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The sheer scale of the atrium in the Wanamaker store (now Macey’s) in Philadelphia is such that I hadn’t imagined when visiting that a full symphony orchestra could be accommodated behind the first-floor wrought iron balcony – but it can! And here the seldom-heard symphonies for orchestra and organ by Guilmant (no.2 in A) and Widor (no.6 in G minor) are recorded in elegant performances by Symphony in C, directed persuasively by Rossen Milanov with resident maestro Peter Richard Conte as soloist. The Wanamaker giant here speaks with tasteful restraint in a live recording of beauty, though in places a little wayward in ensemble.

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