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

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 D minor

Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Claudio Abbado. DG 479 3441 (Universal)

Orchestral Music & Concertos

Alisa Weilerstein – Dvořák

Antonín Dvořák: Cello Concerto B minor op. 104, Lasst mich allein op. 82,1, Rondo op. 94, Songs my mother taught me op. 55,4, Silent Woods op. 68,5, Slavic Dance op. 46,8, Goin’ Home. Alisa Weilerstein, Anna Polonsky, Tschechische Philharmonie, Jiri Bélohlávek. Decca 478 5705 (Universal)

Chamber Music

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Complete Works for String Quartet

& Ist es wahr op. 9,1. Fanny Mendelssohn: String Quartet E flat major. Artea Quartet, Badke Quartet, Benyounes Quartet, Castalian Quartet, Cavaleri Quartet, Idomeneo Quartet, Navarra Quartet, Piatti Quartet, Sacconi Quartet, Wu Quartet, Sophie Bevan, Julian Milford. 4 CDs, Champs Hill Records 94824 (Note 1)

Keyboard Music

Schubert: Piano Sonatas / Michael Korstick

Franz Schubert: Piano Sonatas A major D 664, A major D 959 and B flat major D 960, Moments musicaux D 780, Hungarian Melody D 817. Michael Korstick. 2 CDs, cpo 777 766)

Keyboard Music

Adriana Hölszky: wie ein gläsernes Meer, mit Feuer gemischt ...

Adriana Hölszky: »… und ich sah wie ein gläsernes Meer, mit Feuer gemischt …«, »Efeu und Lichtfeld«, »… und wieder Dunkel I«. Dominik Susteck, Sabine Akiko Ahrendt, Jens Brülls. Wergo WER 67892 (NAI)


Jean-Philippe Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie

Sarah Connolly, Christiane Karg, Stéphane Degout, Ed Lyon et al., Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, William Christie, Jonathan Kent. 1 Blu-ray / 2 DVD, OpusArte OABD7150D / OA1143D (Naxos)


Arnold Schönberg: Moses und Aron

Franz Grundheber, Andreas Conrad, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Sylvain Cambreling. 2 SACD, Hänssler 93.314 (Naxos)

Choral Music

Louis Spohr: Die letzten Dinge

Johanna Winkel, Sophie Harmsen, Andreas Weller, Konstantin Wolff, Kammerchor Stuttgart, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Frieder Bernius. Carus 83.294/00 (Note 1)

Lieder and Vocal Recital


Franz Schubert: 24 Lieder. Christian Gerhaher, Gerold Huber. RCA 888837121729 (Sony)

Early Music

»Amorosi pensieri«. Songs for the Habsburg Court

Works by Philippe de Monte, Jean Guyot, Jacobus Vaet and Jacob Regnart. Cinquecento. Hyperion CDA 68053 (Note 1)

Contemporary Classical Music

Toshio Hosokawa: Quintets & Solos

Mayumi Miyata, Naoko Yoshino, Tosiya Suzuki, Arditti Quartet. Wergo WER 6769 2 (NAI)

Historical Recordings

Ferenc Fricsay. Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon Vol. 1

Orchestral Works. Various Soloists, Berliner Philharmoniker, RSO Berlin. 45 CDs, DG 792 6917 (Universal)

Crossover Productions

Andreas Schaerer & Lucas Niggli: Arcanum

Intakt Records 232/2014 (harmonia mundi)

Music Film

Touching the Sound

The Improbable Journey of Nobuyuki Tsujii. A Film by Peter Rosen. EuroArts BD 2059834 (Naxos)

Music Film

Charles Lloyd: Arrows Into Infinity

A Film by Dorothy Darr and Jeffery Morse. With Charles Lloyd, Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock et al. DVD/BD ECM 378 0649 (Universal)


Anna Lauvergnac: Coming Back Home

Alessa Records ALR 1032


Louis Sclavis Quartet: Silk And Salt Melodies

ECM 2402 3786537 (Universal)

World Music

Redi Hasa & Maria Mazzotta: URA

Finisterre FT 62

Traditional Ethnic Music

Magic Kamancheh

The String Lutes Vol. 1: Asia. Various Artists. 4 CD & DVD, NoEthno GMV037 (Galileo)

German language Singer/Songwriters

Die Grenzgänger: Maikäfer flieg!

Müller-Lüdenscheidt-Verlag (www.musikvonwelt.de)

Folk and Singer/Songwriters

Ganes: Caprize

Blanko Musik 5731384 (Sony)


Spoon: They Want My Soul

Anti 7377-2 (Indigo)

Independent (until 2014)

FKA Twigs: LP1

Young Turks Recordings YT118 (Indigo)

Nu & Extreme (until 2014)

Shabazz Palaces: Lese Majesty

Sub Pop SP1044 (Cargo)

Blues and Blues-related

Rad Gumbo Meets John Lee Sanders

New Orleans Blues And Zydeco. PAO Records PAOCD 11270

R&B, Soul and Hip-Hop

Dilated Peoples: Directors Of Photography

Rykodisc 26257 01832 (Warner)

Spoken Word

Alfred Döblin: November 1918

A German Revolution. Radio Play by Norbert Schaeffer. Music: Martina Eisenreich. With Laura Maire, August Diehl, Sebastian Rudolph, Imogen Kogge et al. 4 CD, Der Hörverlag ISBN 978-3-8445-1458-2

Recordings for Children and Youth

Martin Baltscheit: Nur 1 Tag

Charly Hübner, Annett Louisan, Martin Baltscheit, André Gatzke. Oetinger audio ISBN 978-3-8373-0764-1