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Fritz Reiner - The Complete RCA Album Collection

Reiner,Fritz
Release Date: 10/15/2013 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 370198  
Composer:  Richard StraussJohannes BrahmsRolf LiebermannLudwig van Beethoven,   ... 
Performer:  Artur RubinsteinJascha HeifetzEmil GilelsInge Borkh,   ... 
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony OrchestraChicago Lyric Theatre ChorusStudio Orchestra
Number of Discs: 63 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Most of these recordings have been issued and reissued countless times. This “original jacket” box, however, contains everything that Reiner recorded for RCA. There are some quibbles that we need to get out of the way up front. First, ignore those “original disc” labels on the CDs. They only contain Side 1 of the original LP, and not the actual CD contents, for which you need to check the very attractive but somewhat clunky accompanying booklet. Some of the catalog numbers reflect the original mono issues, even though the actual recordings naturally favor the stereo masters. Also, the two-disc sets are packaged, as is Sony/BMG’s wont these days, with the open end of the paper CD pocket facing the folding spine, which makes the actual discs Read more almost impossible to remove without destroying either the package or risking damage to the CD. It’s a really annoying decision in what is otherwise a very nicely assembled package.

Further complaints would be churlish. Reiner’s legacy with the Chicago Symphony for RCA represents one of the most astonishingly, consistently excellent in the history of recorded music. Other conductors have recorded more, but none have done better. You can swim through one of the billion-disc Karajan sets and be alternately enchanted and frustrated. Finding a great performance in DG’s Furtwängler set is like digging for buried treasure, with success just about as likely. Only Sony’s Szell box offers a similarly high level of achievement over so many discs, but that set has not been released domestically, and in any case it is not complete.

Where to start? Reiner was not known as a particularly persuasive advocate of the classical repertoire, but listen to it here and you may well conclude that much of it is astonishingly fine. His Beethoven “Eroica”, Seventh, and Ninth symphonies sound pretty impressive today. His Haydn also holds up surprisingly well—Symphonies 88, 95, and 101. (I “imprinted” on the reissue of Haydn’s 88th coupled to Mozart’s “Jupiter”.) Reiner’s Mozart was unusually swift and edgy for its day, and his finale of the “Jupiter” (first sound clip) will still have period-instrument players turning green with envy. It makes most later versions sound awfully tame.

When most people think of Reiner and Chicago, however, they expect playing of ridiculous virtuosity and brilliance in the late Romantic repertoire, and that’s what we get, over and over. As a Strauss conductor he had no equal except, perhaps, Kempe and Karajan. His recordings of the tone poems are uniformly exceptional, and the excerpts from Salome, and especially Elektra (with soprano Inge Borkh), remain touchstones both interpretively and sonically (second sound clip). Equal credit here goes to RCA’s engineers, as Reiner himself admits in the bonus CD in which he talks briefly about his latest recording of Beethoven’s Seventh. How did they get such a glittering yet rich result in the opening of The Pines of Rome (third sound clip)? It’s a mystery and a blessing.

As a concerto accompanist Reiner worked with some of the best, and many of these performances are truly legendary: the Brahms and Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos with Heifetz; Brahms’ First Piano Concerto with Rubinstein; Rachmaninov, Strauss, Schumann, and Liszt with Byron Janis; Rachmaninov’s Paganini Rhapsody and Second Concerto with Rubinstein; the Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto with Gilels; and (more of a mixed bag) concertos by Brahms, Beethoven, and Schumann with Van Cliburn. Other reference recordings in the orchestral repertoire include everything from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition to Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Debussy’s La Mer, Wagner orchestral music, and just about anything by Bartók. Reiner’s Rossini Overtures and Strauss, Jr. waltzes are also worth mentioning. Like all great conductors he played “light” music with the same dedication and high quality standards that mark his work in more ostensibly serious repertoire. For what it’s worth, he basically owned Kabalevsky’s Colas Breugnon Overture.

Enough said. This set is a major collector’s item. Granted, the “original jacket” concept allows RCA to charge more by spreading the box out to 63 CDs when it could have been packaged on two-thirds that amount, but they deserve the premium for getting the job done, and for doing it right in all the ways that really matter.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

