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.
 

Evgeny Kissin & Emerson String Quartet: The New York Concert

June 17, 2019

The prospect of an evening of chamber music made by Evgeny Kissin and the Emerson String Quartet was bound to raise the highest expectations. But what would their first collaboration bring? That question was answered in full over the course of eight concerts given in January and April 2018 in Baden-Baden, Paris, Munich, Essen, Vienna, Chicago, Boston, and New York. ...

American Rapture: Music of Higdon, Barber & Harlin

June 16, 2019

“Yolanda Kondonassis’ enthusiasm for her instrument is infectious,” says Jennifer Higdon when describing working with her to create a new harp concerto. This world-premiere recording by Kondonassis with Ward Stare and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is a showcase for the grandeur of the harp through this beautiful composition by Higdon. The recording continues with the triumphant First Symphony of Samuel ...

The Kernis Project: Debussy – Jasper String Quartet

June 15, 2019

This album marks the culmination of the Jasper String Quartet’s decade-long journey with Aaron Jay Kernis’s music for string quartet. The four players say, “From the moment we put bow to string for Aaron’s Second Quartet, we realized his special voice and our connection to his music’s ability to capture both the complexity of the world and the simplicity of ...

Anna Shelest: Donna Voce

June 14, 2019

This new release features works for solo piano by female composers from the 19th to the 21st centuries, performed by Anna Shelest. Opening with the sonata by Fanny Mendelssohn, the album includes works by Amy Beach, Clara Schumann, Cécile Chaminade, Lili Boulanger, and Chia-Yu Hsu. Hailed by The New York Times as a pianist of a fiery sensibility and warm ...

Herbert Howells: Cello Concerto, An English Mass

June 13, 2019

A double-disc set features orchestral, choral, and organ music by one of the most distinguished English composers of the 20th century. Herbert Howells’ An English Mass is presented by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, with the Britten Sinfonia, recorded in the sublime acoustic of King’s College Chapel. Alongside the work is the magnificent orchestrated Te Deum from the Collegium Regale service, and a ...

Duo Deloro: La Buena Vida

June 12, 2019

In an exciting collaboration, guitarists Adam del Monte and Mak Grgic journey through the wide landscape of Spanish and Latin American music. With brand new arrangements, they explore classics of Iberian Romanticism from Albéniz and Granados as well as promoting the vivid ethnic rhythms of Ginastera and the beautiful nostalgia of Carlos Gardel, master of the tango-song. The bittersweet poetic ...

Vaughan Williams: Symphonies 7 & 9 – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

June 11, 2019

The final volume in the series of Vaughan Williams’ symphonies from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Andrew Manze contains two of the most misunderstood and undervalued of the nine. The Seventh, Sinfonia antartica, is based on music he wrote for the film Scott of the Antarctic. It’s not a film score turned into a symphony, but a symphony ...

Bach: The Complete Works for Keyboard, Volume 2 – Benjamin Alard

June 10, 2019

In this second installment of the complete keyboard works, Benjamin Alard demonstrates with splendid eloquence how invaluable the young Bach’s north German experience proved to be. His attentive examination of the works of the great organ masters and his craving for all kinds of music significantly broadened the stylistic foundations of his keyboard writing. The wide range of works presented ...

Jae-Hyuck Cho: Beethoven & Liszt Piano Concertos

June 9, 2019

Pianist Jae-Hyuck Cho is one South Korea’s most active performing artists both at home and abroad. He has been described as “a musician who nears perfection with an extraordinary breadth of expression.” On his debut concerto recording from Sony Classical, Cho is joined by conductor Adrien Perruchon and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Featuring the first piano concertos of Beethoven ...

Mass Transmission: Choral Works by Mason Bates

June 8, 2019

Grammy-winning composer Mason Bates is widely renowned for his pioneering practice of creating music for conventional performing forces enhanced by electronic sounds. Of the two works presented in this album, Mass Transmission—in its world premiere recording—is a particularly winning example of Bates’ use of “electronica,” blended here with music for mixed choir and organ. Sirens, lacking electronica, still achieves mesmerizing ...

