Danny Gaisin, Oakville Today

The evening finale was Sergei Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano concerto in C-minor. . . . Hastings immediately demonstrated marvelous craftsmanship with great strength and dexterity. In the seductive adagio . . . the soloist took pauses of a deliciously dramatic duration, reflecting the composer’s direction of sostenuto or prolonged. Very effective! . . . Hastings’ intricate right-hand solo was a delight to both hear and observe . . . [T]he final coda was rousing enough to earn both the guest and the orchestra a well-deserved standing ovation.