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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Rachel Podger: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

April 22, 2018

Rachel Podger, “the queen of the baroque violin” (Sunday Times), has established herself as a leading interpreter of the Baroque and Classical music periods. A creative programmer, she is the founder and Artistic Director of Brecon Baroque Festival and her ensemble Brecon Baroque. Together, they bring a fresh approach to Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.” Producer Jonathan Freeman-Attwood says the musicians bring ...

Anita Rachvelishvili: Opera Arias

April 21, 2018

For her highly anticipated first album on Sony Classical, Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili joins forces with the RAI National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Giacomo Sagripanti. The program includes two arias – the seductive ‘Habanera’ and ‘Seguidilla’ – from what has become her signature role, Carmen. The selection goes on to reflect her broad dramatic and musical range and her personal ...

Llyr Williams: Beethoven Unbound

April 20, 2018

“Beethoven Unbound” marks the completion of Llyr Williams’ monumental Beethoven cycle, recorded live at Wigmore Hall over three years. As well as the complete piano sonatas, the release features other works including the 32 Variations in C minor, Eroica Variations, Opus 126 Bagatelles and Diabelli Variations. Williams says, “Rather than adopt the chronological approach, I have arranged the works roughly in ...

Debussy: Impressionniste

April 19, 2018

Claude Debussy’s taste for the arts, and for painting in particular, is well known. His wide-ranging interests ran from the Italian paintings of the Renaissance to the masterpieces of Symbolism and Art Nouveau, by way of Japanese prints and Impressionism. This collection aims to show how music and painting nourished each other through a variety of Debussy’s works – from ...

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet – Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop

April 18, 2018

Based on Shakespeare’s most famous romantic play, Prokofiev’s realization of Romeo and Juliet as a full-length narrative ballet was audacious in its day. It was written during a period of artistic turmoil under a Soviet regime in which arguments raged over such fundamental aspects as the choice between a happy or tragic ending. Marin Alsop’s acclaimed cycle of Prokofiev’s Symphonies ...

Alfred Brendel: Live in Vienna

April 17, 2018

Decca has released Alfred Brendel’s live recordings from Austrian Radio broadcasts of Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor and Brahms’s Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel. Recorded during Brendel’s 70th birthday residency in 2001, the Schumann concerto features the Vienna Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle. As Brendel never recorded the Handel Variations in the studio, this album is ...

Mozart Violin Sonatas: Alina Ibragimova & Cédric Tiberghien

April 16, 2018

This series of Mozart’s complete violin sonatas from violinist Alina Ibragimova and pianist Cédric Tiberghien continues to redefine the standards by which these works should be performed. The fifth and final installment features a selection of violin sonatas alongside the Piano Sonata K. 570 and Variations in G major K. 359.

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe – Aachen Symphony Orchestra, Kazem Abdullah

April 2, 2018

Sensuous, lushly evocative, and intricately constructed, Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé is widely regarded as his greatest orchestral masterpiece and one of the 20th century’s finest ballet scores. This vast musical fresco with its shimmering harmonies, delicate textures, and spectacular conclusion is compellingly realized by conductor Kazem Abdullah and the Aachen Symphony Orchestra joined by choirs from around the world.

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge: Motets by William Byrd

April 1, 2018

One of the most celebrated English composers of the Renaissance, William Byrd wrote Latin sacred music throughout his professional career, despite the fact that such pieces were banned from being used in church. The motets on this recording are presented in the order in which they appear in the pre-Reformation church year, beginning with Advent. The remarkable range of form, texture ...

Skylark: Seven Words from the Cross

March 30, 2018

Skylark is a premiere vocal ensemble of leading American vocal soloists, chamber musicians, and music educators. The latest album by this Boston-based group is a diverse and innovative program of music for Good Friday, pairing music from the United States with choral music from other parts of the world. This highly original album progresses through the scriptural Seven Last Words of ...

