"If you have not yet made their acquaintance,
Beulah regularly bring
us reissues of historical recordings, from 78s to 1960s stereo,
transfers as good as any that I have heard, removing as much surface
noise as is feasible –practically all in the case of LPs, and even for
most 78s –without impairing the tonal quality." 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 Qobuz offer them in
lossless sound for the same price
that others charge for mp3 –in some casesthat’sless than full bit-rate
Wilson at Music Web International
New for November
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 Music of Richard Stanbrook
Beulah is proud to release the first album of
music by Richard Stanbrook.
Richard Stanbrook was born in Newbury, Berkshire
in 1954. Upon leaving school he enlisted in the Army and served with
the Royal Corps of Transport Staff Band. In October 1977, he
transferred to the Royal Military Academy Band Corps, Sandhurst and was
its music arranger until July 1981. Stylistically, Stanbrook does not
belong to any school of ‘ism’ and eschews modernity for its own sake.
Sinfonietta No. 2 for Orchestra.
This was composed during 2016 was planned to have
been a light, even frivolous work took on a far more serious mood
following that year's European Union membership referendum.
Nocturne for Violoncello and Strings.
Originally for Heckelphone, the Nocturne was composed in Autumn 2016
and is more a "song of the night" rather than "things that go bump in
Thorncombe Beacon for 2 Horns and Strings.
Although overshadowed by its loftier neighbour, "Golden Cap," the view
from Thorncombe Beacon (on the "Jurassic Coast" in West Dorset),
sweeping Lyme Bay in its entirety - from Portland Bill to Start Point -
is one of the finest seascapes in Britain.This piece was composed in
Three Pastorales for Orchestra.
These do not relate to any specific locations. Listeners may say they
evoke their favourite landscapes but, of course, personal choices vary.
Fragment for Wind.
The remains of an orchestral piece written in 1986. Short and, maybe,
Pilsdon Pen for Oboe and Strings.
At 909 feet. Pilsdon Pen is the second highest hill in Dorset, with
wide, airy views encompassing four counties. Composed in 2013.
Concertino for Oboe and Strings.
Written during 2018, this, in the composer's words, "is my farewell to
the England I once knew and revered."
Read Brian Wilson's review at Music
Web International in which he writes "On the basis of the Beulah
album, do I want to hear more? Given that Stanbrook describes himself
as not belonging to any school of ‘ism’ and eschewing modernism for its
own sake, I could almost have answered that in the affirmative before
hearing a note of music, and the experience proved most rewarding.
"All concerned, composer, performers, and recording
engineers deserve credit, as does Beulah for bringing it all to us. I
hope that the experiment will be successful and that we have not heard
the last of this enterprising partnership, which has brought us some
very worthwhile first recordings."
extracts from Richard Stanbrook's album.
What The Critics Say
"Beecham conducts Brahms is another reissue on which
Beulah restore elements of the Beecham legacy. Though he was not best
known for his Brahms, this reissue, containing the Violin Concerto,
with Isaac Stern and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from 1951 and
Symphony No.2, again with the RPO in stereo in 1958/59, is well worth
"Klemperer’s rather craggier approach would be my
classic recording from the early stereo era (Beulah 2PD98, with Tragic
Overture – from
Qobuz). Or there’s Pierre Monteux, with the Vienna Philharmonic in
1959, coupled with his classic 1958 recording of Elgar’s Enigma
Variations with the LSO (Beulah 1PDR39: Recording of the Month – review
: download from
"Ultimately, Beecham makes the music a little too
idiosyncratic, but the reissue is worth having just for the energetic
end of the finale and for those little touches, here and elsewhere,
where the conductor’s fingerprints are much in evidence. The RPO play
out of their skin, as they always did for him, even though his
rehearsal technique seems to have been minimal, at least on the basis
of the recording that was made of it, where he spends most of the time
"The Violin Concerto, though recorded by EMI, was
released in 1955 on Philips ABL3023, and was briefly available from
Sony with the Sibelius Violin Concerto. Download the Beulah from Qobuz
in lossless format for £7.99 – the same price that others charge for
"The very slow approach to the first movement means
that it’s never
going to be my favourite – once you hear Heifetz, a slow tempo here
just will not do – but I know that many will warmly welcome its return.
In fact, I must admit that I was won over much more than I expected to
be; if anyone is going to drag me away from Heifetz and Reiner, Stern
and Beecham could do it.
"Beecham conducts Brahms doesn’t represent him at
very best, though his many fans will want to add this to their
collection. But do remember to save your pennies for another Beulah
reissue: Beecham conducts French Music."
Brian Wilson at Music Web International
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