Photo: Janette Beckman
After their musical travels in Germany and Italy, the ensemble Trio Settecento explores the music of the French baroque in their most recent CD, A French Soiree. It includes music by well-known composers from the court of Louis XIV, such as Jean-Baptiste Lully and Jean-Philippe Rameau. But also musicians that did not enjoy the favoritism of the King, as Lully did. Violinist Rachel Barton Pine suggests that the music of the French baroque does not translate well into modern performances for many reasons, and that makes their recording of this repertory all the more important.