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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[1930 Aeolian organ, Opus 1726, at Longwood Gardens, Dupont Estate, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania] [decorative stamp]
1930 Aeolian organ, Opus 1726, at Longwood Gardens, Dupont Estate, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Longwood Revisited

…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.

Audio Complete Show 1 hr 58 Min

Audio 1219 Hour 1 59:00 Min

Audio 1219 Hour 2 59:00 Min

Program Broadcast dates:

  • Week of May 07, 2012

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Music played in the program

Hour 1

VICTOR HERBERT: American Fantasy

FIRMIN SWINNEN: Aria

DAVID ROSE: Holiday for Strings  Michael Stairs. DTR 8605

SAMUEL BARBER: To Longwood Gardens

FIRMIN SWINNEN: The Storm, improvisation  Firmin Swinnen, via organ-roll

MARCEL DUPRÉ: Variations on a Noël, Opus 20

Hour 2

R. BARTHELEMY (arranged by Swinnen): Caressing Butterfly, from The Motion Picture Organist  Justin Hartz, organist. Pro Organo 7024

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.