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

3/2009

3/2009

Published: 15. 8. 2009

DVD and Video Productions

  • Joseph Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 1, 96 and 101 & Documentary »Sir Roger Norrington – A conductor between Stuttgart and Berkshire«. SWR Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Musical Direction: Roger Norrington. Hänssler Classic DVD 93.904 (Naxos)
  • Legends of the famous Lippman + Rau Festivals. DVD 1: Folklore Argentino, Flamenco and Música do Brasil; DVD 2: Spiritual & Gospel and Folk & Country; DVD 3: The American Folk Blues Festivals. Tropical Music 68.362; 68.363; 68.364
  • Jazz Icons, Series 3 (Box: 6 DVDs + Bonus DVD). Reelin’ in the Years 2.108002 (Naxos)

Orchestral Music and Concertos

  • Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowsky: Symphony No. 5; Hamlet Ouverture. City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Musical Direction: Andris Nelsons. Orfeo C 780 091 A
  • Alban Berg, Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concertos. Arabella Steinbacher, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Musical Direction: Andris Nelsons. Orfeo C 778 091 A
  • Sergej Prokofjev: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3. Evgeny Kissin, Philharmonia Orchestra, Musical Direction: Vladimir Ashkenazy. EMI 2 64536 2

Chamber Music

  • Joseph Haydn: String Quartets op. 55, 1-3. String Quartet META4. Hänssler Classic 98.587 (Naxos)

Keyboard Music

  • Frédéric Chopin: Piano Sonata op. 58, Sonata for Violoncello and Piano, Polonaise op. 61, Walse, Mazurkas and Nocturns. Maria João Pires (Piano), Pavel Gomziakov (Violoncello). Deutsche Grammophon 477 7483 (Universal)
  • Sergej Rachmaninov: 24 Préludes. Steven Osborne. Hyperion CDA 67700 (Codaex)
  • Principal Sound – Organ Works by Brian Ferneyhough, Morton Feldman, Giacinto Scelsi and Iannis Xenakis. Bernhard Haas. Edition Zeitklang EZ 35033 (Klassik Center Kassel)

Opera

  • Georg Friedrich Händel: Faramondo. Philippe Jaroussky, Max Emanuel Cencic, Sophie Karthäuser, Radio-Suisse Choeur, I Barocchisti, Musical Direction: Diego Fasolis. 3 CDs, Virgin 50992 2 16611 2 (EMI)
  • Aribert Reimann: Lear. Wolfgang Koch, Magnus Balvinsson, Dietrich Volle, Michael McCown, Hans-Jürgen Lazar et al., Chor der Oper Frankfurt, Frankfurter Museumsorchester, Musical Direction: Sebastian Weigle. 2 CDs, Oehms Classics OC 921 (Helikon Harmonia Mundi)

Choral Works, Early Music

  • Jakobus Vaet: Missa »Ego flos campi«, Motets; Clemens non Papa: Ego flos campi. Ensemble Cinquecento. Hyperion CDA 67733 (Codaex)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: »Aus der Tieffen« (Cantatas BWV 131, 182 and 4), Katherine Fuge (Soprano), Carlos Mena (Countertenor), Hans Jörg Mammel (Tenor), Stephan McLeod (Bass), Ricercar Ensemble, Musical Direction: Pierre Pierlot. Mirare 057 (Helikon Harmonia Mundi)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

  • Magdalena Kozená sings Vivaldi. Venice Baroque Orchestra, Musical Direction: Andrea Marcon. Deutsche Grammophon 477 8096 (Universal)

Historical Recordings

  • Michael Rabin – The Complete RIAS-Recordings (Berlin 1962/69); Works by Max Bruch, Henryk Wieniawski/Fritz Kreisler, Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowsky, Pablo de Sarasate and Camille Saint-Saëns. Michael Rabin (Violin), Lothar Broddack (Piano), RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester, Musical Direction: Thomas Schippers. Audite 95.607 (Edel)
  • Wilhelm Furtwängler live in Berlin – The Complete RIAS-Recordings (1947-1954). Gerhard Taschner, Yehudi Menuhin (Violin), Berliner Philharmoniker. 13 CDs, Audite 21.403 (Edel)

Contemporary Classical Music

  • Beat Furrer: Piano Concerto, Invocation VI, spur, FAMA VI, retour an dich, Iotófagos I. Nicolas Hodges (Piano), Petra Hoffmann, Isabelle Menke, Tora Augestad et al., WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Musical Direction: Peter Rundel, Kammerensemble Zeitgenössische Music Berlin. Kairos 0012842KAI (Helikon Harmonia Mundi)
  • Wolfgang by Schweinitz: Plainsound Glissando Modulation. Helge Slaatto (Violin), Frank Reinecke (Double Bass). Neos 10812 (Codaex)

Film Music

  • Howard Shore: Glaubensfrage – Doubt. Howe Records, HWR-1001 (Codaex)

Spoken Word

  • T. C. Boyle: Die Frauen. Reader: Ulrich Matthes. 8 CDs, Der Hörverlag, München; ISBN 978-3-86717-367-4

Pop and Rock

  • Bob Dylan: Together Through Life. Sony (BMG) / Columbia 88697438932

Nu and Extreme

  • Micachu: Jewellery. Rough Trade RTRACD500 (Indigo)
  • Karin Dreijer Andersson: Fever Ray. Rabid 039 (Cooperative Music)

German Songs, Folk and Folklore

  • Strom und Wasser: Emotionsdesign. Traumton 928332 (Indigo)
  • Stockholm Lisboa Project: Diagonal. Westpark CD 931 232 (Indigo)

Traditional Ethnic Music, World Music

  • Hamid Motebassem: Mayeh-Ye Dashti. Said Farajpoori: Mayeh-Ye Isfahan. Iranian Classical Music. Homayoun Shajarian & Dastan Ensemble. 2 CDs, Celestial harmonies 14298-2 (Naxos)
  • Clara Moreno: Miss Balanço. Farout Recordings FARO141

Jazz and Blues

  • George Gershwin: Porgy & Bess. Tony Lakatos, Frankfurt Radio Bigband, Musical Direction: Jörg Achim Keller. 2 CDs, Skip Records SKP 9085-2
  • Roberta Gambarini: So In Love. Emarcy 06025 1796010 (Universal)
  • Joachim Kühn, Majid Bekkas, Ramon Lopez + guests: Out of the Desert. ACT 9475-2 (Edelkultur)
  • Angelika Niescier: Sublim III. Enja ENJ-9533 2 (Edelkultur)
  • Matt Schofield: Heads, Tails & Aces. Nugene Records NUG 901 (Rough Trade)

Black Music

  • Exile: Radio. Plug Research PLG 93

Recordings for Children and Youth

  • Sally Nicholls: Wie man unsterblich wird. Jede Minute zählt. With Kai Hogenacker, Patrick Mölleken, Hella by Sinnen et al. IGEL Records ISBN 978-3-89353-260-5

Crossover Productions

  • Xu Fengxia, Lucas Niggli: Black Lotos. Intakt CD 164 (Records)

(The name of the German distributor appears in brackets if it differs from the label or is difficult to find.)

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