Fritz Reiner

Real Name:
Frederick Martin Reiner
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Prominent conductor of opera and symphonic music in the twentieth century. (December 19, 1888 – November 15, 1963).

Reiner was born in Budapest, Hungary to a secular Jewish family that resided in the Pest area of the city. After preliminary studies in law at his father’s urging, Reiner pursued the study of piano, piano pedagogy, and composition at the Franz Liszt Academy. During his last two years there his piano teacher was the young Béla Bartók.

He worked at opera houses in Budapest and Dresden, where he worked closely with Richard Strauss. He moved to the United States in 1922 to take the post of Principal Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He remained until 1931, having become a naturalized citizen in 1928, leaving to teach at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, where his pupils included Leonard Bernstein and Lukas Foss.

He conducted The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from 1938 to 1948 and made a few recordings with them for Columbia Records. He then spent several years at The Metropolitan Opera, where he conducted a historic production of Strauss's Salome in 1949, and the American premiere of Igor Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress in 1951.

Reiner's focus had been on American music since his arrival in Cincinnati, but after the WWII he began increasing his European activity. When he became music director of The Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1953 he had a completely international reputation. By common consent, the ten years that he spent in Chicago mark the pinnacle of his career, and are best-remembered today through the many recordings he made in Chicago's Orchestra Hall for RCA Victor from 1954 to 1963.
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MX 193 Fritz Reiner - Tannhauser Bacchanale album art Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra*, Fritz Reiner, Wagner* Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra*, Fritz Reiner, Wagner* - Tannhauser Bacchanale (Album) Columbia Masterworks MX 193 US 1941 Sell This Version
M-506, MM-506, M-MM-506 Fritz Reiner - Don Quixote album art Fritz Reiner, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Gregor Piatigorsky, Richard Strauss Fritz Reiner, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Gregor Piatigorsky, Richard Strauss - Don Quixote (Album) Columbia Masterworks, Columbia Masterworks, Columbia Masterworks M-506, MM-506, M-MM-506 US 1941 Sell This Version
x-218 Fritz Reiner - Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg (Three Excerpts) album art Wagner* - The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner Wagner* - The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner - Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg (Three Excerpts)(2xShellac, 12", Album, Mono) Columbia Masterworks x-218 US 1941 Sell This Version
M491, M=491, M 491 Fritz Reiner - Debussy: Iberia, Berlioz: Hungarian March (From "The Damnation Of Faust") album art Debussy* / The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Conducted By Fritz Reiner Debussy* / The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Conducted By Fritz Reiner - Debussy: Iberia, Berlioz: Hungarian March (From "The Damnation Of Faust")(3xShellac, 12", Album, Mono) Columbia, Columbia, Columbia Masterworks M491, M=491, M 491 US 1942 Sell This Version
M 549 Fritz Reiner - A Wagner Concert: Five Famous Orchestral Excerpts From Wagner Operas album art The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner - A Wagner Concert: Five Famous Orchestral Excerpts From Wagner Operas (Album) Columbia Masterworks M 549 US 1943 Sell This Version
MM 572 Fritz Reiner - Porgy And Bess  A Symphonic Picture album art Gershwin*, Fritz Reiner, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Gershwin*, Fritz Reiner, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - Porgy And Bess A Symphonic Picture (Album) Columbia Masterworks MM 572 US 1945 Sell This Version
MM-585 Fritz Reiner - Symphony No. 6 Op. 53 album art Shostakovitch* / Kabalevsky*, Fritz Reiner Conducting The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra* Shostakovitch* / Kabalevsky*, Fritz Reiner Conducting The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra* - Symphony No. 6 Op. 53 (Album) Columbia Masterworks MM-585 US 1946 Sell This Version
MX 267 Fritz Reiner - Songs Of A Wayfarer (Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen) album art Gustav Mahler, Fritz Reiner, Carol Brice, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Gustav Mahler, Fritz Reiner, Carol Brice, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - Songs Of A Wayfarer (Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen)(2xShellac, 12", Album) Columbia MX 267 US 1946 Sell This Version
MM-633 Fritz Reiner - El Amor Brujo (Love By Witchcraft) album art De Falla* : Fritz Reiner Conducting The Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra* With Carol Brice De Falla* : Fritz Reiner Conducting The Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra* With Carol Brice - El Amor Brujo (Love By Witchcraft) (Album) Columbia Masterworks MM-633 US 1947 Sell This Version
