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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Munich Philharmonic/Pablo Heras-Casado: Music of Bartok

February 7, 2018

Neither the disillusionment that set in after his exile to the United States nor his declining health stopped Béla Bartók from fulfilling his commission for the Concerto for Orchestra nor from writing the Third Piano Concerto, his final work, intended to secure his wife’s future. Hence his gloomy circumstances led to two masterpieces (and gained him a long-awaited American reputation). ...

Yale Schola Cantorum: Music of Palestrina

February 6, 2018

Yale Schola Cantorum is a chamber choir that performs sacred music from the sixteenth century to the present day in concert settings and choral services around the world. It is sponsored by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and conducted by David Hill. Open by audition to students from all departments and professional schools across Yale University, the choir has ...

Denis Matsuev: Rachmaninoff & Prokofiev Piano Concertos

February 5, 2018

Born less than twenty years apart, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev were two of the greatest composer-pianists of the 20th Century and their instrument played a central role in many of their greatest works. In this recording, virtuoso pianist Denis Matsuev contrasts their second piano concertos, pieces that are both formidable and unmistakably Russian in their own way. He is joined by ...

Arcangelo: Bach Magnificats

February 4, 2018

Arcangelo brings together some of the world’s finest musicians who excel on both historical and modern instruments under the direction of Jonathan Cohen. Equally, their handpicked choir features the cream of the British choral scene. These are performers of dazzling technical ability, but they also have a passion for faithful interpretation that goes far beyond historical understanding. On their latest ...

Joseph Calleja: Verdi

February 3, 2018

Joseph Calleja explores the light and dark in Verdi’s heroic tenors on his new album. A significant step into Verdi repertoire for Calleja, the album reflects the tenor’s flourishing live career performing at leading opera houses the world over. The recording features solo favorites such as Celeste Aida and Di quella pira, as well as duets with soprano Angela Gheorghiu ...

Liza Stepanova: Tones & Colors

February 2, 2018

Pianist Liza Stepanova, praised by the New York Times for her “thoughtful musicality” and “fleet-fingered panache,” presents the new album “Tones & Colors” on CAG Records. This collection showcases the cross-pollination between visual and aural media through thirteen pieces of music, spanning the centuries between Bach and Ligeti, inspired by paintings, drawings, and sculptures.

Lea & Esther Birringer: Lifelines

February 1, 2018

Lea Birringer has firmly established herself as one of the most celebrated German violinists to emerge internationally in recent years. Her sister, pianist Esther Birringer, generates equal enthusiasm among the public with her confident style. Since their shared international success in major chamber music competitions in 2011, the sisters have also conquered the concert halls as a duo. Their album ‘Lifelines’ pays tribute to three ...

Charles Owen & Katya Apekisheva: Music of Rachmaninoff

January 31, 2018

Piano duo partners Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva turn to Rachmaninoff’s diverse Suites for two pianos, and the composer’s atmospheric Morceaux, for their first joint recording for Avie. The co-founders of the London Piano Festival delve into the Suite No. 1, also known as Fantaisie-tableaux, with its poetic inspirations, and the more traditional Suite No. 2 which marked Rachmaninoff’s compositional comeback ...

Bruce Levingston: Windows

January 29, 2018

Bruce Levingston is one of today’s celebrated figures in contemporary classical music. The title of his new album, “Windows,”  is taken from the suite by American composer James Matheson, heard here in its world premiere recording. This evocative work depicts the stained glass windows of Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse inspired by ancient imagery and scripture. These works led Levingston ...

2018 New Year’s Concert in Vienna

January 26, 2018

Few concerts can claim to generate such tremendous international interest as the New Year’s Concert from Vienna. Under the baton of the world’s leading conductors, the Vienna Philharmonic rings in the New Year with a gala concert from the magnificent setting of the Golden Hall in Vienna’s Musikverein. The event is broadcast to over 90 countries all over the world ...

