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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Christian-Pierre La Marca: Wonderful World

December 29, 2021

Cellist Christian-Pierre La Marca’s new two-disc set Wonderful World embraces classical, neo-classical, world music, and jazz in a program dedicated to saving the planet. “Nature has always been a source of inspiration for many musicians,” says La Marca. “I have conceived Wonderful World, a project where several art forms combine on stage, aligning the beauty of our world with its ...

The Gesualdo Six: Josquin’s Legacy

December 28, 2021

The Gesualdo Six is an award-winning British vocal ensemble comprising some of the United Kingdom’s finest consort singers, directed by Owain Park. Taking inspiration from Josquin des Prez’s 500th-anniversary year in 2021, the ensemble examines his legacy in the Italian city of Ferrara, a particular destination for composers from France and the Low Countries. This album explores some of the ...

Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 – Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard

December 27, 2021

Having begun their collaboration in 1997, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and its conductor laureate Thomas Dausgaard have developed an unusually tight partnership. Nowhere is this demonstrated more clearly than in their cycles of the symphonies of Schumann, Schubert, and Brahms – performances which have been characterized by reviewers as variously “fresh,” “vivid,” and “transparent.” Of Mendelssohn, the team has previously ...

Christmas Carols with The King’s Singers

December 23, 2021

This new Christmas album from The King’s Singers features 25 tracks covering everything from contemporary choral gems and folk songs through to well-loved carols. Dotted throughout the album are several of the most famous English church carols, which take The King’s Singers right back to their earliest singing days, and which also reflect the group’s heritage at King’s College, Cambridge. ...

The Sixteen: Carol of the Bells

December 22, 2021

The Sixteen contrasts traditional with contemporary in this choral feast of festive music. Bob Chilcott’s sumptuous Advent Antiphons based on plainsong melodies anticipate the coming of Christmas and feature alongside Mykola Leontovich’s much-loved Carol of the Bells, Richard Rodney Bennett’s stunning Susanni, and Eric Whitacre’s shimmering Lux aurumque. Interspersed with the beautiful simplicity of traditional carols, this is a Christmas collection ...

Fretwork: An Elizabethan Christmas

December 21, 2021

Viol consort Fretwork and mezzo soprano Helen Charlston explore the more reflective and somber Christmas celebrations of Elizabethan England, in a collection of works by William Byrd, Anthony Holborne, Orlando Gibbons, and Martin Peerson. With celebrations confined strictly to the twelve days from Christmas Eve to Epiphany, the preceding Advent was regarded as a time of religious introspection, with music ...

Ralph Vaughan Williams: An Oxford Christmas

December 20, 2021

This recording focuses on arrangements made by Ralph Vaughan Williams for the Oxford Book of Carols (1928). The preface tells us: “Variety in the method of singing is even more important than with hymns, and the verses should never be sung straight through all in the same way.” In this spirit, conductor William Vann has prepared the carols with a ...

In the Bleak Midwinter: Christmas Carols from King’s College, Cambridge

December 17, 2021

In the Bleak Midwinter reflects a Christmas that was unlike any other in recent history. Much of the music on this album was heard around the world as part of the 103rd Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, a service that has been broadcast live every year since 1930 from the Chapel at King’s College, Cambridge. But for Christmas Eve ...

A Star in the East – Ronn McFarlane, Carolyn Surrick, Jackie Moran

December 16, 2021

Viola da gambist Carolyn Surrick and lutenist Ronn McFarlane release a new holiday album, A Star in the East, featuring reimagined traditional Christmas favorites alongside new works by both McFarlane and Surrick. They weave a tapestry of music ranging from 15th-century Europe to 21st-century America, seamlessly held together by the timelessness of their instruments and their extraordinary musicianship. For A ...

The Knights Before Christmas

December 15, 2021

The Knights Before Christmas is a world-premiere recording of holiday music from numerous genres performed by the cutting-edge Brooklyn orchestral collective The Knights—praised by The Arts Fuse as “a group of instrumentalists whose collective musicianship is electrifying: full of just the right combination of wonder, play, and discovery.” Guest performers include Wu Man, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Magos Herrera, Krystle Warren, I’m ...

