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

Hans Werner Henze: Symphonys 2 & 10

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Marek Janowski. Wergo WER 672527 (New Arts International)

Orchestral Music & Concertos

Mozart: Klavierkonzerte / Martha Argerich

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concertos KV 466 & KV 503. Martha Argerich, Orchestra Mozart, Claudio Abbado. Deutsche Grammophon 479 1033 (Universal)

Chamber Music

Beethoven: Cello Sonatas / Steven Isserlis

Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete Cello Sonatas; Variations op. 66; WoO 45; WoO 46; Horn Sonatas op.17 (arr.). Steven Isserlis, Robert Levin. Hyperion CDA 67981/2 (New Arts International)

Keyboard Music

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Complete Works for Piano

Ana-Marija Markovina. 26 CD, Hänssler 98.003 (Naxos)

Keyboard Music

Jehan Titelouze: The Complete Organ Works

Hymn and Magnificat Settings. Robert Bates. 3 CD, Loft Recordings LRCD-1120/21/22 (Naxos)

Opera

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro

MusicAeterna, Teodor Currentzis, Andrei Bondarenko, Simone Kermes, Fanie Antonelou, Christian van Horn. 3 CD, Sony Classical 8888370962 3

Opera

George Benjamin: Written on Skin

A film by Margaret Williams. With Bejun Mehta, Barbara Hannigan, Christopher Purves, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, George Benjamin, Katie Mitchell et al. DVD & Blu-ray Opus Arte OA 1125 & BD 7136 (Naxos)

Choral Music

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Magnificat Wq 215

& Heilig ist Gott Wq 217, Symphony D major Wq 183/1. RIAS Kammerchor, Akademie für Alte Musik, Hans-Christoph Rademann. harmonia mundi HMC 902167

Lieder and Vocal Recital

Verdi – Krassimira Stoyanova

Arias from Aida, Il Trovatore, Giovanna d’Arco, Luisa Miller, La Traviata, Don Carlo, La Forza del Destino, Otello. Krassimira Stoyanova, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Pavel Baleff. Orfeo C 885 141

Early Music

Christoph Graupner: »Himmlische Stunden, Selige Zeiten«

Cantatas. Miriam Feuersinger, Capricornus Consort Basel, Peter Barczi. Christophorus CHR 77381 (Note 1)

Contemporary Classical Music

Georges Aperghis: Wölfli-Kantata

Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, SWR-Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Marcus Creed. Cypres CYP 5625 (Note 1)

Historical Recordings

Beethoven & Brahms: Complete Symphonies

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9; Egmont Ouverture; Coriolan Ouverture; Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus. Wilma Lipp, Ursula Boese, Fritz Wunderlich, Franz Crass, Wiener Singverein, Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer (1960). Johannes Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4. Münchner Philharmoniker, Rudolf Kempe (1975/76). 10 CD, Membran Documents 600.135 (Membran)

Crossover Productions

Vijay Iyer: Mutations

ECM 2372/3764798 (Universal)

Music Film

Beethoven in Stalingrad. A Concert Journey

A film by Claudia and Günter Wallbrecht. With et al Tabea Zimmermann, Osnabrücker Symphonieorchester, Andreas Hotz, Edward Serov. Dreyer Gaido Musikproduktion 21083 (Note 1)

Jazz

Tony Lakatos: Standard Time

Jim McNeely, Adam Nussbaum, Jay Anderson. Skip Records SKP 9118-2 (Soulfood)

Jazz

Michael Wollny Trio: Weltentraum

ACT 9563-2 (Edel)

Traditional Ethnic Music

Lee Chun-Hee: Korea

Arirang and Minyo Singing. Ocora Radio France C 560258 HM 76 (harmonia mundi)

German language Singer/Songwriters

Molden, Resetarits, Soyka, Wirth: Ho Rugg

CD/LP Monkey MONCD112/MONLP012 (Rough Trade)

Folk and Singer/Songwriters

Adrian Raso & Fanfare Ciocarlia: Devil’s Tale

Asphalt Tango CD/LP 984022/021 (Indigo)

Pop

The Notwist: Close To The Glass

City Slang SLANG 50059 (Universal)

Nu & Extreme (until 2014)

Planningtorock: All Love’s Legal

CD/LP Human Level HL004 (Rough Trade)

Blues and Blues-related

Robben Ford: A Day In Nashville

Provogue PRD 7432 2 (Rough Trade)

R&B, Soul and HipHop

Moodymann

CD/LP KDJ 44 (www.mahoganimusic.com)

Spoken Word

Wolfgang Herrndorf: Arbeit und Struktur

August Diehl. 8 CD, Argon Verlag ISBN 978-3-8398-1325-6

Recordings for Children and Youth

Kirsten Boie: Es gibt Dinge, die kann man nicht erzählen

Jürgen Uter, Katja Danowski, Julia Nachtmann, Aleksandar Radenković. 2 CD, Jumbo Neue Medien 443 212-2, ISBN 978-3-8337-3212-6 (DA Music)

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