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

Chamber Music

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Dissonances

String Quartets KV 421, 465, Divertimento KV 138. Quatuor Ebène. CD Virgin 070922 2 (EMI)

Keyboard Music

Mitsuko Uchida – Schumann

Robert Schumann: Fantasie op. 17, Davidsbündlertänze. Mitsuko Uchida (piano). CD Decca 478 2936 (Universal)

Keyboard Music

Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 10

Bagatelles. Ronald Brautigam. SACD BIS Records 1882 (Klassik Center Kassel)

Opera

Richard Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Staging of Theater Lübeck, Anthony Pilavachi (Stage Direction), Roman Brogli-Sacher (Musical Direction). 7 DVD Musicaphon M56929 (Klassik Center Kassel)

Opera

André Campra: Le Carnaval de Venise

Opéra-ballet. Salomé Haller, Marina de Liso, Andrew Foster-Williams, Alain Buet et al., Choeur et Orchestre du Concert spirituel, Hervé Niquet. CD Glossa GCD 921622 (Note 1)

Choral Music

György Ligeti: Requiem

& Apparitions, San Francisco Polyphony. WDR Sinfonieorchester and Rundfunkchor, SWR Vokalensemble, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Péter Eötvös. CD/ Audio-DVD, BMC CD 166 (Codaex)

Choral Music

Ludus verbalis

Works by Claude Debussy, Maurice Ohana, Francis Poulenc, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Einojuhani Rautavaara et al. Ensemble Vocal Aedes, Mathieu Romano. CD Eloquentia EL 1128 (Harmonia Mundi)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

Krassimira Stoyanova: Slavic Opera Arias

Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Pavel Baleff. CD Orfeo C830111A

Early Music

Tomás Luis de Victoria: Sacred Works

Ensemble Plus Ultra, Michael Noone. 10 CD Archiv Produktion 477 9747 (Universal)

Early Music

Georg Philipp Telemann: Complete Orchestral Suites Vol. 4

Pratum Integrum Orchestra. 2 CD Caro Mitis CM 0022010-2 (Klassik Center Kassel)

Contemporary Classical Music

Luigi Nono: Risonanze erranti, Post-prae-ludium per Donau

Susanne Otto (alto), Roberto Fabbriciani (flute) Klaus Burger (tuba), Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Experimentalstudio des SWR, Detlef Heusinger. CD NEOS 11119 (Codaex)

Contemporary Classical Music

Michael Gordon: Timber

Slagwerk Den Haag. CD Cantaloupe CA21072 (Naxos)

Historical Recordings

Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio, 1948 Dresden Recording

Christel Goltz, Bernd Aldenhoff, Josef Herrmann, Gottlob Frick, Elfride Trötschel, Erich Zimmermann, Werner Faulhaber, Staatskapelle Dresden, Joseph Keilberth. CD (+ DVD) Profil PH10033 (Naxos)

Crossover Productions

Navidad de los Andes

Dino Saluzzi, Anja Lechner, Felix Saluzzi. CD ECM 2204 (Universal)

Music Film

Sounds and Silence

On road with Manfred Eicher. A film by Peter Guyer and Norbert Wiedmer. DVD Arsenal/ ECM 5050 (Universal)

Music Film

Brötzmann

Documentary about the jazz musician Peter Brötzmann by René Jeuckens, Thomas Mau and Grischa Windus. DVD Siegersbusch 001 (Indigo)

Music Film

Eastern Voices At Morgenland Festival Osnabrück

Documentary by Frank Scheffer and Günter Wallbrecht, live Performances Alim & Fargana Qasimov, Ibrahim Keivo, Salar Aghili, Harir Shariatzadeh, Yulduz Turdieva, Morgenland Chamber Orchestra, Nader Mashayekhi. DVD Euro Arts 2058688 (Naxos)

Jazz

Trio 3 & Geri Allen: Celebrating Mary Lou Williams

Live at Birdland New York. CD Intakt Records 187 (harmonia mundi)

Jazz

Archie Shepp, Joachim Kühn: Wo!Man

CD Archie Ball ARCH 1102 (harmonia mundi)

Jazz

Dave Brubeck Quartet with Paul Desmond

At the Free Trade Hall. CD Solar Records 4569900 (harmonia mundi)

World Music

Charles Lloyd, Maria Farantouri: Athens Concert

2 CD ECM 2205/06 (Universal)

Traditional Ethnic Music

Eastern Voices

Alim & Fargana Qasimov, Yulduz Turdieva, Ibrahim Keivo et al: Eastern Voices – live recorded at Morgenland Festival 2006-2010. CD Dreyer Gaido 21069

German language Singer/Songwriters

Klaus der Geiger: Von allen Seiten

CD Westpark Music 87218

Folk and Singer/Songwriters

Vladimirska: Night Trains

CD Gusstaff Records Gram1101

Blues and Blues-related

Jimmy Reiter: High Priest Of Nothing

CD Pogo Pop JGOP001

Blues and Blues-related

Billy C. Farlow feat. Mercy

Alabama Swamp Stomp. CD Crosscut Records CCD 12013

R&B, Soul and HipHop

Jill Scott: The Light Of The Sun

CD Blues Babe Records/ Warner 9362-49572-7

Spoken Word

So sprach Achill

The Ilias retold by Alessandro Baricco. 21 actors of the Thalia Theater Hamburg. 4 CD Osterwold-Audio / Hörbuch Hamburg ISBN 978-3-86952-098-8

Recordings for Children and Youth

Sylvia Heinlein: Mittwochtage

oder »Nichts wie weg!« sagt Tante Hulda. Ulrike C. Tscharre (speaker) et al., CD Igel Records 978-3-89353-377-0

Recordings for Children and Youth

Gudrun Pausewang: Die Wolke

Laura Maire (speaker). 2 CD Silberfisch ISBN 9783867426909

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