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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

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

Benajmin Beilman violin
Yekwon Sunwoo piano

Spectrum

For his Warner Classics debut Bejnamin Beilman encompasses Europe over two centuries.  From Vienna come both Schubert's Sonata in A D 574 ("Grand Duo") and Kreisler's last work, his Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta, while from further east, Janáček's dramatic Sonata contrasts with Stravinksy's homage to Tchaikovksy, his Divertimento from The Fairy's Kiss ballet.

Stravinsky: Divertimento (IV Pas de deux; c - Coda)

Elizabeth Watts soprano

Alessandro Scarlatti: Con eco d'amore

with Mark Bennett trumpet
Huw Daniel violin
The English Concert
Laurence Cummings director & harpsichord

Elizabeth Watts rediscovers the majesty of arias from three cantatas and serenatas apiece as well as six operas from Alessandro Scarlatti's huge catalogue.  Reviews have been ecstatic for this disc (read them here).

Alessandro Scarlatti: Se geloso è il mio core from Endimione e Cintia

Alessandro Scarlatti: A questo nuovo affanno from Eraclea

Alessandro Scarlatti: Figlio! Tiranno! O Dio! from Griselda

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Sivan Magen harp

French Reflections

Sivan Magen’s second BBT supported disc for Linn Records concentrates on French works from two fin de siècle periods: the turning of the 19th to 20th century and that of the 20th to 21st century. Composers from the former include Caplet, Debussy, Fauré and Turnier, while more recent compositions are by Philippe Schoeller and Bruno Mantovani.

Fauré: Une châtelaine en sa tour

Debussy/Magen: Jardins sous la pluie

Bruno Mantovani: Tocar

Byol Kang violin
Boris Kusnezow piano

Romantic Impressions

Singing without words, Byol Kang and Boris Kusnezow, our BBT Fellowship 2012 piano/violin duo, play works by Brahms, Clara Schumann and Grieg.  Together these works typify the romantic 19th century.

Grieg, arr Kang/Kusnezow: The First Greeting (Op.21 No.1)


Grieg: Sonata No.3 in C  minor Op.45; II Allegreto espressivo alla Romanza

Clara Schumann: Romance Op.2 No.3 Leidenschaftlich schnell

Adam Walker flute
James Baillieu piano

Vocalise

Song and the human voice is the inspiration for this debut recital CD for Adam Walker supported by BBT pianist James Baillieu.  Adam was also able to commission a flute concerto from Huw Watkins, while James has commissioned a new lieder for counter tenor and tenor from Nico Muhly.

Poulenc: Flute Sonata - I
Bartok: Suite paysanne hongroise (excerpt)
Barber: Canzone

Latest Videos

Night Music - Chamber works 2006-2014

Mark Simpson’s Composer Debut on NMC

BBT Fellowship winner 2014, Mark Simpson reflects on his dual life as composer and performer as we join him at a recording session in September 2015 for his debut NMC disc as a composer. In addition to exploring how the process of recording can enhance music making, Graham Johnston’s film also features artists for which Mark Simpson composed his Windflower (oboist Nicholas Daniel), Barkham Fantasy (pianist Richard Uttley) and Ariel (Mercury Quartet).


Listen to CD extracts here

From Absolute Jest to A Multitude of Shades

Apollon Musagète Quartet plays John Adams & self-composed work

BBT Award winners in 2014, the members of the Apollon Musagète Quartet are joined by the Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg conducted by Gérard Korsten in Feldkirch, Austria.  On the bill is John Adams’ recent concerto for string quartet and orchestra, Absolute Jest, which the quartet follows with their own composition A Multitude of Shades.  Meanwhile the Quartet enthuses about the energising and magical qualities of connecting with audiences.  Indeed, they feel that they can only come together "when we perform for someone and tell a story."


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Introducing James Baillieu - 1

James Baillieu introduces his Wigmore Hall season and explains 'Song is the main thrust of my career'

BBT Fellowship winner in 2012, pianist James Baillieu is 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 is also being documented on film by TallWall Media, supported by BBT.  In this first film, James - joined by regular partners countertenor Iestyn Davies and fellow-BBT artist, tenor Allan Clayton - prepares for the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Lorne ys my liking in December 2015, which James commissioned with funds from BBT, Wigmore Hall and others.

Introducing James Baillieu - 2

James Baillieu joins fellow BBT artists The Heath Quartet at London's Wigmore Hall

BBT Fellowship winner in 2012, pianist James Baillieu is 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 is also being documented on film by TallWall Media, supported by BBT.  In this second film James explores chamber music collaboration - and old friendships - with fellow BBT winners, the Heath Quartet (Special Ensemble Scholarship 2011) as they prepare for a performance of Sir Edward Elgar's late Piano Quintet.