About Linn Records

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Linn Records: Independent Pioneer Since 1982

We are an independent record label, combining a love of music with a passion for quality. We cover everything, from award-winning classical and jazz recordings, to the latest rock, pop and electronica. We capture the finest performances and let you download them to play in your home.

You can buy individual tracks or whole albums. Download them immediately from LinnRecords.com. Or choose between CD, Super Audio CD and vinyl, which you can buy from online stockists or your local retailer.

You can listen to samples from any album page on linnrecords.com or tune into our high quality web radio stations to listen to uninterrupted music randomly selected from our entire catalogue.

In 2010, we were proud to be awarded 'Label of the Year' by Gramophone. We've been producing music for nearly 30 years, so to be described as "the very model of a modern record company" was music to our ears.

The birth of Linn Records

We bought a record-cutting lathe in 1982 because the vinyl pressings we were using to test our LP12 turntable weren't up to the job. We needed a more reliable music source so we started pressing our own LPs.

Within two years we had recorded and released The Blue Nile's classic debut 'A Walk Across the Rooftops' and Linn Records was born. We found our passion for music extended to discovering and working with talented artists. Soon we had a catalogue of recordings being sold to customers around the globe.

The digital revolution


As the march towards convenience of the Compact Disc became relentless, we became more and more frustrated by its limitations.

CDs may be small and shiny, but the convenience comes at the expense of audio quality. You can only store so much data on a disc - much less than in the groove of a vinyl record. Some of the music gets left out, making it less enjoyable to listen to.

We started to explore new formats that would capture the whole performance, not limit us in any way. Initially we worked with Super Audio Compact Discs (SACD). And today, our albums are also released as Studio Master downloads.

Studio Masters

With a Studio Master, you get to hear more of the music. It's the closest we can get to capturing the artist's original performance. In fact, it's recorded with such accuracy that you'd think the artist was performing in your room.

Customers tell us that the quality of sound on our recordings has encouraged them to expand their listening habits. They find themselves exploring new music and enjoying classical as well as rock, pop, electronic and jazz.

Today, our Studio Masters set the music standard for digital recordings.

If you're interested in finding new music, beautifully recorded, you're in the right place. Explore the Linn Records catalogue here

Linn, Glasgow
Label of the Year

In 2010 Gramophone named Linn 'Label of the Year'

In October 2010 at the annual Gramophone Awards, Linn was named 'Label of the Year'. For Linn, winning this prestigious award was the culmination of nearly three decades of work, and represents the dedication of a team striving to give the you the best music, with no compromises on quality or support of our artists. 

To hear Gramophone's Editor-in-Chief James Jolly describing Linn as 

"...the very model of a modern record company" 

was, well, music to our ears. 

It's all About Quality

Our experience in making award-winning recordings and music systems gives us a unique understanding of the musical journey from the performer to the listener. 

We have unrelentingly high standards, and that goes for your listening at home too... for the finest possible experience, play Studio Master downloads through a Linn DS system

Other Gramophone Award-Winners

Linn's biggest triumph, prior to being named 'Label of the Year' came in 2007 when the mighty Dunedin Consort scooped the Baroque Vocal Album of the Year Award for their recording of Handel's Messiah (Dublin Version, 1742).

More recently 2014 saw Dunedin Consort triumph again as they won the Choral Album of the Year Award for their brilliant Mozart: Requiem, which Gramophone described as  

"...one of the finest Mozart Requiems of recent years." 

Gramophone Award Finalists

Gramophone Award ceremonies have seen many of Linn's artists singled out for their outstanding recordings. 

In 2010 the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Sir Charles Mackerras was a Finalist in the Orchestral Album of the Year category for their album Mozart Symphonies 29, 31 (Paris), 32, 35 (Haffner) & 36 (Linz) whilst Phantasm was a Finalist in the Early Music Album of the Year category for their album, John Ward: Consort music for five and six viols.

2009 saw another two recordings highlighted: Purcell: Ten Sonatas in Four Parts by Retrospect Trio was a Finalist in the Baroque Instrumental Album of the Year category and the Dunedin Consort's Acis and Galatea (Original Cannons Performing Version 1718) was a Finalist in the Baroque Vocal Album of the Year category. 

James Gilchrist flew the flag for Linn at the 2008 Awards with a Finalist nod in the Solo Vocal Album of the Year category for this album with the Fitzwilliam Quartet and pianist Anna Tilbrook, On Wenlock Edge. 

Many thanks to all who contributed to these successes, we will be working hard to bring you more award-winning recordings in the future.

James Jolly presents Linn with Label of the Year Award
Customer Satisfaction

Linn Records is fully committed to providing the best possible service and recordings for our customers.

