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 - August 31, 2020

A heartbreaking oratorio transcends personal pain to offer universal succor in challenging times.

Steven Winn - August 21, 2020

An anthology of the violinist's intimate livestream performances with special guests is a relaxed audio bouquet of comfortable standards.

Jason Victor Serinus - August 18, 2020

A recital of modern American song with the composer and one of his finest interpreters.

Andrew Gilbert - August 18, 2020

Intriguing new books explore the history of jazz in films and television, as both soundscape and subject matter.

Steven Winn - August 17, 2020

Each étude, prelude, and little musical moment is polished, precise, and personal on this Deutsche Grammophon release.

Tamzin Elliott - August 11, 2020

Serpa’s multimedia project incorporates sometimes unsettling home videos.

Janice Berman - August 10, 2020

SF Ballet’s Dance of Dreams captures our times on film in iconic San Francisco settings.

Andrew Gilbert - August 10, 2020

The intrepid jazz composer breaks new musical ground while exploring unsettling themes of contemporary life.

Joe Cadagin - August 10, 2020

David Hertzberg’s The Wake World is a sumptuous pleasure house of music.

Jeff Kaliss - July 31, 2020

The Florentine Opera gives the nonagenarian composer’s latest a serious makeover on a new recording.