'Qui phrase ainsi les arpèges du Prélude, Choral et Fugue de Franck, dans une vraie sonorité d’orgue, où tous les timbres exhaussent comme une prière ? C’est un magicien certainement, tant ses polyphonies chantent.
Mihai Ritivoiu ... doit certainement son art de timbrer et de phraser à Valentin Gheorghiu, il aura hérité de ce pianiste pour les musiciens la grande technique classique, celle-là même que montrait Dinu Lipatti, y ajoutant cette capacité typiquement roumaine d’imaginer le clavier comme une palette de couleurs.'
"Transcendence" CD review by Jean-Charles Hoffelé, Artalinna.com
'When it came to Chopin's Polonaise - Fantasy, Op. 61, Ritivoiu totally conveyed the dreaminess of this work, coupled with the excitement of the melodic and harmonic dance sections that Chopin is so passionately remembered for. ... The exquisite Pavane from the 2nd Piano Suite, Op. 10 [by Enescu], allowed Ritivoiu to display his mastery of temporal pacing and the control of vague harmonies in this evocative work.'
'Mihai Ritivoiu['s]... interpretation of Sonata Op 57 in F minor, Appassionata, was the most mature so far, with a vision of the whole articulated through a varied tonal palette in the large scale first movement displaying refreshing coherence of phrasing. The second movement was beguiling, with colour in the variations, and a clear sense of structure. The finale’s polyphony was expertly projected, beads of sweat attesting to the effort of his dexterity.'
(Malcolm Miller, Beethoven Piano Society of Europe)
'Ritivoiu showed himself to be a strong but sensitive player, maintaining a fluent rhythmic flow in the opening movement [of the Dvorak Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 87], and bringing attractive, homely warmth to the slow one. The waltz-like inflections of the third were finely judged and there was plenty of brio in the finale. It was a performance, both technically and interpretatively, that well deserved the enthusiastic audience response.'
(Alan Sanders, Classical Source)