When you have the chance to hear pianist Andreas Klein, consider yourself lucky. When you have a chance to hear him for free, consider yourself blessed indeed. The German-born virtuoso consistently reduces reviewers to melting puddles of praise; accolades like "a fascinating artist with all the indispensable qualities -- temperament, taste, touch, tone -- the four T's of pianism" aren't easily wrested from the jaws of The New York Times, which went even further when it bestowed the ultimate compliment upon him: "A pianist who makes silences sound like music." Like the great Alfred Brendel, Klein is known for his perfectly crafted interpretations of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, and it's a thrill to watch him toss off those trills and cadenzas with the most delicate of ease. But give him the big romantics, like Chopin and Brahms, and you better believe he knows what to do with them. This weekend, Sundays Live features Klein performing Mozart's Sonata in A minor, K. 310 and Brahms' Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5. LACMA, Bing Theater; Sun., Aug. 22, 6 p.m.; free. (323) 857-6234, sundayslive.org.
Sun., Aug. 22, 6 p.m., 2010