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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.

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March 2, 2021

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

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Recording Review
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.

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Recording Review
March 1, 2021

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

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Recording Review
February 22, 2021

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

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Recording Review
February 22, 2021

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

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Recording Review
February 15, 2021

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

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Recording Review
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.

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February 2, 2021
A new digital label aims to celebrate the full history and range of Black composers in monthly installments.
Recording Review
February 1, 2021

Joined by Orfeo 55 on her latest disc, the ambitious singer/conductor puts her unique stamp on a wide swath of Baroque arias and songs.

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Recording Review
February 1, 2021

Featuring powerful settings of Langston Hughes texts, a new recording with pianist Paul Sánchez highlights a century of works by Black composers.

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