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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Vivaldi x2: Double Concertos – La Serenissima

July 26, 2018

Established in 1994, La Serenissima is recognized as the UK’s leading exponent of the music of 18th-century Venice. Uniquely, the group’s entire repertoire is edited from manuscript or contemporary sources, and it has been praised for “its glorious and all-too-rare ability to make one’s pulse race afresh with every new project” (Gramophone). On ‘Vivaldi x2,’ La Serenissima performs seven foot-tapping ...

Drew Petersen: American Music for Piano

July 25, 2018

In his young career, American pianist Drew Petersen has achieved some of the highest musical honors, including top prize from the 2017 American Pianists Awards and a 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant. This recital, a daunting showcase of American piano works, is a glimpse of his remarkable musicianship. The program includes music of Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Charles Ives, Elliott Carter, ...

Cello Sonatas by Chopin, Schumann & Grieg

July 24, 2018

Israeli-American cellist Inbal Segev, known for her “glowing, burnished tone” (Washington Post), makes her debut on Avie Records with Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen, praised for his “pearly touch, singing tone, and sensitivity” (New York Times), in a recording of the music of three leading Romantic composers. For their first album together, Segev and Pohjonen have chosen the expressive and sometimes ...

Debussy: Preludes; La Mer – Alexander Melnikov, Olga Pashchenko

July 23, 2018

A century after his death in 1918, many artists are eager to pay tribute to Claude Debussy, the magician of melody and timbre, the great ‘colorist’ and father of modern music. Alexander Melnikov is among those pianists increasingly committed to playing the works of the past on the instruments on which they came into being (or could have done so). ...

European Soloists, Luxembourg: Schubert & Berio

July 22, 2018

Just before his death in 1828, Franz Schubert was at work on his Tenth Symphony, which was destined to become yet another unfinished work. The extensive sketches are fascinating and show Schubert clearly moving into new sound worlds that anticipate Mahler in the central slow movement. Luciano Berio’s ingenious work ‘Rendering’ brings Schubert’s sketches alive by creating a new work ...

Tango Fado Duo

July 21, 2018

In their new release, Tango Fado Duo (guitarist Pedro H. da Silva and bandoneonist Daniel Binelli) explore the relationship between the sensuality of Argentine tango and the passion of Portuguese fado, interweaving the traditional sounds of their respective instruments. Although tango and fado originate from two distant countries and differ in rhythm and instrumentation, they are closely related in harmony, ...

Amsterdam Sinfonietta: Bartók & Brahms

July 20, 2018

Amsterdam Sinfonietta was founded in 1988, with Lev Markiz as its first artistic director. Candida Thompson has been the orchestra’s concertmaster since 1995, as well as its artistic director since 1995. Their approach to music-making without a conductor is what distinguishes the group from other chamber orchestras. The ensemble’s latest recording features Bartók’s Divertimento and a string orchestra version of ...

Daniel Lozakovich: Music of Bach

July 19, 2018

It was only by chance that Daniel Lozakovich, who was born in Sweden in 2001, began playing the violin at the age of six: his parents, neither of them musicians, sent a sports-mad Daniel to a music school, where he resolutely chose the violin as his instrument. After his very first lesson, his teacher declared him exceptionally talented, and two ...

Daniele Pollini: Music of Chopin, Scriabin & Stockhausen

July 18, 2018

Daniele Pollini is the son of the famous Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini. He made ​​his debut as a pianist at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro in the summer of 1997. He also participated in the Salzburg Festival and the Ruhr Piano Festival and made ​​his successful debut in Paris and in the United States. Following in the footsteps of his ...

Roberto Prosseda: Piano Works of Charles Gounod

July 16, 2018

In celebration of the 200th birthday of French composer Charles Gounod, Roberto Prosseda has released a collection of rarely heard piano works by the composer who is mostly remembered for his work on the opera stage. Gounod was an amateur pianist in matters of technique, but he excelled at accompanying himself singing his own melodies. He composed about 40 piano ...

