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 2/2024, published on 5th April 2024

Quarterly Critic’s Choice

Orchestral Music & Concertos

Henri Dutilleux: Symphony No. 1

et al orchestral works. Christian Tetzlaff, Orchestre de Paris, Paavo Järvi. Erato 2564624244 (Warner)

Orchestral Music & Concertos

Vilde Frang – Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 5, Sinfonia Concertante KV 364. Vilde Frang, Maxim Rysanov, Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen. Warner Classics 2564627677

Chamber Music

Mozart, Mendelssohn – Chiaroscuro Quartet

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet D minor KV 421; Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: String Quartet A minor op. 13. Chiaroscuro Quartet. Aparté AP 092 (harmonia mundi)

Keyboard Music

Cécile Chaminade: Piano Works

Cécile Chaminade: Sonata C minor op. 21, Etudes. Johann Blanchard. MDG 904 1871 (Naxos)

Keyboard Music

César Franck: Father of the Organ Symphony

David Noël-Hudson, Joris Verdin, Jean-Pierre Griveau. 2 DVDs and 2 CDs, Fugue State Films FSF DVD 009 (Naxos)


Jean-Philippe Rameau: Les Fêtes de Polymnie

Véronique Gens, Emöke Baráth et al., Orfeo Orchestra, György Vashegyi. 2 CDs, Glossa GCD 923502 (Note 1)


Richard Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer

Bryn Terfel, Anja Kampe, Matti Salminen, Marco Jentzsch et al., Philharmonia Zürich, Alain Altinoglu, Andreas Homoki. DG DVD 0440 073 5173 4, Blu-ray 0440 073 5174 1 (Universal)

Choral Music

Luca Marenzio: Quinto Libro di Madrigali

a sei voci. La Compagnia del Madrigale. Glossa GCD 922804 (Note 1)

Lieder and Vocal Recital

»Green«. Mélodies françaises sur des Poèmes de Verlaine

Philippe Jaroussky, Quatuor Ebène, Jérôme Ducros et al. Erato 2564616695 (Warner)

Early Music

Francisco Guerrero, Alonso Lobo: »Flight of Angels«

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers. Coro COR 16128 (Note 1)

Historical Recordings

Johanna Martzy: RIAS Recordings

Works by Antonin Dvorák, Johannes Brahms, Johann Sebastian Bach et al. RIAS Symphonieorchester, Ferenc Fricsay et al. Audite 1023 424 ADT (Edel)

Crossover Productions

Jun Miyake: Lost Memory Theatre

Act 2. yellowbird YEB-7746 (Soulfood)

Film Music

Gary Yershon: Mr. Turner

Varèse Sarabande 302 067 310 8 (Colosseum)

Music Film


A Documentary By Angelo Bozzolini. DVD, EuroArts 2058848 (Naxos)


Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bird Calls

ACT 9581-2 (Edel)

World Music

Criolo: Convoque Seu Buda

Sterns 470190 (Alive)

Traditional Ethnic Music

Zomba Prison Project: I Have No Everything Here

Six Degrees / Exil 10902-2 (Indigo)

German language Singer/Songwriters

Hannes Wader: Sing

Mercury 4711473 (Universal)

Folk and Singer/Songwriters

Bube Dame König: Traumländlein

CPL Music 00649 (Broken Silence)



XL Recordings 999872 (Indigo)


Lotic: Heterocetera

Tri Angle Records 6785620 (Rough Trade)

Club and Dance

Percussions: 2011 Until 2014

Percussions Bandcamp (Download)

Electronic and Experimental

Future Brown

Warp CD 262 (Rough Trade)

R&B, Soul and Hip-Hop

D’Angelo And The Vanguard: Black Messiah

RCA 88875056552 (Sony)

Blues and Blues-related

The Blues Company: Ain’t Nothing But ...

CD + DVD, in-akustik INAK 9135

Spoken Word

H. G. Adler und Hermann Langbein: Auschwitz

Topography of a death camp. Radio feature by H. G. Adler and Hermann Langbein. With audio documents by Jehuda Bacon, Grete Salus, Otto Wolken and many more, Der Audio Verlag (WDR) ISBN 978-3-86231-507-9

Recordings for Children and Youth

Oliver Steller: Gedichte für Kinder 5

Naxos Hörbuch ISBN 978-3-89816-291-3