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What's New for September

Photos from Beulah now on sale as prints

A selection of prints are available for sale on art paper or canvas from Saatchi Online
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Beulah at the Proms

This month sees the final two weeks of the 117th Henry Wood Proms season in London. We have listed all the Beulah tracks of works being played at the Proms.

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grenadier guards band sussex by the sea
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sullivan overture di ballo
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delius walk to the paradise garden
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song of summer
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faure pavane
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"The Faure receives an evocative performance, decently recorded for its age and free from surface noise. "Brian Wilson at Music Web International
handel festival 1926
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"In place of the Beulah house-style cover, there's a photograph of the massed forces of performers at the Crystal Palace, together with a quotation from Gramophone magazine. We're not so fond of a 'gigantic combination of sounds' in Handel these days and the recording requires a good deal of tolerance, but this reissue enshrines a valuable historic record. The miracle is that it was recorded at all and placed on the market within months. "Brian Wilson at Music Web International
haydn mass in time of war
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Kyrie
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Gloria
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Credo
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Sanctus
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Benedictus
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Agnus Dei
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mozart symphony number 32
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mozart symphony number 35
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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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"This is old-school Mozart of the very best kind - a fairly large orchestra, but playing with all the athleticism of a smaller ensemble and still very well worth hearing. Bohm brings out all the aristocratic elegance of the 'Haffner' without losing sight of the livelier aspects of the work. His version of the one-movement No.32 makes an excellent case for this earlier symphony, too. I only wish that he had observed more repeats in the 'Haffner' - 18 minutes of this kind of performance is just too short, so I played the whole symphony again. The recording has come up as fresh as paint in both works."Brian Wilson at Music Web International
offenbach orpheus in the underworld
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i was glad
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"The recording is not at all bad for its age and it's been well spruced up by Beulah. "Brian Wilson at Music Web International
jerusalem
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"As usual with 78s, the voice comes across much better than the orchestral accompaniment; with Beulah's usual skilful refurbishment, this gives us later-comers a decent idea of the quality of Dawson's voice - and his wonderful diction, which sounds so attractively old-fashioned now "Brian Wilson at Music Web International
roussel petite suite
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schubert symphony nine
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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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" The excellence of the performance is matched by that of the recording; it manages to be very clean and forward, without deterioration towards the end of the inevitably rather long sides. An unreservedly good recording ... I believe that few listeners will have any reasonable cause for disappointment with this one." M.M. writing in the Gramophone October 1952

"In its day this was regarded as one of the most reliable versions of the Great C major Symphony and rehearing this performance after a gap of many years one can understand why it enjoyed its reputation. The performance is admirably unfussy and unmannered (save for one detail) and combines the lyrical sweetness and architectural strength for which this masterpiece calls. The authors of The Record Guide spoke of it as "a very worthy performance, magnificently recorded", but did complain that "Krips commits the fashionable error of broadening the tempo in the coda of the first movement", which they found an unnecessary vulgarism. It is a reservation that I would strongly underline, as for some listeners, it would be enough to rule the disc out of court. The tempo of the slow movement is brisk and business-like without ever being over-drilled. Everything is well held-together without in any way diminishing the lyricism of the movement. Krips omits the repeats in the Scherzo which will also trouble some collectors but one must concede that the playing of the Dutch woodwind is quite magnificent in the Trio; indeed it is beautifully eloquent throughout." R.L. writing in The Gramophone July 1974

"For many years this was 'the' version of the Great C Major; even when Krips re-recorded the work in stereo it continued to do sterling service on the Ace of Clubs label and it's still well worth hearing now. The only reservation concerns the availability, also from Beulah Extra, of Boult's 1934 recording on 20-23BX12. Of course, the Krips comes in much better sound - remarkably good for its age; in a blindfold test I'd have placed it a few years later than 1952 and even the mono sound is no handicap to enjoyment. It certainly sounds much better than I recall the Ace of Clubs LP"Brian Wilson at Music Web International

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schubert
2-3PD52 Busch Quartet and Rudolf Serkin play Schubert

  • Piano Trio in E flat, Op. 100
  • String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor (Death and the Maiden)
  • String Quartet No.15 in G Major
  • String Quartet in B flat Major Op.168 (D. 112)
Adolf Busch (violin)
Gösta Andreasson (violin)
Karl Doktor (viola)
Hermann Busch (cello)
Rudolf Serkin (piano)

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classical britain
1PD58 Classical Britain

This album contains historic recordings made between 1948 and 1957 of music inspired by traditional music of the British Isles.
  • Gustav Holst St Paul's Suite
    Boyd Neel conducting the Boyd Neel String Orchestra
  • Gustav Holst Somerset Rhapsody Op. 21b
    Charles Groves conducting the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Frederick Delius North Country Sketches
    Sir Thomas Beecham conducting The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Grace Williams Fantasia on Welsh Nursery Tunes
    Mansel Thomas conducting the London Symphony Orchestra
  • Percy Grainger Handel in the Strand*, Country Gardens*, Shepherd's Hey*, Mock Morris, Molly on the Shore,
    *Percy Grainger (piano) Leopold Stokowski conducting the Stokowski Symphony Orchestra
  • Percy Grainger Irish Tune from County Derry, Early One Morning,
    Leopold Stokowski conducting the Stokowski Symphony Orchestra
"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.

The Somerset Rhapsody has been rescued from Classics Club. 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.

Beecham’s Delius has even more classic status, as evidenced by this mono recording of North Country Sketches, which I first encountered on a Philips GL-label LP - originally recorded on 78s (Columbia LX1399-41). 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...Again the recording belies its 78 rpm origin in the Beulah transfer.

There had to be some Percy Grainger half a century after his death and these Stokowski recordings are just the thing to round off this recording in style. Grainger himself joins in the first three items without the faux pas that spoil some of his other recordings. Excellent transfers again, apart from a slightly sharp cut-off of the ambiance after some tracks. "Brian Wilson at Music Web International

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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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What the Crtics Say

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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3rd and 4th movements
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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"

Peter Dawson 1882-1961

This month marks 50 years since the death of the Australian baritione, Peter Dawson. In his time his discs were in almost every home in Australia, New Zealand and Britain. It is though he sold over 25 million discs in a recording career that spanned 50 years. Read about him on our Peter Dawson page where you can sample his art and purchase downloads.

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