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.

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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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The current critic’s choice 1/2023 is here!

The current critic’s choice 1/2023 is here!

Today the German Record Critics’ Award publishes the first quarterly list for 2023.

Christian Kröber

Christian Kröber

The PdSK mourns the loss of music journalist, lawyer and jury colleague Christian Kröber.


  • 05.04.2023

    Long List 2/2023

  • 15.05.2023

    Quarterly Critic’s Choice 2/2023

  • 20.05.2023
    Dortmund, Theatre

    Quartet of Critics (Topic: R. Wagner: Siegfried)