In this recording, the acoustics and very long reverb of the Mausoleum made it a special experience. We had to spend a lot of time in the room before the concert, to understand which repertoire would suit the occasion. The fact that the room was almost pitch dark, and the public placed in the middle, we could experiment with our own placement in relation to each other.
We had to make more drastic choices how to perform these pieces, compared with a more traditional interpretation. So many musical elements have to work together when the room acts as the third instrument. We also used improvisation to get to know the room. Listening to the improvisation on this recording was an interesting experience. Because as a musician you’re absorbed in the moment and your own playing, and it’s hard to listen at a distance.