This was one of those blue-chip concerts, with top-drawer compositions getting first-rate performances. But there were a couple of pleasant surprises that were the equivalent of a surprise increase in the dividend payout.
Conductor Agnes Grossmann, best known in this city as the founder of the Toronto Summer Music festival, made a recording of Carmina Burana with the Taiwan National Choir shortly after being named its artistic director and conductor in 2007.
Yesterday, Lisiecki presented Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with Toronto’s Annex String Quartet. Today and tomorrow, the affable 18-year-old’s goal was to not only play through all 24 Études of Frédéric Chopin, but provide running commentary along the way.
The concert program at Roy Thomson Hall on Friday may have been a bit of a mishmash, but conductor laureate Sir Andrew Davis showed he can use any score as his guide to gracefully sculpt the sound of the TSO.