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.
 

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 ...

Charles Richard-Hamelin: Chopin’s Piano Concertos

April 30, 2019

In their first recording together, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Kent Nagano, and pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin perform Chopin’s concertos for piano and orchestra, two vibrant and poetic works that the composer wrote in his early 20s. Richard-Hamelin was the silver medalist at the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. He is also the recipient of the ...

Lucie Horsch: Baroque Journey

April 29, 2019

The astonishing 19-year-old Dutch recorder player returns to takes us on a journey around Baroque Europe, showcasing the most virtuosic music from her native Netherlands, as well as Germany, Italy, France, Spain, and England. Highlights from the album include Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Bach’s Badinerie, and the world premiere recording of a concerto by Jacques-Christophe Naudot. Horsch ...

Kurt Sander: The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

April 28, 2019

Reference Recordings presents the second release in their series from the PaTRAM Institute, which is dedicated to cultivating and promoting the Russian Orthodox liturgical arts. The music performed on this new recording of choral music in the English language was written by Dr. Kurt Sander. Conductor Peter Jermihov writes: “The Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom by Kurt Sander is unique in several respects. Within ...

Celebrating John Williams – Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel

April 26, 2019

No other orchestra champions the classic film-music tradition like the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The close working relationship that Music Director Gustavo Dudamel has established with the legendary John Williams makes this the ultimate showcase album of the composer’s greatest works. Celebrating John Williams features a selection of unforgettable themes from Williams’ much-loved scores for films and film series such as Star Wars, ...

Lang Lang: Piano Book

April 25, 2019

With this collection, Lang Lang goes back to his first love – to the pieces that made him want to become a musician in the first place. Rediscovering the most popular and accessible pieces written for learners and lovers of the piano, this album is a journey of inspiration, of discovery, fantasy, and learning. It is also a reflection on ...

London Philharmonic Orchestra: Music of Rachmaninoff

April 24, 2019

The works on this disc were recorded live in concert with the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Principal Conductor, Vladimir Jurowski. The Isle of the Dead, Rachmaninoff’s dramatic tone poem, inspired by a reproduction of Austrian painter Arnold Böcklin’s work of the same name, darkly charts a soul’s journey to its final rest. In contrast, much of the drama of the First Symphony ...

20th Century Oboe Sonatas – Alex Klein, Phillip Bush

April 23, 2019

Alex Klein, former principal oboist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, performs sonatas that signify the oboe’s 20th-century reemergence as a brilliant solo instrument. One of the world’s most famous oboe players, Klein says he waited to acquire a professional lifetime’s worth of experience before putting his stamp on the six works heard here. With pianist Phillip Bush, Klein plays works ...

Couperin: Concerts Royaux – Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset

April 22, 2019

François Couperin’s four Concerts Royaux were published in 1722 as a supplement to his third anthology of harpsichord pieces. While the score doesn’t mention any instrumentation, we know the composer envisaged them as ensemble pieces for a mixed consort of instruments. This is how they were performed at the Sunday concerts at Versailles for Louis XIV between 1714 and 1715. ...

Andreas Ottensamer & Yuja Wang: Blue Hour

April 21, 2019

Recording for the first time together, clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer and pianist Yuja Wang perform beloved Romantic chamber repertoire by Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Weber in new arrangements. For Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor, Ottensamer is joined by one of the leading orchestras in the world, the Berlin Philharmonic under the direction of Mariss Jansons.

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 5 – London Philharmonic Orchestra, Kurt Masur

April 20, 2019

The two symphonies on this disc, recorded live during his tenure as Principal Conductor (2000-07), are the fruits of Kurt Masur’s 25-year relationship with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. A pre-eminent interpreter of Beethoven, Masur conducted from memory, bringing to the performances a special energy and insight. The result is a mighty celebration and sense of rediscovering the drama and euphoria ...

Sistine Chapel Choir: O Crux Benedicta

April 19, 2019

This recording made in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel by its resident choir is devoted to music for Ash Wednesday and Holy Week. Presented in liturgical order, every piece in this compilation of chant and sublime settings by Palestrina, Lassus, Victoria, and other Renaissance masters was written for and is still performed in papal liturgies celebrated in the chapel. “The exciting ...

Haydn: Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross – Ensemble Resonanz

April 18, 2019

For several years now, under the direction of its inspired conductor Maestro Riccardo Minasi, Ensemble Resonanz has taken up the challenge of playing contemporary instruments with complete mastery of historically informed performance practice. Their latest album features the original orchestral version of Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross, commissioned in 1786 for the Good Friday service at Oratorio de la ...

Christina & Michelle Naughton: American Postcard

April 17, 2019

Twin sisters Christina and Michelle Naughton pay tribute to their homeland with the album American Postcard. It offers music by four composers: John Adams (his Roll Over Beethoven, a work the Naughtons premiered in 2016), Aaron Copland, Conlon Nancarrow and Paul Schoenfield. As the sisters explain, “These pieces show the diversity and variety of American music. But one thing that ...

John Tavener: Angels – Winchester Cathedral Choir, Andrew Lumsden

April 1, 2019

The Winchester Cathedral Choir presents a collection of some of Sir John Tavener’s most enduring – and endearing – choral music. Angels, Song for Athene, and The Lamb are among the highlights on this remarkable program. Tavener loved Winchester Cathedral, which became one of his spiritual homes. As this album shows, the cathedral and its choir under Andrew Lumsden are ...

The Romantic Piano Concerto, Volume 78

March 31, 2019

No fewer than four composers vie for attention in Volume 78 of the Hyperion label’s ongoing series devoted to the Romantic Piano Concerto. There’s only one official piano concerto here, but it’s a remarkable work from a composer in her mid-teens – Clara Schumann. Howard Shelley also presents single-movement rarities from three other great pianist/composers of the 19th century – ...