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.
Takacs Quartet: Dvorak Chamber Works
Recognized as one of the world’s great ensembles, the Takács Quartet plays with a unique blend of drama, warmth and humor, combining four distinct musical personalities to bring fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire. A new release from the Takács Quartet is guaranteed to be a highlight of the musical year. Their latest features two works by Dvořák: the American ...
Ivan Ilic: Reicha Rediscovered
Pianist Ivan Ilić has signed a new multi-album recording contract with Chandos Records. His first project on the label is a series devoted to the solo piano works of the Czech composer Antoine Reicha (1770-1836), a contemporary and lifelong friend of Beethoven. Although best known for his contributions to the repertoire for wind quintet, Reicha wrote vast quantities of solo ...
Steven Osborne Plays Debussy
Steven Osborne is one of Britain’s most highly regarded pianists. His awards and prizes have included Gramophone Awards in 2009 and 2013, three German Schallplattenpreise, and the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year in 2013. Osborne’s unerring command of the elusive ambiguities of Debussy’s piano-writing has already been amply confirmed by his earlier recording of the two books of Preludes. ...
Danish String Quartet: Last Leaf
Widely recognized as one of today’s most exciting chamber groups, the Danish String Quartet not only brings new insights to contemporary composition and core classical repertoire. The group also explores folk music, beguiling listeners with these sounds on record and in concert. For “Last Leaf,” the group returns to the texturally rich, emotionally resonant world of Nordic folk music, from ...
Richard Narroway: Bach’s Six Cello Suites
Recognized for his stylistic versatility and wide-ranging musical interests, Australian cellist Richard Narroway has proven himself to be equally at home with repertoire both new and old. For his debut recording, he journeys through the six cello suites of Bach. Narroway says, “There is something truly remarkable about the way Bach was able to conjure a complete, multi-layered sound world ...
Jonas Kaufmann: L’Opera
Jonas Kaufmann pays homage to a magnificent era of opera that defined musical splendor and elegance, in his new album of 19th-century French opera arias and duets. “The French operatic repertory is very close to my heart,” says Kaufmann. “This fascinating music reflects a period in European culture. I didn’t want to choose only highlights for this album but also ...
Tasmin Little: Szymanowski & Karlowicz Violin Concertos
After widely acclaimed recordings of Walton’s and Lutosławski’s violin concertos, Tasmin Little again joins the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner, in intensely expressive interpretations of the concertos by the Polish composers Karłowicz and Szymanowski. All were written within the space of a generation, and yet they belong to quite different worlds. One was composed at a time of national ...
Nelson Freire: Brahms
An artist who clearly stands among the greatest pianists of our time or any other (The New York Times), Nelson Freire made his recording debut in 1967 with Brahms’ Sonata No 3 in F Minor. Half a century later, Freire returns with unrivaled color and imagination to this monumental work and other pieces from the Romantic composer in his new ...
Ave Maria: The Boys of St Paul’s Choir School
Having recently celebrated their 50th anniversary, Saint Paul’s Choir School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, strives to engage young men in the development of their intellectual and musical talents. Located in the heart of Harvard Square, the school has had a large presence and impact within the Harvard community. The school seeks to develop the diverse musical talents of each boy so that ...
Elizabeth Hainen: Home – Works for Solo Harp
Philadelphia Orchestra Solo Harpist Elizabeth Hainen paints a varied and innovative portrait of private moments in this ode to the pleasures of home. The program features favorite pieces from those enjoyable hours spent playing her instrument alone or in partnership with her percussionist husband – a collection of cherished gems alongside new creations including a world premiere arrangement of Sting’s St ...
Brahms: The Piano Trios – Kavakos, Ma, Ax
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his longtime collaborator, pianist Emanuel Ax, are joined by violinist Leonidas Kavakos in their first recording together of all three of the piano trios of Johannes Brahms. Ma and Ax have built together a distinguished catalog of Brahms recordings, but this is their first of the Piano Trios and their first collaboration with Kavakos.
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra: Mendelssohn
After the mystical Hebrides Overture and the masterly Reformation Symphony, Mendelssohn embarked on his second violin concerto. After a long gestation in which he polished the orchestration and meticulously revised the solo part, the work was finally premiered in Leipzig in 1845. Isabelle Faust, accompanied by the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra under Pablo Heras-Casado, offers us a miracle of purity and lyricism in this new ...
Norman Krieger: Beethoven Piano Concertos
A native of Los Angeles, Norman Krieger is highly regarded as an artist of depth, sensitivity and virtuosic flair. As the Los Angeles Times put it, “Krieger owns a world of technique. He always knows exactly where he is going and what he is doing. He never for an instant miscalculates." Krieger is joined by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and JoAnn Falletta for this new recording of Beethoven's Third and Fifth Piano Concertos.
Novak: Orchestral Works
Emerging from the fertile background of Bohemian nationalism, Vítĕzslav Novák’s music achieved cult status in his homeland for its richness of melody and orchestral color. In the Tatra Mountains was inspired by the composer’s journeys in this magnificent region. Eternal Longing is based on a poem by Hans Christian Andersen, while the dramatic Lady Godiva Overture is considered one of his most powerful works.
Evgeny Kissin: Beethoven
After a break of 25 years, Evgeny Kissin has signed a new exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. The partnership resumes with the release of Kissin’s first solo recital recording in over a decade. The double-disc set is a program of Beethoven works personally chose by Kissin from recitals given over the past ten years.
Leann Osterkamp: Complete Piano Music of Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein’s works for piano are all collected here, including previously unpublished and unrecorded pieces. Featuring many miniatures written as tributes, gifts and memorials to friends and family, these works range across Bernstein’s composing career and reflect his unique musical style and character.
Pierre Genisson: How I Met Mozart
Clarinetist Pierre Génisson and Quartet 212, made up of musicians from the Metropolitan Opera, gather around the quintets of Mozart and Weber. These radiant scores, where the warm and voluptuous timbre of the clarinet contrasts the brightness of the strings, frame their passionate dialogue in a sophisticated blend.
Semyon Bychkov: Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony
Russian conductor Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic's recording of Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony is released as Volume 2 in The Tchaikovsky Project, their recording cycle on Decca Classics that will encompass the composer's complete symphonies and piano concertos, as well as selected orchestral works.
Joanne Polk: Gershwin & Wild
Joanne Polk turns her attention to an important early 20th-century composer and pianist, Earl Wild. In addition to a busy career as a solo and orchestra pianist, Wild was also a composer and arranger, known in particular for his transcriptions of the music of George Gershwin. Polk's new album features many of these transcriptions as well as an original Wild composition.
Dvorak: Stabat Mater
Following his recent return as music director, Jiří Bělohlávek and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra present a new recording of Dvořák's Stabat Mater. Praised by the Guardian for their unbounded lyricism and Czech melancholy as well as authenticity that only this orchestra can bring, Bělohlávek and the CPO are joined by four leading soloists.