Classical music concerts in Paris
Our guide to the best classical concerts and venues in the capital
Catholic chants under Charlemagne, Gabriel Fauré's 'Requiem' premiered at La Madeleine, Olivier Messiaen playing birdsong on the organ of the Sainte-Trinité... France boasts one of the great classical music traditions in the world, and Paris has witnessed some of its most magical moments. Today, the classical music scene thrives in the form of scores of concerts and venues, running the gamut from sacred choral music in Medieval churches to contemporary performances in cutting-edge media centres. Read on for our guide to the best classical and opera to be found in the city.
Our picks of the season
To coincide with its exhibition on the composer, ‘Allegro Barbaro: Béla Bartók and Hungarian modernism’, the Musée d’Orsay will be putting on performances of Bartók’s six string quartets and – more intriguingly – his rarely heard single-act opera ‘The Wooden Prince’. From its straightforward fairy-tale synopsis (prince and princess fall in love, are separated by mischievous fairy, then eventually reunited), Bartók weaves an enigmatic tale of love,
In keeping with the passionate atmosphere at the ever-reliable Cirque d’hiver, this night promises to spirit you away into the depths of the Russian heartland with music that sits between the romantic and the modern, the European and the Oriental, the soaring and the clinical. The programme doesn’t pull too many surprises; ready yourself instead for stirring renditions of Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and the lesser-known Borodin (whose humble self-description as a
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