We are always happy to hear what our customers have to say and thought that we would share some customer comments with you. If you would like to share your own comments please email us

Linn Records Customer Service

"Exemplary customer service and a wonderful website - incredibly clear and intuitive to use." A Pepper

"Great service as always from Linn. The fact that your products sound fantastic helps as well!" S Kerr

"Wow! I am impressed with your speed and efficiency." N Farran

"I appreciate it when people go a little further than duty calls to help." S Geale

"Thank you again - nice people are the heart of great companies!" B Singleton

"Thank you for being such a lovely firm to deal with!!" U Price

"Thanks a lot for your support and good customer service. That way I really feel that buying Linn was a very good choice." M Mikusik

Linn Records Music 

"Secret love. Thank you Claire & Linn. Fabulous album." G Williams

"Thank you for all the wonderful recordings that you provide us as customers... That's why we keep coming back for more! Thanks again, "customer for life"!" D San Souci

"I went to see Carol Kidd 3 weeks ago, ...I just love her to bits and always make the effort to get to wherever she is performing. Nobody can touch her ...and the audience wouldn't let her go ...wonderful evening. 'Linn' certainly know how to pick them!" E McLennan

"Terrific performances and demonstration sound quality. What else would one get from Linn ?! I found the flute sound particularly impressive. Magical flautist with a magic flute." P Hamilton

"Your recordings of the Scottish Ensemble have given me great pleasure; I have the two Shostakovich releases, the second of which includes that marvellous performance of the Ravel string quartet." J Hickman

Linn Records Downloads

"I am very pleased with your music and your service and I will continue shopping here because it's probably the best download site in Europe regarding classical music." P Nilsson

"Yes!!!!! FLAC!!!!!! Bless you all, thanks so much for doing this. I bought and downloaded my first album ever today." C Hermansen

"It is important that quality smaller labels lead the way for high rez downloads, currently I'm listening to what must be the most moving and invigorating Messiah on record. I have about 12 recordings and Linn's is the finest overall. All your recordings are superb......yes I am spreading word." P Harben 

"I just purchased Barb Jungr Master Studio download album - Walking In The Sun. Thanks very much for offering these Master Studio downloads - spreading the word on them." K Liles

"I'm very pleased to see that you are offering high quality downloads of some wonderful recordings. I plan to be a frequent customer." C Hodel

"Thanks for the great idea of providing downloads at CD (or even better) quality ! No need to buy a physical CD just to have to copy it onto the music server!" M Nitters

"The quality of the downloaded tracks are awesome!! Am delighted with the sound quality and intend to download more tracks." A Hird

"Linn's idea of selling master quality digital music is great! I listened yesterday to Messiah - what a great recording! I will spread the word around on the audiophile websites I visit." D Boeriu

"Congratulations on making Studio Master quality available and multiple congratulations for trusting your customers and avoiding DRM. I have tried the files (Messiah and Liszt) and the quality is superb. It is a pity that the larger record companies have not had the same concern for their customers. This is a great step forward in home reproduction." G Gibney

Awards & Commendations

Diapason d'Or Award

Parle qui veut: Moralizing Songs of the Middle Ages by Sollazzo Ensemble

- Diapason d'or de l'année - Musique Ancienne 2018

 

Dowland: Lachrimae or Seven Tears by Phantasm & Elizabeth Kenny

- Diapason d'or de l'année - Musique Ancienne 2017

 

An Excess Of Pleasure by The Palladian Ensemble

- Diapason d'Or Award 1993

 

The Winged Lion by The Palladian Ensemble

- Diapason d'Or Award 1994

 

The Sun King's Paradise by The Palladian Ensemble

- Diapason d'Or Award 1998

 

The London Collection: A Choice Collection / Held by the Ears by The Palladian Ensemble

- Diapason d'Or Award 1999

 

The Venice Collection: An Excess of Pleasure / The Winged Lion by The Palladian Ensemble

- Diapason d'Or Award 2000

 

Les Saisons Amusantes by The Palladian Ensemble

- Diapason d'Or Award 2008 (two time winner)

Gramophone Award

Dowland: Lachrimae or Seven Tears by Phantasm & Elizabeth Kenny

- Winner Early Music Album of the Year 2017

 

Mozart: Requiem by Dunedin Consort & John Butt

- Winner Choral Album of the Year 2014

 

Messiah (Dublin Version, 1742) by Dunedin Consort & John Butt

- Winner Baroque Vocal Album of the Year 2007

BBC Music Magazine Award

Mozart Symphonies 38-41 by Scottish Chamber Orchestra & Sir Charles Mackerras

- Winner Disc of the Year Award 2009

- Winner Orchestral Award 2009

BBC Jazz Award

Claire Martin

- Best Vocalist in 2009, 2010 and in 2018

- Rising Star

- Best New CD for Too Much in Love to Care in 2012

 

Ian Shaw

- Best Jazz Vocalist in 2007 and in 2004

 

Liane Carroll

- Best New CD for Seaside in 2015

 

Martin Taylor

- Best Guitar

- Best Small Group for Years Apart

Classical BRIT Award

Mozart Symphonies 38-41 by Scottish Chamber Orchestra & Sir Charles Mackerras

- Winner Critics' Award 2009

ECHO Klassik Award

Mozart Symphonies 29, 31 (Paris), 32, 35 (Haffner) & 36 (Linz) by Scottish Chamber Orchestra & Sir Charles Mackerras

