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The second instalment of this excellent ensemble’s cycle of Bacewicz’s seven quartets makes in many ways a better introduction to the series. The warm, expressionist opening to the fourth quartet is instantly winning, inviting us into a sound world that is at once distinctive yet flecked with echoes of Ravel, Debussy and Shostakovich. With typically warm, clear sound, now’s the time to start looking forward to volume three.

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