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Borletti-Buitoni Trust

Audio & Video

Borletti-Buitoni Trust has supported a large number of commercial recordings and demo CDs for its award winners, which are featured here.

BBT also works with film-maker Graham Johnston to produce videos documenting projects that artists have achieved using funds from their awards.

Latest Audio

Heath Quartet
string quartet

Bartók Complete
String Quartets

Recorded live at Wigmore Hall in May 2016, the Heath Quartet's follow up on Harmonia Mundi to their acclaimed Tchaikovsky disc is a two-CD set of Bartók String Quartets.  As John Allison put it in his Daily Telegraph review of the concerts, the performances are full of "fierce intelligence and felling, passion and virtuosity."

Bartók String Quartet No 1 Op 7 -
I Lento

Bartók: String Quartet No 2 Op 17 -
II Allegro molto capriccioso

Bartók: String Quartet No 5 -
II Adagio molto

Alec Frank-Gemmill horn

The Horn is a Noble and Melancholy Instrument

For his debut BIS disc, Alec Frank-Gemmill's first major project with his BBT Fellowship was to record standard 19th-century horn repertoire with a twist.  He decided to play each work on instruments that the composers would have recognised, not just the horn but also pianos.  As logistically complex as artistically intriguing, the resulting recording also spawned five films: a BBT artist profile and Alec's enthusiastic introductions to each of the horns.
Watch the five films here.

Beethoven: Horn Sonata Op 17 – III Allegro moderato (start)

Schumann: Adagio und Allegro Op 70 (start)

Rossini: Prelude, Theme and Variations (excerpt)

Dukas: Villanelle (start)

Kate Whitley piano/composer
Kate Whitley: I Am I Say

For her NMC Debut Disc, Kate Whitley appears as both composer and performer, joined by a number of friends and regular performing colleagues to form a snap-shot of her musical passions.  The disc ranges from her Viola Concerto, via chamber works, to culminate with her work for children's choirs and the orchestra she co-founded, the Multi-Story Orchestra.

Kate Whitley:  Viola Concerto - III Aria, largo (start)

Kate Whitley: 3 Violin and Piano Pieces - I (start)

Kate Whitley: I Am I Say (ending)

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Augustin Hadelich violin
Tchaikovsky and Lalo

Over two seasons at exciting live concerts in the Royal Festival Hall, Augustin Hadelich laid down both Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole (all-too rarely appearing either on the concert platform or disc) and the concerto that it inspired, Tchaikovsky’s. Hadelich was joined by the London Philharmonic, which has released this disc on its own label, as well as two conductors: Omer Meir Wellber for the Lalo and Vasily Petrenko for the Tchaikovsky.

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto - 1 Allegro moderato - moderato assai (start)

Lalo: Symphonie espagnole - 4 Andante

Lalo: Symphonie espagnole - 5 Rondo: Allegro (start)

Bram van Sambeek bassoon
Sebastian Fagerlund & Kalevi Aho Bassoon Concertos & Solo Works

Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Okku Kamu (Fagerlund)
Dima Slobodeniouk (Aho)

Pairing the concerto commissioned with money from his BBT 2011 Award, Sebastian Fagerlund's Mana, with Kalevi Aho's Basson Concerto, Bram van Sambeek here records two major Finnish works for his instrument.  Also included are solo works by both composers.

Fagerlund: Mana (end)

Fagerlund: Woodlands (start)

Aho: Solo V (end)

Aho: Bassoon Concerto I Andante (start)

Mark Simpson clarinet/composer
Mark Simpson:
Night Music

NMC's composer portrait of Mark Simpson brings together eight chamber works composed between 2006 and 2014, played by the musicians for whom the works were written, including Mark himself and fellow-BBT player, cellist Leonard Elschenbroich.
See BBT's film about the making of this NMC disc here

Mark Simpson: Night Music (start) Leonard Eslchebroich cello
Alexei Grynyuk piano

Mark Simpson: Barkham Fantasy (excerpt) Richard Uttley piano

Mark Simpson: Ariel (end) Mercury Quartet

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Latest Videos

The Horn is a Noble and
                                   Melancholy Instrument
Alec Frank-Gemmill on 19th-century horns

For his first major project using his BBT Fellowship 2014 money, horn player Alec Frank-Gemmill broke new ground in matching four period horns with four period pianos for his debut recording for BIS.  The logistics of getting all eight instruments together in one place for the recording in Cologne in January 2016 was only the start for an invigorating musical voyage of discovery with pianist Alasdair Beatson.  BIS’ recording The Horn is a Noble and Melancholy Instrument (BIS SACD 2228) is out Spring 2017 and BBT filmed Alec and Alasdair recording the disc.
Watch Alec's four Insight films about each of the horns he used here.

I Am I Say
Kate Whitley introduces her NMC debut disc

To coincide with the release of her NMC debut disc I Am I Say (NMC D229), supported by her BBT Special Award in 2014, BBT cameras were on hand to film the final recording sessions and interview Kate Whitley about how she planned the repertoire for the disc.  Featuring her as both composer and performer, it has allowed her to fulfil a desire to encompass so many aspects of her musical output – with children’s choirs, her Multi-Story Orchestra, instrumentalists, librettists and friends – all brought together in this one project.

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Introducing James Baillieu III
James Baillieu partners American mezzo Jamie Barton for her Wigmore debut

BBT Fellowship winner in 2012, pianist James Baillieu was the focus of a season-long series of concerts at London's Wigmore Hall, 2015-2016.  Appearing with vocal and instrumental collaborators as well as formulating wide-ranging programmes, the series was also being documented on film by TallWall Media, supported by BBT.  In this third film Jamie Barton enthuses about working with James and gives an interesting insight into how they built the recital programme - and it's interesting repertoire: Charles Ives, Antonín Dvořák, Johannes Brahms, Joaquín Turina and Jean Sibelius.

Darkness Moves - online world premiere
Mark Simpson's first-ever work for solo clarinet

BBT Fellowship winner 2014, Mark Simpson's latest work was specially written for online premiere and was released on 25 October 2016 on the BBT website.  Half improvised and composed on the clarinet, it is inspired by the visceral, frightening and euphoric poetry of Belgian artist and writer Henri Michaux, taking its title from a translated collection of Michaux's works.  Darkness Moves - in two parts, the first otherworldy and slow, the second fleeting and blurred - was filmed in Quilter Hall, courtesy of Wells Cathedral School.  It is dedicated "To Franco and Ilaria, with thanks to the Borletti-Buitoni Trust."