"If you have not yet made their acquaintance,
Beulah regularly bring
us reissues of historical recordings, from 78s to 1960s stereo,
transfers as good as any that I have heard, removing as much surface
noise as is feasible –practically all in the case of LPs, and even for
most 78s –without impairing the tonal quality." Brian
Wilson at Music Web International
record label has always been one of the most idiosyncratic, and
therefore perhaps most interesting, of reissue marques. While the basic
character of Beulah remains the same as in its Compact Disc days, the
range of its present catalogue, driven now by the ease of downloading,
has been extended in remarkable fashion. Browsing the Beulah catalogue
is now rather like being in a 78rpm record shop: there are plenty of
recordings of short pieces available to whet your appetite for either
repertoire or artist, while at the same time there are numerous full
length works available if you wish to consolidate your collection with,
for instance, major symphonies. All of Beulah's transfers, as might be
expected of a distinguished reissue label, are of very high quality."
David Patmore writing in Classical
releases are available from other
suppliers but Qobuz offer them in
lossless sound for the same price
that others charge for mp3 –in some casesthat’sless than full bit-rate
Wilson at Music Web International
Music for the Christmas Season
Visit our collection of albums you can enjoy over Christmas and the New Year
New for December
Many music lovers miss the sound
from vinyl pressings.
Many others have yet to discover how great the sound can be.
Most of our albums are mastered from vinyl LP pressings and earlier
recordings (generally before 1953) from 78 rpm discs. It is our ability
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 and
recommend downloading from where you can download or stream in high quality,
same price as iTunes medium quality.
The Music of Richard Stanbrook
Beulah is proud to release the first album of
music by Richard Stanbrook.
Richard Stanbrook was born in Newbury, Berkshire
in 1954. Upon leaving school he enlisted in the Army and served with
the Royal Corps of Transport Staff Band. In October 1977, he
transferred to the Royal Military Academy Band Corps, Sandhurst and was
its music arranger until July 1981. Stylistically, Stanbrook does not
belong to any school of ‘ism’ and eschews modernity for its own sake.
Sinfonietta No. 2 for Orchestra.
This was composed during 2016 was planned to have
been a light, even frivolous work took on a far more serious mood
following that year's European Union membership referendum.
Nocturne for Violoncello and Strings.
Originally for Heckelphone, the Nocturne was composed in Autumn 2016
and is more a "song of the night" rather than "things that go bump in
Thorncombe Beacon for 2 Horns and Strings.
Although overshadowed by its loftier neighbour, "Golden Cap," the view
from Thorncombe Beacon (on the "Jurassic Coast" in West Dorset),
sweeping Lyme Bay in its entirety - from Portland Bill to Start Point -
is one of the finest seascapes in Britain.This piece was composed in
Three Pastorales for Orchestra.
These do not relate to any specific locations. Listeners may say they
evoke their favourite landscapes but, of course, personal choices vary.
Fragment for Wind.
The remains of an orchestral piece written in 1986. Short and, maybe,
Pilsdon Pen for Oboe and Strings.
At 909 feet. Pilsdon Pen is the second highest hill in Dorset, with
wide, airy views encompassing four counties. Composed in 2013.
Concertino for Oboe and Strings.
Written during 2018, this, in the composer's words, "is my farewell to
the England I once knew and revered."
Read Brian Wilson's review at Music
Web International in which he writes "On the basis of the Beulah
album, do I want to hear more? Given that Stanbrook describes himself
as not belonging to any school of ‘ism’ and eschewing modernism for its
own sake, I could almost have answered that in the affirmative before
hearing a note of music, and the experience proved most rewarding.
"All concerned, composer, performers, and recording
engineers deserve credit, as does Beulah for bringing it all to us. I
hope that the experiment will be successful and that we have not heard
the last of this enterprising partnership, which has brought us some
very worthwhile first recordings."
extracts from Richard Stanbrook's album.
What The Critics Say
Wilson at Music Web International reviews Beulah albums released
over the past six months.
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