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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Tchaikovsky Plus One, Volume 3 – Barry Douglas

July 29, 2021

For the third volume of his musical tribute to Russia, Barry Douglas has selected a range of love songs and dances by Tchaikovsky that span much of his composing life. From the early Romance, Op. 5 through to the two pieces from Op. 72, his last works for the piano, there is a uniform singing quality, each piece redolent with ...

Nicola Benedetti: Baroque

July 28, 2021

Grammy award-winning violinist Nicola Benedetti’s new Baroque album is the first recording in which she plays on period set-up, including gut strings. Benedetti is joined by a leading group of freelance baroque musicians, forming the Benedetti Baroque Orchestra for the very first time. The album features a selection of concertos by Vivaldi plus Geminiani’s incredible arrangement of Corelli’s La Folia. Benedetti says, “This ...

Music of Vítězslava Kaprálová

July 27, 2021

Despite her tragically early death at the age of 25, Vítězslava Kaprálová left a portfolio of more than 50 works of the highest craftsmanship and inspiration. This selection of her orchestral music, recorded at the Kaprálová Festival in Michigan, includes the work that won her international esteem in 1938, the Military Sinfonietta. Abounding in youthful energy and brilliant colors, the ...

Haydn Symphonies, Vol. 10: The Times of Day – Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini

July 26, 2021

The Haydn 2032 edition celebrates the release of the tenth volume in the complete recording of Haydn’s symphonies. Entitled “The Times of Day,” the program is devoted to Symphonies Nos. 6, 7, and 8, whose individual names translate as Morning, Noon, and Evening. Prince Paul Anton Esterházy, who commissioned the works, is said to have wanted to show his guests ...

Lara Downes & Friends: New Day Begun

July 23, 2021

Rising Sun Music, pianist Lara Downes’ transformative series of monthly digital EPs featuring music by Black composers spanning nearly 200 years, releases the series’ first album-length recording, New Day Begun. With music by fifteen composers performed by Downes and special guests including violinist Regina Carter, bass-baritone Davóne Tines, and PUBLIQuartet, the album brings together newly recorded music with selections from ...

Emmanuel Pahud: Mozart & Flute in Paris

July 22, 2021

This double album brings together nine captivating works, all with their origins in Paris, which feature a solo flute. Emmanuel Pahud is joined by his colleagues from Les Vents Français – oboist François Leleux (here also conducting the Paris Chamber Orchestra), clarinetist Paul Meyer, bassoonist Gilbert Audin, and horn-player Radovan Vlatković – and by Belgian harpist Anneleen Lenaerts. “The pieces ...

Beethoven: Hammerklavier Sonata, Eroica Variations – Pierre-Laurent Aimard

July 21, 2021

Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard returns to the Pentatone label with a recording of Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata and Eroica Variations. The sonata is one of the pinnacles of Beethoven’s creative output, and arguably one of the highest mountains to climb for any pianist. To Aimard, it poses one of the most frightening tests of a performer’s life, but one that is as ...

Arthur Sullivan: Incidental Music – RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Andrew Penny

July 20, 2021

Sir Arthur Sullivan achieved worldwide fame as the composer who joined librettist W.S. Gilbert to create the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. However, his success with these “Savoy Operas” has overshadowed his other works, including a considerable amount of music for the theater that was wildly successful in its day. Sullivan’s suites of incidental music for Shakespeare are among his most ...

Robert Kyr: In Praise of Music – Antioch Chamber Ensemble, Joshua Copeland

July 19, 2021

Robert Kyr is one of the most prolific composers of his time, having written twelve symphonies, three chamber symphonies, concertos, and more than 100 works for vocal ensembles of all types. His choral music is distinguished by a warmly compelling lyricism, as well as by a contrapuntal mastery that arises from his love of early music, especially the work of ...

Sibelius: Orchestral Works – Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Edward Gardner

July 16, 2021

Following their acclaimed recordings of Schoenberg and Britten’s Peter Grimes, Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic turn their attention to the music of Sibelius. Written in 1913 for the singer Aino Ackté, the tone poem Luonnotar draws on text from the Finnish national epic poem, the Kalevala. Its virtuosic demands are ably met here by award-wining soprano Lise Davidsen, who ...

