What better place to listen to 17th century music than in a 17th century church.
The other night a friend and I went to the Church of Notre-Dame-des-Blancs-Manteaux in the Marais to listen to a concert organized by the Venetian Centre for Baroque Music.
I love baroque music. And I love old churches. To combine the two was sheer delight. And the old church (built between 1685-1690) – full of atmosphere and lit only by candles – was an acoustic marvel.
I tried to videotape a segment of the concert, but there was not enough light. Fortunately I found the same group of soloists on Youtube so that you too can listen to this sumptuous soothing music. Marc-Antoine Charpentier is the name of the 17th-century composer whose concerto they are singing. Enjoy.
Ensemble Correspondances, choir and orchestra – Sébastien Daucé, harpsichord, organ & direction
magnificent! pls give address of this church thx!
Sure, it’s number 1 Rue de l’Abbé Migné, 75004 Paris, located in the Marais district.
Oh Juliet, I loved reading this. And is that Rue Aubriot in the photograph of two people walking? That could have been John and me a few years ago, walking back to our flat, and one of the pleasures of spending time in that little area was the Church of Notre-Dame-des-Blancs-Manteaux pretty much at the end of the street…
Hi Theresa, Yes, that is indeed rue Aubriot leading away from (or heading towards) the church. It’s true that the Marais district is chock-a-block with interesting sites, shops and schools, etc., not to mention historical stories, not all of them good.