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Janáček and Brahms
Hot stuff: some music is so emotional that it’s almost dangerous. Janacek's The Kreutzer Sonata opens this no-holds-barred lunchtime concert: music of unbounded passion inspired by a forbidden love, it’s practically an opera without words. Brahms’ late string quintet is altogether more mellow, but even here, hidden fires are burning. Hold tight for one of the wildest gypsy finales that Brahms ever wrote.