Concert at the Gewandhaus, 31 December 1927

Concert at 11pm. Taking into account the inevitable short delay at the beginning of the evening, the sequence of works, their duration and the applause, it is easy to imagine that the countdown to the last minutes of 1927 and the cheers welcoming 1928 filled the interval.

Nothing to say about the programme — it could have been lighter... — but the venue must be highlighted: the Alberthalle, a vast circular hall which is part of the Krystallpalast and can accommodate almost 3000 spectators.

On the evening of 31 December 1918, Arthur Nikisch conducted the Beethoven 9th Symphony and thus established the tradition of the New Year's Eve concert.

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