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Nocturne No 4 in C minor 'Bal fantôme'
composer
1934; dedicated to Julien Green

Recordings
'Piers Lane goes to town' (CDA67967)
Piers Lane goes to town
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67967  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Stephen Hough's French Album' (CDA67890)
Stephen Hough's French Album
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67890 
Details
Track 11 on CDA67890 [1'35]

Nocturne No 4 in C minor 'Bal fantôme'
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Poulenc’s fourth Nocturne, with its hint of the seventh of Chopin’s Op 28 Preludes, has a kind of lazy rhetoric but always coloured with the composer’s characteristic piquancy. Among his series of eight nocturnes, it is one of the few that actually fits the title in its traditional sense. Subtitled ‘Bal fantôme’, it is prefaced by a quote from the novel Le visionnaire by the writer Julien Green, a friend of the composer: an invalid, confined to his sick-bed, hears distant strains of a ball and recalls happier times of his youth. The sly semitonal movement gives those distant memories of the waltz a distinctly twentieth-century edge.

from notes by Harriet Smith © 2012

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