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

  • Lieder and Vocal Recital
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    03/2021
    Lieder and Vocal Recital

    Tiranno – Kate Lindsey

    Alessandro Scarlatti: Il Nerone; La morte di Nerone; Georg Friedrich Händel: Agrippina condotta a morire HWV 110; Claudio Monteverdi: L’Incoronazione di Poppea; Bartolomeo Monari: La Poppea. Kate Lindsey, Nardus Williams, Andrew Staples, Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen. Alpha Classics ALPHA 736 (Note 1)

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  • Spoken Word
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    03/2021
    Spoken Word

    Paul Celan: Eine Annäherung

    Jens Harzer. 2 CD, speak low ISBN: 978-3-940018-76-2

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  • Electronic and Experimental
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    03/2021
    Electronic and Experimental

    Humanbeing

    Rossano Baldini. DL/CD/LP, Rare Noise Records RNR0127 (Cargo)

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  • Traditional Ethnic Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    03/2021
    Traditional Ethnic Music

    Misagh Joolaee: Unknown Nearness

    Pilgrims of Sound 4260187722447 (directly sales)

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  • Keyboard Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    03/2021
    Keyboard Music

    Jeanne Demessieux: The Decca Legacy

    Works by Dietrich Buxtehude, Jeremiah Clarke, Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Händel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Charles Widor, César Franck, Franz Liszt, Olivier Messiaen, Edouard Mignan, Jean Berveiller. Ernest Ansermet, Suzanne Danco. 8 CDs, Eloquence/Decca 484 1424 (Klassik Center)

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  • German language Singer/Songwriters
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    03/2021
    German language Singer/Songwriters

    Dota: Wir rufen dich, Galaktika

    2CD/2LP, Kleingeldprinzessin Records 03436 (Broken Silence)

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  • Blues and Blues-related
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    03/2021
    Blues and Blues-related

    Anfürsich es et zo leis

    & Anfürsich weed et widder laut. Kai Strauss, Wrecia Ford Band, Klöbner, Tommy Schneller Band, Hot n’ Nasty, Jimmy Reiter Band, Till Seidel & His Band. 2 CD, Torburg Records 4260312124045 & 4260312214052 (directly sales)

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  • Pop
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    03/2021
    Pop

    Japanese Breakfast: Jubilee

    CD/LP, Dead Oceans DOC225 (Cargo)

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  • Jazz
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    03/2021
    Jazz
  • Jazz
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    03/2021
    Jazz

    Sarah Vaughan: Live At The Berlin Philharmonie 1969

    2 CD, The Lost Recordings TLR-2004037 (Bertus)

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  • Early Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    03/2021
    Early Music

    Heinrich Isaac: Missa Wohlauff

    Heinrich Isaac: Missa Wohlauff gut Gsell von hinnen; Josquin Desprez: Comment peult avoir joye; Recordare, Jesu Christe; Quis dabit pacem populo timenti; Sive vivamus, sive moriamur; Parce, Domine, populo tuo; O decus ecclesiae; Judaea et Jerusalem. Cinquecento. Hyperion CDA68337 (Note 1)

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  • Alternative
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    03/2021
    Alternative

    Wolf Alice: Blue Weekend

    Virgin/Caroline 5060257962150 (Universal)

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  • Chamber Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    03/2021
    Chamber Music

    Sophie Dervaux – Impressions

    Camille Saint-Saëns: Sonata for Bassoon and Piano op.168; Charles Koechlin: Sonata op.71; Maurice Ravel: Pièce en forme d’habanera; Claude Debussy: Clair de lune, Beau Soir; Reynaldo Hahn: À Chloris; Gabriel Fauré: Après un rêve, Henri Dutilleux: Sarabande et cortège; Roger Boutry: Interférences. Sophie Dervaux, Sélim Mazari. Berlin Classics 0301708BC (Edel)

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  • Club and Dance
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    03/2021
    Club and Dance

    Loraine James: Reflection

    DL/CD/LP, Hyperdub HDBCD056/HDBLP056 (Cargo)

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  • Historical Recordings
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    03/2021
    Historical Recordings

    Erich Kleiber – The Complete Polydor 78s (1926-1929)

    Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Gioacchino Rossini, Hector Berlioz, Otto Nicolai, Bedrich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák, Johann Strauss II. Berliner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Berlin, Erich Kleiber. 3 CDs, Eloquence/Deutsche Grammophon 484 2049 (Klassik Center)

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  • Opera
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    03/2021
    Opera

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così fan tutte

    Elsa Dreisig, Marianne Crebassa, Lea Desandre, Bogdan Volkov, André Schuen, Johannes Martin Kränzle, Wiener Philharmoniker, Joana Mallwitz; Stage Direction: Christof Loy. DVD, Erato 0190295050320 (Warner)

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  • Orchestral Music & Concertos
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    03/2021
    Orchestral Music & Concertos

