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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

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)

Heath Quartet
Tchaikovsky: String Quartets Nos 1 & 3

For the Heath Quartet's debut recording for Harmonia Mundi USA, Tchaikovsky's first and last string quartets make a contrasting pairing.  The first includes the famous Andante cantabile, here heard in its original context.

Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No 1 II Andante cantabile

Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No 3 I Allegro moderato (end)

Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No 3 III Andante funebre e doloroso, ma con moto (excerpt)

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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Benajmin Beilman violin
Yekwon Sunwoo piano


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

Martin Helmchen piano
Shostakovich Piano Concertos & Piano Quintet

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski conductor
with Paul Beniston trumpet

This LPO Live recording, with Vladimir Jurowski conducting, captures the emotional exuberance of Shostakovich's Piano Concertos in concert and Helmchen's affinity for the works which he has played his whole life. BBT's film about the recording of this CD, including performances of both concertos, is also available here.

Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No 1 IV Allegro con brio (excerpt)

Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No 2 II Andante (excerpt)

Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G minor V Finale (excerpt) with soloists from the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Latest Videos

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."

Talking about Darkness Moves
Mark Simpson introduces his new work, premiered here online

With Winchester Cathedral the back drop through the window behind him - a suitably gothic setting - Mark talks us through the inspiration of his new work, Darkness Moves, his first-ever for solo clarinet.  From the intriguing imagination of idiosyncratic Belgian poet and artist Henri Michaux, Mark goes on to explain how to get an even lower note on the clarinet than it was made for, and hsi idea behind premiering the work online.

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Running against the wind
Bram van Sambeek artist profile

With Bram's new recording of BBT co-commissioned Mana by Sebastian Fagerlund, coupled with long-standing BBT friend Kalevi Aho's Bassoon Concerto, it's the ideal time to revisit our artist profile of this Dutch bassoonist.  A man of gritty determination he relishes challenge and embraces innovation in his mastery of his instrument. Whether as a chamber musician, teacher or soloist, he wants to discover all the colours of his bassoon and free it from misconceptions about its versatility. Our film shows how he stimulates his daily routine of practice and reed-making with constant experimentation, a boundless variety of musical collaboration – and running against the wind.

Introducing James Baillieu
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.