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Lento Religioso

Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Candida Thompson

Berg, Korngold, Bruckner, Bridge, Lekeu, Wagner, Strauss

SKU: 36620

Year of release: 2020

1 12:33
1. Berg - Sonata, Opus 1, Arr. Wijnand van Klaveren Berg 12:33
2 11:18
2. Korngold - Lento Religioso from Symphonic Serenade, Opus 39 Korngold 11:18
3 14:04
3. Bruckner - Adagio from String Quintet WAB 112 Bruckner 14:04
4 06:26
4. Bridge - Lament for String Orchestra H117 Adagio, con molto espessione - Poco piu adagio Bridge 06:26
5 10:28
5. Lekeu - Adagio pour quatuor d'orchestre Lekeu 10:28
6 10:00
6. Wagner - Prelude from Tristan und Isolde, Arr. Adrian Williams - Langsam und schmachtend Wagner 10:00
7 12:10
7. Strauss - Prelude from Capriccio, Opus 85 - Andante con moto Strauss 12:10
Total time: 77:02

About this album

The Serenades by Dvořák and Tchaikovsky, Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht and the Bridge Variations by Britten: all these masterpieces from the corpus of music for string orchestra belong to the very nucleus of our repertoire. But in recent decades we have further enriched our genre by initiating commissions, presenting numerous premieres and having music specially arranged for us. And occasionally we have also discovered gems that are never played.

On this album ‘Lento Religioso’ we bring 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 us. Some arrangements are simple: you play the four parts of a string quartet with all the strings of a string orchestra and have a nice 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 his previous knowledge of the piece, or pleasantly surprised by new aspects presented by the arrangement? This tender, melancholy and languishing album is intended for the inquisitive listener.

– Candida Thompson, Amsterdam Sinfonietta
artistic director, lead violinist

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Audio Review

(…) This is clearly a deeply felt example of what in the 1960s might have been a concept album called ‘Music to Relax To’. And then there is the sound! (…) Clarity and definition are exemplary. (…) this is as good as digital sound gets. (…)

HRAudio / NativeDSD

I do not think that the Amsterdam Sinfonietta had anything else in mind than producing an album of “several romantic works, each with a very specific expressive power of its own”. A selection of genuine and adaptations for string ensemble. But in the face of actual global Covid-19 health developments, it may come across quite differently, reinforcing feelings of distress and desolation. However, as many, or possibly all of us know, music can do wonders. In this specific case, the magic of ‘its expressive power’ reaches way beyond suffering. It not only brings soothing consolation to people having lost family in hard-hit areas but surprisingly it also has an uplifting effect on the mind.

De Gelderlander

Amsterdam Sinfonietta laat op nieuwste cd Lento Religioso in ruim vijf kwartier horen dat een rustig tempo niet saai maar juist heel intens kan zijn. (...) De musici weten met hun expressieve, uiterst sonore toon- en klankvorming de aandacht moeiteloos naar zich toe te trekken.


Amsterdam Sinfonietta

Candida Thompson

Technical Specifications

SpeakersGrimm LS1
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
EditingJared Sacks - Pyramix Workstation / Merging Technologies
CablesVan den Hul
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer 4006, Schoeps
Recording FormatDSD 64 (2014, 2016) and DSD 256 (2020)
Analog To Digital ConverterDSD 64fs AD1 / Grimm Audio (2014, 2016) DSD 256fs Horus / Merging Technologies (2020)
Recording LocationStadsgehoorzaal, Leiden (2014) Bethlehemkerk Studio 150, Amsterdam (2016, 2020)
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProductionWillem de Bordes