Teach Me Thy Statutes: Music of Pavel Chesnokov

July 15, 2018

Russian sacred music constitutes an entirely unique aspect of Russian and world musical culture. Among the composers whose musical legacy has become an integral part of the Russian Orthodox Church’s liturgical life is Pavel Chesnokov (1877-1944). He belongs to the so-called “new direction” of Moscow composers, a school of church composition that arose in the late 19th-early 20th centuries within ...

Neave Trio: French Moments

July 14, 2018

The young Neave Trio explores some of the most prominent French composers of the early 20th century in their new album. The dominant piece here is the lesser-known trio by Albert Roussel: only the second of his completed works to be published. This is followed by Debussy’s early piano trio, performed with a bright and radiant approach that provides great moments of ...

Casals Quartet: Beethoven’s Complete String Quartets, Volume 1

July 13, 2018

Launching its complete cycle of Beethoven’s string quartets, the Casals Quartet presents this first installment featuring initial examples of the genre from each of the three key periods in the composer’s career: his formative years, the so-called ‘heroic’ middle period, and that of his artistic maturity. The ingenious juxtaposition shows how much his superhuman quest for perfection enriched a compositional ...

Brasil Guitar Duo: Concertos of Brouwer & Bellinati

July 12, 2018

These two concertos show the increasing importance of the guitar duo on the world’s concert stages. Leo Brouwer, one of the foremost Latin American composers, has written many admired guitar concertos, but The Book of Signs is his first for two guitars, a double concerto of great virtuosity, with a majestic, songful theme in its central movement. A crucial figure ...

Boston Baroque: Biber’s Mystery Sonatas

July 11, 2018

Heinrich Biber’s astonishingly powerful and deeply emotional Mystery Sonatas represent a triumph of Baroque invention. The adventurous use of six baroque violins in fifteen different tunings creates otherworldly soundscapes that result in a deeply moving and glorious listening experience. This highly disorientating practice reaches its pinnacle in Sonata XI (The Resurrection) where the middle two strings are crossed over each ...

Eleonor Bindman & Jenny Lin: The Brandenburg Duets

July 10, 2018

Eleonor Bindman’s new transcription of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos highlights their polyphony, imagining how Bach might have distributed the score if he had created four-part inventions for piano duet. With an equal partnership between the two instrumentalists, using the modern piano’s full potential to convey the unique scoring and character of each work, the concertos are ordered to create an engaging ...

Orchestral Works of Debussy – Philharmonia Orchestra, Pablo Heras-Casado

July 9, 2018

A century after his death in 1918, many artists are eager to pay tribute to Claude Debussy, the magician of melody and timbre, the great ‘colorist’ and father of modern music. Alongside two shimmering masterpieces, La Mer and the celebrated Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, the Symphonic Fragments from Le Martyre de saint Sébastien receive loving attention from the distinguished musicians of the Philharmonia Orchestra, ...

The Brook Street Band: Handel’s Violin Sonatas

July 8, 2018

The Brook Street Band’s enthusiasm for the music of George Frideric Handel shines through on this recording of the nine Violin Sonatas by, or attributed to, the Baroque composer. The ensemble’s tenth release for Avie compliments its critically acclaimed and award-winning discography of a wide variety of Handel’s chamber music and vocal works. “These performances have a powerful stamp of ...

Joshua Bell Plays Bruch

July 7, 2018

Max Bruch’s two violin masterpieces have inspired the new album from Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell. Bell performs and directs the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in his first-ever recording of the Scottish Fantasy and offers a fresh take on Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26 – the first concerto Bell recorded thirty years ...

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer

July 6, 2018

Mendelssohn’s incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream was written in 1842, on a commission from King Frederick William IV of Prussia. The king was inspired by a presentation of Sophocles’s Antigone which featured music by Mendelssohn, and was the first of several commissions for the composer to write music to accompany the king’s favorite plays. It’s interesting to note ...