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.
 

Liza Stepanova: Tones & Colors

February 2, 2018

Pianist Liza Stepanova, praised by the New York Times for her “thoughtful musicality” and “fleet-fingered panache,” presents the new album “Tones & Colors” on CAG Records. This collection showcases the cross-pollination between visual and aural media through thirteen pieces of music, spanning the centuries between Bach and Ligeti, inspired by paintings, drawings, and sculptures.

Lea & Esther Birringer: Lifelines

February 1, 2018

Lea Birringer has firmly established herself as one of the most celebrated German violinists to emerge internationally in recent years. Her sister, pianist Esther Birringer, generates equal enthusiasm among the public with her confident style. Since their shared international success in major chamber music competitions in 2011, the sisters have also conquered the concert halls as a duo. Their album ‘Lifelines’ pays tribute to three ...

Charles Owen & Katya Apekisheva: Music of Rachmaninoff

January 31, 2018

Piano duo partners Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva turn to Rachmaninoff’s diverse Suites for two pianos, and the composer’s atmospheric Morceaux, for their first joint recording for Avie. The co-founders of the London Piano Festival delve into the Suite No. 1, also known as Fantaisie-tableaux, with its poetic inspirations, and the more traditional Suite No. 2 which marked Rachmaninoff’s compositional comeback ...

Bruce Levingston: Windows

January 29, 2018

Bruce Levingston is one of today’s celebrated figures in contemporary classical music. The title of his new album, “Windows,”  is taken from the suite by American composer James Matheson, heard here in its world premiere recording. This evocative work depicts the stained glass windows of Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse inspired by ancient imagery and scripture. These works led Levingston ...

2018 New Year’s Concert in Vienna

January 26, 2018

Few concerts can claim to generate such tremendous international interest as the New Year’s Concert from Vienna. Under the baton of the world’s leading conductors, the Vienna Philharmonic rings in the New Year with a gala concert from the magnificent setting of the Golden Hall in Vienna’s Musikverein. The event is broadcast to over 90 countries all over the world ...

Stephen Hough: Debussy

January 25, 2018

Stephen Hough is widely regarded as one of the most important and distinctive pianists of his generation. From highly acclaimed performances of central repertoire in recital, in recording, and with the world’s greatest orchestras to an interest in contemporary and neglected nineteenth-century works, he integrates the imagination and pianistic color of the past with the scholarship and intellectual rigor of ...

Francesca Dego: Violin Concertos by Paganini & Wolf-Ferrari

January 23, 2018

This album marks Italian violinist Francesca Dego’s debut orchestral recording on Deutsche Grammophon. It features two Italian masterpieces: Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s seldom-performed Violin Concerto and Paganini’s renowned Concerto No. 1, which celebrates its 200th anniversary this year. Dego recorded Wolf-Ferrari’s concerto when she gave the UK premiere of the piece at Symphony Hall with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and ...

Camerata Chicago: Sweetest Day Concert

January 22, 2018

Founded in 2003, Camerata Chicago is a chamber orchestra equally at home in intimate settings well as in larger chamber music venues, performing the rich tapestry of diverse chamber orchestral repertoire that includes newly commissioned works. Camerata Chicago is now firmly established as one of the finest chamber orchestras and has performed frequently on WFMT. On their latest album, taken from ...

Debussy: Sonatas & Piano Trio

January 21, 2018

Marking the centenary of Debussy’s death on March 25, 1918, this album of chamber music is centered on the three sonatas the composer wrote during World War I, patriotically asserting himself as ‘Claude Debussy, musicien français.’ Six leading French musicians of today are the performers: pianist Bertrand Chamayou, flutist Emmanuel Pahud, violinist Renaud Capuçon, cellist Edgar Moreau, viola player Gerard ...

Seong-Jin Cho: Debussy

January 20, 2018

2015 Chopin Competition winner Seong-Jin Cho explores Debussy’s piano music on this new collection. Following his two best-selling all-Chopin albums, the pianist brings together some of the French composer’s most popular works and cycles, including Suite bergamasque (with the beloved Clair de lune) and Children’s Corner. The latter contains favorites of every aspiring pianist, but despite its name it is ...

