Classics of the Phonograph

Hear Reiner Before Chicago!

A man conducting an orchestra

Fritz Reiner Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Fritz Reiner's golden age as a recording artist was in the 1960s with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. But Reiner also had a silver age: his period with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in the 1940s when he made dozens of recordings for Columbia Records. On Saturday at 11, we will hear Reiner's masterful treatment of the music of Mozart, Kodaly, and Shostakovich.