Notes & Reviews:
This journey through the Baroque era focuses on the music of France during the reign of Louis XIV. With roots in the Renaissance polyphonic tradition, this music imposed itself as an alternative to the Italian Baroque style. All of the powerful identities of French music came to be during Louis XIV's reign (which lasted an astonishing 72 years), including the suite, the overture, the tragedie en musique, the grand motet, and solo motets. This eight disc set also includes an informative book, outlining the history of the music, biographies of the composers, and information on the performers.