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.
Folk and Singer/Songwriters
Caterina Other, Jessica Jäckel, Frieder Zimmermann. Löwenzahn Verlag HD 20204 (Galileo)
German folk, positioned between pop and world music, played by an ethereal, delicate interacting trio: a debut CD. Tworna brings old German folk and dance songs into the here and now, always sublime and clever. Their hallmark is their extraordinary instruments: nyckelharpa, waldzither, guitar in New Standard Tuning, fretless bass, and all manners of percussion, from string drums to frame drums. Virtuoso instrumentalists are at work there, with percussive finesse and sensitive vocals. With playful energy and sensuality, they tell old stories anew and make the beautiful simplicity of their melodies shine. For the jury: Jo Meyer