Sometimes first thoughts are the best. Schubert’s Quartettsatz and Shostakovich’s Two Pieces are just tastes of something bigger, but they’re each like concentrated shots of intense emotion. Together, they make a perfect setting for the joyous, exuberantly romantic String Octet by the neglected Danish composer Niels Gade. He was great friends with Mendelssohn, and believe us – you can really tell!