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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

Ruby Hughes soprano

For her debut recording on the Chandos label Ruby Hughes sings celebrated music composed for Giulia Frasi by Handel from his last works Susanna, Solomon, Theodora and Jephtha plus other composers of the era whose works are much less familiar, including several modern premieres.  Laurence Cummings conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Handel: from Susanna: Crystal streams in murmurs flowing (excerpt)

Ciampi: from Il trionfo di Camilla: Là per l’ombrosa sponda (excerpt)

Hayes: from Telemachus: Soon arrives thy fatal hour (excerpt)

Alexandra Conunova 

Michail Lifits piano

Alexandra Conunova brings together two sides of Prokofiev’s character in this recording of the two Prokofiev Violin Sonatas, music with which she has a special affinity.  With pianist Michail Lifits, she contrasts the dark and severe First Sonata, actually finished second and premiered by dedicatee David Oistrakh only in 1946, with the brighter and friendlier Second Sonata from 1943.

Prokofiev: Violin Sonata No 1 in F minor Op 80 ii Allegro brusco (start)

Prokofiev: Violin Sonata No 2 in D Op 97a i Moderato (excerpt)

Alec Frank-Gemmill horn

Alec Frank-Gemmill takes another interesting journey of discovery into early horn repertoire. Imagination, style and virtuosity are his companions, along with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and conductor Nicholas McGegan. Composers include Mozart’s father, a neglected Haydn and a Neruda rarity of extreme virtuosity.

Neruda: Horn Concerto in E flat i Allegro (excerpt)

Förster: Horn Concerto [No 1] in E flat ii Largo (excerpt)

L Mozart: Sinfona da Camera (Sinfonie in D) iv Allegro (excerpt)

Haydn: Horn Concerto No 1 in D iii Allegro (excerpt)

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Maria Milstein violin

The Vinteuil Sonata

with Nathalia Milstein piano

Exploring the mystery of the musical inspiration behind Proust's epic novel In Search of Lost Time (À la recherche du temps perdu), Maria Milstein and her sister Nathalie have produced a recital disc that offers three sonatas that might stand for Proust's Vineuil Sonata, as well as two song transcriptions by Proust's one-time lover, Reynaldo Hahn.

Pierné: Violin Sonata in D minor Op 36 ii Allegretto tranquillo

Saint-Saëns: Violin Sonata in D minor Op 75 iii Allegretto moderato

Debussy: Violin Sonata i Allegro vivo

Heath Quartet
string quartet

Bartók Complete
String Quartets

Recorded live at Wigmore Hall in May 2016, the Heath Quartet's follow up on Harmonia Mundi to their acclaimed Tchaikovsky disc is a two-CD set of Bartók String Quartets.  As John Allison put it in his Daily Telegraph review of the concerts, the performances are full of "fierce intelligence and felling, passion and virtuosity."

Bartók String Quartet No 1 Op 7 -
I Lento

Bartók: String Quartet No 2 Op 17 -
II Allegro molto capriccioso

Bartók: String Quartet No 5 -
II Adagio molto

Alec Frank-Gemmill horn

The Horn is a Noble and Melancholy Instrument

For his debut BIS disc, Alec Frank-Gemmill's first major project with his BBT Fellowship was to record standard 19th-century horn repertoire with a twist.  He decided to play each work on instruments that the composers would have recognised, not just the horn but also pianos.  As logistically complex as artistically intriguing, the resulting recording also spawned five films: a BBT artist profile and Alec's enthusiastic introductions to each of the horns.
Watch the five films here.

** Nominated for a 2018 BBC Music Magazine Award

Beethoven: Horn Sonata Op 17 – III Allegro moderato (start)

Schumann: Adagio und Allegro Op 70 (start)

Rossini: Prelude, Theme and Variations (excerpt)

Dukas: Villanelle (start)

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Latest Videos

Alexandra Conunova’s Prokofiev
The Violin Sonatas on Aparte

Alexandra Conunova makes her debut recording on the Aparte label, together with pianist Michael Lifits.  The repertoire is close to Alexandra’s heart: the contrasting Violin Sonatas by Prokofiev - one of deep anguish, the other of simplicity and lyricism - providing a synthesis of Prokofiev’s style.  In tandem with the recording, supported by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust, John Blanch made this film that explores the artists’ relationship with the composer.

Hear excerpts here.

The Vinteuil Sonata
Maria Milstein and her sister Nathalie investigate Proust's inspirations

While recording their new Mirare disc The Vinteuil Sonata - offering suggestions as to the real piece of music that Proust describes so memorably in his À la recherche du temps perdu - sisters Maria and Nathalie Milstein also filmed the two Reynaldo Hahn song transcriptions on the disc.   In this UNIK ACCESS film (images Bénédicte Banet and sound Franck Jaffrès), Hahn’s L’heure exquise (The exquisite hour, originally setting Verlaine) is from the set of seven Chansons grises.  The second film is of Hahn’s À Chloris which weaves its magical spell, enhanced by the films hypnotic intercutting.

See Reynaldo Hahn's À Chloris here.

Hear excerpts from The Vinteuil Sonata here.

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The Horn is a Noble and
                                   Melancholy Instrument
Alec Frank-Gemmill on 19th-century horns

For his first major project using his BBT Fellowship 2014 money, horn player Alec Frank-Gemmill broke new ground in matching four period horns with four period pianos for his debut recording for BIS.  The logistics of getting all eight instruments together in one place for the recording in Cologne in January 2016 was only the start for an invigorating musical voyage of discovery with pianist Alasdair Beatson.  BIS’ recording The Horn is a Noble and Melancholy Instrument (BIS SACD 2228) is out Spring 2017 and BBT filmed Alec and Alasdair recording the disc.

Watch Alec's four Insight films about each of the horns he used here.

Listen to excerpts from The Horn is a Noble and Melancholy Instrument here.

Chopin for harp
Sivan Magen transcribes Polish dances

In advance of a new recital programme harpist Sivan Magen has made films of two of his own transcriptions of Chopin miniatures - the Minute Waltz Op 64 No 1 and A minor Mazurka Op 17 No 4 - as well as Paul Ben-Haim's exquisite solo Poème.  Made by Culinar Videography, these three films comprise works that Sivan includes in a folk-inspired showcase which ranges from highly stylized influences in Chopin to the Arabic modes and rhythmic structures used by Gilad Cohen in a new work Sivan has specially commissioned.

See all three films here.