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

2/2005

2/2005

Published: 14. Mai 2005

DVD and Video Productions

  • Georg Friedrich Händel: Rodelinda. Dorothea Röschmann, Michael Chance, Felicity Palmer et al., Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Ivor Bolton. Stage Direction: David Alden. Farao Classics D 108 060
  • We want the Light. Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Evgeny Kissin, Zubin Mehta, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman et al., Gürzenichorchester Köln, Kinderchor des Kölner Doms, Chor der Oper Köln, Musical Direction: Vladimir Ashkenazy. Stage Direction: Christopher Nupen. (2 DVDs) BBC Opus Arte OA CN 0909 D (Naxos)
  • The World Of Nat King Cole. Capitol Records 72435-44471-9-8 (EMI)

Orchestral Music and Concertos

  • Joseph Haydn: Symphony E flat major Hob. I:91 and G major Hob I:92 (»Oxford«), Scena di Berenice Hob.XXIVa:10. Bernarda Fink, Freiburger Barockorchester, René Jacobs. harmonia mundi France HMC 901849 (helikon harmonia mundi)
  • Franz Liszt: Les Préludes, Totentanz, Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe, Ungarische Rhapsodien 1 & 3, Mazeppa. Rian de Waal, Anima Eterna, Jos van Immerseel. Zig Zag Territoires ZZT 041 102 (Note 1)
  • Béla Bartók: Die Piano Concertos. Krystian Zimerman, Leif Ove Andsnes, Hélène Grimaud, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez. Deutsche Grammophon 00289 477 5330 (Universal)

Chamber Music

  • Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1–3. Szymon Goldberg, Artur Balsam. Historical Recordings 1953. Testament SBT 1357 (Note 1)
  • Sergej Rachmaninov: Trio élégiaque op. 9, Dmitrij Schostakowitsch: Piano Trio No. 2 op. 67. Boris Berezovsky, Dmitri Makhtin, Alexander Kniazev. Warner Classics 2564 61937-2
  • Giacinto Scelsi: Suono rotondo – Solo Works and Trio Improvisations. Michael Kiedaisch, Stefano Scodanibbio, Mike Svoboda. Wergo WER 6672 2 (Note 1)

Keyboard Music

  • Pierre Boulez: The three Piano Sonatas. Paavali Jumppanen. Deutsche Grammophon 00289 477 5328 (Universal)
  • Joseph Haydn: The Piano Sonatas. Christine Schornsheim (Harpsichord, Clavichord, Fortepiano). (14 CDs) Capriccio 49 404 (Delta Music)

Opera

  • Antonio Vivaldi: Orlando furioso. Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Jennifer Larmore, Veronica Cangemi, Philippe Jaroussky, Ensemble Matheus, Jean-Christophe Spinosi. Naïve OP 30393 (helikon harmonia mundi)
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein: Oklahoma! (Original Broadway Cast Recording, 1943-44). Alfred Drake, Joan Roberts, Lee Dixon, Celeste Holm et al. Naxos 8.120 787
  • Carl Orff: Carmina Burana. Sally Matthews, Lawrence Brownlee, Christian Gerhaher, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle. EMI Classics 5 57 888 2

Choral Works

  • Morales en Toledo – Polifonía inédita del Códice 25 de la Catedral de Toledo. Ensemble Plus Ultra, Michael Noone. Glossa GCD 922 001 (Note 1)
  • Darius Milhaud: A Capella Choral Works. Netherlands Chamber Choir, Stephen Layton. Globe GLO 5206 (Note 1)

Early Music

  • Carlo Gesualdo: Quinto Libro di Madrigali (1611). La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina. Glossa GCD 920 935 (Note 1)
  • Antoine Busnois: Missa O Crux lignum, Motets, Chansons. Orlando Consort. harmonia mundi France HMU 907 333 (helikon harmonia mundi)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

  • Rolando Villazón – Jules Massenet / Charles Gounod: Opera Arias. Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Evelino Pidò. Virgin Classics 5 45 719 2 (EMI)

Contemporary Classical Music

  • Alexander Knaifel: Amicta Sole. Mstislav Rostropovitch (Violoncello), Tatiana Melentieva (Soprano), Boy Choir, Glinka Choral College, State Hermitage Orchestra, Arkady Shteinlukht. ECM New Series 1731 or 472 0832 (Universal)

Film Music

  • Alexandre Desplat: Birth. London Symphony Orchestra, Alexandre Desplat. Silva SILCD1171 (Edel)

Pop and Rock

  • Bright Eyes: Digital Ash in a Digital Urn. Saddle Creek Europe SCE 73 CD bzw. CD 5580-2 (Indigo)
  • Arcade Fire: Funeral. Rough Trade RTRADCD 219 (Sanctuary)

Singer/Songwriter and German Songs

  • Wenzel: Himmelfahrt. Conträr 5503-2 (Indigo)

Traditional Ethnic Music

  • Various Artists: Sahara. Blues of the Desert. (2 CDs) Manteca MANTDCD 232 (Soulfood)

World Music

  • L’Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio. Worldmusic Recordings / Ausfahrt AUS 3009-2 (Soulfood)
  • Eva Ayllón: The Afro-Peruvian Legend. World Connection WC 43053 (edel contraire)

Jazz and Blues

  • Marcin Wasilewski / Slawomir Kurkiewicz / Michal Miskiewicz: Trio. ECM 1891 bzw. 982 0632 (Universal)
  • Heinz Sauer / Michael Wollny: Melancholia. ACT 9433-2
  • John Hammond: In Your Arms Again. Back Porch 72438-74815-2-7 (MP Media Germany)

Spoken Word

  • Bohumil Hrabal: Reise nach Sondervorschrift, Zuglauf überwacht. Ulrich Matthes, Reader. (2 CDs) Audiobuch ISBN 3-89964-110-8 (Eichborn)

Recordings for Children and Youth

  • Gerhard Staguhn: Gott und die Götter. Die Geschichte der großen Religionen – Das Christentum. Friedhelm Ptok (Reader). (2 CDs) Igel Records ISBN 3-89353-939-5
  • Oscar Wilde: Der glückliche Prinz. Karla Sponar (Reader); Dorothée Hahne (Music). Newsic CD 2004 006 bzw. ISBN 3-9808968-2-X

Crossover Productions

  • Bill Frisell: Richter 858. (SACD) Songlines SGL SA 1551-2 (edel contraire)

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

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