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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Les Vents Français: Romantique

June 15, 2020

We tend not to think of the 19th century as a golden age for wind instruments. While the individual instruments themselves enjoyed varying fortunes, their standing was much less significant than that of string instruments or the piano. However, the situation improved for all of them with the onset of Romanticism and a remarkable new repertoire for ensembles of differing ...

Choir of Westminster Abbey: Music of Parry, Stanford, Gray, Wood

June 14, 2020

The Choir of Westminster Abbey is renowned worldwide as one of the finest choirs of its type. Comprising up to thirty boys (all of whom attend the Abbey’s unique Choir School) and twelve professional adult singers, known as Lay Vicars, its wide-ranging performing activities are rooted in centuries-old tradition and its repertoire ranges from plainsong and Tudor polyphony to twentieth-century ...

Inbal Segev: Elgar, Clyne

June 13, 2020

This formidable release features Inbal Segev performing Elgar’s emotive Cello Concerto coupled with DANCE, an inspiring new work by Grammy-nominated English composer Anna Clyne that was commissioned by Segev. Marin Alsop conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Alsop introduced the cellist to Clyne, sparking a special synergy between the three women. Segev expounds, “Anna’s music has an old-soul sensibility but is fresh and modern at the same ...

Beethoven & Grieg – Mito Chamber Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa, Martha Argerich

June 12, 2020

Decca Classics presents the second official joint recording from Seiji Ozawa and Martha Argerich, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.2, and Ozawa’s first-ever recording of Grieg’s Holberg Suite. Recorded live in concert in Japan in May 2019, it includes a bonus track from Mozart’s Divertimento, K. 136. Argerich and Ozawa first performed together over 40 years ago, when Argerich made her ...

John Williams in Vienna

June 11, 2020

John Williams has added to an already incredibly long list of achievements by making his conducting debut with the Vienna Philharmonic. Their two concerts at Vienna’s Musikverein in January 2020 were the first performances he had ever conducted in continental Europe. Williams and the orchestra were joined on stage for much of the first half by Anne-Sophie Mutter, continuing an ...

Sharon Isbin: Affinity

June 10, 2020

On her latest release, multiple Grammy winner Sharon Isbin performs multi-faceted and virtuosic new works for guitar, written for her by four leading composers. From the Africa-influenced El Decameron Negro by iconic Cuban guitarist/composer Leo Brouwer, through the Chinese and Spanish-inspired Seven Desires by Tan Dun, to Richard Danielpour’s sensual song cycle Of Love and Longing, and the jazz and world music-influenced Affinity by Chris Brubeck, Sharon Isbin gives her ...

Les Barricades – Thomas Dunford, Jean Rondeau

June 9, 2020

Harpsichordist Jean Rondeau is joined by Thomas Dunford on lute to explore the music from the court at Versailles during the reigns of Louis XIV and Louis XV. The album also features mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre, baritone Marc Maullion, and Myriam Rignol on viola da gamba. Rondeau says, “Both of us have grown up with this music from the cradle of ...

Elgar: Violin Concerto – Nicola Benedetti

June 8, 2020

Elgar’s Violin Concerto is considered to be one of the most technically demanding violin concertos and is a marathon for the soloist at just under an hour in length. Nicola Benedetti performs this masterpiece with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. Pianist Petr Liminov joins Benedetti for three short works by Elgar for violin and piano: Sospiri, Salut ...

Elgar & Beach: Piano Quintets – Takács Quartet, Garrick Ohlsson

June 5, 2020

Amy Beach’s Piano Quintet of 1907 proved a deservedly popular success in its early years. Critics found it “truly modern” and “distinctly rhapsodic…in the fashion of our time.” On this recording from the Takács Quartet and pianist Garrick Ohlsson, it makes a compelling, and surprising, match for Elgar’s own Piano Quintet. A late work by the composer, written around the ...

Seong-Jin Cho: The Wanderer

June 4, 2020

The Romantic theme of the wanderer, a free spirit undertaking a journey into the self, runs through Seong-Jin Cho’s latest solo album. The globetrotting Korean pianist’s program includes two monuments of the 19th-century repertoire – Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasy and Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor. The album also contains Alban Berg’s Piano Sonata, Op. 1, a single-movement work of extraordinary ...