Rachel Barton Pine: Elgar & Bruch Violin Concertos

January 19, 2018

Rachel Barton Pine releases her first recordings of two repertory staples – violin concertos by Edward Elgar and Max Bruch. The two works – Elgar’s only concerto for violin and Bruch’s first – straddle the turn of the 20th century but have a common Romantic hue. The album is dedicated to “the memory of a musical hero and generous friend, Sir ...

Gurzenich Orchestra: Mahler’s Fifth Symphony

January 18, 2018

Immortalized in Luchino Visconti’s masterpiece “Death in Venice,” Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 (with its unforgettable Adagietto) today needs no introduction. Except to point out that the composer himself led its premiere some 113 years ago, conducting the Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne. For this recording, the modern-day players comprising the very same ensemble are led by the city’s newly appointed General ...

Joseph Moog: Brahms & Strauss

January 17, 2018

Born in 1987 in Ludwigshafen as the son of professional musicians, Joseph Moog captivates audiences with his mature stylistic authenticity, transcendental virtuosity and his bold, unique program selections, which include his own compositions. On his latest recording, he pairs works of Brahms and Richard Strauss. Brahms was 48 years old and at the height of his powers when he completed ...

Pixis: Piano Trios

January 16, 2018

The Leonore Piano Trio revives three works by a figure already—and unfairly—consigned to the musical footnotes of history before he died, and yet whose music is bound to charm in such persuasive performances as these. If Johann Peter Pixis is remembered at all, it is for his contribution to Liszt’s Hexaméron and in a few musical anecdotes. Albert Ehrlich in his Celebrated Pianists of ...

Tippett: Symphonies 1 & 2

January 15, 2018

British conductor Martyn Brabbins is known for his affinity with music of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, to which he brings a Romantic sensibility, an unerring sense of pace and an extraordinary ear for detail. Sir Michael Tippett’s first two published symphonies are mature and confident works dating from the middle of the last century. Riveting accounts from ...

Augustin Hadelich: Paganini’s 24 Caprices

January 13, 2018

The elegant but impassioned musicianship of Augustin Hadelich evokes the violinists of the ‘golden age’ of the early and mid-20th century. Winner in 2015 of the inaugural Warner Music Prize, Hadelich now releases his first recording for Warner Classics: Paganini’s 24 Caprices for solo violin. These works of proverbial virtuosity were conceived by Nicolò Paganini to test and showcase every ...

Gowanus Arts Ensemble: American Romantics II

January 11, 2018

“American Romantics II” is the second volume in a project initiated by the Gowanus Arts Ensemble and conductor Reuben Blundell after he discovered several scores for string orchestra through the Fleischer Collection in Philadelphia. These works were all written by American composers during the last decades of the 19th century, both native born and recently immigrated. “American Romantics” presents the ...

Vilde Frang: Homage

January 10, 2018

Vilde Frang’s “Homage” is more than a captivating program of short pieces for violin and piano, it is also a tribute to the players of the Golden Age of the Violin, such as Fritz Kreisler, Leopold Auer, Joseph Szigeti and Jascha Heifetz. The recital includes music originally conceived not just for the violin, but also for piano, orchestra or voice, ...

Brabant Ensemble: Sacred Music of Jacob Obrecht

January 9, 2018

The Brabant Ensemble has built an international reputation for high-quality performance of 16th-century masterpieces, with a particular emphasis on lesser-known composers. Founded in 1998, the Ensemble has recorded for Hyperion since 2006; three of these recordings have been shortlisted for the Gramophone Awards. Conductor Stephen Rice and the ensemble uncover more Renaissance treasures on their latest album. Jacob Obrecht’s name may now ...

Matthias Goerne & Daniel Harding: The Wagner Project

January 8, 2018

Thanks to the combined talents of Matthias Goerne and Daniel Harding at the head of the excellent Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the music of Richard Wagner glows here with a special radiance. In the finest scenes for baritone or bass from Tristan und Isolde, Der fliegende Holländer, Parsifal and other operas, the themes dear to the composer (gods, men and redemption) inspire him to ...

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