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.

NEW: Long List 3/2024, published on 5th July 2024

Quarterly Critic’s Choice

Orchestral Music & Concertos

Igor Strawinsky: The Firebird, Symphony of Psalms

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons. Orfeo C 804 101 A

Chamber Music

Beethoven: String Quartets op. 18/6, 130/133

Artemis Quartett. Virgin Classics 69458408 (EMI)

Keyboard Music

Dimitri Schostakowitsch: 24 Preludes & Fugues op. 87

Alexander Melnikov (Piano). 2 CD + DVD, HMC 902019.20 (Harmonia Mundi)

Keyboard Music

Johann Sebastian Bach: Fantasia & Fugue


Henry Purcell: The Fairy Queen

Lucy Crowe, Carolyn Sampson, Ed Lyon et al., Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Glyndebourne Chorus, William Christie, Jonathan Kent. 2 DVD, Opus Arte OA1031D (Naxos)


Charles Gounod: La Nonne Sanglante

Marco Vassalli, Genadijus Bergorulko, Yoonki Baek et al., Osnabrücker Symphonieorchester (Hermann Bäumer), Chor und Herren-Extrachor Theater Osnabrück (Peter Sommerer). 2 CD, 2 Booklets, CPO 777388-2

Choral Music

André Jolivet: Épithalame, Madrigal, Missa Uxor Tua

SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Members of Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Marcus Creed. Carus 83.445 (Note 1)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

Franz Schubert: Die Winterreise

Werner Güra (tenor), Christoph Berner (pianoforte). HMC902066 (Harmonia Mundi)

Early Music

Jan Dismas Zelenka: Missa votiva

Joanne Lunn, Daniel Taylor, Johannes Kaleschke, Thomas E. Bauer, Kammerchor Stuttgart, Barockorchester Stuttgart, Frieder Bernius. Carus 82.223 (Note 1)

Contemporary Classical Music

Beat Furrer: String Quartet No. 3

KNM Berlin. KAIROS 0013132KAI (Harmonia Mundi)

Historical Recordings

The Art of Gregor Piatigorsky

Rare 78s, unissued studio recordings, public performances and broadcasts. 6 CD & 1 DVD, WHRA6032 (Note 1)

Crossover Productions

Barbara Sukowa and The X-Patsys

Devouring Time. Winter & Winter 910 164-2 (Edel)

Music Film

The Rolling Stones: 1969-1974

The Mick Taylor Years. DVD, Chrome Dreams 2356452219 (In-Akustik)


Jacky Terrasson: Push

Concord CJA 31640-02 (Universal)


Steve Lacy: November

Intakt CD 171 (Harmonia Mundi)

Traditional Ethnic Music

Sol Sajn – Yiddish Music Vol. 1-4

Various Artists: Sol Sajn – Yiddish Music in Germany and their influences (1953 – 2009), Vol. 1-4, 12 CD, 3 Booklets, Bear Family Records BCD 16913 to 16

German language Singer/Songwriters

Duo Sonnenschirm: Duolektik

RUM Records LZ20101 (BuschFunk)


The Rolling Stones

Exile On Main Street De Luxe Ed., 2 CD Polydor 274164-0, 24049-4 (Universal)

Nu & Extreme (until 2014)

Caribou: Swim

Slang 9 550054 (City Slang)

Blues and Blues-related

Grundblues 2.1

Stoppok plus Worthy. Grundsound GS 0026 (Indigo)

R&B, Soul and Hip-Hop

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings

I Learned The Hard Way. Daptone Records DAP-019 (Groove Attack)

Recordings for Children and Youth

Pit Budde, Josephine Kronfli: Tadias!

Come with me to Africa. Songs, Plays, Dances & Music from Africa. 978-3-86702-109-8 (Ökotopia Verlag)