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'Round Midnight: Dutilleux, Merlin, Schönberg - Antoine Tamestit (viola); Nicolas Altstaedt (cello); Quatuor Ébène
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  1. Ainsi la nuit, for string quartet
  2. Night Bridge, for 2 violins, 2 viola & 2 cellos
  3. Verklärte Nacht, for string sextet, Op. 4
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The commercial success of this 2021 release from the Quatuor Ébène may seem surprising, inasmuch as some of the music is often forbidding for general audiences. Schoenberg's murky Verklärte Nacht is not exactly a favorite, and Henri Dutilleux's Ainsi la nuit, in isolation, is the kind of jarring, squeaking work that may make audiences head for the exits. In this context, however, listeners get something to hang their perceptions on, as the various exotic sounds are defined as nocturnal. The album's title comes from the ...