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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.


Jacques Imbrailo - Sibelius & Rachmaninov: Songs - Gramophone

'...a deeply satisfying two-part recital...Imbrailo is an excellent guide throughout. The singing is technically impressive and the voice is youthful and focused.'
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Jonathan Freeman-Attwood - An English Sett for Trumpet - Gramophone

'Freeman-Attwood’s tone itself is a joy: warmly glowing with a multitude of different colours, and deliciously sleek both in technical execution and overall sound.'
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Boston Baroque - Biber: The Mystery Sonatas - BBC Music Magazine

4½ Stars
'...gutsy, committed playing, spurred on by the richly varied continuo of Boston Baroque...'
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Jacques Imbrailo - Sibelius & Rachmaninov: Songs - BBC Music Magazine

4½ Stars
'For his first solo recital he chooses an appropriately bold programme, more subtly linked than it might seem...Altogether this is a distinguished recital debut, and one looks forward to more.'
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Gothic Voices - The Dufay Spectacle - Res Musica

'Endowed with the exceptional singing of the mezzo Catherine King, Gothic Voices emphasize the expressiveness in the more cerebral aspects of Dufay's counterpoint, deploying the rhythmic richness and ingenuity of these motets and his songs.'
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Richard Egarr - One Byrde in Hande - MusicWeb International

'Richard Egarr’s new release of Byrde’s keyboard music is especially welcome.'
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Jacques Imbrailo - Sibelius & Rachmaninov: Songs - Res Musica

'Jacques Imbrailo approaches this selection with relish. His powerful, precise and serious baritone voice works wonders.'
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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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Thomas Sondergard - Sibelius: Finlandia - The Arts Desk

'...this collection of tone poems and incidental music boasts excellent sound, with impressive playing from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.'
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Thomas Sondergard - Sibelius: Finlandia - The Scotsman

4 Stars
'The opening Nocturne is an absolute gem, serene, evocative, and richly melodic. Søndergård teases out every ounce of quiet passion.'
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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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Robin Ticciati & SCO - Brahms: The Symphonies - Gramophone

A scintillating account of Brahms’s symphonies, in no small part due to the dynamics and detail of the 192kHz/24-bit Linn download.
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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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