Return to Christmas in the Grand Tradition/The Wanamaker Organ/Peter Conte with the Philadelphia Brass
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5 of 5 This is a wonderful Recording October 27, 2011
Reviewer: Gary Miller from Denver, CO United States  
I have heard this cd it is an amazing recording. I have been to see and hear the Wanamaker organ a number of times and I have many other cd's that were recorded on this organ. I have to tell you I grew up in San Bruno Ca, I graduated from the same high school as Keith Chapman. I met Keith back in 1987 at the Atos Convention in Los Angles what a wonderful person and amazing talent as well as a very tragic loss. Keith had a way with that organ that no other artist has had. I am looking forward to many other recordings  with Philadelphia Brass they are a perfect combination with this truly amazing organ.

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  3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Excellent! December 1, 2009
Reviewer: Ryan from New Jersey  
This CD is just beautiful! It captures the sound of the Wanamaker Organ perfectly. It makes you feel as if you are right there in the Grand Court of Macy's in the Wanamaker Building. I have had the privilege of hearing this instrument played in person and this CD just does a wonderful job. All of the music selections on the CD are wonderful.

I recommend this CD to anyone who a fan of Christmas music or just the Wanamaker Organ in general!

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  3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Superb CD Truly Magnificent Indeed January 5, 2009
Reviewer: Nightscribe from Port Clinton, OH United States  
First, the reverb in this album is really
heard at the Grand Court.  This Organ
is installed in a HUGE room.  There are 28,500 pipes, plus.  The sound floods
the room with sonic magnificence.  

This CD is an elegant production, and great selections played.  

Marvellous for everyone, and is classic
quality Christmas music.  Bravo!!  

As stated before the reverb is an
essential component of reality at the Grand Court, the album faithfully
reproduced the accoustics, so it sounds like a LIVE Album!

This instrument is officially a national landmark.  A one of a kind treasure.

I suggest that you visit Macy's and treat
yourself to the most wonderful sounds of the incomparable Wanamaker Organ.  
Further details at this website,

And my recommendation here.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 The sonic splendor of brass and organ January 5, 2009
Reviewer: Glenn Tompkins from Mesa, AZ United States  
This is a stunning set of glorious variations in the French symphonic manner.  The blends and sonorities offer impressive expansiveness amidst wildly beautiful textures.  Here are passages which bespeak great nobility.  The sound portrait glories in triumphant fanfares and dazzling virtuosity.  A disc to treasure throughout the year!  Highest rating.

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  3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Christmas in the Grand Tradition January 5, 2009
Reviewer: Bradley Starcevich from Saint Charles, IL United States  
Perhaps the most satisfying Christmas CD to appear in a very long time.  The combination of sparkling brass and the deliciously lush strings of the Wanamaker organ combine to provide a thrilling musical ensemble.  The spatial characteristics of this challenging venue have been expertly exploited by the recording engineer.  One gets the sense that they are there, in the cavernous confines that house this great organ, by themselves.  Sit back and revel in the acoustic splendor of this recording.  I can't recommend it enough !!

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
4 of 5 Christmas in the Grand Tradition November 25, 2008
Reviewer:  Chuck Schumacher from ,Scappoose, Oregon    
My 1st review was in error. One channel of my stereo system was way out of balance.  On rehearing I am pleased with the overall program.  However I still feel that no home system can do this venue justice.  Perhaps a microphone technique that minimizes reverb would be more suitable.

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