Boston Camerata: A Medieval Christmas, Hodie Christus Natus Est

December 14, 2021

Drawing on a wide variety of sources, mingling liturgical Latin with French, English, Italian, and Iberian vernaculars, these magnificent songs, hymns, and processionals show the multitude of ways in which the birth of Christ was celebrated in medieval times. The trio of female singers is accompanied by harp, fiddle, bells, and wind instruments. Together they touchingly evoke all the tenderness, ...

Bruce Liu: Highlights from the 18th International Chopin Piano Competition

December 10, 2021

Deutsche Grammophon presents recordings made live during the various stages of the 18th International Chopin Piano Competition by Bruce Liu, the newly crowned winner of the world’s most prestigious competition for classical musicians. The jury awarded the top prize to the 24-year-old Canadian pianist immediately after the final round at Warsaw’s National Philharmonic. The competition was first held in 1927 and, until the arrival of ...

A Scattered Light in Winter – Westminster Williamson Voices, James Jordan

December 9, 2021

The Westminster Williamson Voices, named for the founder of Westminster Choir College, John Finley Williamson, is praised by reviewers on both sides of the Atlantic. Williamson Voices is the resident choir of the Choral Institute at Oxford (CIO), now in its sixth year. For their latest recording, conductor James Jordan writes: “I think when life challenges us, our common human ...

20th Century Music for Flute and Guitar – Britta Jacobs, Irene Kalisvaart

December 8, 2021

This album of 20th-century masterpieces for flute and guitar features works composed especially for this combination of instruments plus arrangements of works by Béla Bartók and Ravi Shankar. Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Sonatine is considered to be one of the finest compositions for flute and guitar, contrasting joyfulness with poignant melodies. The warm sound of the alto flute is given expressive range ...

Anne Gastinel, Claire Désert: Chopin

December 7, 2021

The latest album from frequent collaborators cellist Anne Gastinel and pianist Claire Désert offers a program of music by Frédéric Chopin. “When one thinks of Chopin,” says Désert, “one immediately thinks of his piano works, of the vocality and lyricism that permeate his style. And if there is one instrument that lends itself to that, it’s the cello.” Chopin’s Cello ...

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons – Francisco Fullana, Apollo’s Fire, Jeannette Sorrell

December 6, 2021

Apollo’s Fire and Jeannette Sorrell team up with Spanish violin virtuoso Francisco Fullana and his 1735 Guarneri violin for this joyous romp through the countryside. Sorrell and Apollo’s Fire are known for bringing Vivaldi’s masterpiece to life as the revolutionary acts of musical storytelling the composer intended. From a lonely shepherd-boy on a hillside to a delightfully drunken harvest party ...

Schubert: Impromptus & Moments Musicaux – Alexandre Tharaud

December 3, 2021

The program for Alexandre Tharaud’s first Erato album dedicated to Schubert comprises the four Impromptus, D. 899, the six Moments musicaux, and, in Tharaud’s own transcription for piano, four excerpts from the stage music for Rosamunde. When Tharaud performed the Impromptus at London’s Wigmore Hall in 2014, The Guardian wrote: “He got to the heart of the beauties and abysses ...

Pierné: Ramuntcho & Cydalise et le Chèvre-pied Suites – Lille National Orchestra, Darrell Ang

December 2, 2021

Composer, conductor, and organist Gabriel Pierné wrote in a wide variety of genres, from operas to pieces for solo piano. His orchestral music for the stage shows the utmost refinement and clarity as well as wit and charm in the finest French tradition. His colorful and evocative score for Ramuntcho is rich in Basque dance rhythms, all beautifully textured. Set ...

Newberry Consort: A Mexican Christmas

December 1, 2021

The Newberry Consort and EnsAmble Ad-Hoc present A Mexican Christmas, an album of 17th century traditional music for worship and celebration. The collection features pieces commonly heard in both liturgical service and in the streets. The music evokes the solemnity and fanfare heard in Mexico City’s convents and plazas, with jubilant vocals and lively strings, guitars, and percussion. A variety ...

Bach: English Suites Nos. 1-3 – Vladimir Ashkenazy

November 30, 2021

Brought together on this double album are Vladimir Ashkenazy’s latest Bach recording of the English Suites Nos. 1-3 and his first-ever Bach recording from 1965, the Concerto in D minor. An astonishing 56 years and a lifetime’s experience of this timeless music span the two recordings, marking the longest exclusive association between pianist and record label in history. This new ...