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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Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Romances – Midori

October 23, 2020

Midori has been a celebrated violinist for more than 35 years. Her new recording of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, complemented by his two Romances, marks the composer’s 250th birthday in December 2020. This album, on which Midori plays with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, was made in early March 2020. The sessions were originally planned around a concert performance at Lucerne’s impressive ...

Bruckner: Mass in E Minor, Motets – Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

October 22, 2020

Bruckner’s Mass No. 2 in E minor and a selection of his profoundly beautiful motets were selected by Sir Stephen Cleobury as his last album at King’s College, recorded only a few months before his death. Perhaps the deepest and most spiritual of Bruckner’s masses, the Mass in E minor is unusual in its scoring for choir, winds, and brass. ...

Amsterdam Sinfonietta: Lento Religioso

October 21, 2020

On Lento Religioso, Amsterdam Sinfonietta brings together several romantic works, each with a very specific expressive power of its own. Some are genuine pieces for string ensemble, others are adaptations created for this recording. Some arrangements are simple: the four parts of a string quartet are played by all the strings of a string orchestra and have a bass part ...

Ammann, Ravel & Bartók: Piano Concertos – Andreas Haefliger

October 20, 2020

When Andreas Haefliger conceived this unusual combination of concertos, it was with the aim of putting into perspective three pieces, each a unique and highly expres­sive highlight from the composers’ output. That Maurice Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand and Béla Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto fulfilled the requirements was a given: towards the end of his life, Bartók wrote his ...

Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy: Rhapsody in Navy Blue

October 19, 2020

What makes American music so recognizably American, including the compositions for wind instruments on this recording? Is it because it mirrors a multicultural nation? In American music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, these cultures and styles encounter one another and intermingle, stretching from Charles Ives through Aaron Copland to John Adams. This recording by the Marine Band of the ...

Mobili: Music for Viola and Piano from Chile

October 16, 2020

Violist Georgina Isabel Rossi and pianist Silvie Cheng release Mobili, an overview of Chilean repertoire featuring viola. Compiling six works by five composers, including five world-premiere recordings, the album highlights the rich tapestry of influences that have shaped Chilean concert music, from European high modernism to Indigenous music of the Andean region. It is a project that is both deeply personal ...

Hélène Grimaud: The Messenger

October 15, 2020

For her latest studio album, pianist Hélène Grimaud travels to Salzburg where she creates a fascinating juxtaposition between the eternal Mozart and the Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov. In selecting the music for this album, Grimaud has carefully chosen music by Mozart that fits into an overall dramaturgy: from his famous unfinished D minor Fantasy, she transitions seamlessly into the great D minor concerto, K. 466. The C ...

Vivaldi: Lost Concertos for Anna Maria – Modo Antiquo

October 14, 2020

The so-called “Anna Maria Partbook” consists of an elegantly bound volume in red leather containing the violin parts of 31 violin concertos, of which 26 are by Antonio Vivaldi. It was the personal repertoire of Vivaldi’s most gifted pupil – the famous “Anna Maria della Pietà.” 20 of the 26 Vivaldi concertos are also known from other manuscript sources. The ...

Sarah Kirkland Snider: Mass for the Endangered

October 13, 2020

Composer Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Mass for the Endangered, with a libretto by Nathaniel Bellows, is a celebration of, and an elegy for, the natural world and an appeal for greater awareness, urgency, and action. Originally commissioned by Trinity Church Wall Street, this recording features the English vocal ensemble Gallicantus conducted by Gabriel Crouch. Snider explains, “The origin of the Mass ...

Bertrand Chamayou: Good Night!

October 12, 2020

The sixteen lullabies that Bertrand Chamayou has chosen for Good Night! form a captivatingly varied album. Embracing music from the Romantic era to the present day, the French pianist has shaped his program with care and imagination. Miniatures by masters like Chopin, Liszt, Grieg, and Brahms sit beside rarer treasures and a specially commissioned piece by the contemporary composer Bryce ...

