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

  • Chamber Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2021
    Chamber Music

    Johannes Brahms: Sonatas for Viola and Piano op. 120

    Wiegenlied op.49 No.4; Zwei Gesänge op.91; Nachtigall op.97 No.1. Antoine Tamestit, Cédric Tiberghien, Matthias Goerne. harmonia mundi HMM 902652

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  • World Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2021
    World Music

    Urban Village: Udondolo

    LP/CD, No Format NØF. 49 (Indigo)

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  • Recordings for Children and Youth
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2021
    Recordings for Children and Youth

    Richard Adams: Unten am Fluss

    Radio play by Leonhard Koppelmann and Mark Ginzler. With Peter Fricke, Marc Hosemann, Jens Wawrczeck, Sophie Rois, Christiane Rossbach, Georg Breitfuß, Oliver Kraushaar, Matthias Haase etc. Music: Henrik Albrecht. 3 CDs, Der Audio Verlag ISBN: 978-3-7424-1940-8

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  • R&B, Soul and HipHop
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2021
    R&B, Soul and HipHop

    Arlo Parks: Collapsed in Sunbeams

    LP/CD, Transgressive Records TRANS509 (PIAS)

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  • Chamber Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2021
    Chamber Music

    Mieczysław Weinberg: String Quartets Vol. 1

    No. 2 op.3/145; No. 5 op. 27; No. 8 op. 66. Arcadia Quartet. Chandos CHAN 20158 (Note 1)

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  • Contemporary Classical Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2021
    Contemporary Classical Music

    Christophe Bertrand: »Vertigo«

    Complete Instrumental Works. Zafraan Ensemble, KNM Berlin, WDR Sinfonieorchester, GrauSchumacher Piano Duo etc., Premil Petrović, Victor Aviat, Brad Lubman, Peter Rundel, Baldur Brönnimann, Emilio Pomàrico. 3 CDs, bastille musique bm014 (rudi mentaire distribution)

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  • Jazz
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2021
    Jazz

    Tommy Flanagan: In His Own Sweet Time

    Enja Records ENJ 9687 2 (Edel)

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  • Spoken Word
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2021
    Spoken Word

    Saal 101. Dokumentarhörspiel zum NSU-Prozess

    Michael Rotschopf, Katja Bürkle, Thomas Thieme, Bibiana Beglau, Barbara Nüsse, Martina Gedeck, Florian Fischer, Thomas Schmauser etc.; Music: Jakob Diehl, Sven Pollkötter; Direction: Ulrich Lampen. 12 CDs, der Hörverlag ISBN: 978-3-8445-3938-7

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  • Traditional Ethnic Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2021
    Traditional Ethnic Music

    Excavated Shellac

    An Alternate History of the World’s Music (1907-1967). Various artists. Digital, Dust-to-Digital (directly sales)

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  • Folk and Singer/Songwriters
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2021
    Folk and Singer/Songwriters

    Staritsa: Klyukva

    CPL Music CPL047 (Broken Silence)

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  • Early Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2021
    Early Music

    Johannes Ockeghem: Missa Prolationum

    L’ultima parola. Raumklang RK 3902 (harmonia mundi)

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  • Blues and Blues-related
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2021
    Blues and Blues-related

    Jimmy Reiter: LIVE

    Pogo Pop JGOP004 (Membran)

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  • Hard and Heavy
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2021
    Hard and Heavy

    The Ruins Of Beverast: The Thule Grimoires

    2LP/CD, Ván Records van333 (Soulfood)

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  • German language Singer/Songwriters
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2021
    German language Singer/Songwriters

    Magdalena Ganter: Neo Noir

    LP/CD, Revolver Distribution RDS186 (Cargo)

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  • Pop
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2021
    Pop

    Masha Qrella: Woanders

    2LP/CD, Staatsakt AKT850 (Bertus)

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  • Crossover Productions
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2021
    Crossover Productions

    Identigration

    Compositions and Arrangements by Andrés Rosales, Hassan Skaf, Antonio Vivaldi, Pejman Jamilpanah, Peter Klohmann, Rabie Azar. Bridges-Kammerorchester, Nabil Shehata, Gregor A. Mayrhofer, Harish Shankar. Bridges – Musik verbindet 0730706001123 (directly sales)

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  • Club and Dance
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2021
    Club and Dance

    Yu Su: Yellow River Blue

    LP, Music From Memory MFM052 (Rush Hour)

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  • Historical Recordings
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2021
    Historical Recordings

