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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

Quartetto di Cremona

Complete Beethoven String Quartet Cycle on Audite

The Quartetto di Cremona’s acclaimed Beethoven string quartet cylce is now available in an Audite box set, supported by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.  The set also includes Beethoven’s Op 29 String Quintet, where the Quartetto di Cremona is joined by Lawrence Dutton from the Emerson String Quintet.

Beethoven: Vol 1: Quartet in F minor Op 95 I Allegro con brio

Beethoven: Vol 4: Quartet in F Op 18/1 II Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato

Beethoven: Vol 6: Quartet in B flat Op 130 IV Cavatina. Adagio molto espressivo

Beethoven: Vol 7: Quartet in C Op 59/3 IV Allegro molto

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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Ruby Hughes soprano

Handel's Last Prima Donna - Giulia Frasi in London

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)

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

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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.

Sulla Quarta
Alessio Pianelli cello is inspired by Bach's Fourth Solo Cello Suite

In this short film, released alongside Pianelli's second in a series of CDs pairing Bach Solo Cello Suites with 20th-century and contemporary cello works, visual artist and film maker Antonio Cusimano/3112htm helps to visualise Pianelli's own compositional response to Bach's Fourth Suite. 

"I practiced Bach’s fourth cello suite so intensively that it began to invade my dreams," comments Pianelli. "These dreams, of the Sarabande especially, eventually became Sulla Quarta [Italian for ‘dealing with the fourth’] for two cellos and also fulfilled another of my reveries about performing a duo with myself. Tangled in these dreams were other layers, other realms, representing the most esoteric and archaic cultural heritage of my birthplace and homeland, Sicily."