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music of spain volume two

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" There are two classic performances here – the two concertante works, originally released on Decca SXL2091 – and one very enjoyable filler, all in transfers that belie their age. Various inexpensive transfers exist of the two recordings with Argenta, but I think some of them are actually of the earlier mono recordings with the Madrid orchestra and I can’t imagine that any of them come close to the quality of sound which Beulah have achieved. The Soriano/Argenta recording of Noches en los jardines remains a prime recommendation even in the face of Soriano’s own later recording with the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra and Frühbeck de Burgos. Much as one might bemoan the fact that Rodrigo’s other concertos seldom get a look in, it must be admitted that the Concierto de Aranjuez is music with a very strong appeal. Narciso Yepes, who recorded it several times, has always been one of its prime advocates and this recording can stand its own against the later DG versions, at least two of which remain available on CD. Yepes’ guitar seems to fill the whole soundstage in a larger-than-life fashion but that’s my only reservation about any of the transfers, and it’s hardly a fault that can be laid at Beulah’s door. "

the art of zoltan kodaly

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osipov russian folk instrument orchestra

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New from Beulah Extra

Brahms Tragic Overture Klemperer
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Sarasate Zigeunerweisen Ruggiero Ricci
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Sarasate Introduction et Tarantelle Ruggiero Ricci
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Sarasate Danzas Caprice Basque Ruggiero Ricci
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Sarasate Danzas Espanolas number 1 Ruggiero Ricci
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Sarasate Danzas Espanolas number 2 Ruggiero Ricci
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Sarasate Danzas Espanolas number 3 Ruggiero Ricci
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Sarasate Danzas Espanolas number 4 Ruggiero Ricci
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Sarasate Danzas Espanolas number 5 Ruggiero Ricci
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Sarasate Danzas Espanolas number 6 Ruggiero Ricci
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Sarasate Danzas Espanolas number 7 Ruggiero Ricci
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Sarasate Danzas Espanolas number 8 Ruggiero Ricci
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Smetana The Bartered Bride Furiant Chalabla
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Smetana The Bartered Bride March of the clowns Chalabla
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Smetana The Bartered Bride Overture Chalabla
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Smetana The Bartered Bride act one Chalabla
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Smetana The Bartered Bride act two Chalabla
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Smetana The Bartered Bride act three Chalabla
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Weber Invitation to the dance
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What the Critics Say

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" Originally released on 3 LPs in 1960, the Chalabala is a classic. With the Supraphon 2-CD set no longer available in the UK,  and as the Beulah is at the bargain price of £7.99 from iTunes or £7.49 from 7digital.com, this is a self-recommending reissue. The refurbished recording has come up sounding well and there’s no trace of the snap, crackle and pop for which Supraphon LPs were notorious, so all that’s missing is the libretto; that can be found in Czech with English translation here. I’ve already praised the recording of the Overture, also available separately – 1BX289 (see below) – and I enjoyed the complete performance just as much. "

music of spain volume 1

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" La Calesera  is a zarzuela, a characteristically Spanish form of operetta, composed in 1925 by Francisco Alonso, also known as Francisco López. I can’t find any reference to the performance recorded here but the cast could hardly be excelled. It’s great fun, even though Beulah don’t offer a libretto or even a summary . The recording has worn well, with just a trace of distortion in the loudest passages and the highest notes. Sarasate’s music is less popular today than it used to be – I can find only one recording of the complete Danzas in the current catalogue – so the return of the classic Ricci recordings will be very welcome for many. For my own part a little of such music – or of the Paganini Rhapsodies, another Ricci special – goes a long way but I’m sure that’s a minority view. The playing is phenomenal and the recording (MCA) has come up well, with only very minor traces of harshness in the piano sound and in the violin’s top register. For those looking for just the Sarasate Danzas they are due to appear separately on Beulah Extra 1-8BX247, with Caprice Basque on 9BX147, Introduction and Tarantella on 10BX247 and Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy airs) on 11BX247 (see below)."

theb art of johannes brahms

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" Klemperer is for me the Brahms conductor par excellence and nowhere more so than in the Tragic Overture, which benefits particularly from his rather weighty style and still sounds very well in this transfer. Not that weighty necessarily means ponderous: Klemperer’s 12:30 is faster than Marin Alsop’s 14:04 and only a shade slower than Riccardo Chailly’s 11:45 with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra on his new Decca set of the symphonies and orchestral works . Chailly makes the opening of the work sound sprightlier, which some may prefer, but this is the Tragic Overture and, for all that I’ve enjoyed hearing Chailly’s new recordings of the symphonies, I prefer Klemperer in this overture.

