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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Sean Shibe: Bach

May 21, 2020

One of the foremost guitarists of his generation, Sean Shibe brings a fresh and innovative approach to the traditional classical guitar by experimenting with instruments and repertoire. Born in Edinburgh in 1992 of English and Japanese heritage, Sean Shibe studied at the Royal Conservatory of Scotland and with Paolo Pegoraro in Italy. On his latest album, Shibe turns to the ...

British Violin Sonatas, Volume 3 – Tasmin Little, Piers Lane

May 20, 2020

Violinist Tasmin Little and pianist Piers Lane complete their three-album overview of British violin sonatas with works by York Bowen, John Ireland, William Alwyn, Eric Coates, and the world premiere recording of James Francis Brown’s The Hart’s Grace. Composed for the inaugural Hertfordshire Festival of Music, the work was premiered by Little in Hertford in June 2016.

Music of César Franck – Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Jean-Luc Tingaud

May 19, 2020

César Franck is perhaps best known for his organ works and late masterpieces such as the Violin Sonata. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra and conductor Jean-Luc Tingaud have recorded three of Franck’s lesser-known works. Le Chasseur maudit (The Accursed Hunter) tells the story of a count who dares to go hunting on a Sunday morning. Les Éolides and Psyché are ...

Dawn Chorus: Music Inspired by Our National Parks

May 18, 2020

The New Music Ensemble at Grand Valley State University (Allendale, Michigan) takes inspiration from National Parks in the United States on its recording Dawn Chorus. In an ongoing project, the ensemble, under Director Bill Ryan, has commissioned over twenty composers to explore and “respond” to these incredible American treasures. This album features eleven of these new works by composers including ...

Haydn and Hummel: Double Concertos for Violin and Piano

May 17, 2020

Violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv teams up once again with pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi and the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra, Theodore Kuchar conducting, for an album of double concertos by Haydn and Hummel. The modern view of the concerto is dominated by the great 19th and 20th-century staples that showcase a single soloist, but from the invention of the concerto in the late ...

Vivaldi Edition: Violin Concertos, “Il teatro”

May 16, 2020

The Naïve label has released the latest installment in its Vivaldi Edition devoted to newly rediscovered works housed at the National Library in Turin, Italy. The 63rd volume features French violinist Julien Chauvin and his ensemble Le Concert de la Loge. This set of six violin concertos highlights the close links between Vivaldi’s instrumental and operatic works – two genres ...

Notre-Dame: Cathédrale d’émotions – Maîtrise Notre-Dame de Paris

May 15, 2020

The world is looking forward to seeing Paris’s Notre-Dame restored to its familiar glory. In the meantime, the musical joys of the great cathedral can be experienced with the singers of its choir school, Maîtrise Notre-Dame de Paris. Backed by more than 800 years of choral tradition, the Maîtrise offers training and performance opportunities to talented children, teenagers, and adults. ...

Music of Richard Strauss – Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Lan Shui

May 14, 2020

Richard Strauss understood like few others how to use the rich palette of instrumental colors to portray larger-than-life passions and emotions. He did so in a series of pioneering symphonic poems. In his very first tone poem, he composed a portrayal of Macbeth. It is with this rarely played work that Lan Shui and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra open their ...

Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos – Stephen Hough

May 13, 2020

Hearing Stephen Hough over the course of one of music’s most exhilarating odysseys is not an opportunity to be missed, especially when that odyssey encompasses the five piano concertos of Beethoven. Recorded following a cycle of live performances in Helsinki with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Hannu Lintu, this magnificent set is sure to be recognized as one ...

Tchaikovsky: All-Night Vigil & Sacred Choral Works – Latvian Radio Choir

May 12, 2020

This album presents a sequel to the award-winning album of Tchaikovsky’s sacred choral works by the Latvian Radio Choir and conductor Sigvards Klava. These two albums together form the composer’s complete sacred works for choir. The All-Night Vigil, Op. 52, for mixed choir, also known as the Vesper Service, was written between May 1881 and March 1882. Tchaikovsky described the ...

