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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.


Joe Stilgoe - Songs On Film: The Sequel - East Anglian Daily Times (Live Review)

'[Joe Stilgoe] proceeded to delight the audience with his take on a plethora of cinema classics.'
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Theatre of the Ayre - The Masque of Moments - The Observer

'...there are exquisite sounds from Kenny's plucked-instrument ensemble...with nicely refined singing.'
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Francesco Piemontesi - Mozart Piano Concerto No. 27 (Live Review)

5 Stars
'Francesco Piemontesi was the soloist, his neat, relaxed fingers drawing a warm, pearly tone, his decoration flowing ripplingly, his added ornaments perfectly fitting, his nuanced phrasing as natural as singing. He conjured a whole range of moods from these deceptively simple textures, and his collaboration with Mirga's orchestra was as empathetic as in chamber-music.'
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Claire Martin Sings Shirley Horn - The Times (Live Review)

4 Stars
'Claire Martin, easily the best British singer of her generation, was often more affecting than some of the overly lush recordings that Horn made in her final years...This was, in short, no crossover stunt, but a genuine meeting of minds.'
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Gothic Voices - Mary Star Of The Sea - MusicWeb International

Recording of the Month: 'Just lovely!'
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Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio - Image Hi-Fi

,,Der Chor und die Solisten singen ebenso lebendig wie schnörkellos. Komplettiert wird der Hörgenuss durch die Klangqualität - sondern einfach nur anrührend und mitreißend.''
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Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio - Audio

4 Stars
AUDIOphile Pearls: „Entfaltet der anerkannte Bach-Dirigent Transparenz, Drive und große Textverständlichkeit. Musikalisch ist Butts federnder, tänzerischer Ansatz fraglos reizvoll.''
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Robin Ticciati & SRSO - Berlioz: Romeo et Juliette - Pizzicato

4 Stars
„Unter der Leitung von Robin Ticciati gelingt auch hier eine technisch ausgefeilte und musikalisch tragende Interpretation...Die Gesangssolisten bereichern die Aufnahme.“
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Robin Ticciati & SRSO - Berlioz: Romeo et Juliette - Crescendo

4½ Stars
« De fait, il parvient, grâce à une baguette souple et expressive, à construire des climats si justes que l'oreille vit la tragédie de l'intérieur. Pour chaque épisode, le soin porté aux et dans les pupitres de l'orchestre ainsi que le choix des dynamiques et des couleurs permettent à Ticciati de développer un travail sonore et d'architecture conséquent. Le chœur présente lui aussi de belles caractéristiques : texte intelligible, intonation qui ne fait jamais défaut, homogénéité, couleurs... »
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Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio - The Sunday Times

'This is a beautifully crafted performance...There's an easy flow to the tempos and the glowing singing of the arias is matched by deeply impressive instrumental obbligatos.'
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Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio - The Observer

Best classical Christmas releases 2016: 'Dunedin Consort's first-rate Christmas Oratorio, already released to rapturous reviews and in a class all its own.'
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Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio - The Bloomington Herald

'Features Butt's stunning Dunedin Consort and a delicious-to-hear set of soloists...the cantatas are performed with welcome energy, clarity and attention to period detail.'
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Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio - The Arts Desk

The Year's Best Seasonal Releases: 'The Dunedin Consort's playing is full of character...exceptionally good, and beautifully presented.'
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Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio - NDR

CD der Woche: "Mit Pauken und Trompeten begrüßt Johann Sebastian Bach die Geburt des Christkindes. Die neue Aufnahme verbindet diesen festlichen Glanz mit tänzerischem Schwung und Präzision. Der Dirigent John Butt versprüht die Freudenfunken mit einer kleinen Orchesterbesetzung. Butt begreift das Stück als erweiterte Kammermusik, der Klang bleibt immer durchsichtig und klar. / CD of the Week: 'Johann Sebastian Bach welcomes the birth of the Christ Child with timpani and trumpets. The new recording combines this festive glow with dancing swing and precision. Butt comprehends the piece as an extended chamber music, the sound always remains transparent and clear.'
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Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio - Financial Times

4 Stars
'John Butt and his Dunedin Consort's performance gives the composer's Christmas fare a seasonal sparkle.'
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IBO - Concerti Bizarri - High Res Mac

''Denn die Aufnahme ist wunderbar und präsentiert die Kompositionen mit sensibler Emotionalität und feinem Spiel...Die Interpretation der insgesamt 24 Stücke ist äußerst feinfühlig und klanglich mehr als überzeugend. Dazu ist die Einspielung sensibel und musikalisch abgemischt - ein Glücksfall für Fans des Barock. Und eine lohnende Entdeckung für alle anderen.''
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Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos - Classic FM

Classic FM's 20 Best Classical Albums of 2016: 'John Butt and his Edinburgh-based Dunedin Consort play Bach’s music brilliantly, and with Cecilia Bernadini as soloist, their reputation is further enhanced.'
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Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio - MusicWeb International

'John Butt and his team have once again opened my ears to a fresh crystal-clear interpretation of Bach...Were it not too late, this would have been one of my Recordings of the Year.'
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Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio - High Res Mac

"Frohes Fest"
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Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio - The New Yorker

Notable Performances and Recordings of 2016
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