robinson offer a new recording of contemporary works for flute and harp. As the principal flutist and principal harpist of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the two have been colleagues since the mid-1990s performing for the Washington National Opera as well as Kennedy Center ballet and musical theater programming. “Iridescence” is a fitting title ...

Duo Sonidos: Wild Dance

May 9, 2019

This collection, the first of three volumes by Duo Sonidos, unleashes a wellspring of exciting new transcriptions culled from the rich repertoire of vocal and violin chamber music. This colorful mosaic of 20th-century music unveils the hidden world of charm and intimate expressivity provided by Gregg Nestor’s skillful and sensitive arrangements. Based in New York and Boston, Duo Sonidos comprises ...

Busoni: Piano Concerto – Kirill Gerstein, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo

May 8, 2019

Pianist Kirill Gerstein has long championed the music of Ferruccio Busoni, and this release marks his most ambitious engagement with the composer’s work—a live recording of Busoni’s monumental Piano Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and men of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, conducted by Sakari Oramo. Not only is the album a rare contribution to the discography of this concerto, but ...

Schumann: Complete Piano Trios – Horszowski Trio

May 7, 2019

The Horszowski Trio debuts on the Avie label with the complete piano trios by Robert Schumann. The works were written within a decade of each other yet represent three distinct periods in the composer’s life. Since their debut in 2011 at New York City’s Rockefeller University, the Horszowski Trio has performed throughout North America, Asia and India. Based in New ...

Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 2 & ‘Urbs Roma’ – Utah Symphony, Thierry Fischer

May 6, 2019

The Utah Symphony under Music Director Thierry Fischer is recording a cycle of works by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns on Hyperion Records. This three-volume set will be the first complete, commercial recording of the composer’s five symphonies by an American orchestra. Volume 2 holds the Symphony No. 2 and the Symphony in F major (“Urbs Roma”), whose descriptive title—Saint-Saëns’s own—suggests a ...

Choral Works of Fauré, Debussy & Poulenc – Ensemble Aedes, Les Siècles

May 5, 2019

Written between 1887 and 1890, Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem is among the best-loved pieces in the choral repertory. Traditionally, Requiems are serious, prayerful laments for the dead. Fauré’s was altogether different. In place of the usual somber mood, his is noted for its calm, serene, and peaceful outlook. The composer revised and expanded the work several times, but it is the ...

Mary Elizabeth Bowden: Rêverie

May 4, 2019

Trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden is highly regarded for her artistry and virtuosity as a soloist and has been praised for the clarity, purity and power of her sound. She is the First Prize winner of the International Women’s Brass Conference Trumpet Competition. On the album “Rêverie,” she’s joined by the Kassia Ensemble for a far-reaching program of arrangements and new ...

Out of Italy: Music for Baroque Cello

May 3, 2019

The 18th century experienced a mass migration of musicians from Italy seeking better fortunes in nations to the north. Geminiani, Cervetto, and Cirri went to London, Boccherini to Madrid, and Vivaldi aimed for Dresden though never arrived, having died en route in Vienna. These Italian instrumentalist/composers and others are the focus of “Out of Italy,” an exploration of sonatas and ...

András Schiff: Schubert Sonatas and Impromptus

May 2, 2019

In the latest chapter in András Schiff’s ongoing documentation of Franz Schubert’s music, the pianist plays the Four Impromptus, D. 899, and compositions from 1828, the last year of Schubert’s too brief life: the Three Pieces, D. 946 (“impromptus in all but name” notes Misha Donat in the CD booklet), the C minor Sonata, D. 958, and the A major ...

Evocation: Violin Works by Paul Ben-Haim

May 1, 2019

Paul Frankenburger left his native Germany in 1933 in response to the Nazis’ rise to power. Up to that point, he had been fully immersed in the German tradition and his compositions followed in the footsteps of the great German post-Romantics like Mahler. Yet after arriving to the British Mandate of Palestine, not only did he change his name to ...