ORCHESTRA MIAMI MEDIA
Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Susana Díaz, Soprano
Piazzolla: Primavera Porteña
Tomás Cotik, soloist
Verdi: Overture to La Forza del Destino
RAI: The Ricordi Opera Gala (in Italian)
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Articles and Reviews
"The Masonic Funeral Music was given a powerful sense of mourning from the initial bars. Rinaldi gradually built volume and depth of emotion to a strong but properly restrained climax. The strings under concertmaster Gennady Aronin played with strength and full tone and there was fine solo work by clarinetist Richard Hancock and oboist Erika Yamada."
Lawrence Budmen, South Florida Classical Review- More Masonic Mozart
"The orchestra was also up to the challenges, which include creating sounds not often heard from the strings: screeching, rattling, hissing, sometimes an overall cacophony. Cellist Aaron Merritt’s solo in “Autumn” was a highlight. He exhibited a deep tone with a bit of edginess appropriate to the score. Cotik, Rinaldi and the orchestra provided impressive advocacy for a multifaceted work that deserves to be heard more often.
Dave Rosenbaum, South Florida Classical Review- 10th Anniversary Celebration;
Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, Tomás Cotik, violin soloist
“Rinaldi concluded the generous program with a strongly played, solid reading of the Symphony No. 41 in C Major (Jupiter), Mozart’s last and arguably greatest symphonic essay. Tempos were moderate and the momentum well sustained. A nice mix of drama and lyricism pervaded the second movement Andante cantabile with Rinaldi playing the pauses and sudden full ensemble outbursts for maximum effect. Aided by the excellent acoustics, fugal writing in the finale came through splendidly with impressive playing from all sections and especially strong contributions from the horns and timpani…. Throughout the concerto (Mozart Concerto for Clarinet), Rinaldi offered strong support, her tempos astutely judged.”
Lawrence Budmen, The Miami Herald, Masonic Mozart
“A highlight of the performance was the work of Orchestra Miami, conducted by Elaine Rinaldi. In addition to providing sympathetic support to the singers, the orchestra shined when performing on its own, with rich string tone and poignant wind playing in passages such as the wistful music that accompanies Amahl’s mother as she tucks him in for the night.”
David Fleshler, The Miami Herald- Amahl and the Night Visitors