一般听到发烧唱片厂的精选辑，许多人会认为是一堆空有爆棚的音效，却毫无音乐价值的空洞音乐。不过Linn Records很显然的并不属於这类发烧唱片厂。在流行、爵士方面，他们有Claire Martin、Carol Kidd等得奖无数的女歌手，也有BBC评选为年度最佳主唱的Ian Shaw。加上民谣摇滚新秀Maeve O’Boyle，光是在歌唱方面，阵容已经坚强无比。演奏爵士乐方面，Gareth Williams Power Trio的钢琴三重奏是最正统、原汁原味、让人欣喜的演出。
佔了这张专辑后半时间的，则是更让人惊喜的古典音乐部分。世界知名的木笛演奏家Pamela Thorby搭配鲁特琴演奏家Elizabeth Kenny的专辑「夜鶯与蝴蝶」演奏的音乐轻快、活泼而灵动；Retrospect Trio虽然名为三重奏，却是双小提琴、中提琴与大键琴的四人组合，他们演奏的浦赛尔奏鸣曲缓慢温柔，也充满了古乐透明甜美的味道；在欧洲获奖无数的Dunedin Consort带来的马太受难曲肯定是古乐乐迷们不可错过的新版本；Phantasm古乐四重奏与Linn Records初次合作的专辑也获得各种音乐媒体一致的推荐。
此时出现的葡萄牙钢琴家Artur Pizarro演奏拉威尔钢琴奏鸣曲，宛如主菜前清口中杂味的清爽冰沙，晶莹剔透的完美演出让人流连忘返。接下来端上来的，当然就是管弦乐团演出的大菜了。史特拉汶斯基的普钦奈拉组曲，在Chamber Orchestra of Europe的演出下听起来热情而让人投入；梅湘的时间终结四重奏除了四重奏组成外，还加入了钢琴与木管的演出，已经像是个小型室内乐团的规模，而Hebrides Ensemble的演出在此也可视为决定版。最后两曲更具有价值，因为是由2010年七月刚逝世的Charles Mackerras爵士指挥Scottish Chamber Orchestra的演出：贝多芬的钢琴协奏曲第四号配上Artur Pizarro的钢琴，而莫札特交响曲则是指挥这几年深耕的曲目，两曲都是音响性与音乐性兼具的磅礡演出。让人讶异的是，所有这些古典录音都由Philip Hobbs制作并录音，显见这位制作人功力深不可测！
Linn Records' fourth volume in its popular sampler series features a mouth-watering selection of tracks from its catalogue of award-winning artists. ‘The Super Audio Collection Volume 4' is a stunning new collection of Hi-Fi demonstration quality tracks chosen from the bestselling albums of 2008-09.
Discover the melodic blend of rock, pop and folk from the talented new Scottish singer/songwriter Maeve O'Boyle. Her debut album was named ‘Album of the Month' in The Music Critic: "The best album of the year so far". Track taken from the album 'All My Sins' (AKD 318).
2009 British Jazz Award-winner, Claire Martin, released her 12th studio album ‘A Modern Art', which was named one of the ‘Best Albums of 2009' by Record Collector: "Another top-notch release". Track taken from 'A Modern Art' (AKD 340).
Ian Shaw realised his musical ambitions when he released this album of self-penned material. At turns witty and poignant this heartfelt collection of songs won the award-winning singer widespread praise: "If "Lifejacket" doesn't end up at or very near the top of this year's jazz vocal roster, I'll eat my iPod" (Jazz Times). Track taken from 'Lifejacket' (AKD 311).
'Dreamsville' marked the long-awaited studio return of UK jazz legend Carol Kidd. The album, which includes a new version of her worldwide hit 'When I Dream' was named the 'Best CD' at the 2009 Scottish Jazz Awards. Track taken from 'Dreamsville' (AKD 325).
The Gareth Williams Power Trio burst onto the jazz scene with a selection of funky originals. BBC Music Magazine named 'Shock!' Jazz Choice in April 2009: "The wow factor in Gareth Williams's all-Welsh trio comes from projecting controlled, inner power into the music. And what a programme." Track taken from 'Shock!' (AKD 326).
The cool, ‘new swing' from acclaimed actor turned vocalist, Mark Moraghan, generated widespread national radio play and television coverage. 'Moonlight's Back in Style' won the singer some famous fans, notably Bob Harris, Tim Rice and Sir Michael Parkinson: "A welcome venture into the world of swing". Track taken from 'Moonlight's Back in Style (songs by Nicky Campbell)' (AKD 345).
