The Orchestre National de France performs Bruckner and Mozart with clarinist Patrick Messina

Bernard Haitink conducts the Orchestre National de France performing Bruckner's Symphony No. 9 and Mozart's Clarinet Concerto. Live recording on 23 February 2015 at the Auditorium of Radio France (Paris).

Auditorium, Maison de la Radio, Paris

This concert presents two concluding works: Mozart’s final concerto and Bruckner’s final symphony. The Clarinet Concerto was performed two months before the death of the Viennese maestro, in 1791. It was part of a period of frenetic composition. The same year, the Piano Concerto No. 27, the String Quintet No. 6, the Ave Verum, the operas The Clemency of Titus and the Magic Flute and the Requiem were created.

As for Bruckner, he never got the chance to hear his Symphony No. 9 which remained unfinished. The composer died before he could write the last notes to the Finale. The movement was taken over and completed by musicologists of the 20th century. However, it is the original version (without Finale), created in Munich in 1932, that subsisted.