Tasmania Symphony Orchestra - Choral Fantasy
Is it a piano concerto? Is it a concerto for orchestra? Is it a choral work? Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy is a one-of-a-kind hybrid for piano, orchestra and voices that culminates in a chorus every bit as tuneful as the famous ‘Ode to Joy’ from the Ninth Symphony. It’s a perfect fit with Johann Strauss’s waltz Seid umschlungen Millionen (Be embraced, you millions!), which takes its title from Schiller’s ‘Ode to Joy’ but was actually dedicated to Strauss’s contemporary, Johannes Brahms. Brahms’s Serenade No 2 is a warm and sunny work from the composer’s early career, while Mozart’s Symphony No 1 is the inspired creation of a gifted 10-year-old on the threshold of a brilliant career.