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"I've never find myself buying a track from you before without actually listening to the YouTube version first. But I knew this would be good. Lovely performance, lovely voice, lovely language and really EXCELLENT recording and transfer." Webrarian commenting on Gilbert and Sullivan Trial By Jury a posting at our You Tube Channel

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beethoven symphony number 8
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4th movement
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"Böhm’s Beethoven and Mozart has all the virtues of old-fashioned performance at its best ... The recording is good for its date and sounds well enough in the Beulah transfer not to impede my enjoyment." Brian Wilson at Music Web International
clifford curzon grieg piano concerto
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"Fistoulari’s contribution is certainly praiseworthy, right from as jaunty an opening as I’ve ever heard, and Curzon is somewhat tentative to start with, but matters soon improve. This may not be quite the Curzon whose contributions to the recorded repertoire I revere, but it’s not far short and I know that many prefer it. The recording is somewhat hollow sounding, but by no means intolerable – not at all bad for its age and Beulah’s magic has eradicated the surface noise. " Brian Wilson at Music Web International
lyric suite
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morning
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death of ase
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anitra's dance
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in the hall of the mountain king
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ingrid's lament
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arabian dance
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peer gynt's return
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solveg's song
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mendelssohn elijah
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Part 1
Introduction, overture, Nos 1- 20
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Part 2
Nos 1- 42 (excpet for 36, 40 and 41)
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mozart piano concerto number20 annie fischer
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"This recording was released with Piano Concerto No.20 on the reverse, previously reissued by Beulah on 1-3BX130, which I reviewed in the May 2011/1 Roundup. If anything, I love K488 more than any other Mozart Piano Concerto and Fischer’s performance is all that I expected after hearing her recording of K466. The accompaniment is good – but did I hear an odd fluffed note soon after the opening? – Boult directs with his usual finesse and the recording still sounds well in this transfer. " Brian Wilson at Music Web International
 schubert string quartet death and the maiden
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4th movement
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 schubert string quartet opus 168
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 schubert string quartet opus 161
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 schubert piano trio two
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"Classic and indispensable, a treasury of musical wisdom...Of course the sound is dry but, in this transfer, perfectly acceptable, and the surface noise has been nicely cleaned up with no loss. " Brian Wilson at Music Web International
sullivan trial by jury
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sullivan pinafore
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sullivan overture iolanthe
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"Sir Malcolm Sargent conducts the Pro Arte Orchestra with customary aplomb ...a 1959 stereo recording which sounds a trifle thin but has otherwise come up well. " Brian Wilson at Music Web International
tchaikovsky piano concerto number one
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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

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mendelssohn elijah
56PD13 Mendelssohn Elijah

The classic 1947 recording made in Huddersfield Town Hall with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Huddersfield Choral Society, Isobel Baillie (soprano), Gladys Ripley (contralto), James Johnston (tenor) and Harrold Williams (bass-baritone), conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent.
This double album is availble for the price of a single album

"Isobel Baillie in particular was a noted soprano soloist in Messiah and Elijah and at 52 still in good voice. By today’s standards, the female soloists sound a trifle plummy and their male counterparts a bit stentorian: ...there’s no doubting Sargent’s absolute commitment to the music. He was something of a man for all seasons, turning his hand to performances of all kinds of music that were always very competent though rarely more, but his Messiah and Elijah transcend his usual standard. Try the closing chorus of Part 1 if you want to be uplifted.The recording was thought to leave something to be desired in 1947, especially in terms of balance, so I would have expected some pretty dire sound had Barry Coward of Beulah not alerted me to the quality of what he had conjured out of the ancient grooves. Hi-fi it certainly isn’t, but it is remarkably good for its age, with just a trace of surface noise . I can well believe that those who know the Huddersfield sound think it perfectly recreated here. Thus an important historical document becomes more of a pleasure too. "Brian Wilson at Music Web International

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classical britain
2PD58 British Brass

  • Zampa Overture
  • Comedians Galop
  • Marching Trumpets
  • Second Rhapsody on Negro Spirituals
  • Brass Band Blues
  • Tannhauser; March
  • Lilac Time: selection
  • Orpheus in the Underworld Overture
  • Watching the Wheat
  • Flanagan’s Mare
  • Chit Chat Polka
  • Faust: Soldiers Chours
  • The Holy City
  • Light Cavalry Overture
The G.U.S. (Footwear) Band conductors Stanley Boddington and Harry Mortimer
Massed Bands of Fodens, Morris Motors and Fairey Aviation conductor Harry Mortimer
CWS (Manchester) Band conductor Alex Mortimer
Sale and District Musical Society

