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

Dvorák – Andris Nelsons

Antonín Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 E minor op. 95 »Aus der neuen Welt«, Heldenlied op. 111. Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Andris Nelsons. BR Klassik 900116 (Naxos)

Orchestral Music & Concertos

Schostakowitsch: Works for Cello – Emmanuelle Bertrand

Dmitri Schostakowitsch: Cello Concerto No. 1 op. 107, Sonata for Cello and Piano op. 40, Moderato for Cello and Piano. Emmanuelle Bertrand, violoncello, Pascal Amoyel, piano; BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Pascal Rophé. harmonia mundi HMC 902142

Chamber Music

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartets

op. 18,3 D major; op. 18,5 A major; op. 135 F major. Hagen Quartett. Myrios Classics MYR 009 (harmonia mundi)

Keyboard Music

Volodos Plays Mompou

Federico Mompou: Musica callada, Prélude VII & XII, Damunt de tu només les flors, Scènes d’enfants, Le Lac, … pour appeler la joie. Arcadi Volodos. Sony Classical 88765433262

Keyboard Music

György Ligeti, Dominik Susteck: Volumina – Organ Works

Two Etudes »Harmonies« & »Coulée«, Musica ricercata, Volumina, Sprachsignale. Dominik Susteck. Wergo WER 6757 2 (New Arts International)

Opera

Giuseppe Scarlatti: Dove è Amore è Gelosia

Lenka Macikova, Ales Briscein, Katerina Knezikova, Jaroslav Brezina, Hoforchester Schwarzenberg, Vojtech Spurny. DVD Opus Arte OA 1104 D / Blu-ray OA BD 7120 D (Naxos)

Opera

Vincenzo Bellini: Norma

Cecilia Bartoli, Su Mi Jo, John Osborn, Michele Pertusi, Orchestra La Scintilla, Giovanni Antonini. 2 CD. Decca 4783 517 (Universal)

Choral Music

Paul Hindemith

Apparebit repentina dies, Six chansons, Lieder nach alten Texten op. 33, Messe (1963). SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Mitglieder des Radio-Sinfonieorchesters Stuttgart des SWR, Marcus Creed. Hänssler CD 93.295 (Naxos)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

Licht und Liebe

Franz Schubert: Lieder and Vocal Quartets. Marlis Petersen, Anke Vondung, Werner Güra, Konrad Jarnot; Christoph Berner, Klavier. harmonia mundi HMC 902130

Early Music

Conjuratio

Matthias Weckmann: Sacral Concertos Nos. 1-4. Maria Keohane, Carlos Mena, Hans-Jörg Mammel, Stephan MacLeod, Maude Gratton, Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot. Mirare MIR 204 (harmonia mundi)

Contemporary Classical Music

Morton Feldman: Violin and Orchestra

Carolin Widmann, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Emilio Pomàrico. ECM New Series 2283 (Universal)

Historical Recordings

Leon Fleisher – The Complete Album Collection

With Leon Fleisher, Rudolf Serkin, Yo-Yo Ma, Benita Valente, Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell et al. 23 CD. Sony Classical 88725459972

Crossover Productions

Iva Bittová: Fragments I-XII

ECM 2275 (Universal)

Film Music

Clint Mansell: Stoker

Milan 3994562 (Warner)

Music Film

The Second Life. Karajan

A film by Eric Schulz. Deutsche Grammophon DVD 44007349830 (Universal)

Music Film

Sixto Rodriguez: Searching For Sugar Man

A film by Malik Bendjelloul. DVD 1706513 / Blu-ray 1706521. Rapid Eye Movies (Alive)

Jazz

Barbara Bruckmüller Big Band

Bicolorious Music BicoMR 2013-01. Self distribution:

Jazz

Sylvie Courvoisier – Mark Feldman Duo

Live At Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne. Intakt Records CD 210/2013 (harmonia mundi)

World Music

DaWangGang: Huang Qiang Zou Ban

Wild Tune Stray Rhythm. JARO 4312-2

German language Singer/Songwriters

Bernd Köhler & ewo2: Keine Wahl

Jump Up Records JU 30 (Plattenbau)

Folk and Singer/Songwriters

The Outside Track: Flash Company

Lorimer Records LORR CD 04 (New Music Distribution)

Pop

David Bowie: The Next Day

Columbia 88765461922 (Sony)

Nu & Extreme (until 2014)

DJ Koze: Amygdala

Pampa Records CD007 (Rough Trade)

Blues and Blues-related

Hugh Laurie: Didn’t It Rain

Warner Music 5053105713721 (Warner)

R&B, Soul and HipHop

Tricky: False Idols

!K7 Records K7 308 (Alive)

Spoken Word

Daniel Kehlmann: Geister in Princeton

Radio play. Wolfram Berger, Wenzel Votava, Petra Morzé, Marcus Kiepe, Yuki Iwamoto et al. Argon ISBN 978-3-8398-1249-5

Recordings for Children and Youth

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Ein Sommernachtstraum

Die Taschenphilharmonie, Peter Stangel. Great music for small listeners. der Hörverlag ISBN 978-3-8845-1002-7

Opera

Christoph Willibald Gluck: Iphigénie en Aulide & Iphigénie en Tauride

Véronique Gens, Mireille Delunsch, Anne Sofie von Otter, Frédéric Antouin, Jean-François Lapointe et al., Les Musiciens du Louvre, Grenoble Chorus of de Nederlandse Opera, Marc Minkowski, Direction: Pierre Audi. 2 DVD Opus Arte OA 1099 D / Blu-ray OA BD 7115 D (Naxos)

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