Melbourne Symphony debut concert
No one packs a heart-stopping tune into an oceanic orchestral swell quite like Sergei Rachmaninov, and this night of deep Romanticism belonged to his Symphony No 2. [...] From the pulsating Wagnerian brass of the Largo first movement through the transcendental conclusion of the Adagio and into the toe-tapping Allegro vivace Finale, it was paced beautifully with utter assurance by Kochanovsky. Principal cellist David Berlin seemed in danger of bursting on several occasions as Kochanovsky drew every ounce of energy from his section, imploring and cranking the strings into emotional overdrive. It was a sensational performance from orchestra and conductor alike, and received with thunderous applause from a most appreciative Melbourne audience.