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Linn Records Reviews

Over the years Linn recordings have received substantial praise from the UK and international media.  Our recordings continue to win awards, commendations and excellent star ratings.  This is due to the talent and passion of our artists, the skills and commitment of our engineers and producers, and above all Linn's unremitting quest to reproduce the best possible sound. 

We hope these reviews help you decide which recording will become your new favourite album.


SCO Winds - Mozart: Divertimenti - The Sunday Herald Scotland (Live Review)

5 Stars
'Superb playing, great characterisation and marvellous music-making from the splendid SCO wind gang.'
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SCO Winds - Mozart: Divertimenti - The Sunday Times

'The SCO wind soloists play the rare original scoring for six players - darker in timbre and sparer in texture - with brio.'
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Scottish Ensemble - Tchaikovsky & Shostakovich - The Observer

4 Stars
'The Scottish Ensemble's crystal-clear playing is a joy.'
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SCO Winds - Mozart: Divertimenti - The Perth Courier (Live Review)

'And as for the players? Undoubtedly six of the very best.'
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Scottish Ensemble - Tchaikovsky & Shostakovich - The Telegraph

4 Stars
'Jonathan Morton's Scottish Ensemble reveal new spectrums of colour in Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich.'
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SCO Winds - Mozart: Divertimenti - Europadisc

'The SCO Wind Soloists combine superb stylishness, period-performance sensibilities and abundant character in performances that are a joy from start to finish.'
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Scottish Ensemble - Tchaikovsky & Shostakovich - Herald Scotland

'It is a stonker, with a characteristically big-boned, confident and (under the consummately authoritative leadership of Jonathan Morton) compelling performance of Tchaikovsky's Serenade For Strings, the greatest of all classics for string orchestra.'
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Scottish Ensemble - Tchaikovsky & Shostakovich - The Times

4 Stars
'superbly virtuosic'
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Thomas Sondergard - Sibelius: Symphonies 2 & 7 - BBC Music Magazine

'Thomas Søndergård has a deserved reputation as a fine conductor...there's also much deft and accurate detail...'
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SCO Winds - Mozart: Divertimenti - McAlister Matheson Music

'Buy the disc, and prepare to be charmed, amazed and delighted!'
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John Butt - Bach WTC - Limelight

5 Stars
Editor's Choice: 'The basics of familiar gesture are utterly unexpected but also feel instinctively right.'
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Robin Ticciati & SCO - Haydn: Symphonies 31, 70 & 101 - The Guardian (Live Review)

4 Stars
‘exhilarating Haydn’
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SCO Winds - Mozart: Divertimenti - The Guardian

4 Stars
'These performances pick up on every morsel of wit and ingenuity in the wind writing, and never forget that the purpose of this music was to entertain.'
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Robin Ticciati - Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Berlioz: Les nuits d'ete - ForumOpera.com

4 Stars
'Ils nous offrent la plus belle version enregistrée de l'œuvre, tout simplement, en conclusion d'un disque passionnant, qui prouve que, à condition d'être abordé intelligemment, le romantisme n'est pas mort.'
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Phantasm - Ward: Fantasies & Verse Anthems - BBC Music Magazine

4 Stars
'Phantasm is simply the best viol consort around...Melodic shaping, changes of mood, and variations of styles and tempos are everywhere on display...'
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Robin Ticciati & SCO - Schumann: The Symphonies - BBC Music Magazine

Top Recommendation: 'I'd opt for Ticciati, whose exhilarating Rhenish has all the makings of a modern classic.'
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John Butt - Bach WTC - Early Music Review

'The overall effect is exhilarating and Butt's formidable technique means that one is made very aware of the keyboard virtuosity for which Bach was known, just as much as for the compositional complexity of the fugues.'
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John Butt - Bach WTC - MusicWeb International

'I am in awe of Butt's keyboard prowess.'
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Robin Ticciati & SCO - Haydn: Symphonies 31, 70 & 101 - The Telegraph (Live Review)

4 Stars
'Terrific...The sound was vivid and clear, and the timpani made a joyous rhythmic clatter...'
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SCO Winds - Mozart: Divertimenti - BBC Radio 3 ‘CD Review’

'It's playing and music that exudes elegance, sparkles with joy and chuckles with good humour in a well-balanced recording.'
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