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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The City Musick: The Topping Tooters of the Town

November 10, 2017

The City Musick was formed to explore the diverse repertoire of civic and court wind players in 16th and 17th century Europe and is now firmly established as the premier renaissance wind band in the United Kingdom. The London Waits were highly skilled and much valued musicians in Elizabethan and Jacobean society. They were the aural emblem of their city, and ...

Trios for Violin, Cello and Harp

November 9, 2017

Focused primarily on French music from the first half of the 20th century, this album reveals the subtle blend of sonorities formed by the harp, cello, and violin through the trios of Jacques Ibert and Henriette Renié. The exploration of this period continues with Danse des lutins, an acrobatic work for harp by Renié. Violinist Antoine Bareil and Cellist Stéphane Tétreault ...

Cedric Tiberghien: Music of Chopin

November 8, 2017

Cédric Tiberghien’s flourishing international career sees him performing across five continents in some of the world’s most prestigious halls. He has established a strong reputation with a wide-ranging recital, concerto and chamber repertoire. On this all-Chopin program, Tiberghien opens with the complete Op 28 Preludes, followed by one of the composer’s most beloved large-scale works, the Piano Sonata No 2. The ...

Saint-Saens: Works for Cello & Orchestra

November 7, 2017

Composed during a period of social readjustment in post-war France, the First Cello Concerto marked Saint-Saëns’ acceptance as a composer among the establishment, and has long been one of his most admired works. Recognition for the fiendishly technical Second Cello Concerto took longer, although its tranquil central movement contains one of the most sublime melodies Saint-Saëns ever wrote. Cellist Gabriel ...

Dover Quartet: Voices of Defiance

October 22, 2017

“The young American string quartet of the moment” (The New Yorker) delivers an original, deeply felt program of three European composers’ distinctive responses to the destruction and despair of World War II. Czech composer Viktor Ullmann’s powerful String Quartet No 3, written in the Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1943, draws inspiration from Debussy and Schoenberg. The ensemble’s muscular approach to ...

Euclid Quartets: American Quartets

October 21, 2017

Praised for their “knockout performance” by The Los Angeles Times, the Euclid Quartet has been recognized as one of the finest American quartets of its generation, known for dynamic performances filled with personality and vibrant color. Its diverse members hail originally from the United States, England, China and Venezuela.  Their new recording contains the beloved American Quartet by Dvořák, and At the Octoroon Balls by ...

Saint-Saens: Organ Symphony & Carnival of the Animals

October 20, 2017

Saint-Saëns briefly paused work on his Third Symphony for a holiday in Austria, during which the whimsy of his Carnival of the Animals was born. Yet these two works – from the very same year of the composer’s life – could not be more different, and make a dramatic coupling showing two sides of a singular genius. Martha Argerich and ...

Rachel Podger & Brecon Baroque: Grandissima Gravita

October 19, 2017

Rachel Podger, called “the queen of the Baroque violin” by the Sunday Times, has established herself as a leading interpreter of the Baroque and Classical music periods. She is the founder and artistic director of the Brecon Baroque Festival and her ensemble Brecon Baroque. Their new album brings together four violinist-composers who are united by a reverence for Arcangelo Corelli. Works ...

Leif Ove Andsnes: Sibelius

October 18, 2017

Sibelius’ solo piano music – too long in the shadow of his symphonic writings – is the focus of Leif Ove Andsnes’ new recording. The album gathers together some of the Finnish composer’s lesser-known gems that Andsnes uncovered while going through Sibelius’ entire piano output. Andsnes says, “There has been such a feeling of discovery. Everyone was astonished that there ...

Daniil Trifonov: Chopin Evocations

October 17, 2017

Pianist Daniil Trifonov’s latest album captures the magic of Chopin’s music and traces its influence through the works of five other composers. On this double-disc set, Trifonov performs Chopin’s two piano concertos and a selection of some of his earliest and latest solo works, as well as tributes to Chopin by Grieg, Mompou, Schumann, Tchaikovsky and Barber. The album features ...

Eden Stell Guitar Duo: Mompou’s Cançons i Danses

October 16, 2017

Mark Eden of the Eden Stell Guitar Duo writes: “Federico Mompou’s affinity for folkloric music demonstrates his love for an art with no artifice – one that can only be described as genuine, natural, sincere, and authentic.” Mompou wrote fifteen Cançons i Danses between 1921 and 1978, all for piano with the exception of the thirteenth for guitar and fifteenth ...

Cliburn Gold 2017: Yekwon Sunwoo

October 15, 2017

On June 10, 2017, the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition crowned its gold medalist in Fort Worth, Texas: Yekwon Sunwoo of South Korea. Established in 1962, the quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is often recognized as “the most prestigious classical music contest in the world” (The Chicago Tribune) and engages its global audience through fully produced live webcasts ...

Juan Diego Florez: Mozart Arias

October 14, 2017

Acclaimed across the globe for the beauty of his voice and the emotional power of his performances, Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez has in his career so far focused almost exclusively on the masterpieces of the bel canto repertoire by Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini, and others. Now, in his debut recording for Sony Classical, he turns his attention to the ...

Sit Fast: Seven Tears Upon Silence

October 12, 2017

When John Dowland composed the pieces that form the famous Lachrimae, or Seven Teares, he gave the instrumental repertoire one of its first masterpieces. The Sit Fast consort, lead by Atsushi Sakaï, presents a new reading of those timeless pages. Who says the viol should be earmarked for early music? The pure sonority of this instrument also inspired the English ...

Angela Hewitt: Scarlatti Keyboard Sonatas

October 11, 2017

After the success of Angela Hewitt’s first album of Scarlatti sonatas, she has released a second on the Hyperion label. As Hewitt herself writes: “The first recording was such a great experience that, inevitably, I couldn’t stop there. Not with another 540 or so to choose from!” Of this latest selection, many are new to her repertoire and are performed ...

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet: Mozart Piano Concertos

October 10, 2017

The effervescent and communicative energy of pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy is encapsulated again in this second volume of their series devoted to Mozart’s piano concertos. The two concertos presented here are among the six that Mozart composed in Vienna in an extraordinarily productive year. As Bavouzet states in the notes, they “share their association with operatic and ...

Music of Nimrod Borenstein

October 9, 2017

The legendary conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy, with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra and the promising young violinist Irmina Trynkos, presents the premiere recording of three works by Nimrod Borenstein. The past few years have seen a number of Borenstein’s compositions presented at prestigious venues in London, Zurich, Paris, and New York. If You Will It, It Is No Dream was written especially ...

Choir of Clare College: Reformation, 1517-2017

October 8, 2017

In 1517, indignant at the mercenary abuses of the Church and convinced that a public debate was needed to restore faith in the founding texts of the Bible, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door of Wittenberg Castle. This marked the beginning of the Reformation, which was to spread all over Europe. Five hundred years later, Graham ...

George Li: Live at the Mariinsky

October 6, 2017

Pianist George Li celebrates his newly-signed exclusive Warner Classics contract with his recording debut, the solo recital ‘Live at the Mariinsky.’ The young American, winner of the silver medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2015, offers an enthralling program of Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Liszt. It was recorded live at the Mariinsky Concert Hall in that other ...

Takacs Quartet: Dvorak Chamber Works

October 5, 2017

Recognized as one of the world’s great ensembles, the Takács Quartet plays with a unique blend of drama, warmth and humor, combining four distinct musical personalities to bring fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire. A new release from the Takács Quartet is guaranteed to be a highlight of the musical year. Their latest features two works by Dvořák: the American ...