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 King’s Singers: Christmas Presence

December 21, 2017

On Christmas Presence, the beloved a cappella group gives the listener the experience of being at a King’s Singers concert in one of the world’s most beautiful buildings, from the comfort of home. The holiday program takes the listener through various ages and styles of music, from the Renaissance to the present day.

Sistine Chapel Choir: Veni Domine

December 20, 2017

The Sistine Chapel Choir presents its first holiday album, Veni Domine, with repertoire drawn from Renaissance manuscripts housed in the Vatican library. The program includes Gregorian chant and works by composers ranging from Dufay and Desprez to Allegri and Palestrina. Mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli is the featured soloist in Pérotin’s Beata viscera Mariae Virginis.

Skylark: Winter’s Night

December 19, 2017

The vocal ensemble Skylark offers Winter’s Night, their first recording for the Christmas season. Released to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the death of composer Hugo Distler, the album features all seven of Distler’s variations on the timeless Christmas hymn “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” interwoven with works that share a historical or compositional connection to Distler’s.

O Holy Night: A Merton Christmas

December 18, 2017

The Choir of Merton College joins forces with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra for a recording of director Benjamin Nicholas’s favorite carols. Two of John Rutter’s most exquisite works are complemented by orchestral versions of well-loved traditional fare. The Choir of Merton College is one of Oxford’s leading mixed-voice choirs and sings its services in the college’s thirteenth-century chapel.

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring: Christmas with the Dominican Sisters of Mary

December 17, 2017

Since their founding in 1997, the Dominican Sisters of Mary have grown to more than 138 Sisters. They teach preschool through college in missions all over the United States. The Sisters have joyfully offered their message of faith through education, television and music. Their new Christmas album, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” features music from ten countries, spanning from the ...

Winter Songs: Ola Gjeilo

December 16, 2017

This Christmas-inspired album on Decca Classics is a beautiful collection of compositions and arrangements for choir, piano and strings by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo. It includes new arrangements of familiar Christmas carols to create a warm sense of home through soaring melodies and rich harmonies. Gjeilo himself describes his music as “a lyrical mix of improvisation and classical.”

Nemanja Radulovic: Tchaikovsky

December 15, 2017

After his exciting sojourns into the musical traditions of Eastern Europe (Journey East) and the Baroque soundscapes of Bach, Nemanja Radulović now turns his attention to the Russian master of the Romantic era, Tchaikovsky, excelling as a violinist in the Concerto, Op. 35, and as a violist in an arrangement of the famed Rococo Variations. Radulović is joined by the Borusan ...

Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble: Reflections

December 14, 2017

The students in the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble are the finest woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians in the Bienen School of Music. Known for its artistically committed performances, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble performs a diverse repertoire of new music and traditional literature. Their latest release shows the ensemble’s musical versatility with works by Richard Strauss, Joel Puckett and Carter ...

Sonya Bach Plays J.S. Bach

December 13, 2017

For such a great virtuoso of both harpsichord and organ, it is remarkable that J.S. Bach composed only one original work for keyboard and orchestra: the Fifth Brandenburg Concerto, which with its huge 65-bar cadenza in the first movement created the blueprint for all piano concertos that followed. However, Bach, the great arranger, turned to his other concertos and created ...

Sono Luminus: Imagine Christmas

December 12, 2017

Sono Luminus presents “Imagine Christmas,” an album featuring twelve Christmas classics re-imagined by some of the label’s top recording artists. Producer Dan Merceruio began asking artists coming to record at the label’s renowned studio to consider providing a track for a new Christmas-themed album. He says, “They could do anything they wanted with a Christmas classic, as long as they ...

The Film Scores & Original Orchestral Music of George Martin

December 11, 2017

Most people will know George Martin from his music production work and groundbreaking orchestral arrangements for The Beatles and many other pop artists. What is less known is that he also composed. Starting at the age of eight, Martin continually wrote original music throughout his life. This recording showcases, for the first time, the major works of George Martin. The ...

Ishay Shaer: Late Beethoven

December 10, 2017

Ishay Shaer is steadily becoming one of the leading pianists of his generation. Following his acclaimed debut album nearly a decade ago, Ishay’s latest release presents Beethoven’s late masterpieces. In this exploration of Beethoven’s piano repertoire, Ishay presents two contrasting styles of Beethoven’s compositional technique: short and intense Bagatelles alongside two longer Piano Sonatas.

Matthias Goerne: Bach Cantatas for Bass

December 9, 2017

In composing his cantatas for solo voice, Johann Sebastian Bach magisterially combined two elements that might seem irreconcilable: strict devotion within the framework of weekly Lutheran worship and vocal virtuosity, served by skillful highlighting of the voice. The result is a style in which the expression of the sacred Word is raised to a peak of intensity – notably when ...

Lusine Grigoryan: Music of Komitas

December 8, 2017

Komitas Vardapet (1869-1935) is revered as the founder of contemporary music in Armenia. Composer, ethnomusicologist, singer and priest, he explored the full range of his country’s musical history and wrote music that found points of contact between sacred and secular tradition. His piano pieces are mostly based upon Armenian folk songs and dances. Pianist Lusine Grigoryan has thoroughly researched Armenian ...

Gantriis-Zimmermann Guitar Duo: Pinpoints

December 7, 2017

Volkmar Zimmermann and Kristian Gantriis are both members of the internationally acclaimed Corona Guitar Quartet and now they have joined forces as an independent ensemble, the Gantriis-Zimmermann Guitar Duo and ‘Pinpoints’ is the result of their collaboration. The two musicians have assembled an enticingly eclectic collection of brief pieces from around the world — Argentine tangos, Danish songs, Spanish dances, ...

Bach: Cello Suites – Thomas Demenga

December 6, 2017

Swiss cellist Thomas Demenga returns to Bach’s suites. “To me, Bach is the greatest musical genius who has ever lived. His music is pure, sublime. It possesses something divine and each musician has a lifetime in which to discover new ways of interpreting it.” Demenga previously recorded the cello suites for ECM between 1986 and 2002, juxtaposing them with contemporary ...

Glass: Complete Etudes for Piano – Jenny Lin

December 5, 2017

One of the most influential composers of our time, Philip Glass has created an opus in the tradition of Chopin. The Etudes, conceived to develop his own keyboard skills, evolved into a career achievement reflecting the breadth of his compositional style. Jenny Lin is one of the most respected young pianists today, admired for her adventurous programming and charismatic stage ...

Les Talens Lyriques: Music of Rameau

December 4, 2017

Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques bring us to the stage of the Royal Academy of Music where Pygmalion, a ballet by Jean-Philippe Rameau inspired by an episode from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, was created in 1748. Love, showing empathy for Pygmalion’s despair of loving a statue, animates the sculpted woman who immediately falls in love with her creator. The music of ...

Alain Lefèvre: Works by Mathieu & Gershwin

December 3, 2017

This new album by pianist and composer Alain Lefèvre unveils the results of three years of hard work by Jacques Marchand, George Nicholson and Lefèvre aimed at restoring a missing link in Canadian musical history. It was in the fall of 1942 that young Québec prodigy André Mathieu, just 13 years old and at the peak of his glory, began writing ...

Lise de la Salle: Bach Unlimited

December 2, 2017

French pianist Lise de la Salle’s new album is a profound and elegant tribute to the timeless genius of Bach, presenting works from across three centuries by Bach, Liszt, Busoni, Roussel, Poulenc and Thomas Enhco.  De la Salle came to international attention at the age of 16 with an enthusiastically-received Bach/Liszt recording that belied her young age. Now, a decade ...

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