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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[1930 Aeolian pipe organ in the Longwood Gardens Ballroom][decorative stamp]
1930 Aeolian pipe organ in the Longwood Gardens Ballroom

[Flowers in bloom][decorative stamp]
Longwood Gardens' flowers in full bloom

[Longwood Gardens Ballroom][decorative stamp]
Longwood Gardens Ballroom

[Organ interior][decorative stamp]
Organ interior

Longwood Laureates

…youthful finalists in the First Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition demonstrate the versatility of the Conservatory’s 1930 Aeolian pipe organ.

Audio Complete Show 1 hr 58 Min

Audio 1504 Hour 1 59:00 Min

Audio 1504 Hour 2 59:00 Min

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Additional Audio:

Nelson Barden, curator of the Aeolian pipe organ at Longwood Garden's, offers these insights, in conversation with Michael Barone:

The Pierre duPont Story

The Longwood Organ's Recent Rehabilitation

Behind the Scenes Personalities

The Longwood Organ Museum

The Self-Playing Organ

Resident Organist Firmin Swinnen

Firmin Swinnen improvises a Storm Scene at Longwood

Music played in the program

Hour 1

PAUL DUKAS (trans. Lionel Rogg):  The Sorcerer’s ApprenticeBaptiste-Florian Marle-Ouvrard (3rd Prize)

JOHANNES BRAHMSAcademic Festival Overture, Op. 80 (trans. Lemare) –Jinhee Kim (finalist)

CARL MARIA VON WEBER (trans. Whittingham-Peace-Pajan):  Oberon OvertureHEALEY WILLAN:  Fugue, fr Introduction, Passacaglia and FugueAdam Pajan (2nd Prize)

JOHANNES BRAHMSTragic Overture, Op. 81Benjamin Sheen (1st Prize)

Hour 2

W. A. MOZART (trans. Mateva):  The Marriage of Figaro OvertureSilviya Mateva (semi-finalist)

EDWARD ELGARAllegretto, fr Organ Sonata in G, Op. 28James Kennerly (semi-finalist)

CESAR FRANCKChoral No. 1 in EThomas Gaynor (finalist)

CHARLES-MARIE WIDORAndante sostenuto, fr Organ Symphony No. 9, Op. 70 (Gothique) –Matthieu Latreille (semi-finalist)

FELIX MENDELSSOHN (trans. Sheen):  The Hebrides Overture, Op. 26Benjamin Sheen (1st Prize)

ZEQUINHA ABREU (arr. Smith-Pajan):  Tico TicoAdam Pajan (2nd Prize)


Located in the countryside near Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, and one of the premiere botanical gardens in the United States, Longwood, now a popular public destination, is the former home of industrialist Pierre DuPont.  It boasts an Aeolian organ with 10,010 pipes in a ballroom attached to the large glass-enclosed floral conservatory.

The winter-spring season of the Longwood Gardens Organ Series commences with a performance by local soloist Tim Evers (February 1) and continues with appearances by Hector Olivera (February 12), Michael Stairs and Rudy Lucente (March 1), Peter Richard Conte (March 29), Open Console Day (April 11), Daniel Roth (April 30), and Nigel Potts (May 3).  The Second Longwood International Organ Competition will be held next year, in June 2016.

Link to a series of YouTube video portraits of Longwood competitors:

            Benjamin Sheen
            Adam Pajan
            Baptiste-Florian Marle-Ouvrard
            Thomas Gaynor
            Jeehin Kim
            Silviya Mateva
            James Kennerly
            Matthieu Latreille
            Yuri McCoy
            Daria Burlak

As an interesting side-bar, you might enjoy Rollin Smith’s recent book, Pipe Organs of the Rich and Famous, available from the Organ Historical Society. 

 

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