Cavaterra's Fantasy-Étude No. 1 is the first of three pieces commissioned by Spanish pianist and composer Gustavo Díaz-Jerez, who premiered the work.
The world premiere performance was recorded in the Chamber Music Hall of Spain’s Auditorio de Tenerife. The other two pieces of the commissioned set will also premiere on YouTube with a 3D feature.
Recorded in Ultra-HD, it is recommended that you watch the VR180 video using virtual reality headsets — such as the Google Cardboard, Oculus Quest or Quest2, HTC Vive Cosmos, or the Sony Playstation VR — while standing up for an immersive experience.
“I've been an enthusiast of VR for many years, and noticed that there's almost no content for classical music, particularly piano repertoire,” Díaz-Jerez told The Violin Channel. “This is why I decided to create Virtual Reality Piano.”
“Recording in VR isn't easy; you need special hardware and editing tools,” he explained. "VR is a very intimate and immersive experience, unlike anything else. When you watch the videos on a VR headset, you get the impression of being physically there, next to the performer.”
If a VR headset is being used, a higher-quality video is available here.
If not, viewers can use the navigation tool in the left-hand corner to get different points of view: