- Keyboard Sonatas K. 466, K. 159, K. 455
- Ah non credea mirarti from La Sonnambula
- Porgi, amor from Le nozze di Figaro
- Ballade Op. 23 in G minor
- Pace, Pace from La forza del destino
- Ritorna vincitor from Aida
- Prelude Op. 32 No. 5, Op. 32 No. 10
- Senza Mamma from Suor Angelica
- Io son l’umile ancella from Adriana Lecouvreur
- Prelude Op. 32 No. 12, Op. 23 No. 5
- Ebben ne andro lontana from La Wally
- Elena Kokka
Elena Kokka, a unique classical artist, is the only pianist and singer on the world stage today who tackles the most demanding repertoire for both piano and voice.
‘I am so excited to be presenting this marvelous recital consisting of true gems of the piano and vocal literature by Scarlatti, Mozart, Bellini and Chopin as well as Verdi, Catalani, Puccini, Cilea and Rachmaninov. Many of these composers lived close to each other in time and influenced one another. Chopin adored Bellini and it was not by chance that he was well known for the bel canto element in his piano works.
I begin the programme with Domenico Scarlatti’s Keyboard Sonatas and then the Aria Ah non credea mirarti by Bellini from La Sonnambula. Bellini studied Mozart’s music extensively, so I follow this with a well known Mozart aria Porgi, amor from Le nozze di Figaro. Bellini was also the favourite composer of Chopin so I include one of his finest Ballades, Op. 23. I’ll finish the first half with Verdi’s aria Pace, Pace from La forza del destino.
Continuing with Verdi in the second half, I begin with the powerful Ritorna vincitor! from Aida and then move into the song-like melodies of Rachmaninov; the idyllic peace and purity of his Prelude Op. 32 No. 5 in G minor and the bell-like Op 32 No. 10. Puccini follows with the aria Senza Mamma from his Suor Angelica, and then Cilea’s Io son l’umile ancella from his opera Adriana Lecouvreur. Two contrasting preludes follow again by Rachmaninov, one of his finest the Op. 32 No. 12 followed by the military-style G minor Op. 23 No. 5. I will end the programme with the lovely Ebben ne andro lontana from Catalani’s opera La Wally.
The piano pieces, with their technical demands and emotional intensity, have been carefully chosen to complement this program of highly taxing operatic arias. I hope you will enjoy the richness of it all.’ – Elena Kokka