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

Hans Werner Henze: Symphonies 3-5

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Marek Janowski. CD Wergo WER 67232 (Note 1)

Orchestral Music & Concertos

Franz Liszt: Traueroden für Orchester

Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe, Zwei Episoden aus Lenaus Faust et al., BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ilan Volkov. CD Hyperion CDA 67856 (Codaex)

Orchestral Music & Concertos

Martinů, Hindemith, Honegger – Cello Concertos

Bohuslav Martinů, Paul Hindemith, Arthur Honegger: Cellokonzerte. Johannes Moser (cello), Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Christoph Poppen. CD Hänssler classic 93.276 (Naxos)

Orchestral Music & Concertos

Julia Fischer – Poème

Poème – Works by Ernest Chausson, Ottorino Respighi, Josef Suk, Ralph Vaughan-Williams. Julia Fischer (violin), Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Yakov Kreizberg. CD Decca 478 2684 (Universal)

Chamber Music

Peter Tschaikowsky, Victor Kissine: Piano Trios

Gidon Kremer, Giedre Dirvanauskaite, Khatia Buniatishvili. CD ECM New Series 4764171 (Universal)

Chamber Music

Robert Schumann: Complete Works for Piano Trio

Leif Ove Andsnes (piano), Christian Tetzlaff (violin), Tanja Tetzlaff (cello). 2 CD 0 94180 2 (EMI)

Keyboard Music

Franz Liszt: Harmonies du Soir

Ballad B minor, Waldesrauschen, Six Consolations et al., Nelson Freire (piano). CD Decca 4782728 (Universal)

Keyboard Music

The Art of tjhe Organ of Northern Germany Vol. 2 – Danzig

Cajus Schmiedtlein, Petrus de Drusina, Andreas Neunhaber et al: Stellwagen-Organ of St. Marien Stralsund. Martin Rost. CD MDG 320 1697-2 (Codaex)

Keyboard Music

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Organ Works Vol.1

Harald Vogel. SACD MDG 914 1690-6 (Codaex)

Opera

Jean-Baptiste Lully: Bellérophon

Cyril Auvity (tenor), Jean Teitgen (bass), Ingrid Perruche (soprana) et al., Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset. 2 CD Aparté AP 015 (harmonia mundi)

Choral Music

Georg Friedrich Händel: Theodora

Christine Schäfer, Bejun Mehta, Bernarda Fink, Freiburger Barockorchester, Ivor Bolton, Christof Loy (direction). Bluray Cmajor 705804 (Naxos)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

Shakespeare Inspired

Michelle Breedt (mezzo soprano), Nina Schumann (piano). CD TwoPianists records TP1039077 (Naxos)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

Hugo Wolf: Italian Songbook

Mojca Erdmann, Christian Gerhaher, Gerold Huber. CD RCA Red Seal 886 97727202 (Sony Music)

Early Music

Trio Mediaeval: A Worcester Ladymass

CD ECM New Series 2166 (Universal)

Early Music

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Sei Concerti

...per il cembalo concertato. Andreas Staier, Freiburger Barockorchester, Petra Müllejans. 2 CD HMC 902083.84 (harmonia mundi)

Contemporary Classical Music

Music for Solo Clarinet

Works by Luciano Berio, Toshio Hosokawa, Jörg Widmann et al. Eduard Brunner (Klarinette). CD Naxos 8.572470

Historical Recordings

Ida Haendel plays Violin Concertos

by Aram Khachaturian and Bela Bartók. Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Hans Müller-Kray (1962/ 1967). CD Hänssler Classic 94.207

Historical Recordings

Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Wiener Symphoniker, Josef Krips. CD Deutsche Grammophon DG 477 8988 (Universal)

Film Music

Georges Auric: Bonjour Tristesse/ Gervaise/ Christine

CD Disques Cinémusique DCM 119 (Codaex)

Film Music

Hans Zimmer: Pirates Of The Caribbean 4

On Stranger Tides. CD EMI 5099909792524

Music Film

Harry Connick, Jr.: In Concert On Broadway

DVD + CD Columbia 88697849019 (Sony)

Music Film

Pianomania

A film about Love, Perfection and a little bit of Crazyness. Lilian Franck, Robert Cibis (direction). Bluray Edition Filmladen 9120026070915 (Farbfilm Home Entertainment)

Music Film

Carlos Kleiber: I am lost to the world

Georg Wübbolt (direction). DVD Cmajor 705608 (Naxos)

Jazz

The Sesjun Radio Shows

Bill Evans (Piano). 2 CD Out Of The Blue PRCD2011005 (Codaex)

Jazz

Stan Getz Quintets

The Clef & Norgran Studio Albums. 3 CD Verve 252746900 (Universal)

Jazz

Live at Birdland

Lee Konitz, Brad Mehldau, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian. CD ECM 2162 (Universal)

Jazz

Das Kapital Plays Hanns Eisler

Conflicts & Conclusions. CD Das Kapital Records 002 (NRW Jazz)

Traditional Ethnic Music

Balkan Brass Battle

Boban & Marko Markovic Orchestra versus Fanfare Ciocarlia. CD Asphalt Tango Records ATR 2911

German language Singer/Songwriters

Ernst Molden und Band: Es lem

CD Monkey 083 (Rough Trade)

German language Singer/Songwriters

Jan Degenhardt: Schamlos

CD Conträr 62

Folk and Singer/Songwriters

Hotel Palindrone: Jodulator

CD Eigenverlag 120018690121 (Hoanzl)

Pop

Bill Callahan: Apocalypse

CD Drag City 8148404502 (Rough Trade)

Independent (until 2014)

Thurston Moore: Demolished Thoughts

CD Matador 0744861095323

Nu & Extreme (until 2014)

Africa Hitech: 93 Million Miles

CD Warp Records WARP 199

Nu & Extreme (until 2014)

Robag Wruhme: Thora Vukk

CD Pampa 002P

Blues and Blues-related

Philipp Fankhauser: Try My Love

CD Membran 233292

Blues and Blues-related

Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis feat. Norah Jones

Here we go again – Celebrating the genius of Ray Charles. CD Blue Note 509990 96 388 22 (EMI)

R&B, Soul and HipHop

Beastie Boys: Hot Sauce Committee Part Two

CD Capitol 509995 05639 20 (EMI)

R&B, Soul and HipHop

Raphael Saadiq: Stone Rollin’

CD Sony 88697865092

Recordings for Children and Youth

Brigitte Jünger: Kunst-Stücke für Kinder

Marc Chagall – Das Brautpaar mit dem Eiffelturm. CD Igel Genius 348

Spoken Word

hans g helms: »fa:m’ ahniesgwow«

Experimental Speach Composition. Speach drills: Sigrid Sachse, Harald Muenz, Georg Sachse. 2 CD Wergo 63142

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