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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Michel Dalberto: Ravel

November 14, 2020

Heir to a true French pianistic tradition, Michel Dalberto studied with Vlado Perlemuter, who was a favorite pupil of Alfred Cortot and was coached by Maurice Ravel. Dalberto reveals that precious legacy here, in the fourth part of his cycle devoted to French music. Each program in the series will be recorded on a different piano (Steinway, Fazioli, Bechstein, etc.) ...

Gautier Capuçon: Emotions

November 13, 2020

Emotions, a selection of pieces dear to their interpreter and recorded shortly before the onset of the global pandemic, seems to foreshadow all the states of mind of the months to follow. From Debussy’s Clair de Lune to Fauré’s Pavane, from Schubert’s Ave Maria to Tchaikovsky’s Valse sentimentale, via Édith Piaf’s Hymne à l’Amour, Piazzola’s Oblivion, and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah ...

Mozart: Complete Piano Sonatas, Volume 1 – Orli Shaham

November 12, 2020

Over the past year, Orli Shaham recorded all 18 piano sonatas by Mozart at historic Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts. The first volume holds the three sonatas (Nos. 3, 13, and 17) in the key of B-flat. In the words of Shaham, these works “are so varied and different in their inventive brilliance. Each has a truly individual and distinct ...

Schola Cantorum: In Paradisum

November 11, 2020

The Schola Cantorum of the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, London, has a tradition of fine choral singing that dates back over a hundred years. Its principal duty is that of serving the liturgy of the school. The Schola has appeared at the BBC Proms and the Aldeburgh Festival and its voices feature on numerous film soundtracks including one of the ...

Louis Lortie Plays Chopin, Volume 6

November 10, 2020

For the sixth volume of his Chopin project, the Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has built a program that includes works from the earliest to the latest periods in the composer’s life, all of which have connection with or focus on Chopin’s Polish identity. The Hommage à Mozart, Op. 2 is a brilliant set of variations on Là ci darem la ...

The Kanneh-Masons: Carnival

November 9, 2020

Carnival is collaboration between Academy Award-winning actor Olivia Colman, children’s author Michael Morpurgo, and the seven “extraordinarily talented” (Classic FM) Kanneh-Mason siblings – Isata, Braimah, Sheku, Konya, Jeneba, Aminata, and Mariatu. The release includes new poems written by Morpurgo to accompany Saint-Saëns’ beloved musical suite Carnival of the Animals. The poems are read by the author himself, joined by Colman, ...

Monteverdi: Third Book of Madrigals – Concerto Italiano

November 8, 2020

“There are few performers better-versed in the music of Claudio Monteverdi than Rinaldo Alessandrini and the ensemble he founded 30 years ago, Concerto Italiano,” says The Guardian. Alessandrini has dedicated a major part of his work and recordings over the past thirty years to the Monteverdi Madrigals, works that above all, Alessandrini believes, are texts to which music is the ...

Rückblick: New Piano Music Inspired by Brahms – Ann DuHamel

November 7, 2020

How would you re-imagine Brahms? What does transformation sound like? Pianist Ann DuHamel posed these questions to five composers—the result is her debut album Rückblick, a wide-ranging anthology of new piano music. Edie Hill’s intimate title track borrows from early and late piano works of Brahms to create a nostalgic piece that looks forward and backward in time. The miniatures ...

Cantus: COVID-19 Sessions

November 6, 2020

Recorded in early March 2020 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the COVID-19 Sessions came together quickly for the vocal ensemble Cantus as society began to shut down amidst the growing outbreak in the United States. Tenor Paul Scholtz summed up the goal of the project: “Cantus’ vision is to give voice to shared human experiences and what better ...

Beethoven: Duos & Piano Trios – Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexander Melnikov

November 5, 2020

This generous boxed set gathers together all the Beethoven chamber recordings made by three outstanding soloists, on both period instruments (the last two piano trios) and modern ones, with two complete cycles coupled here for the first time. The cello sonatas splendidly illustrate the first two stylistic periods of a master who literally created the genre. The ten violin sonatas ...

