Half empty or half full? This depends, on your point of view, but if the quality of music-making is factored in, the latter descriptor applies to Roy Thomson Hall on Thursday and a concert by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
'Best Orchestra in Canada' is typically thought to be a fixed competition between three or four contenders. Last night's concert at Koerner Hall shows us that The Orchestra Métropolitain is one of them.
Standing ovations can be both inevitable and deserved. There were a few on Saturday evening in Roy Thomson Hall, before and after Peter Oundjian led his last performance as music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Rather than ponder the imponderable and seek to understand why Gershwin’s Concerto in F and Brahms’s First Symphony are not compatible, let's accept the Toronto Symphony Orchestra outing as two concerts separated by an intermission.