Orpheus' Lyre

Orpheus' Lyre


Experience the emotional drama of 17th-century Italian music

The members of Baroque trio Latitude 37 were drawn together by their passion for historically informed performance of 17th and 18th-century music. The special combination of Baroque violin, viola da gamba and harpsichord opens up a wealth of repertoire that is rarely explored by other Australian ensembles. Three top graduates of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, the members of Latitude 37 share a unified interest in cultivating and communicating their art with their performance spontaneity inspired by the art of improvisation, communication and the humanity of a genre of music intended to charm and enchant.

For thousands of years musicians have been inspired by the stories of the mythical Orpheus who tamed Nature and the heavens with his art. His story was the foundation for one of the Baroque’s great contributions to music; opera. The tragedy and triumph of Orpheus forms the basis for Latitude 37’s program which explores the emotional drama within a rich vein of 17th-century Italian music. With an expanded ensemble including harp and bass baritone David Greco, Orpheus’ Lyre includes 17th-century Italian instrumental masterpieces worthy of one of mythology’s greatest musicians. The centrepiece of the program will be some of the most beautiful music ever written in excerpts from Monteverdi’s Orfeo, in celebration of the 450th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Latitude 37


Tarquinio Merula

Giulio Caccini
‘Queste lagrim’amare’ & ‘Non ha ‘l ciel cotanti lumi’

Biagio Marini

Girolamo Frescobaldi

Claudio Monteverdi
Selections from L’Orfeo: ‘Toccata’, ‘Sinfonia’, ‘Rosa del ciel, Ecco Pur … Vi ricorda ò boschi ombrosi, Tu se’morta mia vita, Sinfonia’


Latitude 37
David Greco bass baritone
Lizzy Welsh Baroque violin
Laura Moore viola da gamba
Hannah Lane harp