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

Michail Jurowski in Gohrisch – Internationale Schostakowitsch Tage

Dmitri Schostakowitsch: Kammersymphonie c-moll op.110a, Aus jiddischer Volkspoesie op.79a; Arvo Pärt: Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten; Mieczysław Weinberg: Rhapsodie über moldawische Themen op.47,1. Evelina Dobračeva, Marina Prudenskaya, Vsevolod Grivnov, Staatskapelle Dresden, Michail Jurowski. Berlin Classics 0300935BC (edel)

Orchestral Music & Concertos

Medtner, Rachmaninow / Marc-André Hamelin

Nikolai Medtner: Klavierkonzert Nr. 2 c-moll op.50; Sergej Rachmaninow: Klavierkonzert Nr. 3 d-moll op.30. Marc-André Hamelin, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski. Hyperion CDA68145 (Note 1)

Chamber Music

Chausson, Franck / Salagon Quartet

Ernest Chausson: Concerto for Piano, Violin and String Quartet D-Major op.21; César Franck: Sonata for Piano and Violin A-Major. Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov, Salagon Quartet. Harmonia Mundi HMM 902254 (hm)

Keyboard Music

Volodos play Brahms

Johannes Brahms: Intermezzi op.117 Nr.1-3, Klavierstücke op.118 Nos.1-6, Klavierstücke op.76 Nos.1-4. Arcadi Volodos. Sony 88875130192

Keyboard Music

Mallorca Edition Historical Organs

Works by Antonio Soler, Domenico Scarlatti, José Lidón, Sebastián Aguilera de Heredia, Pablo Bruna. Martin Schmeding. 6 SACD Cybele CYB001404 (Klassik Center)

Opera

Stravaganza d’Amore!

The Birth of Opera at the Medici Court 1589-1608. Works by Lorenzo Allegri, Antonio Brunelli, Giovanni Battista Buonamente, Giulio Caccini, Emilio de Cavalieri, Girolamo Fantini, Marco da Gagliano, Cristofano Malvezzi, Luca Marenzio, Alessandro Orologio, Jacopo Peri, Alessandro Striggio. Pygmalion, Raphaël Pichon. 2 CDs HMM 902286.87 Harmonia Mundi France (hm)

Opera

Bohuslav Martinů: The Greek Passion

Rolf Romei, Dshamilja Kaiser, Markus Butter, Wilfried Zelinka, Manuel von Senden, Tatjana Miyus, Taylan Reinhard u.a. Chor & Extrachor der Oper Graz, Grazer Philharmonisches Orchester, Dirk Kaftan. 2 CDs Oehms OC 967 (Naxos)

Choral Music

Mendelssohn / Frieder Bernius

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Lieder im Freien zu singen. Kammerchor Stuttgart. Frieder Bernius. Carus 83.287 (Note 1)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

Grand Opera / Diana Damrau

Giacomo Meyerbeer: Arias and Scenes from Le Prophète, Robert le Diable, L’Africaine, Les Huguenots, Il Corciato in Egitto, L’Étoile du Nord, Alimelek oder die beiden Kalifen, Le Pardon de Ploërmel, Emma di Resburgo, Ein Feldlager in Schlesien. Diana Damrau, Charles Workman, Laurent Naouri, Kate Aldrich, Joanna Curelaru, Orchester und Chor der Nationaloper Lyon. Emmanuel Villaume. Erato 0190 2958 48996 (Warner)

Early Music

Gloria in Excelsis Deo

Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantatas BWV 30, 69, 191, 232. Hana Blažíková, Robin Blaze, Gerd Türk, Peter Kooij, Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki. Blu-ray BIS-2201 BD (Klassik Center)

Early Music

Jean Guyot: Te Deum Laudamus

Jean Guyot: Te Deum Laudamus, Te Deum Patrem, O florens rosa, Amen dico vobis, Accepit Jesus panem, Prudentis virgines, Omni tempore, Adorna thalamum, Noe noe genuit puerpera, Ave Maria Signum Magnum. Terry Wey, Tore Tom Denys, Achim Schulz, Tim Scott Whitesley, Unfried Staber, David Allsopp, Cinquecento Renaissance Vokal. Hyperion CDA68180 (Note 1)

