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Causse’s big sound is every bit a match for Shostakovich’s dour, late masterpiece; an impression reinforced by the bathroom acoustic. He and Engerer present a straightforward, almost brusque view of the sonata, where others have laid bare its enigmatic weirdness with more subtlety. The couplings, miniatures by Glazunov, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, are delightful if slight in comparison.

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