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Orchestral Music - DEBUSSY, C. / BARTOK, B. / RAVEL, M. / STRAUSS, R. / MOZART, W.A. / ROSSINI, G. (The Art of Fritz Reiner, Vol. 1) (1942-1952)

Orchestral Music - DEBUSSY, C. / BARTOK, B. / RAVEL, M. / STRAUSS, R. / MOZART, W.A. / ROSSINI, G. (The Art of Fritz Reiner, Vol. 1) (1942-1952)

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2013

Originally recorded in 2011

Artists:

Cleveland Orchestra

Orchestra

New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra

Columbia Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra

NBC Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra

Fritz Reiner

Conductor

Fritz Reiner

Conductor

Fritz Reiner

Soloist

Bidu Sayao

Soloist

Oscar Levant

Soloist

Record Label
West Hill Radio Archives

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Classical

Total Time - 354:07
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Orchestral Music - DEBUSSY, C. / BARTOK, B. / RAVEL, M. / STRAUSS, R. / MOZART, W.A. / ROSSINI, G. (The Art of Fritz Reiner, Vol. 1) (1942-1952)

     
 

CLAUDE DEBUSSY

 

Petite suite: I. En bateau (arr. H. Busser for orchestra)

 


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1 I. En bateau 4:41
2 II. Cortege 3:19
3 III. Menuet 3:38
4 IV. Ballet 3:08
 Fritz Reiner Conductor
     
 

BELA BARTOK

 

2 Romanian Dances, Op. 8a, BB 56 (arr. T. Serly)

 
5 No. 1. Allegro vivace 5:37
6 No. 2. Poco allegro 4:27
 Fritz Reiner Conductor
     
 

MAURICE RAVEL

 

Le tombeau de Couperin (version for orchestra)

 
7 I. Prelude 3:12
8 II. Forlane 3:50
9 III. Menuet 4:30
10 IV. Rigaudon 2:41
 Fritz Reiner Conductor
     
 

RICHARD STRAUSS

11 

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks), Op. 28, TrV 171

14:50
 Fritz Reiner Conductor
     


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WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

 

Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551, "Jupiter"

 
1 I. Allegro vivace 7:38
2 II. Andante cantabile 7:19
3 III. Menuetto: Allegretto 4:49
4 IV. Molto Allegro 6:07
 Fritz Reiner Conductor
     
 

BELA BARTOK

5 

A csodalatos mandarin koncertszvit (The Miraculous Mandarin Suite), Op. 19, BB 82

12:20
 Fritz Reiner Conductor
     
 

MODEST PETROVICH MUSSORGSKY

 

Boris Godounov (version by Shostakovich)

 
6 Act II: Boris' Recitative and Aria 5:51
7 Act II: Chiming Clock 3:46
8 Act IV Scene 2: Session of the Council of Boyars: Death of Boris 8:33
 Fritz Reiner Soloist
     


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GIOACHINO ROSSINI

1 

Semiramide

12:31
 Fritz Reiner Conductor
     
 

RICHARD STRAUSS

 

Don Quixote, Op. 35, TrV 184

 
2 Introduction 6:05
3 Theme 2:03
4 Variation 1: Das Abenteur mit den Windmuhlen 2:38
5 Variation 2: Der Kampf gegen die Hammelherde 1:32
6 Variation 3: Gesprache zwischen Ritter und Knappe 8:12
7 Variation 4: Das Abenteur mit der Prozession von Bussern 1:45
8 Variation 5: Don Quixotes Wacht in der Sommernacht 4:31
9 Variation 6: Die verzauberte Dulzinea 1:08
10 Variation 7: Der Ritt durch die Luft 0:56
11 Variation 8: Die Fahrt auf dem verzauberten Nachen 1:39
12 Variation 9: Der Kampf gegen die vermeintlichen Zauberer 1:01
13 Variation 10: Zweikampf mit dem Ritter vom blanken Monde 3:49
14 Finale: Don Quixotes Tod 5:49
 Fritz Reiner Soloist
     


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WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

1 

Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impresario), K. 486: Overture

4:06
 Fritz Reiner Conductor
     
 

JOHANNES BRAHMS

 

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

 
2 I. Allegro non troppo 11:16
3 II. Andante moderato 11:28
4 III. Allegro giocoso 6:17
5 IV. Allegro energico e passionato 11:00
 Fritz Reiner Conductor
     
 

JOHANN STRAUSS II

6 

Wiener Blut, Op. 354

7:57
 Fritz Reiner Conductor
     


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SERGEY PROKOFIEV

 

Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op. 60

 
1 I. The Birth of Kije 4:22
2 II. Romance 4:48
3 III. The Wedding of Kije 3:06
4 IV. Troika 2:45
5 V. The Interment of Kije 6:36
 Fritz Reiner Conductor
     
 

DMITRY SHOSTAKOVICH

 

