A Listing of the Concerts of Fritz Reiner with the Pittsburgh Symphony

 

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Fritz Reiner's Concerts with the Pittsburgh Symphony -

    from 1938 to 1948

 

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Fritz Reiner's Search for a Permanent Orchestral Post in the 1930s

 

During the 1930s, following his departure from the Cincinnati Symphony (where he had been conductor 1922-1931) Fritz Reiner was teaching at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. His principal instruction was in conducting, developing such students as Leonard Bernstein (Class of 1941), Vincent Persichetti (Class of 1939) and Lukas Foss (Class of 1940). While he was teaching at Curtis, Fritz Reiner, aided by continuous letter writing by his wife Carlotta, was seeking a permanent orchestral post. However, this was without success and likely frustrating for Reiner's ambitions. 

 

During this period, Reiner conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony, but always at their summer seasons in Fairmount Park, Lewisohn Stadium and Ravinia Park, respectively.  He also conducted the San Francisco Opera in 1936 and 1937, and at the Hollywood Bowl on 17 August 1937. During the 1930s, Reiner witnessed other conductors gaining orchestra positions which became available: Eugene Ormandy with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Arthur Rodzinski with the Cleveland Orchestra, John Barbirolli with the New York Philharmonic, Vladimir Golschmann with the Saint Louis Symphony and Pierre Monteux with the San Francisco Symphony.

 

In October, 1938, Josef Hofmann was succeeded as Director of the Curtis Institute by the composer Randall Thompson.  Thompson's tenure was not completely successful and in February 1941, he was succeeded by Efrem Zimbalist, the famed violinist whom Mrs. Bok married in 1943.  At the same time as Randall Thompson's resignation, Mrs. Bok also asked for Fritz Reiner's resignation.

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Fritz Reiner goes to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra 1938

 

In 1937, civic leaders of Pittsburgh decided to reorganize the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, with new financial underwriting and with a schedule of 13 pairs of concerts for the 1937-1938 season, to be conducted by guest conductors.  Otto Klemperer, at that time Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director was hired to audition and train a new orchestra.  Guest conductors were Otto Klemperer for the first three concerts, followed by Eugene Goossens, Carlos Chavez, Fritz Reiner and Georges Enescu for two pair of concerts each.  Reiner in fact conducted four pairs of concerts, since Georges Enescu was a last-minute conductor of the New York Philharmonic replacing John Barbirolli (later Sir John) in January and early February 1938. 

 

Klemperer was offered the Pittsburgh Music Director position at an increase over his Los Angeles salary, but he declined.  In March, 1938, the Pittsburgh Board announced the appointment of Fritz Reiner as Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony for the 1938-1939 season.

 

In Pittsburgh, Fritz Reiner encountered several difficulties.  Most important was that, unlike Cincinnati, and unlike the Curtis Institute, he did not have a wealthy and powerful backer such as Anna Sinton Taft or Mary Curtis Bok.  There were several Pittsburgh businessmen, led by Edward Specter, giving backing, but without the means to cover the Pittsburgh deficit by themselves.

 

Also somewhat difficult was the Pittsburgh Symphony concert hall, the Syria Mosque. This was a Moorish style theater with 3,850 seats built by the Shriners fraternal organization. As well as being too large for a symphony hall, also its oval shape, wider than deep, produced acoustics which made it difficult for the orchestra musicians to hear each other, and with weaker projection of the orchestral sound.

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Reiner set about improving the Pittsburgh Symphony, replacing 46 musicians - more than half of the 90 person orchestra.  In later seasons, again often half of the orchestra would be replaced.  This was not only due to Reiner firing musicians, but also because Pittsburgh salaries were lower than in Boston, New York, Philadelphia or Chicago.  The season was also shorter, and with no summer concert series to add to income.  Also in Pittsburgh, part-time musicians jobs were less plentiful than in larger cities.  Then, during World War 2, the draft of musicians, plus the salaries for foreign musicians exempt from the draft increased departures.

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The Importance of Recordings to the Career of Fritz Reiner

 

In 1938 when he became conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Fritz Reiner at age 50 was not a well-known conductor.  A search indicates he was not referred to at all in well-known publications, either magazines or newspapers.  In 1942, when Reiner was age 53, the knowledgeable music critic David Hall reviewed one of Fritz Reiner's early recordings.  It is clear that Hall had no knowledge of Fritz Reiner as a conductor.  This was in Hall's widely-read Record Book 2, which devoted nearly 900 pages to reviews of classical records, both from the leading companies and from specialist labels.  Hall makes only one reference to Fritz Reiner, and that is for the 1941 Columbia recording of the Johann Strauss Jr. waltz Vienna Blood.  The review is favorable, but shows no prior knowledge of Fritz Reiner:

 

" ... Columbia has certainly the the ace-in-the-hole with Mr. Reiner if this disk is any indication ... " 3.

 

Considering his career until 1940, it is striking that Fritz Reiner seems not known even to this experienced critic.  Consider Reiner's prior career.  Reiner had been principal conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony for eleven seasons, from 1922-1933.  He had taught conducting at the renowned Curtis Institute for 5 years in the mid-1930s with many famous students, including Leonard Bernstein and others.  While at Curtis, Reiner was also conducting the Philadelphia opera season, and guest conducting in New York, Philadelphia and elsewhere.  Fritz Reiner had already been the Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony for five seasons at the time of this referenced record review. 

 

A discography of the recordings of Fritz Reiner ( click here to see a complete discography of the recordings of Fritz Reiner ) demonstrates the importance of recording for conductors to be known, and to acquire a following.  This is dramatic in the case of Fritz Reiner.  Press reviews and record reviews hardly mentioned Fritz Reiner before about 1945 or 1946.  This changed rapidly when the series of Reiner's great recordings with the Pittsburgh Symphony and even more dramatically with his famous Chicago Symphony recordings of the 1950s.

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Reiner Early Recordings with Columbia Records

 

Fritz Reiner's efforts to begin making recordings was finally successful with his first contract with Columbia Records in 1940.  Their first recording sessions were on February 25, 1940 and March 14, 1940.  These were made in Pittsburgh's Carnegie Music Hall 8, rather than the Symphony's usual venue at the Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh.  The Syria Mosque had relatively poor acoustics in part due to its large oval shape, twice as wide as it was deep, but also perhaps the Carnegie Music Hall was more less expensive.  They recorded an all Wagner program: the Lohengrin Prelude to Act III, the Meistersinger Prelude to Act I, the Forest Murmurs from Siegfried Act II, and the Ride of the Valkyries from Act III of Die Walküre.  However, because of voltage fluctuations during recording, of these discs, only the Ride of the Valkyries was released by Columbia, and that not until 1944.  Instead, a new Wagner recording session was held in the Syria Mosque on January 9, 1941 when the Meistersinger Prelude to Act 1 was recorded and released on a single Columbia 12 inch (30cm) 78 RPM disc Columbia M 11980-D.  Also recorded during that session was the Wagner Lohengrin Act III Prelude, and the Forest Murmurs.  However, these other works were not released until 1944 in the Columbia album M-549 entitled " Five Famous Orchestral Excerpts From Wagner Operas".

 

Fritz Reiner and the Pittsburgh Symphony were also among the first to record for Columbia Records' new 33 1/3 RPM microgroove recording process.

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Reiner Radio Broadcasting 1936-1949

 

Fritz Reiner began to gain a level of public appreciation from his broadcasts of the Ford Sunday Evening Hour with the "Ford Symphony Orchestra".  This was in fact the Detroit Symphony engaged by Henry Ford.  During Reiner's time at the Curtis Institute and into his directorship of the Pittsburgh Symphony between September 1936 and March 1942, Reiner conducted 42 such concerts 11.  These were in prime time at 9 PM Eastern time on CBS radio, and were national broadcasts on 86 radio stations 33.  Broadcasts originated from Detroit's massive 5,000 seat Masonic Temple with usually capacity audiences with free tickets 34.  Although there were other conductors engaged, such as Victor Kolar and Wilfred Pelletier, Fritz Reiner was the most distinguished of the regular conductors.  Other famous names were also hired, including Eugene Ormandy, Sir Thomas Beecham, and George Szell.

Reiner at piano

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Reiner's Pittsburgh Repertoire 1938-1948

 

Just as he was in Cincinnati, Fritz Reiner was remarkably innovative in his repertoire, particularly of music by contemporary composers.  Perhaps only Leopold Stokowski was so adventurous.  Treating these alphabetically, Reiner programmed Charles Wakefield Cadman (a Pittsburgh composer) American Suite.  He performed Aaron Copland frequently, including El Salón México of 1936, Appalachian Spring suite of 1945, An Outdoor Overture written in 1938, and the complete suite from the ballet Billy the Kid of 1938.  He performed Paul Creston Threnody.  From Norman Dello Joio Three Symphonic Dances (1947) and Concert Music for Orchestra (1949).  Lucas Foss Symphony no 1 (1945 world premiere).  He programmed his student Morton Gould's Symphony no 1 (1943 world premiere) and Foster Gallery of 1939.  Also, Darius Milhaud Concerto for Two Pianos of 1941.  From Arnold Schoenberg he gave the US premiere of Theme and Variations opus 43b.  He gave the world premiere of William Schumann's Prayer in Time of War (1943) and Circus Overture of 1944.  He programmed his Curtis colleague Randall Thompson's Symphony no 2 of 1931 and the Wallingford Riegger New Dance of 1935.  Igor Stravinsky agreed to Reiner's String Concerto in D from 1931 - US premiere in 1948.  Virgil Thomson Plow that Broke the Plains of 1942, and Six Portraits of 1945.  Reiner also commissioned a concert version of the music from George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess arranged by Robert Russell Bennett, which Reiner premiered 5 February 1943.

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        Fritz Reiner and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1939

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Information Sources

 

A major source of information for this concert listing was the Archives of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, with the particular aid of Jesse Montgomery, Manager of Artistic Planning and Audience Engagement of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  This information was supplemented by my own programme collection and by research in the archive of newspaper articles of the period. 

 

I have also begun to add Reiner - Pittsburgh Symphony concerts done in other cities, outside the usual subscription series, and other special concerts.  Corrections, additions and comments on this material will be welcome by contacting me.

 

  The Concerts of Fritz Reiner with the Pittsburgh Symphony listed Chronologically

 

Syria Mosque Pittsburgh

  Syria Mosque Pittsburgh location of Fritz Reiner Pittsburgh Symphony subscription concerts

 

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Richard Strauss: Don Quixote, opus 35 - cello soloist not specified
key:     + is Pittsburgh Symphony premiere  ** is US premiere  *** is world premiere

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1938 January 13-14 Fritz Reiner

Fritz Reiner's first concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony

Reiner was not yet Music Director. During the 1937-1938 season of the newly reorganized Pittsburgh Symphony, Otto Klemperer, Eugene Goossens, Carlos Chavez, and Fritz Reiner were guest conductors. Georges Enescu originally scheduled to follow Reiner instead conducted the New York Philharmonic for an indisposed John Barbarolli, so Reiner conducted for 4 weeks.

Nino Martini, tenor

Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565 orchestrated by Leonidas Leonardi

Gaetano Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore Act II: "Una furtiva lagrima" - Nino Martini, tenor

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni K 527 Act II: "Il mio tesoro" - Nino Martini, tenor

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 8 in F major, opus 93

Antonin Dvorak: Slavonic Dance, opus 46 no 3 in A-flat major

Camille Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre, opus 40

Georges Bizet: Pecheurs de perles Act I: "Je crois entendre encore" - Nino Martini, tenor

Giacomo Puccini: La bohème Act I: "Che gelida manina" - Nino Martini, tenor

Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto Act 3: "La donna è mobile" - Nino Martini, tenor

Gioacchino Rossini: Overture to Semiramide

1938 January 20-21 Fritz Reiner

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, opus 35 - Nathan Milstein, violin

Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg:

- Introduction to Act III

- Dance of the Apprentices

- Procession of the Mastersingers

Richard Wagner: Siegfried Act III: Forest Murmurs

Richard Wagner: "The Ride of the Valkyries" from Die Walküre

Richard Wagner: Overture to Rienzi

1938 January 27-28 Fritz Reiner

Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to Euryanthe, opus 81

Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 4 in E minor, opus 98

Richard Strauss: Waltz Sequence no 2 from Der Rosenkavalier

Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, opus 28

1938 February 3-4 Fritz Reiner

Beal Hober

Beal Hober, soprano who had a short career in US opera and concerts in the 1930s

Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture to Egmont, opus 84

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 3 in E-Flat major, opus 55, "Eroica"

Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser Act II: "Dich, teure Halle" - Beal Hober, soprano

Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod - Beal Hober, soprano

Richard Wagner: Overture to Tannhäuser

1938 April 24

Ford Sunday Evening Hour

Masonic Auditorium - Detroit Symphony

Fritz Reiner

one hour CBS radio broadcast sponsored by the Ford Motor Company

John Charles Thomas baritone

Umberto Giordano: Andrea Chénier: Act III monologue

Peter De Rose, Sam M. Lewis: "I heard a forest praying"

English Folk Song "The May Day Carol"

Michael Head: "When I Think Upon the Maidens"

Edward Campion: "The Ninety and Nine"

1938 May 1

Ford Sunday Evening Hour

Masonic Auditorium - Detroit Symphony

Fritz Reiner

one hour CBS radio broadcast sponsored by the Ford Motor Company

Efram Zimbalist violin

Cesar Cui: Kaleidoscope opus 50: Orientale - Efram Zimbalist violin

Efram Zimbalist: Fantasy on a Theme from Rimsky-Korsakov 'Le Coq d'Or' - Efram Zimbalist violin

Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840) arranged by Bernardino Molinari: Moto Perpetuo opus 11 - Efram Zimbalist violin

