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

2/2007

2/2007

Published: 15. Mai 2007

DVD and Video Productions

  • Elliott Carter: A Labyrinth of Time. A Documentary by Frank Scheffer. Juxtapositions 9DS 17 (Naxos)
  • Claudio Monteverdi: L’Orfeo, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, L’incoronazione di Poppea. Soloists, Chorus and Monteverdi Ensemble of Opernhaus Zürich, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Stage Direction: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. Unitel/Deutsche Grammophon 00440 073 4278 (5 DVDs; Universal)
  • Chavela Vargas: Cupaima. Tropical Music 68.856 (CD & DVD; Sony BMG)

Orchestral Music and Concertos

  • Karl Amadeus Hartmann: Sinfonia tragica, Concerto for Viola and Piano. Tatjana Masurenko (Viola), Frank-Immo Zichner (Piano), Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Marek Janowski. Capriccio 71 112 (SACD; Delta Music)
  • Carl Nielsen, Kalevi Aho: Clarinet Concertos. Martin Fröst (Clarinet), Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä. BIS 1463 (SACD; Klassik Center Kassel)

Chamber Music

  • Dmitri Schostakowitsch: Violin Sonata op. 134, Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Violin Sonatas Nos. 3 and 4. Kolja Blacher (Violin), Jascha Nemtsov (Piano). Hänssler Classic 93.190 (Naxos)

Keyboard Music

  • Franz Liszt: Vallée d’Obermann, St. François d’Assises Vogelpredigt, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13, Funérailles, La lugubre gondola No. 2 et al. Arcadi Volodos (Piano). Sony BMG 82876 87380 2 (SACD)
  • Claude Debussy: Préludes Vol. I & II. Friedrich Gulda (Piano). (Recording 1969) MPS Records 476 5674 (Universal)
  • Johann Mattheson: Pièces de Clavecin, Suites 1, 4–6, 9, 11 and 12. Cristiano Holtz (Harpsichord). Ramée RAM 0605 (Codaex)
  • François Couperin: Tic Toc Choc. Alexandre Tharaud (Piano). Harmonia Mundi France HMC 901 956 (Helikon Harmonia Mundi)

Operetta

  • Franz von Suppé: Die schöne Galathée. Eleonore Marguerre, Jörg Dürmüller, Marianne Beate Kielland, Klaus Häger et al., Chorwerk Ruhr, Cappella Coloniensis, Bruno Weil. Capriccio 60 134 (Delta Music)

Choral Works

  • Music for Compline. Works by Sheppard, Byrd, Tallis et al. Stile antico. Harmonia Mundi France HMU 807 419 (SACD; Helikon Harmonia Mundi)

Early Music

  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber: The Rosary Sonatas. Maya Homburger (Baroque Violin), Camerata Kilkenny. Maya MCD 0603 (2 CDs; Records)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

  • Amor sacro. Antonio Vivaldi: Mottetti. Simone Kermes (Soprano), Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon. Archiv Produktion 477 5980 (Universal)
  • Robert Schumann: Kerner Lieder op. 35, Liederkreis op. 39. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Hertha Klust, Günther Weißenborn (Piano). (Recordings 1954–55). Audite 95.582 (Edel Classics)

Contemporary Classical Music

  • Helmut Lachenmann: Concertini, Kontrakadenz. Ensemble Modern, Brad Lubman; Ensemble Modern Orchestra, Markus Stenz. Ensemble Modern Medien EMSACD 001 (SACD)

Film Music

  • Alexandre Desplat: The Queen. London Symphony Orchestra, Alexandre Desplat. Milan 399 050-2 (Warner)

Spoken Word

  • Johann Wolfgang v. Goethe: Zweimal »Torquato Tasso«. Radio Play Version from 1961. With Will Quadflieg et al., Video Recording of Bremen Stage Direction from 1969. With Bruno Ganz et al. Edition Mnemosyne ISBN 3-934012-25-6 (2 CDs & DVD) (GVA Göttingen)

Pop and Rock

  • Lucinda Williams: West. Lost Highway Records 1723563 (Universal)
  • Arcade Fire: Neon Bible. City Slang SLANG6366242 (Universal)

Singer/Songwriter and German Songs

  • O bittre Zeit. Lagerlieder 1933–1945. Various Artists. Dokumentations- and Informationszentrum Emslandlager ISBN 978-3-926277-14-5 (3 CDs)

Traditional Ethnic Music

  • Ensemble Al Kindi: Parfums ottomans. Le Chant du Monde 574 1414.15 (2 CDs; Helikon Harmonia Mundi)

Folk and Folklore, World Music

  • Kristi Stassinopoulou, Stathis Kalyviotis: Taxidoscopio. Heaven and Earth HE 18 (Helikon Harmonia Mundi)
  • Mayra Andrade: Navega. Sony BMG 82876817802
  • Der Odenwälder Shanty Chor: Eiland. Wolkenstein (2 CDs; www.shantychor.de)

Jazz and Blues

  • L14,16: Phlogistone. Nagel Heyer 2074 (Edel Contraire)
  • Gianluigi Trovesi, Umberto Petrin, Fulvio Maras: Vaghissimo Ritratto. ECM 1983 (Universal)
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd: 10 Days Out. Blues from the backroads. Reprise 9362-49294-2 (Warner)
  • Abi Wallenstein & BluesCulture feat. Steve Baker & Martin Röttger: Blues Culture. Blue Moon Records 1315-1514-10 (New Music)

Recordings for Children and Youth

  • Tamara Bach: Marsmädchen. Sandra Hüller (Reader). Oetinger Audio ISBN 978-3-7891-0305-6 (4 CDs)
  • Markus Vanhoefer: Johann Sebastian Bach und die schlaflosen Nächte des Grafen Keyserlingk. Christiane Rossbach (Reader) et al. Igel-Genius CD 167 (Naxos)

Crossover Productions

  • Radio String Quartet Vienna: Celebrating the Mahavishnu Orchestra. ACT 9462-2 (Edel Contraire)

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

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