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

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Symphoniey Nos. 4 & 5

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Symphonien Nr. 4 A-Dur op. 90 »Italienische« & Nr. 5 d-moll op. 107 »Reformation«. NDR Radiophilharmonie, Andrew Manze. Pentatone PTC 5186 611 (Naxos)

Orchestral Music & Concertos

Piotr Anderszewski – Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Klavierkonzerte Nr. 25 C-Dur KV 503 & Nr. 27 B-Dur KV 595. Piotr Anderszewski, Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Warner Classics 019029 572 4221 (Warner)

Chamber Music

Mysteries – Simon Höfele

Works for trumpet solo, with piano or percussion by György Ligeti, André Jolivet, Toshio Hosokawa, Iain Hamilton, Tōru Takemitsu and HK Gruber. Simon Höfele, Eriko Takezawa, Kai Strobel. Genuin GEN 18499 (Note 1)

Keyboard Music

Strawinsky: Le Sacre du printemps – Hamelin / Andsnes

Igor Strawinsky: Le Sacre du printemps; Concerto for two pianos, Madrid, Tango, Circus Polka. Marc-André Hamelin, Leif Ove Andsnes. Hyperion CDA 68189 (Note 1)

Keyboard Music

Charles-Marie Widor: Complete Organ Symphonies

Winfried Lichtscheidel. Ambiente Audio ACD-2035 (Medienvertrieb Heinzelmann)

Opera

Nicola Antonio Porpora: Germanico in Germania

Max Emanuel Cencic, Mary-Ellen Nesi, Dilyara Idrisova, Hasnaa Bennani, Julia Lezhneva, Juan Sancho, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus. Decca 483 1523 (Universal)

Opera

Jules Massenet: Werther

uan Diego Flórez, Anna Stéphany, Mélissa Petit, Audun Iversen, Cheyne Davidson, Martin Zysset, Kinderchor, SoprAlti der Oper Zürich, Statistenverein am Opernhaus Zürich, Philharmonia Zürich, Cornelius Meister, Tatjana Gürbaca. DVD, accentus music ACC 20427 (Naxos)

Choral Music

Larmes de Résurrection

Heinrich Schütz: Historia der Auferstehung Jesu Christi SWV 50, Johann Hermann Schein: Israelis Brünnlein. La Tempête, Simon-Pierre Bestion. Alpha 394 (Outhere Music/Note 1)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

Georg Friedrich Händel: Arien

Franco Fagioli, Il Pomo d’Oro, Zefira Valova. Deutsche Grammophon 479 7541 (Universal)

Early Music

French Sonatas for Harpsichord and Violin

Works by Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville, Louis-Gabriel Guillemain, Claude Balbastre, Jacques Duphly, Michel Corrette, Luc Marchand and Charles-Francois Clément. Johannes Pramsohler, Philippe Grisvard. 2 CDs Audax Records ADX 13710 (harmonia mundi)

Contemporary Classical Music

Xiaoyong Chen: Imaginative Reflections

Ensemble Les Amis Shanghai. Col legno WWE 1CD 20438 (harmonia mundi)

Historical Recordings

Richter In The 1940s

The Earliest Live Performances of Svjatoslav Richter. Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Fritz Kreisler, Sergej Rachmaninov and Franz Liszt. 2 CDs, Parnassus PACD 96059/60 (Note 1)

Crossover Productions

Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet: Landfall

Nonesuch 7559-79338-9 (Warner)

Film Music

Alexandre Desplat: The Shape of Water

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Renée Fleming, Madeleine Peyroux, Carmen Miranda, Caterina Valente, Silvio Francesco, Andy Williams, Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Alexandre Desplat. Decca 6712461 (Universal)

Music Film

In Rehearsal

Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Béla Bartók, Claude Debussy, Joseph Haydn, Sergej Prokofief and Richard Strauss. John Eliot Gardiner, Valéry Gergiev, Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Christoph von Dohnányi. Blu-ray, EuroArts 2082334 (Warner)

Music Film

Chasing Trane

The John Coltrane Documentary. Direction: John Scheinfeld. DVD & Blu-ray, UMG 06025 5798683 (Universal)

Jazz

Ron Halldorson: Happy Talk

Ron Halldorson RHHT2017 (Direct Sales)

Jazz

David Murray feat. Saul Williams: blues for memo

Motéma MTM 256 (Rough Trade)

This album won in the jury Jazz II as well as in the Jury R&B, Soul, HipHop.

World Music

Monsieur Doumani: Angathin

Monsieur Doumani MD0003 (Direct Sales)

Traditional Ethnic Music

Efrén López, Stelios Petrakis, Bijan Chemirani: Taos

Buda Musique 860300 (Membran)

German language Singer/Songwriters

Bastian Bandt: Alle Monde

Raumer Records RR 20717 (Peter Talmann Musikverlag)

Folk and Singer/Songwriters

The Fugitives: The Promise Of Strangers

Westpark Music WP 87366

Pop

Tocotronic: Die Unendlichkeit

Vertigo/Capitol 0602567131113 (Universal)

Rock

Brandi Carlile: By The Way, I Forgive You

Elektra Records 7567-86591-8 (Warner)

Club and Dance

Hieroglyphic Being: The Red Notes

Soul Jazz Records SJRCD394 (Indigo)

Electronic and Experimental

1954: A Part Of Me

LP, Project Mooncircle PMC 165

Blues and Blues-related

Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa: Black Coffee

Mascot PRD 75442 (Rough Trade)

Spoken Word

Conrad Ferdinand Meyer: Die Gedichte

Frank Arnold, Christian Brückner, Martina Gedeck, Ulrike Hübschmann, Stefan Kaminski, Burghart Klaußner, Dörte Lyssewski, Dagmar Manzel, Paul Matić, Peter Matić, Ulrich Matthes, Birgit Minichmayr, Thomas Sarbacher, Viola Sauer, Joachim Schönfeld, Schulz-Berlinghoff, Martin Seifert, Gerd Wameling. Sinus Sin1025 ISBN 978-3-9057-2175-1 (Sinus Verlag)

Recordings for Children and Youth

Judith Burger: Gertrude grenzenlos

Natalia Belitski. Sauerländer Audio ISBN 978-3-8398-4911-8 (Argon Verlag)

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