Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, performed by Patrick Messina
Patrick Messina performs the Clarinet Concerto of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with the Orchestre National de France conducted by Bernard Haitink. Live recorded on the 23rd of February 2015 at the Auditorium de la Maison de la Radio (Paris).
The Clarinet Concerto was performed two months before the death of the Viennese maestro, in 1791 and 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.
The work was dedicated to the clarinetist Anton Stadler, a friend of Mozart’s and a member of the same Masonic Lodge. Originally, the concerto was supposed to be performed with a basset clarinet, an instrument that allowed to reach deeper notes. But in the 18th century, it was adapted for the clarinet that we know today. Mozart had already given importance to that instrument in his Kegelstatt Trio, in The Clemency of Titus and above all in his Clarinet Quintet, also dedicated to Anton Stadler.
- Bernard HaitinkConductor
- Orchestre National de FranceOrchestra
- Patrick MessinaPerformer