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Many music lovers miss the sound from vinyl pressings. Many others have yet to discover how pleasant the sound can be. Most of our albums are mastered from vinyl LP pressings and earlier recordings (before 1953) from 78 rpm discs. It is our ability to recreate, in the digital age, the sound from the disc era that many of our customers find most enjoyable.

Unlike modern digital recordings tracks in our albums do contain some distortion, and the occasional surface noises, but for many listeners these "defects" are soon forgotten.

 

Our albums are available from many download sites.

We highly recommend downloading from to Qobuz where you can download or stream in high quality, for the same price as iTunes medium quality.

Here are the top five best selling Beulah albums at Qobuz.

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1ps5 O Rosa Bella Alfred Deller

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2ps1 the mikado

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1ps6 the art of david oistrakh volume 1

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2ps6 the art of david oistrakh volume 2

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3ps6 the art of david oistrakh volume 3

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1ps9 the art of joseph haydn

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1ps9 the art of Chopin

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1ps10 the ballets of charles makerras

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1ps2 the art of georg kulenkampff

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1ps3 music by bliss volume 1

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1ps3 music by bliss volume 2

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1ps4the welsh male voice

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What the Critics Say


5pd17 Van beinum conducts brahms

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" I recall reading a review of van Beinum’s Brahms – not these recordings, I think, but it applies to them – to the effect that he couldn’t put a foot wrong. It’s certainly true of his recording of the First Symphony: I’d be hard pressed, for example, to name a more affectionate account of the ‘big tune’ in the finale. The recording has come up well for its age, though it’s inevitably rather thin.

"This recording of the Violin Concerto ... at nearly 22 minutes this is one of those performances where the first movement sounds almost as slow as the real slow movement but most seem to like it so and it’s certainly not the worst offender. Listen to Heifetz and Reiner (RCA) and you may never wholly enjoy any other account but there’s no lack of passion in Grumiaux’s playing or the accompaniment throughout. "

Brian Wilson at MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL where you can read the full review


7PDR$ Beecham conducts ballet music

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" The unavailability of Love in Bath except as a download coupled on a budget twofer with Solomon makes the Beulah reissue of this delightful music, originally concocted from a wide range of Handel’s music as The Great Elopement, all the more welcome and the inclusion of the Delibes, another ballet which Beecham brings off superbly, clinches it...for me Love in Bath is too full of sheer delectation and delight to be criticised. As for Le Roi s’amuse, I fell in love with the music years ago when BBC2 used it as theme music for a dramatisation of Kenilworth. Beecham’s is the most complete recording of the music and easily the best. "

Brian Wilson's REISSUE OF THE MONTH at MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL where you can read the full review


5pdr17 Barbirolli symphonies vol 5 franck symphony in d vaughan williams sinfonia antartica

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" Sir John Barbirolli’s Antartica appeared on HMV ALP1102 mere months before Sir Adrian Boult’s now much better known Decca recording; they shared Margaret Ritchie in the soprano role. Though the Boult is the one which has become a classic – in many ways preferable to more recent recordings, even Boult’s own – the Barbirolli stayed at full price in the catalogue well into the stereo era: it was still advertised as such in 1966 and it was until recently available in a Warner British Composers set (now download only). Like Barbirolli’s Eighth (4PDR17, with Elgar Symphony No.2 – DL News 2016/6), this deserves to be heard by every VW enthusiast and the recording has come up well for its age, though not quite as well as the Decca Boult. The Beulah transfer is good for its age, a trifle dry but no more so than the Warner reissue, streamed via Qobuz.

Barbirolli recorded the Franck Symphony with the New York Philharmonic in the days of 78s and that remains available on Guild but his Czech Philharmonic version is rarer. I wish I could be more enthusiastic about it: the performance has a vitality that sometimes challenges even the classic Beecham (Warner, download only) and Munch (RCA and Sony, download only or 86-CD set) recordings but the Supraphon recording seems to have been problematic, even for Beulah who have made much older Supraphons sound very acceptable. I suspect that the original LP was a ‘swinger’, with the central hole not quite accurately placed, or slightly warped. It’s not a gross problem but the pitch is just sufficiently off to be the musical equivalent of that slightly rough tooth that your tongue keeps getting attracted to. "

Brian Wilson at MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL where you can read the full review


1pdr36

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" A well-filled RPO/Beecham album brings reissues of Overtures: to BEETHOVEN’s Ruins of Athens, BERLIOZ’ Le Corsaire and Le Carnaval Romain, BRAHMS’ Academic Festival, MENDELSSOHN’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, ROSSINI’s La Cambiale di Matrimonio and La Gazza Laddra, SUPPÉ’s Poet and Peasant, BOCCHERINI’s Overture in D and MÉHUL’s Timoléon. Carnaval Romain and the last two were recorded in 1953/4 in mono, the rest in stereo in 1959/60. It’s very convenient and enjoyable to have them collected by Beulah in such good transfers. "

Brian Wilson at MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL where you can read the full review


1ps8 Aafje haynis sings brahms handel and bach

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"The Brahms is beautifully sung and accompanied but the recording sounds much older than 1958. I checked and it was indeed recorded in February 1958 and issued later that year on a 10” LP. The fault clearly lies with the original recording, not with Beulah’s transfer. The VSO and Gillesberger may not have been in the top league but they offer mainly stylish accompaniment in the other items. At the time Heynis was compared with Kathleen Ferrier but I prefer her voice to Ferrier’s and she is much better recorded than Ferrier. The rest of the Beulah recording is better than the Brahms: Philips quality had improved immeasurably in three short years. Recommended for all but the Brahms. "

Brian Wilson at MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL where you can read the full review


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"I can’t resist giving Beulah the accolade twice this month – see Handel above. I’ve been hoping for some time that they would reissue their recording of the Enigma Variations to replace the earlier release on 1BX181 – DL Roundup February 2012/2). It was a Recording of the Year and I see no reason not to stand by my very firm recommendation in its new guise.

"The Brahms is one of two versions which Monteux recorded around the same time. Originally on RCA, this is preferable to his LSO Philips recording made shortly afterwards. Monteux’s more relaxed and caressing account makes a fascinating adjunct to Klemperer’s rugged recording of around the same time, also recently reissued by Beulah. Even if you bought the original Beulah reissue of the Elgar, the modest price of the new download is worth paying for the Brahms. Both recordings are available on Eloquence but differently coupled, adding to the value of the Beulah release. The transfer is very good, with a touch of brightness on the upper strings reflecting the Decca sound of the time."

Brian Wilson's RECORDING OF THE MONTH at Music Web International