CBC Radio 2's Tempo and CBC Music are collaborating to give away Sony Classical's Fritz Reiner: The Complete RCA Album Collection. The comprehensive collection includes 63 CDs and a 160 page booklet.
Fritz Reiner is considered one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century. He lived the best musical decade of his life while conducting the Chicago Symphony beginning in 1952. Igor Stravinsky called the Reiner's orchestra, "the most precise and flexible orchestra in the world." Luckily for us, stereophonic sound technology was newly developed and used to record many of their legendary performances. Reiner credits the amazing technicians from RCA for somehow capturing the richness of the orchestra so lushly, while the technology was still so new.
Reiner was born in Hungary in 1888 and studied with many amazing musicians. Béla Bartók was his piano teacher for two years. The young Reiner also worked with Richard Strauss before moving to America to conduct the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. While teaching in Philadelphia, his list of students included Leonard Bernstein where legend has it that Bernstein received the only A that Reiner ever gave.
Reiner was famous for his stern temper which not all musicians could handle. But those who could deal with the abuse often raved about the genius of his conducting.
To be eligible to win the 63 disc box set, tell us who your favourite conductor is, and why she or he is your favourite, in 100 words or less.
Leave your comments in the comment section below, before 11:59 a.m. ET on Jan. 16.
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One winner will be chosen and announced on Friday's Tempo, on Jan. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. local time (9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. NT).
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