It’s released! The first recording of original salterio music, played with both playing-techniques pizzicato and battuto in equal measure. I am not exaggerating when telling you, that this is a new chapter of salterio performance, as it sheds completely new light on the sound possibilities of the Italian 18th century salterio!
I am incredibly grateful to…
… my fellow musicians Romina Basso (mezzo soprano), Deniel Perer (harpsichord/organ), Nicola Paoli (violoncello) & Manuel Tomadin (organ)
… Tritonus Musikproduktion & Markus Heiland (sound engineering)
… label Christophorus (CHR 77426)
… Thomas Radlwimmer for fotos and the video!Cover "Salterio italiano" CHR-77426
 

… is the best way to present the salterio and its many sound colors (with pizzicato and battuto) to the interested public. In this salterio-solo-concert I also talk about the instrument and my research between the pieces. It is the fourth concert program of “Il Dolce Conforto”, which I premiered at the “Musikfest Eichstätt” (Germany) in May 2018. It was a great pleasure to play for the first time in the just perfect room for my salterio, the “Spiegelsaal” built in the rococo!
I attach one picture of the concert and the fabulous critic of Katrin Poese.

… with the ensemble’s third programm: Salterio italiano! In November 2017, we recorded original salterio repertoire, played for the first time on an original salterio using both playing techniques (battuto with sticks and pizzicato with the fingers) in equal measure, moreover whilst played upon the first reliable replica of Italian salterio sticks worldwide. It was a great pleasure to work with Romina Basso (mezzo-soprano), Deniel Perer (harpsichord/organ), Nicola Paoli (violoncello), Manuel Tomadin (organ) and Markus Heiland (sound engineering)! “Salterio italiano” presents music from Northern to Southern Italy, starting from the Ospedale della Pietá in Venice, passing Bologna and Padre Martini, passing Rome and its famous salterio virtuoso in the 18th century Florido Ubaldi, and finally finishing in Naples with music by Girolamo Rossi and Vito Ugolino.

In the course of my PhD-researches, I found several salterio sticks in the collection of the Museum of Musical Instruments in Brussels. Two pairs of those can be defined as Italian salterio sticks, as their construction corresponds with numerous Italian documents from the 18th century. After having analyzed the sticks in collaboration with the museum, the wonderful bow maker Martha Breit accepted to make the first 1:1 replica of those sticks. And she did a great job! These sticks not just changed my way of playing by their lightness (some weight just 1 gram!), they also sound marvelous on my instrument! Thank you Martha – you definitely helped my instrument to sound even better!!
Website of Martha Breit
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In April 2017, my salterio and I were honored to be the first “star-guests” of [me:mo], Lukas Henning’s successful You-Tube Blog on lute playing, Early Music and art history. Check out [me:mo]! Lukas Henning’s work is fabulous! And here is our video…

… at the “Festtage für Alte Musik” in Basel, presenting “Il Dolce Conforto’s” second concert programm: Spanish Chambermusic with transverse flutes, salterio, theorbo and violoncello. Beautiful music – intimate and expressive at the same time. Festtage Alte Musik Basel

… at the “International Barocktage Melk” in June 2017! We could not imagine a more beautiful concert location for our debut as the Kolomanisaal of the convent Melk in Austria. Being organized by a lovely team and having performed for an enthusiastic audience, this concert will remain for ever in my heart! Standing ovations and 60 CDs sold afterwards…IMG_8433

In Spring 2017, “Sacred Salterio” with Neapolitan passion cantatas for soprano, salterio and basso continuo was released under Christophorus label (CHR 77408). I am incredibly grateful for the international reviews of this CD and the awarding of the Pasticcio-Price of Austrians Culture Radio Ö1!
BR Kultur (June 2017, Dirk Kruse): “Diese Debüt-CD ist ein Ereignis: rar und schön!”
MWI review (June 2017, Michael Wilkinson): “This CD will give immense pleasure as well as historical interest.”
Musica dei Donum (April 2017, Johan van Veen): “Undoubtedly this is a most fascinating disc, for historical and musical reasons. The music is of fine quality […] We can only hope that more repertoire with salterio will appear on disc.”
Rondo Magazine (April 2017, Michael Wersin): “Wunderbar mischt sich der leicht verhangene Saitenklang des von Franziska Fleischanderl souverän beherrschten Salterios mit Miriam Feuersingers klarer, gerade geführter, unaufdringlich expressiver Stimme.”