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THE MUSIC OF PAUL BEN-HAIM

Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award winner 2014, violinist Itamar Zorman has long-harboured a passion for the music of his Israeli compatriot Paul Ben-Haim, who was born in Germany as Paul Frankenburger, but who settled in Israel as the country was born.  Zorman’s debut disc for BIS follows chronologically Ben-Haim’s musical development in Israel from the lyrical splendour of his Yizkor (Evocation) through his use of musical themes from his adopted homeland to the late solo violin Studies, taking in the Violin Concerto and, with piano, his Three Songs without Words and Berceuse sfaradite.  As a coda, Zorman includes his father’s orchestration of Ben-Haim’s Toccata (from the Five Pieces for Piano Op 34).  He is joined by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conductor Philippe Bach and pianist Amy Wang.

BIS-2398 SACD, released spring 2019 (UK 29 March).

DISCOVERING JANÁČEK

In Perugia in October 2018, when taking part in BBT’s tribute to Franco Buitoni as part of the Amici della Musica di Perugia concert season, Zoltán Fejérvári revealed his discovery of and love for Czech composer Leoš Janáček (courtesy of Milan Kundera) which has directly led to his BBT-supported all-Janáček debut CD for Piano Classics, released 1 May 2019.

DIYANG MEI PLAYS BACH

Chinese violist Diyang Mei chose to use some of his 2018 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship to make two videos of some of his favourite repertoire. Here he performs a transcription for solo viola of the first movement of Bach’s Fifth Solo Cello Suite in C minor BWV 1011. The film was made for BBT by Simon Weir from Classical Media.

HOME – GLORIA CAMPANER’S SCHUMANN

For Venetian pianist Gloria Campaner, Schumann has been a lifelong passion. Kinderszenen was the first piano cycle she learned as a child and the Piano Concerto was a performance she heard many times at the Gran Teatro la Fenice with her parents. To perform and record these masterworks at the same theatre, with the Filarmonica della Fenice Venezia conducted by her friend John Axelrod, is not only a poignant rediscovery of childhood, but also an evocation of all that is home for her, as this film illustrates.

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