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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Dall’Abaco: Cello Sonatas – Elinor Frey

August 13, 2020

Cellist Elinor Frey, along with harpsichordist Federica Bianchi, lutenist Giangiacomo Pinard, and cellist Mauro Valli, present the first recording of cello sonatas by Giuseppe Clemente Dall’Abaco (1710-1805). These sonatas are full of singing melodies with the lightness of folk songs, passage work that demands brilliance and facility, and extraordinary slow movements that bring out the natural beauty of the cello’s ...

Beethoven: Violin Sonatas, Vol. 3 – James Ehnes, Andrew Armstrong

August 12, 2020

This is the third release in the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas from violinist James Ehnes and pianist Andrew Armstrong. The earlier albums received outstanding reviews. Gramophone said, “With some discs, you can just tell that everything’s going to go like a dream.” On the new album, the popular Spring Sonata is framed by the strange, beguiling Fourth and the good-natured ...

Music for a Viennese Salon – Night Music

August 11, 2020

The Philadelphia-based period-instrument ensemble Night Music re-creates an afternoon of music making in 1801 at the Palais Arnstein in Vienna. The program includes a flamboyant Quintet for flute and strings by Joseph Kraus, a duo by Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf for the unusual combination of viola and double bass, and a chamber arrangement – by the impresario Johann Peter Salomon ...

Ray Chen: Solace

August 10, 2020

Award-winning violinist Ray Chen has a released a new album entitled Solace, sharing movements from J. S. Bach’s Six Sonatas and Partitas. The events of 2020 which brought the world to a standstill have also created a time for self-reflection and a renewed appreciation of the power of music. Chen explains, “Music heals the soul, it calms us, centers us, and ...

The Leipzig Circle, Vol. II: Chamber Music by Felix, Clara, and Robert – London Bridge Trio

August 9, 2020

This is the second volume in the London Bridge Trio’s revealing exploration, recorded live, of the influential musical fraternity known as the Leipzig Circle. The ensemble delves deeper into the group that coalesced around Robert and Clara Schumann as Leipzig became a major center of European music making in the 1840s. The program includes Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 1 ...

Patterson/Sutton Duo: Still Life

August 8, 2020

The trailblazing duo of Kimberly Patterson and Patrick Sutton are champions of the budding cello and guitar genre of chamber music. The Patterson/Sutton Duo and composer Stephen Goss have worked together over many years and this album represents the fruits of their musical collaboration. This collection of Goss’s complete works for cello and guitar is a kaleidoscopic journey through the ...

Beethoven Revolution: Symphonies 1 to 5 – Le Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall

August 7, 2020

For this set of Beethoven’s first five symphonies, Jordi Savall began with the fundamental idea of recovering the original sound of the orchestra and tempos as the composer imagined them. All the orchestral work was performed with instruments corresponding to those used at the time, and by 55-60 musicians, a number similar to that arranged by the composer. 35 players ...

John Rutter: The Piano Collection

August 6, 2020

This period of lockdown has inspired John Rutter to return to some of his most cherished works and re-score them. His familiar melodies have been stripped back to their roots as never heard before. Accompanied by sheet music released on Oxford University Press for Rutter enthusiasts to enjoy at home, the album was recorded by pianist Wayne Marshall in isolation ...

Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 7 – Munich Symphony Orchestra, Kevin John Edusei

August 5, 2020

The Munich Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor Kevin John Edusei have released the latest installment in their series of the complete symphonies by Franz Schubert. They’ve paired the youthful and energetic Third Symphony with a completion of his unfinished Seventh Symphony of 1821. Several musicians have tried their hand at completing the sketches, the conductor Felix Weingartner among them. In ...

Lara Downes: The Bedtime Sessions

August 4, 2020

Recorded by pianist Lara Downes in her home studio this spring while sheltering in place, “The Bedtime Sessions” offers music of comfort and soothing for listeners of all ages during this time of unrest and anxiety. The shared language of these eclectic piano pieces is one of hushed beauty and tranquility – a balm for our souls during a time ...