    Walter Braunfels / Gregor Bühl

    Walter Braunfels: Prelude from »Don Gil von den grünen Hosen«, op.35; Divertimento op.42; Serenade op.20, Ariel’s Song op.18. ORF Radio Symphonie Orchester Wien, Gregor Bühl. Capriccio C5429 (Naxos)

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  • Folk and Singer/Songwriters
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    03/2021
    Folk and Singer/Songwriters

    Tworna

    Caterina Other, Jessica Jäckel, Frieder Zimmermann. Löwenzahn Verlag HD 20204 (Galileo)

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  • Recordings for Children and Youth
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    03/2021
    Recordings for Children and Youth

    Frank Schwieger: Ich, Kleopatra, und die alten Ägypter

    Live aus dem Land der Pyramiden. Peter Kaempfe, Cathlen Gawlich, Arndt Schmöle, Kim Friehs, Christiane Reichert, Frank Bahrenberg; Illustrations: Ramona Wultschner. 5 CDs, Igel Records ISBN: 978-3-7313-1288-8 (Oetinger)

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  • World Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    03/2021
    World Music

    Tania Saleh: 10 A.D.

    Kirkelig Kulturverksted FXCD 476 (Indigo)

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  • Crossover Productions
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    03/2021
    Crossover Productions

    As An Unperfect Actor

    Nine Shakespeare Sonnets. Birgit Minichmayr, Quadro Nuevo, Bernd Lhotzky. CD/LP, ACT 9931-2 (Edel)

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  • Chamber Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    03/2021
    Chamber Music

    Augustin Hadelich – Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for Violin solo BWV 1001-1006. Augustin Hadelich. 2 CD, Warner Classics 0190295048747

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  • Music Film
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    03/2021
    Music Film

    Zubin Mehta: Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds

    A Film by Bettina Ehrhardt. Gustav Mahler: Kindertotenlieder. Thomas Quasthoff, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden. DVD, Arthaus Musik 109439

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  • Orchestral Music & Concertos
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    03/2021
    Orchestral Music & Concertos

    Mozart Momentum 1785

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concertos KV 466, 467, 482; Piano Quartet KV 478; Fantasia in C minor KV 475; Masonic Funeral Music KV 477 (479a). Leif Ove Andsnes, Matthew Truscott, Joel Hunter, Frank-Michael Guthmann, Mahler Chamber Orchestra. 2 CDs, Sony Classical 19439742462

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  • Rock
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    03/2021
    Rock

    Dry Cleaning: New Long Leg

    CD/LP, 4AD 4AD0254 (Indigo)

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  • Opera
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    03/2021
    Opera

    Nikolai Rimski-Korsakow: Snegurotschka

    Aida Garifullina, Yuriy Mynenko, Martina Serafin, Maxim Paster, Thomas Johannes Mayer, Elena Manistina, Vladimir Ognovenko, Franz Hawlata, Vasily Gorshkov, Orchestre et Chœurs de l’Opéra National de Paris, Mikhail Tatarnikov; Stage Direction: Dmitry Tcherniakov. DVD/Blu-ray, BelAir classiques BAC186/BAC486 (Naxos)

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  • Keyboard Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    03/2021
    Keyboard Music

    Bach Nostalghia – Francesco Piemontesi

    Johann Sebastian Bach: Italian Concerto BWV 971; Ferrucio Busoni: Toccata K287; Bach/Busoni: Prelude & Fugue BWV552; Choral Preludes BWV645 & 659; Bach/Schnaus: Choral Prelude BWV 650; Bach/Kempff: Flute Sonata BWV 1031. Francesco Piemontesi. Pentatone PTC 5186 846 (Naxos)

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  • Contemporary Classical Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    03/2021
    Contemporary Classical Music

    Enno Poppe: Filz; Stoff; Wald

    Tabea Zimmermann, Ensemble Resonanz, Enno Poppe. Wergo WER 7399 2 (Naxos)

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  • Choral Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    03/2021
    Choral Music

    Berio To sing

    Luciano Berio: Sequenza III; Folk Songs; Cries of London; There is no tune; Michelle II; O King; E si fussi pisci. Lucile Richardot, Les Cris de Paris, Geoffroy Jourdain. harmonia mundi HMM 902647

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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

The new longlist of the annual awards 2021 is online!
06.09.2021

The new longlist of the annual awards 2021 is online!

The German Record Critics’ Award presents the longlist with all nominations for the annual awards of 2021.

The current critic’s choice 3/2021 is here!
16.08.2021

The current critic’s choice 3/2021 is here!

Today the German Record Critics’ Award publishes the third quarterly list for 2021.

Schedule

  • 25.09.2021
    20:00
    Mediencampus Villa Ida, Leipzig

    Awarding of 2021 Honoray Award to Nils Wogram

  • 29.09.2021

    NEW DATE: Publication of the Annual Awards 2021

  • 04.10.2021
    16:00—17:30
    Richard Jakoby Saal, Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover

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