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. 9 D major

WDR Sinfonie Orchester Köln, Jukka-Pekka Saraste. CD Hänssler Profil PH100358 (Naxos)

Orchestral Music & Concertos

Peter Tschaikowsky: Symphony No. 6, Romeo and Julia

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons. CD Orfeo C832 101A

Orchestral Music & Concertos

Sergej Rachmaninow: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 and 4

Leif Ove Andsnes, London Symphony Orchestra, Antonio Pappano. CD EMI 6 40516 2

Chamber Music

Leos Janacek: Complete String Quartets

Mandelring-Quartett, Gunter Teuffel (viola d’amore). SACD Audite 92.545 (Edel)

Chamber Music

Jean Sibelius, Arnold Schönberg: String Quartets D minor

Tetzlaff Quartett. CD CAvi Music 8553202 (Harmonia Mundi)

Keyboard Music

Johann Sebastian Bach: Original works and transcriptions

Evgeni Koroliov & Duo Koroliov. CD TACET192 (Gebhardt Musikvertrieb)

Keyboard Music

Marc-André Hamelin: Études

12 Études in all the minor keys, Little Nocturne, Con intimissimo sentimento, Cathy’s Variations. Marc-André Hamelin. CD Hyperion CDA 67789 (Codaex)

Keyboard Music

Thierry Escaich (Organ): Live Improvisations

CD Aeolus AE-10691 (Note 1)

Keyboard Music

Johann Jacob Froberger: Capriccio

Bob van Asperen (Organ). SACD Aeolus AE-10701 (Note 1)

Opera

Antonio Vivaldi: Ercole sul Termodonte

Rolando Villazón, Vivica Genaux, Joyce DiDonato et al., Europa galante, Fabio Bondi. 2 CD Virgin Classics 50999 6045450 9 (EMI)

Opera

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflöte

Daniel Behle, Marlis Petersen et al., RIAS Kammerchor, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, René Jacobs. 3 CD HMC 902068.70 (Harmonia Mundi)

Choral Music

Puer natus est

Stile antico. SACD HMU 807517 (Harmonia Mundi)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

Philippe Jaroussky: Caldara in Vienna

forgotten Castrato Arias. Concerto Köln, Emmanuelle Haim. CD Virgin 5 0999 64881027

Lieder and Vocal Recital

Simone Kermes: Colori d’Amore

Le Musiche Nove, Claudio Osele. CD 88697723192 (Sony)

Early Music

Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suites BWV 1007-1012

Dmitry Badiarov (violoncello da spalla). 2 CD Ramée RAM1003 (Note 1)

Early Music

Monteverdi & Marazzoli: Combattimenti!

Le Poème Harmonique, Vincent Dumestre. CD Alpha 172 (Note 1)

Contemporary Classical Music

Georg Katzer: String Quartets

Nos.1, 3 and 4. Sonar Quartett. SACD NEOS 11020 (Codaex)

Contemporary Classical Music

Pierluigi Billone

Mani, Percussion solos (Adam Weisman). CD einklang_records EKR 044, www.einklangrecords.com

Historical Recordings

Genius and Rebel

Friedrich Gulda plays Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Strauss et al.. Recordings from 1950-59. 10 CD Membran Music 233021

Crossover Productions

Das Kapital plays Hanns Eisler

Ballads & Barricades. CD Wizmar WIZ 9025

Film Music

Alexandre Desplat: Harry Potter

And the Deathly Hallows, Part 1. London Symphony. CD Watertower 88697794712 (Sony)

Film Music

Angelo Badalamenti

Music For Film And Television. Brussels Philharmonic, Dirk Brossé. CD Varèse Sarabande VSD-7052 / Colosseum (Alive)

Music Film

The Beethoven Project

Ludwig van Beethoven: The Symphonies & Music Documentary. Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Paavo Järvi. 4 DVD Sony Classical 88697787579

Music Film

A Surprise in Texas

Directed by Peter Rosen. DVD EuroArts 2058168 (Naxos)

Music Film

Dauner forever!

Wolfgang Dauner, Jazz musician and composer. Wolfgang Dauner, Flo Dauner et al., Jean Christophe Blavier (Direction). DVD Moving Angel Film Production 0013964080506

Music Film

Jerome Robbins’ NY Export

Opus Jazz, A »ballet in sneakers«, Robert Prince (Music). DVD BelAir BAC060 (Harmonia Mundi)

Jazz

Echoes Of Swing: Message From Mars

Bernd Lhotzky, Oliver Mewes, Colin T. Dawson, Chris Hopkins, CD Echoes Of Swing

Jazz

Jazz ‚n’ Spirit: Continuum

Dirk Piezunka, Martin Flindt, Jens Piezunka. CD Audiomax 9121662-6 (Codaex)

Jazz

Apex

Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green. CD PI35 (JA KLA/ Alive)

Jazz

Jamaaladeen Tacuma

For The Love Of Ornette. CD Jazzwerkstatt JW 090

Traditional Ethnic Music

Mali Timbuktu

Benkadi fòli serie I, vol.5. CD, www.benkadi.org

Traditional Ethnic Music

Nanae Yoshimura

The Art of the Koto – Complete Edition. 4 CD Celestial Harmonies 19918-2 (Naxos)

Folk and Singer/Songwriters

Carlos Nunez: Alborada Do Brasil

CD Sony Music 886975676828

Folk and Singer/Songwriters

Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird

Lost Causes. CD Oriente RIENCD 77

Pop

Lloyd Cole: Broken Record

CD Tapete Records TR 186

Independent (until 2014)

Giant Sand: Blurry Blue Mountain

CD Fire Records 161 (Cargo Records)

Nu & Extreme (until 2014)

dOP: Greatest Hits

CD Circus Company CCCD08 (Rough Trade)

Blues and Blues-related

Duke Robillard: Passport To The Blues

CD Dixie Frog DFGCD 8694 (Fenn Music)

R&B, Soul and HipHop

John Legend & The Roots: Wake Up!

CD Columbia Records 8697-37082-2 (Sony)

R&B, Soul and HipHop

Cee Lo Green: The Lady Killer

CD Atlantic 7567889289 (Warner)

Recordings for Children and Youth

K.A. Nuzum: Hundewinter

Read by Sascha Icks. 3 CD Silberfisch 978-3-86742-054-9

Recordings for Children and Youth

Mikael Engström: Ihr kriegt mich nicht!

Radio Play for Children from 10 years. Jona Mues, Sascha Icks et al. CD Der Audio Verlag 978-3-86231-004-3

Spoken Word

Marcel Proust: Auf der Suche nach der verlorenen Zeit

Complete Edition. Peter Matić. 17 mp3-CD, Der Hörverlag 9 783867 176828

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