"Making a musical arrangement is best compared with translating a book, and I imagine that a translator must answer the same questions before he goes to work. How do I transform the original into a new form, whilst keeping the message of the work clear? Which bits and pieces have to be cut, and what new space is created through this process? Which notes must stay? Armed with the orchestral score and a sharpened pencil, I started my operation. In the beginning, I mumbled “sorry, Ludwig…” under my breath every time I crossed out a note, but after a while I started to get into the swing of things, and before I know it I was two symphonies in. (...)
I would want to wish every musician a recording experience like the one I have had with TRPTK. Brendon’s incredible enthusiasm, combined with an eye for detail and professionalism made sure that our project came to a beautiful end. My arrangements and my ensemble were in the best possible hands. Also during the performance, Brendon found the right mix between strict listener and healing psychologist, whenever a mental breakdown came awfully close after 15 takes…
With the Intercontinental Ensemble, we try to distill chamber music out of famous symphonic works. TRPTK made sure that this adventure was captured and edited crystal clear. Together with them, we went to the absolute extreme, and I hope that we will walk this path more often together."
– Ernst Spyckerelle, from the Intercontinental Ensemble