Salle Pleyel

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Salle Pleyel
Address252 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris, France[1]
Typeperforming arts centre
Capacity2,000 seated + extra 500 due to new removable pit
Current useconcert hall

The Salle Pleyel (French: Pleyel Hall) is a concert hall in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, France. Its varied programme includes contemporary and popular music.[1][2] Until 2015, the hall was a major venue for classical orchestral music, with Orchestre de Paris and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France as resident ensembles.[3]

Early history[edit]

An earlier salle Pleyel seating 300 opened in December 1839 at nº 22 rue Rochechouart; it saw the premieres of many important works, including Chopin's Ballade Op.38 and Scherzo Op.39 (April 26, 1841), Ballade Op.47 (February 21, 1842) and Barcarolle Op.60 (February 16, 1848), 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[4] by piano manufacturer Pleyel et Cie and designed by Gustave Lion.[4] 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.[4] A fire ravaged the interior of the hall on 28 June 1928[5] 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.[4] 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.[4]

Recent history[edit]

From 2002 to 2006, the hall underwent major renovation.[1] 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.[3][4]

The Salle Pleyel has been owned by the Cité de la Musique since 2009. Its status as a classical music venue effectively ended in January 2015, when its programming was transferred to the newly-opened Philharmonie de Paris concert hall.[6][7]

An orchestral concert featuring live performances of music from various Bandai Namco Entertainment-produced video games, such as Dark Souls and Tekken, took place on February 4, 2017.[8] The event was attended by Motoi Sakuraba and Go Shiina, composers of the aforementioned games.[8]


  1. ^ a b c "Paris Music: Salle Pleyel offers top performances in a stylish venue". Retrieved 2008-08-28.
  2. ^ "Salle Pleyel". Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Salle Pleyel". Retrieved 2008-08-28.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "The renovation of the Salle Pleyel". Archived from the original on 2008-06-07. Retrieved 2008-08-28.
  5. ^ Mousnier, J-P. Pierre Monteux. L’Harmattan, Paris and Montréal, 1999, p77.
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  7. ^ Norman Lebrecht, "Thousands Mobilise to Save Classical Music at Salle Pleyel", December 26, 2014, at
  8. ^ a b Osborn, Alex. "Dark Souls to Be Featured in Bandai Namco's Orchestral Concert in Europe". IGN. Retrieved 17 January 2017.

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Coordinates: 48°52′37.18″N 2°18′3.73″E / 48.8769944°N 2.3010361°E / 48.8769944; 2.3010361