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
"I’m grateful to Beulah for turning out so many very fine transfers,
with no loss of the music but none of the surface noise. LP sound
without the hassle. " Brian
Wilson at Music Web Inernational
Haitink retires after 65 years
The Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink first raised a baton
with the Netherlands radio orchestra in 1954. He became chief conductor
of the Concertgebouw in 1961, followed by similar positions with the
London Philharmonic, Glyndebourne, the Royal Opera House, Dresden
Staatskapelle and the Chicago Symphony.
He announced early in 2019 "Listen I’m 90. And when I
say I’m taking a sabbatical, it’s because I don’t want to say, I’m
stopping. I don’t feel like all those official goodbyes, but the fact
is that I will no longer conduct.“
Music critic Norman Lebrecht writes "For 65 years he has
been the hardest-working and most reliable member of his vocation,
unfailingly well-prepared, frequently inspirational. He will be
On August 20 he conducted for the last time in
Amsterdam's Concertgebouw. He has been a regular conductor at the Proms
and at his last concert in the Royal Albert Hall on September 3rd he
conducted the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
On September 6 he gave his final concert at the Lucerne
Festival, a city which is now his home.
Haitink will be remembered for bringing the music Mahler
and Bruckner to a wide audience through his concerts and recordings.
To mark his retirement Beulah has released four albums
recordings made when he was in his thirties and newly appointed to his
post with the Concertgebouw Orchestra.
New for November
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from vinyl pressings.
Many others have yet to discover how pleasant the sound can be.
Most of our albums are mastered from vinyl LP pressings and earlier
recordings (before 1953) from 78 rpm discs. It is our ability to
recreate, in the digital age, the sound from the disc era that many of
our customers find most enjoyable.
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tracks in our
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but for many listeners these "defects" are soon forgotten.
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What the Critics Say
"Ansermet recorded Scheherazade at least three
times for LP: with the Paris Conservatoire in early stereo in1954,
in 1958, and once more in this 1961 recording with his own Suisse
Romande orchestra which, by general consensus, is the best of the
three, with playing superior to that of the Paris Conservatoire
Orchestra in 1958.
"It wouldn’t have been my first choice even in 1961
–that would be the Beecham recording, but it’s not far behind and it’s
much more generously coupled. The opening movement apart, Beecham
spins the music out a little more, but I enjoyed this transfer of the
Ansermet, sounding better sonically than the Beecham. He was an
acknowledged specialist in Ravel and Debussy and he doesn’t let us down
here in these well-transferred recordings, best downloaded from Qobuz
in lossless sound for the same price as mp3 from other providers. Even
the 1953 Jeux sounds fine. "
Brian Wilson at Musicweb