Super Audio Collection, Vol. 10
Linn Records AKP 564
Review by Graham Williams - July 23, 2017
The decision by Linn records to cease issuing their new releases on SACD has been a cause of great dismay for many collectors because, over many years, the label has produced countless award-winning recordings, both stereo and multi-channel, in that format. It is, however, now possible to obtain all these recordings in high resolution sound via downloads in different qualities and file types. Details of these are available on the Linn website and I would recommend newcomers to downloads visit http://www.linnrecords.com/linn-downloads-beginners-guide.aspx .
The 'Super Audio Collection Volume 10' is the latest in a series of samplers designed to showcase recent Linn releases, and for listeners (the majority?) still wedded to the physical media this hybrid multi-channel SACD does provide the opportunity to audition in hi-res some releases that are only available on CD or as downloads.
All but one of the well-chosen samples here are taken from the Linn Classical catalogue and cover a commendably wide variety of musical genres and periods ranging from Trevor Pinnock's fine recording of Sweelinck's Variations on 'Mein junges Leben hat ein End' to the spirited Aldeburgh Strings account of Britten's 'Young Apollo' – both of which are given complete.
The whole disc is also a tribute to the splendid work of Linn engineer and producer Philip Hobbs whose efforts in a variety of recording venues and different acoustic signatures is exemplary and may well tempt those who have yet to take the plunge with downloads to give them a try.
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