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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Beethoven: Cello Sonatas, Op. 5 – Raphaël Pidoux, Tanguy de Williencourt

January 21, 2021

With each new album, the Stradivari collection invites you to discover another unique instrument lovingly preserved and housed at the Museum of Music in Paris. The magnificent 1734 Guarneri cello and the 1855 Gebauhr grand piano are both exceptionally well suited to the music of Beethoven and his contemporaries. When these remarkable examples of European instrument-making are entrusted to performers ...

Bach: Soli Deo Gloria

January 20, 2021

Bach’s cantatas form an inexhaustibly rich body of work of the highest musical inspiration, embracing all the compositional styles of his time and thus of his own music. The two cantatas coupled here invite us to measure his evolution over a decade. In Weimar, with the Cantata BWV 21, we see him in a period of experimentation, turning to the ...

Signum Saxophone Quartet: Echoes

January 19, 2021

An ensemble that attracts rave reviews and sell-out crowds at prestigious venues everywhere from Vienna to New York, the sensational Signum Saxophone Quartet presents their first Deutsche Grammophon album. Featuring inventive arrangements of music by composers from Dowland to Peter Gregson, as well as Guillermo Lago’s Sarajevo, a saxophone quartet original, Echoes showcases the full potential of the saxophone – a ...

Mirian Conti: Tangorama

January 18, 2021

This panoramic survey of Argentine tangos shows the genre in all its rich variety of moods and virtuosity. It salutes Angel Villoldo, the father of tango, whose El choclo (‘The Corncob’) is one of the most famous tangos of all time, and charts the music’s evolution towards the romanticism and lush harmonies of Augustín Bardi. Improvisatory styles, syncopation, and jazz ...

Sophie Junker: La Francesina

January 17, 2021

For the French soprano Élisabeth Duparc, known as “La Francesina,” Handel composed no fewer than twelve principal roles in major works – operas and oratorios – written towards the end of his life. She took the title role in Semele, for instance, and the parts of Michal in Saul and Nitocris in Belshazzar. Sophie Junker and the Concert de l’Hostel ...

Armand-Louis Couperin: Pièces de clavecin – Christophe Rousset

January 16, 2021

Armand-Louis Couperin – François Couperin (“le Grand”) was his father’s cousin – was regarded as one of the finest musicians of his time. His compositions, though little known today, provide us with precious evidence of the brilliance of the French harpsichord school and the skills of one of its most virtuosic representatives. Sensuous and very original, his Pièces de clavecin ...

Evelyn Glennie: Concertos for Mallet Instruments

January 15, 2021

This compilation of concertos for mallet instruments features triple Grammy Award-winning percussion virtuoso Dame Evelyn Glennie and the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. Alexis Alrich’s Marimba Concerto, a rich amalgam of bold rhythms and exuberance, also explores Mexican and Asian-inspired music. Sir Karl Jenkins traces the 15th-century tune La Folia, furnishing it with refinement and strongly characterized intensity. Ned ...

Telemann: Concerti da Camera, Volume 2 – Camerata Köln

January 14, 2021

Georg Philipp Telemann’s chamber music has always had a significant place in the repertoire of Camerata Köln. The present release rounds off the complete recording of Telemann’s concertos with wind instruments on a total of 16 albums on CPO. The Baroque orchestra La Stagione Frankfurt performed the orchestral compositions, and Camerata Köln was responsible for the chamber works – and ...

The Romantic Piano Concerto, Volume 82: Stéphan Elmas

January 13, 2021

On Volume 82 of Hyperion’s Romantic Piano Concerto Series, Howard Shelley and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra showcase the appealing, warmly Romantic concertos of the Armenian composer Stéphan Elmas. The first work on this album appears to be the earliest piano concerto written by an Armenian composer. Equally significant is the fact that Elmas was a mere twenty years old when ...

Franz Schubert: Music for Violin, Volume 2 – Ariadne Daskalakis, Paolo Giacometti

January 12, 2021

The music for violin by Franz Schubert fits comfortably on two discs, and Ariadne Daskalakis released the first disc of her survey in 2019 to critical acclaim. The second installment focuses on the chamber music with piano, and once again Daskalakis is joined by Paolo Giacometti, playing a fortepiano by Salvatore Lagrassa. The instrument of the Viennese school was built ...

