The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Music Director Gustavo Gimeno, and soloist María Dueñas at Carnegie Hall, Feb. 13, 2023. Photo by Nadia Quinn.

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra proved its mettle Monday evening” at Carnegie Hall “with a thoughtful program of works that showcased Canadian flavors and the orchestra’s impressive skill,” writes Joshua Chong in Tuesday’s (2/14) Toronto Star. The concert marked the TSO’s first appearance at the venue since 2011 and the second stop of a three-city North American tour…. For many in the orchestra, including music director Gustavo Gimeno, this marked their Carnegie Hall debut…. Spanish violinist María Dueñas delivered a ferocious interpretation of [Édouard Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole’] She fiendishly attacked each note, drawing out the fiery Spanish rhythms with a full-bodied tone…. Under Gimeno’s confident direction, the orchestra matched her energy Preceding Symphonie Espagnole was Canadian composer Samy Moussa’s Symphony No. 2, a TSO commission that premiered to great acclaim less than a year ago…. It paints a ravishing soundscape through its compelling exploration of form and harmony, while also drawing on more classical qualities…. Trumpets are replaced with flugelhorns, while a variety of pitched instruments — glockenspiel, xylophone and vibraphones, for example — make up the percussion. The result is a clear and bright sound, wonderfully conveyed by the orchestra…. The TSO performed Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet in a new suite compiled by Gimeno.”