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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Bach: Six Flute Sonatas – Michala Petri, Hille Perl, Mahan Esfahani

December 6, 2019

Recorder soloist Michala Petri makes a return visit to Bach’s Flute Sonatas. Her famous 1992 recording with Keith Jarrett has long since attained legendary status. Just as her collaboration with Jarrett unveiled a new approach to Bach, this new recording is likewise revelatory and transcendent. Joining Petri on this journey are harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and viola da gambist Hille Perl.

Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 – London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle

December 5, 2019

Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony is one of the most original of all the composer’s works. Its contrasting moods and overarching theme moving from darkness to light can be haunting one moment and ecstatic the next, culminating in one of the most enigmatic symphonic conclusions of the 19th century. For this recording with the London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Benjamin-Gunnar ...

Emmanuel Pahud: Dreamtime

December 4, 2019

Dreamtime is a spellbinding collection of works for flute and orchestra which, in Emmanuel Pahud’s words, “expresses and gives form to the composers’ most personal, spiritual, or dreamlike visions.” The album ranges wide both culturally and chronologically, embracing works by Mozart, Reinecke, Busoni, Takemitsu, and Penderecki, and inhabits a dimension “populated by incantations and prayers, in which imagination is woven ...

The Russian Album – Christoph Croisé, Alexander Panfilov

December 3, 2019

In the spring of 2019, Christoph Croisé scored a breakthrough with his critically acclaimed recording of Haydn’s Cello Concertos. With pianist Alexander Panfilov, he turns his attention to two towering 20th-century masterpieces: the cello sonatas by Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich. Croisé also offers his own transcriptions of the March from Prokofiev’s opera The Love for Three Oranges and Shchedrin’s flamboyant In ...

The John Adams Album – Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Kent Nagano

December 2, 2019

“The John Adams Album” continues the award-winning series of recordings from the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Kent Nagano on Decca, released in time for Nagano’s final, triumphant season with the orchestra. The recording contains the composer’s key orchestral works, including Common Tones in Simple Time and Harmonielehre, conducted by one of his greatest champions.

Bach: The Six Partitas – Angela Hewitt

December 1, 2019

“Brilliant, well-sounding, expressive and always new” was the verdict of Bach’s first biographer on the six Partitas, a description which applies equally to Angela Hewitt’s wonderful new recording of what Bach designated his “Opus 1.” Hewitt describes a lifetime of living with Bach’s music as “a great gift and a lifelong adventure” – an adventure in which we are fortunate ...

Berlioz’s Requiem at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London

November 30, 2019

Marking the 150th anniversary of Berlioz’s death, this performance of the mighty Requiem or Grande Messe des Morts – presented on both DVD and CD – took place in St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, in March 2019. Conducted by John Nelson, it involved over 300 musicians. As Nelson said: “Every measure resonates deeply with me and I feel there is sincerity, ...

Beethoven Piano Sonatas – Young-Ah Tak

November 29, 2019

In anticipation of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, Steinway & Sons releases a recording of three of the composer’s piano sonatas performed by Young-Ah Tak in her debut recording for the Steinway label. The works span the short and cheery early Sonata No. 6 in F Major to the monumental Sonata No. 23 in F minor, the Appassionata. Like ...

Music of Charles Ives – San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas

November 28, 2019

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony perform Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 of Charles Ives on their latest release, recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall in November 2017. The album also features a selection of hymn tunes which served as sources of inspiration for Ives. Tilson Thomas, a leading champion of Ives’ work, says, “At its core, the ...

Daniel Lozakovich: None but the Lonely Heart

November 27, 2019

None but the Lonely Heart captures the extraordinary maturity of Daniel Lozakovich’s interpretations of Tchaikovsky. The 18-year-old violinist’s second album for Deutsche Grammophon features a live performance of the composer’s Violin Concerto, recorded with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia under the helm of conductor, and fellow violinist, Vladimir Spivakov, with whom Lozakovich made his solo debut in 2010. The ...