Angela Hewitt Plays Beethoven

June 7, 2019

This is the penultimate release in Angela Hewitt’s cycle of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas for the Hyperion label. The album opens with his very first sonata and includes the famous Waldstein, No. 21, one of his most technically challenging compositions. The listener’s understanding is again enhanced by Hewitt’s illuminating booklet notes, in which she sets out her approach to ...

Music of Jonathan Leshnoff – Nashville Symphony, Giancarlo Guerrero

June 6, 2019

Distinguished by The New York Times as “a leader of contemporary American lyricism,” composer Jonathan Leshnoff is renowned for his music’s striking harmonies, structural complexity, and powerful themes. Leshnoff’s Symphony No. 4 is a powerful new work written for the Violins of Hope, a collection of restored instruments that survived the Holocaust. The composer draws inspiration from an ancient Jewish mystical ...

Music of Bruckner & Wagner – Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

June 5, 2019

Andris Nelsons’ revelatory readings of Bruckner’s symphonies are permeated by his understanding of the many contradictions within the composer’s character – not least the opposition between an essential awareness of his own talent and the insecurity that compelled him to rework his scores again and again. The latest title in the Latvian conductor’s ongoing cycle for Deutsche Grammophon, performed with ...

Konstantin Scherbakov: 24 Transcendental Etudes

June 4, 2019

For his latest album, pianist Konstantin Scherbakov pairs Franz Liszt’s Transcendental Études – an ambitious, difficult group of pieces composed with the goal of moving around the circle of fifths twice – with twelve études by Sergei Lyapunov. Scherbakov says, “The Études by Lyapunov were designed as a continuation and completion of the cycle that Liszt himself planned to write ...

Chicago Gargoyle Brass & Organ Ensemble: Nights Bright Days

June 3, 2019

The Chicago Gargoyle Brass was founded in 1992 by its Artistic Director, H. Rodney Holmes, as a chamber group of faculty and students at the University of Chicago, whose campus architecture boasts a charming variety of the ensemble’s namesake. Over the years, the group transformed itself into a specialized brass and organ concert ensemble, performing a wide variety of repertoire. ...

Brahms: Violin Concerto & Double Concerto

June 2, 2019

Brahms wrote his Violin Concerto for Joseph Joachim, and in it he combined what a contemporary critic termed ‘the great and serious’ with songful lyricism, melodic beauty, and a fiery Hungarian finale. To mend a breach with the violinist, Brahms later composed a concerto with the unusual combination of violin and cello, the latter played at the premiere by Joachim’s ...

Binchois Consort: Music for Saint Katherine

June 1, 2019

The Binchois Consort, an award-winning vocal ensemble, is directed by leading academic and Director of the Centre for Early Music Performance and Research, Professor Andrew Kirkman. In this program, the consort presents music for Saint Katherine including works by Walter Frye and John Dunstaple, as well the Scottish polyphonic Mass from the Carver Choirbook, one of very few surviving pre-Reformation ...

Tchaikovsky: Complete Works for Solo Piano – Valentina Lisitsa

May 30, 2019

Pianist Valentina Lisitsa has fulfilled a daunting challenge – recording Tchaikovsky’s complete music for solo piano. The 10-disc box set features over 11 hours of music, including world-premiere rarities, making it the most complete collection of Tchaikovsky’s solo piano works. It contains previously unreleased pieces curated in association with the Tchaikovsky Research Center in Tübingen, Germany. Treasures include his earliest-surviving ...

Anthony & Demarre McGill: Winged Creatures

May 29, 2019

Anthony McGill, the New York Philharmonic’s principal clarinetist, and brother Demarre McGill, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra’s principle flutist, return to a beloved training ground, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, for an album of works for flute, clarinet, and orchestra. It features world-premiere recordings of specially commissioned duo concertos. The album’s title track, celebrated African-American composer Michael Abel’s Winged Creatures, was ...

Steven Osborne: Beethoven Piano Sonatas

May 28, 2019

Steven Osborne is one of Britain’s most treasured musicians whose insightful and idiomatic interpretations of diverse repertoire show an immense musical depth. Osborne has been performing Beethoven live in concert for many years, always to great acclaim. Now, he is committing these extraordinary performances to disc. His latest is devoted to Beethoven’s three final sonatas, one of music’s great spiritual ...

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