Media

Sometimes artists make their most daring leaps using recorded media. Our expert staff collects and selects the most interesting recordings, books, movies, and videos to review here, helping you keep track of the music scene from the comfort of your home.

Richard S. Ginell - April 11, 2021

The groundbreaking CBS Masterworks Black Composers Series presents parallel music history spanning two centuries.

Jason Victor Serinus - April 5, 2021

Our guide to some of the superbly gifted mezzo-soprano’s very finest performances.

Richard S. Ginell - April 5, 2021

A beautiful recording of Deryck Cooke’s finished score shows the profound depth of Mahler’s vision for the symphony.

Steven Winn - April 3, 2021

LCCE’s new recording elicits the transcendent spirit of Olivier Messiaen’s timeless composition.

Michael Zwiebach - March 30, 2021

The Kennedy Center honoree is still just in mid-career. Here’s a guide to three decades of her recordings.

Richard S. Ginell - March 29, 2021

A digital-only EP captures the Seattle Symphony in the premiere live performance of Walker’s uncompromising Sinfonia No. 5.

 

Richard S. Ginell - March 22, 2021

SF Symphony’s new music director has an impressive back catalog as a conductor and a composer. Here’s our guide to some of his best.

Richard S. Ginell - March 15, 2021

Abetted by Alexey Botvinov, Hope gives a remarkable account of Alfred Schnittke’s thorny chamber works for violin and piano.

Michael Zwiebach - March 9, 2021

Choosing from the singer’s enormous legacy in all media can be daunting. Here’s an assist.

Richard S. Ginell - March 8, 2021

The Clarinet Quintet is the high point of this introductory volume of Catalyst’s Uncovered series exploring Black composers.