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The Complete Chapman - Wanamaker Recordings

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Vantage V2CD-694-001

Year
1994

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Wanamaker Grand Court Organ
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - map
Los Angeles Art Organ 1904 VI/457
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Richard Purvis Les Petites Cloches 1:54 track Rating:
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César Franck Pièce Héroïque View sheetmusic
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Claude Debussy Arabesque no. 1 View sheetmusic
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By: TimothyFC on Oct, 25 2011

Makes me think of college in astronomy theater.

By: stlorganist on Jun, 26 2012

star gazer from PBS.... enchanting

By: enchamade on Jun, 26 2012

Just a gorgeous transcription by Keith Chapman,as is the complete album. He and his wife's tragic deaths were reported here: http://articles.philly.com/1989-07-05/news/26134973_1_organ-concert-twin-engine-plane-richard-purvis

JS Bach Bist du bei mir 2:41 track Rating:
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Louis Vierne Andante View sheetmusic
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By: stlorganist on Jul, 16 2012

Is there any recording of this magnificent instrument where the atrium is not filled with people who mar the recording?

By: Tromba on Oct, 18 2016

Probably not from Chapman's era, but I'm no authority.

Claude Debussy Ballet View sheetmusic
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Eric Satie Gymnopedie no. 1 3:49 track Rating:
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Maurice Ravel Pavane Purchase sheetmusic 7:20 track Rating:
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Léon Boëllmann Suite Gothique View sheetmusic
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By: nigh on Mar, 23 2015

Stunning !

By: Tromba on Jan, 18 2016

Fast! Fun to hear this romantic beast play classical French repertoire.

By: stlorganist on Jun, 13 2017

one of my favorite works! The size and grandeur of the Wanamaker only intensifies the sense of awe!

Thomas Arne Flute Tune 2:10 track Rating:
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GF Handel Concerto no. 4 4:22 track Rating:
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By: Filea on Jun, 07 2012

Played on THE wanamaker, howver typical US organ sound, with unpleasant "acoustic" bass.

By: ContraBombarde 32 on Apr, 14 2021

I don't believe you know what you're talking about regarding this particular instrument, Filea. With the exception of two Resultant ("Acoustic") pedal stops: - the Pedal 64' Gravissima (comprised of the 32' Open Diapason and an independent 21-1/3 Sub Quint) - the Ethereal 32' Resultant (comprised of the 16 Open Diapason and Independent 10 2/3 Open Quint) All OTHER 32 foot stops in this instrument are full length. This is hardly a "typical US organ sound" (whatever the hell that is anyway). There is no organ like this on the face of the earth. Come to Philadelphia and hear it in person - it's amazing!

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Joseph Jongen Choral View sheetmusic
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Claude Debussy Cortege View sheetmusic
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By: enchamade on Feb, 07 2012

Simply exquisite.

By: jfk1961 on Mar, 31 2017

Beautiful! Takes me breath away!

Modest Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition 33:35 track Rating:
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By: Subharmonic on Apr, 09 2017

The use of the bells is great and very impressive.

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