"I don't agree at all with this assessment of Reiner's recordings."
Very few people agree with that assessment.
Reiner is well known as a great conductor, a superb musician, and a
rather miserable person...
one of his principal players says it well:
"Incidentally, it is strange to me that the critics in this country
are still unable to evaluate the greatness of Fritz Reiner.
How do they account for the permanence in the catalog of
almost all of the Reiner records made in the short ten years
or less that he was here? I see so many lists of conductors
and he is seldom mentioned. Just listen to the breadth of his
repertoire on CD and in each catagory he has few peers!
People like Maazel, Muti, Mehta, Slatkin, Masur, Von
Dohnanyi, Ormandy, and a host of others should not be
mentioned in the same world."
Ray Still (40 years first Oboe, Chicago Symphony)
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
from the Pittsburgh SO website:
Reiner on Leonard Bernstein, 1944: "Wait until you see that kid conduct
tonight. Mit einem Schmiss [with fiery verve]! Watch out for him. He's
going to make a real career."
Leonard Bernstein on Reiner, 1989: "He was a genius, apart from all
other conductors I've ever known. He was tyrannical, he was cruel, he
was bitter, he was ruthless in his treatment of us if we didn't know
what was happening. His standards were incredibly high, and I bless him