Fritz Reiner dedicated himself to the interpretation of works by modern composers such as Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss and Béla Bartók, and it suited him well to tackle works such as Brahms’s Hungarian Dances and Dvorák’s Slavonic Dances. These lively compositions require a conductor whose interaction with the orchestra is vivacious and animated. Reiner always demanded utmost concentration and perfection from his ensemble. Under his baton, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra plays with enthusiasm and without restraint; no trace of a sterile concert atmosphere is found in this recording.
Reiner’s penchant for effects is not irritating, but rather adds highlights which support his highly musical interpretation, indeed one even forgets this trait when listening to the brilliant music.
No.5 in G minor (orch. Parlow)
No.6 in D major (orch. Parlow)
No.7 in A major (orch. Hallen)
No.12 in D major (orch. Parlow)
No.13 in D major (orch. Parlow)
No.19 in B minor (orch. Dvorak)
No.21 in E minor (orch. Dvorak)
No. 1 in G minor (orch. Brahms)
Opus 46, no.1 in C major
Opus 46, no.3 in A flat major
Opus 46, no.8 in G minor
Opus 72, no.2 in E minor
Opus 72, no.1 in B major