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Symphony

BBC4 are repating their programmes on the symphony first broadcast in November 2011. Visit our symphony page.


Tube

BBC2 are currently running documentaries featuring London's Tube you can view our YouTube vidoes of London's Underground here


The Spirit of Schubert

BBC Radio 3 are running an eight day festival of music by Schubert during which time all his msuic will be broadcast.
You can find all our Schubert recordings here

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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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brandeburg concerto number 2
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brandeburg concerto number 4
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"The reissues of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos No.2 in F, BWV1047 and No.4 in G, BWV1049 from the stylish and sprightly recordings which Max Goberman made with the New York Sinfonietta in stereo in 1960 continue the good work begun last month with Nos. 1 and 3. They’re much more period-aware than I remembered and I’m looking forward to the completion of the set. " Brian Wilson at Music Web International
beethoven fidelio overture
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brahms haydn variations
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mendelssohn hebrides overture
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wagner siegfried idyll
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"These four recordings were originally released on World Record Club (S)T61 in 1961 as part of EMI’s experiment with the young and largely untried Colin Davis. Along with the Beethoven Seventh Symphony on the HMV Concert Classics label which I reviewed last month (Beulah Extra 15-16BX129) and the Mozart Oboe Concerto and Symphony No.34, again for WRC, they helped to launch his career – and the rest is history. All these recordings demonstrate what it was that made EMI take that chance and how justified they were and the recordings have come up well in Beulah’s transfers. It’s not just nostalgia that makes me endorse these reissues now, though I did own the LP at one time – one of my bonuses for renewing my membership, as I recall, it came in the cover for the mono version with the word ‘stereo’ on a sticker. There’s nothing revelatory but there’s nothing run of the mill here, either." Brian Wilson at Music Web International
Francis Cutting Lute Music Julian Bream
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John Johnson Fantasia Julian Bream
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"Julian Bream introduced us to the works of 16th-century lutenists almost single-handed. RCA have deleted the greater part of his recordings; from the series which they once made available in a multi-disc anthology only the lute music of Byrd and Dowland survives, so it’s good to see Beulah reissuing Francis Cutting’s Walsingham, Almaine and Greensleeves and John Johnson’s Fantasia, both recorded in stereo in 1960 and still sounding very well indeed. Despite the existence of later rivals, Bream is still unrivalled in his ability to capture the mixture of joy and sweet melancholy in this music. " Brian Wilson at Music Web International
Delius In a summer garden LSO Anthony Collins
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Delius Paris Song of a Great City LSO Anthony Collins
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Delius In a summer garden LSO Anthony Collins
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"Collins’ Delius almost equals his Sibelius in classic status, especially for those of us old enough to remember the Ace of Clubs reincarnation in the mid-1960s, and it’s still worth hearing despite the enormous competition from more recent versions. That ACL reissue was one of Decca’s best; as I recall they resisted the usual temptation to over-emphasise the top, but the Beulah transfers are splendid with only the merest hint of strain in the loudest passages of Paris. " Brian Wilson at Music Web International
Dvo?ak Slavonic Rhapsody No 3 Rafael Kubelik
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"Dvořák’s Slavonic Rhapsodies are not nearly as well known as they deserve to be and there’s no finer interpreter of their composer than Kubelík. The present recording is almost in the same league as Kubelík’s New World and the sound has come up bright and fresh in the transfer. " Brian Wilson at Music Web International
Elgar Falstaff LSO Anthony Collins
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"By the time that Beulah reissued this Collins version in 1996 Edward Greenfield was singing its praises. Perhaps Collins dwells on the languorous aspects of the music a little less than is ideal... The recording, too, has come up sounding very well indeed... This may not be my prime choice, even among recordings of this period – that would have to be Boult – but it’s an excellent runner-up and it can be purchased separately. " Brian Wilson at Music Web International
elgar nimrod
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elgar enigma varitaions
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"I knew that this would be my Reissue of the Month even before I’d heard a note... the performance proved once and for all that English music was not the sole preserve of native conductors, the LSO was at its peak under Monteux and the recording was (and remains) superlative for its date... The new transfer is faultless. Demands a place on your shelves, even if you have a more recent recording. " Brian Wilson at Music Web International
mozart clarinet quintet
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2nd movement
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3rd movement
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4th movement
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"This doesn’t have the same classic status as the Curzon/Vienna Octet reissue of the Schubert Trout Quintet (Beulah Extra 1-3BX41 on the Decca Eclipse label in 1969 (Beulah Extra 1-4BX168) but it’s well worth having at a fraction of the true cost of that 1954 LP. The performance is idiomatic, with the Viennese performers giving just that little bit of extra rightness, and the recording still sounds very well, though there’s a small amount of surface noise, which becomes bothersome at places in the third movement." Brian Wilson at Music Web International
Ravel Daphnis et Chloe Suite No.2 Philarmonia Giulini
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"The second suite contains most of the best music from Daphnis, but I’d still opt for the complete ballet – Monteux or Dutoit, both on Decca. Nevertheless, even if you have one of those or another complete Daphnis, there’s a great deal going for this sympathetic Giulini recording of the suite, in a recording that may not be as demonstration-worthy as the Dutoit – used as my test piece the last time I bought new speakers – but which still sounds clear and fresh in Beulah’s transfer. At £1 (US$1.59) the price is tempting, too. " Brian Wilson at Music Web International
Rossini William Tell Ballet music Halle John Barbirolli
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Strauss Tales from the Vienna Woods Halle John Barbirolli
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"Sir John Barbirolli features at the podium of the Hallé in the ballet music from Rossini’s William Tell . This is from a 1959 stereo recording of a lively performance which appeared on Pye both on LP and on its own; it sounds bright and cheerful in Beulah’s transcription but the top frequencies are a little shrill, especially at climaxes, and the overall effect is rather thin. Barbirolli and the Hallé recorded Johann Strauss Junior’s Tales from the Vienna Woods a little earlier, in 1956 or 1957, in stereo. By the time that this recording was reissued on the Pye Collector label in 1976 the recording was being described as dated and the omission of the zither bemoaned – yes, I felt the lack, too, along with the last degree of Viennese rhythm – but none of these should deter Barbirolli fans. Actually the recording sounds slightly better in Beulah’s transcription than the William Tell ballet music. " Brian Wilson at Music Web International

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Shunting at Ealing Common, September 1993

Elgar Land of Hope and Glory

In the evening of September 24th 1993 Fred Ivey was at Ealing Common Depot on London Underground District Line to record Metropolitan Railway Locomotive No. 12 Sarah Siddons shunt vintage Q and R stock cars into place ready for the Depot open day the following day.

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