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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.


Francesco Piemontesi, SCO & Andrew Manze - Mozart: Piano Concertos 25 & 26 - Hifi Records

'His virtuosity and variety of shading even at fast tempi is admirable...The sound is brilliant, direct and dynamic...Intoxicating!'
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Robin Ticciati & DSO - Debussy & Faure - Fono Forum

4½ Stars
'Ticciati presents [La Mer] as a kaleidoscope of magnificently sounding, meticulously visualized moments...'
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Francesco Piemontesi, SCO & Andrew Manze - Mozart: Piano Concertos 25 & 26 - Hi-Fi News

Sound Quality 80%: 'The later work, often disparaged, emerges here as a sparklingly fresh and Manze's winds balances are telling in both concertos.'
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Florian Boesch - Schumann - Live - The Arts Desk

4 Stars
'Boesch has a tone and a mode of delivery for every mood.'
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Phantasm - Tye - Musikansich

4 Stars
'...all these variations require a fresh, attentive ear that with repeated listening can perceive subtle new transformations and nuances.'
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Dunedin Consort - Monteverdi: Vespers 1610 - Pizzicato

4 Stars
'The performance by John Butt and his ensembles is lively and colourful.'
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Sollazzo Ensemble - Parle qui veut - Wunderkammern

'Of all the recordings of medieval music that I have been given to listen to this year, Parle qui veut is probably one of the best...'
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Sollazzo Ensemble - Parle qui veut - The Sunday Times

'The Sollazzo Ensemble brilliantly express text and flavour.'
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Corinne Morris & SCO - Chrysalis - Pizzicato

'...exciting interpretations...'
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Phantasm - Tye - Pizzicato

Supersonic Award: 'The English Renaissance composer Christopher Tye was known for his capricious character, which can also be observed here and there in his sometimes perky music. Phantasm’s performances are highly enjoyable, nuanced, fresh and playful.'
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Florian Boesch - Schumann & Mahler: Lieder - Opera Today

'...their Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen takes excellence to even greater levels.'
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Florian Boesch - Schumann & Mahler: Lieder - Classical Iconoclast

'Although I've heard dozens of performances over the last 40 years, this took my breath away.'
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Florian Boesch - Schumann & Mahler: Lieder - Gramophone

'The profound sense of leave-taking in the final Wayfarer song draws some of the most coloristically subtle singing I’ve yet heard from Boesch.'
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Corinne Morris & SCO - Chrysalis - Gramophone

'The playing is beautiful too. Morris, directing the graceful SCO from her cello, brings a beautifully smooth, darkly glowing tone and immense lyricism to all three works...'
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Dunedin Consort - Monteverdi: Vespers 1610 - Gramophone

'With so many Vespers recordings out there, this one joins the ranks of those with both a character of its own and something to say.'
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Francesco Piemontesi, SCO & Andrew Manze - Mozart: Piano Concertos 25 & 26 - Fono Forum

4½ Stars
'With the Scottish Chamber Orchestra...Piemontesi has a first-class Mozart orchestra...Pianist, orchestra and conductor form a well-established team.'
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Ensemble Marsyas - Edinburgh 1742 - BBC Music Magazine

4½ Stars
'Ensemble Marsyas afford all due splendour to ravishing largos, martial pomp to rousing allegros, and high-spirited dance steps to Menuets...an assured disc of horn-infused Baroque finery.'
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Phantasm - Tye - BBC Music Magazine

4½ Stars
'...the consort's percussive energy brings a contemporary feel to proceedings and the result, beautifully recorded in Boxgrove Priory, turns out to be very convincing.'
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Thomas Sondergard - Sibelius: Symphonies 1 & 6 - Hi-Fi News

'...a wonderful opening clarinet solo, pp, that raises great expectations for what follows - a peformance that's absorbing right through.'
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Francesco Piemontesi, SCO & Andrew Manze - Mozart: Piano Concertos 25 & 26 - SR2

CD-Tipp: '...his affinity and love for Mozart are evident in every note...Piemontesi has found well-established, perfect partners: Andrew Manze and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.'
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