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

Richard Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie, Salomes Tanz

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons. CD Orfeo 4962549

Orchestral Music & Concertos

Peter Tschaikowsky: Shakespeare

The Tempest Hamlet, Romeo and Julia. Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Gustavo Dudamel. CD Deutsche Grammophon DG 4779355 (Universal)

Orchestral Music & Concertos

Béla Bartók: Violin Concertos, Rhapsodies

Barnabás Kelemen (Violin), Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Zoltán Kocsis. CD Hungaroton Classic HSACD 32509 (Klassik Center Kassel)

Chamber Music

Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonatas

Ilya Grubert (Violin), Alena Cherny (Piano). CD 88697816952 (Sony)

Chamber Music

Graźyna Bacewicz – Krystian Zimerman

Graźyna Bacewicz: Piano Sonata 2, Piano Quintets 1&2. Krystian Zimerman (Klavier) et al. CD Deutsche Grammophon 477 8332 (Universal)

Keyboard Music

Frédéric Chopin – Evgeni Bozhanov

Frédéric Chopin: Barcarolle op. 60, Polonaise op. 71/2, Impromptu op. 51, Valse op. 64/3, Grande Valse Nouvelle op. 42 et al.. Evgeni Bozhanov (Piano). CD Fuga Libera FUG 579 (Note 1)

Keyboard Music

Piotr Anderszewski – Schumann

Robert Schumann: Humoreske op. 20, Studien für den Pedalflügel op.56, Gesänge der Frühe op.133. Piotr Anderszewski (Piano). CD Virgin Classics 50999 64202204 (EMI)

Keyboard Music

Les Grands Moments De L’Harmonium

Works by Sigfrid Karg-Elert, Camille Saint-Saëns, Georges Bizet et al. Joris Verdin (Harmonium). CD Gallo 1326 (Klassik Center Kassel)

Keyboard Music

Gröningen 1596

Works by Hieronymus Praetorius, Hans Leo Hassler, Michael Praetorius. Jean-Charles Ablitzer (Organ). CD Musique et mémoire MMP 2010-02 (Note 1)

Opera

Thomas Arne: Artaxerxes

Classical Opera Company, Ian Page. CD Linn Records CKD 358 (Codaex)

Opera

Aribert Reimann: Medea

Marlis Petersen, Michaela Selinger, Elisabeth Kulman, Michael Roider, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Michael Boder, Direction: Marco Arturo Marelli. DVD Arthaus 101551/Blu-ray Arthaus 101552 (Naxos)

Choral Music

Jan Dismas Zelenka: Officium defunctorum ZWV 47

Requiem in D ZWV 46. Collegium 1704, Collegium Vocale 1704, Václav Luks. CD Accent ACC 24244 (Note 1)

Choral Music

Johann Ludwig Bach: Trauermusik

Anna Prohaska (soprano), Ivonne Fuchs (alto), Maximilian Schmitt (tenor), Andreas Wolf (bass), RIAS Kammerchor, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Hans-Christoph Rademann. CD HMC 902080 (Harmonia Mundi)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

Richard Strauss: Lieder

Diana Damrau (soprano), Münchner Philharmoniker, Christian Thielemann. CD Virgin Classics 50999 62866408 (EMI)

Early Music

Claude Le Jeune: Dix Pseaumes de David

Ludus Modalis, Bruno Boterf. CD Ramée RAM 1005 (Note 1)

Contemporary Classical Music

Wolfgang Rihm: Fetzen

Arditti String Quartett, Teodoro Anzellotti (Accordion), Nicolas Hodges (Piano). SACD Winter & Winter 910178-2 (Edel)

Contemporary Classical Music

Insomnio

Works by Jukka Tiensuu, James Wood, Roderik de Man, Luca Francesconi. Ensemble Insomnio, Ulrich Pöhl. CD/ SACD Encora enc-011

Historical Recordings

Ferenc Fricsay conducts Béla Bartók

Piano Concertos 2+3, Violin Concerto, Deux Portraits, Dancing Suite et al., RIAS-Kammerchor, RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester, Louis Kentner (piano), Tibor Varga (violin) et al. 3 CD Audite 21.407 (Edel)

Historical Recordings

Arrau with Szell: Live from Carnegie Hall

Concertos by Ludwig van Beethoven, Carl Maria von Weber, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, Richard Strauss. 2 CD WHRA6037 (Note 1)

Film Music

Clint Mansell: Black Swan

CD Sony Classical 88697804352

Music Film

Carlos Kleiber: Traces to Nowhere

A film by Eric Schulz. DVD Arthaus Musik 101553 (Naxos)

Music Film

Steve Reich: Phase To Face

A film by Eric Darmon & Franck Mallet. DVD idéale audience 3058128 (Naxos)

Jazz

Monty Alexander: Uplift

CD Jazz Legacy Productions JLP 1001012 (Codaex)

Jazz

FMP In Retrospect

Various Artists. Case with Book and 12CD, Limited Edition: 1.000 ex, FMP 4014704020109 (Fenn Music)

Jazz

Joachim Kühn: Chalaba

Majid Bekkas, Ramon Lopez. CD ACT 9502-2 (Edel)

World Music

Vinicius Cantuária/ Bill Frisell: Lágrimas Mexicanas

CD Naïve NJ621011 (Indigo)

Traditional Ethnic Music

Uganda

Music of the Baganda People. CD Ocora C 561161 (Harmonia Mundi)

German language Singer/Songwriters

Johan Meijer: Europeana

Raum & Zeit. CD Nederossi NOP101111

German language Singer/Songwriters

Uta Köbernick plus Kapelle: Auch nicht schlimmer

CD Kleingeldprinzessin Records LC 09274

Folk and Singer/Songwriters

Amsterdam Klezmer Band: Katla

CD Essay Recordings AY CD 28

Folk and Singer/Songwriters

Karen Mose: Vingefang

CD GO’ Danish Folk Music G00310

Pop

James Blake

CD Polydor ATLAS02 (Universal)

Independent (until 2014)

PJ Harvey: Let England shake

CD Island Records 2763025 (Universal)

Nu & Extreme (until 2014)

Nicolas Jaar: Space Is Only Noise

CD Circus Company CCCD009 (Rough Trade)

Nu & Extreme (until 2014)

Sven Kacirek: The Kenya Sessions

CD Pingipung 20 (Rough Trade)

Blues and Blues-related

Henrik Freischlader: Still Frame Replay

CD Cable Car Records CCR0311-35

Blues and Blues-related

Gregg Allman: Low Country Blues

CD Rounder 0011661859524 (Universal)

R&B, Soul and HipHop

Angola Soundtrack

The Unique Sound Of Luanda (1968-1976), Various Artists. LP Analog Africa AALP 069

R&B, Soul and HipHop

Charles Bradley: No Time For Dreaming

CD Daptone Records Dunham DUN-1001 (Groove Attack)

Recordings for Children and Youth

Henrik Albrecht/ Lewis Carroll: Alice im Wunderland

NDR Radiophilharmonie, Andreas Hempel, Ulrich Noethen, Laura Maire, Stefan Kaminski. CD NDR Info ISBN 9783942175111 (Headroom Verlag Köln)

Recordings for Children and Youth

John Boyne: Der Schiffsjunge

The real story of the rebellion on the bounty. Florian Lukas (speaker), from 12 years on. 6 CD Der Hörverlag ISBN 9783867177078

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