Reviews

STEREOPHILE REVIEW

STEREOPHILE REVIEW

I was particularly taken with a recent and surprisingly effective recording of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, with David Bernard conducting the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony (CD, Recursive Classics RC2057001; download from ClassicsOnline.com). The PACS bulked up to 100 players to record this in a relatively small space at the […]

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Newburgh Symphony’s ‘Arabian Nights’ a multi-media success / Times Herald-Record

Newburgh Symphony’s ‘Arabian Nights’ a multi-media success / Times Herald-Record

“Arabian Nights” came to Newburgh with conductor David Bernard leading the GNSO in their annual January family concert. Bernard has an impressive background and relates to the players and listeners with his personal charisma, technical skill and imaginative programming. He conducted the concert from memory with no need for scores.

Video Review: GNSO’s Interactive Arabian Night / HVNN

Video Review: GNSO’s Interactive Arabian Night / HVNN

  Watching the children as they first grasp the beauty of making music is a true source of joy for anyone involved. Guest conductor David Bernard really connected with his young protégés as he taught the rudimentary skills of conducting. “It’s just such a pleasure to help these children discover […]

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ConcertoNet.com — David Bernard conducts Mendelssohn and Schubert

ConcertoNet.com — David Bernard conducts Mendelssohn and Schubert

Conductor David Bernard leads an inspired and consistent reading through the Mendelssohn. Tempi are relatively brisk, but not rushed. Bernard still leaves plenty of room for drama throughout the development of the first movement of the Mendelssohn. The “Andante” breathes wonderfully, but never loses direction. The strings respond with some […]

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The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony Channels Beethoven

The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony Channels Beethoven

Bernard is a composer’s conductor. He’ll go wherever the music demands, to the most whispery pianissimo or the most roaring fortissimo: limits do not exist in his world. What distinguishes the orchestra he leads from many others is that they seize on the fun parts and highlight them, but without […]

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