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

Joseph Haydn: 12 London Symphonies

Live at Wiener Konzerthaus. Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski, 4 CD, Naïve Classique V5176 (Indigo)

Orchestral Music & Concertos

Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos

Paul Lewis (Piano), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jiří Bělohlávek, 3 CD, HMC 902053-55 (Harmonia Mundi)

Keyboard Music

Jean-Pierre Leguay: Improvisations

Notre-Dame de Paris, IFO classics ORG 7235.2 (Codaex)

Choral Music

The Sibelius Edition, Vol. 11: Choral Music

YL Male Voice Choir, Orphei Drängar, Jubilate Choir, Dominante Choir et al., 6 CD, BIS-1930/32 (Klassik Center Kassel)

Early Music

Heinrich Ignaz F. Biber: Rosary Sonatas Nos. 1-16

Daniel Sepec (violin), Hille Perl (viola da gamba), Michael Behringer (harpsichord), Lee Santana (lute), 2 CD, Coviello COV 21008 (Note 1)

Contemporary Classical Music

Saed Haddad: Le contredésir and other Works

Ensemble modern, Franck Ollu and Martyn Brabbins; Nina Janßen (clarinet), Saar Berger (horn), Michael M. Kasper (violoncello), Bassem Alkhouri (qanun), Hermann Kretzschmar (piano) Ulrike Stortz (violin), Noriko Kawai (piano), Wergo WER 6578 2 (Note 1)

Historical Recordings

Pierre Monteux

with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Isaac Stern, Leon Fleisher, Rudolf Serkin and Leonid Kogan, Unpublished Concert Recordings 1958/ 1959, 11 CD, Westhill Radio Archive WHRA 6034 (Note1)

Music Film

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui: Rêves De Babel

Documentary on DVD about the choreographer and dancer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui by Don Kent and Christian Dumais-Lvowski. BelAir Classiques BAC064 (Harmonia Mundi)


Good Times

Martin Sasse Trio plus Charlie Mariano. Nagel Heyer Records, NH 2093 (RoughTrade/ Good to Go)

World Music

Natacha Atlas: Mounqaliba

In A State Of Reversal. World Village WVF 479048 (Harmonia Mundi)

Traditional Ethnic Music

Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova

Intimate dialogue, Live At Morgenland Festival Osnabrück. Dreyer Gaido CD 21060 (Note 1)

German language Singer/Songwriters

Felix Meyer: Von Engeln und Schweinen

HoPla Musikproduktion HOP 66705

Folk and Singer/Songwriters

Čači Vorba: True speech

Oriente RIENCD75 (Fenn Music)


Sky At Night: I Am Kloot

piasr 210 (Rough Trade/ Good to Go)

Nu & Extreme (until 2014)

Mount Kimbie: Crooks & Lovers

Mount Kimbie, Hotflush/ Alive HFCD004

Blues and Blues-related

Spread The Love

Ronnie Earl And The Broadcasters. Stony Plain SPCD 1347 (Fenn Music)

R&B, Soul and Hip-Hop

Aloe Blacc: Good Things

Vertigo 0602527506739 (Universal)

Recordings for Children and Youth

Sven Preger, Ralph Erdenberger: Faust Jr.

The detective agency of science. True Vampires. Speaker: Ingo Naujoks, Bodo Primus et al., Age: From 10 years, 978-3-89353-309-1, Igel Genius