W.H. Squire

The cellist W.H. Squire recorded extensively for the Gramophone Company and Columbia, often with Hamilton Harty, with large works interspersed with lighter pieces or arrangements of standards.

Wagner – Tannhäuser – O Star of Eve
W.H. Squire, cello with piano

Wagner – Tannhäuser – O Star of Eve – WH Squire
(mp3 file – click to play, or right click the link, then select “Save as”)

His Master’s Voice 7886
Matrix ak 14731e
Recorded 5th January 1912, London

Offenbach – Barcarolle from “Tales of Hoffmann”
Gabriel Jean-Marie – La Cinquantaine
W.H. Squire, cello
Hamilton Harty, piano

Columbia D1325
Matrices 29439, 29520
Recorded early 1920s?

Saint-Saens – Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor Op.33
W.H. Squire, cello
Hallé Orchestra, Sir Hamilton Harty

Mediafire link for Saint-Saëns – Cello Concerto No.1 – W.H. Squire, Hamilton Harty

(This is an mp3 file – left click the link, download the file)

Columbia L 1800-2
Matrices WAX 1414-2, 1415-1, 1416-1, 1417-1, 1418-4, 1419-1 (6064, 6066, 6057, 6058, 6067, 6065)
Recorded 25th March 1926
Available from December 1926 to January 1940

All sides run at 80.6rpm, and maintain a consistent speed – this seems a rare occurrence for Columbias of this vintage. The work is in one continuous movement, though it is divided into sections.

Elgar – Concerto in E minor for cello and orchestra Op.85
I. Adagio – Moderato (2 sides)
II. Allegro Molto (1½ sides)
III. Adagio (1 side)
IV. Allegro – Moderato – Allegro ma non troppo (3½ sides)
W. H. Squire, cello
Hallé Orchestra, Sir Hamilton Harty

Columbia DX 117-120
Matrices: WAX 4410-7
Rec c1929, Free Trade Hall, Manchester

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