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

1/2006

1/2006

Published: 15. Februar 2006

DVD and Video Productions

  • Jean-Philippe Rameau: Les Paladins. Topi Lehtipuu, Stéphanie d’Oustrac, Laurent Naouri, Sandrine Piau et al., Les Arts Florissants, William Christie. Stage Direction: José Montalvo. BBC Opus Arte OA 0938 (Naxos)
  • Yehudi Menuhin – The violin of the century. Stage Direction: Bruno Monsaingeon. EMI Classics DVB 3101889
  • Bob Dylan: No Direction Home. Stage Direction: Martin Scorsese. Paramount 2 DVD P453067
  • Cream: Royal Albert Hall London. Stage Direction: Martyn Atkins. Warner Music Vision 2 DVD 0349-70 421-2

Orchestral Music and Concertos

  • Béla Bartók: Vier Orchesterstücke op. 12, Violin Concerto No. 1, Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta. Christian Ostertag, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Michael Gielen. Hänssler 93.127 (Naxos)
  • Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra; Bohuslav Martinů: Memorial to Lidice; Gideon Klein: Partita for Strings. The Philadelphia Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach. Ondine ODE 1072-5 (Note 1)
  • Sergej Rachmaninow: Piano Concertos No. 1 f sharp minor op. 1 and No. 2 C minor op. 18. Leif Ove Andsnes, Berliner Philharmoniker, Antonio Pappano. EMI Classics 4 74813 2

Chamber Music

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartets F major op. 18,1 and C minor op. 18,4. Quatuor Mosaïques. Naïve CD E 8899 (Helikon Harmonia Mundi)

Keyboard Music

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Vol. 1: Sonata F minor op. 2,1, A major op. 2,2, C major op. 2,3 and E flat major op. 7. András Schiff. ECM New Series 2 CD 1940 (Universal)
  • Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de La Guerre: Harpsichord Suites Nos. 1-6. Elizabeth Farr. Naxos 2 CD 8.557 654-55
  • Hamburg 1734 – Harpsichord Music by Telemann, Händel, Böhm, Buxtehude et al. Andreas Staier. Harmonia Mundi France HMC 901 898 (Helikon Harmonia Mundi)

Operetta

  • Jacques Offenbach: La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein. Sandrine Piau, Yann Beuron, François Le Roux et al., Choeur des Musiciens du Louvre, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski. Virgin 2 CD 545 734 2 (EMI)
  • Jacques Offenbach: Coscoletto. Mojca Erdmann, Yoo-Chang Nah, Mechthild Georg, Angèle Durand et al., WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln, Helmuth Froschauer. Capriccio 2 CD 60 121

Choral Works

  • Baltic Voices 3 – Works by Vaclovas Augustinas, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Kaija Saariaho, Rytis Mažulis, Erik Bergman, Algirdas Martinaitis, Erkki-Sven Tüür and Henryk Mikolaj Górecki. Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, Paul Hillier. Harmonia Mundi France SACD HMU 807 391 (Helikon Harmonia Mundi)
  • Georg Friedrich Händel: Saul. Rosemary Joshua, Emma Bell, Lawrence Zazzo, Jeremy Ovenden, Michael Slattery et al., RIAS-Kammerchor, Concerto Köln, René Jacobs. Harmonia Mundi France 2 SACD HMC 801 877.78 (Helikon Harmonia Mundi)

Early Music

  • Claudio Monteverdi: 8. Madrigalbuch. La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina. Glossa 3 CD 920 928 (Note 1)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

  • Joseph Calleja – The Golden Voice. Arias by Verdi, Donizetti, Bellini, Gounod, Massenet, Offenbach, Bizet, Adam and Pietri. Joseph Calleja, Anna Netrebko, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Carlo Rizzi. Decca 475 6931 (Universal)
  • Benjamin Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings op. 31, Les Illuminations op. 18, Nocturne op. 60. Ian Bostridge (Tenor), Radek Baborák (Horn), Berliner Phiharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle. EMI Classics 5 58049 2

Historical Recordings

  • Oskar Fried – Ein vergessener Conductor. Works by Weber, Wagner, Humperdinck and R. Strauss. Orchester der Berliner Staatsoper, Berliner Philharmoniker. Music & Arts 1167 (Note 1)

Contemporary Classical Music

  • Adriana Hölszky: Karawane, Vampirabile, Klaviatur der Mythen. Percussion Ensemble Stuttgart, Ensemble V. Act, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Jörg-Peter Weigle. Neuklang / Bauer Studios SACD NCD 4007 (Sunny Moon)

Film Music

  • The Film Music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold: The Sea Wolf. The Adventures of Robin Hood. BBC Philharmonic, Rumon Gamba. Chandos 10 336 (Codaex)

Spoken Word

  • Thomas Mann: Hörwerke. Various Artists. Der Hörverlag 36 CD ISBN 3-89940-609-5

Pop and Rock

  • Kate Bush: Aerial. EMI 3 43960 2
  • Nine Horses / David Sylvian: Snow Borne Sorrow. Samhadi Sound SOUNDCDSS 006 (Galileo)

Singer/Songwriter and German Songs

  • Leben ist Poesie. For the 30th stage anniversary of Erich Schmeckenbecher. Conträr 125 (Polkart)

World Music

  • Souad Massi: Honeysuckle (mesk elil). Wrasse WRASS 170 (Helikon Harmonia Mundi)
  • Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars: Carnival Conspiracy. Piranha CD-PIR 1902 (Indigo)

Jazz and Blues

  • John Coltrane: One Down, One Up. Live at the Half Note. Impulse 2 CD 986 2143 (Universal)
  • Romano / Sclavis / Texier / Le Querrec: African Flashback. Label Bleu LBLC 6679 (Rough Trade)
  • Pat Metheny / Ornette Coleman: Song X. Nonesuch 7559-79 918-2 (Warner)
  • Mississippi Heat: Glad You’re Mine. CrossCut Records CCD 11 085 (Inakustik)

Recordings for Children and Youth

  • Klaus Trabitsch: Butzemann. Hoanzl 05271-2 (www.hoanzl.at)
  • Bettina Obrecht: Designer-Baby. Direction: Jörgpeter Ahlers, Reader: Céline Vogt, Darius Wakilzadeh et al. Igel-Records CD 945 bzw. ISBN 3-89353-945-X

Crossover Productions

  • Giora Feidman & Matthias Eisenberg: Live at St. Severin. Pläne 88 921 (SonyBMG)

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

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