samedi 9 janvier 2010

Concert halls in Paris

Interesting article in le Figaro about the prospects for a new concert hall in Paris.

While this seems a good idea, I am confused. The relatively recently renovated Salle Pleyel has a superb sound. The Théatre des Champs-Elysées is also pretty good although a little too dry..

This new hall would be close the current Cité de la Musique which while being a great hall with imaginative programming is a disaster to go to. Boulez is quoted to arrive late to a concert because of traffic ... And trust me, you do not want to hang around after a concert for a drink.

A new hall could bring the number of major places to four in Paris which also has two Opera houses, Bastille and Garnier as well as the Opéra Comique as well as many smaller places. Is not this too many ?

Why not revive the Théatre du Chatelet whose high standards for classical music are long gone ...

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