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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.


Scottish Ensemble - Tchaikovsky & Shostakovich - BBC Music Magazine

4 Stars
'Expertly played, immaculately paced and skilfully shaped...'
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SCO Winds - Mozart: Divertimenti - BBC Music Magazine

4 Stars
'...exuberant performances, recorded with real presence.'
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Robin Ticciati & SCO - Schumann: The Symphonies - BBC Music Magazine

'Building A Library' Recommended Recording of Schumann's Symphony No. 2
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Thomas Sondergard - Sibelius: Symphonies 2 & 7 - Audiophile Audition

4 Stars
'Two Sibelius gems superbly played and recorded.'
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Boston Baroque - Monteverdi: Ulisse - The Sunday Times

Classical Album of the Week: '...emotionally wrenching...Fernando Guimaraes's Ulysses is heartbreaking.'
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Thomas Sondergard - Sibelius: Symphonies 2 & 7 - Sinfini Music

'[Sondergard's Seventh Symphony] feels nicely organic with some delectable moments of musical blossoming, not least towards the signature trombone solo.'
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Thomas Sondergard - Sibelius: Symphonies 2 & 7 - The Observer

4 Stars
'...intense and rigorous...'
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Big Screen - Take One - London Jazz News

'...this highly professional trio have duly delivered a highly polished album, beautifully recorded...'
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Big Screen - Take One - Soul and Jazz and Funk

'Driving force behind the combo is drummer Matt Skelton...'
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Boston Baroque - Monteverdi: Ulisse - The Guardian

'This performance is technically solid with some fine playing from the orchestra.'
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Thomas Sondergard - Sibelius: Symphonies 2 & 7 - Pizzicato

4 Stars
'Thomas Sondergard gives Sibelius's Second Symphony a very expressive character, while the Seventh is deeply reflective. Excellent playing by the BBC Symphony Orchestra of Wales. The recorded sound matches the excellence of the performances.'
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KUNIKO - Xenakis: IX - All About Jazz

4½ Stars
'Kuniko's performances are celebratory.'
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Thomas Sondergard - Sibelius: Symphonies 2 & 7 - Robert Music Blog

'The performance of the 2nd is sublime.'
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Thomas Sondergard - Sibelius: Symphonies 2 & 7 - Politiken

4 Stars
'[Sondergard] livtag med Sibelius’ 2. Symfoni matcher nogle af de bedste...Kombinationen af klarhed, varme og Sibelius’ svimlende symfoniske vidder, som de langsomt samler sig i symfoniens stadig større, bjergtagende landskabsagtige panoreringer, er flot.'
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Thomas Sondergard - Sibelius: Symphonies 2 & 7 - The Sunday Times

'The BBC National Orchestra of Wales here shows itself to be in fine fettle, offering cogent, clear-textured performances.'
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Thomas Sondergard - Sibelius: Symphonies 2 & 7 - Herald Scotland

'I can only welcome, with fast-beating heart, one of the great new Sibelian teams into the record business with the debut recording on Linn Records of Sibelius's Second and Seventh Symphonies by Thomas Sondergard and his BBC National Orchestra of Wales.'
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Joe Stilgoe - New Songs For Old Souls - BBC Radio 2 'Elaine Paige on Sunday'

'A lovely arrangement there...I like that a lot.'
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Claire Martin & Joe Stilgoe Live At Crazy Coqs

5 Stars
'The syncopated excellence of Claire Martin and Joe Stilgoe has to be seen (and heard) to be believed.'
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Scottish Ensemble - Tchaikovsky & Shostakovich - Pizzicato

'The Shostakovich transcription has an expressivity that goes well with the music.'
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Big Screen - Take One - The Observer

4 Stars
'When it comes to bold originality and delicacy of touch, Newton is unbeatable...You'll be amazed by the transformations that emerge.'
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