Before Christmas in 1808, on the evening of December 22nd, a unique concert was held in the Theater an der Wien: the premiere of Beethoven's new compositions.

The programme, planned to be rather sizable – including, among others, the world premiere of the 5th and 6th Symphonies as well as the Piano Concerto in G major – was expected to last for several hours. However, as Karl Czerny remembered, at the very last minute Beethoven had decided to compose one more piece in which the choir, standing on the stage anyway, would also be involved: this is how the Choral Fantasy was born. According to preserved records there was no heating in the hall and Beethoven was grateful to see that the audience was still determined to stay and listen to the concert lasting for nearly four hours. 
On September 19th the State Philharmonic of Targu Mures will open the season with the Choral Fantasy, the soloist will be Balázs Fülei. 



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