Tanbou Kache – Diana Golden, Shawn Chang

November 4, 2020

After a decade of performance and research of Haitian art music, New York City-based cellist Diana Golden releases Tanbou Kache (Hidden Drum), an album that celebrates Haiti’s rich and fascinating traditions and outlines the stylistic and chronological trajectory of key composers within this tradition from the 20th century to the present. Recorded with pianist Shawn Chang, the recording highlights Haitian cello and ...

Strauss: Tanzsuite, Divertimento – New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Jun Märkl

November 3, 2020

Richard Strauss was appointed co-director of the Vienna State Opera in 1919 and soon set about composing a new ballet for the refurbished historic Redoutensaal in the city. In February 1923, the work was unveiled – a delectable series of eight arrangements of music by François Couperin called Tanzsuite. For the Divertimento, an orchestral suite that includes characteristic Straussian orchestration, ...

Anna Clyne: Mythologies

November 2, 2020

Anna Clyne’s enormous palette of colors and special effects coalesce into an aural three-dimensional experience of striking originality. Equally, there’s a comforting familiarity to her music, as she draws inspiration from historic styles that she transforms into a new musical dialect. Clyne’s background in electro-acoustic music and her fascination with a variety of multi-media – including poetry, visual art, and ...

Eric Whitacre: The Sacred Veil

November 1, 2020

Composer Eric Whitacre and poet Charles Anthony Silvestri, longtime collaborators and close friends, come together for their most personal and expansive work to date. Whitacre has created a powerful score for Silvestri’s heartfelt poetry in the 12-movement work The Sacred Veil. Silvestri’s wife, Julie, died of ovarian cancer at age 36 in 2005, leaving two young children. His texts, written ...

Music of Bernard Herrmann – PostClassical Ensemble

October 31, 2020

Bernard Herrmann was famous for his film scores, but he was also a leading figure in music for radio, to which he brought his inimitable palette of mood and sonority. Whitman, whose subject is Walt Whitman’s collection of poems Leaves of Grass, was a 1944 radio drama, a genre now much neglected but revived in this newly restored version. Psycho: A Narrative for String ...

Schumann: String Quartets – Emerson String Quartet

October 30, 2020

The Emerson String Quartet, widely regarded as one of the world’s premier chamber music ensembles since its founding in 1976, makes its Pentatone label debut with a recording of Schumann’s three string quartets. The artistic power of Schumann, whose life was dominated by alternating periods of depression and manic creativity, seems particularly fitting during the uncertain times of a global ...

The Classical Piano Concerto: Johann Baptist Cramer

October 29, 2020

Born in Mannheim, Johann Baptist Cramer (1771–1858) was a child prodigy who grew up in a ‘hot-house’ environment of musicians which included his father, a celebrated violinist. Cramer’s family moved to London in the 1770s to join an already substantial population of immigrant musicians. A prolific composer for the piano, Cramer was much admired by Beethoven, Moscheles,  and Schumann. Cramer’s ...

Bach: Motets – Pygmalion

October 28, 2020

The absolute summit of polyphonic art, Bach’s motets exult with a joy that may be found surprising when one knows their most frequent liturgical use: at funeral ceremonies. Taking up the invitation of the Motet BWV 225, Raphaël Pichon and his musicians draw us into their jubilant interpretation, a true hymn to the dance skillfully juxtaposed with the great tradition ...

Debussy & Ravel – London Symphony Orchestra, François-Xavier Roth

October 27, 2020

François-Xavier Roth, Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, displays his deep affinity with the music of Debussy and Ravel on his latest LSO Live album. A fascination with his Spanish heritage would be a recurring theme in many of Ravel’s creations. Mysterious melodies weave delicately throughout his early work Rapsodie espagnole, punctuated by bursts of Spanish-inspired fanfares and ...

Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 – Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton

October 26, 2020

Sergei Prokofiev was so versatile that audiences never quite knew what to expect. As a strategy, this could misfire, but with his first symphony he got things just right. He once described what he wanted to achieve: “If Haydn had lived into this era, he would have kept his own style while absorbing things from what was new in music.” ...