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.

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.

Jason Victor Serinus - March 2, 2021

As Nicholas McGegan and Celine Ricci report, historical performance practice is not about embracing austerity, but rather its opposite.

Steven Winn - March 1, 2021

The violinist is a superb ambassador for the City of Lights in this exuberant outing with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

Richard S. Ginell - March 1, 2021

Recorded during the pandemic, Saudade showcases recent compositions from a creative voice that deserves a broader audience.

Richard S. Ginell - February 22, 2021

A new release of outtakes, practice runs, and studio chatter illuminates the evolution of a jazz classic.

Steven Winn - February 22, 2021

Violinist Gil Shaham and soprano Susanna Phillips are featured soloists in this new release from concerts recorded in 2015 and 2018.

Tamzin Elliott - February 15, 2021

A cycle of songs that chart “birth, blooming, fracturing, and rebirth” in the year of the coronavirus.

Gil French - February 8, 2021

All-stars including Sasha Cooke, Daniel Hope, and members of the SF Opera Orchestra highlight a splendid new recording featuring the Violins of Hope.

Paul Kotapish - February 2, 2021

A new digital label aims to celebrate the full history and range of Black composers in monthly installments.