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sadler's wells voices
1PD43

  1. Wagner - Lohengrin (Act1 By Heaven’s behest)*
  2. Gounod - Faust (Garden Scene)
  3. Mascagni - Cavalleria Rusticana (Easter Hymn)
  4. Britten - Peter Grimes (Act II Glitter of waves and glitter of sunlight)
  5. 5 Bizet - Carmen (Habanera)
  6. 6. Bizet - Carmen (Seguidilla)
  7. Verdi - Simon Boccanegra (Act I Nobles! Plebeians!)
  8. Smetana - Bartered Bride (Act II O dream of love)
  9. Offenbach - Orpheus in the Underworld (Act II Fly duet)
  10. Strauss - Die Fledermaus (Act II Brother mine and sister mine)
*Live recording in Sadler’s Wells Theatre October 1933

Singers: June Bronhill(9), Edith Coates(5), Joan Cross(1,4.8), Jeanne Dusseau(3), Victoria Elliott(10) Nancy Evans(3), Joyce Gartside(7), Joan Hammond(2), Anna Pollak(10), Marion Studholme(10), Constance Willis(1), Owen Brannigan(2), Harry Bridle(1), Howell Glynne(7), Booth Hitchen(1), James Johnston(7), Arnold Matters(7), Heddle Nash(2), John Heddle Nash(10), Peter Pears(4), Frederick Sharp(8, 10), Eric Shilling(9),Henry Wendon(1), Alexander Young(10)

Conductors: Warwick Bratihwaite(3) Lawrance Collingwood(1,8), Alexander Faris(10), Walter Goehr(5,6) Reginald Goodall(4), Michael Mudie(7) Walter Susskind(2), Vilem Tauskey(9)

Sadler's Wells Chorus and Orchestra(1,3,7,9.10) Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House (4) London Symphony Orchestra(5,6) Philharmonia Orchestra (2, 8)

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"These recordings date from the glory days of Opera in English at Sadler’s Wells before the ENO transferred to the Coliseum to continue the good work. It represents the varied repertoire that was presented there over three decades; my only reservation is that I would have liked to have heard longer extracts from, for example, Offenbach’s Orpheus. ...Only the sound of the 1933 Wagner and that of Mascagni in 1939 require a deal of tolerance and Beulah have ensured freedom from surface noise even there; everything else sounds very good for its age, " Brian Wilson at Music Web International

What the Crtics Say

dvorak sympnony numbero 8 basil cameron
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dvorak sympnony numbero 8 basil cameron
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"These transfers, though rather dry-sounding, belie the dates of the original recordings. The Balakirev, especially, apart from some odd patches of light surface noise, might almost be from an early-50s LP. The change to electrical recording between the dates of the two tracks makes all the difference. It’s the lively Balakirev performance, too, that is the winner for me. " Brian Wilson at Music Web International
campoli bruch violin concerto number 1
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"Campoli makes a beautiful thing of the Max Bruch; he has the right idea about it and the power to express that idea. The spacings of the rubatos is admirable-- never overdone and always affecting. Bruch was associated much of his life with choral singing, and Campoli brings out the singing quality in his romantically musing piece. The performance is entirely convincing. From the point of view of recording, the violinist is given favoured-nation treatment ; most of the time it is good that he should dominate the music, but the positioning leads to a slight excess of vibrato in the slow movement (though the orchestral balance here is good) and to an almost isolated prominence in parts of the finale. The New Symphony Orchestra comes out well if not brilliantly as the accompanying medium. Its tone as reproduced here leans towards the reedy, but is variable; even the warmer-toned passages are never full-bodied, and this facts tends to minimise the proportions of the Concerto. The bass seems a little more remote than the rest of the orchestra. The whole work as thus presented is very enjoyable." H. F. writing in the Gramophone August 1951

Despite Beulah’s careful re-mastering, you wouldn’t choose this version for its recording quality, though the affectionate but not over-indulgent performance merits hearing and the imbalance which placed the soloist too forward in the original pressings, at least in the opinion of the Gramophone reviewer, HF, seems to have been quietly corrected. Brian Wilson writing at Music Web International October 2011

Alan Sanders in Classical Recordings Quarterly Autum 2011 writes:

dvorak sympnony numbero 8 basil cameron
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"Beautifully shaped, poetic and full of vitality. This is one of the finest performances of the symphony that I have heard"
clifford curzon mozart piano concerto nnumber 23
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"...immaculately stylish...."
Schuricht Beetoven symphony number five
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"...imbued with a kind of strength and vitality that is richly satisfying, and the 1958 recording is first-class."
boccherini string quartet number 19
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"...an affectionate performance"
verdi string quartet number 19
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"...a warmly committed performance"
purcell suite number 1
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purcell suite number 2
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purcell suite number 3
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purcell suite number 4
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purcell suite number 5
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purcell suite number 6
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purcell suite number 7
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purcell suite number 8
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purcell suite number 9
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purcell suite number 10
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purcell suite number eleven
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"Dart’s playing is always stylish and rhythmically strong"
Harpsichord Concerto in A BWV 1055
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Concerto in A for flute, violin and harpsichord  BWV 1044
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"Though modern instruments are used, the playing is delightfully light and airy"
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