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

1/2002

1/2002

Published: 20. Februar 2002

Orchestral Music and Concertos

  • Anton Bruckner: Symphonie No. 8. Berliner Philharmoniker, Günter Wand. RCA 74321 82886 2 (BMG)
  • Dmitri Schostakowitsch: Symphonie No. 8. Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Mariss Jansons. EMI 7243 5 57176 2
  • Nikolai Medtner: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-3; Sonatas. Geoffrey Douglas Madge (Piano), Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra, Ilya Stupel. BIS 1258 (Klassik Center)

Chamber Music

  • Hans Pfitzner: Violin Sonata op. 27. Complete Piano Pieces. Ulf Wallin (Violin), Roland Pöntinen (Piano). CPO 999 704-2 (jpc)
  • Franz Schubert: String Quintet D 956. Auryn Quartett, Christian Poltéra (Violoncello). Tacet 110

Keyboard Music

  • Charles Alkan: Symphonie for Piano solo op. 39 Nos. 4-7; Trois Morceaux dans le genre pathétique et al. Marc-André Hamelin (Piano). Hyperion CDA 67218 (Koch)
  • Kaleidoscope: Marc-André Hamelin plays Encores. Hyperion CDA 67275 (Koch)
  • Padre Martini: XII Sonate d’intavolatura per l’organo e il cembalo. Sonate I-IV. Susanne Piolanti. Tactus TC 701 301 (Klassik Center)

Opera and Operetta

  • Giacomo Puccini: Tosca. Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, Ruggero Raimondi et al.; Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, Antonio Pappano. EMI 7243 5 57173 2
  • Jacques Offenbach: La Belle Hélène. Felicity Lott, Yann Beuron, Michel Sénéchal, François LeRoux et al. Les Musiciens du Louvre – Grenoble, Marc Minkowski. Virgin 7243 5 45477 2 (EMI)

Choral Works, Early Music

  • Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Johns Passion. Sibylla Rubens, Andreas Scholl, Mark Padmore, Sebastian Noack, Michael Volle. Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe. Harmonia mundi 901748.49
  • Carl Ditters by Dittersdorf: Giob. Markus Schäfer, Romelia Lichtenstein, Jörg Waschinski et al.; Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert, Hermann Max. CPO 999 790-2 (jpc)
  • Alessandro Scarlatti: Sedecia, Re di Gerusalemme. Gérard Lesne, Philippe Jaroussky, Virginie Pochon, Mark Padmore, Peter Harvey; Il Seminario Musicale, Gérard Lesne. Virgin Veritas 7243 5 54545 2 (EMI)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

  • Franz Schubert: Lieder after Mayrhofer. Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Andreas Staier (Hammerklavier). Teldec 8573 85556 2 (Warner)

Contemporary Classical Music

  • Helmut Lachenmann: NUN; Notturno. Soli, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart. WDR SO, Jonathan Nott; Andreas Lindenbaum (Violoncello), Klangforum Wien, Hans Zender. KAIROS 0012142 (Edel)

Historical Recordings

  • Bedrich Smetana: Die verkaufte Braut. Jaroslav Gleich, Ada Nordenova, Emil Pollert, Vladimir Toms et al. Chorus and Orchestra of the Nationaltheaters Prag, Otakar Ostrril (1933). Naxos 8.110098-99

Film Music

  • Jerry Goldsmith: The Final Conflict. Original Soundtrack. Varèse 6289 (Colosseum)

Spoken Word

  • Thomas Mann: Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull. Read by Gert Westphal. DGG 471 954-2 (Universal)

Recordings for Children and Youth

  • Lotte Kinshofer: Der Klavierling. Reclam Hörbuch 120019
  • Bjarne Reuter: Ein Fakir for alle Fälle. Patmos Verlag 3.491-24065-4

Singer/Songwriter and German Songs

  • Wenzel & Band: Grünes Licht. Conträr Music 0878-2 (Indigo)

Traditional Ethnic Music, World Music, Folk and Folklore

  • Global Accordeon – Early Recordings 1927-1948. Wergo SM 1623 2 (Schott Music)
  • Mariza: Fado en mim. World Circuit 43028
  • Coco Mbassi: Sepia. Tropical Music 68.819 (BMG)

Jazz and Blues

  • Schlüter / Nabatov / Antolini: Swing Kings. ACT 9298-2 (Edel)
  • Bennie Wallace in Berlin. Enja ENJ 9425-2 (Edel)
  • Kölner Saxophon Mafia: 20 years of Saxuelle Befreiung. JazzHausMusik JHM 115
  • Aki Takase: St. Louis Blues. Enja 9139-2 (Edel)
  • Tri Continental: Live. Tradition & Moderne 020 (Indigo)

Pop and Rock

  • Paul McCartney: Driving Rain. Parlophone 5 35510 2 (EMI)
  • Starsailor: Love Is Here. Chrysalis DJ 5 35350 2 (EMI)
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