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1PD44 Collin Davis conducts Beethoven and Brahms

Beethoven Symphony No. 7

"Edward Greenfield wrote that it was ‘a lively sympathetic account to rival any in the catalogue … [with] well balanced recording’... and I’m very pleased to see that Beulah have reissued it now. It holds its own for me against the many Beethoven symphony recordings which Davis went on to make in the UK, Holland, Germany and the USA. The recording is a touch less detailed than we would expect now, but it’s come up very well in this transfer... Some conductors seem to delight in seeing how fast they can take the finale without losing the orchestra. Davis is fairly fast at 6:42 – all the recordings which I list below are noticeably slower – but the RPO never come off the rails ... From an earlier period Beulah have released Erich Kleiber’s 1950 mono recording – an excellent performance but the sound inevitably sounds dated by comparison with the Davis. (9-12BX6 – see March 2011) " Brian Wilson at Music Web International

Brahms Variations on a theme by Haydn

"The recordings have come up well in Beulah’s transfers ...There’s nothing revelatory but there’s nothing run of the mill here, either." Brian Wilson at Music Web International


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Brandenburg Concertos

12PD42 Brandenburg Concertos
Max Goberman conducts the New York Sinfonietta in all six Brandenburg Concertos by J. S. Bach

"Though I'd already heard the Beulah Extra releases of Nos. 1 and 3 and Nos. 2 and 4 I'm still amazed that such stylish performances had passed me by. At a time when my friends and I thought ourselves the cat's whiskers for listening to performances of the Brandenburgs and Vivaldi's Four Seasons from Karl M?nchinger and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra - now sounding worthy but very dated - Max Gobermann and the NY Sinfonietta were recording versions which still sound well alongside more recent period-instrument accounts. The recording has held up well, too - if you don't like the harpsichord to sound too prominent, you'll have to accept that that was the way that recordings of Bach were balanced them." Brian Wilson at Music Web International

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Listen to Beulah tracks at Spotify

Some of our albums and tracks can now be heard at Spotify.
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The Great British Getaway


Now available as an mp4 download

Filmed by Ron Craigen in 1957 and set to music from Beulah album Bandstand Music this video captures the age of British seaside holidays before the advent of charter airlines and package holidays. Features sand, sea, and sunshine mainly in Bridlington and Scarborough.


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1st movement with alternative (earlier) cadenza

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" These two sets of tracks complete the reissues of the ground-breaking performances which Beulah have been making over the last few months. I reviewed the complete set on 12PD42 in my previous Roundup, so I need only add that these two final instalments are well up to the high standard exhibited by their predecessors. If you want the complete set, as I'm sure you will - there's very little allowance to be made for the age of the recordings - the iTunes download is probably the better bet. "Brian Wilson at Music Web International


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" This has been one of my Desert Island Discs for nearly 50 years ... The music is enchanting - to hear it is to fall in love with it - the performance is one of those Beecham specials where good music is turned into a masterpiece, and the recording sounds fine. I compared it with the EMI reissue and found little difference between the two - perhaps EMI got a little more stereo directionality and a touch more bloom out of the master tape, but I could live perfectly happily with the Beulah and it's currently the only show in town anyway. "Brian Wilson at Music Web International


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" The recording is not brilliant, even for its date. Beulah have not been able to tidy up the sound any better than Guild did on their release, but the stylish performance shines through. As Jonathan Woolf wrote of that Guild reissue if you can tolerate the sound you will be rewarded with a fine performance. Those who don't wish the Rachmaninov concerto which was Guild's coupling will find the Beulah reissue especially valuable. "Brian Wilson at Music Web International


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" Sir Hamilton Harty's own performances of With the Wild Geese [15:43] and the Scherzo from his Irish Symphony ('The girl I left behind me') [2:53] look very interesting - and, indeed, it's very good to hear his interpretation of his own music, but the recordings from 1926 - rated 'true and worthy' in its day - and 1929 sound as thin as the dates imply. Nevertheless, these recordings give some insight into how the composer thought his music should be performed, though the exigencies of 78 side-lengths have necessitated some pruning. "Brian Wilson at Music Web International


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" The performance is a little larger in scale than we are used to nowadays, despite the (barely audible) harpsichord but eminently stylish. The VSOO were never the world's greatest but they play very well here and the recording is very much more than adequate. The symphonies are obviously more substantial works than the Overture lo Speziale, but that's performed stylishly, too. "Brian Wilson at Music Web International


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" The Britten recordings were made live at the Aldeburgh Festival by Decca engineers in 1956 ... the Beulah release is very welcome. He throws himself into the Sturm und Drang opening of No.45 in energetic style. Indeed, there's little or nothing in either performance that doesn't still sound stylish - just a little more rubato than we might expect now- and the recordings still sound well, with more bloom than you would expect for their age and a mercifully almost silent audience. Despite having a nickname, No.55 is rather less well known than 45, but no less attractive. "Brian Wilson at Music Web International


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" These symphonies from the second set are in good stereo and Beulah's re-mastering sounds every bit as good as the classicsonline.com downloads of the EMI reissues. By today's standards, Beecham's recordings, made with editions already superseded for inaccuracy at the time, shouldn't work - but his innate sense of style shines through as much as it ever did. "Brian Wilson at Music Web International


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" The performances are self-recommending and the recording has transferred very well. "Brian Wilson at Music Web International


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What The Critics Say

" There aren't many recent recordings of this type - most of the Rossini overture recordings are almost of the same vintage as these Sargent performances. Perhaps it's just that the likes of Sir Malcolm did it all so well that there's no competition; certainly he brings off everything here extremely well. The Sullivan was recorded with the Pro Arte Orchestra, the Rossini with the Vienna Philharmonic (not the RPO, as stated by iTunes) and the rest with the Royal Philharmonic ... What appears here is every bit as welcome as it was then judged to be: 'a good enjoyable collection at a bargain price'. I especially enjoyed the Smetana "Brian Wilson at Music Web International



7PD13 Sargent's Overtures
Sir Malcolm Sargent conducts:

  • Sullivan - Iolanthe

  • Berlioz - Carnaval Romain

  • Mendelssohn - The Hebrides Fingal's Cave

  • Smetana - The Bartered Bride

  • Rossini:

    • Il Barbiere di Sivila

    • Guglielmo Tell

    • Il viaggio a Reima

    • Semiramide

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New Video Download

More inland waterways titles just released:


  • Robert Reid Reports on British Waterways (1962)
    Television reporter Robert Reid takes a journey on British Waterways tug Primrose from Avonmouth Docks to Worcester calling at Sharpness and Gloucester Docks en-route. Made by British Transport Films, with photography by Oscar winning cinematographer David Watkin, the film is designed o to promote commercial use of waterways in the face of the challenges from road and rail in a pre-container age.


  • Waterways our Heritage (1972)
    The 1970s were difficult days for Britain's inland waterways. This 30 minute film lists the various activities to be found on British Waterways but spends most of its time following a family cruising from Hilmorton via Harecastle and the Shropshre Union. Also features the Calidonian Canal, the Welsh Harp (London) and canoeing around Dewsbury.


  • World of the Waterways (1968)
    This is a title from British Transport Films made for British Waterways in 1968. Canals for commerce and pleasure are promoted along with angling


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