Liuwe Tamminga

20 October 2018 @ 13:00 – 14:00
Martinikerkhof 3
9712 JG Groningen
€ 10,00

Lunchtime concert Martinikerk

Away from the crowds of the Saturday market. Have a sandwich in the imposing nave of the church, and enjoy the virtuoso performance of the master-organist Liuwe Tamminga on the Schnitger organ.

Liuwe Tamminga

A lunchtime concert: sounds as if it’s just a way to pass the time. And in a way it is as well, but please remember: the organist performing here, while we are stretching our legs, is one of the greatest. Liuwe Tamminga is from Friesland, but he lives in Italy, where he has worked for over 35 years as the regular organist of the historical organs in the San Petronio Basilica of Bologna. He is a specialist in the field of Italian baroque organ music, and a brilliant interpreter of music by composers such as Palestrina, Cavazzoni, Frescobaldi and Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli.

It is not so simple to to reproduce the Italian baroque organ sound – cantabile, bright and graceful – on a North European instrument, but Tamminga does come very close on the powerful and radiant Schnitger organ in the Martinikerk.

This is a lunchtime concert, so do bring your sandwiches. Tea and coffee will be available.

20 October 2018, 13.00 – 14.00

Martinikerk, Martinikerkhof 3, Groningen

€ 10,00

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 organist 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 master-classes 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.

Organ Martinikerk
The first instrument in 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 the organ 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 organs has four divisions: Hauptwerk, Rückpositiv, Brüstwerk and Pedals

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