P1417. CHARLES REINER: Sonata #1 in g for solo Violin (Bach); w.HENRYK SZERYNG: Violin Sonata #2 in A, Op. 100 (Brahms); Romanian Folk Dances (Bartok); Violin Sonata in a, Op.13 (Paderewski); Encores by Halffter, de Sarasate, Novácek, Marroquin, de Falla & Brahms. (Canada) 2-St Laurent Studio YSL T-1230, Live Performance, 26 Feb., 1984, Roy Thompson Hall, Toronto. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
“In violin recitals of yore, a pianist could usually be described somewhere in the background, plunking unobtrusively away, foot on the soft pedal, while the fiddler dominated the program like a Nero in tails. That school of violin playing is not so prevalent today, and it was the newer style that held the stage yesterday afternoon at Hunter College Assembly Hall, where Henryk Szeryng and Charles Reiner played a program that was a model of shared responsibility and shared glory.”
- Donal Henahan, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 6 Dec., 1971
“At a young age, Charles Reiner was soloist with the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra. After his release from a concentration camp in Austria, Reiner attended the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, and in 1947 received a concert diploma. His teachers were Arpad Hanak, Arnold Szekely, and Bela Böszörmenyi-Nagy. He won the 1948 International Competition for Musical Performers in Geneva and in 1949 was awarded first prize for virtuosity by the Geneva Conservatory, where he had studied with Dinu Lipatti and Louis Hiltbrandt. After performing in various European centres, he won first prize (1950) in a United-Nations-sponsored competition of the International Refugees Organization.
Reiner moved to Montréal in 1951 and that year made his solo recital debut 27 Nov. at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, followed by around 40 concerts for Jeunesses Musicales of Canada. In an impressive career as accompanist he has performed with Henryk Szeryng, Igor Oistrakh, Ruggiero Ricci, Hyman Bress, Antonio Janigro, Arthur LeBlanc, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Richard Verreau, Maureen Forrester, and others. A favourite accompanist of Szeryng over the years, Reiner recorded with him many times, toured South Africa and elsewhere, and played at Carnegie Hall.
Reiner also gave solo recitals in North America, Europe, and South Africa, and appeared innumerable times on radio and TV. He was a founding member of the Canadian Piano Quartet, and of Musica Camerata Montréal in 1971. In 1985 he was invited by the Shanghai Conservatory to teach the complete Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for violin and piano, which he performed with 14 Chinese violinists in five recitals.”
- THE CANADIAN ENCYCOPEDIA