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.

Ombra mai fu: Cavalli Opera Arias – Philippe Jaroussky

March 30, 2019

Francesco Cavalli (1602–76) is an important figure in the history of opera and his works, which first experienced a revival in the 1960s, have been growing in currency in recent years. The most prominent successor to Monteverdi, Cavalli was active in Venice at a time when opera was moving out of aristocratic palaces and into public theaters. “Beyond the great ...

Klara Min: Evocation

March 29, 2019

Turning away from the relentless control of daylight, poets have sought spiritual and poetic inspiration in the sublime darkness of mystery-inducing night. Klara Min’s album presents us with piano pieces intimating this dark but dazzling night. Its title, Evocation, suggests night’s musical power to awaken and stir subliminal feelings hidden at the depth of our souls. Klara Min is a ...

Music@Menlo Live 2018: Creative Capitals

March 27, 2019

Music@Menlo Live presents Creative Capitals, featuring live recordings from the acclaimed chamber music festival’s 2018 season. Available both online and in an eight-CD box set, the compilation celebrates urban locales that have inspired some of Western classical music’s greatest composers. The collection features music from seven capitals highlighted at the summer festival in the San Francisco Bay Area. The musical ...

Haydn: Cello Concertos – Christoph Croisé

March 26, 2019

Winner of the Berlin International Music Competition, cellist Christoph Croisé performs the two Cello Concertos by Franz Joseph Haydn. His fresh and fervent approach is matched by his collaborators, the Eurasian Soloists Chamber Orchestra, as they recreate the works’ first performances in the Esterházy Castle when the composer directed from the harpsichord. Croisé concludes the album with Vivaldi’s Concerto for ...

The Music of King’s: Choral Favorites from Cambridge

March 25, 2019

For more than half a millennium, King’s College Chapel in Cambridge has been home to one of the world’s most loved and renowned choirs. “The Music of King’s” features some of the choir’s contemporary favorites presented alongside other exceptional works that have stood the test of time. A celebration of choral music through the ages, the album traces choral styles ...

Music of Stravinsky & Debussy – New York Philharmonic, Jaap van Zweden

March 24, 2019

The New York Philharmonic’s third album on Decca Gold features performances of Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps and Debussy’s La Mer from concerts in Jaap van Zweden’s opening weeks as Music Director in 2018. The New York Times wrote that in the opening performance of Le Sacre du printemps, “Mr. van Zweden drew incisive, blazingly powerful and vehement playing from the Philharmonic.” Two weeks ...

Barbara Strozzi: Voglio Cantar – Emöke Baráth, Il Pomo d’Oro

March 23, 2019

The Venetian singer and composer Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677) was probably the most remarkable, talented, famous, and successful woman of her time in the field of music. In 2019, the ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro celebrates her 400th anniversary with a program performed by soprano Emöke Baráth under the direction of Francesco Corti, the orchestra’s new principal guest conductor. Voglio Cantar presents some of Strozzi’s ...

Liszt: Late Piano Works – Cédric Tiberghien

March 22, 2019

Cédric Tiberghien’s new album focuses on late piano works by Franz Liszt, beginning with some of his most intriguing and unconventional miniatures. The main part of Tiberghien’s program is devoted to the third and final volume of Années de pèlerinage (Years of Pilgrimage). The individual pieces were written in, and even inspired by, a single location: a suite of rooms ...

Bach: Violin Concertos – Isabelle Faust, Berlin Academy of Ancient Music

March 20, 2019

Violinist Isabelle Faust offers the next installment in a Bach recording adventure that began nine years ago with a set of the Sonatas and Partitas now regarded as a benchmark. Joined by Bernhard Forck and his partners at the Berlin Academy of Ancient Music, Faust explores a multitude of other works by Bach: harpsichord concertos, trio sonatas, instrumental movements from ...

Brian Thornton: Music of Brahms & Debussy

March 19, 2019

For his latest album on the Steinway & Sons label, cellist Brian Thornton continues his exploration of great sonatas, this time opening his album with Debussy’s Cello Sonata, which marked the composers first return to chamber music since the String Quartet of 1893. The second half of the album is devoted to Brahms’s Clarinet Trio, Op. 114. Thornton and pianist Spencer Myer, ...

