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

1/2007

1/2007

Published: 15. Februar 2007

DVD and Video Productions

  • Francesco Cavalli: La Calisto. Maria Bayo, Marcello Lippi, Dominique Visse et al., Concerto Köln, René Jacobs; Herbert Wernicke (Stage Direction), Jacques Bourton (Film direction). Harmonia Mundi HMD 9 909 001.02 (2 DVDs; Helikon Harmonia Mundi)
  • Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde. Clifton Forbis, Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet, Alfred Reiter, Mihoko Fujimura et al., Orchestre de Suisse Romande, Armin Jordan. Oliver Py (Stage Direction), Andy Sommer (Film direction). Bel Air Classiques BAC 014 (2 DVDs; Helikon Harmonia Mundi)
  • Dmitri Schostakowitsch: Lady Macbeth von Mzensk. Eva-Maria Westbroek, Christopher Ventris et al., Royal Concertgebouw Orkest, Mariss Jansons. Martin Kusej (Stage Direction), Thomas Grimm (Film direction). Opus Arte DVD OA 0965 (Naxos)
  • Thomas Quasthoff – The Dreamer. Documentary by Michael Harder. Tryharder Tvnetwork THTVN 20005001 (www.thedreamer.de)
  • Jazzin’ The Black Forest. A film by Elke Baur. Monitorpop Entertainment MPE-DVD 247 (Alive)
  • Glenn Gould hereafter: A film by Bruno Monsaingeon. Ideale Audience DVD9DM20 (Naxos)

Orchestral Music and Concertos

  • Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 E flat major. Münchner Philharmoniker, Günter Wand. Profil PH 06046 (Naxos)
  • Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 6 A minor, Piano Quartet. The Philadelphia Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach. Ondine 1084 (2 SACDs; Note 1)
  • Darius Milhaud: Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra. Michael Korstick (Piano), SWR Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern, Alun Francis. cpo 777 162-2 (2 CDs; jpc)
  • Dmitri Schostakowitsch: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2. Arabella Steinbacher (Violin), Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Andris Nelsons. Orfeo C 687 061 A

Chamber Music

  • Antonín Dvorák: String Quartet G major op. 106, Leos Janácek: String Quartet No. 2. Artemis Quartett. Virgin Classics 353 399 2 (EMI)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Louis Spohr: Duos for Violin and Viola. Antje Weithaas (Violin), Tabea Zimmermann (Viola). Capriccio SACD 71 106 (Delta Music)

Keyboard Music

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonatas op. 2 Nos. 1–3. Michael Korstick. Oehms Classics SACD OC 615 (Helikon Harmonia Mundi)
  • Frédéric Chopin: Rondo op. 1, op. 16, op. 73. Barcarolle op. 60, Polonaise op. 71 No. 1, Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise op. 22. Nikolai Demidenko. AGPL 1-010 (Codaex)
  • Matthias Weckmann: Die lieblichen Blicke – Works for Harpsichord. Jan Katzschke (Harpsichord & Lute work). cpo 777 185-2 (jpc)

Opera

  • Antonio Vivaldi: Griselda. Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Verónica Cangemi, Simone Kermes, Stefano Ferrari, Philippe Jarrousky, Iestyn Davies, Ensemble Matheus, Jean-Christophe Spinosi. Naïve OP 30 419 (3 CDs; Helikon Harmonia Mundi)

Choral Works

  • György Kurtág: Complete Choral Works. SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Ensemble Modern, Marcus Creed. Hänssler Classics 93.174 (Naxos)
  • »40 Stimmen« – Works by Willem Ceuleers, Juan Bautista Comes, Josquin Desprez, Robert Wylkynson, Alessandro Striggio, Pieter Maessins, João Lourenço Rebelo, Giovanni Gabrieli and Thomas Tallis. Huelgas-Ensemble, Paul Van Nevel. Harmonia Mundi HMC 801 954 (Helikon Harmonia Mundi)

Early Music

  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Violin solo BWV 1001–1006. John Holloway (Baroque Violin). ECM New Series 1909/10 (2 CDs; Universal)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

  • Anna Netrebko: Russian Album. Anna Netrebko (Soprano), Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev. Deutsche Grammophon 477 6151 (Universal)

Historical Recordings

  • Sena Jurinac: Live Recordings 1950–72. Wiener Staatsoper. Orfeo C 684 062 I (2 CDs)
  • Emil Gilels: Early Recordings. Deutsche Grammophon 477 6370 (2 CDs; Universal)

Contemporary Classical Music

  • Gérard Grisey: Le Noir de l’Etoile. Ensemble S. Edition Zeitklang ez 20022 (Dual Disc; Klassik Center Kassel)

Film Music

  • Children Of Men. Original Soundtrack by John Tavener et al. Colosseum/Varèse VSD 6769 (Rough Trade)

Spoken Word

  • Hermann Hesse: Hörwerke. Radio plays, Lectures, Original sounds, Features. Der Hörverlag ISBN 978-3-89584-539-2 (37 CDs)

Pop and Rock

  • JJ Cale & Eric Clapton: The Road To Escondido. Reprise 9362-44418-2 (Warner)

Singer/Songwriter and German Songs

  • Christof Stählin: Stiller Mann. 14 Lieder zur Vihuela. Nomen+Omen XOM 15 (www.christof-staehlin.de)

Folk and Folklore, World Music

  • Berrogüetto: 10.0. BOA Music 35 402 001 (Galileo)
  • Buika: Mi Niña Lola. DRO Atlantic 327454 (Galileo)

Traditional Ethnic Music

  • The Aromanians of Andon Poçi: Songs and Stories / Albania. Various Artists. Ethnophonie CD 012 (Unisolo)

Jazz and Blues

  • Lynne Arriale Trio: Live. In + Out Records IOR SACD 77079-6 (In-Akustik)
  • Keith Jarrett: The Carnegie Hall Concert. ECM 1989/90 (2 CDs; Universal)
  • Florian Weber: Minsarah. Enja ENJ 9492 2 (Soulfood)
  • Matt Walsh Acoustic Quartet: Under Suspicion. Acoustic Music 319 1375 2 (Rough Trade)

Recordings for Children and Youth

  • Christine Nöstlinger: Wir pfeifen auf den Gurkenkönig. Stefan Kaminski (Reader), Jan-Peter Pflug (Music). Beltz & Gelberg ISBN 3-407-80987-5 (2 CDs)
  • Charles Perrault, Brüder Grimm: Allerleirauh. Eva Mattes (Reader). Edition See-Igel SG 020

Crossover Productions

  • Matthias Kaul: Cover Versions. Berslton Nurnichtnur 106 08 14 (www.nurnichtnur.com)

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

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