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Squire: 'Miniatures for Cello and Piano'

Magazine article Gramophone

Squire: 'Miniatures for Cello and Piano'

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Squire

'Miniatures for Cello and Piano' L'adieu (Romance). Bourree, Op 24. Canzonetta. Chansonnette, Op 22. Danse orientale. Danse rustique, Op 20 No 5. Elegie. Gavotte humoristique, Op 6. Gondoliera, Op 20 No 2. Harlequinade. Humoresque, Op 26. Madrigal. Mazurka, Op 19 No 4. Minuet, Op 19 No 3. Priere. Romance, Op 5 No 1. Scene de bal, Op 8. Serenade, Op 15. Tarantella, Op 23. Tzig-Tzig (Danse magyare) Oliver Gledhill vc Tadashi Imai pf Naxos (M) 8 571373 (67' * DDD)

First, a declaration of interest. Like anyone who learnt the cello through the ABRSM's exams, the miniatures of WH Squire are part of my youth. So as Tadashi Imai played the introduction to the Romance that opens this disc, I experienced something like a Proustian rush. Cellists, amateur and professional alike, will seize on this collection of 20 of Squire's winsome cello-and-piano miniatures (at least a quarter of them premiere recordings) with delight.

But what about everyone else? Well, this is salon music, pure and simple. As Oliver Gledhill explains in his comprehensive booklet-notes, these pieces were written between 1890 and 1904 as recital items and for teaching purposes. …

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