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

Quarterly Critic’s Choices before 2010

3/2001

3/2001

Published: 23. 08. 2001

Orchestral Music and Concertos

  • Alfred Schnittke: Symphonie No. 8. Suite »The Census List«. Russisches Staatsorchester, Valeri Polyansky. Chandos CHAN 9885 (Koch)
  • Jean Sibelius: Symphonien Nos. 2 and 4. City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo. Teldec 8573 85776-2 (Warner)
  • Frank Martin: Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra. Paul Badura Skoda and Sebastian Benda (Piano), Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Christian Benda. ASV CD DCA 1082 (Koch)

Chamber Music

  • Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 4. Karl Amadeus Hartmann: String Quartet No. 1. Zehetmair Quartett. ECM 465 776-2 (Universal)

Keyboard Music

  • Leos Janácek: Im Nebel. Sonata 1.X.1905. Auf verwachsenem Pfade I & II. Eine Erinnerung. András Schiff (Piano). ECM 461 660-2 (Universal)
  • Joseph Haydn: Sonatas and Divertimentos. Robert Hill (Harpsichord). Ars musici AM 1283-2 (FMF)
  • Johann Mattheson: Les doits parlans. Gerd Zacher (Organ). Aeolus AE 10161 (Musikwelt)

Opera

  • Christoph Willibald Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride. Mireille Delunsch, Simon Keenlyside, Yann Beuron et al., Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski. DGG Archiv 471 133-2 (Universal)
  • Tommaso Traetta: Antigona. Maria Bayo, Anna Maria Panzarella, Carlo Vincenzo Allemano, Laura Polverelli, Gilles Ragon. Chœur de Chambre Accentus, Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset. Decca 460 204-2 (Universal)

Choral Works

  • Lux aeterna… Works by György Ligeti, Domenico Scarlatti, Anne Boyd and Gustav Mahler. Various Soloists, Kammerchor Stuttgart, Frieder Bernius. Carus 83.208 (Note 1)
  • Sergey Taneyev: Zwölf Chöre op. 27. Netherlands Chamber Choir, Tönu Kaljuste. Globe GLO 5197 (Note1)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

  • Franz Schubert: Schwanengesang. Johannes Brahms: Vier ernste Gesänge. Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano). DGG 471 030-2 (Universal)
  • Giuseppe Verdi: Arias. Ramon Vargas (Tenor), Rundfunkorchester München, Edoardo Mueller. RCA 74321 79603 2 (BMG)

Contemporary Classical Music

  • Helmut Lachenmann: Serynade. Allegro sostenuto. Yukiko Sugawara, Lukas Fels, Shizuyo Oka. Kairos 001221 (Edel)
  • Luigi Nono: Al gran sole carico d’amore. Soloists, Chor und Orchester der Staatsoper Stuttgart, Lothar Zagrosek. Teldec New Line 8573-81059-2 (Warner)

Historical Recordings

  • Inghelbrecht conducts Debussy. Live Recordings 1957-63. Naive V 4857 (Helikon Harmonia mundi)
  • Richard Tauber sings Franz Léhar. EMI 527 652-2

Film Music

  • The Film Music of Sir Arthur Bliss. BBC Philharmonic, Rumon Gamba. Chandos CHAN 9896 (Koch)
  • Bernard Herrmann: The 3 Worlds of Gulliver. Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Joel McNeely. Varèse Sarabande VSD 6162 (Colosseum)

Spoken Word

  • Sebastian Haffner: Geschichte eines Deutschen. Der Hörverlag 3-89584-897-2
  • Walter Kempowski liest Tadellöser & Wolff. CPO 999766-8 (jpc)

Recordings for Children and Youth

  • Dimiter Inkiow: Die Katze läßt das Mausen nicht und andere Fabeln des Äsop. Igel Records CD 641
  • Marjaleena Lembcke: Mein finnischer Großvater. Uccello 3-933005-25-6

Singer/Songwriter and German Songs

  • Hans-Eckardt Wenzel: Hanswurst und andere arme Würste. Conträr zwanzig 9835

Traditional Ethnic Music

  • Tibet. The Monastery of Gyütö. Voice of the Tantra. OCR 560133/4 (Helikon Harmonia mundi)

World Music, Folk and Folklore

  • Wiener Tschuschenkapelle – Live: …und davon. Extraplatte 405001 (NRW-Vertrieb)
  • Boris Kovac & Ladaaba Orchestra: The Last Balkan Tango. Piranha PIR 1573

Jazz and Blues

  • Michael Brecker: Nearness Of You. Verve 549 705-2 (Universal)
  • Abdullah Ibrahim with the NDR Bigband: Ekapa Lodumo. Tiptoe 8888402 (Enja)
  • Joe Lovano: Flights Of Fancy. Blue Note 7243 527618 21 (EMI)
  • Chris Potter: Gratitude. Verve 549 433-2 (Universal)
  • Terry Evans et al.: Mississippi Magic. Audioquest 1057 (in-akustik)
  • Newport Folk Festival – Best of Blues 1959-68. Vanguard 3 VCD 193/95 (Zyx)

Pop and Rock

  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: No More Shall We Part. Mute 5016420391 (Edel)
  • Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: Live in New York City. Columbia 500 000 (Sony)
  • Travis: The Invisible Band. Epic 503050 2 (Sony)
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