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

Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 – Nelsons

Anton Bruckner: Symphonie Nr. 7 E-Dur, Richard Wagner: Siegfrieds Tod (Trauermarsch) aus »Götterdämmerung«. Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Andris Nelsons. Deutsche Grammophon 479 8494 (Universal)

Orchestral Music & Concertos

Aram Khachaturian & Krzysztof Penderecki: Cello Concertos

Astrig Siranossian, Sinfonia Varsovia, Adam Klocek. Claves 50-1802 (Klassik Center Kassel)

Chamber Music

Solo – Emmanuel Pahud

Works for flute solo by Georg Philipp Telemann, Marin Marais, Carl Nielsen, Edgard Varèse, Arthur Honegger, Luciano Berio, Siegfried Karg-Elert, Pierre-Octave Ferroud, Robert Helps, Toru Takemitsu, Arvo Pärt, Matthias Pintscher and Jörg Widmann. Emmanuel Pahud. 2 CDs, Warner Classics 0190295701758 (Warner)

Keyboard Music

Olivier Messiaen: Catalogue d’Oiseaux

Pierre-Laurent Aimard. 2 SACDs, Pentatone PTC 5186 670 (Naxos)

Keyboard Music

Bach Gulda Clavichord – The Mono Tapes

Bach Gulda Clavichord – The Mono Tapes

Johann Sebastian Bach: Wohltemperiertes Klavier, Bd 2: 6 Präludien und Fugen, Englische Suite Nr. 2, Chromatische Fantasie und Fuge. Friedrich Gulda. Berlin Classics 0301063BC (edel)

Opera

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Naïs

Chantal Santon-Jeffery, Reinoud Van Mechelen, Florian Sempey, Thomas Dolié, Manuel Nuñez-Camelino, Daniela Skorka, Philippe-Nicolas Martin, Márton Komáromi, Purcell Choir, Orfeo Orchestra, György Vashegyi. 2 CDs, Glossa GCD 924003 (Note 1)

Opera

Jacques Fromental Halévy: La Reine de Chypre

Véronique Gens, Cyrille Dubois, Étienne Dupuis, Éric Huchet, Christophoros Stamboglis, Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Flemish Radio Choir, Hervé Niquet. 2 CDs, Ediciones Singulares Palazzetto Bru Zane ES 1032 (Note 1)

Choral Music

English Motets – The Gesualdo Six

Works by William Byrd, William Cornysh, John Dunstaple, Orlando Gibbons, Thomas Morley, Robert Parsons, John Sheppard, Thomas Tallis, John Taverner, Thomas Tomkins and Robert White. The Gesualdo Six, Owain Park. Hyperion CDA68256 (Note 1)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

Das ewige Rätsel – L’Enigme Eternelle

Lieder by Richard Rudolf Klein, Gustav Mahler, Frank Martin and Maurice Ravel. Johannes Martin Kränzle, Hilko Dumno. Oehms Classics OC 1887 (Naxos)

Early Music

L’immagine di Corelli

Arcangelo Corelli: 6 Sonate dell’Opera 5 (Nr. 1, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10). Susanne Scholz, Michael Hell. querstand VKJK 1621 (Klassik Center Kassel)

Contemporary Classical Music

Open Your Ears. Wege zur Neuen Musik

Gerd Albrecht conducts and explains. Works by Krzystof Penderecki, Hans Werner Henze, György Ligeti, Mauricio Kagel, Isang Yun and Jörg Widmann. Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Gerd Albrecht. 6 DVDs with a book, Arthaus Musik 109085

Historical Recordings

Sir Thomas Beecham

Works by Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Luigi Boccherini, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Richard Wagner and Franz Liszt. A BBC recording. Alexander Young, Beecham Choral Society, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham. 4 CDs, ICA Classics ICAC 5148 (Naxos)

Crossover Productions

Franui: Ständchen der Dinge

»Geht es immer so weiter?«. col legno WWE 1CD 20440 (harmonia mundi)

Music Film

Birgit Nilsson – A League Of Her Own

A Documentary by Thomas Voigt and Wolfgang Wunderlich. DVD/Blu-ray, C-Major 800104 (Naxos)

Jazz

Brad Mehldau Trio: Seymour Reads The Constitution!

Nonesuch 7559-79344-3 (Warner)

Jazz

Cecil Taylor: Conversations with Tony Oxley

jazzwerkstatt jw198

World Music

Arat Kilo, Mamani Keïta, Mike Ladd: Visions of Selam

Accords Croisés AC 172 (harmonia mundi)

Traditional Ethnic Music

I’m Not Here To Hunt Rabbits

Sibongile Kgaila, Solly Sebotso, Western, Batlaadira Radipitse, Ronnie Moipolai, Oteng Piet, Annafiki Ditau, Babsi Barolong. LP, Piranha Records PIR3165-LP (Indigo)

German language Singer/Songwriters

Christina Lux: Leise Bilder

India 471232-2 (Rough Trade)

Folk and Singer/Songwriters

WÖR: SSSHT

Steeplejack Music SJCD019 (Neil Grant Music Production)

Rock

The National Reserve: Motel La Grange

Ramseur Records RR778899

Blues and Blues-related

Philipp Fankhauser: I’ll Be Around

The Malaco Session, produced by Dennis Walker & Wolf Stephenson. Funk House Blues 92117000002 (Membran)

Club and Dance

DJ Koze: Knock Knock

Pampa CD013 (Rough Trade)

R&B, Soul and HipHop

Dabrye: Three/Three

Ghostly International GI-303 (Secretly Distribution)

Spoken Word

Michail Sostschenko: Wie mit Gabeln aufs Wasser geschrieben

Narrations. Boris Mattèrn, Direction: Walter Adler. mp3-CD, hörkultur ISBN 978-3-9524678-4-8

Recordings for Children and Youth

Otfried Preußler: Krabat

Unabridged reading. Felix von Manteuffel. 6 CDs, Der Audio Verlag ISBN 978-3-7424-0501-2

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