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"Leningrad" Symphony in Dublin

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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

 

From the immaculately controlled crescendo representing the advancing invaders that erupts into a nightmarish depiction of the ensuing battle right through to the last movement with its ending in resolution tempered in bitterness and regret, this performance had me gripped […] At the end there was an immediate outbreak of cheering and a well-deserved standing ovation.

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