Daniel Hope: Belle Époque

May 11, 2020

The Belle Époque, the period between the end of the Franco-Prussian War in 1871 and the outbreak of World War One in 1914, was a time of apparent peace and prosperity but with a darker reality of social and economic deprivation lying not far beneath its gilded surface. This era of creativity and contradiction has long fascinated Daniel Hope: “I ...

Gloriæ Dei Cantores: Music of Arvo Pärt

May 10, 2020

Modest about his achievements yet authentically convinced about the role of his music in today’s world, Arvo Pärt is today’s most performed “classical” composer. For the past forty years, Pärt’s compositions have shown and spoken the influence of multiple layers and global influences – the music of the Orthodox Church, bells, Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, a compositional technique he developed ...

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 – Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mariss Jansons

May 8, 2020

Anton Bruckner himself gave his Fourth Symphony its popular title “Romantic.” After extensive revisions, the work was premiered in 1881 in Vienna. The performance was a great triumph and marked a decisive change in the reception of Bruckner’s music. It remains one of his most-performed works to this day. BR Klassik has released this concert recording of the “Romantic” from ...

Nash Ensemble: Clara Schumann & Fanny Mendelssohn

May 7, 2020

This recording from the Nash Ensemble celebrates the talents and importance of the ‘other’ Mendelssohn and Schumann. These oft-neglected composers emerge from the shadows of their illustrious family names in a blaze of triumphant chamber music. “The Nash Ensemble is still the best champion that any composer could hope to have.” – The Times, London

Howells: Missa Sabrinensis – Bach Choir, BBC Concert Orchestra, David Hill

May 6, 2020

The English composer Herbert Howells is chiefly celebrated for his liturgical choral music within the Anglican cathedral tradition, but that represents a fraction of his overall output. His large-scale masterpieces for chorus, soloists, and orchestra, including the Missa Sabrinensis, take that style and elevate it to a new level. It was the Bach Choir (under Sir David Willcocks) that played ...

Cantilena: Tabea Zimmermann, Javier Perianes

May 5, 2020

Cantilena brings together two virtuoso soloists, violist Tabea Zimmerman and pianist Javier Perianes, for an exploration of repertoire from Spain to South America featuring works by the greatest composers those regions have produced. Spanish folk songs arranged by Falla are paired here with compositions by Casals, Granados, Montsalvatge, Piazzolla, and Villa-Lobos.

Key of A: Beethoven & Franck Violin Sonatas – Lara St. John, Matt Herskowitz

May 4, 2020

The new album from violinist Lara St. John and pianist Matt Herskowitz pairs two works in the key of A major: Beethoven’s Sonata No. 9, Kreutzer, and César Franck’s Sonata. Beethoven’s work was written during a period of tumultuous success and the tragedy of his impending deafness. Franck’s sonata, considered one of the greatest from the French Romantic period, is ...

Bach: English Suites – Andrew Rangell

May 3, 2020

Pianist Andrew Rangell continues his acclaimed series of recordings of Bach’s music with a new complete set of the six English Suites. Bach did not give these suites the designation of “English,” which is evident by the fusion of French, Italian, and German compositional elements throughout. The different styles featured in the English Suites are held together by a feeling ...

Mozart: Gran Partita – Toronto Chamber Winds

May 2, 2020

Mozart’s Serenade No. 10 in B-flat, K. 361, known as the Gran Partita, is a masterpiece in every respect. One of his longest instrumental works, it is written for 12 wind instruments and double bass. This reissued 1982 recording by the Toronto Chamber Winds is one of the few that adheres to the original Mozart manuscript. The ensemble includes members ...

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2, Handel Variations – Lars Vogt

May 1, 2020

The second album in Lars Vogt’s Brahms series with the Royal Northern Sinfonia includes the Second Piano Concerto, with Vogt directing from the keyboard. The concerto is combined with a solo piano work, Handel Variations, Op. 24, which was dedicated to Clara Schumann. This set of 25 variations and a fugue shows Brahms as a great successor to the tradition ...