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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.


SCO Winds - Mozart: Divertimenti - Hi-Fi News

4 Stars
Album Choice: 'enjoyable...and clean 192kHz rendering'
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John Butt & Lucy Russell - J.S. Bach: Violin and Harpsichord Sonatas - Gramophone

'Refreshing...These are immensely likable performances...'
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John Butt - Bach WTC - Classical.net

'Butt's performance is magisterial...he has a quiet and sure ability to bring to the music insights that make his performance worth attending to (tempi, phrasing, a real sense of nuance and subtlety in the tonal and melodic developments). But perhaps the greatest strength in Butt's playing is the one attribute which all great interpretations of this labyrinthine masterpiece must have: a sense of the architecture of Bach's conception.'
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John Butt & Lucy Russell - J.S. Bach: Violin and Harpsichord Sonatas - Brompton’s Fine & Rare Instruments

' And so it is therefore hardly surprising that such insight and integrity is to be found in the performance of specialists such as Russell and Butt.'
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Phantasm - Lawes: The Royal Consort - The Arts Desk

'The addition of Elizabeth Kenny's theorbo was also a welcome one, softening the sonic edges ever so slightly and filling out the texture with elegant embellishment.'
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KUNIKO - Xenakis: IX - Audiophile Audition

4 Stars
'The profound musical intelligence of both Xenakis and kuniko come thru in this wild percussive work...'
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Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: Opera Arias & Overtures - SA-CD.net

'A lovely recording...'
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Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: Opera Arias & Overtures - Pizzicato

,,Elizabeth Watts...hat sich zu einer guten Mozart-Interpretin entwickelt. Ihre warme Stimme eignet sich bestens für die Susanna-Arie aus den ‘Nozze di Figaro’, und sie entwickelt dramatische Kraft und hoch geputschte Emotionalität in der Ilia-Arie aus ‘Idomeneo’.''
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Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble & Trevor Pinnock - Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen - Pizzicato

,,Bei soviel Sorgfalt verwundert es, dass Pinnock dafür eine so vibratoreiche Stimme wie die der jungen britischen Mezzosopranistin Katie Bray zuließ. Sie ist zwar, was Färbung und Expressivität angeht...''
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John Butt & Lucy Russell - J.S. Bach: Violin and Harpsichord Sonatas - Artistxite

,,John Butts dynamisches, aber betont kontrapunktisches Cembalo und Lucy Russells flüssiges, vibrato-armes Spiel und der warme Klang ihrer Gagliano-Geige harmonieren dabei exzellent miteinander.''
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Boston Baroque - Monteverdi: Ulisse - MusicWeb International

'This is a lovely recording.'
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Phantasm - Lawes: The Royal Consort - Luton Today

'...well worth a few hours of anyone's time.'
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Phantasm - Lawes: The Royal Consort - MDR Figaro

,,Vorbildliches Zusammenspiel, sichere Intonation, grandiose Technik und nicht zuletzt die forcierte, swingende Gangart machen die Aufnahme zu einem der Höhepunkte im Alte-Musik-Segement.''
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Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: Opera Arias & Overtures - AllMusic.com

4½ Stars
'[Watt's] bright and flexible voice is wonderful in Mozart...This disc invites repeated listening and is highly recommended.'
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Ensemble Marsyas - Fasch - Early Music Today

5 Stars
'Bassoonist Peter Whelan is outstanding, although the whole group plays with uncanny rapport, turning Fasch's smart blends of instrumental timbres, baroque and galant styles, elegant Largos and frisky, virtuosic Allegros, into a stream of unalloyed listening pleasure.'
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John Butt & Lucy Russell - J.S. Bach: Violin and Harpsichord Sonatas - Early Music Review

'Here Lucy Russell puts her own stamp on the works, giving a spirited and emotional rendering, and for that this recording is worth investing in.'
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Boston Baroque - Monteverdi: Ulisse - Early Music Review

'...undoubted integrity and many sterling assets. It unquestionably earns a place among the better recordings of the opera.'
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KUNIKO - Xenakis: IX - Gramophone

'Kuniko passes this rite triumphantly. Her effortless, glitch-free technique and ability to manipulate mallets and sticks to seemingly coax melodies from non-melodic instruments are bound to humble aspiring and established percussionists alike.'
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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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Joe Stilgoe - New Songs For Old Souls - Jazzwise

4 Stars
'Joe Stilgoe looks back to the Great American Songbook with such feeling, energy and, yes, love that it's impossible not to be swept along by the album's welcoming embrace.'
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