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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 Opera - HMS Pinafore - Gramophone

'...it's light on its feet, and the Scottish Opera Orchestra respond with warmth and grace. It was clearly one of those occasions where everyone plays off each other, and with a cast like this, the results are never less than engaging...'
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Magnificat - Scattered Ashes - BBC Music Magazine

5 Stars
'Magnificat's director Philip Cave shapes poised, subtly expressive and finely balanced readings from the vocal ensemble...[including a] radiant performance of Palestrina's Tribularer, si nescirem.'
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Scottish Opera - HMS Pinafore - The Sunday Times

'Gilbert's satire on the English class system, political jobbery and hypocrisy, and the navy still resonates...its native tunefulness keep[s] the score fresh.'
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Claire Martin & Ray Gelato - We've Got A World That Swings - The Observer

4 Stars
'irresistible mixture of swing, jump-and-jive and sheer bonhomie'
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Profeti della Quinta - Salomone Rossi: Il Mantovano Hebreo - The Telegraph (Live Review)

4 Stars
'Amid typically interesting programming, this concert stood out for its texts: the ensemble Profeti della Quinta's exploration of the work of Salomone Rossi, who composed in both Italian and Hebrew for different constituencies in early Baroque Mantua.'
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Barb Jungr - Shelter From The Storm - New York Times (Live Review)

'Ms. Jungr, a passionate Dylanologist, can squeeze more juice out of a Dylan song than just about anybody.'
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Aldeburgh Strings - Britten: Serenade - The Guardian

4 Stars
'urgent, vibrant and punchy'
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Robin Ticciati & SCO - Haydn: Symphonies 31, 70 & 101 - Huffington Post

'This superb, digitally-sourced vinyl is a rare opportunity to hear Haydn full out. With the 40 members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra playing like the hand-picked virtuosos they are, the big explosions sound wonderful, especially with the volume turned way up. And in every measure, the instrumental detail is so precise and intense, and played so beautifully, that the overall effect is just the way Haydn must have heard them.'
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Dunedin Consort - Mozart: Requiem - Huffington Post

'The expressive power that results from scrupulous, hi-def scholarly attention to detail gives the players total fluency with the musical narrative, with marvelous brass work...'
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Ingrid Fliter & SCO - Schumann & Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos - Irish Times

4 Stars
'There's something really invigorating about Argentinian pianist Ingrid Fliter's approach to these two staples of the 19th-century romantic piano repertoire.'
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Ingrid Fliter & SCO - Schumann & Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos - Pizzicato

5 Stars
„Halte ich dies für ein hervorragende Einspielung des Klavierkonzerts op. 54.“
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Ingrid Fliter & SCO - Schumann & Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos - BBC Radio 3 ‘Record Review’

Disc of the Week: 'What really works for me is the Mendelssohn G minor Concerto with Fliter exchanging the prettiness of some performances for a more dynamic interpretation. And glittering finger-work that attracts some equally sparkling responses from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Lovely choices of tempo, the whole thing beautifully balanced.'
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Thalia Ensemble - Reicha: Wind Quintets - BBC Radio 3 ‘Record Review’

'It's great repertoire to have...I think [the G major Quintet] is worth hearing just for the bassoon.'
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Ingrid Fliter & SCO - Schumann & Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos - The Telegraph

5 Stars
'Fliter has the measure of the [Mendelssohn concerto]. The first movement has real fire; the finale bears a cheerful smile and sizzles with vitality; and the central, song-without-words, Andante, is played with heart-stopping tenderness and warmth.'
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Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble & Trevor Pinnock - Mozart: Gran Partita - The Guardian

4 Stars
'seriously impressive'
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Magnificat - Scattered Ashes - Pizzicato

4 Stars
'Deeply spiritual, intimate and decelerated performances with first rate choral singing.' / „Der Spannungsbogen bleibt stets erhalten, die Phrasierung verschmilzt Text und Musik zu einer konsequenten Einheit, die chorische Ausgewogenheit entflechtet das wundersame polyphone Gewebe auf raffinierte Art und Weise.“
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Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos - AllMusic

4½ Stars
'In [Bernardini's] playing you get the virtuoso energy of the contemporary Italian school without the hard edge, and there is a sense of play in her music-making that one senses Bach would have loved...Highly recommended.
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IBO - Concerti Bizarri - Music for Several Instruments Blog

'This is amazing music...The IBO soloists and players are all superb, providing the best possible advocacy for this unfamiliar music.'
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Ingrid Fliter & SCO - Schumann & Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos - BBC Music Magazine

4 Stars
'There's still room for something fresh to be said with this evergreen music…in both the Mendelssohn and Schumann, Fliter plays with tautness and energy, fitting hand-in-glove with the smaller chamber-orchestra forces of the SCO and drier recorded sound. Heartfelt and intelligent, this is life-enhancing music, and as a bonus there's The Fair Melusina Overture.'
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Markku Luolajan-Mikkola - J.S. Bach: Complete Sonatas & Partitas - Gramophone

'...a delicious richness to the sound of the solo instrument...'
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