are careful transfers which make the most of the material, whereas I
suspect that some others just stick an LP or 78s on the turntable and
give us what comes out the other end. Beulah’s results are comparable
with the fine transfers which Naxos Historical offer. " 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 ; offer them in
lossless sound for the same price
that others charge for mp3 – in some cases that’s less than full
Wilson at Music Web International
New for February
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 next time I read a critic – possibly myself –
writing about the notorious difficulty of recording in the Royal
Festival Hall, I am going to direct them toward this recording. I am
equally sure that the technical team responsible would have regaled us
with stories about the acoustic horrors they had to overcome but the
result is luminous and never more so than in this new issue on Beulah.
"In anticipation of reviewing this Beulah release, I
had a listen to the 2012 reissue of this material by EMI in the Icon
box devoted to Cantelli. I thought the sound on that version was
excellent and unlikely to be topped by Beulah. I was wrong. Comparing
the two, the EMI sound is more recessed particularly in the numerous
passages for woodwind in these colourful scores. The brass on Beulah
have been considerably brightened and, particularly in La Mer, the
lower brass have gained in amplitude (and in that Debussy score, in
menace). The EMI sound is admirably clear but Beulah’s has a richness
that adds considerably to the enjoyment of a piece like L’Après-Midi.
These were always splendid recordings from a technical point of view
and the level of detail Beulah have found in them is a listening
delight. The harps in the second movement of La Mer stand out in a way
they do in few modern recordings but without any sense of artificial
spotlighting. In the big climaxes – the end of La Mer is tremendously
exciting sonically – the sound opens up beautifully without a hint of
overloading. Only in the opening Dawn sequence of Daphnis do we really
become aware that we are listening to such an old recording but here
again Beulah trump EMI – it is like a fine veil has been lifted off the
" Obviously these are classic performances that,I
think, show Cantelli at his best. "
David McDade at Music Web International