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



Published: 20. 2. 2003

Orchestral Music and Concertos

  • Dmitrij Schostakowitsch: Symphonies 1-15. Sinfonieorchester des WDR, Rudolf Barschai. Brilliant 11 CD 6275 (Joan)
  • Olivier Messiaen: Des Canyons aux Étoiles. Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Myung-Whun Chung. Deutsche Grammophon 471 617-2 (Universal)
  • Jean Sibelius: Complete Works for Violin and Orchester. Christian Tetzlaff (Violin), Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard. Virgin 5 45534 2 (EMI)

Chamber Music

  • Henri Vieuxtemps: Works for Viola and Piano. Thomas Selditz (Viola), Vladimir Stoupel (Piano). Audite 97.486 (Naxos)

Keyboard Music

  • Frédéric Chopin: Etudes op. 10 and 25. Murray Perahia. Sony 61885
  • Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Complete Works for Keyboard. Bob van Asperen, Pieter-Jan Belder, Pieter Dirksen et al. NM Classics 92119 (Liebermann)
  • Historical Organs in France, Vol. I: Dom Bedos Bordeaux. Albert Bolliger. Sinus 3001 (Continuo)

Opera, Operetta and Musical

  • Gaetano Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor; Natalie Dessay et al., Choeur & Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Lyon, Eveline Pidò. Virgin 5 45528 2 (EMI)
  • The Noël Coward Songbook. Sophie Daneman (Soprano), Ian Bostridge (Tenor), Jeffrey Tate (Piano). EMI 5 57374 2

Choral Works

  • Joseph Haydn: Die Schöpfung. Simone Kermes, Dorothee Mields, Steve Davislim, Johannes Mannov, Locky Chung, Balthasar-Neumann-Chor und -Ensemble, Thomas Hengelbrock. Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 05472 77537 2 (BMG)

Early Music

  • Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigali guerrieri ed amorosi. Concerto Vocale, René Jacobs. Harmonia Mundi France 901736.37 (Helikon Harmonia Mundi)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

  • Vergnügte Ruh: Bach Arias. Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano), Giuliano Carmignola (Baroque Violin), Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon. Sony 89924

Historical Recordings

  • Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowsky: Symphony No. 4, Violin Concerto. Pinchas Zukerman (Violin), Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik. Audite 95.490 (Naxos)
  • Ernst Busch: Timeline in Songs, Cantatas and Ballads, Vol. 8 (»An die Nachgeborenen«) and Vol.9 (»Ist das von gestern?«). BARBA Rossa Musikverlag, EdBa 01408-2 and 01409-2 (Sony)

Contemporary Classical Music

  • György Ligeti: Cello Concerto; Clocks and Clouds; Violin Concerto; Síppal, dobbal. Siegfried Palm (Violoncello), Katalin Károlyi (Mezzo Soprano), Frank Peter Zimmermann (Violin), Capella Amsterdam; Asko/Schönberg Ensemble, Reinbert de Leeuw. Teldec 8573-87631-2 (Warner)

Film Music

  • Howard Shore: The Lord of the Rings – The two Towers. London Philharmonic Orchestra, Howard Shore. Reprise 936 248 238 2 (Warner)
  • Franz Waxman: Sunset Boulevard. Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Joel McNeely. Varèse Sarabande VSD 6316 (Colosseum)

Spoken Word

  • Fjodor Dostojewskij: Schuld und Sühne. Read by Gerd Wameling, 19 CD. Deutsche Grammophon, ISBN 3-8291-1257-2
  • Herman Melville: Moby Dick. Edition, Composition & Direction: Klaus Buhlert. Read by Felix von Manteuffel, Rufus Beck, Manfred Zapatka et al., 10 CD. Der Hörverlag, ISBN3-89584-993-4

Pop and Rock

  • Mark Knopfler: The Ragpicker’s Dream. Island Mercury 063 292-2 (Universal)
  • Johnny Cash: The Man Comes Around. Island Mercury 063 339-2 (Universal)

Folk and Folklore, World Music

  • Cheb Mami, Youssou N’Dour et al.: »Rêves d’oasis« Desert Blues II. Network 22.762 (Zweitausendeins)

Jazz and Blues

  • Diana Krall: Live In Paris. Verve 065 109-2 (Universal)
  • Archie Shepp/Mal Waldron: Left Alone Revisited. Enja 9142-2 (Helikon Harmonia Mundi)

Recordings for Children and Youth

  • Erwin Grosche: Der Badewannenkapitän. Patmos, ISBN 3-491-88789-5
  • Holly-Jane Rahlens: Prinz William, Maximilian Minsky und ich. Hörcompany, ISBN 3-935036-38-8

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