March 10, 2015
CIM Faculty receive rave reviews on their performance with The Cleveland Orchestra in Miami
Bravo to The Cleveland Orchestra on “an intense and audacious performance” of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony in Miami this past weekend, which included several Cleveland Institute of Music faculty members who were praised by name.
The grim march that opens the symphony moved at a crisp pace and the secondary theme was almost frenzied, the romanticism underplayed. An ominous motif from the trombones turned into a macabre death chant when taken up by the full ensemble. The splendid, unison strings produced a plush vibrant sonority and the large brass section sounded terrific in the big climaxes. In a brief solo moment of repose, concertmaster William Preucil’s honeyed violin tone offered a touch of Viennese schmaltz.
…The tinkle of the celesta was precisely balanced and clear over strings and winds, and the clarion ring of Michael Sachs’ trumpet streamed through the orchestral texture.
The Clevelanders were in magnificent form, playing like the world-class orchestra they are when at their best. First-chair wind and brass players were particularly outstanding. Richard King imbued the horn solos with both power and poignant emotion. Also contributing important and demanding moments were oboist Frank Rosenwein, flutist Joshua Smith, clarinetist Ricardo Morales, bassoonist John Clouser, and Massimo La Rosa, trombone.
Read the complete review online at South Florida Classical Review.