Reiner: Haydn Symphonies No. 95 & 101 "Clock" - RCA LSC-2742
Jacket VG+ / LP EX
This superb LP from RCA (LSC-2742, US pressing, top white dog label, stereo, full-size booklet included, original inner sleeve) features Fritz Reiner’s valedictory recordings, made with ‘His’ Symphony Orchestra in New York only two months before his death, of Haydn’s Symphonies No. 95 in C Minor and No. 101 ‘Clock’ in D. In their times, both Szell and Bernstein were variously described as the finest Haydn conductors in North America, but in this listener’s opinion, Reiner trumps them both and it is unfortunate that this remarkable Hungarian conductor did not live to record more Haydn.
Present in this copy, so often missing that I suspect many collector's are unaware that it was originally included by RCA, is the 6-page fold-out full-size booklet that was the label's tribute to the late maestro. It features an appreciation of Reiner's artistry by critic Irving Kolodin, a eulogy by composer William Schumann, and photographs from the 1963 Haydn sessions in New York, his last. There is also a full catalog listing of his RCA recordings.