To mark our thirtieth anniversary, each month we will feature here an album from our back catalogue.
Beulah has three albums of folk music
Historic Folk Tunes Recordings
Russian Folk Songs
Russian Folk Orchestra Sound
Although classical music accounts
for just 6% of our sales, one album, Beecham Conducts Mozart, has
proved consistently; popular over the years as it includes Jack
Brymer's classic performance of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto.
"Brymer and Beecham linger unconscionably long in the slow movement, perhaps inspired by the mistaken notion that Mozart knew his days were numbered. There’s no evidence for that in his letters to Constanze at the time but, however mistaken the idea may be, there’s no denying the beauty of this performance." Brian Wilson at Music Web International
Beecham Conducts Mozart
Symphony No. 34 in C Major K.338,
Die Zauberflöte K. 620: Act 1, Scene 3 Finale
Charles Avnavour albums have proved popular along with Édith Piaf, Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli, Joséphine Baker and Charles Trenet.
Clealry French artists are popular with our listeners so we will release further album by French artists.
Keep watch on our French Arists page.
Beulah has a unique album of Antony Hopkins Talking About Music. For almost 40 years Antony Hopkins talks introduced music to many people.
the attraction of Antony Hopkins talks
Our album includes six talks:-
Talking About Music
Beulah does have a representative collection of cinema and theatre organs among its releases.
Listen to Cinema Organ Favourites
Ever popular is Glenn Miller. We have, across 13 albums, produced over 250 tracks of this famous band recorded between 1938 and 1944. The albums are all listed on our Jazz page
Listen to Glenn Miller playing "Be Happy"
Although the first Beulah releases did not appear until July 1993, Beualh was created at meeting held in May 1993 at audio post production house, Chop Em Out in London W10. Attending the meeting were Bernie Spratt and Simon Heyworth representing Chop em Out, Malcolm Walker former editor of The Gramophone, David Michell an avid collector of 78 rpm records and Barry Coward, proprietor of Film Archive Management and Entertainment (FAME).
The outcome of this meeting was that Beulah operated from FAME's base located in Henderson's Film Laboratory in South Norwood. On 4 July 1993 a devastating fire at the laboratory resulted in the loss of original negatives of feature films, notably from Ealing Studios. However Beulah was located on the top floor where the damage was from water emitted from fire hoses, so we carried on with the planned lauch of Beulah.
In May 1937 the Coronation of
King George VI was held and the Coronation Aldershot Tattoo that
year featured an epligue that paid homage to the new King. In 2020 we
published an album of recordings made on the Rushmore Arena of the
Tattoos from 1932 to 1938. These events featured over 1,000 bandsmen.
Live recordings made at the annual Aldershot Military Tattoos 1932-8
We feature British Jazz and Blues in our series entiteld Jazz Britannica.
extracts from the
first volume featuring Alexis Corner,
George Mely, Cleo Laine
Go to our Jazz page for all our jazz albums
In time for Alfred Brendel's
birthday we issued three albums of his early recordings. David McDade
reveiwed all three albums. Here is an extract from his review of
"A first glance at the listing on this second volume of Beulah’s series of the early recordings by Alfred Brendel would suggest we are in very unfamiliar territory in terms of the great Austrian pianist’s usual repertoire.
"It turns out that Mussorgsky’s collection of curios and grand visions, based on similarly offbeat paintings by Hartmann, suits Brendel to a tee. "
"Beulah’s sound throughout
elegantly walks a tightrope between, on the one hand, bright but
brittle and, on the other, resonant but cavernous and booming. In the
Mussorgsky in particular, astonishingly, they find a natural sounding
ambience in which the piano sound sits, which gives proceedings a real
presence. Brendel’s distinctive almost staccato sound is a hard one for
remastering to get right and I think Beulah get it just about spot on."
Read the full review.
Hear "The Great Gate of Kiev"
Alfred Brendel Early Years 2
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Stravinsky Three Movements from Petroucka
Liszt Harmonies poetiques et religieuses No 1 and No.4
Decca, in the LP era, was famed for its sound. Our album of George Szell conducting Brahms has good examples of the Decca sound with the Piano Concerto recordred in stereo in London's Kingsway Hall and the Symphony recorded in mono in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.
was a perfectionist
Curzon was a mercurial pianist. Ken Wilkinson's balance in both
recordings is a revelation. In both venues Wilkinsion had the orchestra
located in the body of the hall rather than on the platform.
Hear extracts from both perfomances
Szell Conducts Brahms
Symphony No.3 in F Major, Op.90
The first Beulah releases
on recordings made in
London's Crystal Palace. The Crystal Palace, located at the top of
Sydenham Hill, had an auditorium that could seat 60,000 people and
accomodtate a choir and orchestra of 3,000.
From 1900 until the building
was destroyed by fire in November 1936 it was the venue for the
Brass Band Championships sponsored by railway compaines.
The final event took place just a month before the fatal fire.
Hear a truncated version of the William Tell Oveture from our Brass at The Crystal Palace album.
Brass at the Crystal Palace Champions
Adesta Fideles Meditation, Abide With Me, Death
or Glory, Mandora March, Gleneagles March, Champion Medley Nos 1,2 and
3, May Day Revels, William Tell Overture, Sing a Song, Le
prophete Grand March, Messiah Amen, Severn Suite, Downland Suite,