RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 28, 2022
Safika: Three Tales of African Migration for piano quintet (2011)*
Homage for piano solo (1990)
Zenobia Powell Perry
Soweto for piano trio (1987)*
Undine Smith Moore
Moorish Dance, Op. 55, for solo piano (1904)
Spiritual Fantasy for string quartet (1988)
Frederick C. Tillis
*World premiere recording
Piano Music by Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, Nora Holt, Betty Jackson King & Helen Hagan
5/5 ★ "Ege's pianism is delicately inflected throughout."
Michael Church - BBC Music Magazine
4/5 ★ "Ege performs them with masterly assurance."
Warwick Thompson - Pianist Magazine
"Samantha Ege's work on the music of Florence Price has already been revelatory. This is memorable music, beautifully played. Ege's playing is faultless."
Colin Clarke - International Piano Magazine
"Ege's unflagging enthusiasm is never in doubt, and she is joined here by John Paul Ekin, who seems every inch her equal. Grand and Romantic, the gestural music includes vast contrasts, beautifully done. here."
Colin Clarke - Classical Explorer
"Samantha Ege returns to Chicago between the wars to shed light on the remarkable circle of women surrounding Florence Price"
Robert Hugill - Planet Hugill
Winner of the 2021 American Musicological Society's Noah Greenberg Award for outstanding contributions to historical performing practices.
The Piano Music of Florence Price
4/5 ★ "Ege is adept at revealing the contours of the melody underneath the profusion of Price’s rich harmonies, and moulds the beautifully judged transitions between sections with a sure hand." Ivan Hewett - The Telegraph
4/5 ★ "Ege is an accomplished and absorbing guide."
Claire Jackson - BBC Music Magazine
"Triumphs indeed, and if one can now imagine some of this music being performed with a dash more flair, that’s a testament to how Ege has brought this music to the life it more than deserves." David Allen - The New York Times
"These Fantasies capture Price at her most expressive, and this performance finds Ege at her most intuitive." Michael Andor Bordeur - The Washington Post
Music for Solo Piano: Price, Kapralova, Bilsland & Bonds
4.5/5 ★ "Stunning piano music by four neglected female composers."
Lisa MacKinney - Limelight
4/5 ★ "Ege is our trusted guide through lesser-known piano works both dynamic and beautiful." Michael Beek - BBC Music Magazine
"Samantha Ege is to be congratulated, not only for her insightful interpretation, particularly in the works of Bilsland and Bonds, but for her goal to bring the music of these composers to greater public awareness."
Judith Mabary - International Alliance for Women in Music
"Ege understands these pieces on a fundamental level, and her rapport with the music comes shining through in her playing." Meg Wilhoite - Sound Meets Sound