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

  • Historical Recordings
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2024
    Historical Recordings

    Edward Power Biggs

    plays Historic Organs of Europe (Columbia Recordings 1961-1970). Edward Power Biggs. 6 CDs, Sony Classical 19658826772

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  • Keyboard Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2024
    Keyboard Music

    Sherwood: Organ works

    Kevin Bowyer. Sonus Eterna 37423 (JPC)

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  • Choral Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2024
    Choral Music

    »Elements«

    Works by Jacobus Clemens non Papa, Orlando di Lasso, Thomas Morley, William Byrd, Carlo Gesualdo, Johannes Brahms, Max Reger, Stefan Heucke and others. Cologne Vocal Soloists. Genuin Classics GEN 24857 (Note 1)

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  • Music Film
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2024
    Music Film

    The Greatest Night In Pop

    Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Harry Belafonte, Diana Ross, Tina Turner and others, directed by Bao Nguyen. Stream, Netflix 81720500

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  • German language Singer/Songwriters
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2024
    German language Singer/Songwriters

    Stoppok: Teufelsküche

    Glitterhouse Records 4015698958508 (Indigo)

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  • Spoken Word
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2024
    Spoken Word

    Maxi Obexer: In the eye of the storm

    The Capitol on 6 January 2021. Radio play. With Sabrina Ceesay, Claudius Steffens, Victoria Trauttmansdorff, Hans Gerd Kilbinger, Glenn Goltz, Enno Kalisch, Friederike Linke, Mi Hae Lee, directed by Gerrit Booms. Stream, WDR

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  • Jazz
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2024
    Jazz

    Yes! Trio: Spring Sings

    Jazz&People JPCD824001 (harmonia mundi/Bertus)

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  • Crossover Productions
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2024
    Crossover Productions
  • Traditional Ethnic Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2024
    Traditional Ethnic Music

    Aga Khan Master Musicians: Nowruz

    Smithsonian Folkways Recordings SFW40497 (Galileo)

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  • Orchestral Music & Concertos
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2024
    Orchestral Music & Concertos

    Stravinsky, Bartók, Martinů: Works for Violin & Orchestra

    Igor Stravinsky: Violin Concerto in D, Béla Bartók: Rhapsodies No. 1 & 2, Bohuslav Martinů: Suite concertante, Méditation. Frank Peter Zimmermann, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Jakub Hrůša. SACD, BIS Records BIS-2657 (Klassik Center)

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  • Hard and Heavy
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2024
    Hard and Heavy

    Chapel Of Disease: Echoes Of Light

    CD/LP/Digital, Ván Records VAN 379 (Soulfood)

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  • Chamber Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2024
    Chamber Music

    Grieg, Smetana: String Quartets

    Edvard Grieg: String Quartet No. 1 op. 27, Bedřich Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 »From My Life«. Quatuor Modigliani. Mirare MIR682 (harmonia mundi/Bertus)

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  • Opera
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2024
    Opera

    Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre: Céphale et Procris

    Ema Nikolovska, Déborah Cachet, Lore Binon, Gwendoline Blondeel, Marc Mauillon, Lisandro Abadie, Samuel Namotte, Chœur de Chambre de Namur, a nocte temporis, Reinoud van Mechelen. 2 CDs, Château de Versailles Spectacles CVS119 (Naxos)

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  • Blues and Blues-related
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2024
    Blues and Blues-related

    JJ Grey & Mofro: Olustee

    CD/LP, Alligator Records AL 5018 (Bertus)

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  • Lieder and Vocal Recital
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2024
    Lieder and Vocal Recital

    »Reflet«

    Orchestral songs by Hector Berlioz, Henri Duparc, Charles Koechlin, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Benjamin Britten. Sandrine Piau, Orchestre Victor Hugo, Jean-François Verdier. Alpha Classics ALPHA 1019 (Naxos)

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  • Electronic and Experimental
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2024
    Electronic and Experimental

    Jan Bang: Reading The Air

    CD/LP/Digital, Jazzland Recordings 3779473 (Edel)

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  • Rock
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2024
    Rock

    Vera Sola: Peacemaker

    City Slang SLANG50552 (Rough Trade)

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  • Jazz
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2024
    Jazz
  • Chamber Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2024
    Chamber Music

    »Take 3«

    Works for violin, clarinet & piano by Francis Poulenc, Paul Schoenfield, Béla Bartók, Șerban Nichifor. Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Reto Bieri, Polina Leschenko. Alpha Classics ALPHA 772 (Naxos)

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  • Recordings for Children and Youth
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2024
    Recordings for Children and Youth

    Klaus-Peter Wolf: Really now?

