Borletti-Buitoni Trust Celebrated
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London 17-19 May 2013
"Like spring flowers, young performing talents just keep appearing, unbidden. And every year the Borletti-Buitoni Trust picks a goodly handful and helps them on their way... No dark side of Schubert here [Trout Quintet], just an unending stream of relaxed charm...It was an astonishing display of collective virtuosity."
Ivan Hewitt, Daily Telegraph 20 May 2013
"...and if it was the participation of BBT’s founding trustee, Mitsuko Uchida at the piano that ensured a packed hall, she was by no means the only star...Frost was consistently mesmerising in Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet... Alexei Ogrintchouk harnessed a huge range of tone colour for Britten’s Temporal Variations... Ibragimova’s E majorPartita had the deceptive simplicity and vivid character – bordering on insouciance in this case – that are this violinist’s hallmarks in Bach...It (Schubert’s Trout Quintet) was buoyant and punchy – yet each irresistible melody was played unassumingly at first, almost as a thought in progress. That touch of understatement only added tot he impact of the whole."
Erica Jeal, The Guardian 20 May 2013
"...it was Martin Fröst’s exquisite phrasing and creamy tone which stood out. Musically alert to Mozart’s changing mood he seems to have every technical tool at his disposal, and in the second movement larghetto his breath control and keen ear for the shape and contour of the musical lines was simply a wonder to behold."
Mundo Classico 31 May 2013
"...a wonderfully spirited performance of superb chamber music, capturing the delightful intimacy of the smallest moments as well as the grand sweep of Schubert’s quasi-symphonic scheme with equal success."
Jack Smith, Bachtrack 21 May 2013
"...In the second half, the great Schubert Trio in B flat , Mitsuko Uchida with Veronika Eberle and Marie-Elisabeth Hecker: very good balance of sound, flawless technical brilliance, and the second movement in particular really magical, with a touching intimacy, with those continual returns to the theme presented ever new. A performance clear in purpose, executed with great skill, and warmly applauded."
Nicola Catto, Musica September 2013