Quarterly Critic’s Choice

The best and most interesting new releases of the previous three months are awarded a place on the Quarterly Critic’s Choice. Evaluation criteria are artistic quality, repertoire value, presentation, and sound quality.

From 2014 onward, the Long Lists are stored directly with each Quarterly Critic’s Choice.

Quarterly Critic’s Choice

Orchestral Music & Concertos

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Anna Larsson (soprano), Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Tölzer Knabenchor, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Direction: Claudio Abbado. medici arts 2056334 (Naxos)

Orchestral Music & Concertos

Joseph Haydn: The 12 London Symphonies

Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Roger Norrington. 4 CD Hänssler Classic 93.252 (Naxos)

Orchestral Music & Concertos

Ludwig van Beethoven, Benjamin Britten: Violin Concertos

Janine Jansen (violin), Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, London Symphony Orchestra, Leitung: Paavo Järvi. CD Decca 478 1530 (Universal)

Orchestral Music & Concertos

Dutilleux, Lutosławski – Christian Poltéra

Henri Dutilleux: Tout un monde lointain, Trois Strophes sur le nom de Sacher; Witold Lutosławski: Sacher Variation for Solo Cello, Cello Concerto. Christian Poltéra (violoncello), ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Direction: Jac van Steen. BIS-SACD-1777 (Klassik Center Kassel)

Chamber Music

Phantasy of Spring

Works by Morton Feldman, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Arnold Schönberg and Iannis Xenakis. Carolin Widmann (violin), Simon Lepper (piano). ECM New Series 2113 (Universal)

Keyboard Music

Martha Argerich and Nelson Freire live in Salzburg

Works by Johannes Brahms, Sergej Rachmaninov, Franz Schubert, Maurice Ravel. Deutsche Grammophon 477 8570 (Universal)

Keyboard Music

The Organs of Johann Nepomuk Holzhey

Works by Georg Muffat, Bernardo Pasquini, Joseph Haydn, Louis Lefébure-Wely, et al. Diverse Interpreten. 2 CD Organ Promotion OP 8006

Opera

Henry Purcell: King Arthur

Chœur & Orchestre du Concert Spirituel, Musical direction: Hervé Niquet; Stage direction: Corinne & Gilles Benizio, Video direction: Olivier Simmonet. Glossa GVD 921619D. (Note 1)

Opera

Richard Wagner: Die Walküre

Peter Seiffert, Juha Uusitalo, Petra Maria Schnitzer, Jennifer Wilson et al., Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Musical direction: Zubin Mehta, Stage direction: La Fura dels Baus. 2 DVD C major 700708 (Naxos)

Choral Music

Salvatore Sciarrino: 12 Madrigali

Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart. col legno WWE 20287 (Harmonia Mundi)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

»Sacrificium« – La scuola dei castrati

Arias by Nicola Porpora, Antonio Caldara, Leonardo Leo et al. Il Giardino Armonico, Direction: Giovanni Antonini, Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo soprano). Decca 478 15221 (Universal)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

Coloraturas

Arias from Operas by Charles Gounod, Giuseppe Verdi, Igor Strawinsky, Gioacchino Rossini et al. Diana Damrau (soprano). Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Direction: Dan Ettinger. Virgin Classics 519313 2 2 (EMI)

Early Music

O gente brunette

Songwriter from the Picardy Renaissance. Odhecaton, Direction: Paolo Da Col. Ramée 0902 (Codaex)

Contemporary Classical Music

Earle Brown: Contemporary Music Series Vol. 2

Works by Luigi Nono, Bruno Maderna, Luciano Berio and Peter Maxwell Davies et al., Various Artists (1960-73). 3 CD, Wergo 6931 2 (Note 1)

Historical Recordings

The Creators

Composers Playing Their Own Works at the Piano. 10 CD, Music Alliance Membran 232598

Historical Recordings

Aida Stucki – Mozart: Violin Concertos

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos. 1-7, Sinfonia Concertante KV 364, Violin Sonatas. Aida Stucki (violin), Ton-Studio Orchester, Christoph Lieske, Hermann Friedrich et al. (1951-77), 6 CD, Doremi 7964-9 (Musikwelt)

Crossover Productions

Sting: If On a Winter’s Night...

