IL DOLCE CONFORTO is a group of internationally acclaimed baroque musicians, who aim for bringing original historic Salterio music back to life. „Il Dolce Conforto“ translates as „The soft comforter“ and originates from a poem by the Salterio virtuoso Giovanni Battista Dall´Olio, who, poeticallly, describes the Salterio with its magical sound as a „soft comforter of aristoctratic ears“.
The ensemble leader Franziska Fleischanderl is one of the few players of this now rare instrument. She performs with an original Salterio, built in Rome in 1725 by Michele Barbi. During the course of her PhD at University Leiden Franziska has researched the various playing techniques of the 18th century Italian Salterio in the pursuit of resurrecting this instrument into today’s world of music.
The ensemble’s official debut concert took place in June 2017 at the International Baroque Days in Melk Abbey (Austria) and further concerts were held at the Ancient Music Festival in Basel (Switzerland), and other festivals in Italy and Portugal.
Their internationally reviewed CDs “Sacred Salterio” and “Salterio italiano”, released in 2017 and 2018 under the Christophorus label, were premiered with the “Pasticcio-Price” of Ö1 and awarded the “CD of the week” in BR and Ö1.
Marie Lys, Miriam Feuersinger – soprano
Johanna Bartz, Natalia Herden – transverse flute
Deniel Perer – organ/harpsichord
Lukas Henning – lute
Carla Rovirosa – violoncello
Franziska Fleischanderl – salterio/direction