Watch France’s Trio Alborada Play Saint-Saëns’ ‘Danse Macabre’

This French guitar trio has been around for about a dozen years, and their most recent release, called Diabolus in cithara, is a fantastic album of music by French composers; I can’t stop playing it! The trio consists of Etienne Candela, Mathieu Dutriat, and Jérôme Grzybeck—all are established players in France with interests outside the trio that range from lute music (Candela) to Piazzolla (Grzybeck) and, judging from the diverse selections on this album, lots more. One of many highlights on the album is a spirited an imaginative workout on Camille Saint-Saëns’ fascinating (and morbid!) orchestral work from 1874, Danse Macabre. —Blair Jackson