Conspirare: The Singing Guitar

October 11, 2020

The Conspirare chamber choir, known for its interpretive depth and otherworldly sonic lushness, offers another of its captivating programs—this time joined by three superb guitar quartets—in a program remarkably relevant for our time. Conspirare’s debut album on Delos, The Hope of Loving, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance in 2020. Here, the combination of guitar quartet ...

Beethoven: Variations – Angela Hewitt

October 10, 2020

One of the world’s leading pianists, Angela Hewitt appears in recital and as soloist with major orchestras throughout Europe, the Americas, Australia, and Asia. Her interpretations of the music of J.S. Bach have established her as one of the composer’s foremost interpreters of our time. For Hyperion, she has been recording the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven and adds to ...

Thibaut Garcia: Aranjuez

October 9, 2020

In combining Joaquìn Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with a work by an adoptive Frenchman, Alexandre Tansman, guitarist Thibaut Garcia is making something of a personal statement: he is French, but his heritage is Spanish. “This album pretty much sums me up,” he says, “and I think it is vital if you want to make the best possible case for a ...

Corelli’s Band: Violin Sonatas

October 8, 2020

18th-century Italian violinists trained in the tradition of Arcangelo Corelli, spreading his elegant, expressive, and virtuosic style on their travels throughout Europe. Giovanni Mossi’s sonatas retain Corelli’s dramatic contrasts and structure, while Giovanni Stefano Carbonelli also incorporates features found in music by Vivaldi. Both composers’ works combine formal elegance with wild abandon, lyrical charm, and virtuosity alongside plenty of room ...

Schubert: Works for Solo Piano, Volume 5 – Barry Douglas

October 7, 2020

For his fifth volume of Schubert’s piano works, Barry Douglas turns to a contrasting pair of sonatas composed in the 1820s. The A minor, from 1823, was composed while Schubert suffered an episode of depression following the onset of (and harsh treatment for) syphilis. The D major sonata, however, was written in 1825 on a holiday to Gastein in the ...

Handel: Choruses – The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

October 6, 2020

Is there another composer who can match Handel’s genius for writing choruses? He is quite simply the master of chorus, and on this compilation, taken from The Sixteen’s award-winning Handel back-catalogue, there is much rejoicing. Revel in some of Handel’s finest writing, from the universally loved Hallelujah chorus to the exuberance of I will sing unto the Lord from Israel ...

Eric Coates: Orchestral Works, Volume 2

October 5, 2020

For the second volume of the orchestral music of Eric Coates, John Wilson and the BBC Philharmonic have built a program around three contrasting works. The Summer Days Suite was premiered in October 1919 and became an immediate hit, receiving rave reviews and many more performances. The Selfish Giant, from 1925, based on Oscar Wilde’s story, was the first in ...

Mäntyjärvi: Choral Music – Trinity College Choir Cambridge, Stephen Layton

October 4, 2020

The stylistic pluralism which informs so much contemporary choral writing pays rich dividends in the work of Finnish composer Jaakko Mäntyjärvi. This thrilling program is filled with exciting and accessible music. The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge comprises around thirty Choral Scholars and two Organ Scholars, all of whom are students at the University. The College’s choral tradition dates back ...

Mozart: Piano Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 – Dejan Lazić

October 3, 2020

Pianist Dejan Lazić is joined by four friends (Benjamin Schmid, Zen Hu, Johannes Erkes, and Enrico Bronzifor) for his first recording of chamber music in a long career. Mozart’s two piano quartets are paired with Lazić’s own arrangement of the Rondo Concertante, K. 333. The result is the joyful, intimate music-making that can be achieved by musicians who have a ...

Beethoven: Violin Concerto – Daniel Lozakovich

October 2, 2020

“Immensely gifted emerging artist” (The New York Times) Daniel Lozakovich has been dreaming about recording the Beethoven Violin Concerto since he was eight. He first performed it on stage when he was 13, and at 15 was invited by Valery Gergiev to perform the concerto with him in Moscow. A few short years later, he has reunited with his mentor Gergiev to record ...

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