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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Quartet San Francisco: A QSF Journey

October 11, 2018

Founded in 2001 by violinist and composer Jeremy Cohen, Quartet San Francisco expresses itself in its agility and standout virtuosic playing. These crossover specialists excel in multiple styles, from jazz to tango, pop to funk, blues to bluegrass, gypsy swing to big band and beyond. On this new release, they take a journey into chamber music of the 21st century. ...

Tengyue Zhang: Guitar Recital

October 10, 2018

Tengyue Zhang won the 2017 Guitar Foundation of America’s International Concert Artist Competition, one of the world’s most prestigious events. His debut recital illustrates the moods, colors and techniques of the concert classical guitar from Baroque transcriptions to masters of the 20th century such as Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Tansman, and Brouwer. Despite being from very different backgrounds and time periods, several of ...

Rimsky & Co. Originals – Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy

October 8, 2018

As early as the 17th century, music has played an important role in the Dutch Navy. Transforming from ships’ bands and ensembles into a land-based full-sized orchestra, the Marine Band became a musical ambassador for the Royal Netherlands Navy. From military marching formation, intimate accompanying ensemble, extended big band and classic symphonic wind band to a stunning cover band, no music ...

Piano Music of Debussy – Nikolai Lugansky

October 6, 2018

A century after his death on March 25, 1918, many Harmonia Mundi artists are eager to pay tribute to Claude Debussy, the magician of melody and timbre, the great ‘colorist’ and father of modern music. Pianist Nikolai Lugansky wanted to present a finely nuanced portrait of the composer who was fond of travel. Whether it ranges over time (Hommage à ...

Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony

October 5, 2018

The nine symphonies of Ralph Vaughan Williams were composed over more than half a century. He began sketching ideas for A Sea Symphony in 1903, two years after the death of Queen Victoria, and completed the ninth in 1958, two years before John F. Kennedy was elected 35th President of the United States. During this long period, Vaughan Williams became one of ...

James Horner: The Classics

October 4, 2018

Multi-Academy Award winner James Horner was one of the most acclaimed composers in Hollywood history. He wrote scores and songs for iconic movies including Titanic, Avatar, Braveheart, Cocoon and The Mask of Zorro. This album is a unique tribute to one of the titans of film music. A stellar array of musicians such as 2Cellos, Lindsey Stirling, Tina Guo, and ...

Liszt: New Discoveries, Volume 4 – Leslie Howard

October 3, 2018

A citizen both of Britain and Australia, Leslie Howard has accomplished a feat unequaled by any solo artist in recording history — a 99-CD survey for Hyperion of the complete piano music of Liszt, including all 17 works for piano and orchestra. Accomplished within 14 years, it encompasses more than 300 world premieres, with many works prepared from Liszt’s unpublished ...

Viktoria Mullova: Music of Arvo Pärt

October 2, 2018

The works on Viktoria Mullova’s new album devoted to Arvo Pärt’s music for violin stem from the composer’s study of medieval church music. They are products of what Pärt himself describes as a ‘tintinnabuli’ style, developed by the composer in the 1970s through studying medieval church music. He says, “I have discovered that it is enough when a single note ...

David Deveau: Mozart, Beethoven & Harbison

October 1, 2018

Pianist David Deveau enjoys a distinguished career internationally. His first recording for Steinway, ‘Siegfried Idyll,’ was critically acclaimed in the New York Times and Gramophone, and was listed as one of the year’s ten best classical albums by the Boston Globe in 2015. On his latest album, Deveau and the Borromeo String Quartet join forces for chamber versions of concertos ...

Anna Fedorova: Four Fantasies

September 30, 2018

Anna Fedorova is one of the world’s premier young pianists. From an early age, she demonstrated an innate musical maturity and outstanding technical abilities. Her international concert career took off while she was only a child, and audiences around the world were stunned by the depth and power of her musical expression. On this album, Fedorova plays fantasies by four composers: Scriabin, Chopin, Schumann, ...