- Symphonic Recording of the Year 2011

Le Monde de la Musique Choc de l'année Award

Mozart Symphonies 38-41 by Scottish Chamber Orchestra & Sir Charles Mackerras

- Winner Album of the Year 2008

Midem Classical Award

Messiah (Dublin Version, 1742) by Dunedin Consort & John Butt

- Winner Baroque Music Award 2008

 

Mozart Symphonies 38-41 by Scottish Chamber Orchestra & Sir Charles Mackerras

- Winner Album of the Year (Symphonic Works) 2009

Scottish Jazz Award

Dreamsville by Carol Kidd

- Winner CD of the Year 2009

BBC Radio 3's Record Review - Building A Library: First Choice

BBC Music Magazine Disc of the Month

Thomas Arne Artaxerxes by Classical Opera

 

Acis and Galatea (Original Cannons Performing Version 1718) by Dunedin Consort & John Butt

 

Handel Operatic Arias by Emma Bell

 

Liszt Sonata and Etudes by George-Emmanuel Lazaridis

 

Handel Recorder Sonatas by Pamela Thorby

 

William Byrd: Complete Consort Music by Phantasm

 

J.S. Bach: Harpsichord Concertos by Retrospect Ensemble & Matthew Halls

 

Twelve Sonatas in Three Parts by Retrospect Trio

 

Mozart Symphonies 38-41 by Scottish Chamber Orchestra & Sir Charles Mackerras

 

Dvorak Violin Concerto in A minor by Scottish Chamber Orchestra & Joseph Swensen


Mozart: Opera Arias & Overtures by Scottish Chamber Orchestra & Elizabeth Watts 

 

J.S. Bach: John Passion by Dunedin Consort & John Butt

Gramophone Recording of the Month

J.S. Bach: John Passion, Reconstruction of Bach's Passion Liturgy by Dunedin Consort & John Butt

 

Berlioz: Les nuits d'ete by Robin Ticciati and Scottish Chamber Orchestra

 

Chopin: Preludes by Ingrid Fliter

 

Mozart: Requiem (Reconstruction of first performance) by Dunedin Consort & John Butt

Gramophone Choice

Parle qui veut: Moralizing Songs of the Middle Ages by Sollazzo Ensemble

 

J.S. Bach: Magnificat & Christmas Cantata by Dunedin Consort & John Butt

 

Mozart: Divertimenti by Scottish Chamber Orchestra Wind Soloists

 

James MacMillan: Who are these Angels? by Capella Nova

 

Mozart: Divertimento K.334 & Oboe Quartet K.370 by Scottish Chamber Orchestra

 

Le Calme: Fernando Sor Late Works by William Carter

 

James MacMillan Tenebrae by Cappella Nova

 

J.S. Bach Mass in B Minor by Dunedin Consort & John Butt

 

Handel Operatic Arias by Emma Bell & Scottish Chamber Orchestra 

 

Tallis: Spem in alium by Magnificat

 

Tomas Luis de Victoria: Officium Defunctorum by Magnificat

 

Go from my window by Nigel North

 

Vivaldi Concerti by Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

 

Baroque Recorder Concertos by Pamela Thorby

 

Handel Recorder Sonatas by Pamela Thorby

 

Byrd: Complete Consort Music by Phantasm

 

Ned Rorem - On an echoing road by Prince Consort

 

Henry Purcell: Ten Sonatas in Four Parts by Retrospect Trio

 

Britten Les Illuminations by Scottish Ensemble

 

Fernando Sor Early Works by William Carter

 

La Guitarra Espanola - The Music of Santiago de Murcia by William Carter

Diapason d'Or

Dangerous Graces by Musica Secreta

- Diapason d'Or Decouverte

 

William Byrd: Complete Consort Music by Phantasm

- Diapason d'Or - Golden Diapason

 

Parle qui veut: Moralizing Songs of the Middle Ages by Sollazzo Ensemble

- Diapason d'Or

 

Dowland: Lachrimae or Seven Tears by Phantasm & Elizabeth Kenny

- Diapason d'Or

 

ClassicsToday 10/10

Mungrel Stuff by Concerto Caledonia

 

Poulenc Concerto for Organ by Gillian Weir

 

Orlando Gibbons - The Woods So Wild by John Toll

 

La Trompette Retrouvee by Jonathan Freeman-Attwood

 

Vivaldi Concerti by Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

 

Held By The Ears by The Palladian Ensemble

 

Henry Purcell: Ten Sonatas in Four Parts by Retrospect Trio

 

Virtuoso in the Making - Biber by Ricordo

 

Brahms Violin Concerto and Hungarian Dances by Scottish Chamber Orchestra

 

Prokofiev Violin Concerto by Scottish Chamber Orchestra

 

Sibelius Theatre Music by Scottish Chamber Orchestra

 

Britten Les Illuminations by Scottish Ensemble

 

Shostakovich Symphony No. 11 by Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Phantasm win Gramophone Award