On Thursday 15 November 2018, Sakari Oramo will conduct the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the original version of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 and Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D. Pavel Kolesnikov takes the solo part in the Tchaikovsky, with the BBC Symphony Chorus and soloists Lucy Crowe, Catriona Morrison, Ben Johnson and Duncan Rock joining the orchestra for Smyth’s Mass setting.
“Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D is a wonderful piece,” observes Oramo. “And it’s in D for each movement, which gives the work a sense of the eternal. Smyth was a great personality, who was arrested for throwing stones at the homes of opponents of women’s suffrage.” She studied composition at the Leipzig Conservatory with Brahms’s friend and supporter Heinrich von Herzogenberg and wrote her Mass soon after returning to England in the early 1890s.
This concert marks Kolesnikov’s first collaboration with the orchestra’s chief conductor, Sakari Oramo. “I’ve established a wonderful relationship with the BBC Symphony and am looking forward to working with Sakari,” remarks Kolesnikov. “I’m delighted that we’re playing the original version of the Tchaikovsky. Although it’s not hugely different from the version everybody knows, it’s a much more coherent composition. I was astonished when I first heard the original a few years ago to discover how my interpretation of the familiar second version was intuitively moving towards the first version’s lyricism.”