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.

Simon Cohen - February 21, 2023

The Takács Quartet’s first violinist tracks his own history and those of favorite composers in Distant Melodies: Music in Search of Home.

Richard S. Ginell - February 21, 2023

A DVD of the new ballet shows its onstage brilliance in addition to being a great score.

Emily Wilson - February 14, 2023

Cappella Romana discovers and performs music from a meeting in 1400 between the English king and the Byzantine emperor.

Richard S. Ginell - February 6, 2023

The Catalan composer has a champion in pianist Stephen Hough, who has just recorded a collection of Mompou’s miniatures.

Jason Victor Serinus - February 3, 2023

Some of the soprano’s greatest roles are preserved in this two-CD set from the Metropolitan Opera.

Jason Victor Serinus - January 31, 2023

A new recital album turns up a number of exciting bel canto rarities, along with familiar favorites — all beautifully sung.

Richard S. Ginell - January 23, 2023

But it’s the Clara Schumann Piano Trio that makes this recording particularly valuable.

Richard S. Ginell - January 16, 2023

The composer is far from his rock ’n’ roll roots with this recent recording of two major orchestral works.

Joe Cadagin - January 3, 2023

In Music for Film, Sculpture, and Captions, the composer teases out connections to jazz, surrealist film, and Ruth Asawa.

SFCV Editors - December 20, 2022

Offered without critique, a smorgasbord of recorded music released this year.