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

  • Jazz
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2022
    Jazz
  • Early Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2022
    Early Music

    Jean-Marie Leclair: Concerti per Violino

    opp. 7 & 10, Nr. 4 & 5. Leila Schayegh, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel. Glossa GCD 924206 (Note 1)

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  • Crossover Productions
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2022
    Crossover Productions

    Roraima

    Sigurd Hole, Trygve Seim, Frode Haltli, Håkon Aase, Helga Myhr, Tanja Orning, Per Oddvar Johansen. CD/DL, Elvesang ELVESANG006 (Direct Sales)

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  • Keyboard Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2022
    Keyboard Music

    Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Sonatas & Rondos

    Marc-André Hamelin. 2 CDs, hyperion CDA68381/2 (Note 1)

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  • Keyboard Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2022
    Keyboard Music

    Aquila altera (Early Keyboards)

    Works by Jacopo da Bologna, Andrea Antico, Francesco Lambardi, Girolamo Cavazzoni, Antonio Valente, Paolo Quagliati, Andrea Gabrieli, Francesco Landini, Ercole Pasquini. Federica Bianchi. passacaille PAS 1111 (Note 1)

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  • Contemporary Classical Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2022
    Contemporary Classical Music

    Iannis Xenakis: Plèiades & Persephassa

    Les Percussions de Strasbourg. CD & Book, Percussions de Strasbourg PDS121 (Note 1)

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  • Recordings for Children and Youth
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2022
    Recordings for Children and Youth

    Hans Joachim Schädlich: Der Sprachabschneider

    Thomas Nicolai. sauerländer audio ISBN 978-3-8398-4402-1 (Argon Verlag)

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  • R&B, Soul and HipHop
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2022
    R&B, Soul and HipHop

    Mary J. Blige: Good Morning Gorgeous

    CD/DL, Warner 0810043688567

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  • Orchestral Music & Concertos
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2022
    Orchestral Music & Concertos

    Weinberg: Works for Cello

    Mieczysław Weinberg: Cello Concertino op. 43b, Fantasy for Cello & Orchestra op. 52, Chamber Symphony No. 4 op. 153. Pieter Wispelwey, Jean-Michel Charlier, Les Métamorphoses, Raphaël Feye. Evil Penguin EPRC 0045 (Bertus)

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  • Opera
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2022
    Opera

    Jean Philippe Rameau: Les Paladins

    Sandrine Piau, Anne-Catherine Gillet, Mathias Vidal, Florian Sempey, Nahuel Di Pierro, Philippe Talbot, La Chapelle Harmonique, Valentin Tournet. 3 CD, Château de Versailles Spectacles CVS054 (Note 1)

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  • Film Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2022
    Film Music

    John Williams: The Berlin Concert

    (Deluxe Edition). Berliner Philharmoniker, John Williams. 2 CD & 2 Blu-ray, Deutsche Grammophon 486 1713 (Universal)

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  • Blues and Blues-related
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2022
    Blues and Blues-related

    John Mayall: The Sun Is Shining Down

    CD/LP, Forty Below Records FBR 026 (Bertus)

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  • Rock
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2022
    Rock
  • Chamber Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2022
    Chamber Music

    Weinberg: Sonatas for Violin Solo

    Mieczysław Weinberg: Sonatas for Violin Solo No. 1 op.82, No. 2 op.95, No. 3 op.126. Gidon Kremer. ECM Records 2705 (Universal)

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  • Folk and Singer/Songwriters
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2022
    Folk and Singer/Songwriters

    The Longest Johns: Smoke & Oakum

    CD/LP, Decca 3876697 (Universal)

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  • Jazz
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2022
    Jazz

    Avishai Cohen: Naked Truth

    With Yonathan Avishai, Barak Mori, Ziv Ravitz. ECM Records 2737 (Universal)

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  • Opera
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2022
    Opera

