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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Mozart Serenades – Cologne Academy

February 27, 2020

The Cologne Academy and Michael Alexander Willens are undertaking a survey of Mozart’s serenades and other incidental works. Here, the orchestra takes on one of the most famous of the serenades, the Haffner, named after Sigmund Haffner, who commissioned it for the festivities surrounding his sister’s wedding in 1776. A notable feature of Mozart’s serenades is the incorporation of virtuosic ...

Chopin: Piano Concertos – Benjamin Grosvenor

February 26, 2020

British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor presents a new recording of two favorites: Chopin’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 with conductor Elim Chan and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. These works have been an active part of Grosvenor’s repertoire since his early teens: “Chopin was the first composer to whom I felt a strong connection as a child. I have always ...

Brahms: String Sextets – WDR Chamber Players

February 25, 2020

After their acclaimed Brahms String Quintets recording, the WDR Chamber Players now present the composer’s string sextets. Brahms wrote his two sextets at the beginning of his career, partly as a way to evade the “Ghost of Beethoven” haunting the string quartet, but also as the ideal genre to realize a typically Brahmsian sound: full, “orchestral,” and rich in harmonies. ...

Piano Trios by Henry Charles Litolff – Leonore Piano Trio

February 24, 2020

If the name of Henry Charles Litolff is familiar today only through the scherzo of his Concerto symphonique No. 4, the absurdity of that ‘one-hit composer’ tag is clearly demonstrated by this release. These are among the finest examples of the piano trio genre still inexplicably absent from the standard repertoire. The Leonore Piano Trio gives thrilling performances of these ...

A Bouquet of Bach – Andrew Rangell

February 23, 2020

Long recognized as among our most eloquent and insightful interpreters of the major keyboard works of Bach and Beethoven, pianist Andrew Rangell has drawn acclaim for a variety of recordings. Steinway & Sons has released A Bouquet of Bach, Rangell’s album comprised of works that span the career of Johann Sebastian Bach. The collection includes the complete Inventions and Sinfonias, 30 ...

2020 New Year’s Concert in Vienna

February 21, 2020

There are few concerts in the world that are awaited with as much excitement as the annual New Year’s Concert from Vienna. Directed by Andris Nelsons, the Vienna Philharmonic ushered in 2020 with music from the Strauss family and more in the magnificent Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein. In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, ...

Escales: French Orchestral Works

February 20, 2020

John Wilson and the Sinfonia of London explore the unique sound world of French orchestral music of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The program juxtaposes well-known favorites, such as Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune and Massenet’s ‘Méditation’ from Thaïs, with pieces far more rarely heard, for example Duruflé’s Trois Danses and Saint-Saëns’s Le Rouet d’Omphale.

The Long 17th Century – Daniel-Ben Pienaar

February 18, 2020

The ever-inquisitive pianist Daniel-Ben Pienaar presents “The Long 17th Century: A Cornucopia of Early Keyboard Music.” The title refers to the period from the late 1500s to the early 1700s, an era noted for forward-thinking individuality and invention in all areas of life. This two-and-a-half hour recital surveys a pan-European variety of styles, genres, and techniques, and comprises 36 works, ...

Bach: Harpsichord Works – Jory Vinikour

February 17, 2020

Presenting four masterworks by Johann Sebastian Bach, Jory Vinikour performs on a harpsichord modeled after German instruments of the time. Speaking with richness and clarity, the harpsichord was built by Tom and Barbara Wolf. The Italian Concerto and the French Overture, both published by Bach in the second volume of his Clavierübung, are paired with two other great works – the Chromatic Fantasy and ...

Emanuele Segre: Italian Guitar Concertos

February 16, 2020

Spain may be the ancestral home of the guitar, but Italy has produced wonderful guitarists and guitar music—witness Italian virtuoso Emanuele Segre and his new release on Delos, Italian Guitar Concertos. Segre brings his “rhythmic buoyancy,” “delicate touch,” and “persuasive playing” to a delightful program ranging from Vivaldi and Giuliani concertos to new creations.

