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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Tanbou Kache – Diana Golden, Shawn Chang

November 4, 2020

After a decade of performance and research of Haitian art music, New York City-based cellist Diana Golden releases Tanbou Kache (Hidden Drum), an album that celebrates Haiti’s rich and fascinating traditions and outlines the stylistic and chronological trajectory of key composers within this tradition from the 20th century to the present. Recorded with pianist Shawn Chang, the recording highlights Haitian cello and ...

Strauss: Tanzsuite, Divertimento – New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Jun Märkl

November 3, 2020

Richard Strauss was appointed co-director of the Vienna State Opera in 1919 and soon set about composing a new ballet for the refurbished historic Redoutensaal in the city. In February 1923, the work was unveiled – a delectable series of eight arrangements of music by François Couperin called Tanzsuite. For the Divertimento, an orchestral suite that includes characteristic Straussian orchestration, ...

Anna Clyne: Mythologies

November 2, 2020

Anna Clyne’s enormous palette of colors and special effects coalesce into an aural three-dimensional experience of striking originality. Equally, there’s a comforting familiarity to her music, as she draws inspiration from historic styles that she transforms into a new musical dialect. Clyne’s background in electro-acoustic music and her fascination with a variety of multi-media – including poetry, visual art, and ...

Eric Whitacre: The Sacred Veil

November 1, 2020

Composer Eric Whitacre and poet Charles Anthony Silvestri, longtime collaborators and close friends, come together for their most personal and expansive work to date. Whitacre has created a powerful score for Silvestri’s heartfelt poetry in the 12-movement work The Sacred Veil. Silvestri’s wife, Julie, died of ovarian cancer at age 36 in 2005, leaving two young children. His texts, written ...

Music of Bernard Herrmann – PostClassical Ensemble

October 31, 2020

Bernard Herrmann was famous for his film scores, but he was also a leading figure in music for radio, to which he brought his inimitable palette of mood and sonority. Whitman, whose subject is Walt Whitman’s collection of poems Leaves of Grass, was a 1944 radio drama, a genre now much neglected but revived in this newly restored version. Psycho: A Narrative for String ...

Schumann: String Quartets – Emerson String Quartet

October 30, 2020

The Emerson String Quartet, widely regarded as one of the world’s premier chamber music ensembles since its founding in 1976, makes its Pentatone label debut with a recording of Schumann’s three string quartets. The artistic power of Schumann, whose life was dominated by alternating periods of depression and manic creativity, seems particularly fitting during the uncertain times of a global ...

The Classical Piano Concerto: Johann Baptist Cramer

October 29, 2020

Born in Mannheim, Johann Baptist Cramer (1771–1858) was a child prodigy who grew up in a ‘hot-house’ environment of musicians which included his father, a celebrated violinist. Cramer’s family moved to London in the 1770s to join an already substantial population of immigrant musicians. A prolific composer for the piano, Cramer was much admired by Beethoven, Moscheles,  and Schumann. Cramer’s ...

Bach: Motets – Pygmalion

October 28, 2020

The absolute summit of polyphonic art, Bach’s motets exult with a joy that may be found surprising when one knows their most frequent liturgical use: at funeral ceremonies. Taking up the invitation of the Motet BWV 225, Raphaël Pichon and his musicians draw us into their jubilant interpretation, a true hymn to the dance skillfully juxtaposed with the great tradition ...

Debussy & Ravel – London Symphony Orchestra, François-Xavier Roth

October 27, 2020

François-Xavier Roth, Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, displays his deep affinity with the music of Debussy and Ravel on his latest LSO Live album. A fascination with his Spanish heritage would be a recurring theme in many of Ravel’s creations. Mysterious melodies weave delicately throughout his early work Rapsodie espagnole, punctuated by bursts of Spanish-inspired fanfares and ...

Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 – Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton

October 26, 2020

Sergei Prokofiev was so versatile that audiences never quite knew what to expect. As a strategy, this could misfire, but with his first symphony he got things just right. He once described what he wanted to achieve: “If Haydn had lived into this era, he would have kept his own style while absorbing things from what was new in music.” ...

Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Romances – Midori

October 23, 2020

Midori has been a celebrated violinist for more than 35 years. Her new recording of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, complemented by his two Romances, marks the composer’s 250th birthday in December 2020. This album, on which Midori plays with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, was made in early March 2020. The sessions were originally planned around a concert performance at Lucerne’s impressive ...

Bruckner: Mass in E Minor, Motets – Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

October 22, 2020

Bruckner’s Mass No. 2 in E minor and a selection of his profoundly beautiful motets were selected by Sir Stephen Cleobury as his last album at King’s College, recorded only a few months before his death. Perhaps the deepest and most spiritual of Bruckner’s masses, the Mass in E minor is unusual in its scoring for choir, winds, and brass. ...

Amsterdam Sinfonietta: Lento Religioso

October 21, 2020

On Lento Religioso, Amsterdam Sinfonietta brings together several romantic works, each with a very specific expressive power of its own. Some are genuine pieces for string ensemble, others are adaptations created for this recording. Some arrangements are simple: the four parts of a string quartet are played by all the strings of a string orchestra and have a bass part ...

Ammann, Ravel & Bartók: Piano Concertos – Andreas Haefliger

October 20, 2020

When Andreas Haefliger conceived this unusual combination of concertos, it was with the aim of putting into perspective three pieces, each a unique and highly expres­sive highlight from the composers’ output. That Maurice Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand and Béla Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto fulfilled the requirements was a given: towards the end of his life, Bartók wrote his ...

Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy: Rhapsody in Navy Blue

October 19, 2020

What makes American music so recognizably American, including the compositions for wind instruments on this recording? Is it because it mirrors a multicultural nation? In American music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, these cultures and styles encounter one another and intermingle, stretching from Charles Ives through Aaron Copland to John Adams. This recording by the Marine Band of the ...

Mobili: Music for Viola and Piano from Chile

October 16, 2020

Violist Georgina Isabel Rossi and pianist Silvie Cheng release Mobili, an overview of Chilean repertoire featuring viola. Compiling six works by five composers, including five world-premiere recordings, the album highlights the rich tapestry of influences that have shaped Chilean concert music, from European high modernism to Indigenous music of the Andean region. It is a project that is both deeply personal ...

Hélène Grimaud: The Messenger

October 15, 2020

For her latest studio album, pianist Hélène Grimaud travels to Salzburg where she creates a fascinating juxtaposition between the eternal Mozart and the Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov. In selecting the music for this album, Grimaud has carefully chosen music by Mozart that fits into an overall dramaturgy: from his famous unfinished D minor Fantasy, she transitions seamlessly into the great D minor concerto, K. 466. The C ...

Vivaldi: Lost Concertos for Anna Maria – Modo Antiquo

October 14, 2020

The so-called “Anna Maria Partbook” consists of an elegantly bound volume in red leather containing the violin parts of 31 violin concertos, of which 26 are by Antonio Vivaldi. It was the personal repertoire of Vivaldi’s most gifted pupil – the famous “Anna Maria della Pietà.” 20 of the 26 Vivaldi concertos are also known from other manuscript sources. The ...

Sarah Kirkland Snider: Mass for the Endangered

October 13, 2020

Composer Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Mass for the Endangered, with a libretto by Nathaniel Bellows, is a celebration of, and an elegy for, the natural world and an appeal for greater awareness, urgency, and action. Originally commissioned by Trinity Church Wall Street, this recording features the English vocal ensemble Gallicantus conducted by Gabriel Crouch. Snider explains, “The origin of the Mass ...

Bertrand Chamayou: Good Night!

October 12, 2020

The sixteen lullabies that Bertrand Chamayou has chosen for Good Night! form a captivatingly varied album. Embracing music from the Romantic era to the present day, the French pianist has shaped his program with care and imagination. Miniatures by masters like Chopin, Liszt, Grieg, and Brahms sit beside rarer treasures and a specially commissioned piece by the contemporary composer Bryce ...