As of right now, this is THE preferred recording of Rite because of its authenticity as well as the almost startling boldness of approach.
Bernard’s reading is one more of beauty and elegance than purely of tragedy, pathos, or suffering….as thrilling as they come…the music appears neither tragic nor sorrowful, just longing, wistful, meditative…with feelings of contemplation and reflection…The ensemble’s performance is commendably precise, the contrasts in softer and louder passages especially telling in […]
The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony as their name suggests is not the sizable romantic outfit that might be expected to perform the “Pathetique.” There are less strings to be heard, yet the sweep of affect in those instruments are still to be heard and properly so. What seems especially good […]
Conductor David Bernard brings a fresh look at Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, known as the “Pathétique” with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony. Bernard’s interpretation of this final symphony from the enigmatic composer highlights the immense drama and relentless passion while also framing the work as a mature and effective look […]
Tchaikovsky’s final symphony is not thought of as forward-looking at all – after all, the composer died nine days after the first performance, and indeed the Pathétique has for years been considered a kind of “suicide note,” especially since Tchaikovsky himself said it had a program that he chose not […]
The Massapequa Philharmonic Orchestra’s performances of “The Nutcracker” this weekend with a Bethpage ballet company are the latest efforts by the 34-year-old orchestra to strengthen its community focus and expand its audience. The orchestra’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic at Tilles Center in Brookville will be the first time in […]
December is the month of Nutcrackers, and a holiday tradition for many Long Islanders is to see the Eglevsky Ballet perform their prestigious production at the Tilles Center for the Arts in Brookville, Long Island. Eglevsky’s production, the largest and only professional production on Long Island, not only features guest […]
The challenge haunts classical music: how do orchestras rejuvenate aging audiences? Pondering the question, conductor David Bernard asked something related — how did he himself become enthralled by the music? His answer — it was when he first sat inside an orchestra. And so, he wondered, why not bring that […]
When David Bernard, who leads New York’s Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, recently took the podium, he confronted an orchestra space filled with almost 300 people, only a fraction of whom were musicians. InsideOut, Bernard’s effort to rejuvenate concert-going for classical music lovers, embeds audience members on stage among the musicians. […]
Scintillating Beethoven…Edge-of-the-seat playing from a New York orchestra…it’s a winner: dramatic, witty, eloquent and boasting some startling choral work in the last movement…well worth investigating.