Thitry Years Of Beulah
To mark our thirtieth anniversary, here are fourteen albums selected from over 500 albums that form our back catalogue.
Not all Beulah albums are
In the summer of 1998 we recorded the Trinity Consort (Christopher Adams - bass, Susan Atherton - mezzoo-soprano, Claire Wilkinson - contralto and director, Racahel Bennett - soprano and Geoffrey Silver - tenor, singing music associated with Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586) by William Byrd, John Ward, John Mundy, Alfonso Ferrabosco I, Francis Pilkington, Thomas Vauter and Henry Youll.
The recordings were made in St. Paul's Church, Rustall by producer and editor Nick Morgan and engineered by Iestyn Rees using a pair of B&K omni-directional microphones separated by a Jecklin disc. Paul Edmonds was the tape operator. Morgan Roberts was assistant to Nick and Iestyn and Sarah Haddon supplied refreshments to both artists and crew.
Beulah has three albums of
Although classical music
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.
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.
Our album includes six talks:-
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.
Here is the epilogue from the 1937 Coronation Tattoo
We feature British Jazz and Blues in our series entiteld Jazz Britannica.
Here 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
birthday we issued three albums of his early recordings. David McDade
reveiwed all three albums. Here is an extract from his review of
"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"
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
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
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.