In the association Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Record Critics’ Award), music critics and journalists from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland have come together to award outstanding music and spoken word productions.

Current Winners

  • Crossover Productions
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2021
    Crossover Productions

    Michael Mantler: Coda

    Orchestra Suites. Janus Ensemble Wien, Christoph Cech. ECM 2697 (Universal)

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  • Choral Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2021
    Choral Music

    Arvo Pärt: Passio

    The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to John. Sampo Haapaniemi, Martti Anttila, Linnéa Sundfær Casserly, Sirkku Rintamäki, Mats Lillhannus, Jussi Linnanmäki, Helsinki Chamber Choir, Nils Schweckendiek. SACD, BIS Records BIS-2612 (Klassik Center)

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  • World Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2021
    World Music

    Pulcinella & Maria Mazzotta: Grifone

    CD/DL, Pulcinellamusic PULCI 007 (L’Autre Distribution)

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  • Blues and Blues-related
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2021
    Blues and Blues-related

    Tedeschi Trucks »Band« feat. Trey Anastasio: Layla Revisited

    (Live at Lockn’). 2 CDs/3 LPs, Fantasy FAN01224 (Universal)

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  • German language Singer/Songwriters
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2021
    German language Singer/Songwriters

    Folkländer: So viele Wege Vol.1

    Löwenzahn Verlag HD20218 (Galileo)

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  • Club and Dance
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2021
    Club and Dance

    Joy Orbison: Still Slipping Vol. 1

    CD/LP, XL Recordings XL1188 (Indigo)

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  • Historical Recordings
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2021
    Historical Recordings

    Otto Klemperer conducts the Concertgebouw Orchestra

    Legendary Amsterdam Concerts 1947-1961 Live. Annie Fischer, Johanna Martzy, Kathleen Ferrier, Maria Stader, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Heinz Rehfuss, Jan Bresser, William Primrose, Hans Henkemans, Hubert Barwahser, Willem Andriessen, Gre Brouwenstijn etc. 24 SACDs, archiphon 699026 (Direct sales)

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  • Jazz
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2021
    Jazz

    Roy Hargrove & Mulgrew Miller: In Harmony

    2 CDs/2 LPs, Resonance Records HCD-2060 (harmonia mundi)

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  • Lieder and Vocal Recital
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2021
    Lieder and Vocal Recital

    Robert Schumann: Complete Songs

    Christian Gerhaher, Gerold Huber; with Sibylla Rubens, Camilla Tilling, Wiebke Lehmkuhl, Christina Landshamer, Martin Mitterrutzner, Julia Kleiter, Anett Fritsch, James Cheung. 11 CDs, Sony Classical 19439780112

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  • R&B, Soul and HipHop
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2021
    R&B, Soul and HipHop

    Nas: King’s Disease II

    Digital, Mass Appeal NASMAII2021 (Membran)

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  • Contemporary Classical Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2021
    Contemporary Classical Music

    Clara Iannotta: Moult

    ... paw-marks in wet cement (ii), Troglodyte Angels Clank By, dead wasps in the jam-jar (ii). WDR Sinfonieorchester, Münchener Kammerorchester, Klangforum Wien, L’Instant Donné, Wilhelm Latchoumia, Aurélian Azan-Zielinski, Michael Wendeberg, Enno Poppe, Clemens Schuldt. Kairos 0018004 KAI (Note 1)

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  • Orchestral Music & Concertos
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2021
    Orchestral Music & Concertos

    Zal

    Miłosz Magin: Piano Concerto No. 3, Violin Concerto No. 1 »Concerto rustico«, Vocalises Nos. 1-4, Nostalgie du pay (excerpt), Stabat Mater for Strings and Percussion. Lucas Debargue, Gidon Kremer, Kremerata Baltica. Sony Classical 19439870312

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  • Jazz
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2021
    Jazz

    Kenny Garrett: Sounds From The Ancestors

    CD/2 LPs, Mack Avenue MAC1180 (in-akustik)

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  • Keyboard Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2021
    Keyboard Music

    The Visionaries of Piano Music

    Works by William Byrd & John Bull. Kit Armstrong. 2 CDs, Deutsche Grammophon 486 0583 (Universal)

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  • Opera
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2021
    Opera

    Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Die tote Stadt

    Jonas Kaufmann, Marlis Petersen, Andrzej Filończyk, Jennifer Johnston, Mirjam Mesak, Corinna Scheurle, Manuel Günther, Dean Power, Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Kirill Petrenko, Stage Direction: Simon Stone. 2 DVDs/Blu-ray, Bayerische Staatsoper Recordings BSOREC1001/2001 (Naxos)

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  • Traditional Ethnic Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2021
    Traditional Ethnic Music

