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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.


Richard Egarr - One Byrde in Hande - Gramophone

Choice: 'An outstanding celebration of Byrd as one of the first keyboard greats from a harpsichord player who holds the greatest love and respect for the composer’s music in all its forms.'
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Robin Ticciati & DSO - Debussy & Faure - BBC Music Magazine “Music to my Ears”

'Conductor Robin Ticciati's recording of Debussy's La mer and Fauré’s Pelléas et Mélisande is constantly on my CD player.'
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SCO Winds - Beethoven: Music for Winds - BBC Music Magazine

4 Stars
'For a start, these pieces are so irresistibly tuneful, and then there's the humour - less suave, sometimes edgier than Mozart's, but at times winningly delicate.'
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Richard Egarr - One Byrde in Hande - BBC Music Magazine

4 Stars
'Richard Egarr explores with affection and intelligence the rich world of Byrd's keyboard music, on a modern copy of a Ruckers harpsichord. Bells is a real gem.'
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Jacques Imbrailo - Sibelius & Rachmaninov: Songs - MusicWeb International

'...favourite songs that everybody loves and that reveal that here is a singer with true insight in this music. A wholly delightful recital.'
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Richard Egarr - One Byrde in Hande - Early Music Review

'These are given performances whose lyricism belies the stark titles...The conclusion of BK 9 is quite exquisite in Egarr’s hands.'
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Richard Egarr - One Byrde in Hande - Res Musica

'Le génie contrapuntique de Byrd est particulièrement mis en évidence dans la grande pièce sur Ut, ré, mi, fa, sol, la, où l’hexacorde ascendant sert de prétexte à une véritable gymnastique mentale en dix-sept variations.'
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Richard Egarr - One Byrde in Hande - Classics Unwrapped

Album of the Week: 'His playing and the music is infectious and he loses none of that in this recording. He enjoys, even relishes the rich embellishments that are abound in Byrd’s music.'
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Theatre of the Ayre - The Masque of Moments - Toccata

'It is not only the repertoire performed here that deserves attention, this production is also interesting in terms of the performance practice.'
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Ensemble Marsyas - Edinburgh 1742 - Toccata

'Musically too, everything is in perfect order here; the contributions of the hornists are especially impressive.'
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Boston Baroque - Biber: The Mystery Sonatas - The Strad

'Christina Day Martinson makes light of the virtuosity of this deeply profound music...The recorded sound and balance are exemplary.'
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Gothic Voices - The Dufay Spectacle - Gramophone

Editor's Choice: 'What a pleasure, then, to be able to welcome this Dufay recording as matching all the qualities that made Gothic Voices absolute leaders in the field.'
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Thomas Sondergard - Sibelius: Finlandia - BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'

'...direct, well-paced, nowhere for the players to hide in the upfront detailed recording.'
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Robin Ticciati & DSO - Debussy & Faure - Scherzo

'Robin Ticciati manages to give Fauré the clarity, moderation, serenity and extreme subtlety that define his style...'
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Gothic Voices - The Dufay Spectacle - De Volkskrant

5 Stars
'...it is the melodic richness and the rhythmic ingenuity that continue to allow this music, almost six centuries old, to fascinate and amaze.'
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Boston Baroque - Biber: The Mystery Sonatas - MusicWeb International

'There can be absolutely no doubt of these players’ absolute mastery of this cycle. Martinsson’s performance is fervent, sincere and profoundly skilled.'
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Gothic Voices - The Dufay Spectacle - iClassical

5 Stars
Album of the Month: 'This is medieval music at its finest...don’t hesitate to add this to your music collection.'
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Richard Egarr - One Byrde in Hande - Politiken

5/6: '...he has an understanding of what makes the music of one of the great European renaissance composers come to life.'
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Boston Baroque - Biber: The Mystery Sonatas - Res Musica

"Christina Day Martinson and her companions from the Boston Baroque give us here a masterful illustration."
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Jacques Imbrailo - Sibelius & Rachmaninov: Songs - Le Monde

"Intensité ciblée pour Sibelius mais expansion graduée pour Rachmaninov, avec des exigences de contrastes et de nuances que Jacques Imbrailo satisfait en toute occasion."
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