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

Igor Strawinsky: Le sacre du printemps (1913 & 1967 versions)

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, David Zinman. 2 CDs, RCA 88843095462 (Sony)

Orchestral Music & Concertos

Karol Szymanowski: Violin Conzertos Nos. 1 & 2, Myths

Baiba Skride, Lauma Skride, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko. Orfeo C 873 141 A

Chamber Music

Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete Works for violoncello & piano

Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexander Melnikov. 2 CDs, harmonia mundi HMC 902183

Keyboard Music

Invocation / Herbert Schuch

Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Liszt, Olivier Messiaen, Maurice Ravel, Tristan Murail. Herbert Schuch, piano. Naïve 994242 (Indigo)

Keyboard Music

Arranging Bach / Gerhard Gnann

Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Charles-Marie Widor et al. Gerhard Gnann. Coviello Classics Cov 91416 (Note 1)

Opera

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Cosí fan tutte

Simone Kermes, Anna Kasyan, Malena Ernman et al. MusicAeterna, Teodor Currentzis. 3 CDs, Sony Classical 88765466162

Opera

Jacques Offenbach: Fantasio

Sarah Connolly, Russell Braun, Robert Murray, Victoria Simmonds, Neal Davies et al., Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Mark Elder. Opera Rara 0792938005126 (Note 1)

Choral Music

»Warum ist das Licht gegeben den Mühseligen?«

Choral works by Johannes Brahms opp. 74/1, 119/1, 104, 110, 54, 109. Cappella Amsterdam, Daniel Reuss. harmonia mundi HMC 902160

Lieder and Vocal Recital

Fin de Siècle

Lieder by Alban Berg, Franz Schreker, Gustav Mahler, Alexander von Zemlinsky and Arnold Schönberg. Anke Vondung, Christoph Berner. Cavi 8553313 (harmonia mundi)

Early Music

Polyphonies oubliées

Works by Claudin de Sermisy, Jean de Bournonville et al. La Maîtrise de Toulouse, Ensemble Gilles Binchois, Dominique Vellard. Aparté AP 097 (harmonia mundi)

Contemporary Classical Music

Mark Andre: ... auf ... Triptych for large orchestra

SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Sylvain Cambreling. Wergo WER 73222 (NAI)

Historical Recordings

Dimitri Mitropoulos dirigiert

works by Peter Tschaikowsky, Modest Mussorgsky, Alexander Borodin, Dimitri Schostakowitsch. New York Philharmonic Orchestra. 2 CDs, Urania Widescreen 121.207 (Klassik Center)

Crossover Productions

»Stupor Mundi«. Music from the Staufer's period

Vincent Klink, Patrick Bebelaar, Michel Godard, Gavino Murgia, Carlo Rizzo. DML Records 033 (Fenn)

Music Film

Orchester im Exil

A Film by Josh Aronson. Polyband DVD 76298-8 (Edel)

Jazz

Kenny Barron & Dave Holland: The Art Of Conversation

Impulse 602537946594 (Universal)

Jazz

Potsa Lotsa Plus: Plays Love Suite by Eric Dolphy

Silke Eberhard et al. Jazzwerkstatt JW 147

World Music

Amparo Sánchez: Espiritu del Sol

World Village WV 479101 (harmonia mundi)

Traditional Ethnic Music

Ogoya Nengo & The Dodo Women’s Group: Rang’Ala

Honest Jons HJRCD 100162 (Indigo)

German language Singer/Songwriters

Stoppok: Popschutz

Grundsound GS 0033 (Indigo)

Folk and Singer/Songwriters

Gjermund Larsen Trio: Reise

Galileo MC GMC 062

Pop

Dean Blunt: Black Metal

Rough Trade 0883870072526 (Indigo)

Alternative

Einstürzende Neubauten: Lament

BMG Rights Management 538013752 (Rough Trade)

Club and Dance

Caribou: Our Love

City Slang SLANG 50070 (Universal)

Electronic and Experimental

Flying Lotus: You’re Dead

Warp WARPCD 256 (Rough Trade)

Blues and Blues-related

Marcia Ball: The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man

Alligator Records ALCD 0854964 (in-akustik)

Spoken Word

Michail Bulgakow: Meister und Margarita

Composition & Direction: Klaus Buhlert. With Michael Rotschopf, Manfred Zapatka, Valery Tscheplanowa, Karl Markovics et al. 12 CDs, der Hörverlag, Bayerischer Rundfunk Hörspiel und Medienkunst 2014 ISBN 978-3-8445-1428-5

Recordings for Children and Youth

Brian Conaghan: Jetzt spricht Dylan Mint

... und Mr. Dog hält die Klappe. Martin Baltscheit. Oetinger audio 978-3-8373-0826-6

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