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Night
composer
8-13 December 1923; first performed in Florida by the Flonzaley Quartet in February 1924; dedicated to Roger Sessions

Recordings
'Bloch: Piano Quintets' (CDA67638)
Bloch: Piano Quintets
'Favourite Encores for string quartet' (CDH55002)
Favourite Encores for string quartet
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55002  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
Track 4 on CDA67638 [3'03]
Track 11 on CDH55002 [2'51] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Night
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Bloch wrote several Impressionistic miniatures for string quartet during the 1920s. Night and Paysages (Landscapes) were written in Cleveland between 8 and 13 December 1923; and the premiere of these works was given by the Flonzaley Quartet in Florida in February 1924. Night is similar in mood and style to his other ‘nocturnal’ works, for example the slow movement of the Viola Suite (1919), In the Night (a ‘Love Poem’ for piano, 1922, also in an orchestral version), Nuit exotique for violin and piano (1924) and Three Nocturnes for piano trio (1924). It is a tenebral evocation of Bloch’s love of nature, with limpid melodies, oscillating accompanimental figurations, and gently pulsating rhythms. This work, too, ends with a magical chord of C major. The dedicatee is the American composer Roger Sessions (1896–1985), one of Bloch’s most illustrious pupils.

from notes by Alexander Knapp © 2007

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Details for CDH55002 track 11
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-99-00211
Duration
2'51
Recording date
26 October 1988
Recording venue
Recording producer
John H West
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Favourite Encores for string quartet (CDH55002)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: May 1999
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
  2. Favourite Encores for string quartet (CDH88038)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: November 1989
    Deletion date: May 1999
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Superseded by CDH55002
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