Reviews

GRAMOPHONE CD REVIEW: Tchaikovsky Pathétique: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony conducted by David Bernard

GRAMOPHONE CD REVIEW: Tchaikovsky Pathétique: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony conducted by David Bernard

“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 […]

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Classical Candor Review: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony conducted by David Bernard

Classical Candor Review: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony conducted by David Bernard

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 […]

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AUDIOPHILE AUDITION, CD REVIEW: Beethoven Symphony No. 9: David Bernard and the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony

AUDIOPHILE AUDITION, CD REVIEW: Beethoven Symphony No. 9: David Bernard and the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony

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 […]

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