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What's New for November

What the critics say

This web site has been described in the Autumn edition of Classical Recordings Quarterly (page 95):

"If you go to the website of the pleasingly named Editions Audiovisuel Beulah (www.eavb.co.uk), you will find not only sound recordings and DVDs, but “retro ringtones”, including the bleating of sheep, a train announcer at Leeds station, and a 1957 British telephone bell, all of which you can transfer to your phone. Also on offer are vintage London bus maps, photographic prints and other delights. On DVD you will find not only music, but films of early jet planes, a 1992 train journey from Baker Street in London to Amersham, and a 1943 feature on the work of inland waterways during the second world war, all available for download.

"Even the audio recordings have an intriguing diversity. You can buy the sound of an Avro Lancaster bomber’s four Rolls-Royce piston engines, national anthems played by the Central Band of the RAF, Welsh traditional songs sung by the Morriston Orpheus Male Choir and highlights from Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore sung in Danish.

"Several issues previously published by Beulah as CDs are now available for purchase as downloads on iTunes. Locate the ‘album’ on Beulah’s website, click on the link to iTunes, and you can either buy the whole thing at £7.99p or selected individual tracks at 79p. Then there are “Beulah Extras”. These comprise individual works which you can purchase in the same way, but in this case you will be directed to another site to place your order. Prices here start from 50p. If you want to have a custom-made CD of different “Beulah Extra” items, you can request a programme of up to 75 minutes at a cost of £11.45p, post free. And finally Beulah have CD copies of a limited number of issues, also at £11.45."

Unique Gifts

This Christmas give a unique compact disc complied from Beulah Extra tracks. Select any combination of tracks, up to 75 minutes in length and we will burn them onto a copmpact disc for you to give as a unique present this Christmas. Its easy just list the track you want on this form.

Each disc costs GBP11.45 post free (standard mail/airmail worldwide, signed for or registered mail will be charged extra). Allow 14 days for delivery.

Watch our video that shows you how to compile your CD

We also have 75 albums available at iTunes.

Symphony

During November 2011 BBC4 and Radio 3 ran a month focussed on the symphony. The best way to appreicate this musical form is to listen to as many as you can. We have condensed some of the symphonies you can buy from us and you can play them here.

