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.

Jason Victor Serinus - November 16, 2020

Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres are spectacular in a bracing set of songs about friendship and rivalry.

Richard S. Ginell - November 16, 2020

A 1984 recording of Rainbow Family captures a landmark performance event pairing “live” musicians with microcomputers.

Jason Victor Serinus - November 10, 2020

The soprano’s beguiling debut CD mixes repertory and is accompanied by an eclectic combo of first-rate musicians.

Richard S. Ginell - November 9, 2020

The JACK Quartet roams the sonic outback on two meditative quartets from the Alaskan composer.

Steven Winn - November 2, 2020

The youthful pair give robust, fully committed readings of sonatas from Rachmaninoff and Barber.

Richard S. Ginell - October 26, 2020

Gavin Bryars’s haunting tone poem about the last moments of the doomed ship gets a fresh interpretation by this up-and-coming ensemble.

Steven Winn - October 23, 2020

David Hertzberg’s spooky chamber orchestra recasts a Hans Christian Andersen tale of spirit possession.

Tamzin Elliott - October 19, 2020

Fure’s new album strikes fear in the listener but makes a profoundly human point.

Jason Victor Serinus - October 12, 2020

The chamber group and guests present three commissions setting haunting poetry by Paul Celan and Czeslaw Miłosz.

Steven Winn - October 12, 2020

The violin virtuoso shines in an eclectic recital recorded at home with a handful of gifted cohorts.