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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Conspirare: The Singing Guitar

October 11, 2020

The Conspirare chamber choir, known for its interpretive depth and otherworldly sonic lushness, offers another of its captivating programs—this time joined by three superb guitar quartets—in a program remarkably relevant for our time. Conspirare’s debut album on Delos, The Hope of Loving, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance in 2020. Here, the combination of guitar quartet ...

Beethoven: Variations – Angela Hewitt

October 10, 2020

One of the world’s leading pianists, Angela Hewitt appears in recital and as soloist with major orchestras throughout Europe, the Americas, Australia, and Asia. Her interpretations of the music of J.S. Bach have established her as one of the composer’s foremost interpreters of our time. For Hyperion, she has been recording the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven and adds to ...

Thibaut Garcia: Aranjuez

October 9, 2020

In combining Joaquìn Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with a work by an adoptive Frenchman, Alexandre Tansman, guitarist Thibaut Garcia is making something of a personal statement: he is French, but his heritage is Spanish. “This album pretty much sums me up,” he says, “and I think it is vital if you want to make the best possible case for a ...

Corelli’s Band: Violin Sonatas

October 8, 2020

18th-century Italian violinists trained in the tradition of Arcangelo Corelli, spreading his elegant, expressive, and virtuosic style on their travels throughout Europe. Giovanni Mossi’s sonatas retain Corelli’s dramatic contrasts and structure, while Giovanni Stefano Carbonelli also incorporates features found in music by Vivaldi. Both composers’ works combine formal elegance with wild abandon, lyrical charm, and virtuosity alongside plenty of room ...

Schubert: Works for Solo Piano, Volume 5 – Barry Douglas

October 7, 2020

For his fifth volume of Schubert’s piano works, Barry Douglas turns to a contrasting pair of sonatas composed in the 1820s. The A minor, from 1823, was composed while Schubert suffered an episode of depression following the onset of (and harsh treatment for) syphilis. The D major sonata, however, was written in 1825 on a holiday to Gastein in the ...

Handel: Choruses – The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

October 6, 2020

Is there another composer who can match Handel’s genius for writing choruses? He is quite simply the master of chorus, and on this compilation, taken from The Sixteen’s award-winning Handel back-catalogue, there is much rejoicing. Revel in some of Handel’s finest writing, from the universally loved Hallelujah chorus to the exuberance of I will sing unto the Lord from Israel ...

Eric Coates: Orchestral Works, Volume 2

October 5, 2020

For the second volume of the orchestral music of Eric Coates, John Wilson and the BBC Philharmonic have built a program around three contrasting works. The Summer Days Suite was premiered in October 1919 and became an immediate hit, receiving rave reviews and many more performances. The Selfish Giant, from 1925, based on Oscar Wilde’s story, was the first in ...

Mäntyjärvi: Choral Music – Trinity College Choir Cambridge, Stephen Layton

October 4, 2020

The stylistic pluralism which informs so much contemporary choral writing pays rich dividends in the work of Finnish composer Jaakko Mäntyjärvi. This thrilling program is filled with exciting and accessible music. The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge comprises around thirty Choral Scholars and two Organ Scholars, all of whom are students at the University. The College’s choral tradition dates back ...

Mozart: Piano Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 – Dejan Lazić

October 3, 2020

Pianist Dejan Lazić is joined by four friends (Benjamin Schmid, Zen Hu, Johannes Erkes, and Enrico Bronzifor) for his first recording of chamber music in a long career. Mozart’s two piano quartets are paired with Lazić’s own arrangement of the Rondo Concertante, K. 333. The result is the joyful, intimate music-making that can be achieved by musicians who have a ...

Beethoven: Violin Concerto – Daniel Lozakovich

October 2, 2020

“Immensely gifted emerging artist” (The New York Times) Daniel Lozakovich has been dreaming about recording the Beethoven Violin Concerto since he was eight. He first performed it on stage when he was 13, and at 15 was invited by Valery Gergiev to perform the concerto with him in Moscow. A few short years later, he has reunited with his mentor Gergiev to record ...

