On Lento Religioso, Amsterdam Sinfonietta brings together several romantic works, each with a very specific expressive power of its own. Some are genuine pieces for string ensemble, others are adaptations created for this recording. Some arrangements are simple: the four parts of a string quartet are played by all the strings of a string orchestra and have a bass part written, and a new work is born. But it can also be a complicated process. In translating a work written for piano or symphony orchestra, the arranger must make complex artistic and technical decisions. In any adaptation lies a danger, but also a potential: will the listener be disappointed in comparing it to previous knowledge of the piece, or pleasantly surprised by new aspects presented by the arrangement?