Recorder virtuoso Pamela Thorby teamed up with harpist Andrew Lawrence-King in a delightful selection of unusual and eloquent pieces for recorders, harps and psaltery. "This is Paradise indeed" (Gramophone). Taken from the album 'Garden of Early Delights' (CKD 291).
Retrospect Trio released their critically acclaimed Linn début. Their recording, celebrating the 350th anniversary of Henry Purcell, was a ‘Finalist' in the 2009 Classic FM Gramophone Awards and named Sunday Times 'Classical CD of the Week': "The playing is immaculate...an absolute winner". Taken from the album 'Henry Purcell: Ten Sonatas in Four Parts' (CKD 332).
The Dunedin Consort's Matthew Passion was named a ‘Benchmark Recording' by BBC Music Magazine and received many five star reviews from publications such as The Observer, The Herald, The Scotsman, The Financial Times and The Guardian: "There's no doubt that this one is the pick of this year's crop...tinglingly vivid". Taken from the album 'JS Bach Matthew Passion (Final performing version, c. 1742)' (CKD 313).
Phantasm's debut recording on Linn explores the music of the Jacobean composer John Ward and was named BBC Music Choice: "Phantasm's playing is impeccable...Tudor viol music seldom sounds better than this". Track taken from 'John Ward: Consort music for five and six viols' (CKD 339).
The second disc in Artur Pizarro's acclaimed Ravel series contains some of Ravel's most cherished piano works. "We are not short of Ravel discs but I would place this (and the first volume) the top of the list." (hi-fi+). Track taken from 'The Complete Works of Ravel Vol. 2' (CKD 315).
The Grammy Award-winning Chamber Orchestra of Europe give a vibrant and beautiful performance of some of Stravinsky's lovliest ballet music for their Linn debut. "Wonderfully characterful...mesmerising" (BBC Music Magazine). Track taken from 'Stravinsky Apollon musagete & Pulcinella Suite' (CKD 330).
The internationally-acclaimed Hebrides Ensemble released 'Olivier Messiaen: Chamber Works' to celebrate the centenary of the innovative composer in 2008. "Transparent surround sonics greatly aid the listener's experience of this amazing work" (Audiophile Audition). Track taken from 'Olivier Messiaen: Chamber Works' (CKD 314).
The multi-award-winning team of Sir Charles Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra contribute two tracks. The first features the virtuosic talents of Artur Pizarro in a recording of 'Beethoven Piano Concertos 3, 4 & 5'. "Nearly two hours of unalloyed delight" (International Record Review). The second is from ‘Mozart Symphonies 38-41' which was named ‘Disc of the Year' by BBC Music and won the ‘Critics' Award' at the 2009 Classical BRITs. "It is Mackerras and the SCO who triumph in the finest accounts of the Prague, E flat, G minor and Jupiter ever recorded." (The Sunday Times). Tracks taken from 'Beethoven Piano Concertos 3, 4 & 5' (CKD 336) and ‘Mozart Symphonies 38-41' (CKD 308).
01. Pray It Never Happens 祈祷这从未发生
02. Everything I’ve Got Belongs to You 我的一切都属於你
03. A Good and Simple Man 简单好男人
04. Stars Fell on Alabama 阿拉巴马流星
05. For Alun Lewis, Hedd Wyn & the Others 给亚隆路易斯、海德温与其他人
06. Moonlight’s Back in Style 月光优雅的重返
07. Deigo Ortiz: Recercada segunda de tenore 奥提兹：Recercada segunda de tenore
08. Henry Purcell: Sonata I in B minor - Largo 浦赛尔：第一号奏鸣曲
09. JS Bach: Aria: Sehet, Jesus hat die Hand; Chorus: Wohin? 巴哈：马太受难曲
10. John Ward: In Nomine No. 2 a6 (VdGS 2) 华尔德：In Nomine
11. Maurice Ravel: Sonatine - Anime 拉威尔：钢琴奏鸣曲
12. Igor Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite -Ⅱ.Serenata 史特拉汶斯基：普钦奈拉组曲
13. Oliver Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du Temps - I. Liturgie de cristal 梅湘：世纪末四重奏
14. Ludwig Van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 in G major, Op.58 - II. Andante con moto 贝多芬：第四号钢琴协奏曲
15. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No.38 in D major (Prague), K504 - III. Finale: Presto 莫札特：第三十八号交响曲（布拉格）