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La Madeleine, Paris: 55 reviews and 134 photos

  1. La Madeleine
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  • 1. La Madeleine - Paris
      1. La Madeleine
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  • 2. Before the concert - Paris
      2. Before the concert
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  • 3. Choir & orchestra, conductor Luc Baghdassarian - Paris
      3. Choir & orchestra, conductor Luc Baghdassarian
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  • 4. Looking up at the artwork on the domes - Paris
      4. Looking up at the artwork on the domes
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When he died in December 1791 at age 35, the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was still working on his last composition, his Requiem Mass in D Minor (K. 626).

The Requiem had been commissioned by a mysterious messenger with wads of money who wouldn't say who he was working for. This has led to countless speculative stories over the years, including highly fictionalized accounts in Milos Forman's 1982 film Amadeus and in the opera Mozart and Salieri by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908), which was staged at the Frankfurt Opera in 2007.

Because of all the mystery surrounding Mozart's Requiem, I took the opportunity to hear it performed in a mysterious venue, La Madeleine, which is a large Catholic church disguised as a Greek temple.

Second photo: Waiting for the concert. As the white house lights are dimmed, the place starts to look more and more mysterious. It's easy to imagine a black-cloaked messenger lurking in the shadows somewhere.

Third photo: The Amadeus Choir and the Jean-Louis Petit Orchestra performing Mozart's Requiem under the direction of Luc Baghdassarian, who has won first prizes in several "Young Conductors" and "International Conductors" competitions in Switzerland, Rumania and Austria.

Fourth photo: Looking up at the artwork on the domes during the concert.

Address: 15 Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris
Directions: Vélib' 8005
Métro Madeleine
GPS 48°52'9.73" North; 2°19'26.14" East

Phone: 01 42 50 96 18
Website: http://www.monumentum.fr/eglise-madeleine-pa00088812.html

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 16, 2015
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Comments (1)

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2015 at 7:12 AM

    Do you seriously mean there was an effort to "disguise" the church as a Greek Temple? It does look like one

    • Nemorino's Profile Photo
      Nov 25, 2015 at 7:33 AM

      No, that was more of a tongue-in-cheek remark. The building was not originally intended to be a church, which is why it looks so different from most churches.


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