“A Protégé's Turn” “It was an impressive start. Bachmann showed sure control of the orchestra along with a clear sense of musical values. The Boston Symphony has been fortunate in its choice of assistant conductors [...]. There was nothing of a callow youth in the performance of Shostakovich's Fifth. And with some wonderful responsive playing from the BSO, Bachmann caught both the lonely acceptance and the embittered defiance. Bachmann also showed a keen ability to sustain slow tempos and quiet, grieving passages to the stretching point but never beyond. When the savagery, grotesquery and horrendous climaxes broke out, they meant something. Bachmann has [the] ability to get inside the skin of a piece.
Andrew L. Pincus | The Berkshire Eagle