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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.

Robin Ticciati & DSO - Ravel & Duparc: Aimer et mourir - BBC Music Magazine

'Robin Ticciati and his orchestra bring out Ravel's colours with precision and vibrancy in a far from routine performance.'
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KUNIKO - Reich: Drumming - Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

'I have heard virtually all of the versions that have come out since the first recording and they are all good. But this one is by far the best, the most inspired, the most moving I have heard.'
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Phantasm - Locke - Europadisc

'...this disc is a veritable cornucopia of delights. Not just ‘for lovers of consort music’, then, but for all lovers of chamber music, immaculately conceived and executed. Essential listening indeed!'
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KUNIKO - Reich: Drumming - HighResMac

'It almost seems as if Kuniko is the natural sound realization of Reich's compositions on paper. Not only that her playing is precise and that she implements the constantly only slightly changing sequences wonderfully primely. She also is highly musical! Everything flows naturally, is connected, interwoven, interleaved.'
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Dunedin Consort - Handel: Ode for St Cecilia's Day - The Scotsman

5 Stars
'This is yet another Baroque tour de force from Butt, who has a simple knack of turning highly informed intelligence and curiosity into performances fired by spontaneous combustion.'
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Dunedin Consort - Handel: Ode for St Cecilia's Day - The Herald

'The work packs a powerful punch in these hands, and nowhere more so than when Bostridge combines with the chorus in the aria hymning "the double, double, double beat/Of the thund'ring drum".'
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Phantasm: Gibbons: Consorts for Viols - BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'

'Phantasm’s own performances...are bright with expressive colour...Who needs sung text when players can say it all so vividly without words?'
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Orlando Gibbons - The Woods So Wild - John Toll - BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'

'John Toll’s recording is hard to improve on, an undemonstrative performance that captures the introspection present in Gibbons’ music.'
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Phantasm - Locke - BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'

'So alive not just for the lightness of the dance movements but also the extraordinary harmonic twists and turns of Locke’s fantazie movements...The playing is everything we’ve come to expect from Phantasm.'
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Robin Ticciati & DSO - Ravel & Duparc: Aimer et mourir - BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'

'It glows with warmth and glitters with detail...[a] rather beautiful and imaginatively drawn programme.'
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Phantasm - Locke - The Times

'Performances by Laurence Dreyfus's ensemble Phantasm are always worth treasuring, although there's a special glory about this album devoted to Matthew Locke...'
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Dunedin Consort - Handel: Ode for St Cecilia's Day - Europadisc

Disc of the Week: 'Of course, the big stars in any performance of the Ode to St Cecilia are the solo soprano and tenor, and here this recording hits gold. The other star is Butt himself: as ever, he shapes the music in an unforced, surefooted unmissable recording.'
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Robin Ticciati & DSO - Ravel & Duparc: Aimer et mourir - MusicWeb International

'This enchanting depiction from Ticciati is as beautiful as it is compelling...Ticciati presides over fresh and polished playing from his Berlin players...This is deliciously seductive singing from Kožená.'
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Thomas Sondergard - Sibelius: Finlandia - Politiken

5/6: 'An excellent new recording...There’s good reason to follow Søndergård's odyssey with the musicians from the BBC.'
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Handel's Acis & Galatea - Dunedin Consort - Gramophone

Top Choice: 'The instrumentalists’ illuminating expressivity, a superior five-part chorus, an unparalleled Polyphemus, Butt’s judicious direction, and impeccable sound engineering are just some of the elements that amply capture the work’s special charms.'
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John Passion - Dunedin Consort - Gramophone

Landmark Recording: 'The latest development in historic performance style: John Butt’s revealing interpretation reconstructs the Leipzig liturgy within which Bach’s Passion would have been first heard.'
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Ingrid Fliter - Chopin: Nocturnes - Gramophone

'There’s no questioning Fliter’s innate affinity for Chopin…Fliter realises her poetic potential most convincingly…'
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Jonathan Freeman-Attwood - An English Sett for Trumpet - BBC Music Magazine

'There's no doubting the technical prowess of these two crack performers, and it's hard not to share their guilty delight in this stolen booty: intonation and ensemble are spot-on...'
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Thomas Sondergard - Sibelius: Finlandia - BBC Music Magazine

4 Stars
'...this release can hold its own with the best around. Thomas Søndergård's approach conjures a pulsing energy of the kind which seems to well up from within the music itself.'
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Robin Ticciati & DSO - Ravel & Duparc: Aimer et mourir - SWR2

CD of the Week: 'The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester sparkles and glitters, twinkles and shines like a collection of precious stones.'
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