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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Beethoven: A New Path – Andreas Staier

March 19, 2020

The year 1802 was a decisive one for Beethoven. In the autumn, he wrote the Heiligenstadt Testament, in which he clearly expressed his awareness of the outcome of his inexorably increasing deafness. At almost the same time, he told his friend Krumpholz that he was, “not satisfied” with his “work so far,” and he was planning to embark on “a ...

Anna Fedorova: Music of Rachmaninoff

March 18, 2020

Anna Fedorova is one of the world’s premier pianists. From an early age, she demonstrated an innate musical maturity and outstanding technical abilities. Her international concert career took off while she was only a child, and audiences around the world were stunned by the depth and power of her musical expression. For this all-Rachmaninoff program, she is joined by Modestas ...

Five for Five: Chamber Music of Michael Fine

March 17, 2020

Evidence Classics releases their second album of Michael Fine’s music: “Five for Five: Quintets for Winds and String Quartet.” The recording was made following performances at Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, California, with musicians from leading musical organizations, including the Metropolitan Opera, Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and Atlanta Symphony. Fine says, “As a clarinet player, I feel a particular ...

Mozart: Youth Symphonies – Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

March 16, 2020

Rarely played – and even less frequently recorded – Mozart’s early symphonies blend the naïvety of his earliest childhood compositions with the maturity of his future masterpieces. On this album of symphonies and contredanses, Gottfried von der Goltz and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra present a fascinating portrait of a brilliant young composer and explore an important piece of the Mozart ...

Beethoven Suites – Julien Martineau, Vanessa Benelli Mosell

March 15, 2020

“Beethoven Suites” is an album of works by or inspired by the great composer performed by mandolinist Julien Martineau and pianist Vanessa Benelli Mosell. Martineau once again spotlights the mandolin’s remarkable repertoire, nobility of character, and natural ability as a partner. From Beethoven, there are four youthful pieces he wrote for this unusual duo combination, and the Allegretto of his ...

Mozart: The Last Three Symphonies – Ensemble Resonanz, Riccardo Minasi

March 13, 2020

With its unique enthusiasm and artistic quality, Ensemble Resonanz of Hamburg ranks as one of the world’s leading chamber orchestras. After the widespread acclaim for their previous recordings of C.P.E. Bach and Haydn, the musicians pursue their explorations on modern instruments. Here they tackle Mozart’s last three symphonies – Nos. 39, 40, and 41 – under the direction of Riccardo ...

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 22 & 24 – Charles Richard-Hamelin

March 12, 2020

For their first album collaboration, pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin and Les Violons du Roy, under the direction of Jonathan Cohen, have chosen to record Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos. 22 and 24. Richard-Hamelin says, “This project, which brings together two of my favorite Mozart concertos, was an unforgettable experience. Throughout the recording, I felt like I was doing chamber music. The concertos ...

Eric Lu: Chopin, Brahms, Schumann

March 11, 2020

In his second album with Warner Classics, pianist Eric Lu performs an emotional repertoire of music by Chopin, Brahms, and Schumann. The centerpiece for the album, Chopin’s 24 Preludes, was an inspirational collection of works for Lu at a young age, and was composed during a period of turmoil in Chopin’s life. Lu pairs the Preludes with the vulnerable Ghost Variations, the ...

Beethoven Piano Trios – Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon, Frank Braley

March 10, 2020

Violinist Renaud Capuçon, cellist Gautier Capuçon, and pianist Frank Braley, well established as chamber-music partners, perform two of Beethoven’s greatest piano trios, the Ghost and the Archduke. “Together, all three musicians have the quality that is the most priceless of all in playing chamber music,” wrote The Guardian when the Capuçons and Braley played the Archduke at London’s Wigmore Hall. ...

Iris Trio: Homage and Inspiration

March 9, 2020

The Iris Trio pairs works by Schumann and Mozart with modern tributes to these masterpieces by György Kurtág and Christof Weiss on Homage and Inspiration, their debut album. Comprised of three outstanding musicians – clarinetist Christine Carter, violist Molly Carr, and pianist Anna Petrova – who first came together in New York City during their years at the Juilliard School ...

