Nashville Arts Magazine has a fantastic new feature on cellist Michael Samis and his new Delos CD, Reinecke: Cello Concerto, titled “Michael Samis makes Classical Cool, Romanticism Real, and Music Life-affirming.”
“June marks the release of Samis’s new CD, funded last year by an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign. He’s so full of enthusiasm about the album, coming from Delos Records, that it’s palpable. Centered around the little-known French Romantic Carl Reinecke’s Cello Concerto (written at a time when the world was giving more credence to the darker and dissonant tonalities of Richard Wagner), it also includes Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro—the first cello and orchestra recording of that piece; Ernest Bloch’s haunting First Suite for Cello Solo (a 1956 piece modeled on Bach but referencing the miseries of the Holocaust), and two short pieces by living composers, both of which are remembrances of friends lost—Osvaldo Golijov’s “Mariel” and Sir John Tavener’s eerie, angelic “Threnos.”
“Samis embodies the notion that the role of music is to “help take down the invisible walls people build between others and themselves.” … Meeting Samis, it’s impossible not to long for a copy of the CD now.” —Stephanie Stewart-Howard, Nashville Arts
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