Richard Rodney Bennett: Orchestral Works, Volume 4

June 3, 2020

In this fourth volume in their Richard Rodney Bennett series, John Wilson and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra turn to his Piano Concerto of 1968. The soloist here, Michael McHale, gives a virtuosic performance. Commissioned in 1982 for the sixtieth anniversary of the BBC, Anniversaries is the other major work on this recording. A brilliantly virtuosic concerto for orchestra, the ...

Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 76, Nos. 1-3 – Chiaroscuro Quartet

June 2, 2020

The Chiaroscuro Quartet made their first appearance on BIS with acclaimed recordings of Haydn’s Sun Quartets, Op. 20, described in The Strad as “period-instrument performances of the utmost subtlety and refinement.” The four musicians now return to Haydn with his last complete set of quartets, begun in 1796 when he was 64 years old. The six quartets of Op. 76 ...

C.P.E. Bach: Piano Concertos

June 1, 2020

Pianist Michael Rische is one of a group of artists who consistently enrich the music scene with their discoveries. Since 2011, he has been renewing interest in the nearly forgotten keyboard concertos of Carl Philipp Emanuel through a series of recordings. On his latest volume, Rische is joined by the Berlin Baroque Soloists in three concertos. He writes, “The musician ...

Schubert: Trout Quintet, Waltzes, Ländler

May 29, 2020

Christoph Eschenbach reunites with the Paris-based Thymos Quartet in Schubert’s triumphant chamber work, the Trout Quintet, a recording that celebrates the 80th birthday of the great pianist/conductor. From babbling brook and leaping fish, this present-day Schubertiade relocates to a 19th-century Viennese salon, with a selection of the composer’s waltzes in unique chamber music arrangements and concludes with selected Ländler, performed by pianist ...

Opéra-Comique Overtures

May 28, 2020

Opéra-Comique emerged in the 19th century as an intermediary between grand opera and operetta. This album charts its progression as a distinct genre, tracing the origins from Boieldieu and Méhul early in the century via the classic vitality of masters such as Hérold and Maillart into the operetta style of Offenbach and Lecocq. With innovative features, colorful orchestration, drama, wit, ...

Guitar Duos of Kemal Belevi

May 27, 2020

Kemel Belevi’s music is steeped in the colors and atmosphere of the eastern Mediterranean, and his aim is ‘to create beautiful music’ based on melodies and rhythms that have been absorbed from the folk music of Greece, Turkey, and the Middle East. Belevi’s own arrangements of works such as the evocative Suite Chypre and the richly varied Cyprian Rhapsodies have ...

Valls: Missa Regalis – Academy of Ancient Music

May 26, 2020

Much of the music of Baroque Spain remains obscure, despite the fact that many Spanish composers of a previous era have retained greater notoriety. During the 16th century, Spain benefited from a rich musical interchange with Italy, but that ran drier by the end of the century and musical influences faded. Spanish music continued to develop from its own resources ...

Ébène Quartet: Beethoven Around the World

May 25, 2020

Beethoven’s sixteen string quartets occupy a place of honor in the chamber repertoire and, like his symphonies and piano sonatas, trace his progression through his creative life. 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth, and the Ébène Quartet is recognizing this with Beethoven Around the World, encompassing live recordings of the complete cycle made in seven of the ...

[email protected] Live 2019: Incredible Decades

May 23, 2020

The 2019 edition of [email protected] Live illustrates the evolution of chamber music over three hundred years, by focusing on seven Incredible Decades. Each volume explores a specific chapter in which composers chronicled the shifts in the world around them. Many of history’s finest composers have captured the spirit of their times in sound, and in this collection of recordings, [email protected] ...

Clara, Robert, Johannes: Darlings of the Muses

May 22, 2020

Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, under the direction of Alexander Shelley, presents its new album as part of a recording cycle themed Clara, Robert, Johannes. Darlings of the Muses is the first of four albums to be released over the next two years in this cycle that explores the closely intertwined personal and artistic connections between three musical giants: Clara Schumann, ...