Collins: Folk Songs and Dances, Allegro piacevole
CRI CD 644, DDD
Edward Joseph Collins:
Folk Songs and Dances for Piano
Earl Wild piano
Manhattan String Quartet*
November 1988 in Fernleaf Abbey, piano: Baldwin
(production information for piano solo only)
Michael Rolland Davis
This work reveals a conservative, neo-Brahmsian imagination, with an avid interest in folk music, including spirituals, which Mr. Collins renders in dignified transcriptions. The opening set of variations is the best work. It’s sweetly lyrical, in fine Irish folk tradition. Earl Wild, it should go without saying, performs with his usual panache and ringing tone.
Peter Burwasser, Fanfare, March-April 1993.