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

4/2001

4/2001

Published: 21. November 2001

Orchestral Music and Concertos

  • Gustav Mahler: Symphonie No. 6. Alban Berg: Orchesterstücke op. 6. SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Michael Gielen. Hänssler Classic CD 93.029 (Naxos)
  • Jean Sibelius: Symphonie No. 5; Pohjolas’ Daughter. City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo. Teldec 8573 85822-2 (Warner)
  • Ernst Krenek: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2; Concerto for Violin, Piano and Chamber Orchestra. Peter and Gabriel Rosenberg, Bamberger Symphoniker, Florian Merz. Koch Schwann 3-6408-2

Chamber Music

  • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Octet op. 20; String Quartet op. 44 No. 1. Auryn Quartett, Minguet Quartett. Tacet 94
  • Max Reger: Complete Works for Clarinet and Piano. Ib Hausmann (Clarinet), Nina Tichman (Piano). Hänssler Classic CD 93.035 (Naxos)

Keyboard Music

  • Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Piano Works Vol. 3. Aldo Ciccolini (Piano). Phoenix 97308 (Musikwelt)
  • Leopold Godowsky: Piano Works Vol. 5. Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano). Marco Polo 8.223899 (Naxos)
  • »Krieg and Frieden«: Works et al. by Cabezon, Sweelinck, Gibbons, Froberger, Byrd. Bob van Asperen (Harpsichord and Virginal). Aeolus AE 10014 (Musikwelt)

Opera and Musical

  • Giuseppe Verdi: Falstaff. Bryn Terfel, Thomas Hampson, Daniil Shtoda, Enrico Facini, Anthony Mee, Anatoli Kotscherga, Adrianne Pieczonka, Dorothea Röschmann, Larissa Diadkova, Stella Doufexis, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado. DGG 471 194-2 (Universal)
  • Mel Brooks: The Producers. Original Broadway Cast. Sony Classical SK 89646

Lieder and Vocal Recital

  • Pjotr Tschaikowsky: Opera Arias. Julia Varady (Soprano), Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Roman Kofman. Orfeo C 540 01 A
  • Siegfried Wagner: Arias for Baritone. Roman Trekel (Baritone), WDR-Rundfunkchor Köln, WDR-Sinfonieorchester Köln, Werner Andreas Albert. CPO 999 684 (jpc)

Early Music

  • »Amour, amours«: Chansons of the french Renaissance. Ensemble Gilles Binchois. Virgin Veritas 5 45448 2 (EMI)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Violin solo. Sigiswald Kuijken (Violin). Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 77527 (BMG)

Contemporary Classical Music

  • Kaija Saariaho: Château de l’âme; Graâl Théâtre; Amers. Gidon Kremer (Violin), Dawn Upshaw (Soprano), diverse Ensembles, Esa-Pekka Salonen. Sony Classical SK 60817
  • Luigi Nono: Cori di Didone; Da un diario italiano; Das atmende Klarsein. SWR Vokalensemble, WDR-Rundfunkchor Köln, Rupert Huber. Hänssler Classic CD 93.022 (Naxos)

Historical Recordings

  • Hans Pfitzner: Palestrina. Excerpts with Fritz Wunderlich, Christa Ludwig, Otto Wiener, Sena Jurinac and Lucia Popp; Wiener Staatsopernorchester, Robert Heger. RCA 74321 79598 (BMG)
  • Willem Mengelberg live – The Radio Recordings. NM 97016 (Musikwelt)

Film Music

  • Jerry Fielding: The Wild Bunch. Original Soundtrack. Warner Music 9362 48086-2

Spoken Word

  • Ingeborg Bachmann: Das dreißigste Jahr. Gert Westphal, Oswald Döpke. Audio Verlag 3-89813-153-X

Recordings for Children and Youth

  • Rudolf Herfurtner: Gloria von Jaxtberg und Rosa. Der Hörverlag 3-89584-512-4
  • Franz Wittkamp: Du bist da, und ich bin hier. Hörcompany 3-935036-10.8

Singer/Songwriter and German Songs

  • Bettina Wegner: Alles was ich wünsche. Buschfunk 01122

Traditional Ethnic Music

  • Golden Brass Summit – Fanfares en délire: 40 Years of Guca. Network 39.541 (Zweitausendeins)
  • Susheela Raman: Salt Rain. Narada World 7243 8 50955 2 (Virgin/EMI)

Jazz and Blues

  • Dave Holland Quintet: Not For Nothin’. ECM 1758 (Universal)
  • Christof Lauer/Jens Thomas: Shadows in the Rain. ACT 9297-2 (Edel)
  • Charles Lloyd: Hyperion With Higgins. ECM 1784 (Universal)
  • Saffire: Ain’t Gonna Hush. Alligator 4880 (Edel)

Pop and Rock

  • Laurie Anderson: Life On A String. Nonesuch 7559 79539 (Warner)
  • Mercury Rev: All is Dream. V2 707.1752.2 (Zomba)
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