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the famous cws manchester band
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american wind band classics two
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"Not only are these classic performances self-recommending, I’ve already recommended several of them when they have appeared on single releases from Beulah Extra. They’re equally welcome in this collected format and the recordings still sound very well, especially the later stereo releases. There’s plenty to set your feet tapping here in vigorous performances, but there’s also more reflective material, as in the first part of West Point Symphony and the Hartley Wind Concerto so this follow-up to Volume I (2PD82), released in October 2011 on iTunes, is very welcome." Brain Wilson at Music Web International

marching with the coldstream guards
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haydn early symphonies
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haydn middle symphonies
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"The performances are a little larger in scale than we are used to nowadays, despite the (barely audible) harpsichord but eminently stylish. The VSOO were never the world’s greatest but they play very well here and the recordings are very much more than adequate.The use of the Robbins Landon edition places all these recordings ahead of their time textually – though Beecham’s performances of the London Symphonies from around this time are superb, they are based on corrupt texts – and in many ways Goberman was foreshadowing period-instrument Haydn. Scholarly, stylish, sprightly and still sounding well; what’s not to like?" Brain Wilson at Music Web International

classic sibelius
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"This really does offer what it says on the tin ... a box of discoveries and delights ... I can’t pretend that the sound of the Violin Concerto is fresh minted – it’s somewhat shrill, occasionally almost to the point of distortion – but it’s well worth hearing for this performance. There may be plenty of sunshine at Monteux’s hands, but there’s plenty of the Tchaikovsky-like yearning that contributes to the work’s popularity, too ... the Monteux recording still sounds especially well" Brain Wilson's Reissue of the Month at Music Web International

inner slience five meditations by mary sponseller
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Beethoven symphony  number one
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"This recording of the First is well worth having. The recording has come up well in this transfer. "

Brahms Symphony No 1 Concertgebouw van Beinum
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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 performance is of the straight-down-the-middle kind which I associate with Beinum – ideal tempi, nothing outrageous, though nothing especially enlightening either. It’s a very satisfying account overall and well worthy of reissue, with the anticipatory build-up to the ‘big’ tune in the finale especially well handled. The sound is rather veiled by modern standards, though generally truthful, and better without the treble enhancement to which the Decca engineers habitually subjected earlier recordings on reissue. "

haydn trumpet  concerto
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1st movement
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3rd movement
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"Jeannoutot’s is as good a performance as I’ve heard and the recording still sounds well. Beulah reissue is a bargain well worth having. "

Talking about franck symphonic variations
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Talking about franck symphonic variations
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Talking about franck symphonic variations
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Talking about mozart symphony number 41
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Talking about beethoven violin concerto
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"I was just beginning to appreciate classical music in 1959 and these talks gave me some of my earliest and clearest insights into the basic repertoire. They are worth hearing again now, not just for nostalgic reasons and not just for classical novices, but because Anthony Hopkins always seemed to cut to the heart of the matter and explain what to listen for in these works. Don’t be put off by Hopkins’ cut-glass accent – that’s how they talked at the BBC then – which is very well captured by the recording transfer, though some of the piano examples are very slightly distorted. This is a welcome start to realising Len Mullenger’s hope, expressed back in 2000 that someone would take Anthony Hopkins’ Talking about Music seriously. " 

Ravel mother goose suite
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Ravel tzigane
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"I played these two recordings immediately after the van Beinum Brahms (above) and the different between Decca’s early-1950s mono and late-1950s stereo is amazing; even though the Ravel Suite is mostly less upfront as music than Brahms, the veil had to all intents and purposes gone. There’s all the magic and mystery that you could want in this performance and the playing of the OSR, though hardly the world’s greatest, is well up to the task of presenting Ansermet’s interpretation. This is captivating music which deserves to be as well known as Daphnis et Chloë and this account is about as good as it gets. Preface the ballet suite with Tzigane – Ruggiero Ricci at his virtuosic best – and you have a very satisfying pair of performances."

Schumann cello concerto rostropovich
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" There’s a very good case for this Beulah release as an inexpensive single file for £1.50. Many listeners find the concerto episodic – I don’t – but whether you are or not, you won’t find a more persuasive advocate than Rostropovich. "

Delius

This month the BBC repeated John Bridcut's film on the life,loves and work of Frederick Delius. To explore his music visit our Delius page

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