1938 May 22

Ford Sunday Evening Hour

Masonic Auditorium - Detroit Symphony

Fritz Reiner

one hour CBS radio broadcast sponsored by the Ford Motor Company

1938 May 29

Ford Sunday Evening Hour

Masonic Auditorium - Detroit Symphony

Fritz Reiner

one hour CBS radio broadcast sponsored by the Ford Motor Company

1938 October 10

San Francisco Opera

War Memorial Auditorium, San Francisco

Fritz Reiner

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni

Ezio Pinza - Don Giovanni, Elizabeth Rethberg - Donna Anna, Mafalda Favero - Zerlina, Norman Cordon - Commendatore, Dino Borgioli - Ottavio, Salvatore Baccaloni - Leporello, San Francisco Opera Chorus

1938 October 24 and October 30

San Francisco Opera

War Memorial Auditorium, San Francisco

Fritz Reiner

Richard Strauss: Elektra opus 58

Rosa Pauly - Elektra, Kirstin Thorborg - Clytemnestra, Irene Jessner - Chrysothemis, Julius Huehn - Orestes, San Francisco Opera Chorus

1938 November 7

San Francisco Opera

Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles

Fritz Reiner

Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger

Elizabeth Rethberg - Eva, Kirstin Thorborg - Magdalena, Frederich Schorr - Hans Sachs, Charles Kullman - Walther von Stolzing, San Francisco Opera Chorus

1938 November 10

San Francisco Opera

Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles

Fritz Reiner

Richard Strauss: Elektra opus 58

Rosa Pauly - Elektra, Kirstin Thorborg - Clytemnestra, Irene Jessner - Chrysothemis, Julius Huehn - Orestes, San Francisco Opera Chorus

1938 November 18-20 Fritz Reiner

Opening concert of the Pittsburgh Symphony Season 1938-1939 in which Fritz Reiner became Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony

Johann Sebastian Bach - orchestrated by Alexander Goedicke: Passacaglia from the Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor BWV 582

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" (Serenade no 13 for strings in G major), K525

Richard Strauss: Josephslegende (The Legend of Joseph) ballet opus 63: excerpts

Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor, opus 68

1938 November 25-26 Fritz Reiner

Richard Wagner: Overture to Rienzi

Richard Wagner: Rienzi: "Gerechter Gott" (Adriano's Prayer) - Marta Krasova, contralto

Richard Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (1841) Act I opening monologue: "Die Frist ist um" - Joel Berglund, baritone; Frederic Langford, tenor

Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser Act II: "Dich, teure halle" - Hilda Konetzni, soprano

Richard Wagner: Lohengrin Act II: Elsa's Invocation and her Duet with Ortrud - Hilda Konetzni, soprano; Marta Krasova, contralto

Richard Wagner: Lohengrin: Prelude to Act III

Richard Wagner: Die Walküre: Act I: Final Scene - Arthur Ocheltree, tenor; Hilda Konetzni, soprano

Richard Wagner: Die Walküre: Act III: Wotan's Farewell and Magic Fire Music - Joel Berglund, baritone

1938 December 2-3 Fritz Reiner

Mikhail Glinka: Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, opus 35

*** Paul Creston (1906-1985): Threnody opus 16 (1938) - world premiere

Charles Wakefield Cadman (1881-1946): American Suite (1936)

Cadman was a Pennsylvania-born composer who used American indian themes in his compositions

*** Morton Gould (1913-1996): Symphonette no 2 (Second American Symphonette) (1938) - world premiere commissioned by Reiner

1938 December 9-10 Fritz Reiner

Emanuel Feuermann, cello

Johannes Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, opus 80

Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 2 (1894): second movement: Andante Moderato

Franz Josef Haydn: Concerto in D major for Cello and Orchestra, H. VIIb:2 - Emanuel Feuermann, cello

Franz von Suppé (1819-1895) arranged by Ross Jungnickel: Overture to The Beautiful Galathea

Franz Lehar (1870-1948): Gold and Silver waltz (1902)

Franz Schubert: Ballet Music from the Incidental Music to Rosamunde - Nos. 2 & 9 of the Incidental Music

Johann Strauss Jr.: Wiener Blut waltz opus 354

1938 December 16-17 Fritz Reiner

Lotte Lehmann, soprano

Friedrich von Flotow: "Martha" (1847): Overture

Engelbert Humperdinck: "Dream Pantomime" from Hansel and Gretel

Richard Strauss: Eight Poems from 'Letzte Blätter' opus 10: "Allerseelen" (All Souls) - Lotte Lehmann, soprano

Richard Strauss: Five Lieder opus 41: "Wiegenlied" - Lotte Lehmann, soprano

Richard Strauss orchestrated by Robert Heger: Zueignung opus 10 no 1 - Lotte Lehmann, soprano

Franz Liszt: Les Préludes, Symphonic Poem no 3

Hugo Wolf (1860-1903): Mörike-Lieder no 12: "Verborgenheit" (Seclusion) - Lotte Lehmann, soprano

Hugo Wolf: Goethe-Lieder (1895): "Anakreons Grab" (Anacreon grave) - Lotte Lehmann, soprano

Hugo Wolf: Mörike-Lieder no 46: "Gesang Weylas" (Weylas singing) - Lotte Lehmann, soprano

Hugo Wolf: Mörike-Lieder no 6: " Er ist's!" (It is he!) - Lotte Lehmann, soprano

Antonin Dvorak: Symphony no 9 in e minor opus 95 'From the New World'

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1939 January 6-7 Fritz Reiner

Beethoven Cycle

Joseph Hoffman, piano

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 1 in C major, opus 21

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto no 5 in E-flat major for Piano and Orchestra, opus 73 "Emperor" - Joseph Hoffman, piano

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, opus 67

1939 January 13-14 Fritz Reiner

Beethoven Cycle

Nathan Milstein, violin

Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture to Coriolan, opus 62

Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, opus 61 - Nathan Milstein, violin

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 4 in B-flat major, opus 60

1939 January 20-21 Fritz Reiner

Beethoven Cycle

Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus, opus 43

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 3 in E-Flat major, opus 55, "Eroica"

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 36

1939 February 3-4 Fritz Reiner

Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884) : Overture to The Bartered Bride

George Frederick Handel arranged by Henri Casadesus: Concerto in B minor for Viola and Orchestra - Nathan Gordon, viola

Jean Sibelius: "The Swan of Tuonela", no 2 from Legends, opus 22 - William Kosinski, english horn

Jean Sibelius: Karelia Suite opus 11

Jaromír Weinberger (1896-1967): Schwanda the Bagpiper: Polka and Fugue

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 6 in B minor, opus 74, "Pathétique"

1939 February 10-11 Fritz Reiner

Lauritz Melchior, tenor

Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier: Prelude and the Finale arranged by Reiner

Richard Strauss: Four Lieder opus 27: Heimliche Aufforderung (The Secret Invitation) - Lauritz Melchior, tenor

Richard Strauss: Six Lieder opus 17: Ständchen (Serenade) - Lauritz Melchior, tenor

Richard Strauss: Four Lieder opus 27: Cäcilie - Lauritz Melchior, tenor

Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, opus 30

Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod

Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger Act I: "Am stillen Herd" - Lauritz Melchior, tenor

Richard Wagner: Die Walküre Act I: "Winterstürme" (Siegmund's Spring area) - Lauritz Melchior, tenor

Richard Wagner: Lohengrin Act III: "In fernem Land" - Lauritz Melchior, tenor

Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act I

1939 February 24-25 Fritz Reiner

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio, K. 384

Eugen d' Albert (1864-1932): Cello Concerto opus 20 - Cornelius Van Vliet, cello

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): Petrouchka (1911 version): two excerpts (unspecified)

Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

1939 March 3-4 Fritz Reiner

Hector Berlioz: Overture to Benvenuto Cellini, opus 23

Camille Saint-Saëns: Concerto no 3 in B minor for Violin and Orchestra, opus 61 - Michel Gusikoff, violin

Paul Dukas (1865-1935): The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Pavane pour une infante défunte

Louis Aubert (1877-1968): Habanera

Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909) - orchestrated by Enrique Fernández Arbós: Navarra

1939 March 17-18 Fritz Reiner

Beethoven Cycle

Pescha Kagan, piano

Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture to Egmont, opus 84

Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto no 4 in G major for Piano and Orchestra, opus 58 - Pescha Kagan, piano

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 8 in F major, opus 93

1939 March 24-25 Fritz Reiner

Beethoven Cycle

Ludwig van Beethoven: Leonore Overture no 2, opus 72

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 6 in F major, opus 68, "Pastoral"

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A Major, opus 92

1939 March 31-April 1 Fritz Reiner

Beethoven Cycle

Ludwig van Beethoven: Leonore Overture no 3, opus 72A

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 9 in D minor, opus 125, "Choral"

Joseph Bentonelli, tenor; Julius Huehn, baritone; Helen Olheim, contralto; Elisabeth Schumann, soprano

Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh

1939 April 8 Fritz Reiner

Popular programme

Alec Templeton piano

Alec Templeton (1910-1963) was a popular blind pianist and composer/improviser who had a radio program in the late 1930s into 1950s and recorded his musical improvisations

Alec Templeton

Antonin Dvorak: Carnival Overture, opus 92

Edvard Grieg: Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra, opus 16 - Alec Templeton, piano

Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840) arranged by Bernardino Molinari: Moto Perpetuo opus 11

Jaromír Weinberger (1896-1967): Polka and Fugue from Schwanda the Bagpiper

Alec Templeton: LAVENDER BLUE - Alec Templeton, piano

Alec Templeton: IMPROVISATIONS FOR PIANO - Alec Templeton, piano

Alec Templeton: MUSICAL IMPRESSIONS - Alec Templeton, piano

Alec Templeton: TOCCATA - Alec Templeton, piano

Johann Strauss Jr.: Emperor waltz opus 437

1939 April 23

Ford Sunday Evening Hour

Masonic Auditorium - Detroit Symphony

Fritz Reiner

one hour CBS radio broadcast sponsored by the Ford Motor Company

Ezio Pinza bass

George Frideric Handel: Xerxes: Largo - Ezio Pinza

Alessandro Scarlatti: "Chi vuole innamorarsi" - Ezio Pinza

Giovanni Legrenzi: "Che fiero costume" - Ezio Pinza

Giuseppe Verdi: Simon Boccanegra "Il lacerato spirito" - Ezio Pinza

  a capella chorus sings:

Barnby: "Sweet and Low"

Morley: "Now in the Month of Maying"

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol, opus 34: Gypsy Song, Fandango

Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture to Fidelio, opus 72

Isaac Albeniz orchestrated by Enrique Fernández Arbós: Navarra

1939 April 30

Ford Sunday Evening Hour

Masonic Auditorium - Detroit Symphony

Fritz Reiner

one hour CBS radio broadcast sponsored by the Ford Motor Company

1939 May 2

Curtis Institute Symphony

Curtis Institute of Music - Philadelphia

Fritz Reiner

NBC radio broadcast with Curtis student Ezra Rachlin piano

Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to Der Freischütz

Isaac Albeniz orchestrated by Enrique Fernández Arbós: Navarra

Johann Strauss Jr.: Wiener Blut waltz opus 354

Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto no 4 in G major for Piano and Orchestra, opus 58 - Ezra Rachlin piano

1939 May 7

Ford Sunday Evening Hour

Masonic Auditorium - Detroit Symphony

Fritz Reiner

one hour CBS radio broadcast sponsored by the Ford Motor Company

Jascha Heifetz violin

Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to Oberon

Ludwig van Beethoven: Romance in F major opus 50 for violin and orchestra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart arranged by Fritz Kreisler: Rondo in G Major from the Haffner Serenade K 520

P. I. Tchaikovsky arranged by Fritz Kreisler: Suite no 1: Marche Miniature in D minor opus 43 - Jascha Heifetz violin

Anatoly Lyadov: A musical snuffbox in A major opus 32 (1893)

Igor Stravinsky: Firebird suite: "Infernal Dance"

Cesar Cui: Five Pieces opus 56: Nocturne  - Jascha Heifetz violin

Stephen Foster arranged by Jascha Heifetz: "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair"  - Jascha Heifetz violin

Henry Burleigh arranged by Jascha Heifetz: Perpetual Motion  - Jascha Heifetz violin

traditional arranged by David Guion: "Turkey in the Straw"  - Jascha Heifetz violin

1939 August 1

New York Philharmonic

Lewisohn Stadium, New York

Fritz Reiner

Lewisohn Stadium Concert - Beethoven Series

Ludwig van Beethoven: Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus (The Creatures of Prometheus) opus 43: Overture

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 36

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 3 in E-Flat major, opus 55, "Eroica"

1939 August 2

New York Philharmonic

Lewisohn Stadium, New York

Fritz Reiner

Lewisohn Stadium Concert - Beethoven Series

Ezra Rachlin piano

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 1 in C major, opus 21

Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto no 4 in G major for Piano and Orchestra, opus 58 - Ezra Rachlin piano

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A Major, opus 92

1939 August 4

New York Philharmonic

Lewisohn Stadium, New York

Fritz Reiner

Lewisohn Stadium Concert

Hector Berlioz: Overture to Benvenuto Cellini, opus 23

Johannes Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn, opus 56a

Antonin Dvorak: Symphony no 9 in e minor opus 95 'From the New World'

1939 August 7

New York Philharmonic

Lewisohn Stadium, New York

Fritz Reiner

Lewisohn Stadium Concert - Beethoven Series

Jascha Heifetz violin

Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture to Coriolan, opus 62

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 4 in B-flat major, opus 60

Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, opus 61

1939 August 8

New York Philharmonic

Lewisohn Stadium, New York

Fritz Reiner

Lewisohn Stadium Concert

Hector Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture, opus 9

Mikhail Glinka: Kamarinskaya, Fantasy for Orchestra

Jean Sibelius: Lemminkäinen Suite opus 22: "The Swan of Tuonela" opus 22 no 2

Jean Sibelius: Karelia Suite opus 11

Isaac Albeniz orchestrated by Enrique Fernández Arbós: Navarra

Richard Strauss: Don Juan, opus 20

Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, opus 28

1939 August 9

New York Philharmonic

Lewisohn Stadium, New York

Fritz Reiner

Lewisohn Stadium Concert - Beethoven Series

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 6 in F major, opus 68, "Pastoral"

