Van Diemen’s Band ★★★★½

Musica Viva, Melbourne Recital Centre, May 3

The Age, reviewed by Cameron Woodhead

Crossing borders can be a difficult and dangerous proposition these days, as the pandemic and the war in Ukraine have made only too clear. In a superbly imaginative and deeply engaging program devised by violinist Julia Fredersdorff, Tasmanian early music group Van Diemen’s Band traverses geographical and stylistic borders through seventeenth-century Europe adding complementary contemporary resonances that tellingly link art to life.