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

3/2005

3/2005

Published: 15. August 2005

DVD and Video Productions

  • Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata. Mireille Delunsch et al., Orchestre de Paris, Yutaka Sado. Stage Direction: Peter Mussbach, Image direction: Don Kent. Bel Air Classiques BAC 005 (helikon harmonia mundi)
  • Music im 20. Jahrhundert I,»Tanz auf dem Vulkan«, presented by Sir Simon Rattle. City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Image direction: Peter West. Arthaus Music 102 032 (Naxos)
  • Günter Wand Edition Part I – A. Bruckner: Symphony Nos. 5, 6, 8, 9; Jos. Haydn: Symphony No. 76; F. Schubert: Symphony No. 8 »Unfinished«. NDR-Sinfonieorchester. TDK DV-COWANDBOX 1 (4 DVD; Naxos)
  • Sixteen Horsepower: 16 HP. Glitterhouse Records GRDVD 622 (2 DVD; Indigo)

Orchestral Music and Concertos

  • Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 6. Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado. Deutsche Grammophon 00289 477 5573 (Universal)
  • Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 4 op. 63, Pohjolas Tochter op. 49, Finlandia op. 26 No. 7. Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, The Polytech Male Choir, Leif Segerstam. Ondine ODE 1040-2 (Note 1)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5, Choral Fantasy op. 80. Rudolf Serkin, Chor und Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik (Recording: 1977). Orfeo C 647 053 D (3 CD)
  • Hans Werner Henze: Violin Concertos Nos. 1-3. Torsten Janicke, Ulf Dirk Mädler, Magdeburgische Philharmonie, Christian Ehwald. MDG 601 1242-2 (2 CD; Codaex)

Chamber Music

  • Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio No. 1 B major op. 8 (First Version 1854), Arnold Schönberg: Verklärte Nacht op. 4 (Arr. for Piano Trio). Trio Jean Paul. Ars Musici AM 1383-2 (Note 1)

Keyboard Music

  • Alfred Schnittke: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-3. Igor Tchetuev. Caro Mitis CM 92004 (Klassik Center)
  • Messe Noire: Igor Strawinsky: Serenade in A, Dimitri Schostakowitsch: Sonata No. 2 op. 61, Sergej Prokofiev: Sonata No. 7 op. 83, Alexander Skrjabin: Sonata No. 9 op. 68. Alexei Lubimov. ECM New Series 1679 or 4651372 (Universal)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Klavierbüchlein für Wilhelm Friedemann. Christophe Rousset (Harpsichord). Ambroisie AMB 9977 (2 CD ; Note 1)
  • Süddeutsche Orgelmeister Vol. 1: Johann Caspar Kerll: Complete free Organ Works. Joseph Kelemen. Oehms Classics OC 362 (Codaex)

Opera and Musical

  • Christoph Willibald Gluck: Paride ed Elena. Magdalena Kožená, Susan Gritton, Gillian Webster et al., Gabrieli Consort & Players, Paul McCreesh. Archiv Produktion 00289 477 5415 (2 CD; Universal)
  • Georg Friedrich Händel: Rodelinda. Simone Kermes, Marijana Mijanovic, Steve Davislim, Sonia Prina et al., Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis. Archiv Produkion 00289 477 5391 (3 CD; Universal)
  • Cole Porter: Kiss me Kate, Let’s Face It. Alfred Drake, Patricia Morison, Harold Lang, Lisa Kirk et al., Original Broadway Cast Chorus & Orchestra, Pembroke Davenport (Original Broadway Cast 1949 & 1941-42). Naxos 8.120 788

Early Music, Choral Music

  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantatas Vol. 27: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott BWV 80, Wo soll ich fliehen hin BWV 5, Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit BWV 115. Susanne Rydén, Pascal Bertin, Gerd Türk, Peter Kooij, Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki. BIS 1421 (Klassik Center)
  • Johann Adolf Hasse: Requiem E flat major, Miserere D minor. Simona Houda-Saturová, Britta Schwarz, Eric Stokloßa, Gotthold Schwarz, Dresdner Kammerchor, Dresdner Barockorchester, Hans-Christoph Rademann. Carus 83.175 (Note 1)
  • Claudio Monteverdi: Sesto libro dei Madrigali (1614). La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina. Glossa GCD 920 926 (Note 1)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

  • Poèmes de l’amour. Lieder by Ernest Chausson, Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy. Susan Graham, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Yan Pascal Tortelier. Warner Classics 2564 61938-2
  • Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Early Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon. Works by Joh. Seb. Bach, J. Brahms, G. F. Händel, C. Orff, R. Schumann, G. Verdi et al. (Recordings from 1949-1974). Deutsche Grammophon 477 527 0 (9 CD; Universal)

Contemporary Classical Music

  • Gérard Grisey: Les Espaces Acoustiques. Garth Knox, Asko Ensemble, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Stefan Asbury. Kairos 0012422 KAI (helikon harmonia mundi)

Film Music

  • Miklós Rózsa: Three Choral Suites Ben-Hur, Quo Vadis, King of Kings. Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Erich Kunzel, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Craig Jessop. Telarc SACD 60631 (in-akustik)
  • Alfred Schnittke: Film Music Edition Vol. 1: Die Kommissarin, Die Geschichte von einem unbekannten Schauspieler. Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Frank Strobel. Capriccio SACD 71041 (Delta Music)

Spoken Word

  • Friedrich Schiller: Werke – Eine Excerpt. Random House Audio ISBN 3-89830-926-6 (20 CD)
  • Richard Powers: Der Klang der Zeit. Reader: Ulrich Matthes. Deutsche Grammophon Literatur 06024 986 9411 bzw. ISBN 3-8291-1500-8 (6 CD; Universal)

Pop and Rock

  • Gorillaz: Demon Days. EMI 311 688 2
  • Robert Plant and The Strange Sensation: Mighty ReArranger. Sanctuary SANCD 356 (Sony BMG)

World Music, Folk and Folklore

  • Mariza: transparente. Capitol 4 77 646 2 (EMI)
  • L’Ham de Foc: Cor de Porc. Galileo GMC 010

Traditional Ethnic Music

  • Museum Collection Berlin: Mvet ai Mendzang. The Music of the Beti in Cameroon. Wergo SM 1711 2 (Note 1)

Jazz and Blues

  • Peter Crow C.: Greedy Woman Blues. Stormy Monday Records MO81168 (Mäule & Gosch)
  • Alexander by Schlippenbach: Monk’s Casino. The complete works of Thelonious Monk. Intakt CD 100 (3 CD; Records)
  • Wayne Shorter Quartet: Beyond the Sound Barrier. Verve 06024 988 1281 5 (Universal)
  • Gary Burton: Next Generation. Concord Jazz CCD 2277-2 (in-akustik)

Crossover Productions

  • Franui: Ende vom Lied. Circus Prod. 575 151 (2 CD; SunnyMoon)

Recordings for Children and Youth

  • Bjarne Reuter: Wir beide, Oskar…für immer! Edition and Stage Direction: Klaus Prangenberg. Patmos ISBN 3-491-24105-7
  • Karen Duve: Die entführte Prinzessin. Reader: Gerd Wameling. Eichborn LIDO ISBN 3-8218-5378-6 (4 CD)

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

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