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.
 

Dana Zemtsov: Essentia

October 13, 2018

Winner of numerous competitions and developing an outstanding career, Dana Zemtsov is one of the most promising viola soloists of her generation. Highlights in the past seasons include a performance of the Bartók Viola Concerto in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, playing at the Utrecht Chamber Music Festival, and a recital in New York’s Carnegie Hall. In 2012, she signed an exclusive record ...

Chopin: Ballades and Nocturnes – Leif Ove Andsnes

October 12, 2018

Leif Ove Andsnes, “a pianist of magisterial elegance, power and insight” (New York Times), intersperses Chopin’s four Ballades – works immense in the range and power of their expression – with three of his nocturnes. The new album represents the Norwegian pianist’s first recording of Chopin’s music in more than a decade. “There were quite a few years where I ...

Quartet San Francisco: A QSF Journey

October 11, 2018

Founded in 2001 by violinist and composer Jeremy Cohen, Quartet San Francisco expresses itself in its agility and standout virtuosic playing. These crossover specialists excel in multiple styles, from jazz to tango, pop to funk, blues to bluegrass, gypsy swing to big band and beyond. On this new release, they take a journey into chamber music of the 21st century. ...

Tengyue Zhang: Guitar Recital

October 10, 2018

Tengyue Zhang won the 2017 Guitar Foundation of America’s International Concert Artist Competition, one of the world’s most prestigious events. His debut recital illustrates the moods, colors and techniques of the concert classical guitar from Baroque transcriptions to masters of the 20th century such as Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Tansman, and Brouwer. Despite being from very different backgrounds and time periods, several of ...

Rimsky & Co. Originals – Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy

October 8, 2018

As early as the 17th century, music has played an important role in the Dutch Navy. Transforming from ships’ bands and ensembles into a land-based full-sized orchestra, the Marine Band became a musical ambassador for the Royal Netherlands Navy. From military marching formation, intimate accompanying ensemble, extended big band and classic symphonic wind band to a stunning cover band, no music ...

Piano Music of Debussy – Nikolai Lugansky

October 6, 2018

A century after his death on March 25, 1918, many Harmonia Mundi artists are eager to pay tribute to Claude Debussy, the magician of melody and timbre, the great ‘colorist’ and father of modern music. Pianist Nikolai Lugansky wanted to present a finely nuanced portrait of the composer who was fond of travel. Whether it ranges over time (Hommage à ...

Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony

October 5, 2018

The nine symphonies of Ralph Vaughan Williams were composed over more than half a century. He began sketching ideas for A Sea Symphony in 1903, two years after the death of Queen Victoria, and completed the ninth in 1958, two years before John F. Kennedy was elected 35th President of the United States. During this long period, Vaughan Williams became one of ...

Liszt: New Discoveries, Volume 4 – Leslie Howard

October 3, 2018

A citizen both of Britain and Australia, Leslie Howard has accomplished a feat unequaled by any solo artist in recording history — a 99-CD survey for Hyperion of the complete piano music of Liszt, including all 17 works for piano and orchestra. Accomplished within 14 years, it encompasses more than 300 world premieres, with many works prepared from Liszt’s unpublished ...

Viktoria Mullova: Music of Arvo Pärt

October 2, 2018

The works on Viktoria Mullova’s new album devoted to Arvo Pärt’s music for violin stem from the composer’s study of medieval church music. They are products of what Pärt himself describes as a ‘tintinnabuli’ style, developed by the composer in the 1970s through studying medieval church music. He says, “I have discovered that it is enough when a single note ...

Anna Fedorova: Four Fantasies

September 30, 2018

Anna Fedorova is one of the world’s premier young pianists. From an early age, she demonstrated an innate musical maturity and outstanding technical abilities. Her international concert career took off while she was only a child, and audiences around the world were stunned by the depth and power of her musical expression. On this album, Fedorova plays fantasies by four composers: Scriabin, Chopin, Schumann, ...

