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 Film Scores & Original Orchestral Music of George Martin

December 11, 2017

Most people will know George Martin from his music production work and groundbreaking orchestral arrangements for The Beatles and many other pop artists. What is less known is that he also composed. Starting at the age of eight, Martin continually wrote original music throughout his life. This recording showcases, for the first time, the major works of George Martin. The ...

Ishay Shaer: Late Beethoven

December 10, 2017

Ishay Shaer is steadily becoming one of the leading pianists of his generation. Following his acclaimed debut album nearly a decade ago, Ishay’s latest release presents Beethoven’s late masterpieces. In this exploration of Beethoven’s piano repertoire, Ishay presents two contrasting styles of Beethoven’s compositional technique: short and intense Bagatelles alongside two longer Piano Sonatas.

Matthias Goerne: Bach Cantatas for Bass

December 9, 2017

In composing his cantatas for solo voice, Johann Sebastian Bach magisterially combined two elements that might seem irreconcilable: strict devotion within the framework of weekly Lutheran worship and vocal virtuosity, served by skillful highlighting of the voice. The result is a style in which the expression of the sacred Word is raised to a peak of intensity – notably when ...

Lusine Grigoryan: Music of Komitas

December 8, 2017

Komitas Vardapet (1869-1935) is revered as the founder of contemporary music in Armenia. Composer, ethnomusicologist, singer and priest, he explored the full range of his country’s musical history and wrote music that found points of contact between sacred and secular tradition. His piano pieces are mostly based upon Armenian folk songs and dances. Pianist Lusine Grigoryan has thoroughly researched Armenian ...

Gantriis-Zimmermann Guitar Duo: Pinpoints

December 7, 2017

Volkmar Zimmermann and Kristian Gantriis are both members of the internationally acclaimed Corona Guitar Quartet and now they have joined forces as an independent ensemble, the Gantriis-Zimmermann Guitar Duo and ‘Pinpoints’ is the result of their collaboration. The two musicians have assembled an enticingly eclectic collection of brief pieces from around the world — Argentine tangos, Danish songs, Spanish dances, ...

Bach: Cello Suites – Thomas Demenga

December 6, 2017

Swiss cellist Thomas Demenga returns to Bach’s suites. “To me, Bach is the greatest musical genius who has ever lived. His music is pure, sublime. It possesses something divine and each musician has a lifetime in which to discover new ways of interpreting it.” Demenga previously recorded the cello suites for ECM between 1986 and 2002, juxtaposing them with contemporary ...

Glass: Complete Etudes for Piano – Jenny Lin

December 5, 2017

One of the most influential composers of our time, Philip Glass has created an opus in the tradition of Chopin. The Etudes, conceived to develop his own keyboard skills, evolved into a career achievement reflecting the breadth of his compositional style. Jenny Lin is one of the most respected young pianists today, admired for her adventurous programming and charismatic stage ...

Les Talens Lyriques: Music of Rameau

December 4, 2017

Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques bring us to the stage of the Royal Academy of Music where Pygmalion, a ballet by Jean-Philippe Rameau inspired by an episode from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, was created in 1748. Love, showing empathy for Pygmalion’s despair of loving a statue, animates the sculpted woman who immediately falls in love with her creator. The music of ...

Alain Lefèvre: Works by Mathieu & Gershwin

December 3, 2017

This new album by pianist and composer Alain Lefèvre unveils the results of three years of hard work by Jacques Marchand, George Nicholson and Lefèvre aimed at restoring a missing link in Canadian musical history. It was in the fall of 1942 that young Québec prodigy André Mathieu, just 13 years old and at the peak of his glory, began writing ...

Lise de la Salle: Bach Unlimited

December 2, 2017

French pianist Lise de la Salle’s new album is a profound and elegant tribute to the timeless genius of Bach, presenting works from across three centuries by Bach, Liszt, Busoni, Roussel, Poulenc and Thomas Enhco.  De la Salle came to international attention at the age of 16 with an enthusiastically-received Bach/Liszt recording that belied her young age. Now, a decade ...

