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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Emmanuel Pahud, Eric Le Sage: Romances

May 12, 2023

Flutist Emmanuel Pahud and pianist Eric Le Sage play arrangements of short pieces and songs by four German composers of the mid-19th century: Robert and Clara Schumann and Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn. Major composers of the earlier Romantic period somewhat neglected the flute as a solo instrument, even though there were a number of virtuoso players and the flute was ...

Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 – City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner

May 11, 2023

For the third volume in their cycle of Schubert’s symphonies, Edward Gardner and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra turn to the first and fourth symphonies. Composed in 1813, when Schubert was just sixteen, the First Symphony admirably demonstrates the young composer’s grasp of symphonic form and technique, and while the influences of Haydn, Mozart, and early Beethoven are clearly ...

Jean-Paul Gasparian: Debussy

May 10, 2023

Naïve Classics releases the label debut of French pianist and Steinway Artist Jean-Paul Gasparian, dedicated to the music of Debussy. The disc includes Debussy’s first book of Preludes and his three-movement suite Estampes. The album also includes the premiere recording of Ronde de printemps for solo piano, which was transcribed by Gasparian’s father, pianist Gérard Gasparian. “It is, in a ...

Daniel Lozakovich, Stanislav Soloviev: Spirits

May 9, 2023

Daniel Lozakovich’s rich, romantic style of playing often sees him likened to the iconic violinists of the 20th century. On Spirits, his latest Deutsche Grammophon recording, he celebrates some of his forebears in the hope of passing on their style and repertoire to younger generations. “I’ve chosen a selection of very accessible miniatures, which I associate with different violinists,” he explains. ...

Music of Roberto Sierra – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Domingo Hindoyan

May 8, 2023

When introduced to the audience in Liverpool by Domingo Hindoyan, Roberto Sierra’s music was greeted with standing ovations. His name may be new to many, but his music is vibrant, appealing, accessible, and extremely well crafted. Sierra says, “The works included on this album span 25 years of creative activity. While current projects are always my focus, looking back is ...

Handel: Coronation Anthems – RIAS Chamber Choir, Berlin Academy for Ancient Music, Justin Doyle

May 5, 2023

In 1727, having just become a naturalized British subject, Handel was commissioned to write a set of anthems for the coronation of George II. Since he could hardly have expected ever to see a more majestic occasion, the composer took full advantage of it to put on a musical firework display of unprecedented splendor. Justin Doyle leads the RIAS Chamber ...

Lara Downes: Love at Last

May 4, 2023

Billboard chart-topping pianist, cultural catalyst, and media personality Lara Downes’ album Love at Last is a collection of solo works conceived by Downes to express a message of hope, community, and perseverance — each piece a symbol of art’s ability to console and enlighten, emphasizing the connective possibilities of music. The album takes its title from a poem by the ...

C.P.E. Bach: Sonatas for Keyboard & Violin – Rachel Podger, Kristian Bezuidenhout

May 3, 2023

The Baroque dream team of violinist Rachel Podger and keyboardist Kristian Bezuidenhout interpret the music of C.P.E. Bach’s Violin Sonatas in C minor, B minor, D major, and G minor, filled, as Podger says, with “surprises and unpredictable turns.” The two early sonatas, from the 1730s, resemble the older style of the composer’s father. The later sonatas, written 30 to ...

Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 – Sinfonia of London, John Wilson

May 2, 2023

John Wilson and Sinfonia of London release their second album of Rachmaninoff. The Second Symphony was mostly composed in Dresden – where Rachmaninoff was escaping the political and professional pressures of Russia – in 1906. An hour’s worth of music, the symphony is one of his largest works after the operas, and is widely viewed as one of his greatest ...

Bruce Liu Plays Bach

May 1, 2023

Bruce Liu showcases his extraordinary talent in a recording for Deutsche Grammophon of Johann Sebastian Bach’s French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816. Bach wrote this suite, one of a set of six, in the early 1720s, possibly as a wedding present for his second wife, Anna Magdalena. The collection later became known as the “French Suites,” but the ...

Rolling River: American Choral – Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, Graham Ross

April 28, 2023

Choral singing enjoys astonishing vitality in America. Alongside Leonard Bernstein’s prodigious Chichester Psalms, Samuel Barber’s Two Choruses, and James Erb’s much-loved arrangement of Shenandoah, Graham Ross and the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge introduce us to the colorful works of a younger generation of composers on the other side of the Atlantic. A splendid panorama of American choral music from ...

