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.
 

Music of Jonathan Leshnoff – Nashville Symphony, Giancarlo Guerrero

June 6, 2019

Distinguished by The New York Times as “a leader of contemporary American lyricism,” composer Jonathan Leshnoff is renowned for his music’s striking harmonies, structural complexity, and powerful themes. Leshnoff’s Symphony No. 4 is a powerful new work written for the Violins of Hope, a collection of restored instruments that survived the Holocaust. The composer draws inspiration from an ancient Jewish mystical ...

Music of Bruckner & Wagner – Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

June 5, 2019

Andris Nelsons’ revelatory readings of Bruckner’s symphonies are permeated by his understanding of the many contradictions within the composer’s character – not least the opposition between an essential awareness of his own talent and the insecurity that compelled him to rework his scores again and again. The latest title in the Latvian conductor’s ongoing cycle for Deutsche Grammophon, performed with ...

Konstantin Scherbakov: 24 Transcendental Etudes

June 4, 2019

For his latest album, pianist Konstantin Scherbakov pairs Franz Liszt’s Transcendental Études – an ambitious, difficult group of pieces composed with the goal of moving around the circle of fifths twice – with twelve études by Sergei Lyapunov. Scherbakov says, “The Études by Lyapunov were designed as a continuation and completion of the cycle that Liszt himself planned to write ...

Chicago Gargoyle Brass & Organ Ensemble: Nights Bright Days

June 3, 2019

The Chicago Gargoyle Brass was founded in 1992 by its Artistic Director, H. Rodney Holmes, as a chamber group of faculty and students at the University of Chicago, whose campus architecture boasts a charming variety of the ensemble’s namesake. Over the years, the group transformed itself into a specialized brass and organ concert ensemble, performing a wide variety of repertoire. ...

Brahms: Violin Concerto & Double Concerto

June 2, 2019

Brahms wrote his Violin Concerto for Joseph Joachim, and in it he combined what a contemporary critic termed ‘the great and serious’ with songful lyricism, melodic beauty, and a fiery Hungarian finale. To mend a breach with the violinist, Brahms later composed a concerto with the unusual combination of violin and cello, the latter played at the premiere by Joachim’s ...

Binchois Consort: Music for Saint Katherine

June 1, 2019

The Binchois Consort, an award-winning vocal ensemble, is directed by leading academic and Director of the Centre for Early Music Performance and Research, Professor Andrew Kirkman. In this program, the consort presents music for Saint Katherine including works by Walter Frye and John Dunstaple, as well the Scottish polyphonic Mass from the Carver Choirbook, one of very few surviving pre-Reformation ...

Tchaikovsky: Complete Works for Solo Piano – Valentina Lisitsa

May 30, 2019

Pianist Valentina Lisitsa has fulfilled a daunting challenge – recording Tchaikovsky’s complete music for solo piano. The 10-disc box set features over 11 hours of music, including world-premiere rarities, making it the most complete collection of Tchaikovsky’s solo piano works. It contains previously unreleased pieces curated in association with the Tchaikovsky Research Center in Tübingen, Germany. Treasures include his earliest-surviving ...

Anthony & Demarre McGill: Winged Creatures

May 29, 2019

Anthony McGill, the New York Philharmonic’s principal clarinetist, and brother Demarre McGill, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra’s principle flutist, return to a beloved training ground, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, for an album of works for flute, clarinet, and orchestra. It features world-premiere recordings of specially commissioned duo concertos. The album’s title track, celebrated African-American composer Michael Abel’s Winged Creatures, was ...

Steven Osborne: Beethoven Piano Sonatas

May 28, 2019

Steven Osborne is one of Britain’s most treasured musicians whose insightful and idiomatic interpretations of diverse repertoire show an immense musical depth. Osborne has been performing Beethoven live in concert for many years, always to great acclaim. Now, he is committing these extraordinary performances to disc. His latest is devoted to Beethoven’s three final sonatas, one of music’s great spiritual ...

