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

  • Keyboard Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2022
    Keyboard Music

    Liszt. The Friend and Paragon

    Organ Works by Carl Müller-Hartung, Johann Gottlob Töpfer, Bernhard Sulze, Salomon Jadassohn, August Gottfried Ritter. Anna-Victoria Baltrusch. Audite 97.792 (Note 1)

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  • Rock
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2022
    Rock

    Jack White: Entering Heaven Alive

    CD/LP, Third Man Records TMR 753 (Membran)

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  • German language Singer/Songwriters
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2022
    German language Singer/Songwriters

    Nur meine Lieder

    Song companions sing Christof Stählin. Grosche, Max Prosa & Claudia Fink, Dietlinde Ellsässer, Reinhard Mey, Sebastian Krämer, Bodo Wartke, Linard Bardill, Joana Emetz & Barbara Thalheim, Thomas Felder & Johanna Zeul, Holger Saar, Manfred Maurenbrecher et al.. Buschfunk 08422

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  • Club and Dance
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2022
    Club and Dance

    Emeka Ogboh: 6°30’33.372”N 3°22’0.66”E

    DL/2 LP, Danfotronics DNFTRNX001 (Direct sales)

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  • Recordings for Children and Youth
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2022
    Recordings for Children and Youth

    Adam Silvera: More happy than not

    Jonas Minthe. mp3-CD, Hörcompany ISBN 978-3-96632-067-2

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  • Opera
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2022
    Opera

    Nikolai Rimski-Korsakow: The Golden Cockerel (»Solotoi petuschok«)

    Dmitry Ulyanov, Nina Minasyan, Andrei Popov, Nina Minasyan, Margarita Nekrasova, Mischa Schelomianski, Orchestre et Chœurs de l’Opera National de Lyon, Daniele Rustioni, Stage direction: Barrie Kosky. DVD/Blu-ray, Naxos 2110731/NBD0150V

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  • Choral Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2022
    Choral Music

    Michael Gielen – Szymanowski, Penderecki

    Karol Szymanowski: Stabat Mater op.53, Krzysztof Penderecki: Dies irae, Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima. Elena Mosuc, Annette Markert, Anton Scharinger, Ewa Izykowska, Zachos Terzakis, Stephen Roberts, Chorus sine nomine, Wiener Konzertchor, ORF Radio Symphonie Orchester Wien, Michael Gielen. Orfeo C210311 (Naxos)

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  • Hard and Heavy
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2022
    Hard and Heavy

    Blind Guardian: The God Machine

    CD/2 LP/DL, Nuclear Blast NB5755-0 (Rough Trade)

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  • Opera
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2022
    Opera

    Claudio Monteverdi: L’Incoronazione di Poppea

    Hanna Blažíková, Kangmin Justin Kim, Marianna Pizzolato, Gianluca Buratto, Carlo Vistoli, Anna Dennis, Lucile Richardot, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner. DVD/Blu-ray, Opus Arte OA1346D / OABD7297D (Naxos)

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  • Jazz
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2022
    Jazz
  • World Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2022
    World Music

    Kolínga: Legacy

    DL/CD/2 LP, Underdog Records UR 838051 (Broken Silence)

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  • Blues and Blues-related
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2022
    Blues and Blues-related

    Tedeschi Trucks Band: I Am The Moon

    Episode I-IV: Crescent, Ascension, The Fall, Farewell. 4 CD, Concord/Fantasy Records FAN01572 / FAN01679 / FAN01681 / FAN01683 (Universal)

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  • Orchestral Music & Concertos
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2022
    Orchestral Music & Concertos

    Recuerdos

    Sergej Prokofjew: Violin Concerto No.2 op.63; Benjamin Britten: Violin Concerto op. 15; Pablo de Sarasate: Carmen Fantasy (after Bizet) op. 25; Francicso Tárrega: Recuerdos de la Alhambra. Augustin Hadelich, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Cristian Măcelaru. Warner 0190296310768

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  • Early Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2022
    Early Music

    Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber: Sonatae Violino Solo 1681, Vilsmayr Sonata

    Plamena Nikitassova, Les Élémens. 2 CD, cpo 555 481-2 (JPC)

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  • Chamber Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2022
    Chamber Music

    The Clarinet Trio Anthology

    Works by Louise Farrenc, Michail Glinka, Johannes Brahms, Max Bruch, Vincent d’Indy, Alexander von Zemlinsky, Nino Rota, Wolfgang Rihm et al. Daniel Ottensamer, Christoph Traxler, Stephan Koncz. 7 CD, Decca 2894857375 (Universal)

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  • Chamber Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2022
    Chamber Music

    L’Aurore

    Eugéne Ysaÿe: Sonata No.5 op.27; George Benjamin: Three Miniatures; Hildegard von Bingen: Spiritus sanctus vivificans vita; George Enescu: Fantaisie concertante; Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita No.2 BWV 1004. Carolin Widmann. ECM 2709 (Universal)

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  • Folk and Singer/Songwriters
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2022
    Folk and Singer/Songwriters

    Kim Carnie: And so we gather

    CD/DL, Cárn 880992153287 (direct sales)

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  • Music Film
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2022
    Music Film

    The Beatles: Get Back

    Blu-Ray Collector’s Set. Direction: Peter Jackson, Michael Lindsay-Hogg. 3 Blu-ray, Apple BVSC-00004A (Disney Germany)

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  • Traditional Ethnic Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2022
    Traditional Ethnic Music

    Misagh Joolaee, Sebastian Flaig: Qanat

    CD/DL, Pilgrims Of Sound 0098931636306 (direct sales)

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  • Contemporary Classical Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2022
    Contemporary Classical Music

    Heiner Goebbels: A House Of Call

    My Imaginary Notebook. 2 CD, ECM 2728/29 (Universal)

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  • Historical Recordings
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2022
    Historical Recordings

    Gieseking – The first Columbia recordings

    Claude Debussy: Préludes Vol I & II, Deux Arabesques, Réverie, Suite bergamasque et al.. Walter Gieseking. 2 CD, apr APR 6040 (Note 1)

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  • Keyboard Music
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2022
    Keyboard Music

    Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier

    Vol. 1 BWV 846-869. Schaghajegh Nosrati. 2 CD, CAvi 8553509 (Bertus)

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  • Orchestral Music & Concertos
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2022
    Orchestral Music & Concertos

    Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 4

    Sabine Devieilhe, Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth. harmonia mundi HMM 905357 (harmonia mundi/Bertus)

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  • Electronic and Experimental
    Quarterly Critic’s Choice
    04/2022
    Electronic and Experimental

    Ludger Brümmer: Spheres Of Resonance

    2 CD, Wergo WER 2077 2 (Naxos)

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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

Belgian vocal ensemble Graindelavoix
22.11.2022

Belgian vocal ensemble Graindelavoix

enjoy their PdSK Annual Award 2022.

The current critic’s choice 4/2022 is here!
15.11.2022

The current critic’s choice 4/2022 is here!

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

Schedule

  • 03.12.2022
    20:00
    Berlin, Philharmony, Chamber Music Hall

    Awarding of an Annual Award to Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber

  • 05.01.2023
    Publication

    Long List 1/2023

  • 15.02.2023
    Publication

    Quarterly Critic’s Choice 1/2023

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