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VAŇHAL, Johann Baptist (1739-1813)

KEYBOARD CAPRICCIOS


  • Michael Tsalka, piano

One of the leading composers of the Classical and early Romantic eras, Vaňhal played a vital role in the development of Viennese music between 1750 and 1780. He composed prolifically in many genres, including a large number of quartets, symphonies, sacred works, vocal and instrumental works. Vaňhal was at his most inspirational and improvisational in his keyboard Capriccios composed in the 1780s, which are some of the most creative examples of the Viennese Classical style, not least in their almost symphonic force.

Tracklist

 
3 Neue Caprice-Sonaten, Op. 31: No. 1 in F Major, "Clementis and Silentis" () (00:09:59 )
1
I. Adagio - Allegro (00:05:28)
2
II. Andante (00:01:47)
3
III. Allegro molto (00:02:46)
 
3 Neue Caprice-Sonaten, Op. 31: No. 2 in G Minor, "Amoroso" () (00:15:16 )
4
I. Adagio - Allegro moderato (00:07:45)
5
II. Andante (00:04:01)
6
III. Allegretto (00:03:30)
 
3 Neue Caprice-Sonaten, Op. 31: No. 3 in F Minor, "Dolente" () (00:12:07 )
7
I. Adagio - Allegro (00:04:50)
8
II. Adagio (00:03:09)
9
III. Allegro (00:04:05)
 
3 Caprices, Op. 36: No. 1 in G Major () (00:14:32 )
10
I. Adagio - Allegro moderato (00:08:05)
11
II. Andantino (00:04:21)
12
III. Allegretto (00:02:09)
 
3 Caprices, Op. 36: No. 2 in E-Flat Major () (00:13:51 )
13
I. Adagio - Allegro moderato (00:08:44)
14
II. Rondo: Allegro (00:05:07)
 
3 Caprices, Op. 36: No. 3 in G Minor () (00:14:07 )
15
I. Adagio - Allegro moderato (00:06:27)
16
II. Rondo: Allegro (00:07:45)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:19:59

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

“Michael Tsalka clearly understands Vaňhal’s music. He effectively communicates the humor of the faster movements and plays the more lyrical passages with a singing tone and subtle flexibility of tempo and phrasing.” – Fanfare

American Record Guide

“Accolades are due pianist Michael Tsalka, who writes his own excellent notes and plays with feeling, expressivity, and pixieish good humor.” – American Record Guide