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Works on This Recording

1.
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895-1896; Germany 
2.
Salome, Op. 54: Dance of the seven veils by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Germany 
3.
Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897-1898; Germany 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1858; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1954 
Venue:  Live  Orchestra Hall, Chicago 
Length: 46 Minutes 20 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Jazz Band and Orchestra by Rolf Liebermann
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; Switzerland 
6.
Don Juan, Op. 20 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Germany 
7.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1954 
8.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1955 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago 
Length: 34 Minutes 21 Secs. 
9.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
10.
Divertimento for 2 Horns and Strings no 17 in D major, K 334 (320b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779-1780; Salzburg, Austria 
11.
Serenade no 13 in G major, K 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
12.
Elektra, Op. 58: Allein! Weh', ganz allein! by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Inge Borkh (Soprano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906-1908; Germany 
13.
Elektra, Op. 58: Was willst du, fremder Mensch? by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Paul Schöffler (Baritone), Inge Borkh (Soprano), Francis Yeend (Soprano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906-1908; Germany 
14.
Elektra, Op. 58: Elektra! Schwester! by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Paul Schöffler (Baritone), Francis Yeend (Soprano), Inge Borkh (Soprano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Lyric Theatre Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906-1908; Germany 
15.
Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, Op. 60: Suite by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Germany 
16.
Salome, Op. 54: Final Scene by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Inge Borkh (Soprano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Germany 
17.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
18.
Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture in E major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
19.
1812 Overture, Op. 49 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1956 
20.
Episodes from Lenau's Faust, S 110: no 2, Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke "Mephisto Waltz no 1" by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1955 
21.
Schwanda the Bagpiper: Polka by Jaromir Weinberger
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Prague, Czech Republ 
22.
Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Overture by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1866 
23.
Carnival Overture, Op. 92 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; USA 
24.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/09/1956 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, California 
Length: 33 Minutes 8 Secs. 
25.
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/16/1956 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, California 
Length: 23 Minutes 7 Secs. 
26.
Nights in the gardens of Spain by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1915; Spain 
27.
Morgenblätter, Op. 279 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 10 Secs. 
28.
Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 42 Secs. 
29.
An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 12 Secs. 
30.
Dorfschwalben aus Österreich, Op. 164 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 36 Secs. 
31.
Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Waltz sequence no 1, Acts 1-2 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1944; Germany 
32.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/19/1957 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago 
Length: 29 Minutes 30 Secs. 
33.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891/1917; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/02/1957 
34.
Burleske for Piano and Orchestra in D minor, AV 85 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1886; Germany 
35.
Symphonia domestica, Op. 53 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902-1903; Germany 
36.
Symphony no 36 in C major, K 425 "Linz" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Linz, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1954 
37.
Symphony no 39 in E flat major, K 543 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1955 
38.
Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1955 
39.
Symphony no 41 in C major, K 551 "Jupiter" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1954 
40.
Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; Paris, France 
41.
Chant du rossignol by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Switzerland 
42.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1881; Austria 
43.
Rapsodie espagnole by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1908; France 
44.
Isle of the Dead, Op. 29 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
45.
Pictures at an Exhibition for Orchestra (orchestrated by Ravel) by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1874/1922; Russia 
46.
Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1957 
47.
Tragic Overture, Op. 81 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1957 
48.
Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1957 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 45 Minutes 19 Secs. 
49.
Images for Orchestra: no 2, Ibéria by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1908; France 
Date of Recording: 1957 
50.
Valses nobles et sentimentales by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
Date of Recording: 1957 
51.
Miroirs: Alborada del gracioso by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
Date of Recording: 1957 
52.
Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World" by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
53.
Goyescas: Intermezzo by Enrique Granados
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914-1916; Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/26/1958 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 
54.
La vida breve: Interlude and Dance by Manuel de Falla
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/26/1958 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 6 Minutes 33 Secs. 
55.
El sombrero de tres picos: Neighbor's Dance "Seguidillas" by Manuel de Falla
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/26/1958 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
56.
El sombrero de tres picos: Miller's Dance "Farruca" by Manuel de Falla
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/26/1958 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
57.
El sombrero de tres picos: Final Dance "Jota" by Manuel de Falla
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/26/1958 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 6 Minutes 7 Secs. 
58.
Suite Iberia: no 13, Navarra [unfinished] by Isaac Albeniz
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906-1908; France 
Date of Recording: 04/26/1958 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 5 Minutes 35 Secs. 
59.
Suite Iberia, Book 1: no 3, El Corpus en Sevilla by Isaac Albeniz
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; France 
Date of Recording: 04/26/1958 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 8 Minutes 1 Secs. 
60.
Suite Iberia, Book 2: no 3, Triana by Isaac Albeniz
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; France 
Date of Recording: 04/26/1958 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
61.
Symphony no 2, Op. 132 "Mysterious Mountain" by Alan Hovhaness
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USA 
Date of Recording: 4/28/1958 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 19 Minutes 8 Secs. 
62.
Le baiser de la fée: Divertimento for Orchestra by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; France 
Date of Recording: 4/28/1958 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 24 Minutes 0 Secs. 
63.
1812 Overture, Op. 49 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
64.
Hebrides Overture, in B minor Op. 26 "Fingal's Cave" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1832; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 1956 
65.
Episodes from Lenau's Faust, S 110: no 2, Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke "Mephisto Waltz no 1" by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/10/1955 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 11 Minutes 16 Secs. 
66.
Tragic Overture, Op. 81 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
67.
Guillaume Tell: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Italy 
68.
La scala di seta: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1812; Italy 
69.
Il Signor Bruschino: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
70.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
71.
La gazza ladra: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
72.
La Cenerentola: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1817 
73.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
74.
Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807; Vienna, Austria 
75.
