Concert Review: Happy Ending for TSO Ninth

Arthur Kaptainis, The National Post

If only one movement could go really well in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, which do you suppose conductors would wish this movement to be? By choice or by chance, Peter Oundjian got it right Thursday night in Roy Thomson Hall in the opening subscription concert of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra season.

This was an energetic finale, vital in rhythm and full of spirit. The 130-plus singers of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir were scattered democratically in the choir loft rather than partitioned into sections. They made a joyous, united sound. Nor was there any price in clarity in the double fugue. Maybe this unusual configuration has a future.

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