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

Robert Schumann: Complete Symphonic Works Vol. 1

Symphony No.1 B flat major op. 38; Symphony No.2. D minor op. 120 ; Ouverture, Scherzo and Finale E major op. 58. WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Heinz Holliger. audite 97.677 (Edel)

Orchestral Music & Concertos

Bruno Maderna: Complete Works for Orchestra Vol. 5

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1969); Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1959). Thomas Zehetmair, Markus Bellheim, Sinfonieorchester des Hessischen Rundfunks Frankfurt, Arturo Tamayo. SACD Neos 10937 (harmonia mundi)

Chamber Music

Armida Quartett – Bartók, Kurtág, Ligeti

Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 4 Sz 91. György Kurtág: String Quartet op. 1. György Ligeti: String Quartet No. 1. Armida Quartett. CAvi 8553 298 (harmonia mundi)

Keyboard Music

Ferruccio Busoni: Late Piano Music

Indianisches Tagebuch, Elegies, Klavierübung, Fantasia after J. S. Bach, Sonatinas et al. Marc-André Hamelin. 3 CD Hyperion CDA 67951/3 (Note 1)

Keyboard Music

Revived in Tango

Works by Guy Bovet, Pablo Bruno, Johann Caspar Kerll, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, Nicolas de Grigny. Ines Maidre. Pro Musica PPC 9066 (Naxos)

Opera

Jean-Baptiste Lully: Phaéton

Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Ingrid Perruche, Isabelle Druet, Gaёlle Arquet, Cyril Auvity, Andrew Foster-Williams, Frédéric Caton, Benoît Arnould, Virginie Thomas, Choeur de Chambre de Namur, Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset. 2 CD Aparté AP 061 (harmonia mundi)

Opera

Richard Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer / Pierre-Louis Dietsch: Le Vaisseau Fantôme

Evgeny Nikitin, Ingela Brimberg, Russell Braun, Sally Matthews, Eric Cutler, Mika Kares, Bernard Richter, Helene Schneiderman, Ugo Rabec, Eesti Filharmoonia Kamerkoor, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski. 4 CD Naïve V 5349 (Indigo)

Choral Music

Johann Sebastian Bach: Secular Cantatas Vol. 55

Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele BWV 69; Freue dich, erlöste Schar BWV 30; Gloria in excelsis deo BWV 191. Hana Blažiková, Robin Blaze, Gerd Türk, Peter Kooij, Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki. SACD BIS 2031 (Klassik Center)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Stabat Mater

& Laudate Pueri Dominum; Confitebor tibi Domine. Julia Lezhneva, Philippe Jaroussky, Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, I Barocchisti, Diego Fasolis. Erato 5099 9319 14727 (Warner)

Early Music

Mille consigli

Italienische Violinsonaten des 17. Jahrhunderts von Antonio Bertali, Dario Castello, Giovanni Battista Fontana, Tarquinio Merulo, Marco Uccellini u. a. Ensemble Aurora. Glossa GCD 921208 (Note 1)

Contemporary Classical Music

Angels – Marco Blaauw

Compositions for trumpet by Richard Ayres, Marco Blaauw, Georg Friedrich Haas, Liza Lim, Martijn Padding, Jimmy Rowles, Carl Ruggles, Rebecca Saunders, Martin Smolka and Agata Zubel. With Marco Blaauw, Michiel Braam, Christine Chapman, Bruce Collings, Ralf-Werner Koop, Nathan Plante, Markus Schwind. Wergo WER 67812 (NAI)

Historical Recordings

Fritz Reiner & the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Complete Recordings on RCA. 63 CDs RCA 8888 3701 982 (Sony)

Crossover Productions

Hans Hassler: Hassler

With Gebhard Ullmann, Jürgen Kupke, Beat Föllmi. Intakt Records CD 212 (harmonia mundi)

Music Film

Gozaran – Time Passing

A documentation by Frank Scheffer. With Nader Mashayekhi and the Teheran Symphony Orchestra. DVD/Blu-ray EuroArts 205 8768 (Naxos)

Music Film

Marc Sinan: Hasretim – Journey to Anatolia

With Marc Sinan, Markus Rindt, Andrea Molino, Dresdner Sinfoniker and musicians from the Turkey and from Armenia with traditional instruments. CD/DVD ECM 2330/31 (Universal)

Jazz

Early Chet

Chet Baker in Germany 1955-1959. LP Jazzhaus 101740 (Arthaus Musik)

Jazz

Irène Schweizer & Pierre Favre: Live in Zürich

Intakt CD 228 (harmonia mundi)

World Music

Jun Miyake: Lost Memory Theatre

act-1. Yellowbird yeb-7736-2 (Soulfood)

Traditional Ethnic Music

Deeyah presents Iranian Woman

Fuuse Mousiqi/Heilo HCD 7269 (Galileo)

German language Singer/Songwriters

Strom & Wasser feat. The Refugees

Freiheit ist ein Paradies. Traumton 982612 (Indigo)

Folk and Singer/Songwriters

Ciğdem Aslan: Mortissa

Asphalt Tango Records CD-ATR 4313

Pop

Janelle Monáe: The Electric Lady

Suite IV and V. CD/LP Bad Boy Entertainment 7567-86840-5 (Atlantic/Warner)

Rock

Lorde: Pure Heroine

Universal 0602537518982

Independent (until 2014)

Bill Callahan: Dream River

CD/LP Drag City DC553CD (Rough Trade)

Nu & Extreme (until 2014)

Son Lux: Lanterns

CD/LP Joyful Noise JNR126 (Cargo Records)

Blues and Blues-related

Blues Company: X-Ray-Blues

CD/LP Inakustik INAK 9124

Spoken Word

Elias Canetti: Die Blendung

Editing, direction and music: Klaus Buhlert. With Birgit Minichmayr, Samuel Finzi, Manfred Zapatka et al. 12 CD Der Hörverlag 2013, ISBN 978-3-86717-893-8 (Edel)

Recordings for Children and Youth

Tomi Ungerer, Dave Horler: Tremolo

Audio piece with music. Jochen Malmsheimer, WDR Big Band Köln. CMO Hörbuch/WDR. ISBN 978-3-939129-59-2 (Alive)

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