Schubert: Trout Quintet

November 30, 2017

For her first-ever recording of Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter teamed up with piano virtuoso Daniil Trifonov and three young soloists from the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation. “Chamber music is at once the most personal and the most emotional music of all,” says Mutter. “The greatest works of music history were written for chamber ensemble.” For Trifonov, this includes Schubert’s ...

Yuuko Shiokawa & Andras Schiff: Bach, Busoni, Beethoven

November 29, 2017

Violinist Yuuko Shiokawa and pianist András Schiff are heard here in an insightful – and delightful – program of sonatas for violin and piano which begins with Bach’s Sonata No. 3 in E major, ends with Beethoven’s Sonata No. 10 in G major, and has at its center Busoni’s Sonata No. 2 in E minor. No other 20th century composer ...

Walton: Symphonies 1 & 2 – Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

November 28, 2017

Walton’s First Symphony burst onto the musical scene in 1935, and quickly became recognized as a masterpiece. Influences of Sibelius and Beethoven can clearly be heard, but it is Walton’s brilliant use of the orchestra and grasp of form that shines through – a remarkable achievement for a composer of 33 years. His Second Symphony has never had an easy ...

The Gate of Glory: Music from the Eton Choirbook

November 27, 2017

The men and boys of The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and director Stephen Darlington continue their exploration of the Eton Choirbook, the extraordinarily vast and diverse collection of English sacred music from the early Renaissance, with a fifth volume in their critically acclaimed series. “The Gate of Glory” includes a world premiere recording – Walter Lambe’s Gaude flore ...

The Romantic Piano Concerto: Music of Roger Sacheverell Coke

November 26, 2017

The pianist and composer Roger Sacheverell Coke was born in 1912, the son of an old Derbyshire family that traced its roots to the 15th century. Musically, Coke was a disciple of Rachmaninoff, feeling no kinship with the music either of the post-War European avant-garde or of his nearest British contemporary, Benjamin Britten. Instead, his unashamedly romantic musical style reflected his ...

Angela Gheorghiu: Eternamente

November 25, 2017

For “Eternamente,” her first studio recording in six years, soprano Angela Gheorghiu focuses on Italian composers of the generation that followed Verdi and predominantly on repertoire she has not sung before – including some fascinating rarities. Joining her for duets from Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Giordano’s Andrea Chénier is another star of today’s opera stage, tenor Joseph Calleja.

Schumann Symphonies: San Francisco Symphony / Michael Tilson Thomas

November 24, 2017

The Grammy Award-winning team of Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present a premium edition two-disc recording of the complete symphonies of Robert Schumann, one of the most evocative composers of the Romantic era. Michael Tilson Thomas’s nuanced approach accentuates the tender, simple, and vulnerable side of Schumann’s symphonies, which MTT calls a ”preserve for endangered emotions.” Recorded ...

Harmonie Ensemble New York: Toscanini 150th Anniversary

November 23, 2017

This recording pays tribute to the legendary Italian conductor, Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957), presenting compositions and transcriptions the Maestro made, performed by longtime admirers, Steven Richman and the Harmonie Ensemble/New York. One of the most acclaimed musicians of the late 19th century and 20th century, Toscanini was renowned for his brilliant intensity, his restless perfectionism, his phenomenal ear for orchestral detail ...

Menahem Pressler Plays Mozart

November 22, 2017

In this second volume devoted to Mozart piano sonatas, Menahem Pressler infuses a serenity and tenderness rarely reached in this music. Pressler says, “I’ve always had a great love for Mozart…I’ve often played the sonatas, but I had never really taken them into my repertory: I had to learn everything again. When you relearn something, you mustn’t think it’s the ...

Jose Serebrier Conducts Granados

November 20, 2017

This album of Spanish music arranged for strings celebrates the 150th birthday of Enrique Granados. It was recorded by José Serebrier and Concerto Málaga. The orchestra is now one of the foremost ensembles in Spain, best known for its dedicated research into string repertoire ranging from the 17th century onwards. Their recording pays tribute to one of Spain’s most important ...