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Do not give all or too much credit to Dunedin or John Butt, Vic. Linn performs miracles with their recordings, particularly the SACD ones.
Boston Baroque and their conductor Martin Pearlman are not the greatest baroque ensemble in the world. Listen, however, to Linn's rather recent Haydn's "Nelson Mass" and Symphony no.102 and, most probably, you'll find it as your most favourite version. Personally, for the best possible results, I always resort to this recording, but I cannot tell whether it is actually the best or more idiomatic performance. It is the best recorded anyway (so far).
I agree with you both. The more you listen to Butt's scaled down Requiem the more right it feels, and Linn excel themsles again with the sound.
The same is true for other Linn CD's I have - Berlioz Nuits d'Ete and late Mozart symphonies, both with the SCO. They are excellently produced. There is no excuse for poor recorded sound these days, unless the acoustic is really unforgiving, and yet poor recordings still happen. I suppose that is why Gramophone don't both with a Best Engineering award any more!
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