Wagner: Orchestral Music from the Ring Cycle – Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

March 29, 2018

The essential meaning of Wagner’s magnum opus Der Ring des Nibelungen is wrapped up in the composer’s own lifetime pursuit of transcendent romance, with the redemption of eternal love one of the primary tenets of this and his other music dramas. Wagner’s gift for orchestral color and scenic characterization make his operas highly suited to the genre of the tone ...

Maurizio Pollini: Debussy

March 28, 2018

Maurizio Pollini’s new album features the second book of Debussy’s Preludes – released 18 years after his hallmark recording of the first book. Completing the album is the two-piano suite En blanc et noir, performed with his son and burgeoning pianist and conductor, Daniele Pollini. The Guardian says of Pollini’s Debussy: “(His) awareness of color and texture is as acute ...

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 – Vienna Symphony/Philippe Jordan

March 27, 2018

Considering its more than a century long history, it comes as a surprise that the Vienna Symphony has never before recorded a full cycle of the nine symphonies by Beethoven. This shortcoming is about to be remedied: the orchestra is releasing the complete symphonies on five albums. With a new release to be issued every six months, the cycle will be ...

Stewart Goodyear: For Glenn Gould

March 26, 2018

Stewart Goodyear, one of the most respected pianists in the world today, pays tribute to a giant of the piano. Goodyear says, “It was the year Glenn Gould died when I first heard his legendary name. It was his Bach that introduced me to his playing. His sound struck me immediately… a sound that was compelling and uncompromising. It was ...

Mahler: Symphony No. 9 – Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding

March 25, 2018

Although a valedictory mood underpins it, Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 offers above all a profound meditation on the fate of humanity and a sense of the composer’s immense love of life. Sustained by the commitment and excellence of Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, this recording reveals the formal, technical and orchestral modernity of a work that was ...

Jerusalem Quartet & Friends: Chamber Music of Dvorak

March 24, 2018

The Jerusalem Quartet explores two aspects of Dvořák’s chamber music. His String Sextet, Op. 48, was one of the first big successes in the genre by a Bohemian composer who was beginning to enjoy a well-established reputation in Europe. The String Quintet, Op. 97, is one of the works from Dvořák’s years of American exile which brought him worldwide fame. The musicians ...

Zuill Bailey: Haydn Cello Concertos

March 23, 2018

Cellist Zuill Bailey is a Grammy Award winner, distinguished soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, artistic director, and teacher. After several recordings of 20th and 21st century works and American music, Bailey shifts his focus to the delightfully effervescent, elegant, and melodic works of Haydn, one of the earliest composers to write concertos for the cello. The two concertos by Haydn, written ...

Eybler Quartet: Beethoven – String Quartets Op. 18 Nos. 1-3

March 22, 2018

The Toronto-based Eybler Quartet was founded in 2004 to explore the works of the first century-and-a-half of the string quartet repertoire. The group plays on instruments appropriate to the period of the music it performs. Adding to their superb discography, they have recorded the first three quartets of Beethoven’s Opus 18, his supremely confident first step in total mastery of ...

Stephen Schultz & Jory Vinikour: Bach – Sonatas for Flute & Harpsichord

March 21, 2018

Stephen Schultz, called “among the most flawless artists on the Baroque flute” by the San Jose Mercury News, is joined by Grammy-nominated harpsichordist Jory Vinikour. The four sonatas recorded here belong to a type of chamber music that was at the cutting edge of developments during the 1720s and 1730s. One might alternatively describe such works as trios, since the harpsichordist’s ...

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra: Handel Concertos

March 19, 2018

In Handel’s time, it was customary to include instrumental interludes during performances of large compositions such as oratorios and operas. The three Concerti a due cori (concertos for strings and two groups of wind instruments) are fine examples of works written for this purpose. The musical content of all three concertos is drawn from previous, often well-known compositions (Messiah, etc.) ...

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