Quartetto di Cremona receives Franco Buitoni Award
Highly acclaimed Italian ensemble Quartetto di Cremona is the recipient of the Franco Buitoni Award, comprising £25,000 and a specially commissionedglass sculpture, entitled Suono, made by Venice-based artist Ritsue Mishima. Created by BBT founder Ilaria Borletti Buitoni in honour of her late husband Franco (1934-2016), the Award was announced on his birthday, 17 March, and is for Italian musicians who promote and encourage chamber music at home and throughout the world. The presentation will take place on 16 April when the quartet is in Milan for a recital at Società del Quartetto.
Evocation Violin works by Paul Ben-Haim
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Philippe Bach conductor, Amy Yang piano
BIS-2398 SACD | Release date: 29 March 2019
Israeli violinist Itamar Zorman’s love for the music of Paul Ben-Haim is founded on emotion, intellect, a shared cultural heritage and a passion to bring the composer’s work to a wider international public. After leaving his German homeland in the 1930s to make a new life in Tel-Aviv, Ben-Haim eagerly embraced the Arabic and Jewish folk music traditions of the middle east and became one of the founders of a new national style of music in Israel. Presenting selected works from four decades (some never recorded before), Evocation tells the story of an immigrant in a new culture making a
remarkable effort to bring Eastern and Western music traditions into dialogue
with one another.
Chinese violist Diyang Mei has added yet another important first prize, the 2018 ARD Competition, to his burgeoning collection of music trophies. This recent accolade, new photos and BBT-supported film and audio are all incorporated within his new website, also funded by BBT.
Leoš Janáček On an Overgrown Path I & II | In The Mists | Sonata 1.X.1905
Piano Classics PCL1-176 | Release date: May 2019
It was a book, Milan Kundera’s Testaments Betrayed, which opened the door to the music of Janáček for Hungarian pianist Zoltán Fejérvári; music that inspired his own playing and helped him find his own voice and freedom – and music that he has played for the last decade and intends to continue playing. It is no surprise, therefore, that the piano works of Janáček feature on his first recording for Piano Classics.