Deutsche Grammophon. 06025 271 3940 (Universal)

Film Music

Marcel Barsotti: Pope Joan

Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Direction: Frank Strobel. Königskinder Music KK 009 (Rough Trade)

Music Film

Chet Baker: Let’s Get Lost

A film by Bruce Weber. Pierrot Le Fou 6407431 (Alive)

Music Film

Sunny’s Time Now

A Portrait of Jazz Drummer Sunny Murray. A Film by Antoine Prum. 2 DVD PTD-135. (FMP Free Music Production, Distribution & Communication)

Music Film

Leonard Bernstein Reflections

A film by Peter Rosen, Including a complete performance of Milhaud: »Le Bœuf sur le toit«. medici arts 3078728 (Naxos)

Jazz

»Money Jungle« – Ellington reorchestrated

»Money Jungle« – Ellington reorchestrated

hr-Bigband, Arrangements/ Direction: Jörg Achim Keller. hrmj 041-09 (hr-media GmbH)

Jazz

Heinz Sauer: If (Blue) Then (Blue)

Michael Wollny, Joachim Kühn. ACT 9493 (Edel)

Jazz

Ralph Towner & Paolo Fresu

Chiaroscuro. ECM 2085 (Universal)

Traditional Ethnic Music

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba (Mali)

I speak fula. Out here Records. OH 013 (Indigo)

Traditional Ethnic Music

Mercedes Sosa: Cantora

RCA Victor 88697567812 (Sony Music)

German language Singer/Songwriters

Thomas Felder: 40 liederliche Jahre

Musik & Wort TF 1400

German language Singer/Songwriters

Der Odenwälder Shanty Chor

Per B.E.M.B.E.L. durch die Galaxis. WOLKENstein LC 03227

Folk and Singer/Songwriters

Valkyrien All Stars

Heilo HCD7220 (Galileo MC)

Pop

The Hidden Cameras: Origin – Orphan

Arts & Crafts 048 (Alive)

Nu & Extreme (until 2014)

Matias Aguayo: Ay Ay Ay

Kompakt 076 (Rough Trade/ Good To Go)

Blues and Blues-related

Joe Louis Walker

Between a Rock and the Blues. Dixiefrog 8673 (Fenn Music)

R&B, Soul and HipHop

Kim Sanders: A Closer Look

CARE 198879GLA (Edel)

Recordings for Children and Youth

Gebrüder Grimm: Schneeweißchen und Rosenrot

Narrator: Samuel Weiss, Auryn Quartett, double bass: Felix von Tippelskirch. Edition See-Igel SG026

Recordings for Children and Youth

E.T.A. Hoffmann: Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Read by Ulrich Noethen. 2 CD, Kulturkontor / Der Hörverlag, ISBN 978-3-86717-501-2

Spoken Word

Lyrikstimmen – Die Bibliothek der Poeten

100 years of poetry in im original sound, edited by Christiane Collorio, Peter Hamm, Harald Hartung, Michael Krüger. 9 CD, Der Hörverlag ISBN 978-3-86717-338-4

Spoken Word

Wölflisches Gejandl einer bayerischen Schwittersmutter

4 Textkonzerte auf 4 CDs, gewidmet 4 unterschiedlichen und doch verwandten Sprachgalaxenbauern: Ernst Jandl – Konrad Bayer – Kurt Schwitters – Adolf Wölfli. Idea, Conception and Voice: Wolfram Berger. Music: Wolfgang Puschnig, Jon Sass, Uli Scherer. ORF-CD 744

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