Symphony no 4 in G major by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Lisa Della Casa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1958 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 53 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: German 
76.
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz 106 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 12/1958 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 27 Minutes 51 Secs. 
77.
Hungarian Sketches (5), Sz 97 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 12/1958 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 10 Minutes 45 Secs. 
78.
Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Date of Recording: 1955 
79.
Symphony no 88 in G major, H 1 no 88 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1787 ; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
80.
Don Quixote, Op. 35 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Antonio Janigro (Cello)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896-1897; Germany 
81.
Concerto for Piano no 25 in C major, K 503 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Andre Tchaikovsky (Piano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2/15/1958 
82.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 3/14/1959 
83.
Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Rosalind Elias (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938/1939; USSR 
84.
Colas Breugnon, Op. 24: Overture by Dmitri Kabalevsky
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938/1969; USSR 
Date of Recording: 03/14/1959 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
85.
Marche slave, Op. 31 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/14/1959 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 10 Minutes 29 Secs. 
86.
Prince Igor: Polovtsian March by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/14/1959 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
87.
Night on the Bare Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/14/1959 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 10 Minutes 14 Secs. 
88.
Suite for Orchestra no 1 in D major, Op. 43: Marche miniature by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/14/1959 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
89.
Russlan and Ludmilla: Overture by Mikhail Glinka
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1842; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/14/1959 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 5 Minutes 19 Secs. 
90.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/16/1960 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 30 Minutes 33 Secs. 
91.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 1a, Act 1 - Miniature Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
92.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 1b, Act 1 - Decorating the Christmas Tree by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
93.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12a, Act 2 - Spanish Dance "Chocolate" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
94.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12b, Act 2 - Arabian Dance "Coffee" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
95.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12c, Act 2 - Chinese Dance "Tea" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
96.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12d, Act 2 - Russian Dance "Trepak" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
97.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12e, Act 2 - Dance of the Flutes "Toy Trumpets" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
98.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12f, Act 2 - Mother Gigogne and the Clowns by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
99.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 13, Act 2 - Waltz of the Flowers by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
100.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 14a, Act 2 - Pas de deux by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
101.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 14b, Act 2 - Tarantella by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
102.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 14c, Act 2 - Variation II, Sugar-Plum Fairy and Coda by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
103.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 15, Act 2 - Final Waltz and Apotheosis by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
104.
Fountains of Rome by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1916; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/24/1959 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 15 Minutes 50 Secs. 
105.
Pines of Rome by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1924; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/24/1959 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 21 Minutes 9 Secs. 
106.
Scheherazade, Op. 35 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Sidney Harth (Violin)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/08/1960 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 44 Minutes 18 Secs. 
107.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/18/1959 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 9 Minutes 55 Secs. 
108.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 3 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/18/1959 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 5 Minutes 46 Secs. 
109.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Dance of the Apprentices by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/18/1959 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
110.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Entry of the Mastersingers by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/18/1959 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
111.
Götterdämmerung: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/18/1959 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 13 Minutes 12 Secs. 
112.
Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral Music by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/18/1959 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 8 Minutes 14 Secs. 
113.
La mer by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1905; France 
Date of Recording: 02/27/1960 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 25 Minutes 13 Secs. 
114.
Wiener Blut, Op. 354 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 56 Secs. 
115.
Künstlerleben, Op. 316 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
116.
Mein Lebenslauf ist Lieb und Lust, Op. 263 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Vienna, Austria 
117.
Das Spitzentuch der Königin: Rosen aus dem Süden Waltzes, Op. 388 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 41 Secs. 
118.
Der Zigeunerbaron: Schatz-Walzer, Op. 418 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 7 Secs. 
119.
Unter Donner und Blitz, Op. 324 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
120.
Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
121.
Symphony no 5 in B flat major, D 485 by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
122.
Totentanz, S 126 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1859; Weimar, Germany 
123.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
124.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Phyllis Curtin (Soprano), Florence Kopleff (Alto), John McCollum (Tenor),
Donald Gramm (Bass)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 68 Minutes 24 Secs. 
125.
Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
126.
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895-1896; Germany 
127.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
128.
Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
129.
Les nuits d'été, Op. 7 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; France 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Language: French 
130.
El amor brujo by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
Date of Recording: 03/04/1963 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 27 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
131.
Symphony no 101 in D major, H 1 no 101 "Clock" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793-1794; London, England 
132.
Symphony no 95 in C minor, H 1 no 95 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; London, England 
133.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/16/1960 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 30 Minutes 33 Secs. 
134.
Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1056 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Andre Tchaikovsky (Piano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 2/15/1958 
135.
The Star-spangled Banner by John Stafford Smith
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1814 
136.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92: Excerpt(s) by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Also included is a recording of Reiner discussing Beethoven's Seventh Symphony. 
137.
Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Maureen Forrester (Mezzo Soprano), Richard Lewis (Tenor)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908-1909; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1959 
Length: 63 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: German 

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