The King’s Singers: The Library, Volume 2

October 1, 2020

This is the second volume in the series “The Library” from the King’s Singers. The idea behind this series is to explore both the history, and the new horizons, of the ensemble’s close-harmony repertoire. Close-harmony is the part of their work for which they are best known, and their library of thousands of arrangements is one they’re determined to explore, ...

Jess Gillam: Time

September 30, 2020

Jess Gillam is the trailblazing young artist forging a new path in classical music and carving out a new repertoire landscape for her instrument – the saxophone. Curated by Gillam herself, Time features music rooted in minimalism, with a track sequence shaped to mirror the flow of energy in a 24-hour cycle. The album is centered around Michael Nyman’s virtuosic Where the ...

John Rutter: Anthems, Hymns and Gloria for Brass Band

September 29, 2020

John Rutter, Britain’s most successful contemporary choral composer, has written most of his sacred music to commission and for use in church services. His music shows influences of the French and English choral traditions of the early 20th century, as well as influences from light music and American classic songwriting. Almost every choral anthem and hymn has an orchestral accompaniment ...

Simone Dinnerstein: A Character of Quiet (Music of Schubert and Glass)

September 28, 2020

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein plays the music of Franz Schubert and Philip Glass on the album A Character of Quiet. She recorded it over the course of two evenings at her home in Brooklyn in June 2020, during the quiet of the New York City lockdown, with her longtime producer and friend Adam Abeshouse. The album includes three Etudes by Glass paired ...

Bach: Goldberg Variations – Parker Ramsay

September 27, 2020

Recorded in the unique acoustics of the King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England, this version of the Goldberg Variations was created by harpist Parker Ramsay in part to make a statement about the harp: “I wanted to show the world that the harp is an instrument of beauty, sincerity, and transcendence, standing alongside the keyboards and string instruments as a ...

Music We Love – Viktoria Mullova, Misha Mullov-Abbado

September 26, 2020

Violinist Viktoria Mullova and her son, bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado, present an album of some of their favorite music – a very personal and affectionate collection of music ranging from traditional Brazilian folk songs to Bach, via Antonio Carlos Jobim and Schumann. Mullov-Abbado says, “The album contains a broad selection of music from many different cultures that we’ve arranged for violin ...

Schubert: Octet – Modigliani Quartet & Friends

September 25, 2020

Schubert’s Octet for strings and winds bears witness to a new creative force during a dark chapter of the composer’s life, when he was haunted by illness. Powerfully imaginative, interweaving joy and apprehension, the work pays homage to Beethoven’s septet while revealing a poetic and lyrical language in which the dawn of Romanticism emerges. For this recording, the Modigliani Quartet ...

Bach: Soli Deo Gloria – Andrew Balio, Bruce Bengtson

September 24, 2020

Virtuoso trumpeter Andrew Balio’s superlative transcriptions of music by J.S. Bach delight the listener with both new and familiar sounds. Bach affirmed that “the aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” At the end of his compositions he wrote Soli Deo Gloria, “To God alone, ...

Joan Manén: Violin Concerto No. 3, Symphony No. 2

September 23, 2020

Joan Manén was an admired and prolific Catalan composer who wrote in all genres, from opera to transcriptions. He was also one of the leading violinists of his day and made the first recording of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Manén’s Violin Concerto No. 3, Ibérico, is a brilliantly written and unashamedly Romantic work that exudes Iberian vitality. Cast on a huge ...

Seiji Ozawa Conducts Beethoven

September 22, 2020

Renowned conductor Seiji Ozawa has released a new Beethoven recording marking his 85th birthday on September 1, 2020. He leads the Saito Kinen Orchestra in performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and Leonore Overture No. 3, recorded live in 2016/17. Ozawa formed the orchestra with Kazuyoshi Akiyama in 1984 to commemorate their late mentor, Hideo Saito. The orchestra’s successful concerts ...