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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Janusz Wawrowski: Phoenix

March 25, 2021

Janusz Wawrowski’s album Phoenix pairs two life-affirming violin concertos written during difficult periods in their composers’ lives: Tchaikovsky was recovering from his disastrous marriage and Ludomir Różycki was enduring the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. Wawrowski spent several years reconstructing Różycki’s concerto from long-lost fragments. He says, “This wonderful work spoke to me immediately. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, it ...

Lucas and Arthur Jussen: The Russian Album

March 24, 2021

The Russian Album is the seventh album by the brothers Lucas and Arthur Jussen on the Deutsche Grammophon label. The pianists selected compositions for two pianos by Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Igor Stravinsky, and Anton Arensky. Their aim was to capture the essence of Russian music with its unique character, timbre, and energy. The compositions reflect some turbulent episodes in ...

Mahler: Symphony No. 10 – Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä

March 23, 2021

Left unfinished at the death of the composer, Gustav Mahler’s Tenth Symphony has exerted an enormous fascination on musicologists as well as musicians. Over the years, Alma Mahler, the composer’s widow, released more and more of Mahler’s sketches, and gradually it became clear that he had written an entire five-movement symphony in short score. Of this, nearly half had reached ...

Weber: Complete Works for Piano & Orchestra – Ronald Brautigam, Cologne Academy

March 22, 2021

Carl Maria von Weber wrote music that has been admired by composers as diverse as Schumann, Berlioz, Ravel, and Stravinsky. In his lifetime, Weber was also recognized as one of the finest pianists of the period, with an exceptional technique and a brilliant gift for improvisation. Like other composer-pianists, he wrote works to use as his personal calling cards, among ...

Bach: Trio Sonatas

March 21, 2021

This program contains compositions that have found their way into the Bach catalog. Nevertheless, each of them is an artistic reflection of other works by Bach or his work as a teacher. Against this background, the interpreters of this recording (flutists Ana Oltean and Kaspar Zehnder, harpsichordist Vital Julian Frey) have returned the sonatas BWV 1028 and 1029 to their ...

HK Gruber: Percussion Concertos – Colin Currie

March 20, 2021

Colin Currie presents the first concerto recording on his own label: a pair of works by the innovative composer HK Gruber, with conductors Juanjo Mena and John Storgårds and the BBC Philharmonic. To write one masterpiece for solo percussion and orchestra may be regarded as an adventure; to write two combines for a colossus. Such is the case for the ...

Chopin: Scherzos & Ballades – Abdel Rahman El Bacha

March 19, 2021

France-based Lebanese pianist Abdel Rahman El Bacha offers a program that alternates between Chopin’s Scherzos and Ballades. Such juxtaposition in performance enables us to go beyond their perceived character (the more narrative tone of the ballades, the more transcendental virtuosity of the scherzos) and underlines their similarities.

Dvořák: Spirit of Bohemia – Fine Arts Quartet

March 18, 2021

Antonín Dvořák’s music, imbued with the spirit of Bohemia, reflects a love of his native land. His String Sextet, written in the distinctive style which brought him international fame, was an immediate success at its premiere. Composed just eight years earlier, his String Quartet No. 4, unpublished until 1968, features pioneering, wild outer movements, highly unusual for the time, which ...

The British Project: Walton’s Troilus & Cressida

March 17, 2021

Troilus and Cressida contains some of William Walton’s most seductive music, as can be heard in the new album from Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – their second for The British Project on Deutsche Grammophon. The recording comprises the four-movement Symphonic Suite reworked and arranged from the original operatic score by Christopher Palmer. “I dream about conducting ...

Il Cannone: Francesca Dego plays Paganini’s Violin

March 16, 2021

Paganini’s violin, the legendary Il Cannone, made by Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù in 1743, is one of the most important instruments in the history of Western music. Paganini was the greatest virtuoso of his time, acclaimed throughout Europe and an inspiration to performers and composers alike. On his death, he bequeathed Il Cannone to his home city of Genoa, where ...

