Schumann: The Complete Works for Piano, Vol. 3 Finghin Collins
- Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856): Abegg Variations, Op. 1:
- 1Abegg Variations, Op. 1: I. Thema: Animato01:01
- 2Abegg Variations, Op. 1: II. Variation 100:58
- 3Abegg Variations, Op. 1: III. Variation 201:08
- 4Abegg Variations, Op. 1: IV. Variation 300:57
- 5Abegg Variations, Op. 1: V. Cantabile01:30
- 6Abegg Variations, Op. 1: VI. Finale alla Fantasia: Vivace02:52
- Intermezzi, Op. 4:
- 7Intermezzi, Op. 4: I. Allegro quasi maestoso03:32
- 8Intermezzi, Op. 4: II. Presto a capriccio04:35
- 9Intermezzi, Op. 4: III. Allegro marcato03:47
- 10Intermezzi, Op. 4: IV. Allegro semplice01:35
- 11Intermezzi, Op. 4: V. Allegro moderato05:00
- 12Intermezzi, Op. 4: VI. Allegro03:25
- Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13:
- 13Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13: I. Thema: Andante01:31
- 14Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13: II. Variation 1: Un poco piu vivo01:23
- 15Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13: III. Posthumous Variation 101:58
- 16Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13: IV. Variation 203:16
- 17Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13: V. Etude 3: Vivace01:36
- 18Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13: VI. Posthumous Variation 301:47
- 19Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13: VII. Variation 300:56
- 20Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13: VIII. Variation 401:27
- 21Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13: IX. Posthumous Variation 202:18
- 22Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13: X. Variation 5: Agitato01:06
- 23Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13: XI. Posthumous Variation 403:20
- 24Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13: XII. Variation 6: Allegro molto01:13
- 25Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13: XIII. Variation 702:55
- 26Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13: XIV. Etude 11: Presto possibile00:39
- 27Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13: XV. Variation 801:15
- 28Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13: XVI. Variation 9: Con espressione03:21
- 29Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13: XVII. Posthumous Variation 503:25
- 30Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13: XVIII. Finale: Allegro brillante06:21
- Bunte Blätter, Op. 99:
- 31Bunte Blätter, Op. 99: I. Nicht schnell, mit Innigkeit01:53
- 32Bunte Blätter, Op. 99: II. Sehr rasch01:08
- 33Bunte Blätter, Op. 99: III. Frisch00:40
- 34Bunte Blätter, Op. 99: IV. Ziemlich langsam01:18
- 35Bunte Blätter, Op. 99: V. Schnell00:47
- 36Bunte Blätter, Op. 99: VI. Ziemlich langsam, sehr gesangvoll02:09
- 37Bunte Blätter, Op. 99: VII. Sehr langsam02:00
- 38Bunte Blätter, Op. 99: VIII. Langsam01:33
- 39Bunte Blätter, Op. 99: IX. Novellette: Lebhaft03:24
- 40Bunte Blätter, Op. 99: X. Präludium: Energisch01:19
- 41Bunte Blätter, Op. 99: XI. Marsch: Sehr getragen07:16
- 42Bunte Blätter, Op. 99: XII. Abendmusik: Im Menuett-Tempo03:57
- 43Bunte Blätter, Op. 99: XIII. Scherzo: Lebhaft04:35
- 44Bunte Blätter, Op. 99: XIV. Geschwindmarsch: Sehr markiert03:17
- Nachtstücke, Op. 23:
- 45Nachtstücke, Op. 23: I. Mehr langsam, oft zurückhaltend05:32
- 46Nachtstücke, Op. 23: II. Markiert und lebhaft05:49
- 47Nachtstücke, Op. 23: III. Mit grosser Lebhaftigkeit03:50
- 48Nachtstücke, Op. 23: IV. Einfach03:36
- Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26:
- 49Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26: I. Allegro: Sehr lebhaft08:45
- 50Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26: II. Romanze: Ziemlich langsam02:30
- 51Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26: III. Scherzino01:59
- 52Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26: IV. Intermezzo: Mit größter Energie02:09
- 53Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26: V. Finale: Höchst lebhaft05:47
Info for Schumann: The Complete Works for Piano, Vol. 3
This is one of Claves Records' greatest adventures since it was founded 40 years ago. Robert Schumann's complete piano works in six double albums is a huge artistic challenge; comparable to that of Beethoven's complete works for piano solo on historical instruments in the '90s (CD 50-9707-10). Furthermore; there are not one but three pianists this time: Ireland's Finghin Collins and Switzerland's Cédric Pescia and Francesco Piemontesi.