Ludwig van Beethoven: Leonore Overture no 2, opus 72

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, opus 67

1939 August 10

New York Philharmonic

Lewisohn Stadium, New York

Fritz Reiner

Lewisohn Stadium Concert - Beethoven Series

Harold Bauer piano

Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture to Egmont, opus 84

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto no 5 in E-flat major for Piano and Orchestra, opus 73 "Emperor"

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 8 in F major, opus 93

1939 August 11

New York Philharmonic

Lewisohn Stadium, New York

Fritz Reiner

Lewisohn Stadium Concert

Johannes Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, opus 80

Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor, opus 68

Franz von Suppé: "The Beautiful Galatea" overture

Franz Lehar: Gold and Silver waltz opus 79

Antonin Dvorak: Slavonic Dance, opus 46 no 3 in A-flat major

Johann Strauss Jr.: Wiener Blut waltz opus 354

1939 August 14

New York Philharmonic

Lewisohn Stadium, New York

Fritz Reiner

Lewisohn Stadium Concert - Beethoven Series

Ludwig van Beethoven: Leonore Overture no 3, opus 72a

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 9 in D minor, opus 125, "Choral"

Schumann, Elisabeth soprano, Edwina Eustis alto, Paul Althouse tenor, John Gurney bass

Chorus of the Schola Cantorum of New York

1939 October 8

Ford Sunday Evening Hour

Masonic Auditorium - Detroit Symphony

Fritz Reiner

one hour CBS radio broadcast sponsored by the Ford Motor Company

John Charles Thomas {1891-1960} baritone

Giuseppe Verdi: I vespri siciliani (The Sicilian Vespers) 1885: Overture

Cesar Franck: "La procession" in E major - John Charles Thomas baritone

Claude Debussy orchestrated 1923 by Maurice Ravel: Danse (1890 for piano)

Scottish traditional: "Ye Banks and Braes" - John Charles Thomas baritone

Herbert Hughes: A Ballynure Ballad - John Charles Thomas baritone

Irish traditional: "Bendemeer's Stream"

Antonin Dvorak: Slavonic Dance, opus 46 no 1 in C major (Furiant)

Georges Bizet: Carmen Act II: "Toreador Song" - John Charles Thomas baritone

Johann Strauss Jr.: Wiener Blut waltz opus 354

1939 October 15

Ford Sunday Evening Hour

Masonic Auditorium - Detroit Symphony

Fritz Reiner

one hour CBS radio broadcast sponsored by the Ford Motor Company

Helen Traubel soprano

Johann Sebastian Bach orchestrated by Leo Weiner: Prelude in E major, BWV 937

Ludwig van Beethoven: Incidental music for The Ruins of Athens, opus 113: "Turkish March"

Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser Act II: "Dich, teure Halle" - Helen Traubel soprano

Karl Goldmark: The Queen of Sheba: Overture

Michael William Balfe: The Bohemian Girl (1843 opera): "I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls" - Helen Traubel soprano

McNair Ilgenfritz: "Blow, blow, thou winter wind"

Isaac Woodbury: "Stars of the Summer Night"

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody no 2 in C sharp minor (S. 244/2) orchestrated by Liszt and Franz Doppler

Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod - Helen Traubel soprano

Hymn: "The Spacious Firmament On High"

1939 October 22

Ford Sunday Evening Hour

Masonic Auditorium - Detroit Symphony

Fritz Reiner

one hour CBS radio broadcast sponsored by the Ford Motor Company

James Melton tenor

Jacques Offenbach: Orphée aux enfers (Orpheus in the Underworld): Overture

Armas Järnefelt (1869-1958) Praeludium

Emmanuel Chabrier (1841-1894): Bourrée fantasque

Franz Lehar: Gold and Silver waltz opus 79

Giuseppe Verdi: Ernani (1844): opening chorus - Ford Chorus

Martin Rinkart (1586–1649): "Now thank we all our God" - James Melton tenor

1939 October 29

Ford Sunday Evening Hour

Masonic Auditorium - Detroit Symphony

Fritz Reiner

one hour CBS radio broadcast sponsored by the Ford Motor Company

Grace Moore soprano

1939 November 10-12 Fritz Reiner

Opening concert of the Pittsburgh Symphony Season 1939-1940

Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to Euryanthe, opus 81

Richard Strauss: Don Juan, opus 20

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Suite no 2 from Daphnis et Chloé

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

1939 November 17-19 Fritz Reiner

Jascha Heifetz, violin

Johann Sebastian Bach orchestrated by Leo Weiner: Prelude in E major, BWV 937

Franz Schubert: Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 'Unfinished'

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto no 4 in D major for Violin and Orchestra, K. 218 - Jascha Heifetz, violin

Jean Sibelius: Finlandia, opus 26, no 7

Anatoly Lyadov: Eight Russian Folk Songs, opus 58

Sergei Prokofiev: Concerto no 2 in G minor for Violin and Orchestra, opus 63 - Jascha Heifetz, violin

1939 November 24-26 Fritz Reiner and Oscar Levant

Oscar Levant, piano and conductor

Aaron Copland (1900-1990): An Outdoor Overture

George Gershwin (1898-1937): Concerto in F major for Piano and Orchestra - Oscar Levant, piano

Erno Dohnanyi (1877 -1960): The Suite in F-sharp minor opus 19 (1909): movement 3 "Romanza"

Oscar Lavant: Dirge (In memory of George Gershwin (1898-1937) - Oscar Levant, conductor

Jean Sibelius: Symphony no 1 in E minor, opus 39

1939 December 1-3 Fritz Reiner

Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture to Fidelio, opus 72

Robert Schumann: Symphony no 2 in C major, opus 61

Ernest Bloch: "Macbeth": Interludes to Act I and Act III

Hugo Wolf (1860-1903): Italian Serenade

Enrique Granados orchestrated by Hans Byrne: Spanish Dance no 10 "Danza Triste"

1939 December 8-10 Fritz Reiner

Robert Virovai (1921- ) a Hungarian violin prodigy touring the USA

Robert Virovai

Johann Sebastian Bach orchestrated by Respighi: Prelude and Fugue in D major

Johannes Brahms: Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, opus 77 - Robert Virovai, violin

Claude Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun) (1894)

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) orchestrated by Maurice Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition

1939 December 29-31 Fritz Reiner

Emil von Reznicek: Overture to Donna Diana

William Byrd "freely transcribed" by Gordon Jacob: Suite selected From The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book (1924)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major for Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, and Orchestra, K.297B

Wendell Hoss, horn; Bernard Portnoy, clarinet; Jules Seder, bassoon; Ben Storch, oboe

Isaac Albeniz orchestrated by Enrique Fernández Arbós: Iberia Book 2: "Triana"

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: "Dance of the Tumblers" from Snow Maiden

Claude Debussy: Children's Corner (1908, orchestrated by André Caplet 1911): two pieces, not specified in programme

Johann Strauss Jr.: Emperor waltz opus 437

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1940 January 5-7 Fritz Reiner

Sergei Rachmaninoff, piano

George Frideric Handel arranged by Franz Wullner: Music for the Royal Fireworks HWV 351: Overture in D

Felix Mendelssohn: Scherzo in G minor from Octet for Strings, opus 20

Randall Thompson (1899-1984): Symphony no 2 in E minor

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Concerto no 2 in C minor for Piano And Orchestra, opus 18 - Sergei Rachmaninoff, piano

1940 January 12-14 Fritz Reiner

Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to Der Freischütz

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony no 38 in D major, K. 504, "Prague"

*** Morton Gould (1913-1996): Stephen Foster gallery for orchestra (1940) - world premiere

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, opus 35 - Hugo Kolberg, violin

1940 February 2-4 Fritz Reiner

Viola Mitchell (1911-2002) violin - a student of Eugène Ysaÿe

Hector Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture, opus 9

Claude Debussy: La mer: Three Symphonic Sketches

Max Bruch (1838-1920): Concerto no 1 in G minor for Violin and Orchestra, opus 26 - Viola Mitchell, violin

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, opus 67

1940 February 9-11 Fritz Reiner

Eunice Norton, piano

Eunice Norton

Gioacchino Rossini: Overture to Il Signor Bruschino

Daniel Gregory Mason (1873-1953): Suite after English Folksongs opus 32 (1934)

Franz Josef Haydn: Symphony no 95 in C minor

Johannes Brahms: Concerto no 1 in D Minor for Piano and Orchestra, opus 15 - Eunice Norton, piano

1940 February 23-25 Fritz Reiner

Richard Wagner: Lohengrin: Prelude to Act I

Richard Wagner: "Venusberg Music" from Tannhäuser

Richard Wagner: "Forest Murmurs" from Act III of Siegfried

Richard Wagner: "The Ride of the Valkyries" from Die Walküre

Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod

Richard Wagner: Die Walküre: Act I (Concert Performance)

- Emanuel List, bass; Lauritz Melchior, tenor; Helen Traubel, soprano

1940 March 1-3 Fritz Reiner

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture to Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A Major, opus 92

Johannes Brahms: Concerto in A minor for Violin, Cello, and Orchestra, opus 102 "Double Concerto" -

Lea Luboshutz, violin; Felix Salmond, cello

Richard Wagner: Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

1940 March 8-10 Fritz Reiner

Harvey Gaul Dr. Harvey Gaul

Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari (1876-1948): Il Segreto Di Susanna (Secret Of Suzanne): Overture

Dr. Harvey Gaul (a Pittsburgh composer 1881-1945): Ecclesiasticus suite

Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, opus 90

Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, opus 28

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Boléro

1940 March 29-31 Fritz Reiner

Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem (1874)

John Gurney, bass; William Hain, tenor; Martha Lipton, contralto; Zinka Milanov, soprano

Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh

1940 April 7

Ford Sunday Evening Hour

Masonic Auditorium - Detroit Symphony

Fritz Reiner

one hour CBS radio broadcast sponsored by the Ford Motor Company

Winifred Heidt mezzo-soprano in one of the more bazaar Ford Sunday Evening programmes

Giuseppe Verdi: I vespri siciliani (The Sicilian Vespers) 1885: Overture

Franz Liszt: Polonaise (1875) S 519 orchestrated

Louis Campbell-Tipton: Serenade - Winifred Heidt mezzo-soprano

Robert Morrison Stults: "The Sweetest Story Ever Told" - Winifred Heidt mezzo-soprano and chorus

Sidney Homer (1864–1953): "April" - Winifred Heidt mezzo-soprano

Cécile Chaminade: "L'anneau d'argent" (The Silver Ring) - Winifred Heidt mezzo-soprano

Vittorio Giannini (1903-1966): "Ohie Menech" (1928) - Winifred Heidt mezzo-soprano

Enrique Granados orchestrated by Hans Byrne: Spanish Dance no 10 "Danza Triste"

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Humoresque opus 10 no 2 orchestrated

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tale of Tsar Saltan (1900): Interlude "Flight of the Bumblebee"

Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to Oberon

hymn: "Rise, My Soul" - Winifred Heidt mezzo-soprano with chorus

1940 April 14

Ford Sunday Evening Hour

Masonic Auditorium - Detroit Symphony

Fritz Reiner

one hour CBS radio broadcast sponsored by the Ford Motor Company

Marian Anderson contralto

Gioacchino Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri: Overture

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Jeanne D'Arc: "Adieu, forêts" - Marian Anderson contralto

Georges Bizet: Agnus Dei (Intermezzo from L'arlésienne Suite no 2) - Marian Anderson contralto

spiritual: "Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?" - Marian Anderson contralto

spiritual: "Peter, Go Ring Them Bells" - Marian Anderson contralto

Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: The Jewels of the Madonna: Intermezzo

Alexander Glazunov: Chopiniana opus 46: Polonaise in A major opus 40 no 1

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor opus 64: movement 3: Valse: Allegro moderato

Edward MacDowell: Indian Suite (1892): movement 5: "Village"

John Philip Sousa: Semper Fidelis march (1888)

B. F. Baker: hymn "Evening" - chorus

1940 April 21

Ford Sunday Evening Hour

Masonic Auditorium - Detroit Symphony

Fritz Reiner

one hour CBS radio broadcast sponsored by the Ford Motor Company

Albert Spalding violin

Karl Goldmark (1830-1915): The Cricket on the Hearth (1896 opera): Introduction to Act III

Edouard Lalo: Symphonie espagnole for Violin and Orchestra, opus 21: Rondo - Albert Spalding violin

Frederic Chopin arranged by Pablo de Sarasate: Nocturne opus 9 no 2: Andante in Eb major - Albert Spalding violin

Enrique Granados (1867-1916) arranged by Fritz Kreisler: Twelve Spanish Dances: no 5: 'Andaluza' - Albert Spalding violin

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) : El amor brujo (1916): Ritual Fire Dance

Felix Mendelssohn: Octet opus 20: Scherzo in G minor

Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream (1842): Wedding March

Charles Gounod: Faust: Soldiers Chorus - chorus

Johann Strauss Jr.: Voices of Spring waltz

Oliver Holden: hymn: "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name!" - chorus

1940 October 6

Ford Sunday Evening Hour

Masonic Auditorium - Detroit Symphony

Fritz Reiner

one hour CBS radio broadcast sponsored by the Ford Motor Company

Richard Crooks tenor

Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari (1876-1948): Il Segreto Di Susanna (Secret Of Suzanne): Overture

Jules Massenet (1842-1912): Manon Act II: "En fermant les yeux" (Manon's Dream) - Richard Crooks tenor

Karl Goldmark: The Queen of Sheba: Overture

Sir Edward Elgar: Military March no 1 in D major from Pomp and Circumstance, opus 39

a medley of Stephen Foster songs - Richard Crooks tenor

Jean Sibelius: Karelia Suite opus 11: Intermezzo

Jacques Offenbach: The Tales of Hoffmann Prologue: "Chanson de Kleinzach" - Richard Crooks tenor

