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

Zimmermann: Sinfonie in einem Satz

Bernd Alois Zimmermann: Sinfonie in einem Satz (1. Fassung); Giostra Genovese; Concerto for String Orchestra; Musique pour les soupers du Roi Ubu. WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Peter Hirsch. Wergo 73402 (New Arts International)

Orchestral Music & Concertos

Mozart: Violin Concertos / Frank Peter Zimmermann

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concertos No. 2 KV 211 & No. 5 KV 219; Sinfonia Concertante KV 364. Frank Peter Zimmermann, Antoine Tamestit, Kammerorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Radoslaw Szulc. Hänssler Classic HC 15042 (Naxos)

Chamber Music

Scharwenka: Works for Violin and Piano

Philipp Scharwenka: Violin Sonatas Op. 110 & 114, Suite for Violin and Piano Op. 99. Natalia Prischepenko, Oliver Triendl. TYXart TXA 16075 (Note 1)

Keyboard Music

Haydn: Six Piano Sonatas / Einav Yarden

Joseph Haydn: Piano Sonatas Nos. 44 G minor Hob. XVI:44; 39 D major Hob. XVI:39; 40 G major Hob. XVI:40; 41 B flat major Hob. XVI:41; 46 A flat major Hob.XVI:46; 47 B minor Hob. XVI:32. Einav Yarden. Challenge SACD CC 72742 (New Arts International)

Keyboard Music

Hymnes

Organworks by Nicolas de Grigny, Vincent Paulet, Thierry Escaich, Jean-Baptiste Robin, Benoît Mernier und Pierre Farago. Olivier Latry, Vincent Dubois etc., 2 SACDs, Aeolus AE-11101 (Note 1)

Opera

Georg Friedrich Händel: Arminio

Max Emanuel Cencic, Layla Claire, Ruxandra Donose, Vince Yl, Juan Sancho, Xavier Sabata, Petros Magoulas, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou. 2 CDs, Decca 478 8764 (Universal)

Opera

Jacques Offenbach: Les Contes d’Hoffmann

Kerstin Avemo, Mandy Fredrich, Rachel Frenkel, Daniel Johansson, Michael Volle. Regie: Stefan Herheim. Wiener Symphoniker, Johannes Debus. Blu-ray C Major 735604 (Naxos)

Choral Music

Martin Smolka: Poema de balcones

Martin Smolka: Poema de balcones; Walden, the destiller of celestial dews; Salz und Traurigkeit. Martin Homann, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Marcus Creed. SACD, Wergo WER 73322 (New Arts International)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

Wolfgang Rihm: Goethe-Lieder

Hans Christoph Begemann, Thomas Seyboldt. bastille musique bm002 (rudi mentaire distribution)

Early Music

Buxtehude and his circle

Vocal Works by Dietrich Buxtehude, Christian Geist, Nicolaus Bruhns, Franz Tunder and Kaspar Förster. Theatre of Voices, Paul Hillier. SACD, Dacapo Records 6.220634 (Naxos)

Contemporary Classical Music

First Performance VI / Arditti Quartet

Emmanuel Nunes: Chessed III; Alfred Zimmerlin: Streichquartett Nr.4; Morton Feldman: Structures; Helmut Lachenmann: Grido. Arditti Quartet. CD + Blu-ray, bonitz music network BMN20159 (harmonia mundi)

Historical Recordings

Folk Songs of the World – Volkslieder aus aller Welt

Cathy Berberian, Harold Lester. SWR music SWR19010CD (Naxos)

Crossover Productions

»Udopia«. Works for Oud & Ensemble by and with Thimios Atzakas.

Αvgerini Gatsi, James Wylie, Nikos Paraoulakis, Elektra Miliadou, Kostas Anastasiadis, Dimitris Zacharakis. Carpe Diem Records CD-16309 (www.carpediem-records.de)

Film Music

John Debney: The Jungle Book

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Walt Disney Records 50087344368 (Universal)

Music Film

Leonard Bernstein – Larger Than Life

A Film by Georg Wübbolt. Blu-ray, C Major 736004 (Naxos)

Jazz

Albert & Emil Mangelsdorff: Early Discoveries

2 CDs, SWR Jazzhaus JAH-459 (Naxos)

Jazz

Jack DeJohnette: In Movement

Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Matthew Garrison: In Movement. ECM 2488 (Universal)

World Music

Trio Benares: Assi Ghat

Jazzsick Records 5092 JS (esc)

Traditional Ethnic Music

Mahsa Vahdat: A Cappella – The Sun Will Rise

Kirkelig Kulturverksted FXCD 422 (Indigo)

German language Singer/Songwriters

Danny Dziuk: Wer auch immer...

... was auch immer, wo auch immer. Buschfunk BF 05342 (www.buschfunk.com)

Folk and Singer/Songwriters

Sara Ajnnak: Ráhtjat

S.A. Records SA001 (Broken Silence)

Pop

Anohni: Hopelessness

Rough Trade, Beggars Group RTRADCD823 (Indigo)

The title also won in the jury Alternative as well as in the jury Club and Dance.

Rock

The Jayhawks: Paging Mr. Proust

Sham LP 3219371 (Alive)

Hard and Heavy

Long Distance Calling: Trips

InsideOutMusic 88985311202 (Sony)

Electronic and Experimental

Julianna Barwick: Will

Dead Oceans 95619 (Cargo)

Blues and Blues-related

Henrik Freischlader Trio: Openness

Cable Car Records CCR 0311-47 (www.cablecarrecords.de)

R&B, Soul and HipHop

Beyoncé: Lemonade

CD & DVD, Columbia 88985336822 (Sony)

Spoken Word

John Dos Passos: Manhattan Transfer

Radio Play by Leonhard Koppelmann and Hermann Kretzschmar. Stefan Konarske, Max von Pufendorf, Maren Eggert, Marc Hosemann etc. 6 CDs, Hörbuch Hamburg ISBN 978-3-95713-027-3

Recordings for Children and Youth

Martin Baltscheit: Krähe und Bär

oder Die Sonne scheint für uns alle! Charly Hübner, Lina Beckmann, Wolf Frass, Robert Missler. Oetinger ISBN 978-3-8373-0888-4

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