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TÜRK, Daniel Gottlob (1750-1813)

KEYBOARD SONATAS

COLLECTIONS I AND II


  • Michael Tsalka, spinet

Daniel Gottlob Türk is best known for his influential pedagogical treatise Klavierschule (1789). His 48 inventive and varied keyboard sonatas were influenced by Sonatas of other North German composers such as C. P. E. Bach and J. W. Hässler. The five historical keyboards employed in this recording reflect the diversity of the instruments available in Türk’s day. The twelve sonatas encompassed in his first and second collections show how the composer’s sensitive, at times dramatic, oratorical style relates beautifully to the nuanced expressive capabilities of these instruments.

Tracklist

Disc 1
 
12 Keyboard Sonatas, Collection 1 (1776): Sonata No. 1 in C Major (1777) (00:12:12 )
1
I. Allegretto * (00:05:10)
2
II. Un poco adagio * (00:02:43)
3
III. Allegro * (00:04:26)
 
12 Keyboard Sonatas, Collection 1 (1776): Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Major (1777) (00:14:00 )
4
I. Allegro grazioso * (00:07:13)
5
II. Largo * (00:01:27)
6
III. Tempo di minuetto * (00:04:06)
 
12 Keyboard Sonatas, Collection 1 (1776): Sonata No. 3 in D Major (1777) (00:11:53 )
7
I. Allegro di molto * (00:07:40)
8
II. Largo e tenero * (00:02:52)
9
III. Un poco allegro * (00:03:38)
 
12 Keyboard Sonatas, Collection 1 (1776): Sonata No. 4 in G Minor (1777) (00:11:53 )
10
I. Allegro con spirito * (00:04:51)
11
II. Andantino. Un poco adagio * (00:02:27)
12
III. Presto * (00:04:43)
 
12 Keyboard Sonatas, Collection 1 (1776): Sonata No. 5 in A Minor (1777) (00:13:00 )
13
I. Allegro * (00:05:08)
14
II. Affectuoso * (00:03:24)
15
III. Allegro assai * (00:04:37)
 
12 Keyboard Sonatas, Collection 1 (1776): Sonata No. 6 in F Major (1777) (00:13:18 )
16
I. Moderato * (00:06:14)
17
II. Adagio * (00:02:44)
18
III. Rondeau: Moderato * (00:04:32)
Disc 2
 
12 Keyboard Sonatas (1777), Collection 2: Sonata No. 1 in D Minor (1777) (00:14:32 )
1
I. Allegretto * (00:06:34)
2
II. Adagio * (00:03:05)
3
III. Allegro assai * (00:04:59)
 
12 Keyboard Sonatas, Collection 2 (1777): Sonata No. 2 in E-Flat Major (1777) (00:14:05 )
4
I. Allegro con spirito * (00:06:14)
5
II. Adagio assai * (00:02:48)
6
III. Tempo di minuetto * (00:05:11)
 
12 Keyboard Sonatas, Collection 2 (1777): Sonata No. 3 in A Major (1777) (00:09:44 )
7
I. Presto * (00:04:43)
8
II. Andante * (00:02:38)
9
III. Prestissimo * (00:02:30)
 
12 Keyboard Sonatas, Collection 2 (1777): Sonata No. 4 in G Minor (1777) (00:13:57 )
10
I. Allegretto grazioso * (00:06:59)
11
II. Largo molto e tenero * (00:02:40)
12
III. Allegro assai e scherzando * (00:04:25)
 
12 Keyboard Sonatas, Collection 2 (1777): Sonata No. 5 in C Minor (1777) (00:13:32 )
13
I. Allegro moderato * (00:05:57)
14
II. Larghetto * (00:01:41)
15
III. Allegro spirituoso * (00:06:01)
 
12 Keyboard Sonatas, Collection 2 (1777): Sonata No. 6 in G Major (1777) (00:12:27 )
16
I. Allegro di molto * (00:04:17)
17
II. Grave * (00:03:24)
18
III. Poco allegro * (00:04:59)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 02:37:00

The Artist

Keyboard performer Michael Tsalka has won numerous prizes and awards throughout his career. A versatile musician, he performs solo and chamber music repertoire from the Early Baroque to Contemporary on the modern piano, harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord, square piano and chamber organ. An active international performer and lecturer, he is currently preparing a critical edition of D.G. Türk’s 48 keyboard sonatas for Artaria Editions in New Zealand (www.artaria.com).

For more information, visit www.michaeltsalka.com.

Reviews

“These are discs to listen to from start to finish, and enjoy as one would stroll from artwork to artwork at an exhibition.” – Clavier Companion

“These are discs to listen to from start to finish, and enjoy as one would stroll from artwork to artwork at an exhibition.” – Clavichord International

“The sheer variety of tone and tuning, let alone Tsalka’s expert reading of Türk’s highly expressive, idiomatic music, make these albums essential listening for all lovers of good music in authentic performance.” – MusicWeb International

“These two discs offer a feast of stunning original keyboards showed off to good effect in music of great distinctiveness, stylishly performed.” – British Clavichord Society

“Michael Tsalka […] knows the oeuvre of the composer like no other, and performs the music congenially—sometimes playfully, then dreamily and pensively, and of course, with plenty of lively virtuosity.” – Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Radio)