Stephen Hough: Debussy

January 25, 2018

Stephen Hough is widely regarded as one of the most important and distinctive pianists of his generation. From highly acclaimed performances of central repertoire in recital, in recording, and with the world’s greatest orchestras to an interest in contemporary and neglected nineteenth-century works, he integrates the imagination and pianistic color of the past with the scholarship and intellectual rigor of ...

Francesca Dego: Violin Concertos by Paganini & Wolf-Ferrari

January 23, 2018

This album marks Italian violinist Francesca Dego’s debut orchestral recording on Deutsche Grammophon. It features two Italian masterpieces: Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s seldom-performed Violin Concerto and Paganini’s renowned Concerto No. 1, which celebrates its 200th anniversary this year. Dego recorded Wolf-Ferrari’s concerto when she gave the UK premiere of the piece at Symphony Hall with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and ...

Camerata Chicago: Sweetest Day Concert

January 22, 2018

Founded in 2003, Camerata Chicago is a chamber orchestra equally at home in intimate settings well as in larger chamber music venues, performing the rich tapestry of diverse chamber orchestral repertoire that includes newly commissioned works. Camerata Chicago is now firmly established as one of the finest chamber orchestras and has performed frequently on WFMT. On their latest album, taken from ...

Debussy: Sonatas & Piano Trio

January 21, 2018

Marking the centenary of Debussy’s death on March 25, 1918, this album of chamber music is centered on the three sonatas the composer wrote during World War I, patriotically asserting himself as ‘Claude Debussy, musicien français.’ Six leading French musicians of today are the performers: pianist Bertrand Chamayou, flutist Emmanuel Pahud, violinist Renaud Capuçon, cellist Edgar Moreau, viola player Gerard ...

Seong-Jin Cho: Debussy

January 20, 2018

2015 Chopin Competition winner Seong-Jin Cho explores Debussy’s piano music on this new collection. Following his two best-selling all-Chopin albums, the pianist brings together some of the French composer’s most popular works and cycles, including Suite bergamasque (with the beloved Clair de lune) and Children’s Corner. The latter contains favorites of every aspiring pianist, but despite its name it is ...

Rachel Barton Pine: Elgar & Bruch Violin Concertos

January 19, 2018

Rachel Barton Pine releases her first recordings of two repertory staples – violin concertos by Edward Elgar and Max Bruch. The two works – Elgar’s only concerto for violin and Bruch’s first – straddle the turn of the 20th century but have a common Romantic hue. The album is dedicated to “the memory of a musical hero and generous friend, Sir ...

Gurzenich Orchestra: Mahler’s Fifth Symphony

January 18, 2018

Immortalized in Luchino Visconti’s masterpiece “Death in Venice,” Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 (with its unforgettable Adagietto) today needs no introduction. Except to point out that the composer himself led its premiere some 113 years ago, conducting the Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne. For this recording, the modern-day players comprising the very same ensemble are led by the city’s newly appointed General ...

Joseph Moog: Brahms & Strauss

January 17, 2018

Born in 1987 in Ludwigshafen as the son of professional musicians, Joseph Moog captivates audiences with his mature stylistic authenticity, transcendental virtuosity and his bold, unique program selections, which include his own compositions. On his latest recording, he pairs works of Brahms and Richard Strauss. Brahms was 48 years old and at the height of his powers when he completed ...

Pixis: Piano Trios

January 16, 2018

The Leonore Piano Trio revives three works by a figure already—and unfairly—consigned to the musical footnotes of history before he died, and yet whose music is bound to charm in such persuasive performances as these. If Johann Peter Pixis is remembered at all, it is for his contribution to Liszt’s Hexaméron and in a few musical anecdotes. Albert Ehrlich in his Celebrated Pianists of ...

Tippett: Symphonies 1 & 2

January 15, 2018

British conductor Martyn Brabbins is known for his affinity with music of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, to which he brings a Romantic sensibility, an unerring sense of pace and an extraordinary ear for detail. Sir Michael Tippett’s first two published symphonies are mature and confident works dating from the middle of the last century. Riveting accounts from ...

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