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.
What the Critics Say
The following are reveiws by Brian Wilson at Music
"Reissue of the Month"
"Frager had a reputation for his Prokofiev, but this
recording of Piano Concerto No.2 seems not to have been released in the
UK, though recorded by Decca engineers for RCA and nominated for a
Grammy. Cyprès released a 12-CD set of winners of the Queen Elisabeth
Competition which included this same concerto, differently accompanied.
I understand that the transfer was made from a mint copy of a US LP; it
certainly sounds good and does justice to one of the best performances
ever of this concerto. The Seasons is delectable music...and the Beulah
transfer of the John Culshaw recording has been well made."
"Some of these are available elsewhere, but less
conveniently coupled: for example, the David Oistrakh Violin Concerto
forms part of a DG Originals 2-CD set with Bach, Beethoven and Brahms.
Here that classic recording receives the usual excellent Beulah
transfer. There’s no hiding its dated source: it doesn’t open out as
recordings of only a few years later did, but that didn’t interfere
with my enjoyment of this old friend.
."If the Beulah coupling appeals, go for it. I was
particularly interested to hear Sir Adrian Boult’s lively account of
the String Serenade ... Sometimes I think Boult is a little too fast
but that’s better than a wallowing over-emotional approach to
Tchaikovsky; this is a serenade after all, not a symphony and the Elegy
receives plenty of emotional weight. The 1937 78 sound has transferred
very well – thinner than the Violin Concerto but perfectly tolerable:
can it really be that old? Together they make Volume 3 well