Some classical artists easily attract mainstream audiences. Pianist Lang Lang and violinist Joshua Bell are two examples. Pianist Inon Barnatan is also on that list. His 2012 album, Darkness Visible, was a smash hit with listeners of all types. Barnatan makes his Houston debut playing selections from the album. Of special note will be the Franz Schubert Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960, one of Barnatan’s signature pieces. After decades of neglect by pianists, the three final Schubert sonatas are generally regarded as his most masterful works. “I think it was…hearing different musicians name their ‘top ten’ lists, that it first struck me how many lists contained not only works by Schubert, but pieces he composed in the last year of his life,” said Barnatan in the liner notes of the album. “In that short year, Schubert produced not only some of his most enduring works, but some of the greatest masterpieces in the history of music.” Also on tap will be the title track, a composition by Thomas Ades. The young British composer brings a haunting structure with his seven-minute piece, and while Barnatan loses none of its slightly sinister voicing in his interpretation, he does offer some warmth and grace as well as a touch of capricious madness.
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7:30 p.m. The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross. For information, call 713-525-9400 or visit menil.org. $35.
Tue., Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m., 2013