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

Early Music

Marin Marais: Quatrième Livre de Pièces de Viole (1717)

François Joubert-Caillet, L’Achéron. 4 CD, Ricercar RIC 432 (Note 1)

The viol player Marin Marais, the court composer of Louis XIV, was considered one of the greatest of his trade at the time. François Joubert-Caillet and his ensemble L’Achéron have now continued their complete recording of the Marais viol works with the fourth volume of the Pièces de Viole from 1717. The result is a clear, well-balanced recording of this lively, colorful music, characterized by a fun and playful virtuosity, never approaching monotone uniformity. This production not only arouses interest but also holds it for all of its 105 movements. For the jury: Thomas Ahnert