MOZART: PI­ANO CON­CER­TOS 13, 18, 20, 22

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - MICHAEL DERVAN

RTÉ NSO/Finghin Collins (pi­ano) RTÉ lyric fm CD 143 (2 CDs) Mozart’s pi­ano con­cer­tos were the ma­jor fo­cus of the RTÉ NSO’s first-ever as­so­ciate artist, Finghin Collins. He ended his three-year stint in that role this month with an all-Mozart pro­gramme and the launch of a dou­ble-CD set of him di­rect­ing four con­cer­tos from the key­board: K415 in C, K456 in B flat, K466 in D mi­nor, and K482 in E flat. Collins is an ami­able and re­laxed Mozartian who knows how to make the neat perk­i­ness he favours sound ef­fort­less in the fast ma­jor-key move­ments, al­though the orches­tra doesn’t al­ways have a buoy­ancy to match. He adds em­bel­lish­ments with taste­ful dis­cre­tion, and in two con­cer­tos ven­tures into 20th-cen­tury caden­zas, which spices things up. Gen­er­ally, though, the ten­sion in th­ese easy-on-the-ear per­for­mances is on the low side.

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