Lovro von Matacic

Biography

Born: February 14, 1899; Susak, Croatia   Died: January 4, 1985; Zagreb, Croatia  
Lovro von Matacic was one of the great conductors who preserved the authentic late-Romantic tradition into the late-Romantic age.

He was a member of the Vienna Boys' Choir, then studied at the Vienna Hochschule für Musik. There he studied piano, organ, composition, and conducting. His teachers included Herbst and Nedbal. After graduation he obtained one of the typical entry-level job for young conductors in the Central European tradition,
Read more as an operatic chorus director. This was in the Cologne Opera, where he was considered promising enough that he was given a chance to conduct there in 1919, his conducting debut.

He worked at the Salzburg Festival on the music staff, and then returned to Yugoslavia, which at the end of World War I had finally obtained its independence from Austria.

He became the Music Director of the opera house in Osijek, continuing his career advancement through opera houses in the larger cities, Novi Sad, Ljubljana, Zagreb, and in 1938 the capital, Belgrade. In the same year he also became the conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra.

After the German invasion of 1941 he resigned his position at the Belgrade Opera (1942) and from 1942 to 1945 he was conductor of the Vienna Volksoper.

After the war, he became the General Music Director in Skopje. He organized the annual Dubrovnik and Split Festivals. He was permanent guest conductor at the opera houses of Munich and Vienna. From 1956 to 1958, he was General Music Director of the Dresden State Opera and Staatskapelle Orchestra and, with Franz Konwitschny, co-General Music Director of the (East) Berlin State Opera.

He appeared in America with the Chicago Lyric Opera in 1959.

In 1961, Matacic succeeded Georg Solti as General Music Director of the Frankfurt Opera and orchestra, remaining there through 1966. In 1965 he was appointed Honorary Chief Conductor of the NHK (Japanese Radio and Television) Orchestra in 1965. He was Music Director of the Zagreb Philharmonic from 1970 to 1980, and of the Monte Carlo Opera from 1974 to 1979. At the end of these tenures, he became honorary conductor for life of both organizations.

He guest conducted extensively and at various times was principal guest conductor or permanent guest conductor at various times of the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, and Prague Philharmonic. He began conducting orchestras in America frequently, and led opera performances at La Scala, the Bayreuth Festival, Opera di Roma, and various other European and Japanese venues.

He was best known for the late-Romantic repertory, particularly the symphonies of Bruckner and music of Wagner, as well as for music of Slavic composers. He received the Bruckner Medal of the International Bruckner Association, the Bruckner Ring of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Janacek Medal and the Smetana Medal (awarded by the government of Czechoslovakia), the Cross of the First Order for Arts and Sciences of the President of the Republic of Austria, and the Berlin Philharmonic's Hans von Bülow Medal.

He recorded frequently, and many "dall vivo" recordings of his live and broadcast performances exist. He was especially praised for his control over the immense formal structures of Bruckner's symphonies and his masterly control of phrasing. However, he also included in his favorite repertory music of the whole Romantic era and the music of Beethoven, Mozart, and Haydn. His reputation with the most serious music of the era did not preclude him from having a light touch where recalled; his recording of Léhar's The Merry Widow, with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, is particularly prized.

As a composer, Matacic was not prolific, but his music was highly expressive in a highly chromatic post-Romantic style. Read less

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Biography

Born: February 14, 1899; Susak, Croatia   Died: January 4, 1985; Zagreb, Croatia  
Lovro von Matacic was one of the great conductors who preserved the authentic late-Romantic tradition into the late-Romantic age.

