“David Bernard and the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony deliver an impressively elegant, thoughtful, well‑balanced and sophisticated Tchaikovsky Pathétique…carefully sculpted phrasing in the finale’s thematic statements, their pointed articulation throughout the second movement and the X‑ray clarity of the low strings underneath the bassoon solo in the first movement’s opening Adagio…The […]
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 […]
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.
Remarkable…A virile and proposive performance…Bernard demands and gets full-throated Beethovenian fortes and taking the faster bits at a healthy clip…David Bernard’s first movement really has the kind of elemental terror Beethoven was trying to capture here, while the scherzo crackles with nervous energy… the last movement is well sustained and […]
The first two movements have a zesty fervor, thanks largely to Maestro Bernard’s obvious love of the subject matter and his keen desire to communicate that love to his listeners. The third-movement Adagio is as lyrical and sensitive as you’ll find. The overall impression of the last movement remains one […]
David Bernard offers some fine touches in the work. The shimmering opening of the first movement…is a highlight; the smooth flow of the fairly quickly paced third movement is another. The sound on the Recursive Classics release is quite fine, capturing the many nuances of Bernard’s attentive reading–an insightful as […]