Chamber Music Northwest: Clarinet Quintets for Our Time

November 26, 2019

Master clarinetist David Shifrin partners with the Dover and Harlem String Quartets in three new quintets. The works showcase the clarinet’s many moods and tones and explore the expressive capabilities of the string quartet as well. First on the album is Ducal Suite, featuring arrangements of compositions by Duke Ellington. David Schiff’s arrangements make the most of Shifrin’s virtuosity and ...

Mariam Batsashvili: Chopin & Liszt

November 25, 2019

Mariam Batsashvili already ranks among the most promising young pianists of her generation. She gained international recognition at the 10th Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht in 2014. On her debut album, Batsashvili combines solo works by Liszt and his contemporary Frédéric Chopin. Chopin was just a year older than Liszt and the two became good friends in Paris. The ...

Music of Heitor Villa-Lobos

November 24, 2019

The concertos and chamber works on this album show Heitor Villa-Lobos’s unceasing enthusiasm for new colors and sonorities in his music. The Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra was his last work for the instrument and written for Andrés Segovia. A cornerstone of the repertoire, it contains soaring melodies and rhythmic vitality couched in virtuosic writing. Exploring the instrument’s full ...

Beethoven Around the World – Ébène Quartet

November 23, 2019

“In themselves, Beethoven’s quartets represent an odyssey, a round-the-world voyage,” says the Ébène Quartet. The French ensemble is marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with a global tour of 21 countries. In the course of their “Beethoven Around the World” tour, the Ébène will make live recordings in seven different cities: Vienna, Philadelphia, Tokyo, São Paulo, Melbourne, Nairobi, and ...

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique – Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth

November 22, 2019

Formed in 2003 by conductor François-Xavier Roth, Les Siècles comprises outstanding young players from leading French ensembles. The orchestra’s repertoire is notably wide in range. It uses both period and modern instruments, playing each repertoire on appropriate instruments. This new reading by Les Siècles of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique is based on a close study of the composer’s autograph score and ...

Vivaldi Edition: Violin Concertos, Volume 7

November 21, 2019

The French label Naïve releases the 62nd album in its monumental Vivaldi Edition, offering “consistently fascinating pieces” in its “invaluable series devoted to newly rediscovered works of Vivaldi” (All Music) housed at the National Library in Turin. The seventh volume devoted to Vivaldi’s violin concertos features violinist Alessandro Tampieri and Ottavio Dantone’s Accademia Bizantina in the six surviving concertos of ...

Jonathan Biss: Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Vol 9

November 20, 2019

A key thread in pianist Jonathan Biss’s decade-long Beethoven immersion has been his journey to record all 32 of the composer’s piano sonatas, which he began in 2011 and completes with the release of the cycle’s ninth and final volume by Orchid Classics. Comprising Sonatas Nos. 7, 18 and 32, the new album is one of many highlights of Biss’s ...

Rachel Barton Pine: Dvořák & Khachaturian Violin Concertos

November 19, 2019

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine, joined by conductor Teddy Abrams and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, has released a new album pairing the violin concertos by Antonín Dvořák and Aram Khachaturian. Pine explains, “The thing that really connects these concertos is that both composers were really inspired by the ethnic music of their particular region of the world: Dvořák by Czech ...

Dong Hyek Lim: Music of Rachmaninoff

November 18, 2019

With Russia home to both his formative years and competition triumphs, pianist Dong Hyek Lim brings a special sensitivity to the pathos and lyricism of Rachmaninoff. Lim is joined in the enduringly popular Second Concerto by the BBC Symphony Orchestra with fellow Moscow Conservatory alumnus Alexander Vedernikov, and by regular collaborator and piano legend Martha Argerich in the composer’s two-piano ...

Arod Quartet: The Mathilde Album

November 17, 2019

With this album of works by Schoenberg, Zemlinsky, and Webern – key figures in Vienna’s musical life in the early 20th century – the Arod Quartet honors the woman who became Arnold Schoenberg’s wife in 1901. Mathilde was Zemlinsky’s sister and the dedicatee of her husband’s String Quartet No 2, an innovative work in both its tonal language and its ...