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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]