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

Mendelssohn: Symphonies 1 & 4 / Antonello Manacorda

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Symphonies No. 1 op.11 C minor & No. 4 op.90 A major. Kammerakademie Potsdam, Antonello Manacorda. Sony 88985338792

Orchestral Music & Concertos

Prokofjew: Violin Concertos / Vadim Gluzman

Sergej Prokofjew: Violin Concertos No. 1 op.19 D major & No. 2 op.63 G minor, Sonata op.115 D major. Vadim Gluzman, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi. BIS-SACD 2142 (Klassik Center)

Chamber Music

Insights: Asasello Quartett

Arnold Schönberg: Sting Quartets Nos. 1 – 4. Asasello Quartett. 2 CDs, Genuin Gen16429 (Note 1)

Keyboard Music

... For Children / Lars Vogt

Works by Thomas Larcher, Robert Schumann, Béla Bartók. Lars Vogt. CAvi-music 42600 85533107 (harmonia mundi)

Keyboard Music

Frobergers Reisen / Magdalena Hasibeder

Works by Johann Jacob Froberger, Louis Couperin, Luzzasco Luzzaschi, Giovanni Gabrieli, Matthias Weckmann, Alessandro Poglietti, Johann Ulrich Steigleder, Wolfgang Ebner, Johann Caspar Kerll, Michelangelo Rossi, Girolamo Frescobaldi. Magdalena Hasibeder. 2 CDs, Raumklang RK 3503 (harmonia mundi)

Opera

Johann Christoph Pepusch: Venus and Adonis

Venus and Adonis. Ciara Hendrick, Philippa Hyde, Richard Edgar-Wilson, The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen, Robert Rawson. Ramée RAM 1502 (Outhere/Note 1)

Opera

Édouard Lalo, Arthur Coquard: La Jacquerie

Véronique Gens, Nora Gubisch, Charles Castronovo, Boris Pinkhasovich, Jean-Sebastién Bou, Patrick Bolleire, Enguerrand de Hys, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Patrick Davin. 2 CDs, Singulares ES 1023 (Outhere/Note 1)

Choral Music

Beat Furrer: Works for Choir and Ensemble

Helsinki Chamber Choir, Uusinta Ensemble, Nils Schweckendiek. Toccata Classics TOCC 0360 (Naxos)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

Shakespeare Songs / Ian Bostridge, Antonio Pappano

Lieder by Gerald Finzi, William Byrd, Francis Poulenc, John Wilson, Thomas Morley, Robert Johnson, Joseph Haydn, Roger Quilter, Ivor Gurney, Peter Warlock, Erich Korngold, Benjamin Britten, Michael Tippett, Igor Strawinsky, Franz Schubert. Ian Bostridge, Antonio Pappano, Elizabeth Kenny, Adam Walker, Michael Collins, Lawrence Power. Warner Classics 0190295944735

Early Music

Kerll, Fux: Requiems / Vox Luminis

Johann Caspar Kerll: Missa Pro Defunctis. Johann Joseph Fux: Kaiserrequiem. Vox Luminis, L’Acheron, Scorpio Collectief, Lionel Meunier. Ricercar RIC 368 (Note 1)

Contemporary Classical Music

Chaya Czernowin: The Quiet – Works for Orchestra

Kai Wessel, Stephan Schmidt, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Philharmonisches Orchester des Staatstheaters Cottbus, Ensemble Nikel, Berner Symphonieorchester, Brad Lubman, Mario Venzago, Evan Christ, Francois-Xavier Roth. Wergo WER 73192 (New Arts International)

Historical Recordings

Schumann: Violin Concertos / Georg Kulenkampff, Saschko Gawriloff

Robert Schumann: Violin Concertos. Georg Kulenkampff, Saschko Gawriloff, Berliner Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm, Westfälisches Sinfonieorchester, Walter Gillessen. Podium Pol-1053 (Klassik Center)

Crossover Productions

Sinikka Langeland: The Magical Forest

Trygve Seim, Arve Henriksen, Anders Jormin, Markku Ounaskari, Trio Mediaeval. ECM 2448 (Universal)

Music Film

Liz Garbus: What Happened, Miss Simone? – Her Story. Her Voice

Nina Simone, Lisa Simone Kelly, James Baldwin, Stokely Carmichael, Walter Cronkite, Stanley Crouch, Gerrit De Bruin, Dick Gregory, Hugh Hefner, Elisabeth Henry-Macari, Martin Luther King, Al Schackman, Attallah Shabazz, Ilyasah Shabazz, Andrew Stroud, Malcolm X. DVD, Eagle Vision EREDV1239 (Universal)

Jazz

Allen Toussaint: American Tunes

Nonesuch 0075597946772 (Warner)

Jazz

Musical Monsters

Don Cherry, John Tchicai, Irène Schweizer, Léon Francioli, Pierre Favre: Musical Monsters. Intakt CD 269 (harmonia mundi)

World Music

Elza Soares: The Woman At The End Of The World

Mais Um Discos 129922 (Indigo)

Traditional Ethnic Music

Kayhan Kalhor: Hawniyaz

Kayhan Kalhor, Aynur, Salman Gambarov, Cemîl Qoçgirî: Hawniyaz. Latitudes HMC905277 (harmonia mundi)

German language Singer/Songwriters

Georg Ringsgwandl: Woanders

Blanko Musik/Capriola 88985355802 (Sony)

Folk and Singer/Songwriters

Anne Mari Kivimäki: Lakkautettu Kylä

Nordic Notes NNO79 (Broken Silence)

Hard and Heavy

Sodom: Decision Day

Steamhammer 0886922706004 (SPV)

Alternative

Wild Beasts: Boy King

Domino WIGCD348 (goodtogo)

Blues and Blues-related

Keb’ Mo’ & Band

That Hot Pink Blues Album – Live 2015. 2 CDs, Kind Of Blue Music CDKOBL41475 (H’Art)

R&B, Soul and HipHop

Anthony Joseph: Caribbean Roots

Heavenly Sweetness HS131VL (Indigo)

Spoken Word

Stephan Göritz: Krieg ist nicht gut für den Frieden

Kabarettisten und der Erste Weltkrieg. Dieter Hildebrandt, Georg Kreisler, Werner Schneyder, Andreas Rebers, Otto Reutter, Richard Huelsenbeck, Saskia Kästner, Isabel Neuenfeldt, Gisela May, Karl Kraus, Volker Kühn. duo-phon-records ISBN 978-3-937127217

Recordings for Children and Youth

Karlheinz Koinegg: Metamorphosen

Erzählt nach den Geschichten des Ovid. Torben Kessler, Irm Hermann, Ernst-August Schepmann, Stefan Kaminski, Henning Nöhren, Andreas Pietschmann. Der Hörverlag ISBN 978-3-8445-2139-9

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