Music of Mussorgsky – Philharmonia Orchestra, Geoffrey Simon

August 3, 2020

Written after Mussorgsky had met Russian artist and designer Viktor Hartmann, Pictures at an Exhibition is by far the composer’s most played work. A piano concerto version is performed here by Tamas Ungar in an arrangement by Lawrence Leonard. The album features other orchestral works by Mussorgsky, including Pictures from the Crimea, Night on Bald Mountain, and music from the ...

Ian Venables: Requiem – Choir of Gloucester Cathedral

August 2, 2020

This is the premiere recording of Ian Venables’ exquisite and moving Requiem with the Choir of Gloucester Cathedral conducted by Adrian Partington and Jonathan Hope playing the organ. Completed in 2018, the work received its first performance in the imposing surroundings of Gloucester Cathedral, where this recording was made in 2019. Widely acclaimed for his songs and chamber music, the ...

Elgar, Stenhammar – Triin Ruubel, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi

August 1, 2020

Triin Ruubel is an Estonian violinist who performs throughout Europe as a soloist and chamber musician. Since April 2015, she has held the position of concertmaster of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. Ruubel is joined by that orchestra and its principal conductor, Neeme Järvi, for a new recording of Edward Elgar’s Violin Concerto and Two Sentimental Romances by Wilhelm Stenhammar.

The Colorful Telemann: Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra

July 31, 2020

The Colorful Telemann presents works from different periods of Georg Philipp Telemann’s life, reflecting his lively personality and exploring his seemingly unlimited invention over a wide variety of styles and genres. A contemporary of Bach and Handel, Telemann wrote music that stands out for its delightful and remarkably generous character. From the German and French influences of the earlier Sonata ...

Elgar: Sea Pictures, Falstaff – Elīna Garanča, Daniel Barenboim

July 30, 2020

Daniel Barenboim and Decca Classics continue their acclaimed Elgar series, recording Sea Pictures again after four decades and paired with the symphonic poem Falstaff. Recorded live in the winter of 2019, the album features the Berlin Staatskapelle and mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča in her first recording of Sea Pictures.

La Serenissima: Extra Time

July 29, 2020

This recording by La Serenissima was conceived when the ensemble was recording for an earlier release – always keen to record as much material as possible, several gems were unable to be included because of timing restrictions. As the group recorded more albums, the number of these works continued to increase, sparking the idea for this new collection – “extra ...

Sarah Willis: Mozart Y Mambo

July 28, 2020

Sarah Willis is a tireless ambassador for her instrument, the horn, which she champions around the world. As a member of the Berlin Philharmonic, she traveled to Cuba to give a masterclass. The music and musicians she met there had a huge impact on her. Since then she has gone back regularly, founding an ensemble, The Havana Horns. Now, she ...

Cavatina Duo: Folias and Fantasias

July 27, 2020

Dedicated soloists and chamber musicians, the Cavatina Duo (flutist Eugenia Moliner and guitarist Denis Azabagic) breaks convention with their combination of instruments. Add to that their daring choices of varied and versatile repertoire, and the result is new sounds, colors, and musical phrasing. The duo offers a new disc of Baroque masterpieces: Telemann’s 12 Fantasias, and French virtuoso Marin Marais’ ...

Acronym: Cantica Obsoleta

July 26, 2020

The ensemble Acronym presents forgotten works from the Düben Collection. The Düben archive consists of approximately 2300 music manuscripts, assembled by and named after a family of composers who served in succession as Kapellmeisters to the Royal Swedish Court in Stockholm. Much of the music within the collection is unique, and the vast majority of it has neither been published ...

François Couperin: Complete Works for Harpsichord, Volume 2 – Bertrand Cuiller

July 25, 2020

For the second volume in his Couperin series, keyboard virtuoso Bertrand Cuiller paints a portrait of a young composer who, at the age of only seventeen, was appointed organist of Saint-Gervais in Paris – a prestigious position to attain at any age. It was also a position that soon translated into his appointment as organist of the king and harpsichord ...