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Fritz Reiner

Brahms: Hungarian Dances; Dvorak: Slavonic Dances; R. Strauss: Tod Und Verklarung; Till Eulenspiegel (2CD)

Renowned for the precision of his execution, it was said that Reiner could `stand before an orchestra he has never seen before and conduct a new piece at first sight without verbal explanation, by means of manual technique alone` (he later taught at the Curtis Institute, where he unsuccessful attempted to moderate the young Leonard Bernstein). His temper was equally legendary (he was once described as `A despot with a baton`), but his performances, perhaps because of his uncannily tiny beat, were models of clarity and precision, never losing sight of the longer line, and always renowned for their glittering vitality.

The recordings here are the sum of his orchestral recordings made for the Decca Record Company. His Strauss is searing, and the thrill of the Brahms and Dvorak Dances has perhaps never been equalled - helped immeasurably, of course, by Decca`s state-of-the-art recording.

This collection brings together for the first time on disc, Dame Kiri`s complete Mozart recital discs for Decca (with Gyorgy Fischer) and Philips (with Sir Colin Davis and Jeffrey Tate). Included too are two arias from her celebrated recording of Le nozze di Figaro with Sir Georg Solti, an aria from her sublime recording of Così fan tutte with James Levine (for Deutsche Grammophon) as well as sacred arias.

Eight Hungarian Dances

Five Slavonic Dances

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28
Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

Wiener Philharmoniker
Fritz Reiner