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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.


Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio - De Standaard

5 Stars
„Een plaat die onder de kerstboom moet.” / 'A disc which needs to be placed under the Christmas tree.'
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SCO & Sean Shibe - Maxwell Davies: An Orkney Wedding, With Sunrise - BBC Music Magazine

4½ Stars
'...Maxwell Davies devices of whooping horn glissandos and hyperactive chattering trumpets, delivered with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's bombproof expertise; and Ben Gernon's conducting is forthright and immaculate.'
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SCO & Sean Shibe - Maxwell Davies: An Orkney Wedding, With Sunrise - AllMusic

'Included is an ebullient performance of one of Maxwell Davies' most popular pieces of any period, An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise...[Hill Runes and Farewell to Stromness] are beautifully played by guitarist Sean Shibe.'
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Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio - MusicWeb International

Recording of the Month: 'This Christmas Oratorio is another mightily successful feather in [Butt's] cap. His small but perfectly formed team of experts, make a crack team when it comes to this music...there is a tremendous sense of excitement in this performance. A marvellous seasonal gift.'
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Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio - AllMusic

'Butt's solution is both clever and musically solid. Further, his mostly Scottish soloists add personality to the music and are worth hearing in themselves...This is a performance in which intelligent, small decisions cohere into a persuasive larger whole.'
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Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio - KMT

”Helt naturligt blev den nyligen släppta friskt glänsande inspelningen...strålande solistprestationer som i Juloratoriet i en ljuvlig återgivning av Juldagens.”
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Ensemble Marsyas - Handel: Apollo e Dafne - BBC Music Magazine

4½ Stars
'It oozes the sort of vibrant woodwind writing that is meat and drink to bassoonist Peter Whelan's crack band...Peter Whelan directs with a stylish verve...'
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Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio - Vårt Land

5 Stars
KLASSIKER: «Ingen jul uten Johann Sebastian Bachs Juleoratorium».
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Markku Luolajan-Mikkola - J.S. Bach: Complete Sonatas & Partitas - Early Music Today

'The experiment is an interesting one...Cellists especialy will encounter much to intrgue them and will find of interest Luolajan-Mikkola's accompanying essay dealing with tuning issues and other important matters for the would-be transcriber.'
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Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio - Early Music Today

4 Stars
'The cycle gets off to a splendid start, with the opening chorus introduced by thrillingly incisive timpani and the trumpets sequentially tumbling over themselves with excitement. In the central section luminous, madrigalian textures remind us just why one-voice-per-part seems so inevitably right for this music.'
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Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio - InfoDad

4 Stars
'This [recording] is transcendent, in the sense that it encapsulates the meaning of Christmas...there are ample reasons to turn again and again [to it] for enjoyment inextricably woven with enlightenment.'
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Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio - Gramophone

'Common to all Butt's Bach is an irresistible brightness and freshness, a clarity that fascinates the ear with internal detail, and a glowing sound...this latest gift from the Dunedin Consort is one to go under the tree.'
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Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio - BBC Music Magazine

4 Stars
'John Butt's spruced up Christmas Oratorio has the same sense of freshness as previous releases...'
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Robin Ticciati & SRSO - Berlioz: Romeo et Juliette - MusicWeb International

Recording of the Month: 'This is a marvellous set, the finest Roméo et Juliette to appear for several years, and worthy, in very different ways, to stand alongside illustrious competition from the likes of Sir Colin Davis and Sir John Eliot Gardiner.'
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Robin Ticciati & SRSO - Berlioz: Romeo et Juliette - Audiophile Audition

4 Stars
'The musical conception and the performance certainly deserve your consideration: there's youthful brio in the introductory Combats - Tumulte, outstanding for me is Swedish mezzo Katija Dragojevic, whose very first utterances shape the bittersweet narrative that she unfolds and bass Alastair Miles bringing all of the command, mingled with deep regret, that should inform the role of Friar Laurence.'
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Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio - Early Music Review

5 Stars
'John Butt's Christmas Oratorio with the Dunedins is splendid, from the crisp and perfectly tuned opening timpani strokes onward, and I hope it will sweep all before it as this Christmas' "must-have" for all EMR readers.'
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Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio - El arte de la fuga

« Si le apetece disfrutar esta música maravillosa con postulados minimalistas de primerísima calidad, ésta es su opción. No defraudará a nadie cualesquiera que sean sus gustos o manías interpretativas. »
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Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio - MusicWeb International

'You'll find much to admire and enjoy in this excellent performance. Cantata One gets off to a splendid start, the trio of trumpets sparkling. In Cantata Four, the instruments make a super contribution to the opening chorus and since the singing of the quartet is excellent, this movement is a highlight of the whole set. The Linn sound is excellent.'
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Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio - Andrew Benson-Wilson

'With a distinguished group of period instrumentalists, and some outstanding vocal soloists, this is one of the most impressive interpretations I have heard. The singing is superb throughout...'
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Ensemble Marsyas - Handel: Apollo e Dafne - Andrew Benson-Wilson

'An impressive recording...their playing in consort and solo is outstanding.'
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