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Brian Reinhart
MusicWeb International, May 2014

…for lovers of late classical music and instruments, this album is fascinating.

Tsalka’s performances, with subtle and tasteful ornamentation, are a special treat…

All in all, this is an excellent release, one that will fascinate lovers of this genre and time period, especially those who enjoy piano history. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Ryan Vigil
American Record Guide, May 2014

Tsalka’s playing, on four different period keyboard instruments from the collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is consistently engaging. On the whole this is strong, tasteful playing. In particular, his handling of ornaments, especially on repeats, is highly effective. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Pamela Hickman
Pamela Hickman’s Concert Critique Blog, February 2014

…Dr. Michael Tsalka is offering the listening public the chance to hear these seldom-heard, immensely pianistic works and on keyboard instruments not…played in most concert halls. With superb technique at his disposal, Tsalka is a performer whose imagination, spontaneity and understanding of the spirit and variety offered by the musical text produce a sound canvas that is palpable, human and emotionally compelling. © 2014 Pamela Hickman’s Concert Critique Blog Read complete review




Byzantion
artmusicreviews.co.uk, December 2013

These first recordings constitute the third volume in Israeli-Dutch keyboardist extraordinaire Michael Tsalka’s traversal of Daniel Gottlob Türk’s 48 published keyboard sonatas using his own new critical edition.

The marvellous authenticity of Tsalka’s intimately expressive yet deeply intellectual performances here are a compelling testimony to an unjustly forgotten polymath. A further attraction of this cycle is that it constitutes pretty much the entirety of Türk’s recorded works…

The trilingual booklet provides as much well-written detail as anyone could wish for.

Sound quality is good as usual… © 2013 artmusicreviews.co.uk Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2013

Opening on a 1838 fortepiano I was highly impressed with the First sonata which had weight and melodic inventiveness. It gets much better in the Third and Fourth sonatas on the 1790 Ferdinand Hofmann Grand Piano, the bubbling finale of the Third a most happy experience. The Fifth and Sixth come from a very likeable Grand Piano made in Austria in the 1790 that makes a most weighty finale to both sonatas. The multi-award winning Michael Tsalka is obviously a very fine exponent of the keyboard…Very good sound. © 2013 David’s Review Corner





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