Hélène Grimaud: Memory

September 28, 2018

Pianist Hélène Grimaud’s album ‘Memory’ explores the nature of recollection through a series of exquisite piano miniatures. The choice of repertoire embraces everything from impressionistic reveries by Chopin and Debussy to the timeless, folk-like melodies of Valentin Silvestrov. The French pianist’s recording addresses music’s unique ability to bring images of the past back to life in the present moment, to ...

Antonio Pompa-Baldi: Napoli

September 25, 2018

Antonio Pompa-Baldi is an Italian pianist. He won the Cleveland International Piano Competition in 1999 and a silver medal at the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He has recorded a tribute to the city of Naples with arrangements of Neapolitan songs by pianist and composer Roberto Piana. Piana writes, “For these ‘creative arrangements,’ it was hard to choose which ...

Music of Beethoven & Strauss – Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck

September 24, 2018

Reference Recordings presents two iconic works in definitive interpretations from Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony and Richard Strauss’s Horn Concerto No. 1. In his fascinating and scholarly notes, Maestro Honeck gives us great insight into the history of both pieces, and describes how he conducts and interprets each. He reminds us that the “Eroica” was ...

Thomas Hampson: Songs from Chicago

September 23, 2018

Thomas Hampson, America’s leading baritone and a champion of the art of classic song, makes his Cedille Records debut with a program of songs by five composers of the early 20th century associated with the city of Chicago: Ernst Bacon, Florence Price, John Alden Carpenter, Margaret Bonds, and Louis Campbell-Tipton. All of them, Hampson says, “have distinguished themselves in history ...

Víkingur Ólafsson: Music of Bach

September 21, 2018

Following his critically acclaimed recording of piano works by Philip Glass, Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson has released his second album, a collection of both well-known and rarely performed works by Johann Sebastian Bach. Renowned for his innovative music projects, Ólafsson offers listeners a very personal vision of Bach’s intricate keyboard music, artfully weaving Bach’s original works together with transcriptions by Busoni, ...

Cappella Amsterdam: Music of Josquin des Prez

September 20, 2018

The professional chamber choir Cappella Amsterdam was founded in 1970. Over the years, under the direction of Daniel Reuss, it has built up a repertoire ranging from early music to contemporary works, with a special focus on promoting Dutch music of today. With this recording, they launch a three-part series devoted to the Franco-Flemish masters of the Renaissance. The program ...

Ensemble Dialoghi: Quintets for Piano & Winds

September 19, 2018

Ensemble Dialoghi makes their Harmonia Mundi debut with this program of quintets for piano and winds. A work of ‘maturity,’ which the twenty-eight year-old Mozart considered ‘among his best,’ is paired with a ‘youthful effort’ penned by a twenty-six year-old Beethoven. Dating from an auspicious phase in each composer’s career, both pieces were met with an enthusiastic reception. Beethoven, it ...

Briggs Piano Trio: Music of Gál & Shostakovich

September 18, 2018

Continuing Avie’s acclaimed and influential series of recordings of the music of Austrian émigré Hans Gál, this latest release brings together two of today’s most eminent Gál interpreters, pianist Sarah Beth Briggs and cellist Kenneth Woods with violin virtuoso David Juritz for a recording of Gál’s breathtakingly lyrical Piano Trio in E major and his witty Variations on a Popular ...

Jean-Guihen Queyras: Vivaldi’s Cello Sonatas

September 17, 2018

Antonio Vivaldi’s six sonatas for cello and continuo were written between 1720 and 1730 and published in Paris in 1740. Although a staple of the cello repertoire, these works are not often played in public recitals. When they were composed, the cello was just emerging as a solo instrument, and Vivaldi took full advantage of the instrument’s expressive capabilities. These ...

Igor Frolov and Friends

September 16, 2018

Who is Igor Frolov, and who are his friends? One of Frolov’s best friends is violinist Piet Koornhof. Always on the lookout for unusual and appealing repertoire, Koornhof heard a recording of Frolov’s “Piece in Blues Style” and began his search for more music. Koornhof located many delightful pieces by Frolov, a Soviet composer and professor of violin at the ...