Combattimento and Liuwe Tamminga

21 October 2018 @ 15:00 – 17:00
Martinikerkhof 3
9712 JG Groningen
€ 29,50

Closing concert Martinikerk

Combattimento and Liuwe Tamminga
Organist Liuwe Tamminga will play the Martinikerk (St Martin’s Church) organ, accompanied by the baroque ensemble Combattimento.

Italy, what a country to spark your imagination! The beautiful language, the Mediterranean surroundings, the sun, the sea… and the music, just as gracious, energetic and passionate.

Italy was where the baroque era began. Where –after the old polyphony with its cool, long lines and its for many incomprehensible vocabulary– a style emerged which could express every emotion. A style full of life and passion. During this edition of the Schnitger Festival we’ve been able to enjoy many facets of it. And today, in the final chord for this weekend, as resounding and Italian as you could imagine: Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Marcello and Pasquini, to name but a few. Composers who will come to life at the hands of the Dutch-Italian organist Liuwe Tamminga on the famous organ of the Martinikerk (St Martin’s Church).

LiuweTamminga will be performing alongside the instrumentalists of Combattimento, an ensemble which make no easy assumptions when it comes to baroque music. How did baroque music sound back then? Could we play it differently now? Rougher, slower, or actually with more energy? Combattimento challenges the audience and themselves to approach and listen to the music in a new way. The result: amazingly energetic concerts which will keep the audience on the edge of their seats.

Today we will hear Liuwe Tamminga on the organ, and Combattimento who will perform parts of their current programme Frizzante.

Sunday 21 October 2018, 15.00 – 17.00 (with a break)

Martinikerk, Martinikerkhof 3, 9712 JG Groningen

€ 29,50
People up to age 29: € 10,00

This concert is in collaboration with De Oosterpoort.


Liuwe Tamminga

Liuwe Tamminga

The name says it all: Liuwe Tamminga is of genuine Frisian stock. He was born in Hemelum (Friesland) in 1953. At the Groningen school of music he studied organ and harpsichord with Wim van Beek, and composition with Willem Frederik Bon. After his exams Tamminga went to Paris, where he studied, from 1978 to 1982, at the Conservatoire d’Orsay. His focus there was French music and improvisation, which he studied with Jean Langlais and André Isoir. He graduated with a Premier Prix for organ and a Deuxième Prix for improvisation. He gave concerts in various churches in Paris, and was for some time the incumbent of the Eglise St.Germain-des-Prés. He visited Holland now and then, where he carried off first prize in the Nationaal Improvisatie Concours Bolsward 1980, and the Prix d’Excellence for organ at the Groningen school of music in 1982. In the same year he moved to Bologna (Italy), where he was appointed, together with maestro Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, organist of Basilica San Petronio. Tamminga has been playing the brilliant historic organs of Lorenzo da Prato (1471-1475) and Baldassare Malamini (1596) for a long time now.
This is also how he has become one of the greatest scholars in the field of 16th and 17th century Italian organ music. He edited various collections of organ music, including works by Giovanni de Macque, Giulio Segni, Palestrina, Jacques Buus, and Italian music for two organs written around the year 1600. He also released some prize-winning CDs, such as the complete works by Cavazzoni, Frescobaldi’s Fantasies, ‘Mozart on Italian organs’, and CDs devoted to Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli.
Tamminga loves working with ensembles, including Concerto Palatino, Odhecaton, the Orkest of the Eighteenth Century, and Cappella Musicale di San Petronio. He is also a concert soloist and performs regularly in Europa, the United States and Japan. He was invited for masterclasses at most Italian music schools, but also in Krakow, Wroclaw, Utrecht, Rotterdam, Boston and Louvain. In 2002, the Dutch Royal Family asked him to play in the funeral service held for Prince Claus.


Martinikerk organ
The first instrument in the Martinikerk(St Martin’s Church) we know of was built around 1480. At this stage, the great humanist scholar and diplomat Rudolf Agricola was involved. The most glorious period in the history of thisorgan was the 18th century: it was extended by Arp Schnitger, by his son Franz Casper and by Albertus Hinsz successively.In the major restoration project of the 1970s and 1980s, the condition of the organ in the 1740s was the benchmark. The instrument is one of the largest baroque organs in Northern Europe, with 3,500 pipes and 53 stops. The organ has four divisions: Hauptwerk, Rückpositiv,Brüstwerk and Pedals.

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