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, opus 36: movement 4 Finale

1940 October 13

Ford Sunday Evening Hour

Masonic Auditorium - Detroit Symphony

Fritz Reiner

one hour CBS radio broadcast sponsored by the Ford Motor Company

Jascha Heifetz violin

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Sérénade mélancolique opus 26 - Jascha Heifetz violin

Gioacchino Rossini: Thieving Magpie: Overture

Hector Berlioz: "Hungarian March" from La Damnation de Faust (Damnation of Faust), opus 24 - Rákóczy March

Claude Debussy: from Trois Nocturnes: "Fetes"

Giuseppe Verdi:Il Trovatore Act II: Anvil Chorus (Italian Gypsy chorus) - chorus

1940 November 8-10 Fritz Reiner

Opening concert of the Pittsburgh Symphony Season 1940-1941

Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture to Egmont, opus 84

Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol, opus 34

Claude Debussy: from Trois Nocturnes:

- "Nuages"

- "Fetes"

Sir Edward Elgar: Military March no 1 in D major from Pomp and Circumstance, opus 39

1940 November 15-17 Fritz Reiner

Beveridge Webster, piano

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini, opus 32

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Concerto no 1 in B-flat minor for Piano and Orchestra, opus 23 - Beveridge Webster, piano

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, opus 36

1940 November 22-24 Fritz Reiner

Betty Jane Atkinson, violin

Gioacchino Rossini: Thieving Magpie: Overture - Betty Jane Atkinson, violin

Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, opus 61

Walter Piston (1894-1976): Suite from The Incredible Flutist

Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklärung, opus 24 - Death and Transfiguration

1940 December 6-8 Fritz Reiner

Jascha Heifetz, violin

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture to Die Zauberflöte, K. 620 - The Magic Flute

Johannes Brahms: Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, opus 77 - Jascha Heifetz, violin

Jean Sibelius: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 43

1940 December 12, 1940 Fritz Reiner

Orchestra Benefit Concert

Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to Euryanthe, opus 81

Gustave Charpentier (1860-1956): Louise Act III: "Depuis le jour" - Helen Jepson, soprano

Jules Massenet (1842-1912): Manon Act II: "Adieu, notre petite table" - Helen Jepson, soprano

Jules Massenet: Manon Act III: Gavotte scene - Helen Jepson, soprano

Ruggiero Leoncavallo (1857-1919): Pagliacci: Prologo - John Charles Thomas, baritone

Gioacchino Rossini: Barber of Seville Act I: "Largo al factotum" - John Charles Thomas, baritone

Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840) arranged by Bernardino Molinari: Moto Perpetuo opus 11

Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata Act II: "Pura siccome un angelo"

- Helen Jepson, soprano; John Charles Thomas, baritone

Johann Strauss Jr.: Wiener Blut waltz opus 354

Various radio audience popular aria requests (unspecified)

- Helen Jepson, soprano; John Charles Thomas, baritone; Milton Cross, announcer

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1941 January 3-5 Fritz Reiner

Johann Sebastian Bach as arranged by Alexander Goedicke: Fantasia and Fugue in G minor BWV 542

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 4 in B-flat major, opus 60

+ Bela Bartok orchestrated by Leo Weiner: Romanian Folk Dances BB68

Samuel Barber (1910-1981) : Adagio for Strings

Richard Strauss: Don Juan, opus 20

1941 January 10-12 Fritz Reiner

Sergei Rachmaninoff, piano

Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to Oberon

Robert Schumann: Symphony no 1 in B-flat major, opus 38, "Spring"

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Concerto no 3 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, opus 30 - Sergei Rachmaninoff, piano

1941 January 17-19 Fritz Reiner

Hector Berlioz: Le Corsaire Overture, opus 21

John Alden Carpenter (1876-1951: Symphony no 1 in C (1917)

Knudage Riisager (1897-1974): Slaraffenland (Fool's Paradise) Suite no 2 for orchestra opus 33 no 2

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Suite of Five Pieces from Ma Mère l'Oye

Alexander Borodin (1833-1887): "Polovtzian Dances" from Prince Igor

1941 January 24-26 Fritz Reiner

Béla Bartok, piano

Antonin Dvorak: Carnival Overture, opus 92

Franz Josef Haydn: Symphony no 100 in G major, "Military"

+ Bela Bartok: Concerto no 2 for Piano and Orchestra - Béla Bartok, piano

Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884) : "The Moldau", no 2 from Má vlast

1941 January 31-February 2 Fritz Reiner

Yehudi Menuhin, violin

Ernst Toch (1887-1964): Pinocchio, A Merry Overture (1935)

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony no 5 in D minor, opus 47

Henri Vieuxtemps: Concerto no 5 in A minor for Violin and Orchestra, opus 37 - Yehudi Menuhin, violin

Camille Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo capriccioso in A minor for Violin and Orchestra, opus 28 - Yehudi Menuhin, violin

1941 February 7-9 Fritz Reiner and Wendell Otey

Victor Just, flute; Hugo Kolberg, violin; Fritz Reiner, piano, Vladimir Bakaleinikoff, viola

Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050 - Fritz Reiner piano - Victor Just, flute; Hugo Kolberg, violin; Fritz Reiner, piano

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963): Der Schwanendreher, Concerto for Viola and Small Orchestra - Vladimir Bakaleinikoff, viola

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony no 41 in C major, K. 551, 'Jupiter'

Charles Wendell Otey (a Pittsburgh composer 1914-1992): Variations for Orchestra - Wendell Otey conductor

Leo Weiner (1885-1960): Hungarian Folkdance Suite opus 18

Wendell Otey Wendell Otey

1941 February 14-16 Fritz Reiner

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 3 in E-Flat major, opus 55, "Eroica": Funeral March

Johann Sebastian Bach- Leopold Stokowski transcription: Komm, Süsser Tod - Helen Traubel, soprano

Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787): Alceste (1767) Act I: "Divinités du Styx" - Helen Traubel, soprano

Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony no 4 in A major, opus 90, "Italian"

Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser Act II: "Dich, teure Halle" - Helen Traubel, soprano

Richard Wagner: Parsifal Act III as arranged by Wagner: "Good Friday Spell"

Richard Wagner orchestrated by Felix Mottl: Wesendonk Lieder number 4: "Schmerzen"

- Helen Traubel, soprano

Richard Wagner: Die Walküre Act I: "Du bist der Lenz" - Helen Traubel, soprano

Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Introduction to Act III

Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Dance of the Apprentices

1941 February 28-March 2 Fritz Reiner

Karl Goldmark (1830-1915): Im Frühling (Springtime) opus 36

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 8 in F major, opus 93

Sergei Prokofiev: Suite no 1 from Romeo and Juliet, opus 64a

Hector Berlioz: "Queen Mab Scherzo" from Roméo et Juliette, opus 17 - Romeo and Juliet

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture

1941 March 7-9 Fritz Reiner

Franz Schubert: Overture to Rosamunde, D. 644 - Overture to Die Zauberharfe

Felix Mendelssohn: Concerto in E minor for Violin and Orchestra, opus 64 - Hugo Kolberg, violin

Hermann Hans Wetzler(1870-1943): As You Like It opus 7: Overture

Alvin Etler (1913-1973): Symphonietta I commissioned by Fritz Reiner

Virgil Thomson (1996-1989): AMERICANA FOR CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA - Bach Choir of Pittsburgh

1941 March 21-23 Fritz Reiner

Rudolf Serkin, piano

Johannes Brahms: Tragic Overture in D minor, opus 81

Johannes Brahms: Concerto no 2 in B-flat major for Piano and Orchestra, opus 83 - Rudolf Serkin, piano

Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 4 in E minor, opus 98

1941 April 6

Ford Sunday Evening Hour

Masonic Auditorium - Detroit Symphony

Fritz Reiner

one hour CBS radio broadcast sponsored by the Ford Motor Company

Helen Traubel soprano

Giuseppe Verdi: Aida Act I: "Ritorna vincitor" - Helen Traubel soprano

Franz Schubert: "Ave Maria" ("Ellens dritter Gesang" D. 839) - Helen Traubel soprano

Jean-Baptiste Faure: "Les Rameau" (The Palms) - Helen Traubel soprano

James L. Molloy: "Love's Old Sweet Song" - Helen Traubel soprano

1941 April 13

Ford Sunday Evening Hour

Masonic Auditorium - Detroit Symphony

Fritz Reiner

one hour CBS radio broadcast sponsored by the Ford Motor Company

"Special Easter Sunday Program"

Helen Jepson soprano, Charles Kullman tenor, Gladys Swarthout mezzo-soprano, Lansing Hatfield, baritone

1941 April 20

Ford Sunday Evening Hour

Masonic Auditorium - Detroit Symphony

Fritz Reiner

one hour CBS radio broadcast sponsored by the Ford Motor Company

Nelson Eddy baritone

Georges Bizet: Carmen Act II: "Toreador Song"

Arthur Sullivan - W. S. Gilbert: H.M.S. Pinafore (1878): "My gallant crew, good morning", "I Am The Monarch of the Sea"

Jacques Offenbach: Orphée aux enfers (Orpheus in the Underworld): Overture

Karl Goldmark (1830-1915): The Cricket on the Hearth (1896 opera): Introduction to Act III

Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967): Háry János: Suite (1926): Intermezzo

1941 April 27

Ford Sunday Evening Hour

Masonic Auditorium - Detroit Symphony

Fritz Reiner

one hour CBS radio broadcast sponsored by the Ford Motor Company

Dorothy Maynor soprano

Daniel Auber: La Muette de Portici (Masaniello): Overture

spiritual: "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"

spiritual: "Roll Jordan, Roll"

Johann Strauss Jr.: The Gypsy Baron: Treasure waltz opus 418

1941 May 4

Ford Sunday Evening Hour

Masonic Auditorium - Detroit Symphony

Fritz Reiner

one hour CBS radio broadcast sponsored by the Ford Motor Company

Grace Moore soprano

Ambroise Thomas: Raymond (Le Secret de la reine): Overture

Jules Massenet (1842-1912): Manon Act II: "Adieu, notre petite table" - Grace Moore soprano

Jules Massenet: Manon Act III: Gavotte scene - Grace Moore soprano

Jean Sibelius: 'Finlandia' opus 26, no 7

Ernst von Dohnanyi: Suite in F-sharp minor opus 19: Romanza

Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream (1842): Scherzo

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Marche Slave in B-flat minor, opus 31

1941 October 18-19 Fritz Reiner

Opening concert of the Pittsburgh Symphony Season 1941-1942

Zino Francescatti, violin

Carl Maria von Weber: Jubel Overture, opus 59

Aaron Copland (1900-1990): El Salón México

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869): Symphonie Fantastique opus 14 (1830): movements 2, 4, 5

Edouard Lalo: Symphonie espagnole for Violin and Orchestra, opus 21 - Zino Francescatti, violin

1941 October 25-26 Fritz Reiner

Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream (1842): Overture

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony no 29 in A major, K. 186a [201]

Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier: EXCERPTS (REINER) - Margit Bokor, soprano; Lotte Lehmann, soprano; Suzanne Sten, contralto

1941 November 1-2 Fritz Reiner

Rudolf Serkin, piano

Richard Wagner: Lohengrin: Prelude to Act I

Johannes Brahms: Concerto no 1 in D Minor for Piano and Orchestra, opus 15 - Rudolf Serkin, piano

Robert Schumann: Symphony no 3 in E-flat major, opus 97 "Rhenish"

1941 November 7-9 Fritz Reiner

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov: A Night on Bald Mountain - Richard Hale, narrator

Sergei Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf, opus 67

Claude Debussy: "Ibéria", no 2 from Images

Hector Berlioz: "Hungarian March" from La Damnation de Faust (Damnation of Faust), opus 24 - Rákóczy March

1941 November 14-16 Fritz Reiner

Gregor Piatigorsky cello

Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884) : Overture to The Bartered Bride

Antonin Dvorak: Concerto in B minor for Cello and Orchestra, opus 104 - Gregor Piatigorsky cello

Richard Strauss: Don Quixote, opus 35 - Gregor Piatigorsky, cello; Henri Temianka, violin

Johann Strauss Jr.: The Gypsy Baron: Treasure waltz opus 418

1941 November 18 Fritz Reiner and Oscar Levant

Orchestra Benefit Concert

Oscar Levant, piano

Johann Strauss Jr.: Overture to Die Fledermaus

Antonin Dvorak: Slavonic Dance, opus 72, no 2 in E minor

George Gershwin (1898-1937): Concerto in F major for Piano and Orchestra - Oscar Levant, piano

Isaac Albeniz orchestrated by Enrique Fernández Arbós: Iberia Book 2: "Triana"

Oscar Levant: Caprice for Orchestra (1940) - Oscar Levant, conductor

Paul Dukas (1865-1935): The Sorcerer's Apprentice

George Gershwin (1898-1937) orchestrated by Ferde Grofe: Rhapsody in Blue - Oscar Levant, piano

1941 November 21-23 Fritz Reiner

William Schuman (1910-1992): American Festival Overture (1939)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, opus 61 - Henri Temianka, violin

Antonin Dvorak: Symphony no 9 in e minor opus 95 'From the New World'

1941 December 5-7 Fritz Reiner

CHADWICK: SYMPHONIC SKETCHES: JUBILEE

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 3 in E-Flat major, opus 55, "Eroica"

Dmitri Shostakovich: The Golden Age ballet opus 22: Polka

Dmitri Shostakovich: The Golden Age ballet opus 22: Russian Dance

P. I. Tchaikovsky: 1812, Overture solonelle, opus 49

1941 December 19-21 Fritz Reiner

SMITH: CREDO, POEM FOR ORCHESTRA, opus 83

Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor, opus 68

Claude Debussy: Danse sacrée et danse profane for Harp and Orchestra - Lucile Harrison, harp

