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Chris Morgan
Scene Magazine, December 2014

Prior to this recording, Reinecke’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in D minor, Op. 82 had languished in obscurity. But thanks to Samis’ efforts, this impassioned and deeply moving piece of music lives again. A fine selection of music, played by proficient instrumentalists, captured by state-of-the-art studio technology who could ask for anything more? © 2014 Scene Magazine Read complete review




Brian Reinhart
MusicWeb International, November 2014

…the recorded sound is at the height of professional standards. Did I mention that Samis gives a truly heroic, attention-grabbing and, I hope, career-advancing performance in every single work?

The twin threads of lament (Tavener, Bloch, Golijov) and romantic warmth (Reinecke, Schumann), plus the thrill of discovering over an hour of new stuff make this a major release. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, November 2014

…what a stunning beauty of a piece it is. © 2014 Fanfare



Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, November 2014

…this is more than an auspicious debut album [for Michael Samis]…it deserves some sort of special recognition or award, not just for resurrecting Reinecke’s Concerto, but for playing, which…places Samis in the very highest echelon of the world’s living cellists. His impeccable left-hand technique, perfection of bowing, purity of tone, and inerrancy of intonation are matched…by his consummate musicianship and by the beauty of his soul.

…I have nothing but lauds and applauds for Michael Samis, Gregory Wolynec, the Gateway Chamber Orchestra, Carl Reinecke, the recording engineers who produced this magnificent sounding CD…and for Delos for having the corporate values and vision to give Samis and these fine musicians the platform of a mainstream record label on which to demonstrate their considerable talents. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



David W. Moore
American Record Guide, November 2014

This is well worth hearing! This is a varied and well-played program where the Reinecke Concerto is the main item. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Terry Robbins
The WholeNote, September 2014

The American cellist Michael Samis makes his CD debut with Reinecke…a disc that highlights a long-forgotten concerto by the German Romantic composer Carl Reinecke and also includes works by Sir John Tavener, Robert Schumann, Ernest Bloch and Osvaldo Golijov. The Reinecke concerto…is a lovely, immediately accessible work…Samis has the necessary big, warm tone, and there is some lovely orchestral support from the Gateway Chamber Orchestra under Gregory Wolynec. Samis considers the work to be “a lost gem that richly deserves a place in the repertoire,” and it’s hard not to agree with him.

Samis’ playing throughout is of the highest order, and there is depth, resonance and excellent balance in the recorded sound.

There’s something wonderfully wild and abandoned about true gypsy violin playing—its virtuosity, its pulsating and wildly fluctuating rhythms and tempos, mixed with the almost cluttered background accompaniment of cimbalom, accordion, clarinet and strings, make for an almost-out-of-control feeling of pure spontaneity. © 2014 The WholeNote Read complete review



Infodad.com, July 2014

The solo-cello skill of Michael Samis is displayed…conventionally on a new Delos CD that gives Samis plenty of chances to show his virtuosic mettle. But this is an unusual disc, and a particularly enjoyable one, because of the works selected and the inclusion of solo pieces as well as ones for cello and orchestra…this is a highly intriguing disc whose contrast between Romantic and much later music is only one of its attractions. © 2014 Infodad.com Read complete review



Chris Morgan
Scene Magazine, June 2014

Little known Romantic composer Carl Reinecke gets some love on this…CD from Delos. The composer’s legacy is well-served by the efforts of cellist Michael Samis, an accomplished solo, chamber and orchestral musician, and the Gateway Chamber Orchestra, who imbue Reinecke’s work with the gravitas it justly deserves. In addition to Reinecke’s composition, other pieces featured on the program include Sir John Tavener’s ‘Threnos’ for cello solo, Robert Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro for cello and orchestra, Ernest Bloch’s Suite No 1 for cello solo, and ‘Mariel’ for cello and marimba, written by Osvaldo Golijov. A fine selection of music, played by proficient instrumentalists, captured by state-of-the-art studio technology… © 2014 Scene Magazine Read complete review





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