Biddulph Recordings was first founded in 1989 by renowned violin dealer Peter Biddulph and violinist and former editor of the The Musical Times and The Strad Eric Wen. These two have been joined in 2003 by Sarah Woodward who has been running the Gramophone Award Winning Historical vocal label Romophone. After a fallow period, Biddulph now has an exciting program of new releases planned for 2003/4, and is still able to offer many items from its extensive back catalogue.
Primarily a string label, Biddulph recordings has reissued historical recorded performances and established comprehensive editions of its artists. These library archives not only provide the listener with complete documentations, but also re-capture the "golden age of string playing", a period which coincided with the early development of the recording process.
Due to the fine quality of the transfers, Biddulph Recordings has received the support and co-operation of such artists as Yehudi Menuhin, Ruggiero Ricci, Nathan Milstein and Zino Francescatti in re-issuing their early recordings. Although perhaps best known for its string re-issues, Biddulph Recordings has branched out over the years to develop further collections of music which have received great critical acclaim. A catalogue of piano recordings, which was initiated with the release of six discs featuring the master pianist Alfred Cortot, includes re-issues of Wanda Landowska, Percy Grainger, Myra Hess and Wilhelm Backhaus. Biddulph has also established a large collection of historical orchestral recordings, featuring some of the twentieth century?s greatest conductors such as Sir Thomas Beecham, William Mengelberg and Leopold Stokowski. Of notable acclaim is Biddulph?s rapidly growing series of recordings made by Serge Koussevitsky and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. As well as historical material, Biddulph Recordings has an expanding catalogue of contemporary digital recordings. The company provides a platform for many well-established artists to record works for which they have a special affinity. It is also committed to promoting young artists and indeed began its series of new recordings with the debut CD of young Soviet violinist Maxim Vengerov