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

Spoken Word

Franz Schubert/Wilhelm Müller/Stefan Weiller: Die schöne Müllerin

Brigitta Assheuer, Jens Harzer, Dagmar Manzel, piano: Hedayet Djeddikar. 2 CDs, speak low ISBN 978-3-948674-14-4

Schubert’s song cycle forms the basis for this touching and sensitively-composed audio book. Music and poems are linked with contemporary fates full of love’s sorrow and despair, descents and betrayals. Stefan Weiller has noted sad life stories in counselling centres, homeless shelters and women’s shelters, which are impressively interpreted here. When Dagmar Manzel slips into the role of a woman who has been abandoned by her husband after a long marriage, has no money left and now also has cancer, one hears the typical Berlin defiance of fate: »I won’t let it get me down.« For the jury: Manuela Reichart