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 - September 13, 2021

A new disc featuring commissions for the Paul Whiteman Orchestra reveals the charms of a once-popular composer who deserves wider recognition.

Michael Zwiebach - September 8, 2021

In her long conducting career, Alsop has often been first, but she’s also a standout recording star.

Richard S. Ginell - September 7, 2021

The Czech National Symphony Orchestra renders three Mendoza compositions with soprano Julia Bullock and saxophonist Joshua Redman joining in.

Andrew Gilbert - August 30, 2021

A tribute to Wayne Shorter’s work makes room for tunes by Dave Balakrishnan and others.

Richard S. Ginell - August 23, 2021

Gil Rose and company bracket Medea with an old favorite and a revealing Hand of Bridge.

Jason Victor Serinus - August 16, 2021

But despite the star soprano, the recording has weaknesses.

Emily Wilson - August 16, 2021

An introduction to some of the very best from the brilliant cellist’s prolific recording career.

Richard S. Ginell - August 2, 2021

Good performances of early pieces by a composer who later forged his own distinctive language.

Richard S. Ginell - July 19, 2021

He’s one of the giants of the jazz world, but he’s never settled for just one genre. SFCV has your guide to the pianist/composer’s staggering output.

Richard S. Ginell - July 19, 2021

The group’s latest album captures some of the trends in new music now.