Until this morning, the plan was that the much-loved but acoustically inadequate Salle Pleyel would cease to be used as a classical music venue after the opening of the new Philharmonie, intended for next January but possibly delayed.
The Salle had been sold to the Cité de la Musique, which intended to use it for non-classical purposes. A judge this morning nullifed that deal.
The court action was brought by Carla Maria Tarditi, a little-known conductor who was married to Hubert Martigny, co-founder of Altran Technologies, which bought Pleyel in 1998. She wants the Salle preserved for classical music.
So now it looks like Paris will have too many classical halls and not enough music directors, as maestros flee an avalanche of impending cuts.