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.

Janos Gereben - April 9, 2024

The conductor assumes a distinguished post at the SF Conservatory of Music, while Pentatone prepares to release a collection of his compositions.

Andrew Gilbert - April 2, 2024

Video game music has a sizable fan base, and the academy has taken notice.

Richard S. Ginell - April 1, 2024

The composer’s new piano concerto, written for Garrick Ohlsson, is all about bridging distances.

Jason Victor Serinus - March 26, 2024

Taken from 2023 concert performances in London led by conductor Simon Rattle, this recording has not a weak link.

Richard S. Ginell - March 25, 2024

The violinist is in his element on this disc, a thoughtful, charming program that covers some seven centuries of music.

Jeff Rosenfeld - March 25, 2024

The great conductor, who died in February, left an unparalleled recording legacy that spans a huge range of music. Here’s where to begin.

Janos Gereben - March 12, 2024

A local documentary about a Los Angeles instrument repair shop is the big musical win of the night.

Richard S. Ginell - March 12, 2024

The Gustavo Gimeno-led disc is in competition with the remastered release of a famous 1967 TSO recording under Seiji Ozawa.

Simon Cohen - March 12, 2024

The flutist and singer is mesmerizing as she presents her second album live at Cal Performances.

Tim Greiving - March 5, 2024

A number of well-known composers have died on the job and received Academy Award nominations for their final works.