He was a member of the Vienna Boys' Choir, then studied at the Vienna Hochschule für Musik. There he studied piano, organ, composition, and conducting. His teachers included Herbst and Nedbal. After graduation he obtained one of the typical entry-level job for young conductors in the Central European tradition,
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Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.54 (2003 Digital Remaster): Allegro affettuoso - Andante espressivo - Tempo 1 - Cadenza - Allegro molto
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.54 (2003 Digital Remaster): Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.54 (2003 Digital Remaster): Allegro vivace
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16 (2003 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro molto moderato
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16 (2003 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16 (2003 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Andante maestoso
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A minor Op. 82: I. Moderato
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A minor Op. 82: II. Andante sostenuto
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A minor Op. 82: III. Allegro
Theme & Variations: Suite No.3 in G, Op.55, IV: Theme
Theme & Variations: Suite No.3 in G, Op.55, IV: Variation I
Theme & Variations: Suite No.3 in G, Op.55, IV: Variation II
Theme & Variations: Suite No.3 in G, Op.55, IV: Variation III
Theme & Variations: Suite No.3 in G, Op.55, IV: Variation IV
Theme & Variations: Suite No.3 in G, Op.55, IV: Variation V
Theme & Variations: Suite No.3 in G, Op.55, IV: Variation VI
Theme & Variations: Suite No.3 in G, Op.55, IV: Variation VII
Theme & Variations: Suite No.3 in G, Op.55, IV: Variation VIII
Theme & Variations: Suite No.3 in G, Op.55, IV: Variation IX
Theme & Variations: Suite No.3 in G, Op.55, IV: Variation X
Theme & Variations: Suite No.3 in G, Op.55, IV: Variation XI
Theme & Variations: Suite No.3 in G, Op.55, IV: Variation XII
Theme & Variations: Suite No.3 in G, Op.55, IV: Theme
Theme & Variations: Suite No.3 in G, Op.55, IV: Variation I
Theme & Variations: Suite No.3 in G, Op.55, IV: Variation II
Theme & Variations: Suite No.3 in G, Op.55, IV: Variation III
Theme & Variations: Suite No.3 in G, Op.55, IV: Variation IV
Theme & Variations: Suite No.3 in G, Op.55, IV: Variation V
Theme & Variations: Suite No.3 in G, Op.55, IV: Variation VI
Theme & Variations: Suite No.3 in G, Op.55, IV: Variation VII
Theme & Variations: Suite No.3 in G, Op.55, IV: Variation VIII
Theme & Variations: Suite No.3 in G, Op.55, IV: Variation IX
Theme & Variations: Suite No.3 in G, Op.55, IV: Variation X
Theme & Variations: Suite No.3 in G, Op.55, IV: Variation XI
Theme & Variations: Suite No.3 in G, Op.55, IV: Variation XII
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16 (2003 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro molto moderato
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16 (2003 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16 (2003 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Andante maestoso
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.54 (2003 Digital Remaster): Allegro affettuoso - Andante espressivo - Tempo 1 - Cadenza - Allegro molto
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.54 (2003 Digital Remaster): Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.54 (2003 Digital Remaster): Allegro vivace
Piano Concerto in A minor Op.16 (2003 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro molto moderato
Piano Concerto in A minor Op.16 (2003 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio
Piano Concerto in A minor Op.16 (2003 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Andante maestoso
Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54 (2003 Digital Remaster): Allegro affettuoso - Andante espressivo - Tempo 1 - Cadenza - Allegro molto
Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54 (2003 Digital Remaster): Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)
Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54 (2003 Digital Remaster): Allegro vivace
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act I: Introduction (Orchestra)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act I: Hello! Hello! Alla 'Polka' (Minatori)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act I: Hello, Nick! (Minatori/Nick/Rance)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act I: Che faranno i vecchi miei (Wallace/Nick/Minatori)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act I: Jim, perchč piangi? (Minatori/Rance/Ashby)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act I: Ragazzi, fate largo! (Rance/Ashby/Minatori/Nick)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act I: Hello, Minnie! (Minatori/Minnie/Ashby/Nick/Rance)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act I: Dove eravamo? (Minnie/Minatori)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act I: La posta! (Nick/Minatori/Un postiglione/Ashby/Minnie/Rance)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act I: Ti voglio bene, Minnie (Rance/Minnie)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act I: Minnie, dalla mia casa son partito (Rance/Minnie)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act I: Laggiů nel Soledad (Rance/Minnie)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act I: Chi c'č, per farmi i ricci? (Johnson/Minnie/Rance)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act I: Ragazzi! Uno straniero ricusa confessare (Rance/Minatori/Minnie/Johnson/Nick/Ashby/Castro)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act I: Mister Johnson, siete rimasto indietro (Minnie/Johnson)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act I: Io non son che una povera fanciulla (Minnie)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act I: Quello che tacete (Johnson/Minnie/Nick)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act I: S'č visto qui attorno (Johnson/Minnie/Nick)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act I: Oh, non temete, nessuno ardirŕ (Johnson/Minnie)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act II: Il mio bimbo č grande e piccino (Wowkle/Billy)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act II: Billy, č fissato? (Minnie/Billy/Wowkle/Johnson)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act II: Hello! ... Buona sera! (Johnson/Minnie/Wowkle)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act II: Oh, se sapeste (Minnie/Johnson)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act II: Ugh! ... Neve! (Wowkle/Minnie/Johnson)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act