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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Bruckner & Wagner: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

February 10, 2021

Andris Nelsons and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra continue their award-winning Bruckner cycle with the Symphonies Nos. 2 and 8, coupled with Wagner’s Meistersinger Prelude. About Bruckner’s Second Symphony, Nelsons says, “He has formulated everything very clearly: the wonderful themes are clearly separated from each other by general pauses, and yet the result is a great whole. It is astonishing that ...

Nicholas Angelich: Prokofiev

February 9, 2021

Nicholas Angelich’s new album is dedicated to the music of Sergei Prokofiev, the so-called unclassifiable artist – considered revolutionary by some, neo-classical by others. Prokofiev left a fascinating body of work, that of a composer torn between two societies, between the culture of his homeland and the unchallenged culture of the West. Angelich gives nuanced performances of Prokofiev’s Sonata No. ...

Uncovered: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor – Catalyst Quartet

February 8, 2021

The Grammy Award-winning Catalyst Quartet has released the first album in “Uncovered,” a multi-volume series on the Azica label. The opening volume features the works of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, including his Piano Quintet in G minor with pianist Stewart Goodyear, Fantasiestücke, and Clarinet Quintet in F-sharp minor with clarinetist Anthony McGill. The Catalyst Quartet poses, “Over the course of time there ...

Tõnu Kõrvits: You Are Light and Morning

February 7, 2021

This new album by the award-winning Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir together with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra led by Risto Joost includes a recent work by Tõnu Kõrvits – You Are Light and Morning (Sei la luce e il mattino). Kõrvits, one of the most prominent Estonian composers of our time, has created an impressive 60-minute piece for choir and orchestra ...

Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 76 – London Haydn Quartet

February 6, 2021

One of the world’s leading period-instrument string quartets, the London Haydn Quartet was born out of a passion for Haydn. The ensemble’s series of recordings of the complete Haydn quartets on the Hyperion label has met with international critical acclaim. On the ninth volume in the series, the London Haydn Quartet performs the six works in Op. 76, the summit ...

The Golden Renaissance: Josquin des Prez – Stile Antico

February 5, 2021

Decca Classics presents the release of the first in a trilogy of recordings from the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble Stile Antico to celebrate major anniversaries of three Renaissance masters. The first in the series, The Golden Renaissance: Josquin des Prez, is dedicated to the Franco-Flemish composer to mark the 500th anniversary of his death. One of the most important composers ...

Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier – Piotr Anderszewski

February 4, 2021

Piotr Anderszewski takes a characteristically creative approach to Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. Rather than recording all 48 of its prelude-and-fugue pairings, he has focused on 12 pairings from Book Two. “I decided to put the pieces together in a sequence of my own subjective choosing, based sometimes on key relationships, at other times on contrasts. The idea behind this specific order ...

Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 1, Symphonic Dances – Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

February 3, 2021

Sergei Rachmaninoff’s symphonic works hold a special place in the story of one of America’s greatest musical ensembles. The Philadelphia Orchestra and its Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin are about to add a thrilling new chapter with the launch of a cycle of Rachmaninoff’s three symphonies and other orchestral scores for Deutsche Grammophon. The first album pairs the early Symphony No.1 with the Symphonic ...

Paganini: 24 Caprices + 1 – Ning Feng

February 2, 2021

Ning Feng is recognized internationally as an artist of great lyricism, innate musicality, and stunning virtuosity. He performs across the globe with major orchestras and conductors, and in recital and chamber concerts in some of the most important international series and festivals. Feng has recorded Niccolò Paganini’s complete Solo Violin Caprices, to this day considered the bible of violin technique. ...

Orchestra of the Swan: Timelapse

February 1, 2021

“Timelapse” creates a space where sounds of the past and present collide to form a unique musical landscape. Although the pieces were written, in some cases, centuries apart and in culturally disparate eras, it is striking how much these contrasting works inhabit such similar emotional territory. Intriguing pairings of works by Rameau and Radiohead, Schubert and The Smiths, Adés and ...

