Reisenauer led a highly successful career as a pianist, especially in Germany and Russia, and was well known for his sensitive playing. On 10 April 1905, he recorded ten piano pieces for the Welte-Mignonplayer piano at the Welte Studio in Leipzig. Reisenauer also set numerous lieder to music. He became a strong alcoholic and drank heavy lots of champagne during his tours. He died at Libau in 1907 during a concert tour.