A busy October saw Stanislav Kochanovsky returning on the podium of the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Dublin RTE and the Moscow National Philharmonic.
Here are some comments from the international press:
“From the opening notes, Kochanovsky elicited a sharp, crisp tone from the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra while keeping the rhythm taut. With blaring brass and fun cross rhythms, Kochanovsky made this a dramatic, lively rendition of this delightful overture…”
“The 12 repetitions of the “War theme” were masterfully graded by Kochanovsky starting with an innocent melody on the flute and finishing with the brass blazing forth in all their glory, a veritable cry of humanity against the horrors of war. The pizzicato at the end was nothing short of brilliant, resonating in the silence that followed.”
“Kochanovsky conceived the second movement as an ironic Scherzo, rejoicing in its unsettling dissonance and typical harmonic changes […] Even the livelier moments possessed a sinister quality […] At times stormy, at other times violent, Kochanovsky ratcheted up the volume and excitement to an almost unbearable pitch before the victorious C major shone out and brought an end to the terrors of war.”
Andrew Larkin, bachtrack
National Orchestra of Belgium
“Kochanovsky maintained a relentless march rhythm with the help of bass and snare drums to the resounding battle cries on low brass, as the woodwinds provided some relief in an interlude […] Oozing with lush lyricism and sensitivity where necessary, as in Romeo’s Variation and Love Dance, the orchestra proved it was also capable of a shrill tone and sharp exchanges in Meeting of Tybalt and Mercutio and The Duel […] Kochanovsky left nothing to chance, and it showed. His meticulous attention to the kaleidoscopic range of orchestral colours and the timbres of the instruments in different combinations bore fruit.
Alan Yu, bachtrack