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet, and String Quartet - Lucile Harrison, harp

Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, opus 28

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1942 January 2-4 Fritz Reiner

Wilbur Evans, baritone

STILL: PLAIN CHANT FOR AMERICA - Wilbur Evans, baritone

+ Bela Bartok: Divertimento for String Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 1 in C major, opus 21

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) : Suite no 2 from The Three-Cornered Hat (Three Dances)

Gioacchino Rossini: Overture to Semiramide

1942 January 9-11 Fritz Reiner

Franz Josef Haydn: Symphony no 97 in C major

Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde ("The Song of the Earth") (1909)

- Frederick Jagel, tenor; Enid Szantho, contralto

1942 January 16-18 Fritz Reiner

Edward Burlinggame Hill (1872-1960): Stevensonian Suite no 2, opus 29 (1922)

Richard Strauss: Morgen, opus 27, no 4 - Helen Traubel, soprano

Richard Strauss: Cäcilie opus 27 no 2 - Helen Traubel, soprano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony no 39 in E-flat major, K. 543

Richard Wagner: Prelude to Act I of Tristan und Isolde

Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde - Helen Traubel, soprano:

- Act I Narrative

- Act III Isolde's Farewell

- Liebestod

1942 January 23-25 Fritz Reiner

Peter Cornelius: The Barber of Baghdad, Overture (original version)

Charles Tomlinson Griffes: The Pleasure-Dome of Kubla Khan, opus 8

Claude Debussy: Children's Corner (1908, orchestrated by André Caplet 1911)

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Alborada del gracioso

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony no 1 in F minor, opus 10

1942 January 30-February 1 Fritz Reiner

Robert Casadesus, piano

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963): NEUES VOM TAGE: OVERTURE

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto no 26 in D major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 537 "Coronation" - Robert Casadesus, piano

** Silvestre Revueltas (1899-1940): Janitzio (1933) - US premiere

*** Wallingford Riegger (1885-1961): New Dance - world premiere of the revised score

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Concerto in D major for Piano (concerto for the left hand) and Orchestra - Robert Casadesus, piano

Hector Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture, opus 9

1942

February 6-8

Fritz Reiner

Yehudi Menuhin, violin

Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in E-flat minor BWV 853: Prelude as orchestrated by Feldman

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No.4 in E-flat major

Johannes Brahms: Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, opus 77 - Yehudi Menuhin, violin

1942 March 3

NBC Symphony

Studio 8-H, New York City

Fritz Reiner

Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture to Egmont, opus 84

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 1 in C major, opus 21

Wallingford Riegger (1885-1961): New Dance

Silvestre Revueltas (1899-1940): Janitzio (1933)

Hector Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture, opus 9

1942 March 10

NBC Symphony

Studio 8-H, New York City

Fritz Reiner

Peter Cornelius: The Barber of Baghdad, Overture

1942 June 29

New York Philharmonic

Lewisohn Stadium, New York

Fritz Reiner

Josef Hofmann piano

Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture to Egmont, opus 84

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 3 in E-Flat major, opus 55, "Eroica"

Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto no 5 in E-flat major for Piano and Orchestra, opus 73 "Emperor" - Josef Hofmann piano

encore: Ludwig van Beethoven: Rondo in the Hungarian Style in G major, opus 129 ("Rage Over a Lost Penny")

encore: Anatoly Lyadov: A musical snuffbox in A major opus 32 (1893)

encore: Frederic Chopin: Waltz in D-flat major, opus 64 no 1 ("Minute Waltz") - Josef Hofmann piano

encore: Frederic Chopin: Nocturne no 8 in D-flat major "Les plaintives 2," opus 27 no 2 (Encore) - Josef Hofmann piano

encore: Frederic Chopin: Polonaise Militaire in A major opus 40 no 1 - Josef Hofmann piano

1942 June 30

New York Philharmonic

Lewisohn Stadium, New York

Fritz Reiner

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov: A Night on Bald Mountain

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony no 1 in F minor, opus 10

Richard Wagner: Lohengrin: Prelude to Act I and Prelude to Act III

Richard Wagner: Parsifal Act III as arranged by Wagner: "Good Friday Spell"

Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg:

- Introduction to Act III

- 'Dance of the Apprentices'

1942 July 3

New York Philharmonic

Lewisohn Stadium, New York

Fritz Reiner

Gregor Piatigorsky cello

Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884) : Overture to The Bartered Bride

Antonin Dvorak: Concerto in B minor for Cello and Orchestra, opus 104 - Gregor Piatigorsky cello

Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite no 6 in D major for Unaccompanied Cello BWV 1012 - Gregor Piatigorsky, cello

Richard Strauss: Don Quixote, opus 35 - Gregor Piatigorsky, cello

Johann Strauss Jr.: "Schatz-Walzer" (Treasure Waltz) from The Gypsy Baron

1942 July 29

New York Philharmonic

Lewisohn Stadium, New York

Fritz Reiner

Jascha Heifetz violin

Johannes Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, opus 80

Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 4 in E minor, opus 98

traditional: "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow"

Johannes Brahms: Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, opus 77 - Jascha Heifetz violin

encore: Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 7 in G minor for solo violin - Jascha Heifetz violin

encore: Grigoras Dinicu transcribed by Heifetz: Hora Staccato - Jascha Heifetz violin

1942 July 30

New York Philharmonic

Lewisohn Stadium, New York

Fritz Reiner

Jascha Heifetz violin

Giuseppe Verdi: I vespri siciliani (The Sicilian Vespers) 1885: Overture

Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony no 4 in A major, opus 90, "Italian"

Johannes Brahms: Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, opus 77 - Jascha Heifetz violin

1942 October 23-25 Fritz Reiner

Opening concert of the Pittsburgh Symphony Season 1942-1943

Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to Euryanthe, opus 81

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A Major, opus 92

Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony no 1 'Classical' opus 25

Reinhold Glière: Symphony no 3 "Ilya Muromets" in B minor, Op. 42 (1911): Scherzo

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Capriccio italien, opus 45

1942 October 30-November 1 Fritz Reiner

Rudolf Serkin, piano

Hector Berlioz: Overture to Benvenuto Cellini, opus 23

Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto no 4 in G major for Piano and Orchestra, opus 58 - Rudolf Serkin, piano

Robert Schumann: Symphony no 4 in D minor, opus 120

Johannes Brahms orchestrated by Albert Parlow: Hungarian Dance no 5 in G minor

Johannes Brahms orchestrated by Albert Parlow: Hungarian Dance no 6 in D major

Johannes Brahms orchestrated by Johannes A. Hallén: Hungarian Dance no 7 in A major

Johannes Brahms orchestrated by Dvorak: Hungarian Dance no 21 in E minor

1942 November 6-8 Fritz Reiner

Ludwig van Beethoven: Leonore Overture no 2. opus 72

Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, opus 90

*** Alvin Etler (1913-1973): Symphonietta II - world premiere

Gioacchino Rossini: Overture to Guillaume Tell - William Tell

1942 November 13-15 Fritz Reiner

Vronsky Babin Vitya Vronsky and Victor Babin, duo pianos

Emmanuel Chabrier (1841-1894): Overture to Gwendoline

Jean Roger-Ducasse (1873-1954): Sarabande, poema sinfonico (1911)

Claude Debussy orchestrated 1923 by Maurice Ravel: Danse (1890 for piano)

Debussy: from Trois Nocturnes:

- "Nuages"

- "Fetes"

*** Darius Milhaud (1892-1974): Concerto for 2 Pianos & Orchestra (1941) - world premiere -

Vitya Vronsky and Victor Babin, duo pianos

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto in E-flat major for Two Pianos and Orchestra, K. 316a [365]

Vitya Vronsky and Victor Babin, duo pianos

Johann Strauss Jr.: Overture to Die Fledermaus

1942 November 20-22 Fritz Reiner

Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony no 35 in D major, K. 385, "Haffner"

Richard Strauss: Don Juan, opus 20

William Sterndale Bennett (1816-1875): Two Etudes opus 29

Richard Wagner: Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

1942 November 27-29 Fritz Reiner

Robert Casadesus, piano

Mikhail Glinka: Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila

Cesar Franck (1822-1890): Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra - Robert Casadesus, piano

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 6 in B minor, opus 74, "Pathétique"

Franz Liszt: Concerto no 2 in A major for Piano and Orchestra - Robert Casadesus, piano

Ambroise Thomas: Raymond (Le Secret de la reine): Overture

1942 December 4-6 Fritz Reiner

Michael Rosenker, violin

Emil von Reznicek: Overture to Donna Diana

Glazunov: Violin Concerto in a minor opus 82 - Michael Rosenker, violin

+ Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959): Concerto Grosso (1937)

Johann Strauss Jr.: Roses from the South waltz opus 388

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) (orchestrated by Maurice Ravel): Pictures at an Exhibition

1942 December 18-20 Fritz Reiner

Stefan Auber, cello

TOCH: FAN: OVERTURE

Franz Josef Haydn: Concerto in D major for Cello and Orchestra, H. VIIb:2 - Stefan Auber, cello

PHILLIPS: SELECTIONS FROM MCGUFFEY'S READER

Dmitri Shostakovich: Polka from The Golden Age, opus 22

Dmitri Shostakovich: GOLDEN AGE, OPUS 22: RUSSIAN DANCE

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra, opus 33 - Stefan Auber, cello

ENESCO: Rumanian Rhapsody in A major, opus 11, no 1

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1943 January 1-3 Fritz Reiner

Henri Temianka, violin

Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture to Fidelio, opus 72

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): Le Chant du rossignol - The Song of the Nightingale

Franz Josef Haydn: Symphony no 98 in B-flat major

Max Bruch (1838-1920): Concerto no 1 in G minor for Violin and Orchestra, opus 26 - Henri Temianka, violin

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov: A Night on Bald Mountain

1943 January 8-10 Fritz Reiner

Artur Rubinstein, piano

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Rapsodie espagnole

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony no 6 in B minor, opus 53

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Concerto no 1 in B-flat minor for Piano and Orchestra, opus 23 - Artur Rubinstein, piano

1943 January 29-31 Fritz Reiner

Vladimir Horowitz, piano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture to Die Zauberflöte, K. 620

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 4 in B-flat major, opus 60

Johannes Brahms orchestrated by Albert Parlow: Hungarian Dance no 5 in G minor

Johannes Brahms orchestrated by Albert Parlow: Hungarian Dance no 6 in D major

Johannes Brahms orchestrated by Johannes A. Hallén: Hungarian Dance no 7 in A major

Johannes Brahms orchestrated by Dvorak: Hungarian Dance no 21 in E minor

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Concerto no 3 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, opus 30 - Vladimir Horowitz, piano

1943 February 5-7 Fritz Reiner

Jascha Heifetz, violin

Franz Schubert: Overture to Rosamunde, D. 644 - Overture to Die Zauberharfe

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" (Serenade no 13 for strings in G major), K525

*** George Gershwin (1898-1937) arranged by Robert Russell Bennett: Porgy and Bess, A Symphonic Picture - world premiere of the arrangement commissioned by Fritz Reiner

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, opus 35 - Jascha Heifetz, violin

1943 February 26-28 Fritz Reiner

Joseph Szigeti, violin

*** William Schuman (1910-1992): Prayer in Time of War (1943) (originally named "Prayer - 1943") - world premiere

Johannes Brahms: Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, opus 77 - Joseph Szigeti, violin

Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

1943 March 5-7 Fritz Reiner

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov: Entr'acte to Khovanschina

*** Morton Gould (1913-1996): Symphony no 1 "Victory Ode" (1943) - world premiere

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

1943 November 12-14 Fritz Reiner

Opening concert of the Pittsburgh Symphony Season 1943-1944

Ludwig van Beethoven: Leonore Overture no 3, opus 72a

Edward MacDowell (1860-1908): Suite Number 2 opus 48 "Indian"

Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor, opus 68

1943 November 19-21 Fritz Reiner

Dmitry Kabalevsky (1904-1987): Overture to Colas Breugnon, opus 24

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Suite from The Nutcracker, opus 71a

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony no 5 in D minor, opus 47

1943 November 26-28 Fritz Reiner

Robert Casadesus, piano

Morton Gould (1913-1996): Red Cavalry March

Morton Gould (1913-1996): American Salute 1942

Frederick Delius (1832-1935): Prelude to Irmelin

Camille Saint-Saëns: Concerto no 4 in C minor for Piano and Orchestra, opus 44 - Robert Casadesus, piano

Cesar Franck (1822-1890): Symphony in D minor

1943 December 3-5 Fritz Reiner

Nathan Milstein, violin

Johann Sebastian Bach as arranged by Max Reger: Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major BWV 1068

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 6 in F major, opus 68, "Pastoral"

Johannes Brahms: Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, opus 77 - Nathan Milstein, violin

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1944 January 7-9 Fritz Reiner

Artur Rubinstein Artur Rubinstein, piano

Sergei Prokofiev: Suite from Lieutenant Kijé, opus 60

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, opus 36

Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978): Concerto for Piano and Orchestra - Artur Rubinstein, piano

1944 January 14-16 Fritz Reiner

Yehudi Menuhin, violin

Elgar: Cockaigne, opus 40, "In London Town"

+ Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras no 2

Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967): Dances of Galanta

Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, opus 61 - Yehudi Menuhin, violin

1944 January 21-23 Fritz Reiner

Richard Wagner: Lohengrin: Prelude to Act I

Richard Wagner: Lohengrin: 'Elsa's Dream' - Rose Bampton, soprano

Richard Wagner: Lohengrin: Wedding March and Bridal Scene - Rose Bampton, soprano; Lauritz Melchior, tenor

Richard Wagner: Lohengrin: Prelude to Act III

Richard Wagner: Lohengrin Act III: "In fernem Land" grail narrative - Lauritz Melchior, tenor

Richard Wagner: Parsifal Act III as arranged by Wagner: "Good Friday Spell"

Richard Wagner: Parsifal: Act II: Flower Maidens Scene (Blumenmädchen) -

Rose Bampton, soprano; Lauritz Melchior, tenor

1944 February 4-6 Fritz Reiner

Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture to Coriolan, opus 62

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 3 in E-Flat major, opus 55, "Eroica"

Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg:

- Introduction to Act III

- 'Dance of the Apprentices'

- 'Procession of the Mastersingers'

Claude Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun) (1894)

Johann Strauss Jr.: Künstlerleben (Artists' Life) waltz, opus 316

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Polonaise from Eugene Onegin

1944 March 3-5 Fritz Reiner

Joseph Szigeti, violin

RESPIGHI: Ancient Airs and Dances for the Lute, Set 1

Johann Sebastian Bach orchestrated by Lucien Cailliet: Fugue in G minor, "Little"

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto no 5 in A major for Violin and Orchestra, K. 219 - Joseph Szigeti, violin

Mikhail Glinka: Kamarinskaya, Fantasy for Orchestra

Sergei Prokofiev: Concerto no 1 in D major for Violin and Orchestra, opus 19

Alexander Borodin (1833-1887): "Polovtzian March" from Prince Igor - Joseph Szigeti, violin

1944 March 10-12 Fritz Reiner

Joseph Hoffman, piano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony no 41 in C major, K. 551, "Jupiter"

Anton Rubinstein (1829-1894): Piano Concerto no 3 opus 45 (1845) - Joseph Hoffman, piano

+ Bela Bartok: Suite no 2 for Small Orchestra, opus 4

Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884) : "The Moldau", no 2 from Má vlast

1944 March 17-19 Fritz Reiner

Gregor Piatigorsky, cello

Auber: Overture to Fra Diavolo - The Devil's Wife

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805): Concerto in B-flat major for Cello and Orchestra, G. 482 - Gregor Piatigorsky, cello

Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959): Symphony no 2 (1943) - this work had been given its premiere by Erich Leinsdorf and the Cleveland Orchestra on 28 October 1943.

