RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, PROKOFIEV (Nikolai Lugansky), TCHAIKOVSKY Belgian National Orchestra BOZAR, Brussels
“Conductors do make a difference with orchestras. We were reminded of this once again when Stanislav Kochanovsky stood before the Belgian National Orchestra to lead them through an all-Russian triple bill, gathering Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. The Russian maestro has been guesting with the BNO on a handful of occasions and their collaboration hints at real chemistry […] An attractive if tricky curtain-raiser, Kochanovsky evoked Rimsky’s Russian “España” with a radiant, warm smile […] Kochanovsky, with his elegant baton technique, made the orchestra sway and swirl, painting in brilliant colour strokes, up to the riveting finale.
Conducting the symphony without a baton, Kochanovsky coaxed plenty of detail from all sections, balancing the overall sound with flair. Orchestral solos were without exception commendable. The most impressive work came from the strings, amply textured under Kochanovsky’s guidance, with the massed cellos and double basses often encouraged by the conductor to give the music extra depth. Conductors do make a difference.” bachtrack