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.

Lou Fancher - May 18, 2020

Ian Zack’s engaging book traces the venerated singer’s artistic victory over personal struggles, rampant racism, and professional challenges.

Richard S. Ginell - May 18, 2020

A decade’s worth of the Canadian composer’s challenging new music takes time to absorb.

Richard S. Ginell - May 12, 2020

The adventurous concert series celebrates the early minimalist with an inaugural CD of his challenging music.

Steven Winn - May 11, 2020

Stabat Mater reveals the diversity of the Estonian composer’s musical ideas.

Jason Victor Serinus - May 11, 2020

Tom Cipullo and David Mason’s chamber opera celebrates the life and stark poetry of Holocaust victim Miklós Radnóti.

Jeff Kaliss - May 5, 2020

A trio of Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson, and Christine Popper write originals in a different key from what you expect.

Lou Fancher - May 4, 2020

The former dancer’s harrowing memoir traces her journey from a promising career on the boards toward great self-fulfillment.

Richard S. Ginell - May 2, 2020

The composer’s timely, poignant work is lovingly rendered by the Oregon Symphony and guests.

Peter Feher - April 28, 2020

The new-music organization finds a novel way to connect with its audience.

Richard S. Ginell - April 24, 2020

The composer’s latest is a choral memoir of life in a Soho loft.