Contemporary Classical Music

Milica Djordjević

Milica Djordjević: Death of the Star-Knower, Phosphorescene, ... würde man denken: Sterne, how to evade?, Do You Know How to Bark?, Manje te u majke groze, faíl. Arditti Quartet, Truike van der Poel, Christine Chapman, Hannah Weirich, Marco Blaauw, Bruce Collings, Florentin Ginot, Peter Veale, Teodoro Anzellotti, Ensemble musikFabrik. Johannes Schöllhorn. Wergo 64222 Deutscher Musikrat edition zeitgenössische Musik (Naxos)

Historical Recordings

Karl Böhm – The Early Years 1935-1949

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Anton Bruckner, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Johann Strauss, Richard Strauss, Max Reger, Richard Wagner and Carl Maria von Weber. With Kirsten Flagstadt, Christel Goltz, Elisabeth Höngen, Esther Rethy, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Margarete Teschemacher, Eugen Fuchs, Josef Hermann, Hans Hermann Nissen, Set Svanholm, Edwin Fischer, Walter Gieseking, Wilhelm Backhaus, Willi Boskovsky, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Wiener Philharmoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker, Philharmonie Orchestra, Karl Böhm. 19 CDs Warner Classics 0190 2958 86721

Crossover Productions

Masaa

Outspoken. Traumton 4647 (Indigo)

Film Music

Hanns Eisler

Hanns Eisler: »Hangmen also die!«, »The 400 Million«, »The Grapes of Wrath«. Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Johannes Kalitzke. Capriccio C5289 (Naxos)

Music Film

Kraftwerk: 12345678. 3-D Der Katalog

Ralf Hütter, Henning Schmitz, Fritz Hilpert, Falk Grieffenhagen. DVD + Blu-ray KlingKlang Musikfilm / Parlaphone 0190295924928 (Warner)

Jazz

Benny Green

Happiness! Live at Kuumbwa. Sunnyside SSC1485 (Delta Music)

Jazz

Bill Frisell, Thomas Morgan

Small Town. ECM 2525 (Universal)

World Music

Juana Molina

Halo. crammed discs cram 275 CD 142762 (Indigo)

Traditional Ethnic Music

Shamans Of The Blind Country

Shamans Of The Blind Country – Schamanen im Blinden Land. Michael Oppitz. 5 DVDs, 2 CDs, Arthaus Musik 109294 (Naxos)

German language Singer/Songwriters

Die Grenzgänger

Brot & Rosen. Müller-Lüdenscheidt Verlag MLCD_22 (www.musikvonwelt.de / Broken Silence)

Folk and Singer/Songwriters

Tim Grimm And The Family Band

A Stranger In This Time. Cavalier Recordings. CR 255619 (Fenn)

Pop

Spoon

Hot Thoughts. Matador/Beggars Group 140842 (Indigo)

Hard and Heavy

Avatarium

Hurricanes And Halos. Nuclear Blast NB 3909-0 (Warner)

Alternative

Feist

Pleasure. Polydor 602557-397826 (Universal)

Club and Dance

GAS

Narkopop. Kompakt CD 136 (Rough Trade)

Blues and Blues-related

Kai Strauss

Getting Personal. Continental Blue Heaven CBHCD 2030 (H’Art)

R&B, Soul and HipHop

Kendrick Lamar

Damn. Interscope (Universal)

Spoken Word

Walter Benjamin: Deutsche Menschen

Eine Folge von Briefen. Christian Brückner. 3 CDs, Edition Parlando ISBN 978-3-941004-94-8 (Argon)

Recordings for Children and Youth

D!e GÄNG

Käptn Peng, Johnny Strange, Sissi Perlinger. Ben Pavlidis. Oetinger audio ISBN 13 426017378-8334

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