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

1/2005

1/2005

Published: 15. February 2005

DVD and Video Productions

  • Hector Berlioz: Les Troyens. Susan Graham, Gregory Kunde, Anna Caterina Antonacci, Renata Pokupic et al., Chœur du Théâtre du Châtelet, Monteverdi Choir, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, John Eliot Gardiner, Stage Direction and Bühne: Yannis Kokkos. BBC Opus Arte 3 DVD OA 0900 D (Naxos)
  • Jacqueline du Pré in Portrait. Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto E minor op. 85, Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Trio D major op. 70,1. Jacqueline du Pré (Violoncello), New Philharmonia Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim (Musical Direction, Piano), Pinchas Zukerman (Violin). Stage Direction: Christopher Nupen. BBC / Opus Arte OA CN 0902 D (Naxos)
  • Mahalia Jackson: The Power and the Glory. Live and Music of the greatest Gospel singer of all times. ARD Video Eka-media / Xenon Pictures 2 DVD ISBN 3-937308-04-0

Orchestral Music and Concertos

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Andante B flat major KV 315, Oboe Concerto C major KV 314, Arias KV 368 and 577, Andante & Rondo D major KV 271a; Ludwig August Lebrun: Oboe Concerto No. 1 D minor. Albrecht Mayer (Oboe), Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Claudio Abbado. Deutsche Grammophon 476 235-2 (Universal)
  • Dmitrij Schostakowitsch: Symphony No. 4. Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Mariss Jansons. EMI 5 57824 2
  • Wilhelm Furtwängler – Die Salzburger Orchesterkonzerte 1949–1954. Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Anton Bruckner, Paul Hindemith, Gustav Mahler, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Hans Pfitzner, Franz Schubert, Richard Strauss and Igor Strawinsky. Soloists, Wiener Philharmoniker. Orfeo 8 CD C 409 048 L

Chamber Music

  • Robert Schumann: Adagio and Allegro op. 70, Fantasiestücke op. 73, Romances op. 94, Sonata op. 105, Märchenbilder op. 113. Tabea Zimmermann (Viola), Hartmut Höll (Piano). Capriccio 67 123 (Delta Music)

Keyboard Music

  • Ludwig van Beethoven / Franz Liszt: Symphony No. 9 D minor op. 125. Konstantin Scherbakov. Naxos 8.557366
  • Marco Antonio Cavazzoni: The Complete Organ Works. Liuwe Tamminga. Accent ACC 23148 (Note 1)

Opera and Musical

  • Hector Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini. Gregory Kunde, Patrizia Ciofi, Joyce di Donato et al., Chœur de Radio France, Orchestre National de France, John Nelson. Virgin Classics 3 CD 5 45706 2 (EMI)
  • Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein: South Pacific. Mary Martin, Ezio Pinza, Juanita Hall et al.; Salvatore Dell’Isola (Musical Direction). Original Broadway Cast 1949 and more recordings 1949–51. Naxos Musicals 8.120785

Choral Works

  • Gottfried August Homilius: »Sehet, welch eine Liebe« Motets. Kammerchor Stuttgart, Frieder Bernius. Carus 83.210 (Note 1)
  • Max Reger: »O Tod, wie bitter bist du – Reger vocal I« Acht geistliche Gesänge op. 138, Drei Motetten op. 110. NDR Chor Hamburg, Hans-Christoph Rademann. Carus 83.154 (Note 1)

Early Music

  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber: Rosary Sonatas, Passacaglia. Andrew Manze (Violin), Richard Egarr (Harpsichord, Organ). Harmonia Mundi France 2 CD HMU 907321.22 (Helikon Harmonia Mundi)
  • Johann Rosenmüller: Weihnachtshistorie. Cantus Cölln, Concerto Palatino, Konrad Junghänel. Harmonia Mundi France HMC 901861 (Helikon Harmonia Mundi)

Lied and Vokalrecital

  • Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe op. 48, Lieder op. 90 et al. Christian Gerhaher (Baritone), Gerold Huber (Piano). RCA 82876 58995 2 (BMG)

Contemporary Classical Music

  • Georg Friedrich Haas: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2. Kairos-Quartett. edition zeitklang ez 19017 (Klassik-Center Kassel)

Film Music

  • The Film Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams Vol. 2. BBC Philharmonic, Rumon Gamba. Chandos 10244 (Codaex)

Spoken Word

  • Robert Musil: Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften. Remix. 20 CD With Buch. Ulrich Matthes et al. Der HörVerlag ISBN 3-89940-416-5

Pop and Rock

  • Brian Wilson: Smile. Nonesuch 7559-79846-2 (Warner)
  • Annett Louisan: Bohème. 105 Music 105 518837 2 (Sony)

Singer/Songwriter and German Songs

  • Manfred Maurenbrecher: Ende der Nacht. LAMU ISBN 3-935099-12-6 (alive AG, Köln)

Folk and Folklore, World Music

  • Philippe Cohen Solal: Inspiración Espiración – A GoTan Project. ¡Ya Basta! 986 810-9 (Universal)
  • Ale Möller Band: Bodjal. Amigo Music AMCD 752 (Edel Contraire)

Traditional Ethnic Music

  • The Diaspora of Rembetiko. Various Artists. Network 27418 (Zweitausendeins)

Jazz and Blues

  • Swinging Hamburg. Jazz in Hamburg by A–Z. 18 CD With Buch. Membran 220719 bzw. ISBN 3-86562-131-7
  • Live at Montreux. Der Rote Bereich. ACT 9434-2
  • Jelly Roll All-Stars: Must Be Jelly. Severn Records SEV 029 (Fenn Music Service)

Crossover Productions

  • Motion Trio: Pictures from the Street. Asphalt Tango Records CD-ATR 0505 (Indigo)

Recordings for Children and Youth

  • Eoin Colfer: Meg Finn und die Liste der vier Wünsche. Rufus Beck. Hörbuch Hamburg 4 CD, ISBN 3-89903-170-9
  • Shel Silverstein: Lafcadio. Harry Rowohlt. Kein & Aber Records 3-0369-1326-2 (LIDO/Eichborn)

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

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