Project W: Chicago Sinfonietta, Mei-Ann Chen

March 18, 2019

Conductor Mei-Ann Chen and the Chicago Sinfonietta — the adventurous, MacArthur Award-winning orchestra that champions racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in classical music — give world-premiere recordings of newly commissioned American works by Jennifer Higdon, Clarice Assad, Jessie Montgomery, and Reena Esmail on Project W: Works by Diverse Women Composers, the capstone project of its 30th anniversary season.

Perpetual Twilight: Choral Scholars of University College Dublin

March 17, 2019

The Choral Scholars of University College Dublin and Artistic Director Desmond Earley follow up their debut release with a program of new choral music inspired by the evocative imagery of the natural world in traditional Irish and Scottish folk song and poetry. The disc includes a number of world-premiere recordings of new works and arrangements commissioned by the choir.

Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos – Roberto Prosseda

March 16, 2019

In a multi-year project, pianist Robert Prosseda has been recording all of Mendelssohn’s piano works for the Decca label. His project continues on the orchestral front with this album of the Piano Concertos No. 1 and 2 and Rondo brillant. He is accompanied by the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague, led by Jan Willem de Vriend, principal conductor of the orchestra. The album also includes a ...

Revelations: Beethoven String Quartets, Volume 2 – Casals Quartet

March 15, 2019

The Casals Quartet presents Revelations, the second volume in a new complete cycle of the Beethoven quartets. The group devised an innovative structural arrangement for its recordings. The works are not presented in the typical grouping of early, middle and late periods. Rather, they are arranged according to each quartet’s place within Beethoven’s musical development. This ingenious juxtaposition reveals as ...

Maurizio Pollini: Music of Chopin

March 14, 2019

Pianist Maurizio Pollini, “the pre-eminent Chopinist of his generation” (Fanfare), continues his revelatory re-exploration of the Polish master’s late works. As in previous releases, Pollini performs compositions that are chronologically closely related, highlighting the individual character of each work in its context. These recordings are the pianist’s latest thoughts on Opp. 55-58, including the B minor Sonata and Berceuse. All ...

Desires: A Song of Songs Collection – ORA Singers

March 13, 2019

The ORA Singers were born out of a belief that we are in a second golden age of choral music, matching that of the Renaissance. Of their latest recording, “Desires,” artistic director Suzi Digby writes, “The wealth of compositions using the sensuous and highly charged texts of the Song of Songs is incredibly vast and rich. In the course of ...

Violin Sonatas – Bomsori Kim, Rafał Blechacz

March 12, 2019

For their debut album together, violinist Bomsori Kim and pianist Rafał Blechacz present music from France and Poland. Fauré’s Sonata looks forward to the Impressionism of Debussy and his own Sonata, a late work. “It contains so many emotions and a whole range of characters,” says Blechacz of Szymanowski’s Sonata. The album concludes with a Nocturne by Chopin, a Polish ...

Paul Lewis: Piano Sonatas of Weber & Schubert

March 11, 2019

Coupling sonatas by Weber and Schubert, pianist Paul Lewis paints a unique and highly elegant portrait of two musical dramatists who were emblematic figures of Austro-German Romanticism. While both composers died tragically of illness in their 30’s, they were healthy when they wrote these works – and were just beginning to taste success. Lewis’s performances highlight the beauty and craftsmanship ...

Prokofiev: Piano Concertos – Vadym Kholodenko, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Miguel Harth-Bedoya

March 10, 2019

2013 Cliburn Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko became the first-ever ”Artistic Partner” with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra beginning in the 2014-2015 season. He joins them here for the conclusion of his complete cycle of Prokofiev’s piano concertos. The three works heard here were composed over a span of two decades (1911 to 1930) and were met with a widely uneven ...

Washington Saxophone Quartet: Looking Bach

March 9, 2019

The Washington Saxophone Quartet evokes the refined sounds of a string quartet, the rich harmonies of an organ prelude, and the excitement of a jazz sax section. The ensemble taps into a rich repertoire, from early music to newly commissioned works, and draws on a wealth of experience to reach listeners of every age and background. “Looking Bach” has special meaning ...