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Stravinsky The Rite of Spring/The Firebird / David Bernard / Park Avenue Chamber Symphony

February 2, 2018

Stravinsky The Rite of Spring
Stravinsky The Firebird Suite, 1919 Version

David Bernard leading the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony

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181201 ArtsDesk PACS Rite Firebird Review FINAL

ARTSDESK CD REVIEW: Stravinsky The Rite of Spring / Firebird Suite (1919): Park Avenue Chamber Symphony conducted by David Bernard

“The playing is impressive, and the lean, clear sororities are an asset…the finer details hit home with pleasing immediacy under David Bernard’s baton..this performance is a zinger. I’d never noticed things like the clashing semiquavers and triplets in the “Dance of the Earth” before…it’s very well played…”

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David Bernard7 days ago
INSIDE THE MUSIC with Maestro David Bernard DVORAK 7: THE UNSUNG HERO
Often standing in the shadow of Dvořák's extremely popular 8th and 9th Symphonies, is his 7th--a work so brilliant and captivating, that it grabs you from the first note and refuses to let go until the very last bar. Among the many incredible moments in this work is a passage in the second movement that is so breathtaking it never fails to bring chills, and maybe a tear or two. At just past the halfway point, a passionate, lyrical and chromatic passage in the strings gradually resolves into a reprise of the opening woodwind theme, this time written for the cello section. Everything about this passage---from its setting in the cellos to how the resolution of the chromaticism unfolds for the listener--is simply sublime. Go give it a listen---you will be hooked for life!