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.
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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 […]