The Age, 4 July 2008

Tasman Crossing of Like Minds


Latitude 37, Dante’s Gallery, Fitzroy, July 2

Tuesday night found two keyboard-centred trios as work close to the CBD.  In Gertrude Streets’ Dante’s Gallery, a new ensemble specialising in period music gave its inaugural recital….

Latitude 37 connects Melbourne with New Zealand and the new early music group takes its name from that feature since one of its members, harpsichordist Donald Nicolson, is active on that country’s musical scene, while the other performers – violinist Julia Fredersdorff and gamba expert Laura Vaughan – are based here.  These talented young artists produced a brief program of sonatas by Buxtehude and Telemann, three Rameau pieces de concert, the popular ground-bass Sonnerie by Marin Marais, and a canzone by Bartolome de Selma y Salaverde.

Latitude 37 played with firm insistence, Fredersdorff’s violin riding over the bass supporting lines with assured projection.  If the performances in general impressed as insistent, the short Rameau excerpts showed an appealing suppleness of dynamic and rhythm, especially from Vaughan who has a reputation as an informed and accurate expert on gamba and lirone.


Clive O’Connell