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Over the past 25 years Beulah has received many acclaimations.

"The Beulah 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 Recordings Quarterly

New for August

Many music lovers miss the sound 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.

Unlike modern digital recordings tracks in our albums do contain some distortion, and the occasional surface noises, but for many listeners these "defects" are soon forgotten.

Our albums are available from many download and streaming sites.

We highly recommend downloading from  Qobuz where you can download or stream in high quality, for the same price as iTunes medium quality.

New albums


2pd68 paul Parayconducts Schumann symponies 2 and 3

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25pdr50 Beulah at 25 a celebration

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3PS22 Are You In The Mood. Stéphane Grappelli & Django Reinhardt
           Quintette du Hot Club de France

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What the Critics Say


2pd69 Thurston Dart's Handel

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"The recordings which Thurston Dart made with the Philomusica of London were in many ways the beginning of modern practice in performing baroque music. These recordings, recorded with modern instruments but with a sense of baroque style – Dart’s day job was as a London University academic – led to the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields with Neville Marriner, still using modern instruments, and thence to period-instrument practice. So stylish, indeed, are these performances and so well has the recording come up that I might well have been fooled in a blind test into thinking this a recent recording.

" I imagine that the Water Music will be the main selling point. The harpsichord suites, though recorded only three years earlier, are a little less appealing, chiefly because the mono recording, or the chosen instrument, a Goff from 1952, sounds less clear. The ear soon adjusts, and I enjoyed this half of the programme, too, but this time modern practice, though having learned much from Dart, has come a long way since these recordings were made."

Brian Wilson at MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL where you can read the full review


1ps23 Paul Robeson - Every Time I Feel The Spirit

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" Beulah’s other June 2018 release, though very different, is equally recommendable. Every Time I feel the Spirit contains 28 tracks sung by Paul Robeson, mostly recorded at his ‘farewell’ concert in Carnegie Hall in May 1958. The accompanists are Alan Booth and Harriet Wingreen (piano), Milt Okun and his orchestra and, on some tracks, Okun’s chorus. Much of the music is of a (very) sentimental nature and Robeson misses no opportunity to play on this. Occasionally it’s over-slow and overdone – at least for me – but tracks like Sometimes I feel like a motherless Child, Get on board little Children and (especially and inimitably) Old Man River amply compensate. Much of the material is predictable but Christ lag in Todesbanden (sung in English and German), while it might take J. S. Bach by surprise and wouldn’t win any prizes for authenticity or German pronunciation – it’s transposed too low even for Robeson’s dark-toned voice – makes me wish that he had been coached for and recorded more such repertoire.

"His rendition of the Schubert Lullaby, Schlafe holder süsse Knabe (again in somewhat unidiomatic German) also suffers from being pitched so low that the voice sounds merely growly. His Jerusalem is rather more successful and the Dvořák-inspired Going Home even more so, despite the banal words. The recordings have been well transferred, though the piano tone sounds rather hollow at times and the applause is sometimes rather abruptly terminated. "

Brian Wilson at MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL where you can read the full review

RAF 100

The Royal Air Force was formed on 1 April 1918. By the second world war it had massively expanded so in 1941 the Air Ministry sent a set of records to every RAF station entitled Music for Service Occasions.

Read extensive notes for this album

1PD41 Royal Air Force Music for Service Occassions

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Beulah at 25

It was August 1993 when the first three Beulah compact discs appeared in the record shops. The first releases were :-

1PD1 Live at the Crystal Palace - recordings made inside London’s Crystal Palace in the ten years before it burnt down in November 1936.

1PD2 Crystal Palace Champions - Winners of the National Brass Band Championships held in the Crystal Palace

1PD3 Sir Henry’s Themes and Variations - recordings made by the founder of the Proms, Sir Henry Wood, and the Queen’s Hall Orchestra.

In those days record companies showed little interest in releasing their mono recordings from the 1950s.

Beulah released the Sibelius Symphonies recorded for Decca by Anthony Collins between 1951 and 1955. This was Beulah’s first success, especially in the USA.

The Decca recordings of violinist Alfredo Campoli were released on 4 compact discs. These found a market in Hong Kong and Japan.

Beulah's first release aimed at the French market came in 1996 with an album of Eduard van Beinum conducting Berlioz.

At this time Beulah concentrated on back catalogue items, particularly from Decca, but new recordings began to be released in the late 1990s. At the end of 2009 Beulah issued The World of Dennis Brain including tracks never previously released. It was to be Beulah’s last compact disc release.

From 2010 onwards Beulah was to become a download and streaming only label. At that time the main downloading site was iTunes. Sales were initially modest but it did enable us to release many more albums as we no longer needed to hold physical stock.

Now streaming , principally at Spotify, out ranks downloads. Beulah has over 300 albums available in classical, jazz, light music, folk, brass and military genres.

To mark Beulah’s first 25 years a celebratory album will be released in August. Some of the vocal tracks in this album can be heard on YouTube