Fritz Reiner

Fritz Reiner

Real Name:
Frederick Martin Reiner
Profile:
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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Fritz Reiner Discography

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M491, M=491, M 491 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
MX 267 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
Gershwin*, Fritz Reiner, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Gershwin*, Fritz Reiner, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - Porgy And Bess. A Symphonic Picture (Album) Columbia Masterworks US 1948 Sell This Version
Brahms* / Rudolf Serkin , Piano Withhe Fritz Reiner , Conducting The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Brahms* / Rudolf Serkin , Piano Withhe Fritz Reiner , Conducting The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - Brahms concerto no. 1 in d minor for piano and orchestra, op. 15 (Album) Columbia Masterworks US 1948 Sell This Version
ML 4054 Wagner*, Fritz Reiner Conducting The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Wagner*, Fritz Reiner Conducting The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - A Wagner Program(LP, Album, Mono, Pre) Columbia Masterworks ML 4054 US 1948 Sell This Version
Fritz Reiner Conducting The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Fritz Reiner Conducting The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - Brahms: Eight Hungarian Dances/Strauss Waltzes (Album) Columbia Masterworks US 1949 Sell This Version
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 US 1949 Sell This Version
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 US 1949 Sell This Version
Shostakovitch* / Fritz Reiner Conducting The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra* Shostakovitch* / Fritz Reiner Conducting The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra* - Symphony No. 6 Op. 53 (Album) Columbia Masterworks US 1949 Sell This Version
Fritz Reiner / The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra / Strauss* Fritz Reiner / The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra / Strauss* - Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Columbia Masterworks US 1949 Sell This Version
ML 2048 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 2079 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
156-2 Richard Strauss, Fritz Reiner, Ljuba Welitch Richard Strauss, Fritz Reiner, Ljuba Welitch - Salome(2xLP, Mono, Pri) BJR 156-2 1949 Sell This Version
ML 4281 J.S. Bach*, Fritz Reiner J.S. Bach*, Fritz Reiner - Six Brandenburg Concerto Volume I(LP) Columbia ML 4281 US 1950 Sell This Version
ML 4282 J.S. Bach*, Fritz Reiner J.S. Bach*, Fritz Reiner - Six Brandenburg Concerti Volume II(LP) Columbia ML 4282 US 1950 Sell This Version
Bizet* - Risë Stevens, Jan Peerce, Licia Albanese, Robert Merrill, Fritz Reiner Conducting The RCA Victor Orchestra*, The Robert Shaw Chorale Conducted By Robert Shaw Bizet* - Risë Stevens, Jan Peerce, Licia Albanese, Robert Merrill, Fritz Reiner Conducting The RCA Victor Orchestra*, The Robert Shaw Chorale Conducted By Robert Shaw - 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 US 1951 Sell This Version
LM 1191 Brahms*, Nathan Milstein, Gregor Piatigorsky, Fritz Reiner, The Robin Hood Dell Orchestra Of Philadelphia Brahms*, Nathan Milstein, Gregor Piatigorsky, Fritz Reiner, The Robin Hood Dell Orchestra Of Philadelphia - Double Concert in A Minor, Op. 102(LP, Mono) RCA Victor LM 1191 US 1951 Sell This Version
LM-1806 Richard Strauss - Fritz Reiner, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Richard Strauss - Fritz Reiner, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Salomé: Dance Of The Seven Veils / Also Sprach Zarathustra(LP, Mono) RCA Victor Red Seal LM-1806 US 1954 Sell This Version
Beethoven* - Vladimir Horowitz, Fritz Reiner, RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra Beethoven* - Vladimir Horowitz, Fritz Reiner, RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra - "Emperor" Concerto No. 5, In E-Flat, Op. 73 (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal UK 1954 Sell This Version
Brahms*, Artur Rubinstein*, Fritz Reiner, Chicago Symphony Orchestra* Brahms*, Artur Rubinstein*, Fritz Reiner, Chicago Symphony Orchestra* - Concerto No. 1 In D Minor, Op. 15 RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal US 1954 Sell This Version
Brahms* - Heifetz*, Reiner*, Chicago Symphony Orchestra* Brahms* - Heifetz*, Reiner*, Chicago Symphony Orchestra* - Violin Concerto (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal US 1955 Sell This Version
Tchaikovsky* - Gilels*Reiner*Chicago Symphony Orchestra* Tchaikovsky* - Gilels*Reiner*Chicago Symphony Orchestra* - Concerto No. 1 (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal US 1955 Sell This Version
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner, Richard Strauss The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner, Richard Strauss - Ein Heldenleben (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal UK 1955 Sell This Version
Beethoven*, Reiner*, Chicago Symphony Orchestra* Beethoven*, Reiner*, Chicago Symphony Orchestra* - Eroica (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal US 1955 Sell This Version
Liebermann* / Richard Strauss - Chicago Symphony Orchestra*, Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, The*, Fritz Reiner Liebermann* / Richard Strauss - Chicago Symphony Orchestra*, Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, The*, Fritz Reiner - Liebermann: Concerto For Jazz Band And Symphony • Richard Strauss: Don Juan RCA Victor Red Seal US 1955 Sell This Version

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