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 & 3 / Andrew Manze

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Symphonies Nos.1 op.11 & 3 op.56 (»Scottish«). NDR Radiophilharmonie, Andrew Manze. Pentatone PTC 5186 595 (Naxos)

Orchestral Music & Concertos

Weber: Complete Works for Clarinet

Carl Maria von Weber: Complete Works for Clarinet. Sebastian Manz, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Antonio Méndez, Martin Klett, Casal Quartett, Lars Olaf Schaper. 2 CDs Berlin Classics BC 0300835 (Edel)

Chamber Music

Frühwerke – Youthful Passion / Trio Rafale

Claude Debussy: Trio in G (1880); Dmitri Schostakowitsch: Klaviertrio c-moll op.8; Sergej Rachmaninoff: Trio Élégiaque g-moll; Hans Werner Henze: Kammersonate (1948); Jannik Giger: Caprice (2013). Trio Rafale. Coviello COV 91703 (Note 1)

Keyboard Music

Fantaisies / Piotr Anderszewski

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Fantasie c-moll KV 475, Klaviersonate Nr.14 c-moll KV 457; Robert Schumann: Fantasie C-Dur op.17, Thema mit Variationen Es-Dur WoO 24. Piotr Anderszewski. Warner Classics 9029588855

Keyboard Music

Fortuna Desperata / Daniel Beilschmidt

Organ Music from Gothic and Renaissance. Works by Guillaume de Machaut, Philippe de Vitry, Adam Ileborgh von Stendal, Alexander Agricola, Antoine Busnois, Leonard Kleber, Paul Hofhaimer, Heinrich Isaac, Johannes Buchner and Sethus Calvisius. Daniel Beilschmidt, Veit Heller, Christine Mothes. Genuin GEN 17453 (Note 1)

Opera

Jean-Baptiste Lully: Persée 1770

Mathias Vidal, Hélène Guilmette, Katherine Watson, Cyrille Dubois, Le Concert Spirituel. Hervé Niquet. 2CDs Alpha ALP967 (Outhere/Note 1)

Opera

Étienne-Nicolas Méhul: Uthal

Karine Deshayes, Yann Beuron, Jean-Sébastien Bou, Sébastien Droy, Philippe-Nicolas Martin, Reinoud van Mechelen, Artavazd Sargsyan, Jacques-Greg Belobo, Chœur de Chambre de Namur, Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset. Palazzetto Bru Zane ES 1026 (Note 1)

Choral Music

Finland / SWR Vokalensemble, Marcus Creed

Jean Sibelius: Rakastava (1898/1912), Finlandia op.26,7; Einojuhani Rautavaara: Canticum Mariae Virginis, Canción de nuestro tiempo, Orpheus singt; Kaija Saariaho: Nuits Adieux; Jukka Linkola: Mieliteko; Riikka Talvitie: Kuun Kirje. SWR Vokalensemble, Marcus Creed. SWR Classic 19031CD (Naxos)

Choral Music

Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannes-Passion BWV 245

Maximilian Schmitt, Tareq Nazmi, Christina Landshamer, Anke Vondung, Tilman Lichdi, Krešimir Stražanac, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Concerto Köln, Peter Dijkstra. DVD, BR Klassik 900 515 (Naxos)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

Verismo / Krassimira Stoyanova

Arias from Operas by Giacomo Puccini, Andrea Cilea, Pietro Mascagni, Alfredo Catalani, Umberto Giordano. Krassimira Stoyanova, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Pavel Baleff. Orfeo C 899 171 A (Naxos)

Early Music

Dieterich Buxtehude: Sonates en trio

Dieterich Buxtehude et.al.: Trio sonatas. La Rêveuse. Stéphane Dudermel, Florence Bolton, Benjamin Perrot, Emily Audoin, Carsten Lohff, Sébastien Wonner. Mirare MIR 303 (harmonia mundi)

Contemporary Classical Music

Salvatore Sciarrino: Un’immagine di Arpocrate

Giorno velato presso il lago nero. Tamara Stefanovich, Carolin Widmann, Chorwerk Ruhr, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Susanna Mälkki, Jonathan Nott. Neos 11626 (harmonia mundi)

Historical Recordings

Tatjana Nikolajewa – Prag Recordings 1951-1954

Tschechiche Philharmoniker, Konstantin Iwanov. 2 CDs, Supraphon SU 4216 (Note 1)

Crossover Productions

Theo Bleckmann: Elegy

Ben Monder, Shai Maestro, Chris Tordini, John Hollenbeck. ECM 2512 ( Universal)

Jazz

Richard Galliano

New Jazz Musette. Sylvain Luc, André Ceccarelli, Philippe Aerts. 2CDs Ponderosa CD 133 (Q-rious)

Jazz

David Murray & Aki Takase

Cherry – Sakura. Intakt CD 278 (harmonia mundi)

World Music

Aurelio

Darandi. Stonetree/Real World CDRW216 (pias/Rough Trade)

Traditional Ethnic Music

Nishtiman Project: Kobane

Kurdistan (Iran-Irak-Turquie) Hussein Zahawy, Sohrab Pournazeri, Ertan Tekin, Donya Kamali, Mayar Toreihi, Robin Vassy. Accords croisés AC 164 (harmonia mundi)

German language Singer/Songwriters

Johan Meijer

Dazumal – Europeana. Nederossi NOP 170106/6006393 (www.nederossi.com)

Folk and Singer/Songwriters

Seth Lakeman

Ballads Of The Broken Few. Cooking Vinyl. COOKCD644 (Sony)

Hard and Heavy

Kreator

Gods Of Violence. Nuclear Blast NB 3725-2 (Warner)

Alternative

Candelilla

Camping. Trocadero 136232 (Indigo)

Electronic and Experimental

Sampha

Process. XL/Beggars Group 134102 (Indigo)

Blues and Blues-related

Big Daddy Wilson

Neckbone Stew. Ruf Records RUF 1236 (in-akustik)

R&B, Soul and HipHop

Omar

Love In Beats. Peppermint Jam / Freestyle Records PJCD026 (SPV)

Spoken Word

Fjodor Dostojewski: Verbrechen und Strafe

Walter Adler, Sylvester Groth, Swetlana Geier, 3CDs Der Audio Verlag ISBN 978-3-7424-0050-5

Recordings for Children and Youth

Michelle Cuevas: Kasimir Karton – mein Leben als unsichtbarer Freund

Ulrich Noethen, Anke Kuhl, Uwe-Michael Gutzschahn. 3 CDs Der Audio Verlag ISBN 978-3-7424-0002-4

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