    Riccardo Zandonai: Francesca da Rimini

    Sara Jakubiak, Jonathan Tetelman, Ivan Inveradi, Charles Workman, Chor und Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Carlo Rizzi, Stage Direction: Christof Loy. DVD/Blu-ray, Naxos 2.110711/NBD0142V

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  • Hard and Heavy
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2022
    Hard and Heavy

    The Neptune Power Federation: Le Demon De L’Amour

    CD/LP, Cruz Del Sur Music CRUZ132 (Soulfood)

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  • World Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2022
    World Music

    Jun Miyake: Whispered Garden

    CD/2LP, yellowbird yeb-7818 2 (Edel)

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  • German language Singer/Songwriters
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2022
    German language Singer/Songwriters

    Tobi Thiele & Die Kundschafter des Liedes: Es brennt

    RedHeadMusic 4270000038143 (Direct Sales)

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  • Chamber Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2022
    Chamber Music

    Kodály: Chamber Music for Cello

    Zoltán Kodály: Sonata for Cello Solo op.8, Cello Sonata op.4, Sonatina for Cello & Piano, Duo for Violin & Cello op.7. Marc Coppey, Barnabás Kelemen, Matan Porat. audite 97.794 (Note 1)

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  • Club and Dance
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2022
    Club and Dance

    Violet: Transparências

    CD/DL, Rádio Quântica QTC005 (Direct Sales)

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  • Music Film
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2022
    Music Film

    Billie. Legend of the Jazz

    Direction: James Erskine. Billie Holiday, Tony Bennett, Sylvia Syms, Charles Mingus, Count Basie. DVD, Prokino 208 750 (EuroVideo Bildprogramm)

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  • Orchestral Music & Concertos
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2022
    Orchestral Music & Concertos

    Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 6 to 9

    Sara Gouzy, Laila Salome Fischer, Mingjie Lei, Manuel Walser, La Capella Nacional de Catalunya, Le Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall. 3 SACDs, Alia Vox AVSA9946 (harmonia mundi)

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  • Electronic and Experimental
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2022
    Electronic and Experimental

    Carmen Villain: Only Love From Now On

    LP/DL, Smalltown Supersound STS399 (Cargo)

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  • Historical Recordings
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2022
    Historical Recordings

    Johannes Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4

    (Command Classics Recordings). Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, William Steinberg. 3 CDs, Deutsche Grammophon 486 1815 (Universal)

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  • Alternative
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2022
    Alternative

    Nilüfer Yanya: Painless

    CD/LP, ATO Records 880882463816 (Rough Trade)

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  • Choral Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2022
    Choral Music

    Ligeti/Kodály – Lux Aeterna

    György Ligeti: Two a cappella choruses (Luy Aeterna), Three Fantasias after Friedrich Hölderlin, Mátraszentimrei Dalok; Zoltán Kodály: Esti Dal, Este, Mátrai képek. Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Marcus Creed. SACD, OUR Recordings 6.220676 (Naxos)

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  • Spoken Word
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2022
    Spoken Word

    Werner Herzog: Vom Gehen im Eis

    München-Paris 23.11. bis 14.12.1974. Unabridged author reading. mp3-CD, tacheles! ISBN 978-3-86484-748-6 (ROOF Music)

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  • Lieder and Vocal Recital
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2022
    Lieder and Vocal Recital

    Dissonance

    Songs by Sergej Rachmaninoff. Asmik Grigorian, Lukas Geniušas. Alpha Classics ALPHA 796 (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

The current critic’s choice 2/2022 is here!
16.05.2022

The current critic’s choice 2/2022 is here!

Today the German Record Critics’ Award publishes the second quarterly list for 2022.

07.04.2022

The new long list 2/2022 is here!

The German Record Critics’ Award presents the current long list 2/2022.

Schedule

  • 11.06.2022
    14:30
    Leipzig, Central Kabarett

    Quartet of Critics at the Bach Festival Leipzig

  • 23.07.2022
    Heidenheim, Festival Congress Center

    Quartet of Critics at the Opera Festival of Heidenheim

  • 15.08.2022

    Publication of the Quarterly Critic’s Choice 3/2022

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