Jan Kraybill: The Orchestral Organ

May 26, 2019

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, organists of exceptional artistic skill developed organ transcriptions of orchestral music into a true art form. Each of the works on this disc is spectacular in its original form. To create The Orchestral Organ, Jan Kraybill has chosen works of many different composers, adapted into organ transcriptions of the highest artistic order. Within ...

Thomas Hooten Play John Williams

May 25, 2019

Thomas Hooten, Principal Trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, had a dream. He wanted to record John Williams’ Trumpet Concerto with the composer conducting. This album is the realization of that dream. Hooten grew up with the music of Williams. He remembers going to the movies at the age of 17 to see Jurassic Park, with its thrilling brass fanfare, ...

Music of Elgar – Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

May 24, 2019

The third Elgar album from Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra brings together three masterpieces: In the South, a vibrant and colorful depiction of the Southern Italian coast, the Serenade for Strings, and the Variations on an Original Theme, better known as the Enigma Variations.

Essence: Lisa Friend Plays Fauré & Debussy

May 23, 2019

Internationally renowned flutist Lisa Friend joins with acclaimed pianist Rohan De Silva to explore an exquisite variety of French works on “Essence.” From a young age, Friend was exposed to a plethora of music, including the vast world of the string repertoire. Her father, violinist Rodney Friend (former concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic) introduced her to the Fauré Violin ...

Rupert Boyd: The Guitar

May 22, 2019

New York-based Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd has been described by The Washington Post as “truly evocative,” by Gramophone as a “fine guitarist,” and by Classical Guitar Magazine as “a player who deserves to be heard.” In his third solo album, Boyd pays tribute to the guitar in a program of works by Bach, Sor, Jobim, Lennon, Piazzolla, and two ...

Trio Wanderer – Music of Rachmaninoff, Grieg and Suk

May 21, 2019

Rachmaninoff’s output of chamber music was small, but all the more precious for that reason. Piano Trios Nos. 1 and 2 are absolute gems that bear witness to this conclusion. Although the products of a young composer still indisputably under the influence of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff’s personality is already fully present – reaching soaring heights of emotion and expressiveness. The album ...

Mr. Handel’s Dinner – Maurice Steger, La Cetra Baroque Orchestra

May 20, 2019

London in the 1730s. Musical life was flourishing around the figure of George Frideric Handel. At the height of his fame, he surrounded himself with the finest London musicians and was joined by many foreign composers. Swiss recorder virtuoso Maurice Steger and La Cetra Baroque Orchestra recreate the sorts of musical interludes that occupied the long breaks between the acts ...

Troy Sonata: Fazil Say Plays Say

May 19, 2019

Pianist and composer Fazil Say presents a collection of his own compositions. Say frequently draws inspiration from the music, history, and culture of his native Turkey. The major work on his album, “Troy Sonata,” evokes an ancient city that lay near the Dardanelles, the strait that connects the Aegean Sea and the Sea of Marmara. Say’s recording of the “Troy ...

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra: Music of Mendelssohn

May 17, 2019

Mendelssohn’s first symphonic work scored for full orchestra, the Symphony in C minor, Op. 11, paved the way for even greater examples of the genre he was soon to produce. The concert overture The Fair Melusina and the sparkling Piano Concerto No. 2 rely on the type of orchestration and harmonic language that are best served when played on period ...

Spring Forward: Music for Clarinet and String Quartet

May 16, 2019

Clarinetist David Shifrin, joined by three different string quartets, performs in world premieres commissioned by Chamber Music Northwest, which chose three of the finest living American composers. Spring Forward, the title work by Peter Schickele, is a suite representing a culmination of sorts “after a lifetime of entering sketches for such a piece into my notebooks,” Schickele writes in the ...

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Triple Concerto – London Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

May 15, 2019

LSO Live celebrates the 90th birthday of one of the conducting world’s greats – Bernard Haitink. Few artists have a deeper understanding of the music of Beethoven than the celebrated Dutch conductor, who is known for his mastery of the great symphonic repertoire. This album focuses on Haitink’s interpretations of Beethoven’s concerto writing, coupling a new recording of the Piano ...