It’s a centuries-old practice to arrange great orchestral works for smaller formations. In the past, composers did the arrangements themselves, often out of necessity; before the invention of the gramophone, it was the only way to bring these masterpieces into smaller venues. It remained a common practice even after the invention of the recording. The arrangements invariably cast another light on orchestral pieces that were thought to be known inside out, and they allow this music to be played everywhere. The most famous musics are recognisable by their essence, intensity, colour and intimacy.