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Discography


COMMENTS
The many organ recordings which Stef Tuinstra has made in the last decades “are in many ways very distinguishable from the usual insights as developed in the last decades in the area of the historical way of performance”. 
His playing is assessed all over the world; “as belonging to the highest levels, as well in the artistic as in the scientific way”.
The Dutch press reports, like Klassieke Zaken (2003/4), Luister, (Midwolda: Luister 9, June,2006) en Trouw (2001/12) are also enthusiastic about his recordings and interpretations.
"The polyphonic phrasing, the rhetorical articulation and the imitation of the dynamics....with Tuinstra they go hand in hand...;... magnificent to listen to". 
“When Johann Sebastian Bach travelled to Hamburg in 1720, he heard Reincken improvising.... he praised him for that. I am convinced that concerning Stef Tuinstra he would be exactly this enthusiastic”.
“Stef Tuinstra is an organist with a deep rooted musicological approach”.
“An extremely well-considered Bach-recording”.
“He propagandizes an orchestral approach of Bach’s music to which this organ (Midwolda) is very suitable. Fortunately the matter doesn’t end with words…. and one will soon be fascinated by Tuinstra’s colourful and expressive approach and discerning registrations”.
Some other examples:
“His improvisations strike by style purity, emotion and creative ideas, where the correct way of performance gets no less attention than the way he plays literature”.
“His registrations are always special and surprising and let us hear the organs unprecedentedly beautifully and of their best side, thanks to his musical creativity and his great knowledge in the field of organ construction”.
“His style of playing is accessible, warm, poetic and lyric, in short, full of emotion”. 
Many auditors have said more than once, “it’s like listening to someone as Johann Sebastian Bach himself “when they hear Stef Tuinstra playing.

This is a summary of a lot of reviews and comments in reply to the prerecordings, concerts and master classes given by Stef Tuinstra, from Scandinavia to Italy, from the United States to Japan.

PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS
In general there is about the later style periods more agreement concerning the performance practice then about older music. 
For this reason the most formidable challenge is for Tuinstra in the former style periods, in which the role of the interpreter is all the more important in combination with the correct use of (the quality of) the instrument.

His playing is so especially because of its profundity, particularly because one can hear this very rarely, particularly in the field of the Renaissance- and baroque music. In a number of articles in special literature and in CD booklets Stef Tuinstra explains his vision, therefore we are able to know exactly what he means to say.
Often the word “orchestral“ is called concerning playing an organ, but only few orchestra musicians and people who have a taste for orchestra- and choir music do recognize themselves in it. From Stef Tuinstra it is said that he really can let us hear -all by himself- a complete ensemble on the organ, as such that each individual musician recognizes his or her own role. The expression of the organ itself is being optimally used to give the auditor the suggestion that he or she is listening to ongoing crescendo- en decrescendo performance, just like an orchestra and /or a choir in a smaller space or a concert room.
A real polyphonic approach must have characterized also the organ playing of Johann Sebastian Bach, witness the many and clear pronouncements about that of his sons, students and admirers. 
In many master classes Tuinstra’s ideas are enthusiastically received because for most people they are new and it is a challenge to learn how to fathom the complexity of the many idea’s and actions which must be realized at the same time in this way of performing.

RECORDINGS: (all CD’s with extensive textbooklet)

CD album with 3 CD's
Georg Böhm - Keyboard Works
Schnitger-organ (1693, Jacobikirche Hamburg) 
Hinsz-organ (1731, Mariakerk Zandeweer)
Zell-harpsichord (1728, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg)   

Bach in Midwolda
Stef Tuinstra plays at the Hinsz-organ (1772) works of  Johann Sebastian Bach
Norden, Schnitger-organ - 2 CD-Box 
The north-German organ chorale art in the 
17th century
Works of Scheidt, Tunder, Buxtehude en Reincken 
Zeerijp, Faber-organ  
North-Dutch Organ art in the 17th century
with some pieces sung by Harry Gerearts, tenor
Works of Rossi, Grandi, Scheidemann, Schütz, Scheidt, Huygens, Kerll, Ritter, Böhm en Buxtehude.

  


OTHER RECORDINGS - on assemble CD’s


            Milaan en Trivolzio


            Noordwolde, Noordbroek, Appingedam, Bierum, Finsterwolde



            (NM Classics, Radio Netherlands en Muziekgroep Nederland)  (awarded with shared
            Edison) in Tangermünde

            Zeerijp, Peize, Dantumawoude en Finsterwolde