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McEwan’s wartime sonata will be a discovery for many: tunefully approachable with a glorious slow movement. Bax’s sonata explodes with pent-up energy, those by Elizabeth Maconchy and Alan Rawsthorne make a strong impression; and in fact only Gordon Jacob’s sonatina seems out of place by its slightness. Williams’ rich, expansive sound is well caught, and Norris is a predictably supportive partner-in-crime.

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