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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

Maria Milstein violin
The Vinteuil Sonata

with Nathalia Milstein piano

Exploring the mystery of the musical inspiration behind Proust's epic novel In Search of Lost Time (À la recherche du temps perdu), Maria Milstein and her sister Nathalie have produced a recital disc that offers three sonatas that might stand for Proust's Vineuil Sonata, as well as two song transcriptions by Proust's one-time lover, Reynaldo Hahn.

Pierné: Violin Sonata in D minor Op 36 ii Allegretto tranquillo

Saint-Saëns: Violin Sonata in D minor Op 75 iii Allegretto moderato

Debussy: Violin Sonata i Allegro vivo

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.

** Nominated for a 2018 BBC Music Magazine Award

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)

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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)

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.

** Nominated for a 2018 BBC Music Magazine Award

Fagerlund: Mana (end)

Fagerlund: Woodlands (start)

Aho: Solo V (end)

Aho: Bassoon Concerto I Andante (start)

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Latest Videos

The Vinteuil Sonata
Maria Milstein and her sister Nathalie investigate Proust's inspirations

While recording their new Mirare disc The Vinteuil Sonata - offering suggestions as to the real piece of music that Proust describes so memorably in his À la recherche du temps perdu - sisters Maria and Nathalie Milstein also filmed the two Reynaldo Hahn song transcriptions on the disc.   In this UNIK ACCESS film (images Bénédicte Banet and sound Franck Jaffrès), Hahn’s L’heure exquise (The exquisite hour, originally setting Verlaine) is from the set of seven Chansons grises.  The second film is of Hahn’s À Chloris which weaves its magical spell, enhanced by the films hypnotic intercutting.

See Reynaldo Hahn's À Chloris here.

Hear excerpts from The Vinteuil Sonata here.

Chopin for harp
Sivan Magen transcribes Polish dances

In advance of a new recital programme harpist Sivan Magen has made films of two of his own transcriptions of Chopin miniatures - the Minute Waltz Op 64 No 1 and A minor Mazurka Op 17 No 4 - as well as Paul Ben-Haim's exquisite solo Poème.  Made by Culinar Videography, these three films comprise works that Sivan includes in a folk-inspired showcase which ranges from highly stylized influences in Chopin to the Arabic modes and rhythmic structures used by Gilad Cohen in a new work Sivan has specially commissioned.

See all three films here.

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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.

Listen to excerpts from The Horn is a Noble and Melancholy Instrument 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.

Listen to excerpts from I Am I Say here.