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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The Clarion Choir: Music of Alexander Kastalsky

August 31, 2018

In the face of the devastation wrought by the First World War, Alexander Kastalsky conceived a musical service of remembrance for the fallen. A pivotal figure in Russian musical life – he was a student of Tchaikovsky and acclaimed as the founder of a new, national church music – Kastalsky composed a choral-orchestral Requiem, for the concert stage. Simultaneously, he ...

Orfeo Amoroso: Music for Decacorde

August 30, 2018

The decacorde, or the 10-string guitar, is a rare variation of the classical guitar, relatively unknown even to many professional guitarists. The extra strings added to the usual 6-string instrument are no novelty but have a long history in many cultures. Thus, the evolution of this variation of the guitar shows influence from a number of different string instruments, the ...

Diderot String Quartet: Dissonance

August 29, 2018

The Diderot String Quartet – named after the eighteenth-century French philosopher and Boccherini enthusiast Denis Diderot – brings a fresh approach to works of the 18th and 19th centuries. The group came together in 2012 after having first met at Oberlin Conservatory and the Juilliard School. The four musicians share a background in historical performance and a passion for the ...

Seattle Symphony: Music of Berio, Boulez & Ravel

August 28, 2018

Each of the three compositions recorded here entails, among other things, an ingenious transformation of pre-existing musical material or styles. The eight-voice, Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth joins the Seattle Symphony and Music Director Ludovic Morlot in an exhilarating live performance of Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia. The program combines Berio’s groundbreaking work with Boulez’s Notations and Ravel’s La valse. Morlot says, ...

Kirill Gerstein: Music of Gershwin

August 27, 2018

In this album recorded live, pianist Kirill Gerstein explores the music of George Gershwin. Together with conductor David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony he plays the Concerto in F as well as the original jazz band version of the Rhapsody in Blue. The program also includes a selection of Gershwin songs in solo piano arrangements by the American pianist Earl ...

The Best of Bernstein

August 20, 2018

Leonard Bernstein unquestionably was one of the most astonishing and magnetic personalities in the world of music. He bestrode the musical scene in the second half of the 20th century like few others: composer, conductor, pianist, educator; but it was as a great communicator – of music and through music – that every facet of his life and legacy is ...

Ronn McFarlane: The Celtic Lute

August 19, 2018

For ‘The Celtic Lute,’ Ronn McFarlane turns to one of his earliest musical influences, and the music of his ancestors: folk music of Scotland and Ireland. He says, “I’ve had a great love of Celtic music since the 1970s, hearing groups like the Chieftains and The Bothy Band. I was delighted to find Scottish tunes in lute manuscripts from the ...

Bach: Dialogue Cantatas – Berlin Academy of Ancient Music

August 18, 2018

As the title implies, the soprano and the baritone soloists in Bach’s three Dialogue Cantatas are partners in conversation. The works, also designated as concertos, feature sacred dialogues between the soul and Christ presented in glorious musical settings that allow the vocalists to shine. This recording features soprano Sophie Karthäuser and bass Michael Volle, backed by the Berlin Academy of Ancient ...

David Quigley: Piano Nocturnes

August 17, 2018

Award-winning Irish pianist David Quigley, heralded by The Birmingham Post as a musician of “amazing maturity and concentration,” makes his Avie label debut with a stunning and beautiful recital that takes the listener on a moonlit journey of the solo piano nocturne. The album begins and ends with Quigley’s compatriot and the genre’s originator, John Field, and traverses the highways ...

Brahms: The Symphonies – Berlin Staatskapelle, Daniel Barenboim

August 16, 2018

The first orchestral recording from Berlin’s Pierre Boulez Saal, ‘Brahms: The Symphonies’ is a four-CD set featuring Boulez’s beloved friend and colleague Daniel Barenboim conducting the Berlin Staatskapelle in all four symphonic masterpieces from the great Romantic composer. “Daniel Barenboim no longer needs to assert himself. To my mind, this is virtually an ideal prerequisite for interpreting Brahms’s symphonies, along ...

