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Listen First

By Rosabel Huguet, Mathilde Wantenaar, Daria van den Bercken, Britten Sinfonia, Marjolijn Brouwer, Daan van Aalst

When a musician rehearses a new piece, they may spend months working on it. It’a a lot different for a listener: one goes to a concert and hears the new piece once. If you are lucky, it repeats itself as a memory in your head. Too little too late to really get to know the music.

That’s why Piano Biennale presents Listen First: a 3D music exhibition. Here you can hear Mathilde Wantenaar’s Rhapsody for Piano and Strings, premiered at the opening concert, but this time as if you were stepping into your own head. In a specially created dome, you can listen to the piece from all sides: do you want to hear the piano up close, or rather hear better what the violas or double basses are playing there? The more you walk around the piece, the more you discover in it. Listen as much as you want!

Listen First is free to attend. But you have to make a reservation for a time slot.


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Listen First is a collaboration between four different art disciplines with the goal of using this broad expertise to create an exhibition of a musical work.

This project has been initiated and produced by Keys to Music Foundation/Piano Biënnale.

Music by J.S. Bach and Mathilde Wantenaar
Britten Sinfonia – orchestra, with Emer McDonough, solo flute, and Marcus Barcham-Stevens, solo violin
Daria van den Bercken – Pianist, musical concept
Rosabel Huguet – Concept & Director
Marjolijn Brouwer – Concept, Set & lighting design
Daan van Aalst – Recording Producer, sound design and mix
Chris Everts and Leonardo de Matos e Oliveira Santos – Recording engineers
Rob van der Meijs/Da Capo – Sound engineering
Raoul Petersen – Production leader
Air Design Studio Erik van Dongen – Realization pavilion
Ziggy & Ayla – comtume design
Guido Bevers – Set builder
Mariska van Zanten – Vrijwilligerscoördinator

(c) Keys to Music Foundation

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Listen First

Listen First: a 3D music exhibition. Here you can hear Mathilde Wantenaar’s Rhapsody for Piano and Strings as if you were stepping into your own head, in a specially created dome