The first two volumes; issued in 2006; were a fabulous success. Finghinn Collins was honoured with Gramophone magazine's Editor's Choice for Volume I (CD 50-2601/02); and confidently went back to Berlin last autumn to record six new masterpieces with Johannes Kammann: apart from Schumann's virtuoso Abegg Variations op. 1; Volume III includes the Intermezzi op. 4; Etudes symphoniques op. 13; Nachtstücke op. 23; Carnaval de Vienne op. 26 and Bunte Blätter op. 99. Our first meeting with the Irish pianist dates from 1999 when he brilliantly won the Clara Haskil Competition in Vevey; an encounter that led to a first Mozart-Beethoven CD with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and Emmanuel Krivine (CD 50-9910) – ten years on; Finghinn Collins is just as true to himself: ever capable of roaring like thunder or blowing gentle tenderness. And with that little extra something which makes all the difference; charm.
Finghin Collins, piano
One of Ireland's most successful musicians, Dubliner Finghin Collins was born in 1977 and studied piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with John O'Conor and at the Geneva Conservatoire with Dominique Merlet. Winner of the RTÉ Musician of the Future Competition in 1994 and the Classical Category at the National Entertainment Awards in Ireland in1998, he went on to achieve major international success by taking first prize at the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland in 1999. Since then he has developed a flourishing international career that takes him all over Europe, the United States and the Far East.
Collins has performed with such orchestras as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, garnering consistent praise from critics and public alike. Conductors with whom he has collaborated include Frans Brüggen, Myung-Whun Chung, Christoph Eschenbach, Hans Graf, Emmanuel Krivine, Nicholas McGegan, Gianandrea Noseda, Sakari Oramo, Tadaaki Otaka, Heinrich Schiff, Vassily Sinaisky, Leonard Slatkin and Gábor Tákacs-Nagy.
Performances across Europe have included such prestigious venues as Symphony Hall Birmingham, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall and Cadogan Hall, London, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam (both halls), Théâtre du Châtelet and Salle Cortot Paris, Salle Molière Lyon, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Palao de la Musica Valencia, Gulbenkian Hall Lisbon, Sala Verdi Milan, Teatro Manzoni Bologna, Konzerthaus Berlin, Konzerthaus Vienna, Franz Liszt Academy Budapest, Philharmonic Hall Warsaw and the Auditorium Stravinski Montreux. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall, New York and the Kennedy Center, Washington DC, as well as at both Ravinia and Gilmore Festivals in the USA. European Festival appearances include the Piano Festival at La Roque d’Anthéron(France), Klavier-Festival Ruhr and Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (Germany), Lockenhaus Festival (Austria), Delft International Chamber Music Festival and Storioni Festival (Holland), Chopin Festival (Poland), Musical Olympus Festival (Russia), Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad (Switzerland), as well as the Mostly Mozart Festival (UK).
Chamber music plays a significant role in his musical life and he has collaborated with London Winds and the Aviv, Callino, Chilingirian, ConTempo, Ebène, Goldner, Shanghai, Skampa, St Petersburg, Vanbrugh, Vertavo and Vogler String Quartets. Chamber music partners have included violinists Tasmin Little, Kristóf Bárati and Ilya Gringolts, cellists Han-Na Chang, Marc Coppey, István Várdai, clarinettists Sharon Kam, Romain Guyot and Carol McGonnell, sopranos Ailish Tynan and Lenneke Ruiten, tenor James Gilchrist and baritone Maarten Koningsberger, among many others.
In 2010 Finghin Collins gave his second critically-acclaimed performance at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London. In 2013 he completed his three-year tenure as Associate Artist of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin, completing a cycle of the complete Mozart and Beethoven piano concertos and commissioning a new work for piano and orchestra by Deirdre Gribbin.
In 2016 Finghin made his debuts in Turkey, China and Australia as well as performing throughout Europe. In March 2017, he performs a recital as part of the National Concert Hall's International Concert Series to mark his 40th birthday. Other engagements include performances in Jersey, Switzerland, France, Ireland and the USA, where he will make his debut at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival in August 2017, performing with counter-tenor David Daniels.
Over the past decade Collins has developed a close relationship with Claves Records in Switzerland, recording two double CDs of Schumann’s piano music (which won numerous awards including Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice in 2006), and more recently recording a CD of works for piano and orchestra by Charles V. Stanford with the RTÉ NSO / Kenneth Montgomery (Editor's Choice, May 2011). In May 2013 RTÉ lyric fm launched his latest recording of four Mozart piano concertos directed from the keyboard with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. A new Chopin recital CD will be released in 2017, a co-production between RTÉ lyric fm and Claves Records.
Finghin Collins is very active as a programmer, commissioner and concert presenter in Ireland, having been Artistic Director of the New Ross Piano Festival since its inception in 2006, and Artistic Director of Music for Galway since 2013. In addition, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Dublin International Piano Competition (2006 - 2015), a member of the Board of Directors of the National Concert Hall (2001 - 2006), Musician-in-Residence in South Dublin County Council (2005 - 2008) and Artist-in-Residence in Waterford Institute of Technology (2005 - 2009).
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