    Felix and real life. Hanno Koffler. mp3-CD, Argon Hörbuch ISBN 978-3-8398-4319-2 (Argon Verlag)

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  • Early Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2024
    Early Music

    »Lost Majesty«

    George Jeffreys: Sacred Songs and Anthems. Solomon’s Knot. 2 CDs, Prospero PROSP0086 (Note 1)

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  • Opera
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2024
    Opera

    Louise Bertin: Fausto

    Karine Deshayes, Karina Gauvin, Ante Jerkunica, Nico Darmanin, Marie Gautrot, Diana Axentil, Thibault de Damas, Les Talens Lyriques, Flemish Radio Choir, Christophe Rousset. 2 CDs, Bru Zane BZ 1054 (Naxos)

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  • R&B, Soul and Hip-Hop
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2024
    R&B, Soul and Hip-Hop

    The Color Purple

    (Music From And Inspired By). Halle Bailey, Phylicia Pearl Mpasi, Corey Hawkins, Danielle Brooks, Fantasia Barrino, Alicia Keys and others, The Color Purple Ensemble. Digital/2CDs/3LPs, Watertower Music 39156702 (Rough Trade)

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  • Film Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2024
    Film Music

    Jerskin Fendrix: Poor Things

    (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Digital, Hollywood Records G010005154486V (Sony)

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  • Club and Dance
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2024
    Club and Dance

    Seven Davis Jr.: Stranger Than Fiction

    Digital, Secret Angels SAR007 (direct distribution)

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  • Alternative
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2024
    Alternative

    Marika Hackman: Big Sigh

    CD/LP, Chrysalis Records BRVC 106 (Cargo)

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  • World Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2024
    World Music

    Lina: Fado Camões

    CD/LP, Galileo Music Communication GMC106 (Galileo)

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  • Keyboard Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2024
    Keyboard Music

    Hamelin: Works for piano

    Marc-André Hamelin: Paganini Variations, Barcarolle, Pavane variée, Chaconne, Toccata on L’homme armé, Suite à l’ancienne, Variation diabellique sur des thèmes de Beethoven, My feelings about chocolate, Meditation on Laura. Marc-André Hamelin. Hyperion CDA68308 (Note 1)

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  • Folk and Singer/Songwriters
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2024
    Folk and Singer/Songwriters

    Rant: Spin

    CD/Digital, Make Believe Records MBR 12CD (direct distribution)

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  • Orchestral Music & Concertos
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2024
    Orchestral Music & Concertos

    Mahler: Symphony No. 6

    Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 6. Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle. BR Klassik 900217 (Naxos)

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  • Contemporary Classical Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2024
    Contemporary Classical Music

    Harry Vogt, Martina Seeber (ed.): Radio Cologne Sound

    The Studio for Electronic Music of the WDR. Works by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Iannis Xenakis, Marco Stroppa, Youngi Pagh-Paan, Nicolaus A. Huber, York Höller and others. Book with 5 CDs, Wolke Verlag ISBN 978-3-95593-259-6

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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 2/2024 is here!
15.05.2024

The current critic’s choice 2/2024 is here!

Today the German Record Critics’ Award publishes the second quarterly list for 2024.

The Quartet of Critics discussed about Wagner’s »Rheingold«
14.05.2024

The Quartet of Critics discussed about Wagner’s »Rheingold«

The quartet made its second guest appearance at »Wagner’s Cosmos«, organized by the Dortmund Opera.

Schedule

  • 01.06.2024
    Würzburg, Exerzitienhaus Himmelspforten (Mozart Festival)

    Quartet of Critics (Topic: W. A. Mozart: Cosí fan tutte)

  • 27.06.2024
    Heimbach, RWE power station (Festival Spannungen)

    Awarding of an Annual Award to Tanja & Christian Tetzlaff

  • 05.07.2024
    Publication

    Long List 3/2024

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