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

Shostakovich under Stalin’s Shadow

Dmitri Schostakowitsch: Symphony No. 10. Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons. DG 479 50592 (Universal)

Orchestral Music & Concertos

Witold Lutosławski: Piano Concerto; Symphony No. 2

Krystian Zimerman, Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle. DG 479 45185 (Universal)

Chamber Music

Grazyna Bacewicz: String Quartets Vol. 1

Nos. 1, 3, 6, 7. Lutosławski Quartet. Naxos 8.572806

Keyboard Music

Claude Debussy / Reynaldo Hahn: 1915

Piano Works for four Hands. Six épigraphes antiques, En blanc et noir; Reynaldo Hahn: Le ruban dénoué, Pour bercer un convalescent. Duo Yaara Tal & Andreas Groethuysen. Sony 88875108322

Keyboard Music

Beethoven: Organ Perspectives

Ludwig van Beethoven: Organ Works. Maria-Magdalena Kaczor. Aeolus AE 11111 (Note 1)

Opera

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Les Indes Galantes

Amel Brahim-Djelloul, Benoît Arnould et al., Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset. DVD, Alpha ALP 710 (Note 1)

Opera

Félicien David: Herculanum

Véronique Gens, Karine Deshayes, Edgaras Montvidas et al., Flemish Radio Choir, Brussels Philharmonic, Hervé Niquet. 2 CDs incl. book. Ediciones Singulares ES 1020 (Note 1)

Choral Music

Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232

Carolyn Sampson, Anke Vondung, Daniel Johannsen, Tobias Berndt, Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Freiburger Barockorchester, Hans-Christoph Rademann. 2 CDs, Carus 83.314; 2 CDs & DVD, Carus 83.315 (Note 1)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

Morgen! / Michaela Schuster, Markus Schlemmer

Lieder by Brahms, Schumann, Reger, Strauss. Michaela Schuster, Markus Schlemmer. Oehms Classics OC 1833 (Naxos)

Early Music

Lassus: Missa super Dixit Joseph

Orlando de Lassus: Missa super Dixit Joseph, Motets. Cinquecento. Hyperion CDA 68064 (Note 1)

Contemporary Classical Music

György Kurtág: Kafka Fragments

György Kurtág: Kafka Fragments for Soprano and Violin op. 24 Nos. 1-19. Caroline Melzer, Nurit Stark. Hybrid-SACD, BIS-2175 (Klassik Center)

Historical Recordings

Ferenc Fricsay: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon, Vol. 2

Operas and Choral Works. Hertha Töpper, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Oralia Dominguez et al. 38 CDs, DG 479 46410 (Universal)

Music Film

Satiesfictions – Promenades with Erik Satie

Film by Anne-Kathrin Peitz and Youlian Tabakov. Steffen Schleiermacher et. al. DVD, Accentus ACC 20312 (harmonia mundi)

Jazz

Oscar Peterson: Exclusively For My Friends

8 CDs, MPS 0210325 MSW (Edel)

Jazz

Irène Schweizer & Han Bennink: Welcome Back

Intakt INT 254 (harmonia mundi)

Traditional Ethnic Music

A Filetta: Castelli

World Village WV 479097 (harmonia mundi)

German language Singer/Songwriters

Konstantin Wecker: Ohne Warum

Sturm & Klang S&K 6415880 (Alive)

Folk and Singer/Songwriters

Jens Kommnick: Redwood

Siúnta Music SM 2207 (www.jenskommnick.de)

Hard and Heavy

Dead Lord: Heads Held High

Century Media 9985852 (Sony)

Alternative

Sleaford Mods: Key Markets

Harbinger Sound 00084942 (Cargo)

Club and Dance

Hunee: Hunch Music

Hunee: Hunch Music

Rush Hour RHM 016 CD (Groove Attack)

Blues and Blues-related

John Mayall: Find A Way To Care

Forty Below Records FBR 011 (H’ART)

R&B, Soul and HipHop

Dr. Dre: Compton

A Soundtrack. Interscope 4753634 (Universal)

Spoken Word

Ilija Trojanow: Macht und Widerstand

Ulrich Pleitgen, Thomas Thieme, Ilija Trojanow. 9 CDs, Argon ISBN 978-3-8398-1431-4

Recordings for Children and Youth

David Solomons: Mein Bruder ist ein Superheld

Martin Baltscheit. Silberfisch ISBN 978-3-86742-277-2 (Hörbuch Hamburg)

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