Leo Weiner (1885-1960): Divertimento no 1 on Old Hungarian Folk Dances, opus 20

Camille Saint-Saëns: Concerto no 1 in A minor for Cello and Orchestra, opus 33 - Gregor Piatigorsky, cello

1944 March 24-26 Fritz Reiner

Beveridge Webster, piano

Ludwig van Beethoven: Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus (The Creatures of Prometheus) opus 43: Overture

Arnold Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht, opus 4 (1943 revision)

Sergei Prokofiev: Concerto no 3 in C major for Piano and Orchestra, opus 26 - Beveridge Webster, piano

CHOPIN: Andante spianato and Grand Polonaise no 58 for Piano and Orchestra, opus 22 - Beveridge Webster, piano

Franz Josef Haydn: Symphony no 88 in G major

1944 March 31-April 2 Fritz Reiner

Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to Oberon

Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 4 in E minor, opus 98

Aaron Copland (1900-1990): Billy The Kid suite

Richard Strauss: Waltz Sequence no 2 from Der Rosenkavalier

1944-1945 poster

1944 November 10-12 Fritz Reiner

Opening concert of the Pittsburgh Symphony Season 1944-1945

Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture to Egmont, opus 84

Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

Aaron Copland (1900-1990): El Salón México

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Suite no 2 from Daphnis et Chloé

1944 November 17-19 Fritz Reiner
Lev Knipper Lev Knipper

Vladimir Horowitz, piano

Lev Knipper (1898-1974): Maku: suite on Iranian themes for orchestra

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony no 6 in B minor, opus 53

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Concerto no 1 in B-flat minor for Piano and Orchestra, opus 23 - Vladimir Horowitz, piano

1944 November 24-26 Fritz Reiner

Nathan Milstein, violin

Richard Wagner: A Faust Overture

Robert Schumann: Symphony no 1 in B-flat major, opus 38, "Spring"

Edouard Lalo: Symphonie espagnole for Violin and Orchestra, opus 21 - Nathan Milstein, violin

Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, opus 28

1944 December 1-3 Fritz Reiner

Vladimir Bakaleinikoff, viola

George Frideric Handel: "Entrance of the Queen of Sheba" from Solomon

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony no 40 in G minor, K. 550

Hector Berlioz: Harold in Italy, opus 16 - Vladimir Bakaleinikoff, viola

1944 December 8-10 Fritz Reiner

Yehudi Menuhin, violin

Leo Weiner (1885-1960): Carnival opus 5

+ Bela Bartok: Concerto no 2 for Violin and Orchestra - Yehudi Menuhin, violin

Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto no 2 in E major for Violin and String Orchestra, BWV 1042 - Yehudi Menuhin, violin

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 1 in C major, opus 21

1944 December 15-17 Fritz Reiner

*** William Schuman (1910-1992): Side Show (1944) later renamed "Circus Overture" - world premiere

Johannes Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn, opus 56a

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963): Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber

Richard Strauss: Don Juan, opus 20

Richard Wagner: Overture to Tannhäuser

1944 December 28, 30

Cleveland Orchestra

Fritz Reiner

Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to Euryanthe, opus 81

Johann Sebastian Bach orchestrated by Lucien Cailliet: "Little Fugue" in g minor BWV 578

Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967): Dances of Galánta

Johann Strauss Jr.: Wiener Blut waltz opus 354

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1945 January 4, 6

Cleveland Orchestra

Fritz Reiner

Richard Wagner: Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Selections

Felix Mendelssohn: Concerto in E minor for Violin and Orchestra, opus 64 - Tossy Spivakovsky, violin

William Schuman: Circus Overture

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in g minor K 550

1945 January 11,13

Cleveland Orchestra

Fritz Reiner

Gioacchino Rossini: Overture to La scala di seta

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): Petrouchka (1911 version)

Dmitry Kabalevsky (1904-1987): Overture to Colas Breugnon, opus 24

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony no 6 in B minor, opus 53

Sergei Prokofiev: Suite from Lieutenant Kijé, opus 60

1945 January 19-21 Fritz Reiner

Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to Oberon

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 36

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) : El amor brujo (1916) - Carol Brice, contralto

Hector Berlioz: The Damnation of Faust: Minuet of the Will-o'-the-Wisps

Hector Berlioz: "Dance of the Sylphs" from La Damnation de Faust (The Damnation of Faust), opus 24

Hector Berlioz: "Hungarian March" from La Damnation de Faust (Damnation of Faust), opus 24 - Rákóczy March

Richard Wagner: Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

1945 January 26-28 Fritz Reiner

Rose Bampton, soprano

Johann Sebastian Bach orchestrated by Leo Weiner (1885-1960): Toccata and Fugue in C major, BWV 566a

** Arnold Schoenberg: Theme and Variations, opus 43b - US permiere

Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio Act I: "Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin?" - Rose Bampton, soprano

Alban Berg: Three excerpts from Wozzeck opus 7 - Rose Bampton, soprano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony no 38 in D major, K. 504, "Prague"

1945 February 2-4 Fritz Reiner

Jascha Heifetz, violin

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) (orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov): A Night on Bald Mountain

Ernest Chausson: Poème for Violin and Orchestra, opus 25 - Jascha Heifetz, violin

+ Virgil Thomson (1896-1989): Suite from The Plow that Broke the Plains

Paul Dukas (1865-1935): The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Jean Sibelius: Concerto in D minor for Violin and Orchestra, opus 47 - Jascha Heifetz, violin

1945 February 9-11 Fritz Reiner

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 6 in B minor opus 74 'Pathétique': Adagio lamentoso

*** Lukas Foss (1922-2009): Symphony in G - world premiere of a work by one of Reiner's Curtis Institute students

Edouard Lalo: Concerto in D Minor for Cello and Orchestra - Leopold Teraspulsky, cello

George Gershwin (1898-1937) as arranged by Robert Russell Bennett: Porgy and Bess, A Symphonic Picture

1945

February 16-18

Fritz Reiner

+ Richard Mohaupt (1904-1957): The Landlady of Pinsk (1938): Overture

Jean Sibelius: Symphony no 1 in E minor, opus 39

Leo Weiner (1885-1960): Divertimento no 1 on Old Hungarian Folk Dances, opus 20

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): Firebird suite

1945 March 9-11 Fritz Reiner

Dmitry Kabalevsky (1904-1987): Colas Breugnon suite from the opera opus 24a

+ Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 4 in G major - Mary Martha Briney, soprano

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Concerto no 3 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, opus 30 - Beveridge Webster, piano

1945 March 21

Vassar College Chapel

Poughkeepsie, New York

Fritz Reiner

Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to Oberon

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 36

Richard Strauss: Don Juan, opus 20

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): Firebird suite

1945 March 30-April 1 Fritz Reiner

Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to Oberon

Richard Wagner: Parsifal Act III as arranged by Wagner: "Good Friday Spell"

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 8 in F major, opus 93

Paul Dukas (1865-1935): The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Richard Strauss: Don Juan, opus 20

Richard Wagner: Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

1945 October 19-21 Fritz Reiner

Opening concert of the Pittsburgh Symphony Season 1945-1946

 

In this season, the Pittsburgh Symphony concert season had expanded to 28 weeks, matching the seasons of the major US orchestras: Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Chicago, but without the summer seasons which these other orchestras had to the benefit of their musician's salaries. This expanded season was witness to the progress Fritz Reiner had made in building a vibrant orchestral organization and large audience.

 

Ludwig van Beethoven: Leonore Overture no 3, opus 72A

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, opus 67

(**) Sergei Prokofiev: Semyon Kotko: Symphonic Suite opus 81 bis

 

Kenneth Morgan in his Reiner biography wrote: "...[Reiner] scheduled Prokofiev's Semyon Koto suite but dropped it from the program before the concert because he though it insufficiently important to receive an American premiere..." 5. However, a concert review in the Pittsburgh Press indicates it was performed and stated: "...The music, even out of its stage context is brilliant, melodic and highly descriptive..." 14

 

Richard Wagner: Overture to Tannhäuser

1945 October 26-28 Fritz Reiner

Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to Der Freischütz

Antonin Dvorak: Concerto in A minor for Violin and Orchestra, opus 53 - Samuel Thaviu, violin

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, opus 36

1945 November 2-4 Fritz Reiner

Robert Casadesus, piano

*** Gardner Read (1913-2005) a midwest composer and academic: Prelude and Toccata for Small Orchestra, opus 43

Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor, opus 68

Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto no 5 in E-flat major for Piano and Orchestra, opus 73 "Emperor" - Robert Casadesus, piano

1945 November 9-11 Fritz Reiner

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony no 39 in E-flat major, K. 543

Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod

+ Aaron Copland (1900-1990): Suite from Appalachian Spring (1945 orchestration)

Mikhail Glinka: Kamarinskaya, Fantasy for Orchestra

Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840) arranged by Bernardino Molinari: Moto Perpetuo opus 11

Johann Strauss Jr.: Roses from the South waltz opus 388

1945 December 7-9 Fritz Reiner

Witold Malcuzynski Witold Malcuzynski, piano

Otto Nicolai (1810-1849): Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor

Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, opus 90

Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream (1842):

- Nocturne

- Scherzo

- Wedding March

Franz Liszt: Concerto no 2 in A major for Piano and Orchestra - Witold Malcuzynski, piano

1945 December 28-30 Fritz Reiner

Ania Dorfmann, piano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture to The Impresario, K. 486

Franz Schubert: Symphony no 9 in C major, D. 944 "The Great"

Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto no 1 in C major for Piano and Orchestra, opus 15 - Ania Dorfmann, piano

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1946 January 4-6 Fritz Reiner

Gioacchino Rossini: Overture to Il Signor Bruschino

*** Norman Dello Joio (1913-2008): Concert Music for orchestra (1946) - world premiere

Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840): Concerto no 1 in D major for Violin and Orchestra, opus 6 - Julius Schulman, violin

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A Major, opus 92

1946 January 11-13 Fritz Reiner

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): Firebird suite

Igor Stravinsky: Fireworks opus 4

Igor Stravinsky: Petrouchka (1911 version)

Richard Strauss: Salome excerpts selected by Reiner

- Lilly Djanel, soprano; Herbert Janssen, baritone

1946 January 18-20 Fritz Reiner

Fritz Kreisler, violin

Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite no 2 in B minor for Orchestra, BWV 1067 - Sebastian Caratelli, flute

+ Bela Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra

Felix Mendelssohn: Concerto in E minor for Violin and Orchestra, opus 64 - Fritz Kreisler, violin

1946 January 25-27 Fritz Reiner

Carol Brice, contralto

Johann Sebastian Bach orchestrated by Lucien Cailliet: "Little Fugue" in g minor BWV 578

Gustav Mahler: Songs of a Wayfarer (Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen) - Carol Brice, contralto

Robert Schumann: Symphony no 2 in C major, opus 61

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) : El amor brujo (1916) - Carol Brice, contralto

Johannes Brahms orchestrated by Albert Parlow: Hungarian Dance no 12 in D minor

Johannes Brahms orchestrated by Albert Parlow: Hungarian Dance no 13 in D major

Johannes Brahms orchestrated by Dvorak: Hungarian Dance no 19 in B minor

Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dance no 1 in G minor

1946 February 1-3 Fritz Reiner

Rudolf Serkin, piano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony no 35 in D major, K. 385, "Haffner"

Richard Strauss: Suite from Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, opus 60

Johannes Brahms: Concerto no 1 in D Minor for Piano and Orchestra, opus 15 - Rudolf Serkin, piano

1946 February 8-10 Fritz Reiner

Henry Brant Henry Brant (1913-2008)

George Frideric Handel: Suite from Water Music - Hamilton Harty transcription

+ Henry Dreyfus Brant (1913-2008): "Dedication in Memory of a Great Man" (1945)

Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony no 4 in A major, opus 90, "Italian"

Richard Wagner: Overture to Rienzi

Richard Wagner: "Venusberg Music" from Tannhäuser

Richard Wagner: "The Ride of the Valkyries" from Die Walküre

1946 March 29-31 Fritz Reiner

Bernstein Foss

Lucas Foss with Leonard Bernstein at the piano - both students of Fritz Reiner at the Curtis Institute

