The concert closed with a remarkably spirited performance of Schubert's great C major symphony, which is the only symphony ever composed, except Schubert's other, in B minor, and some of Schumann's, that can rank with the best of Beethoven's. The magnificent passages for the trombones in the first movement, one of the finest things in all orchestral music; the opening passage on the hourns; the half-comic theme of the wood instruments, all were splendidly played. The andante conmoto, a long slow movement, is a trifle monotonous when played on the piano, but in the orchestra, with the ever varying varieties of tone-color of the different instruments, the effect is far differenct.
One prominent feature of the symphony is its "heavenly length," but its unfailing brilliancy and the lively motion of the finale held the attention of the audience to the close of the rather long programme. Applause was frequent, though not as hearty as it might have been. Mr. Nikisch has abandoned his former practice of conducting without notes; he used the score even for the familiar Egmont Overture. Mrs. Nikisch, also following the music from a score, was an attentive listener on the front row.