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Concerts at Radio France
I have a thing about woodwind instruments. If I believed in reincarnation I think I would want to come back as a flute. But only as a particular flute played by one particular person.
The concert I went to at the House of Radio France was all about woodwind instruments in the works Francis Poulenc (1899-1963). It was a family concert at 11 o'clock on a Saturday morning, with lots of children but also numerous adults in the audience.
Since I knew very little about Poulenc this was quite educational for me as I'm sure it was for the children, and it also cleared up any doubts I might have had about what the instruments are called in French. The oboe is an hautbois, which is no doubt the source of the English and German word oboe, and a horn is a cor, otherwise no surprises. The musicians were members of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, and the concert was taped for broadcast on France Musique the following week.
Second photo: This concert hall and broadcast studio is named after another French composer, Olivier Messiean (1908-1992).
Third photo: Part of the audience and one of the technicians.
Fourth photo: The musicians and the moderator, Jean-Francoise Zygel, taking their bows at the end of the concert.
Fifth photo: The House of Radio France as seen from a tethered balloon at a height of 150 meters.
By coincidence I recently attended a similar concert in Frankfurt am Main. At the hr studios I ran into Holger Falk, who asked me if I was on my way to the Large Broadcast Hall. I said no, and asked what was going on there. "I'm singing there," he said, and he smuggled me in. It turned out to be an hr-Domino children's concert with singers personifying different instruments. Holger was a proud Spanish torero representing the trumpet. Both of these concerts, in Frankfurt and in Paris, were highly entertaining and musically first-rate.
Maison de Radio-France (2003)
The Maison de Radio-France is a big cylinder in glass with a circumference of 500 metres, built by Henri Bernard in 1963. A museum tells the story of radio and TV transmissions. My parents and I didn't visit it, we only saw the building after visiting the Serres d'Auteuil, about which you can read some tips in the Off the Beaten Path section.
Maison de Radio-France
This large building was constructed between 1952 and 1963 to give a home to the French television and radio industries. With its glass and aluminium architecture, it represents one of the most important modern edifices of post-war Paris. Today, there are more than 60 studios, along with thousands of offices. A museum here traces the history of telecommunications
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