Rudolf Moralt

Biography

Born: February 26, 1902; Munich, Germany   Died: December 16, 1958; Vienna, Austria  
Nephew of Richard Strauss, Rudolf Moralt shared something of his uncle's gift for sensitive, non-intrusive conducting. Without question, he was taken for granted by Vienna, whose Staatsoper company he helped rebuild to world standards in the aftermath of World War II. While other maestri with high ambitions constantly worked to increase their share of the limelight, Moralt simply applied himself to strengthening his company. When he was passed Read more over for every one of the new productions scheduled for the re-opening of the Staatsoper building in 1955, he was hurt, and observers, who understood his importance for the city's musical life, were baffled. Moralt studied at Munich University and Academy. At the age of 17, he was hired as a répétiteur at the Munich Staatsoper. In 1923, barely 21, he became conductor at the Kaiserslautern Städtische Oper. craft. From 1932 to 1934, he held the position of music director at the active Deutsches Theater in Brno. In 1934, Moralt went to Brunswick; an engagement in Graz followed in 1937. Also in 1937, he made his debut in Vienna, where he was appointed principal conductor at the Staatsoper three years later. From 1940 to the time of his death in 1958, Moralt proved himself invaluable, as his hard work and unassuming personality helped hold together a ravaged company. In the face of wartime privations and a bombed-out house, the cadre of musicians persisted, setting the new gold standard for Mozart and Strauss. Among the several recordings attesting to Moralt's mastery are a Ring cycle, especially Siegfried and Die Götterdämmerung, taken from live performances in 1948 and 1949. Here, Moralt's lyrical approach draws strong performances from mixed casts -- clearly the work of an excellent conductor. Likewise, extended scenes from Acts I and III of Arabella, recorded with Lisa della Casa in January 1953, establish Moralt as a gifted Straussian. A 1945 recording of Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail by a Vienna Staatsoper ensemble (with Schwarzkopf as Konstanze) is a further testament to Moralt's exceptional gifts. Read less
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  • 1.
    Decca Sound: 55 Great Vocal Recitals
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002495002 Release Date: 05/20/2016   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Gustave Charpentier,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jules Massenet,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Suzanne Danco,  Pierre Mollet,  Guido Agosti,  Gervase de Peyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede,  Ernest Ansermet,  Karl Böhm,  Rudolf Moralt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra  ... 
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  • 2.
    Twenty Gems Of Viennese Operetta
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1249 Release Date: 07/24/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Richard Heuberger,  Carl Zeller,  Karl Millöcker  ... 
    Performer:  Hilde Gueden,  Sándor Kónya,  Helga Hildebrand,  Anneliese Rothenberger  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Stolz,  Fried Walter,  Werner Schmidt-Boelcke,  Heinrich Hollreiser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  FFB Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 3.
    Most Wanted Recitals - Lieder Von Schubert / Heinrich Schlusnus
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002178602 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Hugo Wolf,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Heinrich Schlusnus,  Sebastian Peschko
    Conductor:  Rudolf Moralt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 4.
    Most Wanted Recitals! Julius Patzak - Recital
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002108902 Release Date: 08/05/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Jacques Offenbach,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Ludwig Gruber  ... 
    Performer:  Julius Patzak,  Hilde Gueden,  Hilde Zadek,  Rosette Anday  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm,  Rudolf Moralt,  Clemens Krauss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wiener Schrammel-Quartett
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  • 5.
    Operatic Recital
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002109302 Release Date: 08/05/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Paul [Baritone Vocal] Schoeffler,  Maria Reining,  Hilde Gueden,  Günther Treptow  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm,  Rudolf Moralt,  Hans Knappertsbusch,  Heinrich Hollreiser
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  • 6.
    Most Wanted Recitals -  Strauss: Songs / Gueden, Gulda
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002067302 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Hilde Gueden,  Friedrich Gulda,  Lisa Della Casa,  Elisabeth Söderström  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Moralt,  Silvio Varviso
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  • 7.