"The Violin Concerto comes from a World Record Club release and the performance is new to me. Tempo is of the essence in the first movement of this work, with most interpretations taken too slow for anyone who, like me, cut their musical teeth on Heifetz and Reiner, Reiner’s remake with Szeryng or Szeryng with Monteux (all RCA). Wolf and Collins take 22:51, which is around the norm, but a little too dreamy for me, despite the urgency of the solo and orchestral playing. Listen to Heifetz’s 18:51 and I think you won’t want to hear it any other way, but if you still prefer dreamy for this movement, Wolf and Collins could be your men in this good transfer. The YouTube excerpt from the first movement might help you decide.

"Beulah make up good value with the Tragic Overture and seven of the Hungarian Dances, the latter taken from a 1953 10” LP (LW5066). Inevitably the sound is several notches below that on the rest of the album but perfectly tolerable, especially as the over-bright top of the LP has been tamed. "

George Wright At His Mighty Wurlitzer amazon uk
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" This is tailor-made for those of us who remember organists like Reginald Dixon at the consoles of their mighty beasts as they rose out of the floor. There are no visuals here, of course, but an audio record of a master of his trade who recorded for the Vogue label – I think there were some later stereo LPs, too. This Wurlitzer, in San Francisco, was more powerful than any Hammond instrument. It’s all unashamedly showy, complete with fairground-organ additional noises at times and lots of smoochy portamento, but it’s very enjoyable and the recordings have come up very well indeed. I predict a best-seller and not just among those of a certain age. "

swingin at madia vale benny carter and george shearing decca sessions 1936 to 1944

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"Light Music Recording of the Month"

"This release, taking its title from the opening track, is self-recommending to fans of dance band music – and I’m one of them, despite my predilection for more serious fare such as renaissance polyphony. I enjoyed this very much and the transfers belie the age of the recordings; one or two tracks betray a degree of surface presence rather than hiss or crackle and even these are not off-putting, while the rest are almost completely noise-free. This album is choc-a-bloc with foot-tapping music well performed and in sound that is still well worth hearing.  The Benny Carter tracks, made when he was working in England with Henry Hall, cost over £1 when they were reissued on the budget Decca Ace of Clubs label in 1964 – that’s at least £25 in today’s values. Add the George Shearing half of the album – even in an era when the likes of Carroll Gibbons, Joe Loss, Ambrose and Billy Cotton were at the height of their powers his recordings were sought after – and you see what a bargain the Beulah reissue is."

music of france volume 1

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" Beulah have already embarked on an attractive series of albums of reissues of classic performances of English music. On the basis of this first volume of a similar French venture, the omens are already looking good. The stand-out on volume 1 is Solti’s L’Apprenti sorcier. The recording was hailed on its appearance as ‘excellent light music to show off your new stereo equipment to good advantage’  and it still sounds very well indeed in this transfer. Fistoulari’s Mignon Overture, from 1945, could hardly be expected to sound as well but in Beulah’s transfer it hardly shows its age and the performance was well worth preserving. By the time that Moura Lympany’s Saint-Saëns was reissued in bogus stereo on Decca Eclipse in 1974, it sounded badly dated. About the quality of the solo performance and the orchestral support, however, there has never been any doubt and Olympia produced a much better CD transfer in 1989 – now sunk with the rest of that label. I didn’t hear that Olympia version but I doubt if it bettered this Beulah reissue which has tidied the sound up to a degree that we can appreciate the Lympany’s performance. It’s still a bit thin, but much more than tolerable. Even if you have a more recent recording this Beulah reissue is well worth the small outlay. Beulah give the date 1958 for the Munch La Mer but the penultimate time that it was reissued, on an RCA Papillon CD, the date given was December 1956. No matter – it, too, has come up well and the performance, if not quite in the same league as the Lympany and Solti items, is well worth preserving."

Peter Katin Chopin Nocturnes i tunes

" There are plenty of fine vintage and modern recordings – Rubinstein (RCA or Naxos Historical, not including the Op. posth.; Katin includes one of these) and Hewitt (Hyperion, with Impromptus) to name one of each – but Peter Katin’s interpretations equal the best of them in making music to which I don’t listen very often sound attractive. The recording has transferred well: the piano tone is secure and there is only a very occasional reminder of LP surface blemish. The original review of Nos.11-20 mentioned a slight degree of tonal insecurity but I heard no trace of that on the Beulah transfer."

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