 

Gioacchino Rossini: Thieving Magpie: Overture

** Leo Weiner (1885-1960): Pastorale Fantasy & Fugue for String Orchestra opus 23 - US premiere of this work by Reiner's teacher

Franz Josef Haydn: Symphony no 31 in D major, "Hornsignal"

+ Lukas Foss (1922-2009): Ode for Orchestra - a work by one of Reiner's Curtis Institute students

Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050

- Sebastian Caratelli, flute; Lukas Foss, piano; Samuel Thaviu, violin

Ludwig van Beethoven: Leonore Overture no 3, opus 72A

1946 April 5-7 Fritz Reiner

Isaac Stern, violin

Darius Milhaud (1892-1974): Suite française, opus 248

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): Suite from Pulcinella (1949 revision)

Claude Debussy: "Ibéria", no 2 from Images

Henryk Wieniawski: Concerto no 2 in D minor for Violin and Orchestra, opus 22 - Isaac Stern, violin

1946 April 12-14 Fritz Reiner

William Kapell, piano

+ Nikolai Lopatnikoff 1903-1976: Concertino, for orchestra opus 30

Dmitry Kabalevsky (1904-1987): Symphony no 2, opus 19

Sergei Prokofiev: Concerto no 3 in C major for Piano and Orchestra, opus 26 - William Kapell, piano

1946 April 19-21 Fritz Reiner

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Divertimento in D major, K.334/320b

** Franz Josef Haydn: "The Seven Last Words of Christ" (1876): Elegie movement for winds - US premiere

Ludwig van Beethoven: "Turkish March" from the The Ruins of Athens, opus 113

Franz Schubert: Overture to Rosamunde, D. 644 - Overture to Die Zauberharfe

Gustav Mahler: SYMPHONY no 7 IN E MINOR: MVT. 4

Johann Strauss Jr.: "Schatz-Walzer" (Treasure Waltz) from The Gypsy Baron

Johann Strauss Jr.: THUNDER AND LIGHTNING POLKA

Johann Strauss Jr.: FLEDERMAUS: OVERTURE

1946 April 26-28 Fritz Reiner

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 1 in C major, opus 21

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 9 in D minor, opus 125, "Choral"

- Rosa Canario, soprano; William Hain, tenor; Martha Lipton, contralto; Nicola Moscona, bass

Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh

1946 October 18-20 Fritz Reiner

Opening concert of the Pittsburgh Symphony season 1946-1947

Johann Sebastian Bach orchestrated by Lucien Cailliet: Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565

Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 4 in E minor, opus 98

Silvestre Revueltas (1899-1940): Janitzio (1933)

Debussy: from Trois Nocturnes:

- "Nuages"

- "Fetes"

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): La Valse

1946 October 25-27 Fritz Reiner

Claudio Arrau, piano

Hector Berlioz: Overture to Benvenuto Cellini, opus 23

Robert Schumann: Symphony no 3 in E-flat major, opus 97 "Rhenish"

Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto no 3 in C minor for Piano and Orchestra, opus 37 - Claudio Arrau, piano

1946 November 1-3 Fritz Reiner

Samuel Barber (1910-1981) : The School for Scandal Overture (1931)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major opus 61 - Hugo Kolberg, violin

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963): Symphony: Mathis der Maler (Matthias the Painter)

Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger: Prelude to Act I

1946 November 8-10 Fritz Reiner

William Kapell, piano

Dmitry Kabalevsky (1904-1987): Overture to Colas Breugnon, opus 24

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony no 9 in E-flat major, opus 70

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) (orchestrated by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov): A Night on Bald Mountain

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, opus 43 - William Kapell, piano

1946 November 15-17 Fritz Reiner

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 3 in E-Flat major, opus 55 "Eroica"

Claude Debussy: "Ibéria", no 2 from Images

Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967): Dances of Galánta

1946 November 22-24 Fritz Reiner

Gregor Piatigorsky, cello

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976): Passacaglia from Peter Grimes, opus 33b

Robert Schumann: Concerto in A minor for Cello, opus 129 - Gregor Piatigorsky, cello

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony no 41 in C major, K. 551, "Jupiter"

Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, opus 28

1946 November 29-December 1 Fritz Reiner and Virgil Thomson

Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to Oberon

Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony no 1 in D major opus 25 'Classical'

Virgil Thomson (1896-1989): Six Portraits for Orchestra (1940) - Virgil Thomson, conductor

Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor, opus 68

Shortly after this concert, Virgil Thomson wrote: "...not other conductor now working before the American public, save only Pierre Monteux, is at once so sound a musician and so completely as master of his art..." 8

1946 December 6-8 Fritz Reiner

Joseph Szigeti, violin

Engelbert Humperdinck: Prelude to Hansel and Gretel

Ludwig van Beethoven: Romance no 1 in G major for Violin and Orchestra, opus 40 - Joseph Szigeti, violin

Archangelo Corelli: Sonata for Violin opus 5, no 12 "La Folia" - Joseph Szigeti, violin

Richard Strauss: Don Juan, opus 20

+ Bela Bartok: "Portrait for Violin" opus 5, no 1 - Joseph Szigeti, violin

+ Bela Bartok: Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin, opus 19

Johann Strauss Jr.: Wiener Blut waltz opus 354

1946 December 15

NBC Symphony

Studio 8H, New York City

Fritz Reiner

NBC Symphony radio broadcast

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony no 41 in C major, K. 551, "Jupiter"

Bela Bartok: Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin, opus 19

Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, opus 28

1946 December 22

NBC Symphony

Studio 8H, New York City

Fritz Reiner

NBC Symphony radio broadcast

Engelbert Humperdinck: Prelude to Hansel and Gretel

Richard Strauss: Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments in E flat Op 7

Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967): Dances of Galanta

1946 December 27 Fritz Reiner

Cherubini: Overture to Anacréon, ou L'amour fugitif

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A Major, opus 92

Carlos Chávez (1899-1978): Sinfonía India - Symphony no 2

Carlos Chávez: Concerto for Four Horns

- Herman Dorfman, horn; Martin Noliboff, horn; Herbert Russcol, horn; Tibor Shik, horn

José Pablo Moncayo: Huapango for orchestra (1941)

 

These Mexican compositions were played in preparation for the Reiner/Pittsburgh Symphony tour of the southern United States and Mexico in January and February 1947.

1946 December 29

NBC Symphony

Studio 8H, New York City

Fritz Reiner

NBC Symphony radio broadcast

Debussy: Danse (Tarantelle Styrienne) orchestrated by Maurice Ravel

Paul Hindemith: Symphony: Mathis der Maler (1934)

Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1868): Prelude to Act 1

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1946 January 5

NBC Symphony

Studio 8H, New York City

Fritz Reiner

NBC Symphony radio broadcast

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

Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 4 in E minor, opus 98

Strauss, Johann Jr.: Waltzes: Vienna blood (Wiener Blut), opus 354

1947 January 10-12 Fritz Reiner

Gioacchino Rossini: Overture to La scala di seta

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 36

Richard Wagner: Lohengrin: Prelude to Act I

Richard Wagner: Lohengrin: Prelude to Act III

Richard Wagner: "Forest Murmurs" from Act III of Siegfried

Richard Wagner: "Venusberg Music" from Tannhäuser

Richard Wagner: "The Ride of the Valkyries" from Die Walküre

1947 January 17-19 Fritz Reiner

Jascha Heifetz, violin

+ Bela Bartok: Hungarian Sketches

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, opus 36

Johannes Brahms: Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, opus 77 - Jascha Heifetz, violin

1947 January 20

Columbus, Ohio

Fritz Reiner

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on tour

1947 January 26

Municipal Auditorium, Memphis, Tennessee

Fritz Reiner

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on tour

1947 January 29

Fair Park Auditorium, Dallas, Texas

Fritz Reiner

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on tour

1947 January 30

Gregory Gym, University of Texas

Austin, Texas

Fritz Reiner

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on tour

Gregory Gym University of Texas, Austin Gregory Gym

1947 January 31

Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, Texas

Fritz Reiner

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on tour

Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to Oberon

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Debussy: Images: Iberia

Richard Strauss: Don Juan opus 20

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Prelude to Act I

1947 February 1

Martin High School Auditorium, Laredo, Texas

Fritz Reiner

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on tour

Johann Sebastian Bach orchestrated by Lucien Cailliet: Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Richard Strauss: Don Juan opus 20

Debussy: from Trois Nocturnes:

- "Nuages"

- "Fetes"

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Prelude to Act I

1947 February 3-9

Palacio de las Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico

Fritz Reiner

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on tour - five concerts in Mexico City under Fritz Reiner.

Palacio de las Bellas Artes Palacio de las Bellas Artes, Mexico City

 

"...The mayor of Pittsburgh, David L. Lawrence told a Reiner story. In the Pittsburgh Symphony's 1947 trip to Mexico, Reiner had been advised not to drink the water to avoid Montezuma's revenge. The acid-tongued Reiner ignored the warning, and at a concert at Mexico City, he had to dash off the stage for the restroom. 'The Brahms symphony had four movements,' the mayor chuckled, 'but that day it had five'..." 4

 

Carlos Chavez conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony in an additional sixth Mexico City concert.

1947 February 11

Monterrey, Mexico

Fritz Reiner

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on tour

One concert by Reiner and the Pittsburg Symphony in Monterrey following the Mexico City concerts

Reiner Mexico

1947 February 13

Municipal Auditorium, Harlingen, Texas

Fritz Reiner

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on tour

Harlington, Texas newspaper: "...The audience that heard the Pittsburgh Symphony in Harlington Thursday night almost insisted on an encore, but Director Fritz Reiner and his musicians insisted that there would be no encore. They could not be blamed too much having arrived late by train from Mexico..." 12

1947 February 14

Jones Auditorium, Kingsville, Texas

Fritz Reiner

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on tour

PSO on tour

Publicity picture during 1947 tour: Kras Malno Principal viola, Murray Feldman Principal second violin, Stephan Auber Principal viola, Hugo Kolberg Concertmaster

1947 February 20

Birmingham, Alabama

Fritz Reiner

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on tour

1947 February 28

Newark, Ohio

Fritz Reiner

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on tour

1947 March 7-9 Fritz Reiner

Isaac Stern, violin

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture to The Impresario, K. 486

Richard Mohaupt (1904-1957): Lysistrata ballet: Four Dances

Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, opus 35 - Isaac Stern, violin

1947 March 21-23 Fritz Reiner

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Le Tombeau de Couperin

Claude Debussy orchestrated 1923 by Maurice Ravel: Danse (1890 for piano)

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) : Suite no 2 from The Three-Cornered Hat (Three Dances)

Franz Josef Haydn: Symphony no 104 in D major, "London"

Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod

1947 March 28-30 Fritz Reiner

Rudolf Serkin, piano

Felix Mendelssohn: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, opus 27

Robert Schumann: Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra, opus 54 - Rudolf Serkin, piano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony no 40 in G minor, K. 550

Bela Bartok orchestrated by Leo Weiner: Romanian Folk Dances BB68

1947 April 5-6 Fritz Reiner

Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787) as arranged by Richard Wagner: Iphigénie en Aulide: Overture

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: "Mentre ti lascio, o figlia", K. 513 - Ezio Pinza, bass

Walter Piston (1894-1976): Symphony no 2 (1943)

Johannes Brahms: Vier ernste Gesänge (Four Serious Songs), opus 121 - Ezio Pinza, bass

Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklärung, opus 24 - Death and Transfiguration

1947 April 11-13 Fritz Reiner

Johannes Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, opus 45 - A German Requiem

- Julius Huehn, baritone; Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh; Frances Yeend, soprano

1947 April 18-20 Fritz Reiner

Walter Hendl, piano

George Frideric Handel: Concerto Grosso in D major, opus 6, no 5

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto no 20 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, K. 466 - Walter Hendl, piano

Peter Mennin (1923-1983): Symphony no 3 (1946)

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture

1947 April 25-27 Fritz Reiner

Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to Oberon

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, opus 36

Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod

Richard Wagner: Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Johann Strauss Jr.: Wiener Blut waltz opus 354

1947 October 24-26 Fritz Reiner

Opening concert of the Pittsburgh Symphony season 1947-1948

Mikhail Glinka: Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

*** Arnold Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht opus 4 in a 1943 revised version - world premiere of this revised version

Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, opus 28

1947 October 31-November 2 Fritz Reiner

Nathan Milstein, violin

Leone Sinigaglia Leone Sinigaglia

Leone Sinigaglia (1868-1944): Le baruffe chiozzotte opus 32: Overture

Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony no 3 in A minor, opus 56, "Scottish"

Johannes Brahms: Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, opus 77 - Nathan Milstein, violin

1947 November 7-9 Fritz Reiner

Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture to Egmont, opus 84

Franz Josef Haydn: Symphony no 94 in G major, "Surprise"

Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, opus 40 - Hugo Kolberg, violin

1947 November 14-16 Fritz Reiner

Artur Schnabel, piano

Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884) : Overture to The Bartered Bride

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto no 15 in B-flat major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 450 - Artur Schnabel, piano

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 8 in F major, opus 93

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto no 24 in C minor for Piano and Orchestra, K. 491 - Artur Schnabel, piano

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol, opus 34

1947 November 21-23 Fritz Reiner

*** Gardner Read (1913-2005) a midwest composer and academic: Pennsylvaniana opus 67 - world premiere

+ Robert Volkmann (1815-1883): Cello Concerto opus 33 (1858) - Stefan Auber, cello

Franz Schubert: Symphony no 8 in C major, D. 944 [old Nos. 7 and 9] "The Great"

1947 November 28-30 Fritz Reiner

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Overture to May Night

Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony no 5 in B-flat major, opus 100

Antonin Dvorak: Symphony no 9 in E minor, opus 95 "From the New World"

