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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.


Jonathan Freeman-Attwood - The Neoclassical Trumpet - BBC Music Magazine

4 Stars
'The results are intriguing, sometimes provocative or debateable, but always fun and exceptionally well-played.'
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Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble & Trevor Pinnock - Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen - BBC Music Magazine

4 Stars
'Busoni's unsettling Berceuse elegiaque creates recessions of instrumental mist, beautifully poised in Trevor Pinnock's direction of the excellent RAM Soloists Ensemble, and nicely captured in this warm, close, yet clear recording.'
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Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble & Trevor Pinnock - Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen - Gramophone

'Pinnock delivers a demonstration-quality set including Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and a gorgeous Siegfried Idyll.'
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John Butt & Lucy Russell - J.S. Bach: Violin and Harpsichord Sonatas - BBC Music Magazine

5 Stars
'...for sheer freshness, insight and life-enhancing joy, this newcomer goes to the top of the class alongside Rachel Podger and Trevor Pinnock, Andrew Manze and Richard Egarr.'
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Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: Opera Arias & Overtures - BBC Music Magazine

5 Stars
Recording of the Month: 'Soprano Elizabeth Watts gets to the heart of Mozart in a sparkling recording of arias and overtures, performed with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Christian Baldini.'
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Martin Taylor - Don't Fret - Audiophile Audition

'... Taylor and his cohorts use trio, duo and solo configurations to demonstrate Taylor's agile and self-assured style.'
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Robin Ticciati & SCO - Haydn: Symphonies 31, 70 & 101 - The Sunday Times

'Ticciati's decision to programme three symphonies in D major from different stages of Haydn's career is a clever and attractive one.'
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John Butt & Lucy Russell - J.S. Bach: Violin and Harpsichord Sonatas - The Strad

The Strad Recommends: 'Intellectual challenge and a spirit of Empfindsamkeit animate these magnificent new recordings...'
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Claire Martin - BBC Proms 2015 - Live Review

'...Claire Martin, was a wonderful example of the incredible talent we have here on our shores'
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Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble & Trevor Pinnock - Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen - BBC Radio 3 ‘CD Review’

'These fine young musicians show no frailty in the Busoni, Wagner's Siegfried Idyll or the chamber version of the songs by Zemlinsky and Shoenberg's own arrangements of Mahler's Wayfarer...'
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Joe Stilgoe - New Songs For Old Souls - The Jazz Rag

'Perfection is the word for this collection.'
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Geminiani - Alison McGillivray - Artistxite

,,...eine überaus inspirierte, elegante und lebendige Deutung dieser bemerkenswerten Kleinode.''
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Phantasm - Lawes: The Royal Consort - BR Klassik Radio

,,Die Musiker von Phantasm bringen beides beglückend zusammen, spielen mit minutiöser Darstellung der abenteuerlichen polyphonen Linien dieser Musik die intellektuelle Karte genau so lustvoll aus, wie sie sich klangvoll-fein in ihre reiche Emotionalität versenken...meisterhaft gespielt.''
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Phantasm - Lawes: The Royal Consort - Early Music Review

'This performance is outstanding. The playing is so expressive, wonderfully lyrical in the Pavens and Ayres, boisterous in the Sarabands. They use vibrato judiciously, the texture never clouded. The tone is always crystal bright, the articulation beautifully controlled, ranging from boisterously detached to sinuous legato, the theorbo (Elizabeth Kenny) matching their every move.'
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The Avison Ensemble - Corelli: Opus 2 & 4: Chamber Sonatas - Toccata

,,Deswegen empfehle ich nur die Sonaten Op. 2 und 4 ohne Reserven.''
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Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: Opera Arias & Overtures - MusicWeb International

Recording of the Month: 'I almost passed this by, thinking that I didn't need another collection of Mozart arias and overtures: I was very wrong...it's the quality of the singing that ultimately persuaded me to make this a Recording of the Month.'
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Ann Murray - Brahms & Schumann: Lieder - Classica

5 Stars
«Qui craindrait qu'Ann Murray soit un peu courte pour de telles ambitions se trompe : la voix est ambrée, patinée et chaude... son [Martineau] piano anime le propos et le modèle avec un sens architectonique incontestable.»
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Phantasm - Lawes: The Royal Consort - BBC Music Magazine

5 Stars
'The musicians respond to Lawes's complex and variegated emotions with playing by turns buoyant and vigorous, graceful and serene. They delight, too, in his quirky wit.'
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Phantasm - Lawes: The Royal Consort - The Arts Desk

'A magnificent collection; well documented, stunningly played and beautifully recorded.'
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Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble & Trevor Pinnock - Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen - Crescendo

« La mezzo Katie Bray fait merveille dans Zemlinsky avec son timbre large et ses aigus moelleux. Son interprétation délicate sert fort bien la poésie de Maeterlinck (dans une traduction allemande), toute en évocation. »
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