Pairing the concerto commissioned with money from his BBT 2011 Award, Sebastian Fagerlund's Mana, with Kalevi Aho's Bassoon Concerto, Bram van Sambeek here records two major Finnish works for his instrument along with solo works by both composers.
Franco Buitoni Award presented to György and Márta Kurtág 19 February 2017
Ilaria Borletti Buitoni and Mitsuko Uchida travel to Budapest to make the presentation
On György and Márta Kurtág's 70th wedding anniversary and his 91st birthday, 19 February, it is announced that the special Franco Buitoni Award, made by Mitsuko Uchida in honour of co-founder of the Borletti Buitoni Trust who died in August 2016, goes to György and Márta Kurtág. Mitsuko, at the Budapest Music Centre where the Kurtágs now live, said: "We know György Kurtág the great composer but with him always is Márta the wonderful pianist. They live music together."
Mark Simpson's first-ever work for solo clarinet, and a first for the Borletti Buitoni Trust in premiering one of its commissions online, Darkness Moves is a major addition to the clarinettist's repertoire. Based on the idiosyncratic Belgian poet and artist Henri Michaux, the piece revels in extremes of both pitch and volume and is run through with a reiterated rhythmic germ that propels the music on. Mark also went on film to introduce the work.