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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ORA Singers, Suzi Digby: Music for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

June 3, 2022

The award-winning ORA Singers celebrate the reign of Britain’s longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, by releasing two works that draw inspiration from her equally illustrious predecessor, Elizabeth I. ORA has commissioned the renowned British composer Bob Chilcott to write a new work based on O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth our Queen by William Byrd. These words have been sung ...

Musa Italiana: Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn – La Scala Philharmonic, Riccardo Chailly

June 2, 2022

Musa Italiana celebrates the influence of the “Italian style” on three Austro-German composers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, and Felix Mendelssohn. Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony (No. 4 in A major) was composed during a 10-month Grand Tour of Italy. It draws inspiration from the county’s natural beauty, culture, and music. By the late 1810s, the musical innovations of Gioachino Rossini had taken Vienna by storm and clearly ...

A Gathering of Friends: John Williams, Yo-Yo Ma, New York Philharmonic

June 1, 2022

The 40-year friendship between two musical titans, John Williams and Yo-Yo Ma, reaches a new peak with A Gathering of Friends. The album is comprised of two acclaimed concert works the composer wrote for the cellist (Cello Concerto and Highwood’s Ghost), plus selections from his scores for Schindler’s List, Lincoln, and Munich. Featuring Williams himself conducting the New York Philharmonic, ...

Ivo Pogorelich: Chopin

May 31, 2022

Ivo Pogorelich has a special relationship with the piano music of Frédéric Chopin. It is Chopin, after all, whom he has to thank for his international breakthrough. When, at the age of 22, Pogorelich took part in the 1980 Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, his exceptional playing caused an immediate sensation. Martha Argerich, who was on the jury, described him ...

William Grant Still: Summerland – Zina Schiff; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Avlana Eisenberg

May 30, 2022

William Grant Still wrote nearly 200 works including nine operas and five symphonies. Still’s many awards included three Guggenheim Fellowships and eight honorary doctorates. His work combines classical forms with jazz and blues idioms and was inspired by the rich tradition of African American spirituals. Still hoped that his music would serve a larger purpose of interracial understanding, and this ...

Ravel: Piano Concertos, Songs – Cédric Tiberghien, Stéphane Degout, Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth

May 27, 2022

With the unique timbres of their period instruments and a superb Pleyel grand from 1892, conductor François-Xavier Roth and his orchestra Les Siècles explore some of Maurice Ravel’s major works. With pianist Cédric Tiberghien and baritone Stéphane Degout, two of the finest specialists in this repertory, this recording provides an opportunity to hear many aspects of Ravel’s colorful, kaleidoscopic world, ...

Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin – James Ehnes

May 26, 2022

Award-winning Canadian violinist James Ehnes returns to the greatest body of work for solo violin: Bach’s Six Sonatas and Partitas. After many years of performing these masterpieces, it was the lockdown in 2020 that led Ehnes to record the complete set at his home in Florida in the early hours of the morning. His interpretation of this music has changed ...

Thomas Lupo: Fantasia – Fretwork

May 25, 2022

Fretwork explores an overlooked English musical dynasty. The grandson of an Italian immigrant family brought to England under Henry VIII’s reign, Thomas Lupo (1571-1627) was a talented composer, viol player, and violinist who served in the Royal Court from the age of 16 until his death. His consort music for viols demonstrates a variety of moods and musical devices, with ...

Port of Call: Buenos Aires – Louise Bessette, Marc Djokic, Chloé Dominguez

May 24, 2022

Argentine composer and bandoneonist Astor Piazzolla has largely contributed to the fame of tango throughout the world. His Four Seasons of Buenos Aires are as famous as those of Vivaldi. The arrangement presented here, for piano, violin, and cello, is by José Bragato, a cellist with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic and a member of Piazzolla’s ensemble. Three Canadian musicians (pianist ...

Franck: Les Djinns, Symphonic Variations, Piano Triptychs – Tanguy de Williencourt, Flanders Symphony Orchestra, Kristiina Poska

May 23, 2022

The two pieces for piano and orchestra (Les Djinns, Symphonic Variations) and the two large solo triptychs gathered here testify to César Franck’s dazzling maturity in his last years of life, as well as to his return to writing for the piano. The quintessence of his creative quest is manifested in these formally ambitious and expressively powerful works. Above all, ...

