W.H. Squire: Miniatures for Cello and Piano

W.H. Squire: Miniatures for Cello and Piano

by Oliver GledhillOliver Gledhill

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Overview

W.H. Squire (1871-1963) was a British cellist who composed short pieces for his own use. These pieces date from between 1890 and 1904; some were composed in sets and published, while others were intended for events that might mix light music with more extended cello compositions. All are firmly in Romantic styles, from Schubert to Dvorák, and they are all tastefully British; virtuoso effects are restricted to a few overtone passages, and even double-stopping is in short supply. Instead the idiom is melodic, and the young cellist Oliver Gledhill offers smooth execution and a genuinely songful quality. The only piece that's at all frequently played is the "Serenade, Op. 15," and that only in Britain. You can sample it for a reasonable representation of Squire's style, or any other track really, for the stylistic range is not great. Five of the works here have never been recorded before. The collection has a fetching quality that would make it suitable for an outdoor party, a setting in which some of the easier published pieces might possibly have been used. If you're looking for a British counterpart to Fritz Kreisler you won't find one here, but the music has some almost forgotten charms.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/08/2016
Label: Naxos
UPC: 0747313137374
catalogNumber: 8571373
Rank: 126783

Tracks

  1. Prière, for cello & piano
  2. Harlequinade, for cello & piano
  3. Danse orientale, for cello & piano
  4. Canzonetta, for cello & piano
  5. Humoresque, for cello & piano, Op. 26
  6. Bourrée, for cello & piano, Op. 24
  7. Tzig-Tzig (Danse magyare), for cello & piano
  8. L'Adieu. romance for cello & piano
  9. Chansonnette, for cello & piano, Op. 22
  10. Gondoliera, for cello & piano, Op. 20/2
  11. Mazurka, for cello & piano, Op. 19/4
  12. Minuet, for cello & piano, Op. 19/3
  13. Scène de Bal, for cello & piano, Op. 8
  14. Gavotte humoristique, for cello & piano, Op. 6
  15. Romance, for cello & piano, Op. 5/1
  16. Elégie, for cello & piano
  17. Madrigal, for cello & piano

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