Music In Cincinnati declares Michael Samis the “champion” for Carl Reinecke!
“Composer Carl Reinecke has a champion in cellist Michael Samis. The attention is well deserved, as demonstrated on Samis’ new release for Delos, Reinecke: Cello Concerto. Performing with the Gateway Chamber Orchestra led by conductor Gregory Wolynec, Samis makes a splendid case for the revival of this long forgotten work. … Samis brings it to life this with great skill and dedication. His plush tone draws the listener in from the first statement of the shapely opening theme, and he soars in the calisthenic cadenza that concludes the first movement…The yearning Andante con moto functions as a kind of song without words, again enhanced by Samis’ warm, caressing tone, and he fills the Allegro Vivace finale with folk-like verve and good humor. Wolynec leads the Gateway Chamber Orchestra in a precise, well-crafted accompaniment. All in all, it is more than enough to persuade one that Reinecke’s Concerto should take its place among the active works in the cello repertoire.” —Mary Ellyn Hutton, Music In Cincinnati
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