Lara Downes: Phenomenal Women

March 15, 2021

Inspired by her own mixed-race heritage and career-long engagement with diverse musical traditions, pianist Lara Downes creates and curates a new digital recording initiative, Rising Sun Music, that sheds a bright light on the music and stories of Black composers over the past 200 years. This collection celebrates Women’s History Month – the women who have gone first, have stood ...

Guerrero: Magnificat, Lamentations & Canciones – El León de Oro

March 14, 2021

El León de Oro is a vocal ensemble that began life in Spain with a small group of friends who were passionate about singing. Over the intervening years the group has established a solid international standing. On this recording, they perform music of Francisco Guerrero, who is still insufficiently well known by comparison to his great contemporary and compatriot Tomás ...

French Duets – Steven Osborne, Paul Lewis

March 13, 2021

Acclaimed British pianists Paul Lewis and Steven Osborne interpret gems from the French repertoire for piano duet. This bewitching album of music often associated with childhood includes favorites by Fauré, Ravel, and Debussy. Lewis and Osborne toured the program in the 2019/20 concert season. At the time Lewis noted, “Steven and I began playing duets about twenty years ago. It’s ...

Elgar: Violin Concerto, Violin Sonata – Renaud Capuçon

March 12, 2021

Elgar’s Violin Concerto – distinctively passionate and nostalgic – is one of the great late-Romantic concertos. “It is a huge piece,” says violinist Renaud Capuçon, “both in terms of its length and its romantic and noble nature.” This is Capuçon’s first recording with Sir Simon Rattle, here conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. Paired with the concerto on this album is ...

New York Polyphony: And the sun darkened

March 11, 2021

Resonating across more than five centuries, expressions of personal piety and prayer fill these works by a quartet of Franco-Flemish composers, all born in the 15th century, and two modern-day colleagues, Cyrillus Kreek and Andrew Smith. For those familiar with the vocal ensemble New York Polyphony, this exploration of the intersection of ancient and modern music is far from surprising. ...

Lucienne Renaudin Vary: Piazzolla Stories

March 10, 2021

Trumpet player Lucienne Renaudin Vary pays homage to the music of Astor Piazzolla with an eclectic program of different ensembles: trumpet solo, with orchestra, with string quartet, and duets. Piazzolla is credited with adding new scope and sophistication to the tango in the 1950s and creating the genre of “nuevo tango.” Vary’s album also features works by a variety of ...

Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà: Immersion

March 9, 2021

Angèle Dubeau and the musicians of La Pietà offer Immersion, the first of three albums to be released this year by the violinist and her ensemble. A lifelong music lover, tireless in her research, Dubeau has spent hundreds of hours listening to music since March 2020. She found for her new album fourteen works “on which I lingered intuitively because I ...

Hilary Hahn: Paris

March 8, 2021

Hilary Hahn’s new recording pays homage to the rich cultural heritage of a city that has been close to her heart throughout her career. Paris sees the American violinist resume her productive partnership with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and its Music Director, Mikko Franck. The three-time Grammy Award-winner’s album presents the world premiere of Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Deux Sérénades, commissioned by Franck. It also includes Ernest Chausson’s ...

Jupiter and Jasper String Quartets

March 7, 2021

The Jupiter and Jasper String Quartets have released a collaborative album on Marquis Classics. This new release features the world premiere recording of Dan Visconti’s Eternal Breath (2011); Felix Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat, Op. 20 (1825); and Osvaldo Golijov’s Last Round (1996). Eternal Breath was commissioned by family members of the Jasper and Jupiter Quartets and targets the album’s underlying theme of ...

The Crossing: The Tower and the Garden

March 6, 2021

The Crossing is a Grammy-winning professional chamber choir conducted by Donald Nally and dedicated to new music. It is committed to working with creative teams to make and record new substantial works that explore and expand ways of writing for choir. Their latest album features Gregory Spears’ The Tower and the Garden, Joel Puckett’s I enter the earth, and Toivo ...