MM-652 Fritz Reiner - Brahms Concerto No. 1 In D Minor For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 15 album art Rudolf Serkin ,with Fritz Reiner conducting the The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Brahms* Rudolf Serkin ,with Fritz Reiner conducting the The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Brahms* - Brahms Concerto No. 1 In D Minor For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 15 (Album) Columbia Masterworks MM-652 US 1947 Sell This Version
ML 2008 Fritz Reiner - Symphony No. 40 In G Minor (K. 550) album art Mozart*, Fritz Reiner, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Mozart*, Fritz Reiner, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - Symphony No. 40 In G Minor (K. 550) (Album) Columbia Masterworks ML 2008 US 1948 Sell This Version
ML 4108 Fritz Reiner - Songs Of A Wayfarer ‧ Sacred Arias album art Gustav MahlerJohann Sebastian Bach - Carol Brice Contraalto, With Fritz Reiner Conducting The The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Gustav MahlerJohann Sebastian Bach - Carol Brice Contraalto, With Fritz Reiner Conducting The The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - Songs Of A Wayfarer ‧ Sacred Arias Columbia Masterworks ML 4108 US 1949 Sell This Version
ML 2048 Fritz Reiner - Salome - Final Scene/Eugin Onegin - Tatiana's Letter Scene, Op. 24 album art Ljuba Welitsch - Richard Strauss, Fritz Reiner, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra* / Tchaikovsky*, Walter Süsskind*, The Philharmonia Orchestra* Ljuba Welitsch - Richard Strauss, Fritz Reiner, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra* / Tchaikovsky*, Walter Süsskind*, The Philharmonia Orchestra* - Salome - Final Scene/Eugin Onegin - Tatiana's Letter Scene, Op. 24(10", Album) Columbia Masterworks ML 2048 US 1949 Sell This Version
ML 2062 Fritz Reiner - Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme album art Fritz Reiner / The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra / Strauss* Fritz Reiner / The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra / Strauss* - Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Columbia Masterworks ML 2062 US 1949 Sell This Version
ML 4085 Fritz Reiner - Symphony No. 2 In D Major, Op. 36 album art Beethoven* : Fritz Reiner Conducting The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Beethoven* : Fritz Reiner Conducting The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - Symphony No. 2 In D Major, Op. 36 (Album) Columbia Masterworks ML 4085 US 1949 Sell This Version
LPC-35027 Fritz Reiner - Eight Hungarian Dances / Waltzes album art Fritz Reiner dirigiendo Orquesta Sinfónica De Pittsburgh*, Brahms*, Strauss* Fritz Reiner dirigiendo Orquesta Sinfónica De Pittsburgh*, Brahms*, Strauss* - Eight Hungarian Dances / Waltzes (Album) Columbia LPC-35027 Chile 1949 Sell This Version
MX 316 Fritz Reiner - Salome—Final Scene album art Richard Strauss, Ljuba Welitsch, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra*, Fritz Reiner Richard Strauss, Ljuba Welitsch, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra*, Fritz Reiner - Salome—Final Scene(2xShellac, 12", Album) Columbia Masterworks MX 316 US 1949 Sell This Version
ML 2079 Fritz Reiner - Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks / Don Juan album art Richard Strauss / The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell / Fritz Reiner Conducting The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra* Richard Strauss / The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell / Fritz Reiner Conducting The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra* - Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks / Don Juan(10") Columbia Masterworks ML 2079 US 1949 Sell This Version
MM-836, MM 836 Mozart*, Fritz Reiner, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra* Mozart*, Fritz Reiner, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra* - Symphony No. 35 In D Major (K.385) "Haffner"(3xShellac, 12", Album) Columbia Masterworks, Columbia Masterworks MM-836, MM 836 US 1949 Sell This Version
ML 4281 Fritz Reiner - Six Brandenburg Concerti, Volume One album art J.S. Bach*, Fritz Reiner J.S. Bach*, Fritz Reiner - Six Brandenburg Concerti, Volume One (Album) Columbia Entré ML 4281 US 1950 Sell This Version
ML 4283 Fritz Reiner - Six Brandenburg Concerti Volume 3 album art J.S. Bach*, Fritz Reiner J.S. Bach*, Fritz Reiner - Six Brandenburg Concerti Volume 3 (Album) Columbia Masterworks ML 4283 US 1950 Sell This Version
ML 4282 Fritz Reiner - Six Brandenburg Concerti Volume II album art J.S. Bach*, Fritz Reiner J.S. Bach*, Fritz Reiner - Six Brandenburg Concerti Volume II (Album) Columbia Masterworks ML 4282 US 1950 Sell This Version
LM 103 Fritz Reiner - Fritz Reiner Conducts Tchaikovsky Waltzes album art Tchaikovsky*, Fritz Reiner, RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra Tchaikovsky*, Fritz Reiner, RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra - Fritz Reiner Conducts Tchaikovsky Waltzes (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal LM 103 US 1950 Sell This Version
ML 4102 Fritz Reiner - Concerto For Orchestra album art Bartók*, Fritz Reiner, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra* Bartók*, Fritz Reiner, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra* - Concerto For Orchestra (Album) Columbia Masterworks ML 4102 US 1950 Sell This Version
WDM 1556 (16) Fritz Reiner - Carmen album art Bizet* - Fritz Reiner, Risë Stevens, Jan Peerce, Licia Albanese, Robert Merrill Bizet* - Fritz Reiner, Risë Stevens, Jan Peerce, Licia Albanese, Robert Merrill - Carmen (Album) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice WDM 1556 (16) Canada 1951 Sell This Version