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"An Evening of Music in the Chapel" Sainte-Chapelle Tip by hquittner

Sainte-Chapelle, Paris: 145 reviews and 355 photos

  The Quartet Before the Baldachin
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As part of an Elderhostel group we attended a performance of Mozart's Flute Quartets given in the Upper Chapel. The performance was excellent but I felt the flute sound was hollow in this room, almost echoing (like a Peruvian flute), and not as comforting as I have heard them before. Of course it was at night and the windows were a gray blank, but the chandeliers glistened and the statues stood out. Such performances would not have occurred when it was a church (this is now an art museum and there are fees). There were many other attendees but I do not know if they were all tourists like us. As you can see the players sat in front of the baldachin. I included a daytime shot of the area for reference.

Address: Boulevard du Palais
Directions: Sainte-Chapelle is inside the Palais of Justice on Ile de le Cité-- a few minute walk from Notre Dame. Métro : Cité, Staint-Michel, or Châtelet. RER: Chatelet -Les-Halles, Saint-Michel
Phone: 01 53 73 78 50

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 29, 2007
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