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

4/2003

4/2003

Published: 20.11.2003

DVD and Video Productions

  • Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes. Jon Vickers, Heather Harper, Norman Bailey et al., Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Colin Davis, Stage Direction: Elijah Moshinsky. Warner 0630 16913-2
  • Steve Reich: Three Tales. Steve Reich Ensemble. Nonesuch 75597 98352 (Warner)
  • Saturday Night Live. 25 Years of Music, Vol. 4. REM, Sinead O’Connor, Phil Hartman & Adam Sandler et al. TDK DV-PSNL4 (Naxos)

Orchestral Music and Concertos

  • Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 9. Wiener Philharmoniker, Nikolaus Harnoncourt. BMG 82876 54332 2
  • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Violin Concerto E minor op. 64, Max Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 G minor op. 26. Midori (Violin), Berliner Philharmoniker, Mariss Jansons. Sony 87740

Chamber Music

  • Brahms: The Duo Sonatas. Sabine Meyer (Clarinet), Christian Tetzlaff (Violin), Boris Pergamenschikow (Violoncello), Lars Vogt (Piano). EMI 3 CD 5 57523 2

Keyboard Music

  • Robert Schumann: The complete Etudes for Piano. Lev Vinocour. telos 057 (Liebermann)
  • Frédéric Chopin: Etudes op. 10; John Corigliano: Etude Fantasy, Fantasia on an Ostinato. Ragna Schirmer. Berlin Classics 0017602 (Edel)
  • August Gottfried Ritter: The four Organ Sonatas. Ludger Lohmann. Organ 7207-2 (Klassik Center)

Opera and Musical

  • Franz Schreker: Das Spielwerk und die Prinzessin. Thomas J. Mayer, Julia Henning, Hans-Jürgen Schöpflin et al., Kieler Opernchor & Kinderchor, Kieler Philharmoniker, Ulrich Windfuhr. CPO 999 958-2 (jpc)
  • Kurt Weill: The Firebrand of Florence. Rodney Gilfry, Lori Ann Fuller, George Dvorsky, Felicity Palmer et al., BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis. Capriccio 2 CD 60 091 (Delta Music)
  • Richard Wagner: Die Walküre. Akt I & II. Lotte Lehmann, Marta Fuchs, Margarete Klose, Lauritz Melchior, Hans Hotter, Emanuel List, Wiener Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Berlin, Bruno Walter/Bruno Seidler-Winkler (Historical Recording, HMV 1935/38) Naxos 2 CD 8.110 250/51
  • Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde. Ramón Vinay, Ludwig Weber, Martha Mödl, Hans Hotter, Ira Malaniuk et al., Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Herbert by Karajan (Historical Recording, live 1952). Orfeo 3 CD 603 033

Choral Works

  • French Choral Music: Works by Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Olivier Messiaen, André Jolivet and Ernest Chausson. SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Rupert Huber. Hänssler 93.055 (Naxos)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

  • Magdalena Kozená sings french Arias by Verdi, Gounod, Massenet, Ravel, Auber, Berlioz et al. Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Marc Minkowski. DG 474 214-2 (Universal)

Early Music

  • Giaches de Wert: Madrigals. La Venexiana, Dir.: Claudio Cavina. Glossa 920911 (Note 1)

Contemporary Classical Music

  • Christian Wolff: Bread and Roses. Malcolm Goldstein, Matthias Kaul. Wergo 6658-2

Film Music

  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold: The Adventures of Robin Hood. Moscow Symphony Orchestra, William T. Stromberg. Marco Polo/Naxos 8.225268

Pop and Rock

  • Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Greendale. Reprise WEA 9362-48543-2 (Warner)
  • Sophie Zelmani: Sing And Dance. Columbia 505 393 2 (Sony)

Singer/Songwriter and German Songs

  • Biermösl Blosn: Unter Bayern. Mood Records 6722

Traditional Ethnic Music

  • Namibia. Bushmen Ju’hoansi. Instrumental Music. Ocora C 560179 (Harmonia Mundi)

Folk and Folklore, World Music

  • Abyssinia Infinite featuring Ejigayehu »Gigi« Shibabaw: Zion Roots. Network 24.971 (Zweitausendeins)

Jazz and Blues

  • Dave Holland Quintett: Extended Play. ECM 1864 (Universal)
  • Albert Mangelsdorff: Music For Jazz Orchestra. skip records SKP90392
  • Gilad Atzmon: Exile. enja/tip toe TIP-888 844 2 (Soulfood Music Distribution)
  • Otis Taylor: Truth Is Not Fiction. Telarc CD 83587 (in-akustik)

Spoken Word

  • Marcel Proust: Combray – Auf der Suche after der verlorenen Zeit. Reader: Sylvester Groth, Juliane Köhler. der hörverlag ISBN 3-89940-185-9

Recordings for Children and Youth

  • Morgenstern: Das Große Lalula. (Erwin and Heiko Grosche). patmos ISBN 3-491-91123-0
  • Alexandre Dumas: Die drei Musketiere. der hörverlag ISBN 3-89940-152-2
  • Philip Ardagh: Furchterregende Darbietungen. (H. Rowohlt). Random House Audio ISBN 3-89830-624-0

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

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