    Kudsi Erguner & Lâmekân Ensemble: Fragments Des Cérémonies Soufies

    L’Invitation à L’Extase. Seyir Muzik 2GN013 (Galileo)

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  • Electronic and Experimental
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2021
    Electronic and Experimental

    J. Peter Schwalm & Markus Reuter: Aufbruch

    CD/LP, Rare Noise Records RNR129 (Cargo)

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  • Folk and Singer/Songwriters
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2021
    Folk and Singer/Songwriters

    Florian Schneider: Hals an Hals & Bein an Bein: Schangsongs

    Self-published 7640172463871 (Direct sales)

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  • Early Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2021
    Early Music

    Enigma Fortuna

    Antonio Zacara da Teramo: Complete Works. Francesca Cassinari, Alena Dantcheva, Gianluca Ferrarini, La Fonte Musica, Michele Pasotti. 4 CDs, Alpha Classics ALPHA 640 (Note 1)

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  • Keyboard Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2021
    Keyboard Music

    Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of the Fugue BWV 1080

    Samuel Kummer. 2 SACDs, Aeolus AE-11291 (Note 1)

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  • Opera
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2021
    Opera

    Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio

    Christian Elsner, Lise Davidsen, Georg Zeppenfeld, Christina Landshamer, Cornel Frey, Johannes Martin Kränzle, Günther Groissböck, Aaron Pegram, Chao Deng, Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden, Dresdner Philharmonie, Marek Janowski. 2 SACDs, Pentatone PTC 5186 880 (Naxos)

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  • Spoken Word
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2021
    Spoken Word

    Molière – Die große Hörspiel Edition

    Der Bürger als Edelmann, Tartuffe, Don Juan, Die Schule der Frauen, Der eingebildete Kranke, Der Menschenfeind, Der Geizige. Bernhard Minetti, Will Quadflieg, Maria Becker, Hans Korte, Rosemarie Fendel etc., Direction: Gert Westphal, Wilhelm Semmelroth, Leopold Lindtberg, Music: Peter Zwetkoff, Winfried Zillig. 8 CDs, der Hörverlag ISBN 978-3-8445-4308-7

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  • Chamber Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2021
    Chamber Music

    Stolen Music

    Arrangements for Piano Trio. Claude Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune; Paul Dukas: L’apprenti sorcier; Arnold Schönberg: Verklärte Nacht op.4; Maurice Ravel: La Valse. Linos Piano Trio. CAvi 8553035 (harmonia mundi)

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  • Chamber Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2021
    Chamber Music

    Ciaccona

    Roberto Gerhard: Chaconne, Heinz Holliger: Drei kleine Szenen, Brice Pauset: Kontrapartita, Johann Sebastian Bach: Pieces from the Partitas for Violin solo Nos. 1-3 BWV 1002, 1004 & 1006. Ilya Gringolts. SACD, BIS Records BIS-2525 (Klassik Center)

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  • Recordings for Children and Youth
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2021
    Recordings for Children and Youth

    Dita Zipfel: Wie der Wahnsinn mir die Welt erklärte

    Alexandra Ostapenko. 4 CDs, derDiwan Hörbuchverlag ISBN 978-3-941009-80-6

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  • Orchestral Music & Concertos
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2021
    Orchestral Music & Concertos

    Haydn 2032 – Vol.10: Les Heures du Jour

    Joseph Haydn: Symphonies No. 6 D Major Hob. I:6 »Le Matin«, No. 7 C Major ob. I:7 »Le Midi« & No. 8 G Major Hob. I:8 »Le Soir«, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Serenade No.6 D Major KV239 »Serenata notturna«. Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini. Alpha Classics ALPHA 686 (Note 1)

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We strive for independent judgments, untouched by the interests of producers and the music industry. With currently 32 specialist juries we cover the entire, diverse spectrum of genres, from symphonic music to opera to harpsichord music and spoken word, from jazz to folklore and heavy metal to rock and hip-hop. We publish Quarterly Critic’s Choices honoring the best new releases and also present Annual Awards and Honorary Awards, as well as the »Nachtigall« (Nightingale).

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News

05.01.2022

The new long list 1/2022 is here!

The German Record Critics’ Award presents the current long list 1/2022.

Saša Stanišić
03.12.2021

Saša Stanišić

receives his 2021 Annual Award virtually in Freiburg.

Schedule

  • 25.01.2022

    Publication of the Honorary Awards 2022

  • 15.02.2022

    Publication of the Quarterly Critic’s Choice 1/2022

  • 08.03.2022
    20:00
    München, Herkulessaal der Residenz

    Awarding of one 2021 Annual Award to Georg Nigl and Olga Pashchenko

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