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

2/2006

2/2006

Published: 15. May 2006

DVD and Video Productions

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito. Susan Graham, Ekaterina Siurina, Roland Bracht, Christoph Prégardien et al. Orchestre & Chœurs de l’Opéra National de Paris, Sylvain Cambreling. Stage Direction: Karl-Ernst and Ursel Herrmann. Opus Arte 0942 D (2 DVD; Naxos)
  • A Trail on the Water. Abbado – Nono – Pollini. Stage Direction: Bettina Erhardt. TDK EuroArts DVWW-DOCNONO (Naxos)

Orchestral Music and Concertos

  • Alexander Zemlinsky: Lyrische Symphonie op. 18. Matthias Goerne, Christine Schäfer, Orchestre de Paris, Christoph Eschenbach. Capriccio 71 081 (SACD; Delta Music)
  • Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 D minor op. 15. Krystian Zimerman, Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle. Deutsche Grammophon 477 5413 (Universal)
  • Alban Berg, Igor Strawinsky: Violin Concertos. Kolja Blacher, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Claudio Abbado. Deutsche Grammophon 476 3069 (Universal)

Chamber Music

  • Gustav Mahler / Erwin Stein (Bearb.): Symphony No. 4. Christiane Oelze (Soprano), Thomas Christian Ensemble. MDG 603 1320-2 (Codaex)

Keyboard Music

  • The Gulda Mozart Tapes – 10 Sonatas and a Fantasy. W.A. Mozart: Sonatas KV 279–283, 311, 330, 332, 333, 545, Fantasie KV 475. Friedrich Gulda (Piano). Deutsche Grammophon 477 613 0 (3 CD; Universal)
  • Arp Schnitger Organ Norden. Works by Weckmann, Byrd, Buxtehude, J.S. Bach, Schlick, Correa de Arauxo, Scheidt and Böhm. Agnes Luchterhandt, Thiemo Janssen. MDG 906 1363-6 (SACD; Codaex)

Opera and Operetta

  • Antonio Vivaldi: Motezuma. Vito Priante, Marijana Mijanovic, Roberta Invernizzi, Maite Beaumont, Romina Basso, Inga Kalna, Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis. Deutsche Grammophon 477 599 6 (3 CD; Universal)
  • Antonio Vivaldi: Tito Manlio. Nicola Ulivieri, Karina Gauvin, Ann Hallenberg, Marijana Mijanovic et al. Accademia Bizantina, Ottavio Dantone. Naïve OP 30-413 (3 CD; Helikon Harmonia Mundi)
  • Franz Lehár: Schön ist die Welt. Elena Mosuc, Zoran Todorovich, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Ulf Schirmer. cpo 777 055-2 (jpc)

Choral Works

  • North. Works by Sibelius, Rautavaara, Kuula, Stenhammar, Wikander, Alfvén, Nystedt, Jersild, Sandström and Werle. Chœur Accentus, Eric Ericson. Naïve V 5037 (2 CD; Helikon Harmonia Mundi)

Early Music

  • Nicolas Gombert: Missa Media Vita In Morte Sumus, Motets. The Hilliard Ensemble. ECM New Series 1884 (Universal)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

  • Franz Schubert: Abendbilder. Christian Gerhaher (Baritone), Gerold Huber (Piano). RCA 8287 677716 2 (Sony BMG)
  • Rolando Villazón: Opera Recital. Arias by Offenbach, Tschaikowsky, Bizet, Flotow, Verdi et al. Bayerischer Rundfunkchor, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Michel Plasson. Virgin Classics 344701 2 (EMI)

Historical Recordings

  • Jean Martinon: Complete Decca Recordings 1951–1960. Works by Prokofiev, Borodin, Saint-Saëns et al. Various Orchester. Decca 475 7209 1 (9 CD; Universal)

Contemporary Classical Music

  • György Kurtág: Kafka Fragments op. 24. Juliane Banse (Soprano), András Keller (Violin). ECM New Series 1965 (Universal)

Film Music

  • William Alwyn: The Film Music of William Alwyn Vol. 3. BBC Philharmonic, Rumon Gamba. Chandos 10349 (Codaex)

Spoken Word

  • Elias Canetti: Das Hörwerk 1953–1991. Elias Canetti. Zweitausendeins ISBN 3-86150-656-4 (2 MP3-CD)

Pop and Rock

  • Kevin Coyne: Underground. Turpentine Records 1004 (www.kevincoyne.de)
  • Placebo: Meds. Virgin 3 56063 2 (EMI)

Singer/Songwriter and German Songs

  • Die Grenzgänger & Frank Baier: Lieder der Märzrevolution 1920. Müller-Lüdenscheidt-Verlag EAN 4015698654325 (Conträr/Indigo)

Traditional Ethnic Music

  • Romica Puceanu & The Gore Brothers: Sounds from a Bygone Age Vol. 2. Asphalt Tango Records CD-ATR 1006 (Indigo)

World Music

  • Ojos de Brujo: Techarí. Diquela Records CD05 (CD + CDrom; PIAS)
  • The Mahotella Queens: Kazet. Marabi Productions 46813.2 (Helikon Harmonia Mundi)

Jazz and Blues

  • Cécile Verny Quartet: The Bitter and The Sweet. Minor Music 801125 (In-Akustik)
  • Martial Solal & Dave Douglas: Rue De Seine. CamJazz 7780-2 (ZYX)
  • Terje Rypdal: Vossabrygg. ECM 1984 (Universal)
  • Down Home Percolators: Homebrew. Duomatic Records 05-02 (www.matchbox-bluesband.de)

Recordings for Children and Youth

  • Eoin Colfer: Tim und das Geheimnis von Knolle Murphy. Samuel Weiss (Reader). Beltz & Gelberg ISBN 3-407-80974-9
  • Avi: Das Gold des Alchemisten. Peter Kaempfe (Reader). Beltz & Gelberg ISBN 3-407-80975-1 (3 CD)

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

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