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

Dmitri Schostakowitsch: Symphony No. 7 C major op.60 (Leningrad)

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons. Orfeo C 852 121 A

Orchestral Music & Concertos

Wolf-Ferrari: Violin Concerto / Benjamin Schmid

Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra D major op. 26, Orchestral Music from the Operas »Il campiello«, »Le donne curiose«, »L’amore medico« and »I quattro rusteghi«. Benjamin Schmid, Oviedo Filarmonia, Friedrich Haider. Farao classics B 108 069

Chamber Music

August Klughardt – Pleyel Quartett Köln

August Klughardt: String Quartet F major op.42, Piano Quintet G minor op.43. Pleyel Quartett Köln, Tobias Koch. CAvi-music 855 3248 (harmonia mundi)

Keyboard Music

Yevgeny Sudbin – Liszt, Ravel, Saint-Saëns

Franz Liszt: Funérailles, Études d’exécution transcendante Nos. 10 and 11, Tre Sonetti del Petrarca; Maurice Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit; Camille Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre. Yevgeny Sudbin. BIS Records 1828 (Klassik Center)

Keyboard Music

Johann Sebastian Bach: Complete Organ Works

played on Silbermann Organs. Ewald Kooiman, Ute Gremmel-Geuchen, Gerhard Gnann, Bernhard Klapprott. 19 SACD. Aeolus AE-10761 (Note 1)

Opera

Leonardo Vinci: Artaserse

Philippe Jaroussky, Franco Fagioli, Max Emanuel Cencic, Valer Barna-Sabadus, Concerto Köln, Diego Fasolis. 3 CD. Virgin Classics 509 9960 28692 5 (EMI)

Opera

Jacques Offenbach: Un mari à la porte

& Les fables de la Fontaine. Anaik Morel, Gabrielle Philiponet, Stéphane Malbec-Garcia et al. Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko. Liverpool LP OFF CD00211 (Naxos)

Choral Music

Arnold Mendelssohn: Deutsche Messe op.89

& Motets for Christmas ops.90,5 & 90,9 & 90,10. SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Frieder Bernius. Hänssler SACD 93.293 (Naxos)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

Romantic Arias – Christian Gerhaher

Opera Arias by Richard Wagner, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Otto Nicolai and Carl Maria von Weber. Christian Gerhaher, Maximilian Schmitt, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Daniel Harding. Sony 88725422952

Early Music

Arcangelo Corelli: Trio Sonatas

op. 4, Nos. 1-12, Rome 1694. Ensemble Aurora, Enrico Gatti. 2 CD. Glossa GCD 921207 (Note 1)

Contemporary Classical Music

Yann Robin: Vulcano, Art of Metal I, III

Alain Billard, Ensemble intercontemporain, Susanna Mälkki, IRCAM-Centre Pompidou. Kairos 0013262 KAI (harmonia mundi)

Historical Recordings

The Second Viennese School Project

Works by Arnold Schönberg, Alban Berg, Anton Webern and Johann Strauss Sohn. Suzanne Danco, Rudolf Kolisch, Eduard Steuermann, Winfried Zillig, Else C. Kraus, Peter Stadlen, Tibor Varga, Vegh-Quartett, Berliner Philharmoniker, RSO Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay et al. audite 308 3643 (edel)

Crossover Productions

Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird: Bad Old Songs

Oriente Musik Rien CD 84 (Fenn Music)

Film Music

Danny Elfman: Frankenweenie

Walt Disney Records 2326922 (EMI)

Music Film

»Knowledge is the Beginning« (1999) & »The Ramallah Concert« (2005).

Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. A documentary by Paul Smaczny, recorded at Weimar, Buchenwald, Sevilla, Cordoba, Rabat, Genf, Ramallah and Jerusalem. 2 DVD. EuroArts 205 4338 (Naxos)

Music Film

Lucky Peterson Band featuring Tamara Peterson

Live at the 55 Arts Club Berlin. 3 DVD and 2 CD. Blackbird BR 201210 (soulfood)

Jazz

Grant Stewart: Live at Smalls

With Tardo Hammer, David Wong, Phil Stewart. Smalls Live SL 0029 (New Arts International)

Jazz

Heinz Sauer – Michael Wollny

Don’t Explain. ACT 9549-2 (Edel)

World Music

Criolo: Nó Na Orelha

Sterns Brasil STCD2023 (Rough Trade)

Traditional Ethnic Music

Urna: Portrait

The Magical Voice from Mongolia. Network Medien NM495137 (Membran)

German language Singer/Songwriters

Heike Kellermann: Beziehungs-weise

Conträr 973542 (Indigo)

Folk and Singer/Songwriters

Stockholm Lisboa Project: Aurora

Westpark Music WP 87235 (Indigo)

Pop

Bob Dylan: Tempest

Columbia 88725465412 (Sony)

Independent (until 2014)

Grizzly Bear: Shields

Warp 229 (Rough Trade)

Nu & Extreme (until 2014)

Jesse Boykins III & MeLo-X: Zulu Guru

Ninja Tune Zen CD 191 (Rough Trade)

Blues and Blues-related

B.B. King: Ladies & Gentlemen ...

Mr. B.B. King. 10 CD Edition, Universal 06007533-84992

R&B, Soul and HipHop

Kendrick Lamar: good kid, m.A.A.d city

Interscope 0602537156535 (Universal)

Spoken Word

Erzählerstimmen: Die Bibliothek der Autoren

183 authors, 100 years of narrative in original sound. Edited by Christiane Collorio, Michael Krüger and Hans Sarkowicz. 44 CD. Der Hörverlag ISBN 978-3-86717-742-9

Recordings for Children and Youth

Nasreddin Hodscha, Paul Maar: Das fliegende Kamel

Paul Maar, Capella Antiqua Bambergensis et al. 2 CD. CAB Records CAB-14 (Oetinger) ISBN 978-3-8373-0669-9

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