Weinberg: String Quartets, Volume 1 – Arcadia Quartet

January 11, 2021

The seventeen string quartets of Mieczysław Weinberg span nearly half a century, from his student days in Warsaw to the end of his career in Moscow, and show his development as a composer more clearly than his work in any other genre. The Second Quartet, composed in 1939, was dedicated to his mother and sister, who he would later learn ...

Tavener: No Longer Mourn For Me – Steven Isserlis

January 10, 2021

Cellist Steven Isserlis offers one of his most personal projects to date – an album of works by his close friend and frequent collaborator Sir John Tavener (1944 – 2013). The album includes Tavener’s final completed work, Preces and Responses, arranged by Isserlis for eight cellos, and recorded here for the first time. The culmination of six years’ work, the album ...

Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas on Historic Instruments – Jerilyn Jorgensen, Cullan Bryant

January 9, 2021

Beethoven’s ten violin sonatas are major works of the genre, not only because of their high artistic merit, but also because they represent the union of the two instruments that Beethoven himself played. In the words of Ms. Jorgensen, “We find in these works some of his most lyrical, virtuosic, and profound musical thought.” Recorded on period instruments of the ...

Strauss & Copland – Academy of London, Royal Northern Sinfonia

January 8, 2021

The four works on this release, all composed in the 1940s, embrace the lingering end of one musical tradition and the vigorous upsurge of another. Mellifluous, retrospective, and playful, the Duet Concertino and Prelude to Capriccio were late works of Richard Strauss. In the same decade, Aaron Copland was reaching out via radio, recordings, and film to a new mass ...

Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez – Jacob Kellermann

January 7, 2021

Inspired by Miles Davis’s legendary album “Sketches of Spain,” this project conjures up Spain “as if through a prism – as a concept rather than a place.” Guitarist Jacob Kellermann and conductor Christian Karlsen worked with young composers Francisco Coll and Pete Harden, who have each contributed a work for guitar and ensemble to join Rodrigo’s masterpiece Concierto de Aranjuez. ...

Ofra Harnoy: On the Rock

January 6, 2021

Now living in Newfoundland, cellist Ofra Harnoy has been inspired by the immensely rich musical heritage of the island, so much so that she chose to devote her new album, “On the Rock,” to the province’s familiar and wonderful repertoire. She has invited guests such as Fergus OByrne, Alan Doyle, Amanda Cash, Bob Hallett, and Mike Herriott to join her. ...

Locatelli: Violin Concertos – Ilya Gringolts, Finnish Baroque Orchestra

January 5, 2021

Published in 1733, Pietro Locatelli’s L’Arte del violino took both violin technique and the solo concerto as a genre into a whole new realm. The twelve concertos included in the collection also played a part in forming the image of the violin virtuoso, reaching its full bloom with Paganini towards the end of the century. Locatelli probably composed the set ...

Beethoven: Complete Piano Trios – Trio Sōra

January 4, 2021

The French label Naïve Classiques releases the debut recording from Trio Sōra. This marks the first time an all-female ensemble has recorded all six Beethoven piano trios that bear an opus number. Building on their meticulous survey of Beethoven’s manuscripts and letters, as well as a rigorous analysis of his scores, Clémence de Forceville (violin), Angèle Legasa (cello), and Pauline ...

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons – Alexandra Conunova

January 3, 2021

Vivaldi put the whole force of nature into The Four Seasons, one of the most performed works around the world, uniting us in our human condition. Violinist Alexandra Conunova gathers a chamber orchestra to share a thrilling version of this work, celebrating the joy of playing together again. She says, “What is really impressive about Vivaldi’s writing is that he ...

Christian-Pierre La Marca: Cello 360

January 2, 2021

Christian-Pierre La Marca makes his debut on Naïve Records with Cello 360. The French cellist relishes crossing between genres and historical periods from the 17th to the 21st centuries, in a varied array of modes of performance – including multi-tracking to build up a many-voiced polyphonic texture, a single cello rotating through a full 360 degrees of temporal and technical ...