Latitude 37, one of Australia's elite early music ensembles, has dedicated much of this year to the music of Arcangelo Corelli.
The concert in the Art Gallery of Ballarat last Saturday, The Apotheosis of Corelli, was a perfect summing up of Corelli's achievements, including his influence on later baroque composers. Significantly, the performances of Julia Fredersdorff (baroque violin), Laura Vaughan(viola da gamba) and harpsichordist Donald Nicolson were outstanding.
With guest baroque violinist Lucinda Moon the refined playing overall payed homage to Corelli's important role in advancing string music and bringing together the Italian and French musical styles.
The well-structured program paired each of three of Corelli's trio sonatas with a work influenced by the great composer. J.S.Bach's Fugue on a theme of Corelli, the "Dissertazione" on Corelli's violin sonata Op.5 No.3 by Veracini and finally Francois Couperin's "L'Apotheose de Corelli" outlined the style and direction of this rich period in string music.
The commitment and skills of the performers in realising the score in such an elegantly refined manner produced an outstanding result.