The San Francisco Symphony, sometimes considered second-tier, doesn't have a particularly distinctive tone. Wednesday, the string section performed with a nice unity and sheen, even a kind of mellowness. It is not a heavy sound, and sometimes it lacked a little bite. The healthy brass section could sometimes overwhelm it, and Tilson Thomas allowed it to.And here I've been blaming Davies for most of the balance problems.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
SFS in OC
Tim Mangan of the Orange County Register reports on a visit by our local band: