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

2/2003

2/2003

Published: 20. Mai 2003

DVD and Video Productions

  • Georg Friedrich Händel: Rinaldo. Deborah Walker, Noëmi Nadelmann, David Daniels, Axel Köhler et al., Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Harry Bicket, Stage Direction: David Alden. Arthaus 100 388 (Naxos)
  • Glenn Gould – The Alchemist. A film by Bruno Monsaingeon, Direction: François-Louis Ribadeau. EMI DVB 4 90127 9
  • The Miles Davis Story. Sony Legacy 2 01494 9

Orchestral Music and Concertos

  • Viktor Ullmann: Symphonies Nos. 1 and No. 2, Six Songs op. 17, Ouverture »Don Quixote tanzt Fandango«. Juliane Banse, Gürzenich Orchester Kölner Philharmoniker, James Conlon. Capriccio 67017 (Delta Music)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5. Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Teldec 0927 47 334 2 (Warner)

Chamber Music

  • Ernst Krenek: String Quartets No. 1 op. 6 and No. 7 op. 96. Petersen-Quartett. Capriccio 67 015 (Delta Music)
  • Alfred Schnittke: Piano Quintet; Dmitrij Schostakowitsch: String Quartet No. 15. Alexei Lubimov (Piano), Keller-Quartett. ECM 1755 (Universal)

Keyboard Music

  • Olivier Messiaen: Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus. Steven Osborne. Hyperion 2 CD 67 351/52 (Codaex)
  • Domenico Scarlatti: Sonatas (Excerpt). Christian Zacharias. MDG 340 1162-2 (Naxos)

Early Music

  • Arcangelo Corelli: Violin Sonatas op. 5. Andrew Manze (Baroque Violin), Richard Egarr (Harpsichord). Harmonia Mundi France 2 CD 907298.99 (Helikon Harmonia Mundi)
  • The Call of the Phoenix – English Sacral Music of the 15th century. Orlando Consort. Harmonia Mundi France HMU 907 297 (Helikon Harmonia Mundi)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantatas BWV 2, 20 and 176. Johannette Zomer, Ingeborg Danz, Jan Kobow, Peter Kooy, Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe. Harmonia Mundi France HMC 901 791 (Helikon Harmonia Mundi)

Opera and Musical

  • Leos Janácek: Jenufa. Karita Mattila, Anja Silja, Jerry Hadley, Jorma Silvasti, Eva Randová, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Bernard Haitink. Erato 0927-45330-2 (Warner)
  • Jean-Philippe Rameau: Zoroastre. Les Arts Florissants, William Christie. Erato 0927-43182-2 (Warner)
  • Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story. Betsi Morrison, Mike Eldred, Marianne Cooke, Robert Dean et al., Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Schermerhorn. Naxos 8.559 126

Lieder and Vocal Recital

  • »Una furtiva lagrima« – Arias by Gaetano Donizetti and Vincenzo Bellini. Juan Diego Flórez, Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Riccardo Frizza. Decca 473 440-2 (Universal)

Historical Recordings

  • Frida Leider. A Vocal Portrait (1921-1943). Arias and Lieder by C. M. by Weber, R. Wagner, W. A. Mozart, Chr. W. Gluck, L. van Beethoven, F. Schubert and R. Schumann. Naxos 8.110 744/45

Contemporary Classical Music

  • Steve Reich: City Life, New York Counterpoint, Eight Lines, Violin Phase. Ensemble Modern. BMG 74 321-66 459-2

Film Music

  • Bernard Herrmann: The Day The Earth Stood Still. Original Soundtrack, Dir. Joel McNeely. Varèse Sarabande VSD 6314 (Colosseum)
  • Elliot Goldenthal: Frida. Original Soundtrack, Dir. Stephen Mercurio. Deutsche Grammophon 474150-2 (Universal)

Pop and Rock

  • Ben Harper – Diamonds On The Inside. Virgin 724358266320 (EMI)
  • Midnight Choir: Waiting For The Bricks To Fall. Glitterhouse GRCD 573 (Indigo)

Folk and Folklore

  • Ticky Tock Wenzel sings Woody Guthrie. Conträr 27a (Conträr Music)
  • Värttinä: Iki. Westpark 87 094 (Indigo)

Traditional Ethnic Music

  • Waza. The Music of the Berta from Blue Nile. Wergo SM 1708 2

Jazz and Blues

  • Joel Harrison: Free Country. ACT 9419-2
  • Abi Wallenstein: Step In Time. Nullviernull NVN 03001
  • Paul Kuhn: Young At Heart. inandout records IOR 770462 (in-akustik)

Spoken Word

  • Georges Simenon: Best of Maigret & Co. Gustav Knuth, Hannelore Hoger, Gert Haucke, Ernst Jacobi et al. 10 CD, Der Audio Verlag ISBN 3-89813-240-4

Recordings for Children and Youth

  • Hartmut El Kurdi: Angstmän. Tabea Sitte, Lars Rudolph, Tom Quaas and Conny Wolter, Direction: Klaus-Michael Klingsporn. Patmos ISBN 3-491-24078-6
  • Wilhelm Hauff: Zwerg Nase. Classical music and language telling. Music by R. Clarke, A. Glasunow, Ch.Koechlin et al., arr. by Ute Kleeberg. Pellegrini Quartett, Reader: Samuel Weiss. Edition Seeigel. ISBN 3-935261-02-0

(The name of the German distributor appears in brackets if it differs from the label name.)

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