Not the work of your average 16 year old, but Mendelssohn’s Octet seems to capture brilliantly the feral excitement, boundless energy and sheer joie de vivre of youth.

And so that’s where we’ll begin, with a work by a boy who in his mid adolescence  produced this, one of the masterpieces of a century peopled by the likes of Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Wagner.

A good start.

Warning: do not try this at home…

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