Ukrainian Rhapsody: Anna & Dmitri Shelest

August 15, 2018

This release from the Shelest Piano Duo presents pieces for piano solo and piano four hands by Ukrainian composers from the 19th and 20th centuries. Having established themselves as solo artists, while garnering prizes and awards along the way, the Ukrainian-born husband and wife Shelest Piano Duo brings to the performance stage inventive programs of not only solo repertoire, but ...

Beau Soir: French Music for Oboe and Piano

August 14, 2018

The Lumina Duo is comprised of oboist Merideth Hite Estevez and pianist Jani Parsons. Hite Estevez serves as director of Lumina Arts Incubator, an arts service organization in Wilmington, Delaware. Parsons is an active soloist and collaborator and a member of the keyboard faculty at Baylor University. They’ve gathered together a program of favorite music from French composers of the Impressionist era. ...

Gisle Kverndokk: Symphonic Dances

August 13, 2018

In 2013, the Norwegian Ministry of Culture challenged the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution by addressing the concept of cultural diversity. SSO commissioned a work by Gisle Kverndokk, who created “Symphonic Dances” by weaving together a diverse musical narrative based on folk music from the different ethnic groups living in the Stavanger area. ...

Perpetual Night: 17th Century Ayres & Songs

August 11, 2018

The circulation of artists and sovereigns between France and England in the 17th century resulted in the establishment of highly original genres in England. The first recitatives, large-scale airs from masques and dramatic ‘scenes’ provided fertile ground for experimentation and prepared the way for the birth of semi-opera. Sébastien Daucé explores this English vocal art in a program tailor-made for ...

Mozart: The Piano Quartets – Joyce Yang, Alexander String Quartet

August 10, 2018

Some have claimed that Mozart invented the piano quartet, but he did not. Other composers — including the fourteen-year-old Beethoven — had written quartets for piano and strings earlier, but Mozart was the first to face squarely the challenges of this difficult form, and he wrote the first two great piano quartets. Members of the Alexander String Quartet join with pianist Joyce Yang ...

Binchois Consort: The Lily and the Rose

August 9, 2018

The Binchois Consort presents a celebration of the Virgin Mary in sound and stone on ‘The Lily and the Rose.’ Following the success of its predecessor, ‘Music for the 100 Years’ War,’ this release further explores the artistic parallels between music and alabaster sculpture in late medieval England. Through a shared exploration in partnership with museums, curators, scholars, artists and ...

Music for Cello by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

August 8, 2018

Inspired by the personality, prodigious technique, and musicality of the cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Cello Concerto is a work of imposing scale and demanding virtuosity, but also with a rare beauty and warmth of expression. This live recording documents the first professional performances of the concerto in more than 80 years, and is paired with playful and virtuosic freely ...

Michael Torke: Unconquered

August 7, 2018

Composer Michael Torke writes of his four-movement symphonic tone poem Unconquered: “The Battle of Saratoga was a decisive turning point of the Revolutionary War, when, after General Burgoyne surrendered his British army, France entered the war, and her support was crucial to the eventual victory, establishing our independence. The title speaks of Saratoga’s victory – an ‘invictus’ – a resolve ...

Seducción: Music for Flute & Piano

August 6, 2018

“Music is language,” said the legendary French flutist and inspirational teacher, Marcel Moyse, “the flute is one of its mediums of expression, and when I play I try to convey the impression of laughing, of singing, of talking through the medium of my instrument in a manner almost as direct as that expressed by the human voice.” His insight is ...

Dallas Winds: John Williams At The Movies

August 5, 2018

John Williams is one of the best known, most awarded and most successful composers in history, and his name is inextricably connected to outstanding music for films. He has written scores for over 100 films, and his massive list of awards includes 51 Academy Award nominations and five wins, as well as 24 Grammy awards. This collection of some of ...