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

Orchestral Music & Concertos

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.1

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer. Channel Classics CCS SA 33112 (Codaex)

Chamber Music

Korngold – camerata freden

Erich Wolfgang Korngold: String Sextet D major op.10, Piano Quintet E major op.15. camerata freden. Tacet 198 (Musikvertrieb Johannes Gebhardt)

Keyboard Music

Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Clavier

András Schiff. 4 CD ECM New Series 2270-73 4764827 (Universal)

Keyboard Music

Maurice Duruflé: Complete Organ Works

Four Motets about gregorian melodies op.10, Requiem op.9. Bo Skovhus, Randi Stene, Henrick Brenstrup, Kristian Krogsøe, Aarhus Cathedral Choir, Vocal Group Concert Clemens, Carsten Seyer-Hansen. 2 CD Danacord DACOCD726 (Klassik Center)


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni

Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Mojca Erdmann, Ildebrando d’Arcangelo, Rolando Villazón, Luca Pisaroni, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin. 3 CD DG 477 9878 (Universal)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

Christian Gerhaher – Ferne Geliebte

Ludwig van Beethoven: An die ferne Geliebte op.98; Arnold Schönberg: Das Buch der hängenden Gärten (George Lieder) op.15; Alban Berg: Altenberg Lieder op.4; Joseph Haydn: Four Lieder. Christian Gerhaher, Gerhold Huber. Sony 0886919354324

Early Music

La Fiesta de Pascua en Piazza Navona

Works by Tomás Luis de Victoria, Jacobus de Kerle, Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina et al. La Grande Chapelle Albert Recasens. 2 CD Lauda LAU 012 (Note 1)

Early Music

Jean Richafort: Missa pro Defunctis

(Requiem in memoriam Josquin Desprez); Josquin Desprez: Faulte d’Argent, Nymphes des Bois, Miserere mei Deus; Nicolas Gombert: Musae Jovis; Jheronimus Vinders: O mors inevitabilis; Benedictus Appenzeller: Musae Jovis. Ensemble Cinquecento. Hyperion CDA 67959 (Codaex)

Contemporary Classical Music

Katharina Rosenberger: Texturen

Wet Ink Ensemble. Hat Hut Records, HatArt 186 (harmonia mundi)

Historical Recordings

Wanda Wilkomirska – Tschaikowsky, Moniuszko

Benjamin Britten: Violin Concerto op.15; Peter Tschaikowsky: Symphony No. 4 F minor op.36; Stanislaw Moniuszko: Mazur, from: »Straszny dwór«. Wanda Wilkomirska, Witold Rowicki, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. Orchestral Concert Cds. CD 12/2011

Crossover Productions

Songs for Kommeno

Günter Baby Sommer & Ensemble. Intakt Records CD 190 (harmonia mundi)

Film Music

Maurice Jarre: Topaz, L’etau

Emarcy Records 273 0540 (Universal)

Music Film

How to get out of the Cage

A year with John Cage. A film by Frank Scheffer. Euroarts 2059168 (Naxos)


Bill Evans: Momentum

2 CD. Limetree MCD 0043 (SunnyMoon)

World Music

Warsaw Village Band: Nord

Jaro 4308-2

German language Singer/Songwriters

Hannes Wader: Nah dran

Mercury Records 701 8871 (Universal)

Folk and Singer/Songwriters

Carolina Chocolate Drops: Leaving Eden

Nonesuch 1945598 (Warner)


Dexys: One Day I’m Going To Soar

Buback Tonträger 967712 (Indigo)

Independent (until 2014)

Matthew Dear: Beams

Ghostly International GI 155 (Alive)

Nu & Extreme (until 2014)

Cooly G: Playin’ Me

Hyperdub 00055536 (cargo records)

Blues and Blues-related

Plug It In! Turn It Up! Electric Blues Vol.1-4.

Various Artists. 12 CD. Bear Family Records. BCD 16925/30/32/38 CP 26666-6 (Delta Music)

R&B, Soul and Hip-Hop

Frank Ocean: Channel Orange

Island 2871567 (Universal)

Spoken Word

James Joyce: Ulysses

Direction and Music: Klaus Buhlert. With Manfred Zapatka, Corinna Harfouch, Jens Harzer et al. 23 CD, Der Hörverlag, München ISBN 978-3-86717-846-4

Recordings for Children and Youth

Robert Paul Weston: Zorgamazoo

Read by Martin Baltscheit. 3 CD. Hörbuch Hamburg ISBN 978-3-86742-700-5