Salle Pleyel

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The Salle Pleyel (French: Pleyel room) is a concert hall in Paris, France.<ref name="eurocheapo" /> The resident ensembles are the Orchestre de Paris and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.<ref name="Salle Pleyel" />

History and Design

An earlier salle Pleyel seating 300 opened in December 1839 at nº 22 rue Rochechouart; it saw the premieres of many important works, including the second (1868) and fifth (1896) piano concertos by Saint-Saëns, and Ravel's Pavane pour une infante défunte and Jeux d'eau (April 5, 1902) and Sonata for Violin and Cello (April 6, 1922).

A replacement 3,000-seat hall was commissioned in 1927<ref name="The renovation of the Salle Pleyel">Template:Cite web</ref> by piano manufacturer Pleyel et Cie and designed by Gustave Lion.<ref name="The renovation of the Salle Pleyel" /> The inauguration concert by the Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, with Robert Casadesus as soloist and Igor Stravinsky, Maurice Ravel, and Philippe Gaubert as conductors, included music by Wagner, Manuel de Falla, Igor Stravinsky, Paul Dukas, Debussy, and Ravel.<ref name="The renovation of the Salle Pleyel" /> A fire ravaged the interior of the hall on 28 June 1928 and the renovation cost made it impossible to repay the loan to Crédit Lyonnais bank, which eventually took over the property and reduced the seats to 2,400.<ref name="The renovation of the Salle Pleyel" /> They in turn sold the hall to Hubert Martigny in 1998.

Stravinsky returned to Paris to conduct the French premiere of Agon in 1957, and of Threni in 1958.<ref name="The renovation of the Salle Pleyel" />

From 2002 to 2006 the hall underwent major renovation.<ref name="eurocheapo" /> The acoustics of the hall and the public and service areas were improved and seating decreased from the post-fire 2,400 seats to 1,913.<ref name="Salle Pleyel">Template:Cite web</ref><ref name="The renovation of the Salle Pleyel" />

Salle Pleyel is owned by the Cité de la Musique since 2009.


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