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.
 

Sheku Kanneh-Mason: Inspiration

March 3, 2018

18-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason came into the spotlight when he won the prestigious BBC Young Musician award in 2016. Signed to Decca Classics, his debut album, “Inspiration,” features Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1, the piece he performed in the BBCYM final. Recorded live with conductor Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, “Inspiration” also includes a broad range of ...

Garrick Ohlsson: Music of Manuel de Falla

March 2, 2018

Although long regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Frédéric Chopin, Garrick Ohlsson commands an enormous repertoire, which ranges over the entire piano literature. His latest recording on the Hyperion label features some of Manuel de Falla’s most beloved works, combining music originally written for the piano with the composer’s own transcriptions from his classic ballet and ...

Montreal Symphony Orchestra Chamber Soloists: Beethoven & Strauss

March 1, 2018

This is the first album of a new series of recordings with the soloists of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, under the artistic direction of Andrew Wan, concertmaster of the orchestra since 2008. Two major works are at the heart of this new album: Beethoven’s Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20, and Franz Hasenöhrl’s arrangement Till Eulenspiegel einmal anders! on the music ...

Czech Philharmonic: Smetana’s Má Vlast

February 28, 2018

In one of his last recordings with the Czech Philharmonic, Jiří Bělohlávek conducts a heartfelt account of Smetana’s great set of symphonic poems: Má vlast (My Homeland). This recording is the first release by the Czech Philharmonic and their much-loved chief conductor, Jiří Bělohlávek, following his passing in May 2017. Smetana’s masterpiece has played a central role during the most important moments of the Czech Philharmonic’s ...

Ralph van Raat: Debussy & Stravinsky

February 27, 2018

Both La Mer by Debussy and The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky are now regarded as two of the most influential pieces of the twentieth century, although these achievements were accomplished in entirely different ways. The notoriously difficult solo piano arrangement of Stravinsky’s own piano duet version of The Rite of Spring by the Russian pianist Vladimir Leyetchkiss met with ...

Accademia Bizantina: The Art of Fugue

February 26, 2018

Accademia Bizantina was founded in Ravenna, Italy, in 1983 with the intention of “making music like a large quartet”.  Then as now, the group is managed autonomously by its members, guaranteeing the chamber music approach to their performances which has been their distinguishing feature. On its latest recording, the ensemble presents The Art of Fugue, Johann Sebastian Bach’s last composition. ...

New York Philharmonic: Beethoven Symphonies 5 & 7

February 25, 2018

The New York Philharmonic has launched a partnership with Decca Gold, a newly established label, with the release of concert recordings of Beethoven’s Fifth and Seventh Symphonies. The performances are conducted by Jaap van Zweden, who becomes the orchestra’s music director in September 2018. In a review of the concert, the New York Times stated that “Mr. van Zweden led ...

Poulenc Trio: Trains of Thought

February 24, 2018

Since its founding in 2003, the Poulenc Trio has established itself as one of the world’s finest ensembles in the lesser-known domain of double-reed chamber music. On “Trains of Thought,” the qualities of these instruments are particularly well-served by the trios from Francis Poulenc and Jean Francais. The album also offers winning arrangements of music by Shostakovich and Rossini, topped ...

Price & Cockerham: Violin Concertos

February 23, 2018

It is indeed a cause for excitement when two concertos by Florence Price, the first African-American woman to write a symphony performed by a major U.S. orchestra, are recorded. There are no known performances of Price’s first violin concerto, but the Violin Concerto No. 2, completed in 1952 was performed posthumously by its dedicatee, Minnie Cedargreen Jemberg, at the opening ...

Daniel Hope: Journey to Mozart

February 22, 2018

A stylish player and imaginative programmer, Daniel Hope would never give us just a Mozart violin concerto album. Instead, as the title implies, he leads us towards the composer, putting him in context, and taking us down some intriguing and delightful byways. So, before Mozart’s ever-charming Third Concerto, he offers works by Gluck, Haydn, and Salomon. Coaxing crisp, sprightly playing ...