Josquin: Motets & Mass Movements – Brabant Ensemble

January 31, 2021

Biographical certainties may be in short supply in the life and work of Josquin Desprez, but there’s no denying the magnificence of the music recorded here: a program of shorter works, most in unusual guise, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Josquin’s death. The Brabant Ensemble is one of the most highly regarded professional vocal groups specializing in Renaissance polyphony.

Stephen Hough: Vida breve

January 30, 2021

The brevity of our allocated time on earth is the subject of Stephen Hough’s Piano Sonata No. 4, Vida breve (Short Life), from which this album takes its name. Piano Sonatas by Chopin (No. 2) and Hough are the twin peaks of a typically stimulating recital which – as always from Stephen Hough – spans centuries and styles with assurance.

Michael Brown: Noctuelles

January 29, 2021

Pianist Michael Brown has been hailed by the New York Times as “one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers.” His artistry is shaped by his creative voice as a pianist and composer, praised for his “fearless performances” (New York Times) and “exceptionally beautiful” compositions (Washington Post). On “Noctuelles,” Brown performs Miroirs by Maurice Ravel and Improvisation ...

Telemann: Polonoise – Holland Baroque

January 28, 2021

The players of Holland Baroque, together with violinist Aisslinn Nosky, take the listener on a journey to the wild nature and lively folk culture of Poland, viewed through the lens of Georg Philipp Telemann, whose Polish travels left a profound mark on his compositional style. Arranged by the ensemble’s artistic leaders Judith and Tineke Steenbrink, Telemann’s Polish concertos and dances ...

Violins of Hope: Live at Kohl Mansion

January 27, 2021

“Violins of Hope” presents instruments that were owned by Jewish musicians before and during the Holocaust, representing strength and optimism for the future during mankind’s darkest hour. They have been refurbished by luthiers Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein, founders of the “Violins of Hope” project. On this album, recorded live at Kohl Mansion in Burlingame, California, the instruments are used to ...

Mozart: Complete Keyboard Sonatas – Kristian Bezuidenhout

January 26, 2021

Hailed for his expressive and communicative style, Kristian Bezuidenhout has already earned a reputation as one of today’s most exciting keyboard players. Harmonia Mundi releases Bezuidenhout’s multi-volume traversal of Mozart’s music for solo keyboard. The award-winning series (Diapason d’Or de L’année, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, and Caecilia Prize) is issued as a 9-CD boxed set. “These interpretations – excellent to ...

2021 New Year’s Concert in Vienna

January 25, 2021

The 2021 New Year’s Concert in Vienna, conducted by Riccardo Muti, was a truly memorable event. Because of the pandemic, the concert had to take place without an audience in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein. The performance was broadcast to over 90 countries all over the world and watched by more than 50 million viewers on TV. The program ...

María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir: Kom vinur

January 24, 2021

Sono Luminus releases Kom vinur, a world-premiere recording of two choral works by Grammy-nominated Icelandic composer María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir on texts by feminist poet Vilborg Dagbjartsdóttir. Recorded in Reykjavik’s Hallgrímskirkja in September 2020, the disc features the church’s renowned chamber choir, Schola Cantorum, led by conductor Hörður Áskelsson.

Bowen: Fragments from Hans Andersen & Studies – Nicolas Namoradze

January 23, 2021

Nicolas Namoradze relishes the challenges of York Bowen’s whimsical Hans Christian Andersen “fragments” as well as the sheer bravura of his studies. In this wonderfully planned program, the poetry of the Andersen “fragments” – music for a fully-fledged technique, despite the fairy-tale title – is pleasingly complemented by the studies. Namoradze proves more than equal to the demands of both.

Elgar: Partsongs; From the Bavarian Highlands – Bavarian Radio Chorus, Howard Arman

January 22, 2021

The British composer Edward Elgar wrote a great deal more than just his Pomp and Circumstance marches. His highly diverse output encompasses symphonies, concertos, chamber works, piano music, and numerous choral works. On this release, partsongs by Elgar can be heard with and without accompaniment as part of a representative selection of live and studio recordings. The album begins with ...