This field is not very crowded. There are less than 20 recordings to date. I have
The Death of Don Quixote with Chaliapin (1927)
Danon, Changalovich, Kalef, Koroshetz ,Belgrade National Opera (1960)
Kord , Ghiaurov, Crespin, Bacquier, Suisse Romande (1978)
and now Gergiev, Furlanetto, Kiknadze, Serov, Mariinsky Orchestra (2012)
These recordings were made at 33, 17 and 34 year intervals from each other. The overall impression is that Gergiev embeds all the best accumulated in the history of the performance of this opera during the past century. "Gergiev whips up the score more vigorously than his predecessors ... excellent surround sound" says the Mariinsky label web site. I agree with the assessment of Gergiev's conducting and should add that Andreai Serov is particularly impressive and at times outperforms the rest of the cast. Where I see a problem, is with the sound engineer Vladimir Ryabenko. The recording is not well balances. Both areas of Dulcinee (solidly projected by Ms.Kinkadze) are too far on the background and are practically lost. The spike at the end of the second act is clearly overdone.
As far as the title role goes, unfortunately nobody can really compete with Chaliapin, although only one final scene with him is available on the record. Furlanetto is a lyrical Don Quixote, Ghiaurov was a tragic one, almost Mephistophelean. Changalovich is very comical, in particular in the "moulins" scene. After Chalapin's, I like Furlanetto's Don Quixote the most.
Overall, I congratulate the Mariinsky label for yet another great recoding and strongly recommend it to all who likes real operatic art.