Michael Tsalka (piano)
Daniel Gottlob Turk 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 CPE Bach and JW Hassler. The five historical keyboards employed in this recording reflect the diversity of the instruments available in Turk'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. 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. Michael Tsalka performs throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, Asia and Latin America. Recent engagements include performances for the Boston Early Music Festival, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, the Bellas Artes Theater in Mexico City, the Hermitage Festival in St Petersburg, and interviews and live performances for radio stations in Hong Kong, Chicago, Buenos Aires and Jerusalem. Tsalka often presents masterclasses and lectures around the world. Tsalka was a faculty member at the Esther Boyer College of Music (Temple University) and the Escuela Superior de Musica, National Center for the Arts in Mexico City. Currently, he teaches early keyboards at Lilla Akademien in Stockholm and is a visiting professor at Celaya Conservatory in Guanajuato, Mexico.
CD 1 - Turk Sonata No 1 in C major, Sonata No 2 in B-flat major, Sonata No 3 in D major, Sonata No 4 in G minor, Sonata No 5 in A minor, Sonata No 6 in F major
CD 2 - Turk Sonata No 1 in D minor, Sonata No 2 in E-flat major, Sonata No 3 in A major, Sonata No 4 in G minor, Sonata No 5 in C minor, Sonata No 6 in G major
Running Time: 2 hr 37 min
'[Tsalka] performs the music congenially - sometimes playfully, then dreamily and pensively, and of course, with plenty of lively virtuosity' (Bayerischer Rundfunk [Bavarian Radio])