Ola Gjeilo: Night

March 8, 2020

Norwegian composer and pianist Ola Gjeilo presents a collection of new original works for solo piano, composed and performed by Gjeilo himself. His musical style is often described as cinematic and evocative, characterized by warm harmonies, flowing melodies, and gently rocking, repeated figures. Night is an intimate and meditative album, inspired by the twilight hours in the place Gjeilo now ...

12 Ensemble: Death and the Maiden

March 7, 2020

Following the critical success of their debut album, Resurrection, the 12 Ensemble has released their second album, Death and the Maiden. With their own arrangement of Schubert’s famous string quartet at its heart, the recording features a commission from the newly appointed Royal Opera House Composer-in-Residence Oliver Leith, alongside a poignant work by John Tavener and an arrangement of a ...

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique – Utah Symphony, Thierry Fischer

March 6, 2020

Hector Berlioz’s groundbreaking Symphonie fantastique is the centerpiece of a new recording by the Utah Symphony under its music director Thierry Fischer. Rounding out the album are choral versions of La mort d’Ophélie and Sara la baigneuse. These works may be relative rarities on record but both are vintage Berlioz, short and striking, which should be much better known.

Franck: Preludes, Fugues, and Chorales – Nikolai Lugansky

March 5, 2020

Given the scarcity of César Franck’s piano music on recordings, Nikolai Lugansky’s focus on this composer is to be commended. On his third release for Harmonia Mundi, the Russian pianist reveals an organ master strongly attached to the musical forms inherited from J.S. Bach: the prelude, the fugue, and the chorale. Translated to the piano keyboard, Franck’s music, with its ...

Music of Copland & Dvořák – National Symphony Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda

March 4, 2020

The National Symphony Orchestra has a rich history of recording, dating back to award-winning projects from the early 1970s with past music directors Antal Dorati, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Leonard Slatkin. The Orchestra’s new self-produced label celebrates this legacy and looks to the future with the release of the first recording under the baton of its seventh music director, Gianandrea Noseda, ...

The Early Horn – Ursula Paludan Monberg

March 3, 2020

The Mozarts – father Leopold and son Wolfgang Amadeus – bookend a virtuosic recital from Ursula Paludan Monberg, who traces the development of the natural horn as a solo instrument throughout the 18th century. Monberg has been principal horn of the English Concert since 2012. This recording marks her solo debut.

Mozart: Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin, Volume 2 – Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov

March 2, 2020

Using period instruments, Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov breathe new life into these “sonatas for keyboard with violin accompaniment,” a tradition Mozart renewed from within, blazing the trail for Beethoven, Schubert, and Schumann. The first volume was widely praised: “The greater similarity of tone between Faust’s sparkling violin and Melnikov’s glittering fortepiano (within an airier acoustic) results in a sound ...

Virgil Boutellis-Taft: Incantation

March 1, 2020

On-the-rise French violinist Virgil Boutellis-Taft reveals many sides of the violin’s singing voice on this album with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Jac van Steen’s direction. Sometimes violent and fiery – as in Saint-Saëns’ Danse macabre – and sometimes tender – as in Tchaikovsky and Bruch – Incantation is deeply rooted in musical history. Boutellis-Taft showcases works where the voice ...

Alessio Bax: Italian Inspirations

February 29, 2020

“Clearly among the most remarkable young pianists now before the public” (Gramophone), Alessio Bax releases “Italian Inspirations.” A native of Bari, Italy, Bax expands his critically acclaimed discography with a creatively curated solo recital program themed to his homeland, combining music of Bach, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, and Dallapiccola.

Samuil Feinberg: Piano Sonatas – Marc-André Hamelin

February 28, 2020

Samuil Feinberg (1890-1962) embodies the type of musician whose creative work extends to several fields simultaneously. In addition to his compositional output, which shows striking harmonic invention, he left behind a number of theoretical writings, influenced several generations of pianists as a professor at the Moscow Conservatory, and enjoyed an excellent reputation over four decades as a profound and sensitive ...