Haydn: An Imaginary Orchestral Journey

February 21, 2018

Sir Simon Rattle pays homage to a composer he holds close to his heart with An Imaginary Orchestral Journey through the music of Joseph Haydn. Rattle trawls through the great composer’s impressive catalog, piecing together excerpts from symphonies, oratorios and operas spanning a 40-year period in what Rattle describes as ‘a kind of greatest hits’ format. The London Symphony Orchestra’s music director ...

ChangYong Shin: Bach, Mozart, Haydn & Beethoven

February 20, 2018

Changyong Shin, the gifted winner of the 2016 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, debuts on the Steinway Label with a shimmering program. During the competition, Jury Chair Douglas Humphreys remarked that Shin “is a pianist with passionate expression and profound artistry, representative of the best among his generation.” As part of his first prize package for the competition, Shin has ...

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir: Music of Schnittke & Pärt

February 19, 2018

Alfred Schnittke and Arvo Pärt lived through times of remarkable change in the last decades of the Soviet Union. From the 1970s, state restrictions on religion were gradually relaxed and this was reflected in the arts and especially in music. Both composers began to incorporate religious themes into their work, moving away from the modernist abstraction that had characterized their ...

Third Coast Percussion: Paddle to the Sea

February 18, 2018

Third Coast Percussion’s Paddle to the Sea transports listeners into a realm of imaginative sounds and world-premiere recordings evoking the aquatic world. Anchoring the album is the ensemble’s original collaborative composition Paddle to the Sea. The talented foursome conceived it as a live soundtrack to the 1966 film of the same name, based on a classic children’s story. Third Coast found a wellspring of ...

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra: Music of Kodaly

February 16, 2018

Zoltán Kodály, like his compatriot Béla Bartók, wrote major orchestral scores that were deeply enriched by his research into Hungarian folk music. The Dances of Galánta and Dances of Marosszék are full of swagger and vitality, and the Concerto for Orchestra, commissioned for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 50th anniversary, is lush, sparkling, and vivid. Like the Variations on a Hungarian ...

Andsnes & Hamelin: Music of Stravinsky for Two Pianos

February 15, 2018

Pianists Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin have captured on disc the collaboration that has, in live performance, been hailed as “a keyboard partnership of titans.” The centerpiece of the album is The Rite of Spring. First heard in public when the composer played through its opening half with Debussy, the piano four-hands arrangement was also the first version to be published. For their two-piano ...

The King’s Men: Love From King’s

February 14, 2018

The Choral Scholars of King’s College Choir, under their a cappella group name The King’s Men, present a new collection of close harmony music. “Love from King’s” is an album of new arrangements of folk songs and romantic pop and jazz favorites. The majority of the tracks on the album were arranged specially for the album, with arrangements by former King’s Choir members ...

Brahms: Cello Sonatas

February 13, 2018

Gary Hoffman is one of the outstanding cellists of our time, combining instrumental mastery, great beauty of sound, and a poetic sensibility. On his latest album, he is joined by pianist Claire Désert in the two sonatas for cello and piano by Johannes Brahms. Hoffman says, “These sonatas are as inexhaustible and revelatory as the Beethoven sonatas or Bach suites; ...

Handel & Haydn Society: Works by Haydn & Mozart

February 12, 2018

Continuing their acclaimed live series on the Coro label, the Handel and Haydn Society presents one of Haydn’s early Sturm und Drang (Storm and Stress) symphonies – No. 26 in D minor. More commonly known as Lamentatione because of its association with Holy Week, Haydn incorporates an old plainsong chant juxtaposing it against the furious opening theme. The later Symphony ...

Impressions: The Sound of Debussy

February 10, 2018

This 3-CD set from Warner Classics gathers together Debussy’s best-loved masterpieces, the foundation of his reputation, along with a few works that remain lesser-known. Among the rarities is the world-premiere recording of Chanson des brises (1882) for female voices and piano – a work which until now had remained undiscovered.