Soprano Carla Chrisfield has appeared as soloist with the Nevada Symphony Orchestra and the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, and has been featured in numerous works, among them, Bach’s Mass in B Minor and St. John Passion, Mozart’s Requiem, Vesperae Solennes de Dominica, and the motet Exsultate, Jubilate, the Poulenc Gloria, and Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915. As a recitalist, she has appeared in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and throughout New England and Ohio, with performances at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Baldwin-Wallace College. She has given first-performances of works by composers Gene Young and Andy Vores, and is the recipient of a career grant from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.
A native of New England, Ms. Chrisfield was educated at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the Cleveland Institute of Music, with further training in Holland with soprano Elly Ameling. She is also an alumna of the Britten –Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies in Aldeburgh, England. Her teachers have included Elizabeth Chesko, Dorothy Ornest, Paulina Stark, and Pauline Oliver.
Alfred Genovese - Oboe
Alfred Genovese, Principal Oboist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, began his study of the oboe when he was 16 years old with John Minsker, former English hornist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He subsequently studied oboe and had ensemble classes with the world renowned oboist and musician, Marcel Tabuteau, at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. After graduating from Curtis, Alfred Genovese held the position of Principal Oboist with the Baltimore and St. Louis Symphonies, the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell, and the Metropolitan Opera. When he left the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra to join the Boston Symphony Orchestra, James Levine, artistic director of the Met, remarked that “we have lost one of our best singers!”
Alfred Genovese comes from a large musical Philadelphia family. His father was a professional clarinetist and two of his brothers also attended the Curtis Institute and became famous clarinetists. Mr. Genovese performed for many years at the Marlboro Music Festival with Rudolf Serkin and he was a soloist at the Casals Music Festival in Puerto Rico. Alfred Genovese is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players and the Boston Woodwind Octet, and teaches at the New England Conservatory. Boston Records' BR1004 features Alfred Genovese and Peter Serkin in the Schumann Three Romances, Poulenc Sonata, Ibert Escales, Loeffler Two Rhapsodies, and the Mozart Quintet with BSO Principals Harold Wright (clarinet), Richard Sebring (horn), and Richard Svoboda (bassoon).
David McGill - Bassoon
David McGill, newly appointed Principal Bassoonist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1963. At the age of 17, he won the position of principal bassoon in the Tulsa Philharmonic. After one season, he was accepted as a student of Sol Schoenbach at the Curtis Institute of Music where his chamber music and woodwind instructors were John de Lancie and John Minsker. Before graduating from Curtis in 1985, he was the 1983 winner of the I.D.R.S. “Fernand Gillet Competition.” Mr. McGill was the principal bassoonist of the Toronto Symphony for three seasons and the principal bassoonist of the Cleveland Orchestra for nine years. In 1996, he was engaged to fill the principal bassoon chair of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by music director Daniel Barenboim.
Mr. McGill was selected by Sir Georg Solti to tech and play principal bassoon in the “Solti Orchestral Project” in Carnegie Hall in June of 1994 and in a hand-picked international orchestra in Geneva in 1995. He has performed with the Colorado Philharmonic and the Marlboro, Aspen, and Tanglewood Music Festivals. David McGill recorded Mozart’s “Concerto for Bassoon” with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1993. In 1994, he played the world premiere performance of the Oskar Morawetz “Concerto for Bassoon and Chamber Orchestra,” a work written for him. He has also recorded a teaching CD, “Orchestral Excerpts for Bassoon” on the Summit label. Mr. McGill plans future recordings with Donald Peck and Alfred Genovese for Boston Records.
Peter Serkin - Piano
Peter Serkin holds a singular place among today’s classical music artists, admired equally for his performance of established repertoire and as a consummate interpreter of contemporary music. His music-making demonstrates keen understanding of the masterworks of J.S. Bach as well as an exceptional grasp of diverse musical styles, ranging from Stravinsky to Messiaen, Tōru Takemitsu and Oliver Knussen. Mr. Serkin has performed with the world’s major symphony orchestras, led by such eminent conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Daniel Barenboim, Simon Rattle, Herbert Blomstedt, as well as Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. In chamber music, Serkin has collaborated with Alexander Schneider, Pamela Frank, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Budapest, Guarneri, Orion, Shanghai, and Dover String Quartets, among others. He was a founding member of the TASHI Quartet, with violinist Ida Kavafian, cellist Fred Sherry, and clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. Mr. Serkin's varied programs and projects during the 2019-20 season epitomize his preeminent career as both a soloist and chamber musician. As part of a Japanese tour, he joins Herbert Blomstedt and the NHK Symphony to perform the Reger Piano Concerto, for which he has long been a champion. He also embarks on a project to perform the complete Bach sonatas for violin and piano with longtime friend and collaborator, Pamela Frank. The U.S. highlights of their multi-city tour of marathon concerts include New York's 92Y, Philadelphia's Kimmel Center and Washington, DC's Kennedy Center. Later in the season, he joins the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall for a performance of Bartok's Piano Concerto No. 3. He has recently completed a series of solo recordings for the Vivace label with music of J.S. Bach and C.P.E. Bach. An eloquent and persuasive advocate for the music of the 20th and 21st centuries, Peter Serkin has championed the work of Schoenberg, Webern, Berg, Stravinsky, Stefan Wolpe, Messiaen, and has given world premieres of works by Luciano Berio, Hans Werner Henze, Alexander Goehr, Leon Kirchner, Oliver Knussen, and Charles Wuorinen. He gave the world premiere performances of Lieberson’s three piano concertos, Takemitsu’s riverrun with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Wuorinen’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His extensive discography ranges from a recording featuring six Mozart piano concertos, awarded the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis and acclaimed by Stereo Review as Best Recording of the Year, to the complete keyboard works of Schoenberg. Peter Serkin’s musical legacy extends to his grandfather, the distinguished violinist Adolf Busch, who established the Busch Quartet, the Busch Chamber Players, and was a founder of the Marlboro School of Music. Busch was also a notable composer in most every genre
Label: Boston Records Item Number: BR1022 Format: CD Year Recorded: 1998
"This album is one of the finest recordings of this French chamber and solo repertoire that anyone will ever hear."
- By a reviewer (Plymouth, NH)