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

Ludwig van Beethoven: The Complete Symphonies

Simona Šaturová, Mihoko Fujimura, Christian Elsner, Christian Gerhaher, MDR Rundfunkchor, GewandhausChor, GewandhauskinderChor, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Herbert Blomstedt. 5 CDs, Accentus 80322 (harmoni mundi)

Orchestral Music & Concertos

Walton, Bruch, Pärt / Nils Mönkemeyer

William Walton: Viola Concerto. Max Bruch: Kol Nidrei op. 47, Romanze op. 85. Arvo Pärt: Fratres. Nils Mönkemeyer, Bamberger Symphoniker, Markus Poschner. Sony 88985360192

Chamber Music

Hindemith, Schönberg / Trio Zimmermann

Paul Hindemith: String Trio No.1 op. 34, String Trio No. 2. Arnold Schönberg: String Trio op. 45. Trio Zimmermann. BIS-Records 2207 SACD (Klassik Center)

Keyboard Music

CPE Bach: Tangere / Alexei Lubimov

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Fantasies, Sonatas, Rondos and Solfeggos. Alexei Lubimov. ECM 2112 (Universal)

Keyboard Music

Le Cœur & L’Oreille – Manuscript Bauyn

Works by Louis Couperin, Jacques Champion de Chambonnières, Jacques Hardel, René Mesangeau, Jean-Henri d’Anglebert, Germain Pinel, Johann Jacob Froberger. Giulia Nuti. Arcana A 434 (Note 1)

Keyboard Music

Kit Armstrong Performs Bach’s Goldberg Variations & Its Predecessors

Works by Johann Sebastan Bach, William Byrd, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and John Bull. Recorded Live from the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. C Major DVD 741608 / Blu-ray 741704 (Naxos)

Opera

Georg Friedrich Händel: Ottone

Max Emanuel Cenčić, Ann Hallenberg, Xavier Sabata, Lauren Snouffer, Pavel Kudinov, Anna Starushkevych. il pomo d’oro, George Petrou. 3 CDs, Decca 4831814 (Universal)

Opera

Hector Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict

Stéphanie d’Oustrac, Paul Appleby, Philippe Sly, Sophie Karthäuser, Lionel Lhote, Katarina Bradić, Frédéric Caton, Glyndebourne Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Antonello Manacorda, Regie: Laurent Pelly. Opus Arte DVD OA 1239D/ Blu-ray OABD 7219D (Naxos)

Choral Music

György Kurtág: Complete Works for Ensemble and Choir

Natalia Zagorinskaja, Harry van der Kamp, Elliott Simpson, Tamara Stefanovich, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Gerrie de Vries, Csaba Király, Yves Saelens, Asko/Schönberg Ensemble, Netherlands Radio Choir, Reinbert de Leeuw. 3CDs, ECM 2505-07 (Universal)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

Traumgekrönt / Hanna-Elisabeth Müller

Lieder by Richard Strauss, Alban Berg & Arnold Schönberg. Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Juliane Ruf. Belvedere 08034 (harmonia mundi)

Early Music

Franz Xaver Richter: Sinfonies, Sonatas & Oboe Concerto

Oboenkonzert g-moll, Sinfonien in B-Dur, g-moll & Con Fuga, Triosonaten a-moll op. 4,6 & D-Dur op. 3,3. Xenia Löffler, Capricornus Consort Basel, Peter Barczi. Christophorus CHR 77409 (Note 1)

Contemporary Classical Music

Ephemeral Rivers – Cat Hope: Chamber Works

Cat Hope: Miss Fortune X, Cruel & Unusual, Broken Approach, Dynamic Architectrue 1, Sogno 102. Tristen Parr, Aaron Wyatt, Cat Hope, Lindsay Vickery, Stuart James, Louise Devenish, Zachary Johnston, Lizzy Welsh, Phoebe Grey, Judith Hamman, Samuel Dunscobe, Vanessa Tomlinson, Mark Cauvin. HatArt/HatHut ART200 (Outhere)

Historical Recordings

Liszt / Paul Badura-Skoda

Franz Liszt: Sonata b-minor. 1965 & 1971. Paul Badura-Skoda. Gramola 99147 (Naxos)

Crossover Productions

En El Amor

Nataša Mirković, Michel Godard, Jarrod Cagwin. Carpe Diem Records CD16313 (www.carpediem-records.de)

Film Music

Hans Zimmer: Dunkirk

Hans Zimmer: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of »Dunkirk«. Water Tower 7434371 (Sony)

Jazz

Cleo

Let Them Talk. Luley Music Records LMR 02017 (www.janluley.de)

Jazz

Silke Eberhard Trio

The Being Inn. Intakt CD 280 (harmonia mundi)

World Music

Gahlia Benali & Mâäk

MwSOUL. W.E.R.F. 143 (Rough Trade)

Traditional Ethnic Music

Alma: Oeo

… Irgendwo zwischen Heimaterde und einem dunklen All. Col legno WWE 20434 (harmonia mundi)

German language Singer/Songwriters

Johannes Kirchberg and the CANEA Quartett Hamburg

Johannes R. Becher. einmal frei. und einmal glücklich sein. dermenschistgut (https://musik.dermenschistgut.de)

Folk and Singer/Songwriters

Fara

Cross The Line. CPL-Music CPL 018 (Broken Silence)

Pop

LCD Soundsystem

American Dream. DFA Records/Columbia 889854561024 (Sony)

Hard and Heavy

The Attic

Sanctimonious. Ván Records VAN 220 (Soulfood)

Alternative

Algiers

The Underside Of Power. Matador/Beggars Group CD 146452 (Indigo)

Club and Dance

Nick Höppner

Work. Ostgut Ton CD40/LP 26 (www.ostgut.de/label)

Electronic and Experimental

Cornelius

Cornelius

Mellow Waves. Rostrum WPCL 12660 (Rough Trade)

Blues and Blues-related

Wellbad

The Rotten. Blue Central Records BCR 91004 (Membran)

R&B, Soul and HipHop

Jay-Z

4:44. Def Jam 00857491007458 (Universal)

Spoken Word

Natascha Wodin

Sie kam aus Mariupol. With Dagmar Manzel. Direction: Thomas Fritz. argon edition/MDRKultur. ISBN 978-3-8398-1588-5

Recordings for Children and Youth

Sonne, Mond und Abendstern

Dorothée Kreusch-Jacob, Klaus Doldinger, Giora Feidman, Kreusch-Family. Argon Audio. ISBN 978-3-8398-4890-6

Open