Linn Records is proud to announce a new digital partnership with the Edinburgh International Festival with the release of three
new recordings, including a world premiere and the first ever digital collection comprising highlights from the Chamber Music
Series. This collaboration was made possible through the specific digital focus the Festival brought to its 2020 programme. The
Festival’s innovative My Light Shines On series saw classical concerts broadcast throughout Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens,
and facilitated a welcome first foray back to live performance for many of the musicians taking part.
“In a year full of adversity, the classical music industry has faced a unique set of challenges. Inevitably, as everyone has struggled
to find ways of making music and reaching their audience, the first question has been ‘what can we do?’ This year’s Edinburgh
International Festival was presented with the same issues, but it is to their great credit that they managed to take this question
and extend it to ask ‘what can we do well?’. The result is some wonderful performances which will stand as significant
contributions to the recorded catalogue for years to come.” – Philip Hobbs, Linn’s Chief Producer


We are thrilled to present the world premiere recording of Klaus Simon’s stunning arrangement of Mahler’s Seventh
Symphony for chamber orchestra. The demands on the players are extreme, but in this recording the Royal Scottish National
Orchestra create a performance which is not only amazingly powerful in its own terms, but also shines a completely different
light on this masterpiece of a symphony. This performance marked Music Director Thomas Søndergård’s International Festival
debut.

Gian Carlo Menotti was actually a ‘local’ composer for much of his life, living in the majestic splendour of William Adam’s Yester
House in East Lothian, so Scotland and Scottish Opera has a particularly warm affection for his music. His single act opera The
Telephone, which was enormously popular in its day, proved a highlight of the 2020 International Festival. Soprano Soraya Mafi
and baritone Jonathan McGovern star as Lucy and Ben – the hapless couple whose love affair is repeatedly thwarted by a
telephone; the Orchestra of Scottish Opera under the lithe direction of Stuart Stratford give sparkling orchestral support.

An annual highlight of the Edinburgh International Festival is the Chamber Music Series, in which leading soloists and chamber
ensembles are welcomed from around the world for intimate morning recitals. This is the first time the Edinburgh International
Festival has released a digital collection comprising highlights from the Chamber Music Series, and it is made even more special
by the calibre of the performers: Mark Padmore, Paul Lewis, Catriona Morison, Andrea Baker, Steven Osborne, Malcolm
Martineau, Susan Tomes, Philip Higham, Ursula Leveaux and the Elias Quartet.

“I’m delighted that we are able to bring highlights of our reshaped digital 2020 Edinburgh International Festival programme to
music lovers through this new partnership with Linn Records. The recording sessions for Klaus Simon’s arrangement of Mahler’s
Seventh Symphony with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra marked their first performances together in over four months,
and the sense of excitement and anticipation of the orchestra reuniting on Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre stage can be heard
clearly on the recording!” – Andrew Moore, Head of Music, Edinburgh International Festival
All three recordings will be released on Friday 18th December via key download and streaming platforms, and in Studio Master
from LinnRecords.com.

ABOUT LINN RECORDS
A love of music and a passion for sound defines Linn Records’ audiophile appeal. The Scottish music label, launched in 1982 with
ground-breaking recordings, is home to many exceptional artists ranging from the finest classical players to highly respected jazz
vocalists and inspiring folk singer-songwriters. The result is a catalogue brimming with quality and diversity. Linn Records was
the first label to offer Studio Master downloads DRM-free. Thousands of customers have already downloaded Studio Masters
from LinnRecords.com, demonstrating the demand for high quality music at home. This appetite for producing music exactly the
way the artist intended it to sound saw Linn Records named as Gramophone’s ‘Label of the Year’ in 2010. The award-winning
record label was shaped with the same enthusiasm for music and precision-engineering that are the values of its founding
company Linn Products.

ABOUT EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
Edinburgh International Festival is the world’s leading performing arts festival, featuring the finest performers from the worlds
of dance, opera, music and theatre. Created in 1947 to celebrate the human spirit, the International Festival normally serves as
an annual cultural exchange, every August, for an international audience exceeding 400,000 per year.  
The 2020 Edinburgh International Festival was cancelled for the first time in its history due to concerns around the Covid19 pandemic, but remains actively engaged in Edinburgh’s community and in creating cultural content for both Scotland’s capital
city and the world. 

Mahler: Symphony No. 7 (Arr. for Chamber Orchestra by Klaus Simon)
Thomas Søndergård conductor
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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Release date: 18th December 2020

Menotti: The Telephone
Soraya Mafi soprano; Jonathan McGovern baritone
Stuart Stratford conductor; The Orchestra of Scottish Opera
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Release date: 18th December 2020

Edinburgh International Festival: Chamber Music Highlights 2020
Various Artists
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Release date: 18th December 2020