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|Phil Keaggy, London Festival|
Majesty & Wonder Instrumental
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Classical, Christian
Remarkably, Majesty and Wonder is Phil Keaggy's first Christmas-themed album in a career that spans 30-odd years. This instrumental collection fully embodies the mystical marvel and joyful solemnity of Christmas and the li... more »
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Remarkably, Majesty and Wonder is Phil Keaggy's first Christmas-themed album in a career that spans 30-odd years. This instrumental collection fully embodies the mystical marvel and joyful solemnity of Christmas and the light it casts on the dark season in which it falls. Original pieces inspired by early-20th-century English classical composer Ralph Vaughn-Williams blend seamlessly with sacred traditionals such as Bach's much loved "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring." A masterful finger picker, Keaggy plucks lines on guitar, mandolin, and bass that are fluid and graceful. Their texture is accentuated and emboldened by the stately sounds of the London Festival Orchestra, who contribute horns, woodwinds, and strings. Harp adds a heavenly touch, hand bells ring out with simple clarity and Irish flute soars on the upper end. Vocal enhancement is wisely and stunningly limited to elegant harmonies courtesy of Michelle Tumes. Majesty and Wonder speaks to the innocence of awe and unquestioning belief in miracles. --Paige La Grone
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My favorite Christmas CD ever
Jesse D. Watson | North Dakota | 12/10/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What a nice surprise! Phil Keaggy comes through again. This is easily my favorite Christmas CD I've got. The arrangements are beautiful and really show a masterful touch. The guitar is wonderful of course--what else can we expect from the greatest guitar player in the world? The album definitely isn't centered around the guitar, although it plays a large part. The whole CD has a Celtic feel to it, actually. I guess that's not a surprise since Phil's Irish, after all. The arrangements of some of the moodier songs, such as Coventry Carol and O Come Emmanuel, are the most beautiful I've ever heard. I'm a writer, and poetry just keeps popping out of me while I'm listening to this CD. It really puts me in a nice holiday mood. Music that truly lets you feel the Spirit of Christmas. Oh, BTW, this isn't "background music" at all. It really comes at you, moreso than most vocal music, in my opinion.Highly, highly recommended. I'm here buying it for my aunt, in fact. (Hopefully she won't see this here!)"
Beautiful and Moving
Chad Davies | Barnesville, GA | 06/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album was a wonderful addition to my small collection of Christmas music. More than any other compilation of seasonal music, this set of musical endeavors coaxed me to sit down, listen and contemplate the meaning of Christmas.While many may know Phil for his skillful guitar playing, the thing that stood out most for me with this album was the beautiful way in which the music was arranged and presented. In many of the works, I found myself floating among the various instrumental colors as they painted the canvas of the soul.I would strongly recommend this album for anyone looking for something that will carry them beyond the commercialism that has infiltrated the season. If there is a cure of the sense of frantic, hectic rush that so often descends on each of us at the end of the year, this album is certainly a part of it."
A solemn statement of beauty from a true virtuoso.
Greg | Alpena, MI | 12/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The only reason Phil Keaggy is not as common a name as Eddie Van Halen or Eric Clapton is because he chooses to write and record Christian music. The man combines amazing technical command of the instrument with sublime taste no matter what style he plays. This is an excellent Christmas album and mainly shows the fingerpicking side of Phil, although there are more than enough burning picked runs here to satisfy any guitarist. My favorite cuts are the majestic Do You Hear What I Hear? (my all-time favorite Christmas song), and the somber, jazzy arrangement of Silent Night. Rest assured, however, because every single cut here is truly excellent. An album you'll cherish year after year."