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 54

 
6 I. Largo 18:48
7 II. Allegro 6:46
8 III. Presto 7:44
 Fritz Reiner Conductor
     
 

ARTHUR HONEGGER

 

Piano Concertino

 
9 I. Allegro molto moderato 3:41
10 II. Larghetto sostenuto 2:03
11 III. Allegro 4:37
 Oscar Levant Soloist
     


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PAUL HINDEMITH

 

Symphony, "Mathis der Maler"

 
1 I. Engelkonzert (Angelic Concert) 9:25
2 II. Grablegung (The Entombment) 4:26
3 III. Versuchung des heiligen Antonius (The Temptation of St. Anthony) 12:56
 Fritz Reiner Conductor
     
 

HECTOR BERLIOZ

4 

Le carnaval romain, Op. 9

9:07
 Fritz Reiner Conductor
     
 

MANOEL BANDEIRA

5 

Bachianas brasileiras No. 5

6:53
 Fritz Reiner Soloist
     
 

BELA BARTOK

 

Magyar kepek (Hungarian Sketches), BB 103

 
6 No. 2. Bear Dance 1:35
7 No. 4. Slightly Tipsy 2:31
8 No. 5. Swineherd's Dance 1:58
 Fritz Reiner Conductor
     
 

MANUEL DE FALLA

 

El sombrero de 3 picos (The 3-Cornered Hat): Suite No. 2

 
9 I. The Neighbour's Dance: Sequidillas 3:12
10 II. The Miller's Dance: Farruca 2:29
11 III. Final Dance: Jota 5:38
 Fritz Reiner Conductor
     
 

LUIGI ILLICA

12 

Madama Butterfly

4:45
 Bidu Sayao Soloist
     
 

JOHANN STRAUSS II

13 

Die Fledermaus

7:57
 Fritz Reiner Conductor
     
 Fritz Reiner Conductor


C major, K. 551 “Jupiter”. BARTÓK: Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin, both with NBC Symphony Orchestra 15 December, 1946. MUSSORGSKY/SHOSTAKOVICH: 3 scenes from Boris Godunov. KIPNIS: Bass New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra 23 July, 1944. ROSSINI: Overture to Semiramid and RICHARD STRAUSS: Don Quixote, op. 35 with Frank Miller, cello, Carleton Cooley, viola, Mischa Mischakoff, violin; both with NBC Symphony Orchestra 10 March, 1942. MOZART: Overture to The Impresario, K. 486 and: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 and JOHANN STRAUSS II: Wiener Blut, Op 354, all with NBC Symphony Orchestra 5 January, 1947. PROKOFIEV: Lt. Kije Suite, Op. 60 and SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 54, both with The Cleveland Orchestra, 14 January, 1945. HINDEMITH: Mathis der Maler Symphony, NBC Symphony Orchestra, 29 December 1946. BERLIOZ: Roman Carnival Overture and VILLA-LOBOS: Aria from Bachianas brasileiras No. 5 with Bidu Sayão, soprano & Frank Miller, solo cello and BARTÓK: Three Hungarian Sketches and FALLA:Three Dances from The Three-Cornered Hat and PUCCINI: Un bel di from Madama Butterfly with Bidu Sayão, soprano and JOHANN STRAUSS II: Die Fledermaus Overture
 
Reiner is still celebrated as the conductor’s conductor by colleagues en tout, a legend in his own time who has re-emerged as one in ours. Reiner was not a born performing musician, for he was no showman and had no intention of playing to the gallery. He respected listeners’ aural attention and cared little about being regarded as a famous maestro or a celebrity. Radio broadcasts and commercial recordings were therefore an ideal medium for his conducting. Listeners could then concentrate on his faithful projection of musical scores without the distraction of nonmusical phenomena. Reiner expected listeners to have an educated interest in the musical and social context of the music he performed, in keeping with the high cultural traditions of the central European milieu in which he was steeped. The repertoire displayed here indicates his ability to communicate strong musical interpretations which repay repeated hearings. The indefinable quality associated with performing music at concerts breathes life into these performances. Though Reiner made well-known commercial recordings of more than half the works represented here, these live readings inject an extra sense of urgency and occasion into the proceedings.
The main hallmarks of Reiner’s conducting are displayed consistently throughout these albums: a concern for precise, idiomatic articulation and phrasing in varied repertoire; attention to the different periods and styles of music; a superior ability to balance all sections of an orchestra, from the treble instruments to the bass, across a wide dynamic spectrum; a strong sense of forward momentum, vivid pacing, and textural and agogic subtlety. Whatever one feels about individual performances on these discs, no-one could listen to them and accuse Reiner, as some glib critics have done, of being a remote or cold interpreter of great technical capacity but with no great feeling for the music performed.
“A collector’s treasure trove”. 
 
Rob Cowan - Gramophone magazine



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