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

Schostakowitsch: Symphonies Nos. 9 & 15

Dmitri Schostakowitsch: Symphonies No. 9 E flat major op.70 and No.15 A major op.141. Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Andrey Boreyko. Hänssler Classic CD 93.284

Orchestral Music & Concertos

Vilde Frang – Tschaikowsky, Nielsen

Peter Tschaikowsky: Violon Concerto op.35 D major. Carl Nielsen: Violon Concerto op.33. Vilde Frang, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Eivind Gullberg Jensen. EMI 6 02570 2

Chamber Music

Artemis Quartett – Schubert: String Quartets

Franz Schubert: String Quartets No.13 D 804 A minor »Rosamunde«, No.14 D 810 D minor »Der Tod und das Mädchen« and No.15 D 887 G major. Artemis Quartett. 2 CD. Virgin Classics 5 0999960 251220 (EMI)

Keyboard Music

Schumann: Charakter Pieces I

Robert Schumann: Papillons op.2, Intermezzi op.4, Romanzes op.28 and various small works. Florian Uhlig. Hänssler Classic CD 98.646 (Naxos)

Keyboard Music

Heinrich Scheidemann: Organ Works

Heinrich Scheidemann: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott WV 76, Fantasia in d WV 83, Kyrie Summum WV 12 et al. Hans Leo Hassler: Motette Verbum caro factum est. Leo van Doeselaar, at the van Hagerbeer Organ of Pieterskerk, Leiden. Dabringhaus und Grimm MDG 906 1746-6 (Codaex)

Opera

Peter Tschaikowsky: Eugen Onegin

With Krassimira Stoyanova, Bo Skovhus, Andrej Dunaev et al. Choir of Nederlandse Opera, Royal Concert Gebouw Orkest, Mariss Jansons. Direction: Stefan Herheim. DVD Opus Arte OA 1067 (Naxos)

Choral Music

Herr auf dich traue ich – Nicolai: Psalms

Otto Nicolai: Psalms No.31, No.54, No. 84, No.97 and No.100, Liturgy No.1 and Offertorium in Assumptione Beatae Mariae Virginis. Kammerchor Stuttgart, Frieder Bernius. Carus 83.299 (Note 1)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

Marlis Petersen – Goethe Lieder

Works by Walter Braunfels, Ernst Krenek, Franz Liszt, Hans Sommer, Robert Schumann, Manfred Trojahn, Hugo Wolf et al. Marlis Petersen, Jendrik Springer. Harmonia Mundi HMC 902094

Early Music

Castello, Fontana: Sonate concertate

Dario Castello: 2 Sonatas for Violin solo, 4 Sonatas for Violin and Bassoon. Giovanni Battista Fontana: 4 Sonatas for Violin solo, 3 Sonatas for Violin and Bassoon. John Holloway, Jane Gower, Lars Ulrik Mortensen. ECM New Series 2106/4764641 (Universal)

Contemporary Classical Music

Mauricio Kagel: Chorbuch, Les Inventions d’Adolphe Sax

Cor de Jong, Sepp Grotenhuis, Nederlands Kamerkoor, Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, Klaas Stok, Mauricio Kagel. Winter & Winter 910 191-2 (edel)

Historical Recordings

Samson François – The Debussy Recordings

Claude Debussy: Preludes Livres I & 2, Children’s Corner, Suite Bergamasque, Image I & 2 et al. 3 CD, EMI 50999 638754 2 3

Crossover Productions

Matthias Schriefl: Six, Alps & Jazz

young german jazz. ACT 9670-2 (edel)

Jazz

Ella Fitzgerald: The 1961 Amsterdam Concert

Solar Records 4569915. (harmonia mundi)

Jazz

Louis Sclavis Atlas Trio: Sources

ECM 2282/279 9532 (Universal)

German language Singer/Songwriters

Kai Degenhardt: Näher als sie scheinen

Plattenbau 12030

Folk and Singer/Songwriters

Bande Italiane

Banda Ionica, Opa Cupa, Banda Olifante, Bandadriatica, Municipale Balcanica. Network Medien 495138 (Membran Media)

Pop

Garland Jeffreys: The King of In Between

BIG LAKE 471107-2 (Rough Trade)

Independent (until 2014)

Beach House: Bloom

Bella Union / Cooperative Music 0602527976488 (Universal)

Nu & Extreme (until 2014)

WIXIW: Liars

mute CDSTUMM343 (GoodToGo)

Blues and Blues-related

Colin Linden: Still Live

CrossCut Records CCD 12012. (In-Akustik)

R&B, Soul and HipHop

Georgia Ann Muldrow: Seeds

Epistrophik Pea 1989975

Spoken Word

Unerwartet Marseille

Peter Kurzeck tells. 2 CD. Stroemfeld Verlag, Frankfurt ISBN 978-3-86600-007-0

Recordings for Children and Youth

James Krüss: Die Seefahrt nach Rio

With Songs by Wolfgang von Henko, read by Nicki von Tempelhoff. HörCompany Hamburg ISBN 978-3-942587-25-9

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