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This valuable collection alternates recent miniatures with four substantial works from Davies’ last years. The Last Island, which opens the disc, is a fine, evocative essay for string sextet from 2009; similarly impressive is the oboe quartet of four years later, with Heinz Holliger pupil Emanuel Abbuhl here on fine form. If the 2008 violin sonata is not quite on this level, these are nonetheless stand-out, definitive performances, beautifully recorded by this enterprising Scottish label.

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