Arthur Leblanc;  w. Charles Reiner   (3-St Laurent Studio YSL T-692)
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Arthur Leblanc;  w. Charles Reiner   (3-St Laurent Studio YSL T-692)
S0760. ARTHUR LEBLANC, w. Charles Reiner (Pf.): Bach, Fiocco, Mozart, Nardini, Vitali, Vivaldi, François Schubert, Schubert, Champagne, Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Nin, Wieniawski, Fraser, Gratton, Kreisler & Leblanc. (Canada) 3-St Laurent Studio YSL T-692, recorded 1958-67. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.


"Arthur Leblanc studied at the New England Conservatory for two years with Richard Burgin, concertmaster of the Boston SO, and with Felix Winternitz. He also studied in New York with Bernard Sinsheimer. On a Québec government grant in 1930, Leblanc studied at the École normale de Paris with Georges Enescu, Maurice Hayot, and Jacques Thibaud. While a member of the orchestra there he performed as a soloist under Cortot. In 1934 he passed his performance examination with great distinction, earning an extensive tour during which he played in Liège, Basel, Genève, Lausanne, and Le Havre. He was a member of the first violins in the Paris SO during the 1935-6 season under Pierre Monteux.

Leblanc made his debut at Town Hall, New York, May, 1938, and next season he appeared at Carnegie Hall. 'Mr. Leblanc possessed the well developed technique expected from any concert performer’, wrote THE NEW YORK TIMES critic, 27 Nov., 1939, 'but what made his work quite unusual was the extreme beauty and purity of his tone and the rich fund of expressiveness that helped to give his performances true distinction'.

Managed 1941-46 by Columbia Concerts, he appeared in the USA both alone and with such artists as Rose Bampton, Richard Crooks, Gregor Piatigorsky, and Bidú Sayão. He performed 6 Dec., 1941 before President Roosevelt at the White House and in 1944-45 gave 26 concerts in six weeks.

Milhaud composed his Concerto #2 for Leblanc in 1946, and the violinist gave its premiere in 1948 at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with the Concert Society of the Paris Conservatoire under André Cluytens. Its North American premiere, 13 Jan., 1953, he performed with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra under Désiré Defauw.”

- Juliette Bourassa, THE CANADIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA, 27 March, 2013

“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.”