Russians invade the Philharmonia, led by Matsuev and Kochanovsky
The occasion brought young Russian conductor Stanislav Kochanovsky to London for the first time. He has been making waves around Europe and beyond, and we now heard just why.
A proper baton, held delicately between thumb and index finger so that expressive movements as well as a clear beat become possible. And a continuous beat at that. Kochanovsky often had his finger to his lips, such that some notes at phrase ends were on the threshold of audibility, which added tension (for player as well as audience) [...] The finale’s blazing coda was Brucknerian in nobility, and this impressive conductor was duly acclaimed. If this was an audition for the Principal Conductorship which Salonen will soon vacate, then Stanislav Kochanovsky might have become a contender. Whether in that position or not, he must be summoned back.