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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.


Thomas Sondergard - Sibelius: Symphonies 2 & 7 - Klassik

5 Stars
Audiophiles Highlight: 'Das ist kein bukolisches Rauschen nordischer Wälder, sondern eher ein Ausloten von Seelenlandschaften. Das verklärte En de des Werks stellt daher nicht nur das zu erwartende frohe Ende dar, es scheint vielmehr fast eine Art Erlösung zu symbo lisieren.'
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Phantasm - Lawes: The Royal Consort - Gramophone

Choice: 'Gramophone Award-winners, category finalists on many other occasions, Phantasm continue to excel. This Royal Consort, the first complete performance of the original versions, confirms that status.'
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Ann Murray - Brahms & Schumann: Lieder - BBC Music Magazine

4 Stars
'Her Schumann selection begins with a touchingly delivered account of the Poems of Mary, Queen of Scots in which her artistic intelligence and commitment are as apparent as her skilful balance between words and notes.'
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KUNIKO - Xenakis: IX - Crescendo Magazine

'jeu éblouissant'
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Phantasm - Lawes: The Royal Consort - BBC Radio 3 ‘CD Review’

'The sheer beauty and harmonic sophistication of numbers like the one we just heard shows Phantasm at its finest...beautifully recorded.'
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Ann Murray - Brahms & Schumann: Lieder - MusicWeb International

'This fine singer leaves us with an excellent last recording which is completely up to the high standards of her distinguished career.'
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Robin Ticciati & SCO - Schumann: The Symphonies - Fanfare

'This is one of the best Schumann symphony cycles to come my way in a very long time, maybe even ever...'
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Phantasm - Lawes: The Royal Consort - The Guardian

5 Stars
'The ensemble sound is luxuriantly rich, powered by Elizabeth Kenny's feisty theorbo strumming.'
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Martin Taylor - Gypsy -Cadence USA

Taylor is great fun to listen to and and marvel at...
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Phantasm - Lawes: The Royal Consort - WGBH

CD of the Week
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Joe Stilgoe - New Songs For Old Souls - The Arts Desk

4 Stars
'Stilgoe's voice, so demure on the gentler songs, has a gritty rasp when extended, like a trombone played hard...'
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KUNIKO - Xenakis: IX - The Sunday Times

'These are meticulous and muscular performances, at once elemental and elegant. Brilliant.'
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Joe Stilgoe - New Songs For Old Souls - The Sunday Times

'...the pick of the songs, most of them originals, have a modern, funky sheen.'
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Thomas Sondergard - Sibelius: Symphonies 2 & 7 - Applaus

'Das ist die perfekte CD für Sibelius-Einsteiger wie auch für den Kenner, der schon Referenzaufnahmen im Regal stehen hat, denn es stimmt alles: der ganz spezifische Klang in perfekter Balance, die Tempi, die Spannungsbögen.'
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SCO Winds - Mozart: Divertimenti - AllMusic.com

'perfection and elegance'
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Jonathan Freeman-Attwood - The Neoclassical Trumpet - Gramophone

'...the playing though, is very rock‘n’roll.'
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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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Joe Stilgoe - New Songs For Old Souls - The Telegraph

4 Stars
Best Jazz Albums of 2015: '...quirky and interesting and there's a nostalgic charm to [the] big band numbers...'
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