BEETHOVEN PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
"Acclaimed Irish pianist Finghin Collins was the soloist and it was obvious this was going to be something special. It was as if Collins himself became the concerto, with an absolutely mesmerising and exquisite performance through all three movements . . . . captivating."
(Bournemouth Echo, October 26th 2015)
FIELD PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1 * * * *
Orchestra of the 18th Century/Ulster Hall Belfast
"Collins showed true understanding of the peculiar drama, the attractive nuances, the filigreed ornamentation of the fortepiano in Field's music in this revelatory, high-class concert."
(RATHCOL writing in the Belfast Telegraph, December 2014)
Orchestra of the 18th Century/ National Concert Hall/Dublin
"A delectable programme . . . the highlight was Finghin Collins's account of John Field's First Piano Concerto. It's a musically naive piece, but full of fanciful decoration, which Collins, playing an 1822 Broadwood instrument, treated with the utmost finesse. Music, instrument and player seemed in perfect concord."
(Irish Times, December 2014)
"Irish pianist Finghin Collins is in the middle of a six-date tour with the orchestra, a huge honour, but one that is richly deserved judging from his performance tonight. For these concerts, he plays on an 1822 Broadwood instrument, which is vastly different in sound and mechanism to a modern grand. John Field's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat is a strange piece, not without charm but certainly no masterpiece, but Collins' interpretation is both technically assured and full of wit."
(Golden Plec, December 2014)
"Collins energised the orchestra convincing them with his vision of the piece. We were treated to sparkling filigree and deft phrasing, as Collins captured the mood of each movement perfectly."
(Andrew Larkin writing for Bachtrack, December 2014)
NEW ROSS PIANO FESTIVAL
"the ever-inspiring Finghin Collins showed himself to have a particularly deep, romantic sound evidenced in no uncertain terms by his reading of Brahms's Two Rhapsodies . . . he is striving for an experience outside the piano to such a degree that the variety of colour and tone is of an orchestra nature."
(Classical Source, September 2013)
MOZART PIANO CONCERTOS
Playing & Directing the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra/RTÉ lyric fm
However many versions of these great works you already own, these new performances will give much pleasure.
(Misha Donat writing in BBC Music Magazine, October 2013)
It's clear that Finghin Collins delights in Mozart and the four concertos here are the fruits of his time as Associate Artist with the RTE National SO, which he directs from the keyboard. The works range widely in mood, from the relatively carefree K415 to the proto-Beethovenian K466, and Collins is alive to their different personalities and at pains to give each phrase apt contour and detail. The long lines of the slow movement of K415 are finely wrought in what is perhaps the most compelling performance in the set.
(Harriet Smith writing in Gramophone Magazine, September 2013)
CHOPIN PIANO CONCERTO NO.2
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
There was nothing here that wasn't totally enjoyable. Finghin Collins made an impressive solo appearance [with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra] in Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2; his virtuosity sustaining all the wonderful melodies throughout and conveying a contemplative outlook in the Larghetto. To his great credit we were treated to John Field's lovely Nocturne No. 5 as an encore.
(Mike Marsh, Bournemouth Echo, March 2012)
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2/Montgomery
The young Dublin pianist Finghin Collins made his London Proms debut last year with the Ulster Orchestra, and this fine partnership continued in the Ulster Hall on Friday night. This time they combined in Brahms' massive Piano Concerto No 2 which again demonstrated the close rapport between the pianist and the orchestra, under the direction of its Principal Conductor Kenneth Montgomery. Finghin Collins was equal to the technical and emotional demands of the differing moods of this concerto, with its power and sensitivity delicately balanced throughout.... This was an evening where the soloist, the orchestra and also the conductor were on top of their form.
(Belfast Telegraph, 2010)
RECITAL AT ESTONIA CONCERT HALL, TALLINN
Finghin Collins makes the piano sound like a good wine - a delicate and crisp body interspersed with aromatic zesty accents. Collins' style is all about sound, sound and sound…
(Evi Arujarv, Postimees, Estonia, May 2004)