1947 December 5-7 Fritz Reiner

Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream (1842): Overture

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 6 in F major, opus 68, "Pastoral"

+ Walter Piston (1894-1976): Violin Concerto no 1 (1939) at that time the only Piston Violin Concerto - Hugo Kolberg, violin

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): La Valse

1947 December 12-14 Fritz Reiner

Ania Dorfmann, piano

Hector Berlioz: Overture to Béatrice et Bénédict

Claude Debussy: La mer: Three Symphonic Sketches

Felix Mendelssohn: Concerto no 1 in G minor for Piano and Orchestra, opus 25 - Ania Dorfmann, piano

Robert Schumann: Symphony no 4 in D minor, opus 120

1947 December 19-21 Fritz Reiner

Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to Der Freischütz

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963): Theme and four variations "The Four Temperaments" (1940) - Erza Rachlin, piano

Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007): Amelia al ballo (Amelia Goes to the Ball): Overture

Jean Sibelius: Symphony no 2 in D Major opus 43

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1948 January 9-11 Fritz Reiner

Johannes Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, opus 80

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony no 36 in C major, K. 425, "Linz"

Johann Strauss Jr.: Tales from the Vienna Woods, Waltzes, opus 325

Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto no 4 in G major for Piano and Orchestra, opus 58 - Robert Casadesus, piano

1948 January 16-18 Fritz Reiner

Gioacchino Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri: Overture

** Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): Concerto in D major for String Orchestra (later revised in 1961) - US premiere

Franz Josef Haydn: Concerto in D major for Cello and Orchestra, H. VII:2 - Gregor Piatigorsky, cello

Richard Strauss: Don Quixote, opus 35 - Hugo Kolberg, violin; Kras Malno, viola; Gregor Piatigorsky, cello

1948 January 23-25 Fritz Reiner

Isaac Stern, violin

Robert Schumann: Overture to Genoveva, opus 81

Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony no 4 in A major, opus 90, "Italian"

** Alfredo Casella (1883-1947): Paganiniana, Divertimento for Orchestra on Themes of Niccolo Paganini, opus 65 - US premiere

Edouard Lalo: Symphonie espagnole for Violin and Orchestra, opus 21

1948 January 30-February 1 Fritz Reiner

William Kapell piano

Felix Mendelssohn: The Hebrides Overture, opus 26, "Fingal's Cave"

Richard Strauss: Burleske in D minor for Piano and Orchestra - William Kapell, piano

*** Norman Dello Joio (1913-2008): Variations, Chaconne, and Finale (originally named "Three Symphonic Dances") - world premiere

Norman Dello Joio Norman Dello Joio

Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto no 1 opus 35 - William Kapell, piano; Irving Sarin, trumpet

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) (1875-1937): Boléro (1928)

1948 February 6-8 Fritz Reiner

Richard Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (1841): Overture

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, opus 67

Bela Bartok orchestrated by Leo Weiner: Romanian Folk Dances BB68

Claude Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun) (1894)

Hector Berlioz: The Damnation of Faust: Minuet of the Will-o'-the-Wisps

Hector Berlioz: "Dance of the Sylphs" from La Damnation de Faust (The Damnation of Faust), opus 24

Hector Berlioz: "Hungarian March" from La Damnation de Faust (Damnation of Faust), opus 24 [Rákóczy March]

1948 February 13-15 Fritz Reiner and Alvin Etler

Alvin Etler Alvin D. Etler midwest composer who also taught at several universities

Zino Francescatti, violin

Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, opus 90

Alvin Etler (1913-1973): Passacaglia and Fugue - conducted by Alvin Etler

Felix Mendelssohn: Concerto in E minor for Violin and Orchestra, opus 64 - Zino Francescatti, violin

1948 February 27-29 Fritz Reiner

Richard Wagner: Die Walküre: Act I (Concert Performance)

- Set Svanholm, tenor; Leonard Treash, bass; Astrid Varnay, soprano

Richard Wagner: Die Götterdämmerung: excerpts selected by Reiner (unspecified)

- Set Svanholm, tenor; Astrid Varnay, soprano

1948 March 1

Memorial Hall, Columbus, Ohio

Fritz Reiner

Pittsburgh Symphony on Tour

1948 April 9-11 Fritz Reiner

Johann Sebastian Bach orchestrated by Leo Weiner (1885-1960): Toccata and Fugue in C major, BWV 566a

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major for Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, and Orchestra, K.297B -

Arthur Kubey, bassoon; Mitchell Lurie, clarinet; Arno Mariotti, oboe; Tibor Shik, horn

+ Nikolai Lopatnikoff 1903-1976: Sinfonietta opus 27 (1942)

*** Robert McBride (1911-2007): Swing Stuff for clarinet and orchestra (1939) - Mitchell Lurie, clarinet - premiere

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Pavane pour une infante défunte

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) : La vida breve (1906): Interlude and Dance

1948 April 16-18 Fritz Reiner

Rudolf Firkusny, piano

Ludwig van Beethoven: Leonore Overture no 2 opus 72

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 4 in B-flat major, opus 60

Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto no 5 in E-flat major for Piano and Orchestra, opus 73 "Emperor" - Rudolf Firkusny, piano

1948 April 20

Indiana State Teachers College

Indiana, Pennsylvania

Fritz Reiner

Pittsburgh Symphony on Tour

Ludwig van Beethoven: Leonore Overture no 2 opus 72

Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, opus 90

Bela Bartok orchestrated by Leo Weiner: Romanian Folk Dances BB68

Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

Hector Berlioz: The Damnation of Faust: Minuet of the Will-o'-the-Wisps

Hector Berlioz: "Dance of the Sylphs" from La Damnation de Faust (The Damnation of Faust), opus 24

Hector Berlioz: "Hungarian March" from La Damnation de Faust (Damnation of Faust), opus 24 [Rákóczy March]

1948 April 24 Fritz Reiner

Fritz Reiner's final concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony as Principal conductor

Richard Wagner: Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Richard Strauss: Don Juan, opus 20

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): La Valse

Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor, opus 68

 

Donald Steinfirst in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote: "...As the 10 year tenure of Fritz Reiner as conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony came to a close Saturday night in the Syria Mosque...the Pittsburgh Symphony never sounded so well as it did on Saturday night. It was as though most of the members of the orchestra had determined to outdo themselves on this final occasion..." 15

1948 June 14

New York Philharmonic

Lewiston Stadium, New York

Fritz Reiner

Erica Morini violin

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - Prelude to Act I

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in c minor opus 68

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major opus 35

1948 June 15

New York Philharmonic

Lewiston Stadium, New York

Fritz Reiner

Ludwig van Beethoven: Leonore Overture no 2 opus 72a

Richard Strauss: Don Juan, opus 20

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): La Valse

Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967): Dances of Galanta

Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

Hector Berlioz: The Damnation of Faust: Minuet of the Will-o'-the-Wisps

Hector Berlioz: "Dance of the Sylphs" from La Damnation de Faust (The Damnation of Faust), opus 24

Hector Berlioz: "Hungarian March" from La Damnation de Faust (Damnation of Faust), opus 24 [Rákóczy March]

1948 June 16

New York Philharmonic

Lewiston Stadium, New York

Fritz Reiner

Stell Anderson piano

Robert Schumann: Genoveva Overture opus 81

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in g minor K 550

Bela Bartok orchestrated by Leo Weiner: Romanian Folk Dances BB68

Richard Rodgers arranged by Don Walker: Waltzes from Carousel

Edvard Grieg: Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra, opus 16 - Stell Anderson piano

1948 June 17

New York Philharmonic

Lewiston Stadium, New York

Fritz Reiner

Rose Bampton soprano, Set Svanholm tenor

Richard Wagner: Lohengrin: Prelude to Act III

Richard Wagner: Lohengrin: "Treulich gefuhrt" Bridal Chorus, Act III,

Richard Wagner: Lohengrin Act III: "In fernem Land" grail narrative

Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod

Richard Wagner: Die Walküre: Act I Scene 2

Richard Wagner: Die Walküre: "The Ride of the Valkyries"

1948 June 21

New York Philharmonic

Lewiston Stadium, New York

Fritz Reiner

Isaac Stern violin

Johannes Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, opus 80

Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, opus 90

Johannes Brahms: Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, opus 77 - Isaac Stern violin

1948 June 25 afternoon

New York Philharmonic

Lewiston Stadium, New York

Fritz Reiner

William Kapell piano

Dmitry Kabalevsky (1904-1987): Overture to Colas Breugnon, opus 24

Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony no 1 in D major opus 25 'Classical'

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, opus 36

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Concerto no 2 in C minor for Piano And Orchestra, opus 18 - William Kapell piano

1948 June 25 evening

New York Philharmonic

Lewiston Stadium, New York

Fritz Reiner

Ludwig van Beethoven: Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus (The Creatures of Prometheus) opus 43: Overture

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 4 in B-flat major, opus 60

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 3 in E-Flat major, opus 55 "Eroica"

Kenneth Morgan wrote: "...Reiner's search for a new post became more urgent as the forties progressed because of the opposition to his artistic and financial goals in Pittsburgh. He left his post there in 1948 after disagreements with Spector [Pittsburgh Symphony manager] and attempts to cut back the number of players and length of the season... By 1948 Reiner was in negotiation with the Metropolitan Opera to become a principal conductor; his appointment was confirmed shortly after his resignation from Pittsburgh [to the Board 20 February 1948] 13.

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1949 February 4, 14, 24, March 9

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Metropolitan Opera House, New York

Fritz Reiner

Richard Strauss: Salome

Salome - Ljuba Welitsch (her Metropolitan Opera debut)

Herod - Max Lorenz

Herodias - Kerstin Thorborg

Jochanaan - Joel Berglund

Narraboth - Brian Sullivan

Page - .Hertha Glaz

Soldier - Jerome Hines

Irving Kolodin in The New York Sun wrote: "...Richard Strauss' "Salome" was revived at the Metropolitan Opera House last night in more than the usual meaning of that term. With Ljuba Welitsch, the new Bulgarian soprano, as one wing of the bellows, and Conductor Fritz Reiner, of long and esteemed honor, as the other, they pumped blazing life into a work which might almost be said to be making its debut here with them. An audience which filled every nook of the theater was still cheering both fifteen minutes after the final curtain.

1949 February 26 Matinee, March 3, 7

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Metropolitan Opera House, New York

Fritz Reiner

Giuseppe Verdi: Falstaff

Sir John Falstaff - Leonard Warren

Alice Ford - Regina Resnik

Ford - Giuseppe Valdengo

Dame Quickly - Cloe Elmo

Nannetta - Licia Albanese

Fenton - Giuseppe Di Stefano

Musical America wrote: "...Despite the admirable contributions of most of the singers, it was Mr. Reiner's conducting, above all else, that made this Falstaff one of the Metropolitan's finest attainments in many seasons.

1949 March 18, April 13, 15

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Metropolitan Opera House, New York

Fritz Reiner
Richard Wagner: Parsifal

Parsifal - Charles Kullman March 18, Set Svanholm April 13, 15

Kundry - Rose Bampton

Amfortas - Herbert Janssen

Gurnemanz - Joel Berglund

Klingsor - Gerhard Pechner

Titurel - Dezsö Ernster

1949 March 22, 25

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus

March 22: Lyric Theater, Baltimore, Maryland

March 25: Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts

Fritz Reiner

W. A. Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro

Figaro - Italo Tajo

Susanna - Bidú Sayao

Count Almaviva - Frank Valentino

Countess Almaviva - Eleanor Steber

Cherubino - Risë Stevens

Dr. Bartolo - Salvatore Baccaloni

Marcellina - Hertha Glaz

Don Basilio - Alessio De Paolis

Musical America wrote: "... Despite the admirable contributions of most of the singers, it was Mr. Reiner's conducting, above all else, that made this Falstaff one of the Metropolitan's finest attainments in many seasons.

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1  Fritz Reiner Society, Stephen C. Hillyer, President.  Chicago Symphony Orchestra Subscription Concerts 1953-1963.  December, 1981.
2  page 16.  Chicago Musical Patron is Visitor in Elyria. Elyria Chronicle Telegram.  Elyria, Ohio.  January 5, 1955.
3  pages 6-9.  Hart, Philip.  Fritz Reiner: A Biography.  Northwestern University Press.  Chicago, Illinois.  1994.  ISBN: 0810114631.
4  page F-1. Apone, Carl. "They Can Be Pleasent or Downright Prickly" Pittsburgh Press. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. August 4, 1985.
5  Morgan, Kenneth. "Fritz Reiner, Maestro and Martinet" University of Illinois Press. Urbana, Illinois. 2005. ISBN-13: 978-0-252-07730-2.
6  Peck, Donald. "The Right Place, The Right Time." Indiana University Press. Bloomington, Indiana. 2007. ISBN-13: 978-0-253-34914-9.
7  pages 631-636. Thomas, Louis Russell. A History of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to 1931. University of Cincinnati. Cincinnati, Ohio. 1972.
8  pages 107-108.  Hart, Philip.  Fritz Reiner: A Biography.  Northwestern University Press.  Chicago, Illinois.  1994.  ISBN: 0810114631.
9  page 6. Before the Mike. Sandusky Star Journal. Sandusky, Ohio. November 3, 1928.
10  page 4. On the Air. Decatur Review. Decatur, Illinois. November 6, 1928.
11  Humphrey, George Norwood Becoming a Musician. Xlibris Corporation. Bloomington, Indiana. ISBN 978-1-4257-2074-5.
12  page 4 Expected Too Much Valley Morning Star. Harlingen, Texas. February 16, 1947.
13  pages 126-127. Morgan, Kenneth. "Fritz Reiner, Maestro and Martinet" op. cit.
14    page 5. Lewando, Ralph. "Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Scores in Opening Concert". Pittsburgh Press. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. October 20, 1945.
14    page 2. Steinforth, Donald. "Symphony Orchestra, Audience Make Reiner's Farewell Memorable". Pittsburgh Press. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. April 26, 1948.

 

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