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 - July 7, 2020

The tiny opera company has another wildly entertaining opera up its sleeve. Until then, it invites you behind the scenes in a series of Zoom chats.

Andrew Gilbert - July 7, 2020

Our jazz critic shares his choice of recent local releases that provide musical balm for troubled times.

Jason Victor Serinus - July 6, 2020

Heading a fine cast, McGegan leads an all-out, theatrical, and musically detailed performance of Handel’s oratorio.

Lou Fancher - July 6, 2020

The S.F. violinist/composer talks about balancing classical music with bluegrass on her new CD with Nashville mandolin wizard Tristan Scroggins.

Janos Gereben - July 6, 2020

Disney+ released the remarkable film version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster musical earlier than planned, and we should all be grateful.

Lou Fancher - July 3, 2020

The Italian composer/pianist recorded his moving, tuneful originals on an iPhone.

Steven Winn - June 28, 2020

Ma reunites with a trio of expert bluegrass players on a new CD.

Richard S. Ginell - June 28, 2020

The composer’s latest major work is a symphony on par with Mahler’s Eighth.

Jason Victor Serinus - June 22, 2020

The superb soprano is in her prime on this charming collection of French art songs.

Richard S. Ginell - June 21, 2020

Prokofiev delights in blurring boundaries in his quest to bring classical music into the 21st century.