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BLOCK4 Recorder Quartet

Beneath a Pale Moon

Come close, and I will tell the tale of four travellers just like yourself: Draec, Ealric, Rowara and Veric.

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About the album

Welcome, weary travellers. Come close, and gather to the fire. This is a time for tales old and new, told by only the light of the pale moon as we wait for the crow of the cockerel and the dawning of another day. Come close, and listen to the tale I will tell, one full of magic and mystery. You see, not far from this fire there is a path, and not far from that path there is a field, and not far from that field there is a forest. A forest so tall the trees seem to touch the sky, a forest so deep it seems to stretch all of Christendom, a forest so green and lush that it seems to whisper to you with its very leaves. Everyone knows that a forest is a place of Magicks; a place of transformation and treachery; of lovesick wandering and charmed romance. In the woods, all are equal: prince and peasant boy, it is all the same to the trees and those who live amongst them.

Come close, and I will tell the tale of four travellers just like yourself: Draec, Ealric, Rowara and Veric.

All were brave. All were bold. All were loyal. All were true. But only one of them was heartbroken.

Tracklist click to play/pause

  • Anonymous (arr. BLOCK4)

    Watkin's Ale

    1:36 Play button Pause button 1:36
  • Anonymous (arr. BLOCK4)

    Lumps of Pudding

    2:51 Play button Pause button 2:51
  • Anonymous (arr. BLOCK4)

    Stella Splendens in Monte No. 1

    4:03 Play button Pause button 4:03
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Deh hor fossio col vago della luna

    2:48 Play button Pause button 2:48
  • Matthew Olyver

    My Last Breath

    5:16 Play button Pause button 5:16
  • Francisco Guerrero

    O Domine, Jesu Christe

    3:27 Play button Pause button 3:27
  • Anonymous (arr. BLOCK4)

    Stella Splendens in Monte No. 2

    3:49 Play button Pause button 3:49
  • Michael Praetorius

    Bransle de la Royne

    1:00 Play button Pause button 1:00
  • Michael Praetorius

    Courante de M.M. Wüstrow

    2:54 Play button Pause button 2:54
  • Michael Praetorius


    1:54 Play button Pause button 1:54
  • Andrew Crossley

    Bardo No. 1 (Layers)

    7:57 Play button Pause button 7:57
  • Tarquino Merula

    La Lusignuola

    5:44 Play button Pause button 5:44
  • Michiel Mensingh


    6:21 Play button Pause button 6:21
  • Anonymous (arr. BLOCK4)

    Stella Splendens in Monte No. 3

    4:47 Play button Pause button 4:47
  • Wojtek Blecharz


    10:36 Play button Pause button 10:36
  • Francisco Guerrero

    Alma Redemptoris Mater

    4:14 Play button Pause button 4:14

More information

Genre(s) Classical – Early Music (< 1600)
Classical – Contemporary (> 1920)
Artist(s) BLOCK4 Recorder Quartet
Composer(s) Anonymous
Blecharz, Wojtek
Crossley, Andrew
Guerrero, Francisco
Mensingh, Michiel
Merula, Tarquinio
Olyver, Matthew
Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da
Praetorius, Michael
Recording location(s) Lutheran Church, Haarlem (NL)
Recording date(s) April 2023
Cat. No.

TTK 0109

Release date

May 3rd, 2024

Additional links

Download Booklet(PDF)

Tech specs


Josephson C617 w/ Gefell MK221 capsules (main)
Josephson C42 (height)

Microphone preamps

Grace Design m801mk2

AD/DA conversion

Merging Technologies Hapi MkII
Merging Technologies Anubis
Grimm Audio CC2

Recording resolution

DSD 11.2MHz 1bit

Mastering resolution

PCM 352.8kHz 64bit

Monitoring (recording)

Audeze LCD-X

Monitoring (mastering)

Grimm Audio LS1be
Grimm Audio SB1


Purecable Optimus Link Microphone Cables
Purecable Optimus Power
Purecable Prime DIG75 Wordclock Cable

"the excellent playing of these four musicians [...], the well-crafted arrangements, the extraordinary instrumentation (details are given in the booklet) and the beautiful recording."

Aart van der Wal, Opus Klassiek

Further reading

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