Jean-Guihen Queyras & Alexandre Tharaud: Complices

February 15, 2020

Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexandre Tharaud are reunited here for an album conceived as a collection of short stories, presenting both celebrated and little-known masterpieces of the repertory. If the art of transcription is the hallmark of great performers, these friends and frequent recital partners are true masters. Throughout this lyrical yet virtuosic program, music lovers will meet one surprise after ...

The King’s Singers: Finding Harmony

February 14, 2020

The King’s Singers see their new album Finding Harmony as part of a new campaign to harness the positive power of music to bring people together and effect social change. The recording explores the development of Western harmony over the last 800 years, celebrating music that has united different people all over the world, particularly in the face of oppression.

Louise Farrenc: Etudes & Variations for Solo Piano – Joanne Polk

February 13, 2020

Pianist Joanne Polk highlights the works of the prolific composer Louise Farrenc, one of a handful of 19th-century women who enjoyed success during their lifetime. Farrenc rose to prominence in the male-dominated world of music by virtue of her talent and her family’s encouragement and support. Farrenc became the first female professor of piano at the Paris Conservatory. Throughout her ...

Ravel & Stravinsky – Chloé Kiffer, Alexandre Moutouzkine

February 12, 2020

French violinist Chloé Kiffer and Russian-American pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine bring compositions by Maurice Ravel and Igor Stravinsky to dazzling life in a collaboration rich in rarely explored musical and personal connections. Featured on the album are solo piano arrangements of Stravinsky’s Firebird and Petrouchka ballets. Kiffer and Moutouzkine also perform Ravel’s Violin Sonata No. 2 in G major, which was ...

C.P.E. Bach: Oboe Concertos & Symphonies – Berlin Academy of Ancient Music

February 11, 2020

The Berlin public of the mid-18th century was fascinated by the “original genius” of C. P. E. Bach, and never tired of listening to his concertos. These works call for a talented soloist capable of mastering the multiple facets of an original and finely worked musical texture: a challenge taken up with panache (and on a period instrument) by the ...

Forgotten Treasures – Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta

February 10, 2020

Grammy-winning conductor JoAnn Falletta’s recording Forgotten Treasures with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra honors her 20th anniversary as Music Director of the BPO and her gift for bringing forgotten musical treasures to light. The album features five of Falletta’s favorite little-known gems of the past, featuring music of Leo Weiner, Franz Schmidt, Ildebrando Pizzetti, Giuseppe Martucci, and Nikolai Tcherepnin.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason: Elgar

February 9, 2020

Award-winning young cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason presents a new recording anchored around Elgar’s Cello Concerto – arguably the best-known work in the classical canon for the cello, which saw the 100th anniversary of its first performance in 2019. Recorded at the famous Abbey Road Studios, the album features the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by one of Kanneh-Mason’s lifelong heroes, Sir Simon ...

Alexandre Tharaud: Versailles

February 8, 2020

Alexandre Tharaud pays tribute to composers associated with the courts of the French kings Louis XIV, XV, and XVI.  Lully, Rameau, Charpentier, and François Couperin stand beside lesser-known masters: d’Anglebert, Forqueray, Royer, Duphly, and Balbastre. “I’ve always been attracted by French music of this period,” says Tharaud, adding that when he plays the album’s initial Rameau prelude, “it’s like being ...

Brabant Ensemble: Music of Hellinck & Lupi

February 6, 2020

The Brabant Ensemble is one of the most highly regarded professional vocal groups specializing in Renaissance polyphony, with a substantial discography including many premiere recordings. It takes its name from the Duchy of Brabant, an area now forming parts of northern Belgium and the southern Netherlands, from which the core of its repertory is drawn. Mining the rich musical seam ...

Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 5 – Kristian Bezuidenhout

February 5, 2020

Beethoven’s five piano concertos relate, in a sense, part of the composer’s life: some 20 years during which a young musician from Bonn made several revised versions of the first concerto he wrote (that ended up being called No. 2) before becoming the familiar ‘Emperor’ of music embodied by the brilliant inspiration of No. 5. It is with these two ...