    Gabriella Lengyel

    Jenö Hubay’s last pupil. Works by Béla Bartók, Benjamin Britten, Johannes Brahms, Ernst von Dohnányi, Ferenc Farkas, Joseph Haydn etc. Various orchestras and conductors. 9 CDs, Rhine Classics RH-018 (Bertus)

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  • Electronic and Experimental
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2021
    Electronic and Experimental

    Intermission

    Compiled by Mat Schulz and Gosia Płysa. Various artists. 2LP & Buch / DL, Unsound UNS001 (directly sales)

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  • Opera
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2021
    Opera

    Francesco Cavalli: Ercole Amante

    Francesco Cavalli: Ercole Amante. Nahuel di Pierro, Anna Bonitatibus, Giuseppina Bridelli, Francesca Aspromonte, Krystian Adam, Eugènie Lefebvre, Giulia Semenzato, Luca Tittoto, Ray Chenez, Dominique Visse etc.; Choir and Orchestera Pygmalion, Raphaël Pichon; Stage Direction: Valérie Lesort & Christian Hecq. 2 DVD/Blu-ray, Naxos 2.110679-80/NBD0118V

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  • Orchestral Music & Concertos
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2021
    Orchestral Music & Concertos

    Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 4 G major

    Anna Lucia Richter, Bamberger Symphoniker, Jakub Hrůša. accentus music ACC30532 (Naxos)

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  • Choral Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2021
    Choral Music

    Ludwig van Beethoven: Missa Solemnis op. 123

    Polina Pastirchak, Sophie Harmsen, Steve Davislim, Johannes Weisser, RIAS Kammerchor Berlin, Freiburger Barockorchester, René Jacobs. harmonia mundi HMM 902427

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  • Music Film
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2021
    Music Film

    Piazzolla – The Years Of The Shark

    A film by Daniel Rosenfeld DVD, EuroArts 2078848 (Warner)

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  • Keyboard Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2021
    Keyboard Music

    (re)creations – Zlata Chochieva

    Sergej Rachmaninoff, Franz Liszt & Ignaz Friedman: Transkriptionen für Klavier von Werken Johann Sebastian Bachs, Schuberts, Mendelssohns, Bizets, Mahlers, Tschaikowskys, Mussorgskys, Graziolis und Gärtners. Zlata Chochieva. accentus music ACC30531 (Naxos)

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  • Keyboard Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2021
    Keyboard Music

    Charles-Marie Widor: Organ Symphony No. 8 op. 42/4

    Joseph Guy Ropartz: 6 Pièces pour grand orgue; Camille Saint-Saëns: Cypriès et lauriers op. 156. Jean-Baptiste Dupont. Audite 97.774 (Note 1)

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  • Orchestral Music & Concertos
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2021
    Orchestral Music & Concertos

    Carl Maria von Weber: Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra

    Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major & No. 2 E flat major; Konzertstück in F minor. Ronald Brautigam, Kölner Akademie, Michael Alexander Willens. BIS Records BIS-SACD-2384 (Klassik Center)

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  • Film Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2021
    Film Music

    Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross: Soul

    Original Score; Jon Batiste: Jazz Compositions and Arrangements. LP/CD, Walt Disney Records 8742425 (Universal)

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  • Lieder and Vocal Recital
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2021
    Lieder and Vocal Recital

    Out-rageous

    Lieder by Richard Strauss. Krämerspiegel op.66; Gesänge des Orients op.77 etc. Daniel Behle, Oliver Schnyder. Prospero PROSP 0011 (Note 1)

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  • Opera
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2021
    Opera

    Reynaldo Hahn: Ô mon bel inconnu

    Véronique Gens, Olivia Doray, Éléonore Pangrazi, Thomas Dolié, Yoann Dubruque, Carl Ghazarossian, Jean-Christophe Laniège; Orchestre National Avignon-Provence, Samuel Jean. Bru Zane BZ 1043 (Note 1)

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  • Jazz
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    02/2021
    Jazz

    Archie Shepp & Jason Moran: Let My People Go

    2LP/CD, Archieball Records ARCH2101 (Broken Silence)

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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

Markus Poschner
21.06.2021

Markus Poschner

happily receives his 2020 Annual Award.

Olivia Vermeulen and Jan Philip Schulze
10.06.2021

Olivia Vermeulen and Jan Philip Schulze

proudly receive their 2020 Annual Award at the Hugo-Wolf-Akademie of Ludwigsburg

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