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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.


Phantasm - Dowland: Lachrimae - BBC Music Magazine

5 Stars
Chamber Choice: 'Despite the brooding nature of the music, their sound is luminous and tempos are fluid, highlighting Dowland's lyricism...'
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Claire Martin & Ray Gelato - We've Got A World That Swings - Hi-Fi News

4 Stars
Album Choice: 'the results are irresistible'
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Robin Ticciati & Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Berlioz: Romeo et Juliette - The Times (Live Review)

'This festival performance was notable for its elegance, even restraint — a feat in itself given how much Berlioz throws into the stew.'
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Scottish Opera - HMS Pinafore - BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'

'So beautifully done. Sophisticated. It's a strong cast.'
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Joe Stilgoe - Songs On Film: The Sequel - The Observer

4 Stars
'irresistible'
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Joe Stilgoe - Songs On Film: The Sequel - Daily Business Group (Live Review)

'I was in the presence of something special...an hour of breathtaking musicianship...Just stunning. Highly recommended.'
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Ingrid Fliter - Boston Symphony Orchestra & Chopin (Live Review)

'From the opening flight of melody, Fliter took you to places you never expected to go in this well-worn work, and made you glad you went. Her way with melody was glistening; her freedom with phrase and rhythm was luxurious.'
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Joe Stilgoe - Songs On Film: The Sequel - The Herald (Live Review)

4 Stars
'...sauve [and] effortlessly entertaining...'
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Scottish Opera - HMS Pinafore - Arthur Sullivan Society Journal

'Richard Egarr's enthusiasm for the opera, and for Sullivan, shines out in his conducting, which is lively and sensitive.'
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Phantasm - Dowland: Lachrimae - Gramophone

Choice: 'These are poignant performances of music steeped in melancholy and given a deep beauty by Elizabeth Kenny and Phantasm, led by Laurence Dreyfus: a really wonderful Dowland recording.'
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IBO - Concerti Bizarri - Gramophone

'Monica Huggett has allotted the solo opportunities across her brilliantly varied seven-concerto-strong Concerti Bizarri programme to the existing musicians of the Irish Baroque Orchestra, and the subsequent performances are unfailingly superlative.'
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RSNO - Serebrier Conducts Adler - Gramophone

'Maximilian Hornung embraces the generous, extrovert solo writing and there's an attractive heft to his sound, with the right kind of gung-ho attack...the RSNO [is] in boisterous form.'
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Scottish Ensemble - Debussy & Takemitsu - Gramophone

'Toru Takemitsu's Nostalghia, forms the memorable conclusion to this impressive new disc from the Scottish Ensemble. The more poignant for its restraint, this miniature concerto for violin and strings requires just the kind of subtly polished playing that Jonathan Morton and his team provide.'
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IBO - Concerti Bizarri - BBC Music Magazine

5 Stars
Concerto Choice: 'A feast of Baroque viruosity: Monica Huggett directs 'deliciously alert' performances.'
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Joe Stilgoe - Songs On Film: The Sequel - Soul and Jazz and Funk

'Joe delivers with gusto, humour (where required) and an obvious passion for his source material.'
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Joe Stilgoe - Songs On Film: The Sequel - The Sunday Times

'quick-witted and urbane...no end of fun'
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Aldeburgh Strings - Britten: Serenade - Crescendo

4 Stars
'superbe'
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Claire Martin & Ray Gelato - We've Got A World That Swings - Lynn News (Live Review)

'A celebration of the great Swing duets is what we were promised and boy, these two certainly deliver.'
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Aldeburgh Strings - Britten: Serenade - AllMusic

4½ Stars
'...extraordinary performances, aided by top-notch soloists..few recordings satisfy as much as this one, with deliberate, but intense, readings...'
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Claire Martin & Ray Gelato - We've Got A World That Swings - Vocal Sound of Jazz

'A superb collection of songs that swing from the outset and impeccably played that is guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face.'
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