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 […]
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 […]
“Committed and forceful traversals of these formidable scores…Bernard is sensitive to both the eerie and the jubilant aspects that make [Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra] such a singular experience.” –Donald Rosenberg
Using a newly edited and revised version of The Right of Spring to which Bernard himself contributed, this performance brings extraordinary clarity, instrumental balance and an unending series of elegant touches to what is still a very complex score. Anyone hearing this outstanding performance will be captivated by the enormous skill of […]
The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony under the guidance of music director and conductor, David Bernard, presented yet another in a series of superb concerts this past weekend. Mr. Bernard pushed his orchestra deeply into mid-19th century Romanticism with often revelatory results which he drew forth with delicacy and grace.
What was it like to hear Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony for the umpteenth time? Seated within the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony last night at the DiMenna Center, unlike any other. Placing a crowd within various sections of a symphony orchestra is something new and exciting.
“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.