    Grandioso! - Great Verdi Recordings From Caruso To Pavarotti [7 CD-Set]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001928802 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Sándor Kónya,  Maria Németh,  Ebe [Mezzo-soprano Vocal] Stignani,  Renata Tebaldi  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay,  János Kulka,  Alberto Erede,  Bruno Bartoletti  ... 
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  • 8.
    The Art Of The Violin
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 7010 Release Date: 03/28/2013   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms,  Edouard Lalo,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux,  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Eduard van Beinum,  Jean Fournet,  Bernhard Paumgartner  ... 
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  • 9.
    Wagner, Verdi, Beethoven, Weber / Gre Brouwenstijn
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802061 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Gré Brouwenstijn
    Conductor:  Willem van Otterloo,  Rudolf Moralt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 10.
    Strauss Collection - Early Recordings On 78s (1901-1951)
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 1006/13 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Spoken Word,  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Sr.
    Performer:  Irene Eisinger,  Dajos Bela,  Barnabas Von Geczy,  Marcella Sembrich  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss,  Howard Barlow,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Harry Horlick  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kölner Klavier-Trio
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  • 11.
    Prima Voce - Ljuba Welitsch
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7959 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Alessio De Paolis,  Ljuba Welitsch,  Richard Tucker
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner,  Walter Susskind,  Rudolf Moralt,  Josef Krips  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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  • 12.
    Golden Operetta Of Vienna
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1049 Release Date: 06/02/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Tauber,  Karl Millöcker,  Carl Zeller,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Tauber,  Jussi Björling,  Anneliese Rothenberger,  Julius Patzak  ... 
    Conductor:  Henry Geehl,  Nils Grevillius,  Werner Schmidt-Bölke,  Rudolf Moralt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 13.
    Lili Kraus Plays Mozart
    Label: Vox Box Legends   Catalog: 5510 Release Date: 07/01/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lili Kraus
    Conductor:  Enrique Jorda,  Rudolf Moralt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Pro Musica Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 14.
    Graziella Sciutti: The Studio Recitals, 1953, 1955, 1956
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 372 Release Date: 09/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Graziella Sciutti,  Sena Jurinac,  Sesto Bruscantini,  Rise [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal] Stevens  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Dervaux,  Vittorio Gui,  Rudolf Moralt
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  • 15.
    Ludwig Weber - Recordings 1936-1951
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10272 Release Date: 07/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Richard Wagner,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Weber,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
    Conductor:  Otto Ackermann,  Wilhelm Schüchter,  Rudolf Moralt,  Issay Dobrowen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 16.
    Legendary Treasures - Monique De La Bruchollerie Vol 2
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7857 Release Date: 04/10/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johannes Brahms,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Monique de la Bruchollerie
    Conductor:  Louis de Froment,  Rolf Reinhardt,  Rudolf Moralt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Radio/Television Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Pro Musica Orchestra
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  • 17.
    Les Introuvables Du Chant Wagnčrien
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 64008 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Emanuel List,  Fritz Wolff,  Alexander Kipnis,  Lauritz Melchior  ... 
    Conductor:  Eduard Mörike,  Siegfried Wagner,  Robert Heger,  Leo Blech  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin Staatskapelle Chorus,  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    Grosse Sänger Unseres Jahrhunderts - George London
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 502001 Release Date: 05/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Performer:  George London,  Astrid Varnay,  Valery Bak,  Teresa Stich-Randall  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Kraus,  Hermann Weigert,  Rudolf Moralt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Prima Voce - Helge Roswaenge - Beethoven, Massenet, Et Al
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7899 Release Date: 04/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge,  Margherita Perras
    Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler,  Rudolf Moralt,  Franz Alfred Schmidt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 20.
    Four Famous Wagnerian Tenors
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89981 Release Date: 05/20/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Set Svanholm,  Torsten Ralf,  Lauritz Melchior,  Max Lorenz  ... 
    Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann,  Hanns Udo Müller,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Bruno Seidler-Winkler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    George London - Of Gods And Demons
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 62758 Release Date: 01/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Rubinstein,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Louis Gruenberg,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  George London
    Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler,  Rudolf Moralt,  Jean Paul Morel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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