11th September 2010

Finghin's second appearance at the BBC Proms on September 9th, performing Schumann's Introduction and Allegro Appassionato Op. 92 with the BBC Philharmonic under Gianandrea Noseda to a packed Royal Albert Hall, has been as successful as his first performance at the Proms in 2008.  The critics have been once again unanimous in their praise of his interpretation. Here are the relevant extracts. 

From The Daily Telegraph:


"This Prom had an unusually satisfying shape: two pieces of stark tragic power at the beginning and end, enclosing two changeable, subtly shaded works by Schumann. The BBC Philharmonic proved equally adept at both. They were led by their Chief Conductor Gianandrea Noseda, a tall lean figure with a galvanic energy that starts at his solar plexus and runs vibratingly down to his finger-ends. It lent a thrilling tensile quality to the dreamy opening of Schumann's Introduction and Allegro. 
Ravishing and tender though this was, you could feel the excitement of the ensuing Allegro waiting just around the corner. Young Irish pianist Finghin Collins was alert to the music's wayward tenderness - left and right hand conversing like lovers - and its sudden moments of triumph."

The Guardian:

"Introduction and Allegro Appassionato now strikes us as a bit of a misnomer. Its passion lies primarily in the introduction, in which one of Schumann's most intense melodies unwinds on horn and clarinet over heaving piano arpeggios: the allegro, when we get to it, seems altogether more mercurial and teasing. The point was underscored by Finghin Collins's finely judged playing, his understated moodiness giving way to bags of charm and panache."

The Sunday Times:

"More wonders arrived in Schumann’s Introduction and Allegro appassionato, Op 92, for piano and orchestra. This work appears in concert halls as often as the two-toed sloth. But there’s no reason for it to be so shy: dreamy, mercurial, with a rippling piano part and obsessively sighing horns, it’s an entirely characteristic and appealing Schumann creation. The rising Irish pianist Finghin Collins flew up and down the keys with lightly glinting skill. Noseda’s orchestra mostly followed suit, horns leading the way."

Classical Source website:

"Finghin Collins had but fifteen minutes to make an impression, and did so appreciably, at first gently and with potency, aided by fine contributions from clarinet and horn, and then confidence and without force (but still reaching the outer reaches of the Royal Albert Hall), a rippling and expressive display tactfully accompanied at a moderate tempo."

The Evening Standard:

"There was more Schumann in the Introduction and Allegro Appassionato in G major, a slighter piece than the better-known A minor Piano Concerto, but an attractive one. Finghin Collins was a fluent, engaging soloist."

More reviews will be added as they come in. 

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