Louise Farrenc: Symphonies 1-3, Overtures – Insula Orchestra, Laurence Equilbey

April 27, 2023

Laurence Equilbey conducts the Insula Orchestra in the first complete recording on period instruments of Louise Farrenc’s symphonies and overtures. This 2-CD set expands upon the 2021 Erato release of Farrenc’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3, adding Symphony No. 2, Overture No. 1 in E minor, and Overture No. 2 in E-flat Major. Farrenc (1804-75) was a prominent figure in ...

Haruma Sato: On Wings of Song – Mendelssohn Works

April 26, 2023

25-year-old cellist Haruma Sato, who in 2019 won the cello division of the long-established and prestigious Munich International Music Competition, releases his third album, On Wings of Song – Mendelssohn Works. With pianist Wataru Hisasue, Sato performs Mendelssohn’s two sonatas for cello, Variations Concertantes, and an arrangement of On Wings of Song, Mendelssohn’s best-known piece.

Mozart: Complete Piano Sonatas – Yeol Eum Son

April 10, 2023

Yeol Eum Son makes her label debut on Naïve playing Mozart’s complete piano sonatas in a 6-CD box set. The Korean pianist has achieved distinction in numerous international competitions, including the Tchaikovsky, Viotti, Rubinstein, and Van Cliburn. While recording, Yeol Eum emphasized bringing out the different characters of each sonata. She says, “You can enjoy the young, curious, experimental, and ...

Haydn: String Quartets, Opp. 42, 51, 77 – London Haydn Quartet

April 7, 2023

With Haydn’s String Quartets Opp. 42, 77, and The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross, the London Haydn Quartet completes a much-admired survey of their namesake’s mature quartets. This final installment provides a fitting conclusion to a series which throughout has communicated a real sense of joy, both in Haydn’s inexhaustible inspiration and in the collaborative music-making which ...

Gesualdo: Tenebræ Responsoria – Les Arts Florissants, Paul Agnew

April 6, 2023

Founded in 1979 by William Christie, Les Arts Florissants is one of the best-known Baroque-music ensembles in the world. Established in the name of creativity, the ensemble has played a pioneering role in the revival of a repertoire that had been largely forgotten and which is now enjoyed across the globe. This pioneering spirit has never died, and Les Arts ...

Rachmaninoff, Bowen, Medtner: Music for Two Pianos – Joseph Moog, Kai Adomeit

April 5, 2023

Three pianist-composers from the first half of the last century form the program for Joseph Moog and Kai Adomeit’s new album. For this recording, they perform three works for two pianos – Sergei Rachmaninoff’s late Symphonic Dances from 1940 (premiered in August 1942 by the composer and Vladimir Horowitz at a private party in Beverley Hills, California), York Bowen’s Theme ...

Raphaël Feuillâtre: Visages Baroques

April 4, 2023

“My first album for Deutsche Grammophon stems from a desire to share my love for Baroque music,” says rising-star French guitarist Raphaël Feuillâtre. Visages Baroques presents music by J.S. Bach and his French contemporaries Forqueray, Rameau, Royer, and Duphly. The carefully curated program translates works mostly conceived for solo harpsichord into the colorful sound world of the guitar. “The title Visages Baroques (“Baroque Faces”) ...

Strauss & Debussy: London Symphony Orchestra, François-Xavier Roth

April 3, 2023

Opening with its famous “Sunrise” fanfare, there is no mistaking Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra. A bold, intrepid tone poem, famously used by Stanley Kubrick in 2001: A Space Odyssey, it explores mankind’s place in the universe, diving headfirst into themes of religion, science, and individuality. François-Xavier Roth’s interpretation of Debussy’s Jeux completes the album. The kaleidoscopic score begins in a ...

Aria: Luka Faulisi, Itamar Golan

March 31, 2023

For his debut on Sony Classical, violinist Luka Faulisi takes us into the “world of dreams” that is Romantic opera. Among the operatic jewels are Franz Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy, Henryk Wieniawski’s Fantasy on Themes from Gounod’s Faust, Leopold Auer’s arrangement of Lensky’s Aria from Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin, and Fausili’s own version of Violetta’s glittering aria Sempre libera from Verdi’s ...

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