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

Jean Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1-7

Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle. 4 CDs, 1 Blu-ray Audio, 1 Blu-ray Disc, Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings BPHR150071

Orchestral Music & Concertos

Dutilleux: Tout un monde lointain

Henri Dutilleux: Concerto for Cello & Orchestra »Tout un monde lointain« & »Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher« for Cello solo; Claude Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano D minor. Emmanuelle Bertrand, Pascal Amoyel, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, James Gaffigan. harmonia mundi HMC902209

Chamber Music

Brahms / Artemis Quartet

Johannes Brahms: Sting Quartets C minor op.51,1 and B flat major op.67. Artemis Quartet. Erato 08256 46126 637 (Warner)

Keyboard Music

Dinorah Varsi – Legacy

Works by Robert Schumann, Frédéric Chopin, Henri Vieuxtemps etc.. Dinorah Varsi. 35 CDs, 5 DVDs, Genuin GEN 15353 (Note 1)

Keyboard Music

Sol de mi fortuna / Diego Ares

Padre Antonio Soler: Harpsichord Sonatas from the Morgan Library. Diego Ares. harmonia mundi HMC902232

Opera

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Zaïs

Julien Prégardien, Sandrine Piau, Aimery Lefèvre, Benoit Arnould u.a., Chœur de Chambre de Namur, Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset. 3CDs, Aparté AP 109 (harmonia mundi)

Opera

Guiseppe Verdi: Aida

Anja Harteros, Jonas Kaufmann, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Erwin Schrott, Ludovic Tézier etc., Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano. 3 CDs, Warner Classics 7833008

Choral Music

Janáček: Říkadla / Reinbert de Leeuw

Leoš Janáček: Říkadla (Nursery Rhymes), Kačena Divoká (The Wild Duck), Kantor Halfar, Vlčí Stopa (Wolf’s Trail), Elegie na smrt dcery Olgy et al Works. Collegium Vocale Gent, Het Collectief, Reinbert de Leeuw. Alpha 219 (Note 1)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

Julia Lezhneva: Händel

Georg Friedrich Händel: Arias from Operas and Oratorios. Julia Lezhneva, Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini. Decca 478 9230 (Universal)

Contemporary Classical Music

Séverine Ballon: Solitude – Works for Cello

Works for Cello by Rebecca Saunders, James Dillon, Liza Lim, Mauro Lanza und Thierry Blondeau. Séverine Ballon, Mark Knoop. Aeon AECD1647 (Note 1)

Historical Recordings

Carl Nielsen on Record. Vintage & other historical recordings

With various Orchestras, Soloists and Choirs and with Yehudi Menhuin, Emil Telmanyi, Herman David Koppel, Fritz Busch, Thomas Jensen et al. 30 CDs, Danacord DACOCD801-830 (Klassik Center)

Crossover Productions

Geoff Berner: We are Going to Bremen To Be Musicians

With Wayne Adams, Brigitte Dajczer, Diona Davies, Josh Dolgin, Keith Rose, Michael Winograd, Joe Keithley Oriente Musik, RienCD89 (Fenn)

Music Film

Amy – the girl behind the name

Documentation by Asif Kapadia. DVD Eurokino 217663 (EuroVideo Medien GmbH)

Jazz

Fay Claassen, Trio Peter Beets

Live At The Amsterdam Concertgebouw. Challenge Records CR 73411 (New Arts International)

Jazz

Daniel Erdmann: Ten Songs About Real Utopia

Daniel Erdmann, Samuel Rohrer, Vincent Courtois, Frank Möbus: Ten Songs About Real Utopia. arjunamusic AMAC-CD 707 (Kompakt)

World Music

Rivière Noire

CPL Music CPL008 (Broken Silence)

German language Singer/Songwriters

Jörg KO Kokott: Solo live

Jörg KO Kokott: Solo live

Eigenverlag www.ko-art.de

Folk and Singer/Songwriters

Broom Bezzums: No Smaller Than The World

Steeplejack Music SJCD017 (in-akustik)

Pop

Joanna Newsom: Divers

Drag City (Rough Trade)

Rock

The Libertines: Anthems For Doomed Youth

Virgin/EMI 474 6277 (Universal)

Hard and Heavy

Avatarium: The Girl With The Raven Mask

Nuclear Blast NB 3551-2 (Warner)

Alternative

Julia Holter: Have You In My Wilderness

Domino Recording WIGCD341 (Good To Go)

Electronic and Experimental

Darkstar: Foam Island

Warp B012D68YYC (Rough Trade)

Blues and Blues-related

Hazmat Modine: Extra-Deluxe-Supreme

Jaro 4326-2

R&B, Soul and HipHop

Erykah Badu: But You Caint Use My Phone

Motown 254 7719713 (Universal)

Spoken Word

Laurence Sterne: Leben und Ansichten von Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Adaption as radio play and direction: Karl Bruckmaier. With Stefan Merki, Peter Fricke, Hans Kremer, Anna Drexler et al. 9 CDs. Der Hörverlag / BR ISBN 978-3-8445-1943-3

Recordings for Children and Youth

Ulrich Hub: Ein Känguru wie du

Mirco Kreibich, Christopher Heisler, Irm Hermann et al. Silberfisch ISBN 978-3-86742-559-9

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