Borletti-Buitoni Trust
BBT Artists Rewarding Musical Excellence
Khatia Buniatishvili
BBT Award 2010

Khatia Buniatishvili - Press

BBT Project: Debut CD on Sony Classical of music by Franz Liszt

“It’s unlikely that any other Liszt record in this centenary year will outdo this pianistic debut by Georgia’s fiery young star. Her account of the great B minor Sonata has Olympian grandeur; her Mephisto Waltz No 1 alternates between swooning delicacy and a furiously laser-like accuracy; La Lugubre Gondola has hieratic mystery. Magnificent.”
Michael Church, The Independent 30 April 2011

“This debut disc looks like a safe ‘Best of Liszt’ selection but, thrillingly, is much more than that.  Buniatishvili is a young artist with a huge temperament and technique that puts one in the mind of the young Martha Argerich…”
Jeremy Nicholas, Classic FM Magazine August 2011

“The B minor Sonata is the centrepiece of Buniatishvili’s programme, and she goes at it with real ferocity, ratcheting up the intensity within the first few dozen bars and hardly pausing for breath from then on… Her floating of the melody of the Liebestraum, and her elegant weaving through the mysterious harmonies of La Lugubre Gondola, though, show there is much more to her artistry than just full-frontal musical assaults.”
Andrew Clements, The Guardian 2 June 2011

“…her Liebestraum in A Flat Major ripples with emotion, while the funereal La Lugubre Gondola possesses an austere melancholy in its drifting tonality.”
Andy Gill, The Independent 20 May 2011