II: Hello! ... Chiamano (Nick/Minnie/Johnson/Sonora/Rance/Ashby)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act II: Vieni fuori, vieni fuori, vieni fuor! (Minnie/Johnson)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act II: Or son sei mesi che mio padre morě (Minnie/Johnson)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act II: L'han ferito ... Che importa? (Minnie/Johnson)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act II: Che c'č di nuovo, Jack? (Minnie/Rance)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act II: Oh, strano! Del sangue sulla mano (Minnie/Rance)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act II: Una partita a poker! (Minnie/Rance)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act III: Ve lo giuro, sceriffo (Nick/Rance)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act III: Ah! ... Ah! ... Urrah, ragazzi! (Minatori/Ashby/Rance/Nick)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act III: E cosě, Mister Johnson, come va! (Rance/Johnson/Minatori)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act III: Risparmiate lo scherno (Rance/Johnson/Minatori)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act III: Ch'ella mi creda libero e lontano (Rance/Johnson/Minatori)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act III: Ah! ... Ah! ... E Minnie! (Minnie/Minatori/Rance)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act III: Non vi fu mai chi disse 'Basta!' (Minnie/Minatori)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act III: E anche tu lo vorrai, Joe (Minnie/Minatori)
La Fanciulla del West (1991 Digital Remaster), Act III: Le tue parole sono di Dio (Sonora/Johnson/Minatori/Minnie)
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in G minor Op. 26 (2006 Digital Remaster): I. Vorspiel (Allegro moderato) -
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in G minor Op. 26 (2006 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in G minor Op. 26 (2006 Digital Remaster): III. Finale (Allegro energico)
Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 19 (2004 Digital Remaster): Andantino
Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 19 (2004 Digital Remaster): Scherzo (Vivacissimo)
Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 19 (2004 Digital Remaster): Moderato
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) (2000 Digital Remaster): I. Introduktion (Orchester)...Verehrteste Damen und Herren (Cascada/Chor/Zeta)
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) (2000 Digital Remaster): Rezitativ: Danke, danke, mein Herrschaften (Zeta/St.Brioche/Cascada/Valencienne/Camille)
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) (2000 Digital Remaster): II. So kommen Sie! 's ist niemand hier!
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) (2000 Digital Remaster): Ich bin eine anständ'ge Frau (Valencienne/Camille)
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) (2000 Digital Remaster): Rezitative: Nun, Njegus, waren Sie beim Grafen Danilo? (Zeta/Njegus/Cascada/St.Brioche)
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) (2000 Digital Remaster): III. Rezitativ: Frau Glawari darf keinen Pariser heiraten...Bitte, meine Herr'n (Zeta/Hanna/Cascada/Herren/St.Brioche)
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) (2000 Digital Remaster): Rezitativ: Gnädige Frau, ich rechne es mir zur hohen Ehre an (Zeta/Camille/Valencienne/Hanna/St.Brioche/Cascada/Herren)
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) (2000 Digital Remaster): IV. Rezitativ: Also bitte, Njegus, ich bin hier...O Vaterland, du machst bei Tag...Da geh'ich zu Maxim (Danilo)
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) (2000 Digital Remaster): Rezitativ: Njegus, Geliebter, ich bin hier (Danilo/Njegus)
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) (2000 Digital Remaster): Rezitativ: Bitte noch, bitte noch (St.Brioche/Cascada/Hanna/Danilo/Zeta)
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) (2000 Digital Remaster): Rezitativ: Na endlich, Graf Danilo, sind Sie da!...VI Rezitativ: Weil - weil - mein prinzipieller Grundsatz lautet (Zeta/Danilo/Herren/Zeta)
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) (2000 Digital Remaster): Damenwahl! Damenwahl! (Herren/Zeta/Danilo/Hanna/Cascada/St.Brioche/Damen)
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) (2000 Digital Remaster): Hilfe kommt zur rechten Zeit! O kommet doch, o kommt, Ihr Ballsirenen (Danilo/Damen/Alle)
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) (2000 Digital Remaster): O Vaterland, du machst bei Tag...Der junge Mann tanzt Polka (Danilo/Cascada/St.Brioche/Hanna/Valencienne/Herren)
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) (2000 Digital Remaster): Pardon, Madam', zu viel Reklam'! (Camille/Hanna/Danilo/Valencienne/St.Brioche/Cascada/Herren)
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) (2000 Digital Remaster): Der Letzte ging, Sie sind befreit (Danilo/Hanna)
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) (2000 Digital Remaster): Es waren zwei Königskinder (Danilo/Hanna/Camille/Zeta/Chor/Valencienne)
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) (2000 Digital Remaster): Zwischenspiel/Entr'acte (Orchester)
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) (2000 Digital Remaster): Rezitativ: Njegus, was ist das für eine Musik? (Zeta/Njegus)
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) (2000 Digital Remaster): XIV. Ja, wir sind es, die Grisetten (Valencienne/Grisetten/Danilo/Zeta)
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) (2000 Digital Remaster): Rezitativ: Graf Danilo (Hanna/Danilo)
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) (2000 Digital Remaster): XIV. Lippen schweigen (Danilo/Hanna)
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) (2000 Digital Remaster): Rezitativ: Oh, ich fürchte, wir stören! (Zeta/Danilo/Valencienne/Njegus)
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) (2000 Digital Remaster): XVI. Ja, das Studium der Weiber ist schwer (Alle)
Pagliacci (1991 Digital Remaster), Act II, La Commedia/The Play/Die Komödie/La comédie: Arlecchin!....Colombina! (Colombina/Arlecchino/Taddeo/Canio [Pagliaccio])
Pagliacci (1991 Digital Remaster), Act II, La Commedia/The Play/Die Komödie/La comédie: Coraggio! Un uomo era con te (Canio/Nedda/Tonio)
Pagliacci (1991 Digital Remaster), Act II, La Commedia/The Play/Die Komödie/La comédie: No, Pagliaccio, non son (Canio/Coro/Silvio/Nedda)
Pagliacci (1991 Digital Remaster), Act II, La Commedia/The Play/Die Komödie/La comédie: Suvvia, cosě terribile (Nedda/Canio/Beppe/Tonio/Silvio/Coro)


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