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TÜRK, Daniel Gottlob (1750-1813)

EASY KEYBOARD SONATAS

COLLECTIONS I AND II


  • Michael Tsalka, piano

Daniel Gottlob Türk is best known for his influential teaching manual Klavierschule (1789), a work which influenced a generation of aspiring keyboard players. In order to advance the technical and musical skills of students, in 1783 Türk published two collections of light or easy keyboard sonatas (Leichte Klaviersonaten). Listeners, performers, teachers, and musicologists will discover untapped riches in these expressive and historically important works, played on this recording on four contrasting historical keyboards.

Tracklist

Disc 1
 
12 Easy Keyboard Sonatas (1783), Collection 1: Sonata No. 1 in D Minor (1783) (00:07:43 )
1
I. Moderato assai e grazioso * (00:03:01)
2
II. Adagio arioso * (00:02:00)
3
III. Allegro un poco presto * (00:02:47)
 
12 Easy Keyboard Sonatas (1783), Collection 1: Sonata No. 2 in A Minor (1783) (00:10:07 )
4
I. Allegro, ma non tanto * (00:04:56)
5
II. Poco adagio e sostenuto * (00:03:14)
6
III. Presto assai * (00:01:59)
 
12 Easy Keyboard Sonatas (1783), Collection 1: Sonata No. 3 in G Major (1783) (00:07:00 )
7
I. Allegretto con tenerezza * (00:02:59)
8
II. Largo molto e mesto * (00:02:14)
9
III. Poco Presto e con allegrezza * (00:01:47)
 
12 Easy Keyboard Sonatas (1783), Collection 1: Sonata No. 4 in C Major (1783) (00:09:58 )
10
I. Allegro con spirito (00:03:23)
11
II. Andante innocentemente (00:01:57)
12
III. Rondo allegretto (00:02:39)
 
12 Easy Keyboard Sonatas (1783), Collection 1: Sonata No. 5 in E Minor (1783) (00:09:44 )
13
I. Moderato e con afflizione * (00:03:44)
14
II. Larghetto cantabile e con espressione * (00:02:07)
15
III. Allegro di molto e con fuoco * (00:03:54)
 
12 Easy Keyboard Sonatas (1783), Collection 1: Sonata No. 6 in D Major (1783) (00:07:26 )
16
I. Allegretto. Siciliano e lusingando (00:03:22)
17
II. Adagio cantabile (00:02:12)
18
III. Balletto: Allegro (00:01:58)
Disc 2
 
12 Easy Keyboard Sonatas (1783), Collection 2: Sonata No. 1 in C Major (1783) (00:09:54 )
1
I. Allegretto con grazia * (00:04:26)
2
II. Adagio cantabile * (00:02:31)
3
III. Allegro vivo * (00:02:59)
 
12 Easy Keyboard Sonatas (1783), Collection 2: Sonata No. 2 in D Major (1783) (00:07:50 )
4
I. Allegro non troppo, ma con brio * (00:03:38)
5
II. Andante, più tosto allegretto * (00:02:14)
6
III. Poco vivace * (00:02:04)
 
12 Easy Keyboard Sonatas (1783), Collection 2: Sonata No. 3 in E-Flat Major (1783) (00:10:15 )
7
I. Moderato e grazioso * (00:04:34)
8
II. Grave e sostenuto * (00:02:01)
9
III. Allegro * (00:03:38)
 
12 Easy Keyboard Sonatas (1783), Collection 2: Sonata No. 4 in G Major (1783) (00:08:39 )
10
I. Allegro * (00:03:58)
11
II. Andantino lusingando * (00:02:36)
12
III. Tempo di minuetto * (00:02:07)
 
12 Easy Keyboard Sonatas (1783), Collection 2: Sonata No. 5 in D Minor (1783) (00:09:37 )
13
I. Allegro non tanto, ma staccato e con spirito * (00:04:59)
14
II. Larghetto tranquillamente * (00:01:35)
15
III. Allegro di molto, con zelo e minaccioso * (00:03:05)
 
12 Easy Keyboard Sonatas (1783), Collection 2: Sonata No. 6 in B-Flat Major (1783) (00:09:25 )
16
I. Allegro con spirito * (00:04:28)
17
II. Andante * (00:02:24)
18
III. Allegro * (00:02:39)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:46:09

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

“Tsalka’s sensitive shaping and intense commitment to this music give a very satisfying result” – Harpsichord and Fortepiano

“Enthusiasts and students of classical music should take note of Tsalka’s project; a rival recording is not likely soon.” – American Record Guide

“Essential listening for all lovers of good music in authentic performance.” – MusicWeb International