It is nearly a year since Linn Records was named Gramophone’s Label of the Year, a tremendous achievement for a small independent label from Glasgow.
During the last 12 months Linn has been busy bringing you a wealth of new music, including premiere recordings, exciting debuts and Linn’s first opera! And ending this year on a high, they are proud to announce that three of their recent recordings are Finalists in the 2011 Gramophone Awards:
Retrospect Ensemble’s ‘JS Bach: Easter & Ascension Oratorios’ – ‘The Retrospect Ensemble’s orchestral playing and choral singing is of the highest quality…’
Phantasm’s ‘William Byrd: Complete Consort Music’ – Disc of the Month: ‘Ensemble and intonation are flawless…’
– ★★★★★ BBC Music Magazine
The Avison Ensemble’s ‘Handel: Concerti Grossi Opus 6’ – Orchestral Choice: ‘I shall certainly return frequently to this splendid set.’
– ★★★★1/2 BBC Music Magazine
Other highlights from the past year include percussionist Kuniko Kato’s album of new Steve Reich arrangements, The Prince Consort’s collaboration with Stephen Hough on ‘Other Love Songs’ and William Carter’s beautiful solo guitar album of works by Fernando Sor.
Future highlights include Handel’s first performing edition of Esther with the Dunedin Consort and the first in a series of Mozart operas with The Classical Opera Company.
October sees Robin Ticciati, the new Principal Conductor of the SCO, lead the orchestra in a recording of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and the recently signed Boston Baroque will be recording Haydn’s Creation. It looks like it’s shaping up to be another great year!