William Byrd & John Bull: The Visionaries of Piano Music – Kit Armstrong

July 15, 2021

Pianist and composer Kit Armstrong steps back in time to revive the spirit of the early English composers William Byrd and John Bull in his Deutsche Grammophon debut recording. In the notes that accompany the double album, Armstrong discusses the composers’ immeasurable contribution to keyboard music, their contrasting means of expression, and his own approach to performing sixteenth-century repertoire on ...

Joachim: Two Fantasies Rediscovered – Katharina Uhde

July 14, 2021

During World War II, valuable scores and books from various Berlin libraries were taken to Eastern Europe, including a pair of fantasies on Irish and Hungarian themes by the violinist and composer Joseph Joachim. These pieces remained unknown until 2016, when violinist Katharina Uhde rediscovered them. She performed the modern premiere in Baden-Baden, and this new recording with the Polish ...

Bryars: A Native Hill – The Crossing

July 13, 2021

Navona Records presents A Native Hill from Philadelphia’s professional chamber choir, The Crossing. This monumental unaccompanied work is the result of a collaboration with composer Gavin Bryars, whose previous music for The Crossing won them their first of two recent Grammy awards. With intimate knowledge of the individual voices and art of each singer, Bryars composed the work to capitalize ...

Isata Kanneh-Mason: Summertime

July 12, 2021

Following her debut album Romance, a portrait of Clara Schumann, British pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason presents her vibrant second album Summertime. She says, “Summertime features a rich array of pieces from many of my favorite American classical composers. The Barber Piano Sonata forms the anchor around which the rest of the album was developed; I fell in love with the piece the first ...

David Russell: Cantigas de Santiago

July 9, 2021

Grammy-winning guitarist David Russell releases his latest album of contemporary works written just for him. Russell is renowned for his superb musicianship and inspired artistry, having earned the highest praise from audiences and critics alike. The recording opens with Cantigas de Santiago by Stephen Goss, who was inspired by the medieval pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Russell ...

Chopin: Complete Nocturnes – Alain Planès

July 8, 2021

His Debussy and Chopin recordings already offer ample evidence that Alain Planès is highly adept at selecting a period instrument best suited for the repertoire. For this complete recording of the Chopin Nocturnes, he has chosen a superb 1836 Pleyel – dating from the same decade during which many of these masterpieces saw the light of day. With this instrument’s ...

Stravinsky: Ballets Russes – Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth

July 7, 2021

Paris, early twentieth century: in the space of three ballets, a previously unknown Russian composer revolutionized the music of his time. With The Firebird and Petrushka, respectively fairytale and folktale, and of course The Rite of Spring, with its insanely innovative harmonies and rhythms, Igor Stravinsky took the orchestra to unheard-of places. Among the first musicians to perform these works ...

Angela Hewitt: Love Songs

July 6, 2021

Angela Hewitt’s recording Love Songs features some of the best-known musical declarations of love across the centuries, heard in transcriptions by some of the great pianists (including Hewitt herself). She sums up the album by saying, “It means a lot to me to present you with this recording, especially as it was made during a time of great isolation for ...

Concentus Musicus Vienna: Haydn & Schubert Symphonies

July 5, 2021

Concentus Musicus Vienna continues its exploration of works of the Classical and Romantic periods as envisioned by the ensemble’s late founder Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Stefan Gottfried conducts Schubert’s Symphony No. 5, written in 1816 at the age of 19, and the seventh of Haydn’s 12 London symphonies, No. 99, written in 1793. Recorded live at the famous Musikverein in Vienna, this ...

Brahms: Piano Sonatas, Rhapsodies – Garrick Ohlsson

July 2, 2021

Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of masterful interpretative and technical prowess. Although he has long been regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Frédéric Chopin, Ohlsson commands an enormous repertoire. The two sonatas recorded on this album are the ...