Symphonies from Beualh

New from Beulah Extra

the holy city
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beethoven symphony number two
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1st movement
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2nd movement
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3rd movement
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4th movement
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beethoven symphony number four
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1st movement
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2nd movement
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3rd movement
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4th movement
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"Here are two of Beethoven’s less flamboyant and less well-known symphonies in stylish performances to match the music. I’ve recently praised Karl Böhm and Eugen Jochum on Beulah Extra for the same virtues which André Cluytens’ Beethoven exhibits: old-fashioned music-making in the best sense, with no exaggeration but with no lack of characterisation. With the Berlin Phil at his disposal and recording which still sounds very much more than acceptable, I can think of no better way for newcomers to approach these two symphonies. These performances were recycled several times on LP and one can easily see why they were consistently recommended. Listen for example to the transition from the slow introduction to the main part of the first movement of Symphony No.4 and you won’t find it better handled." Brian Wilson at Music Web International
delius north country sketches
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1 Autumn
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2 Winter landscapes
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3 Dance
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4 March of spring
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" Beecham’s Delius has even more classic status, as evidenced by this mono recording of North Country Sketches, originally recorded on 78s (Columbia LX1399-41), and sounding every bit of it on LP as I recall, despite Trevor Harvey’s comments to the contrary when the Philips LP was released in 1964. I wouldn’t have recognised the glowing Beulah transfer as the same recording – either the Columbia original was better than the Philips reissue or Barry Coward has worked magic on it, as he so often does. The new reissue makes a welcome supplement to the mono and stereo recordings of Beecham’s Delius included in the recent 6-CD anthology of British music from EMI. An earlier (1945) recording of the Sketches with the LPO features in an all-Delius programme on Somm, but includes Autumn and Winter only, so the Beulah version is all the more welcome. There are too few recordings of this work to ignore either of these Beecham versions and, in any case, his way with Delius is unbeatable. " Brian Wilson at Music Web International
 carnival overture
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dvorak symphony number 9
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1st movement
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2nd movement
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3rd movement
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4th movement
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" I passed up my chance of hearing Sawallisch’s Dvořák, whose acquaintance I’m now pleased to make in these excellent transfers. I can see why Kertesz was marginally preferred but I’d place Sawallisch in my top ten versions of this oft-performed work. The recording still sounds well. " Brian Wilson at Music Web International
overture rsulan and ludmilla
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"A lively performance, beating super Solti by a few seconds and even matching Pletnev. " Brian Wilson at Music Web International
haydn symphony number 104 london karajan
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1st movement
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2nd movement
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3rd movement
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4th movement
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"Two variant views of Karajan's Haydn are encompassed in the one word, 'controlled', some would say finely-controlled, others over-controlled...Karajan uses a modern-instrument orchestra but I've no objections on this count: Haydn's last six London Symphonies were conceived on a grand scale, as if to out-Beethoven Beethoven, so they work well with a large orchestra. Nor does Karajan over-drive the music - there's almost as much charm here as from Sir Thomas Beecham - and the recording stands up very well in this transfer." Brian Wilson at Music Web International
zampa overure gus footwaer band
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 holst st pauls suite
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1 Jig
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2 Ostinato
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3 Intermezzo
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4 Finale
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" Boyd Neel and his orchestra provided some staple recordings for Decca in the 1940s and 1950s and the four movements of Holst’s St Paul’s Suite are among their best offerings, presented here in thin but very acceptable sound. " Brian Wilson at Music Web International
holst somerset rhapsody
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" The Somerset Rhapsody has been rescued from Classics Club, later reissued on a crackly Saga LP for 10/- (£0.50). It’s the sort of music that was meat and drink to Sir Charles long before he became the Grand Old Man of British music and it sounds well. " Brian Wilson at Music Web International
liszt piano concerto number one
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liszt piano concerto number two
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" Brendel’s talent in these Liszt Concertos was immediately recognised by Roger Fiske, who strongly recommended the recording to ‘Liszt’s admirers and enemies alike.’ Trevor Harvey was if anything even more enthusiastic about the Turnabout reissue at £0.99 in 1970. ...The performances are lively, with soloist and orchestra even sharing in some mild syncopation at times, but also sensitive. The recording now sounds better than I recall from the Turnabout LPs* – very good, in fact, for its age – and in no way detracted from my enjoyment of the performances. At Beulah’s attractive price you could afford these as well as the classic Sviatoslav Richter versions on Philips or the Beulah Extra reissue of Samson François’s recordings (1BX108 and 2BX108) which I reviewed in the February 2011 Roundup. " Brian Wilson at Music Web International
marriage of figaro overture
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"Fritz Busch conducts the Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra in a stylish account of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro Overture." Brian Wilson at Music Web International
  quintet k 452
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1st movement
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2nd movement
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3rd movement
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"There’s no doubt that the competent but rather lacklustre accompaniment here is not in the same league as Brendel’s pellucid playing, but I’d recommend having this reissue for that alone. The recording seems to have been tidied up considerably and now sounds more than acceptable, with a very occasional touch of surface noise." Brian Wilson at Music Web International

New at iTunes

american wind band music
2PD82 American Wind Band Classics

Eastman Wind Ensemble conductor Frederick Fennell

  • John Philip Sousa
    Liberty Bell,Riders for the Flag, Sound Off, The High School Cadets
  • Peter Mennin
    Canzona
  • Vincent Persichetti
    Psalm Op. 23
  • H. Owen Reed
    La Fiesta Mexicana
  • Edwin Goldman
    Illinois March, The Interlochen Bowl, Boy Scouts of America
  • Henry Fillmore
    Americans We
  • Richard Rodgers
    Guadalcanal March
  • Robert Russell Bennett
    Symphonic Songs for Band

Although not currently available on compact disc you can buy these tracks at listen and buy

This month's featured track

jeanne demessieux liszt
Jeanne Demessiuex plays Liszt
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