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“We keep going back to this magical atmosphere ”

Philharmonie de Paris
Ranked #17 of 261 Concerts & Shows in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Putting on exceptional concerts is only one aspect of the Philharmonie de Paris. With its rehearsal rooms, educational centre, exhibition space, restaurants and convivial setting within the Parc de la Villette, it has been designed as a true 'living space'.
Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

We don’t live in France but have become addicted to this incredible concert hall with exceptional programs and excellent acoustics. World famous orchestras with renowned maestros perform here and you can sit in your comfortable seats and hear the wonderful music in the best ever quality due to the excellent acoustics engineers.

There is even a free shuttle at the end of the concert. Tram, metro ( Porte de Pantin) and buses are also abundant. There are lots of good cafes and restaurants ( French bistros and also many very good Japanese restaurants) nearby. Many people spend time in the beautiful park next to the concert hall.

Thank Nesligül D
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Reviewed 13 April 2018

A hobby of ours is to tour the world's great concert halls, so we had to visit the new Philharmonie. It took a year to get tickets off the web to a concert we might want to listen to, as French taste is more modern and discordamt in classical music than ours. The program was lovely. The seats, on the steeply raked upper balcony painful. The legroom was so small that our knees were in pain. There is an echo after the playing stops, keeping this hall's sound from greatness. Still very good but hold out for an orchestra seat!

Thank HansGH16
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

The Philharmonie de Paris (La Philharmonie 2) opened in 2015. The nice concert hall holds 2,400 seats. The audience can enjoy a tastefully designed large hall and an adequate entry & lounge.

Next door you find the Cité de la Musique (La Philharmonie 1) opened in 1995 that can accommodate an audience of 1,000.

We came for the LSO under Gardiner performing Schumann’s Overtures and Symphony 4. Together with Schumann’s Violin Concerto performed by soloist Isabelle Faust, it was the true Schumann evening.

The concert was sold out. The majority of the audience is plus 60. The concert was outstanding and Faust very good.

The Paris’ audience left a pleasant impression. To our surprise most hearers kept during the whole concert their coat on their lap. Although the cloakroom is well organized.

Thank MrsPiket
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Reviewed 8 February 2018

It seems there are two schools of architecture designing for concert halls, the absolutely functional with fitting in as many attendees as possible in rows versus the school that accepts the challenge of a visually beautiful building as well as making it economically viable, and of course sounding good. Philharmonie Paris is of the latter variety, and it's interior asymmetry may well have inspired the even newer Elbphilharmonie. The acoustics were good to my ear and line of site not problematic. The only concern was the steepness of tiers with no hand rails to assist the less agile in the audience.

Thank Julia H
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Reviewed 27 January 2018

Awful layout. I arrived 30 minutes early, but the signs are confusing (even though I am fluent in French). I stood in line at three different (wrong) box offices, each one understaffed by about 80%. In the end, I missed the concert because the place is so poorly laid out and was operating at 20% capacity (with slow, distracted staff). Nice architecture, but stick to the old venues if you actually want to catch a show. It's a disgrace of incompetence, and architectural form over musical function.

Thank Nikolai W
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