Let this be the first warning to the Mozart player, writes Alfred Brendel, in one of his many delightfully insightful essays on music. Piano playing, be it ever so faultless, must not be considered sufficient. No one could ever accuse Brendel of merely sufficient piano playing; for delicacy and depth, no one surpasses him. In his 50-some years at the keyboard, this most modest of virtuosi has managed to make the most familiar, and seemingly simple, works from the classical period come alive with a freshness that only comes from a mind-heart dialogue between artist and composer. Considered the worlds premier interpreter of Schubert, Brendel has always had a particular gift for unearthing layers and subtexts in the music of that composer, and he is a master of Beethoven and Mozart as well. His program this week includes Beethovens Piano Sonata No. 31, two Schubert Impromptus, and sonatas by Mozart and Haydn. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 N. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Tues., March 13, 8 p.m.; $33-$86. (323) 850-2000 or www.LAPhil.com.
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