Nicole Cabell & Alyson Cambridge: Sisters in Song

September 29, 2018

Nicole Cabell and Alyson Cambridge, acclaimed sopranos and close friends, record together for the first time on an album of opera duets by Mozart, Offenbach, Humperdinck, and Delibes and specially commissioned duet arrangements of classical songs, folk tunes, and African-American spirituals. They’re accompanied on their Cedille debut by the Lake Forest Symphony under 2015 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award winner ...

Hélène Grimaud: Memory

September 28, 2018

Pianist Hélène Grimaud’s album ‘Memory’ explores the nature of recollection through a series of exquisite piano miniatures. The choice of repertoire embraces everything from impressionistic reveries by Chopin and Debussy to the timeless, folk-like melodies of Valentin Silvestrov. The French pianist’s recording addresses music’s unique ability to bring images of the past back to life in the present moment, to ...

Cello Works of Chopin & Schubert – Steven Isserlis, Dénes Várjan

September 27, 2018

Schubert and Chopin—two men of genius who had much in common: ultimately tragic figures who both died in their thirties; both miraculously inventive; both masters of smaller forms, through which they transformed musical genres—in Schubert’s case that of song, in Chopin’s that of piano music. Both composers possessed a gift for melody that has won them places deep in the ...

Antonio Pompa-Baldi: Napoli

September 25, 2018

Antonio Pompa-Baldi is an Italian pianist. He won the Cleveland International Piano Competition in 1999 and a silver medal at the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He has recorded a tribute to the city of Naples with arrangements of Neapolitan songs by pianist and composer Roberto Piana. Piana writes, “For these ‘creative arrangements,’ it was hard to choose which ...

Music of Beethoven & Strauss – Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck

September 24, 2018

Reference Recordings presents two iconic works in definitive interpretations from Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony and Richard Strauss’s Horn Concerto No. 1. In his fascinating and scholarly notes, Maestro Honeck gives us great insight into the history of both pieces, and describes how he conducts and interprets each. He reminds us that the “Eroica” was ...

Thomas Hampson: Songs from Chicago

September 23, 2018

Thomas Hampson, America’s leading baritone and a champion of the art of classic song, makes his Cedille Records debut with a program of songs by five composers of the early 20th century associated with the city of Chicago: Ernst Bacon, Florence Price, John Alden Carpenter, Margaret Bonds, and Louis Campbell-Tipton. All of them, Hampson says, “have distinguished themselves in history ...

Víkingur Ólafsson: Music of Bach

September 21, 2018

Following his critically acclaimed recording of piano works by Philip Glass, Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson has released his second album, a collection of both well-known and rarely performed works by Johann Sebastian Bach. Renowned for his innovative music projects, Ólafsson offers listeners a very personal vision of Bach’s intricate keyboard music, artfully weaving Bach’s original works together with transcriptions by Busoni, ...

Cappella Amsterdam: Music of Josquin des Prez

September 20, 2018

The professional chamber choir Cappella Amsterdam was founded in 1970. Over the years, under the direction of Daniel Reuss, it has built up a repertoire ranging from early music to contemporary works, with a special focus on promoting Dutch music of today. With this recording, they launch a three-part series devoted to the Franco-Flemish masters of the Renaissance. The program ...

Ensemble Dialoghi: Quintets for Piano & Winds

September 19, 2018

Ensemble Dialoghi makes their Harmonia Mundi debut with this program of quintets for piano and winds. A work of ‘maturity,’ which the twenty-eight year-old Mozart considered ‘among his best,’ is paired with a ‘youthful effort’ penned by a twenty-six year-old Beethoven. Dating from an auspicious phase in each composer’s career, both pieces were met with an enthusiastic reception. Beethoven, it ...

Briggs Piano Trio: Music of Gál & Shostakovich

September 18, 2018

Continuing Avie’s acclaimed and influential series of recordings of the music of Austrian émigré Hans Gál, this latest release brings together two of today’s most eminent Gál interpreters, pianist Sarah Beth Briggs and cellist Kenneth Woods with violin virtuoso David Juritz for a recording of Gál’s breathtakingly lyrical Piano Trio in E major and his witty Variations on a Popular ...