Mind and mat­ter: Marc-An­dré Hamelin

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Pi­anist Marc-An­dré Hamelin earned his wings as a whiz-bang barn­stormer, pro­gram­ming and record­ing largely for­got­ten works by the likes of Alkan, Godowsky, and Medt­ner that call out for tech­ni­cal fire­works. In re­cent years, how­ever, he has seemed in­tent on putting for­ward a dif­fer­ent side of his mu­si­cal per­son­al­ity, with mu­sic whose vir­tu­os­ity is cen­tered more in the mind than in the fin­gers, to the ex­tent that such a dis­tinc­tion can hon­estly be made. On Thurs­day, July 30, Santa Fe Cham­ber Mu­sic Fes­ti­val presents him in a noon recital at the St. Fran­cis Au­di­to­rium in the New Mexico Mu­seum of Art (107 W. Palace Ave.). His pro­gram fo­cuses on one of the ma­jor “think­ing man’s” works in the pi­ano reper­toire, Schu­bert’s Pi­ano Sonata in B-flat ma­jor, D.960. This sublime, tran­scen­dent sonata was Schu­bert’s last en­try in that genre, com­pleted on Septem­ber 26, 1828, less than two months be­fore his un­timely death. Ek­ing out the pro­gram is Ye­hudi Wyner’s To­ward the Cen­ter, an 18-minute fan­tasy-style piece from 1988. Tick­ets ($10-$21) can be ar­ranged by call­ing 505-982-1890 or through www.santafecham­ber­mu­sic.com. — J.M.K.

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