Musée d'Orsay Lunchtime Concerts
For art aficionados touring the City of Lights, the Musée d'Orsay with its inimitable stash of impressionist and post-impressionist works by masters such as Monet, Manet, Degas and van Gogh is an absolute must. But few visitors realise that this Beaux-Arts beauty has just as much to offer culture connoisseurs of the auditory inclination. Throughout the year, the gare-turned-gallery hosts a series of well-priced lunchtime concerts showcasing emerging and established chamber musicians, performing everything from Bach sonatas to contemporary concertos and operatic melodies.
Almost every week the well-appointed auditorium hums with the sound of strings, piano and mezzo-soprano, but the nearing warmer months bring a number of particular highlights including a focus on works by French composers Claude Debussy, Jacques Hotteterre, and harpsichordist Gaspard Le Roux. Also listen out for recitals from two highly celebrated groups, Quatuor Cambini-Paris and Ensemble Musique Oblique, playing pieces by Mozart, Puccini and Verdi. Savvy spenders will be glad to know that the very reasonable €14 concert ticket price also grants you access to the museum’s vast permanent collection. A world-class concerto followed by some world-class canvases? That’s a duet that’s hard to beat.
Musée d'Orsay / 1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 7th / +33 1 40 49 48 14 / performances: 12.30pm most Tuesdays / museum: 9.30am-6pm Tue-Sun, till 9.45pm Thu / buy tickets onsite no less than 30mins before each recital, or on the website musee-orsay.fr