Haydn: Symphonies, Volume 26 – Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra, Johannes Klumpp

May 20, 2022

Conductor Johannes Klumpp writes: “The chronological journey through Joseph Haydn’s surviving symphonies that we began in Volume 25 now continues with his Symphony No. 107. Do not be misled by the high number! Composed about 1760/61, this is a work from Haydn’s early days, before his time at Schloss Esterházy. It was undoubtedly commissioned by Graf Morzin, who was Haydn’s ...

Matiegka: Six Guitar Sonatas – David Starobin

May 19, 2022

Guitarist David Starobin has recorded six rarely heard sonatas by Wenzeslaus Thomas Matiegka, performed on a Viennese guitar. Born in 1773 in Bohemia under the rule of the Habsburg empire, Matiegka studied the pianoforte in Prague. In the early 1800s he moved to Vienna, where he circulated among an elite group of musicians. He made a name for himself as ...

Chopin: Piano Concertos (chamber versions) – Emmanuel Despax, Chineke! Chamber Ensemble

May 18, 2022

Following his acclaimed Brahms recording in 2021, Emmanuel Despax presents Chopin’s Piano Concertos in chamber versions with the Chineke! Chamber Ensemble. “Chopin’s Piano Concertos are among his first and most significant points of departure, a marked liberation from the constraints of an early but short-lived respect for custom and tradition… I would say that the exceptional nature of this Chopin ...

Bach: Mass in B minor – RIAS Chamber Choir, Berlin Academy for Ancient Music, René Jacobs

May 17, 2022

A composition as brilliant as it is protean – the earliest sections date back to 1724, others were written in 1733 in the hope of obtaining a post in Dresden – the Mass in B minor occupied Bach until the end of his life. The work, which is more ecumenical than strictly Catholic, offers a digest of his art at ...

Dora Pejačević: Piano Concerto, Symphony – Peter Donohoe, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo

May 16, 2022

Countess Mária Theodora (Dora) Paulina Pejačević was born in 1885 in Budapest. Young Dora grew up with all the advantages of an aristocrat. From an early age, though, she defied convention and walked her own path. Her parents arranged private lessons with teachers at the Croatian Music Institute in Zagreb, which lead to further instruction in Dresden and Munich. Dissatisfied ...

Neave Trio: Musical Remembrances

May 13, 2022

Hailed by BBC Music magazine for its “generous and warm-hearted, utterly beguiling playing,” the Neave Trio has emerged as one of the finest young ensembles of its generation. Here, the trio presents a program of music connected by the theme of remembrance. Rachmaninoff’s early first piano trio was inspired by Tchaikovsky’s trio in A minor, and shows illuminating glimpses of ...

Rameau: Concerts en sextuor – Les Accents, Thibault Noally

May 12, 2022

Transcriptions for string sextet of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Pièces de clavecin en concerts of 1741, the Concerts en sextuor were published by Camille Saint-Saëns in the monumental edition of Rameau’s works that he undertook in the 19th century. Previously, they had existed only in a manuscript bearing the name Decroix and dated 1768 (four years after Rameau’s death). These concerts, consisting ...

Yoav Levanon: A Monument for Beethoven

May 11, 2022

For his debut on Warner Classics, the 17-year-old pianist Yoav Levanon has chosen a demanding program of works by Liszt, Chopin, Mendelssohn, and Schumann. Liszt’s mighty Sonata in B minor forms the centerpiece of A Monument for Beethoven, an album honoring the four composers’ contribution to fundraising for a monument to Beethoven in 1845 in the city of Bonn, Beethoven’s birthplace. ...

Andris Nelsons: The Strauss Alliance

May 10, 2022

As part of an artistic alliance established between his two world-class orchestras, visionary conductor Andris Nelsons has recorded all the major orchestral works of Richard Strauss with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. The BSO is joined by cellist Yo-Yo Ma in Don Quixote, while pianist Yuja Wang appears with the Leipzig players in Burleske. The two orchestras join forces on the ...

Anne Akiko Meyers: Shining Night

May 9, 2022

Anne Akiko Meyers has amassed a multitude of fans and admirers for her exquisitely curated recordings, often exploring her passion for new music, and old music in new guises. Her quest for creative collaborations has inspired countless commissions and world-premieres, with the results infusing Shining Night, an album that embraces themes of love, poetry, and nature. Meyers’ fruitful association with composer Morten Lauridsen ...