Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
1930 Aeolian organ, Opus 1726, at Longwood Gardens, Dupont Estate, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
…after a meticulous multi-year restoration, the 10,000-pipes of the 1930 Aeolian organ in the conservatory ballroom at the former Pierre du Pont estate in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania sound more magnificent than ever.
VICTOR HERBERT: American Fantasy
FIRMIN SWINNEN: Aria
MARCEL DUPRÉ: Variations on a Noël, Opus 20
ROBERT ELMORE: Fantasy on Nursery Tunes
RICHARD WAGNER (arranged by Gibson-Lemare-Conte): Liebestod, from Tristan und Isolde
FIRMIN SWINNEN: Longwood Sketches: In the shadow of the old trees; Rosebuds; Dewdrops; Sunshine
RICHARD STRAUSS (arranged by Conte): Love Trio, from Der Rosenkavalier
Unless otherwise indicated, Peter Richard Conteplays all selections in the context of this broadcast, and appears in a Friday evening concert in the Longwood Ballroom on May 11, 2012, showcasing the world's largest private residence organ. During the summer months, the Aeolian pipe organ is heard in automated organ demonstrations (self-playing) nearly every day at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and major organ recital events resume come autumn. Plan ahead to attend the first Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition, which takes place June 18-23, 2013.