Recording of the Week Linn Records
Scottish label Linn Records are celebrating what must be their best ever year. After scooping a Gramophone Award last year with John Butt and the Dunedin Consort's recording of the Handel Messiah, they've followed it up this year with the same group's St Matthew Passion as well as a chart storming Late Mozart Symphonies from Sir Charles Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
It is often reported that the more interesting releases these days generally come from the independent labels, but what must make Linn's success even sweeter is the fact that they are also scoring these successes with their local artists.
Based in the countryside just south of Glasgow, Linn have been making records since 1983 and since then have built up a catalogue of well over 100 classical recordings (as well as a large number of Jazz and Celtic music ones). Whilst maintaining an impressive roster of international artists like Artur Pizarro, Emma Bell and James Gilchrist, Linn have turned increasingly to Scottish based groups and ensembles, with a number of recordings from the Scottish Ensemble and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO), and more recently the Hebrides Ensemble, vocal group Cappella Nova and of course the Dunedin Consort.
I'm really pleased to see Linn doing so well. It is a credit to them and their philosphy and a huge boost for classical music in Scotland to have such an active and dynamic record label working so hard to champion the enormous talent that the country is producing. To celebrate Linn's success we're offering 25% off the whole label, and because there are no new releases this week, we have the rare opportunity to list our top ten below, but I would recommend exploring the whole catalogue as well - you can do so on our Linn promotion page.