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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    Label: Gala   Catalog: 100615 Release Date: 11/01/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin
    Performer:  Hans Hotter,  Boris Christoff,  Ira Malaniuk,  Vito Susca  ... 
    Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic,  Armando La Rosa Parodi
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    Label: Gala   Catalog: 7704159 Release Date: 06/14/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana,  Jacques Offenbach,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Sena Jurinac,  Ermanno Lorenzi,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan,  Kostas Paskalis  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Schüchter,  Walter Martin,  John Pritchard,  Berislav Klobucar  ... 
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    Franco Corelli: A Discographic Career
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 214 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Pietro Mascagni,  Umberto Giordano,  Francesco Cilča  ... 
    Performer:  Franco Corelli,  Maria Curtis-Verna,  Piero de Palma,  Maria Callas  ... 
    Conductor:  Umberto Cattini,  Alfredo Simonetto,  Arturo Basile,  Angelo Questa  ... 
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    Label: Gala   Catalog: 7704329 Release Date: 05/24/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gasparo Spontini
    Performer:  Renato Bruson,  Leyla Gencer,  Robleto Merolla,  Agostino Ferrin  ... 
    Conductor:  Fernando Previtali,  Lovro von Matacic
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    Label: Gala   Catalog: 7704516 Release Date: 05/24/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Anton Dermota,  Peter Klein,  Hilde Konetzni,  Biserka Cvejik  ... 
    Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic
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    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 165022 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Wagner,  Bedrich Smetana,  Engelbert Humperdinck  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Elisabeth Grümmer,  Gerald Moore,  Edwin Fischer  ... 
    Conductor:  Walter Susskind,  Heinrich Schmidt,  Herbert von Karajan,  Lovro von Matacic  ... 
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    Label: Simply   Catalog: 1206108 Release Date: 09/04/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  George Frideric Handel,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Joszef Mukle,  Alberto Cupido,  Graciela Alperyn  ... 
    Conductor:  Camerata Budapest,  László Kovács,  Martin Elmquist,  Alexander Rahbari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scholars Baroque Ensemble,  I Solisti Italiani
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    Voices Of Italian Opera
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 40509 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Edita Gruberova,  Margherita Carosio,  Francesco Meli  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin,  Kurt Eichhorn,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Evelino Pidň  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Munich Radio Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    The Very Best Of Sviatoslav Richter
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 21740 Release Date: 07/17/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter,  Georg Hörtnagel,  Mikhail Kopelman,  Valentin Berlinsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic,  Lorin Maazel,  Riccardo Muti
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    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 1068229 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic
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    Dvorak, Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concertos / Sviatoslav Richter
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 55989 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic,  Carlos Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Orchestra
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    Mozart: Missa Brevis, Symphony No. 38 / Von Matacic, Munteanu, Raimondi
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 483 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Giuliana Raimondi,  Petre Monteanu,  James Loomis,  Mitě Truccato Pace
    Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Naples,  Italian Radio Chorus Naples
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    Smetana: Ma Vlast / Lovro Von Matacic, Orf Radio-symphonieorchester Wien
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 836112 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana
    Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Arabian Nights
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 7317532 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Alexander Glazunov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Léo Delibes
    Performer:  Norman Carol,  Danielle Millet,  Mady Mesplé
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Lovro von Matacic,  Efrem Kurtz,  John Lanchbery  ... 
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    Glazunov: The Seasons, Violin Concerto, Raymonda Suite / Milstein, Svetlanov, Von Matacic
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 6783982 Release Date: 02/07/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Nathan Milstein
    Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic,  Yevgeny Svetlanov,  Anatole Fistoulari,  William Steinberg
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    Icon - Young Genius Of The Violin / Michael Rabin
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6790602 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Henri Wieniawski,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Rabin,  Leon Pommers
    Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic,  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Alceo Galliera  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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    Michael Rabin -  Studio Recordings 1954-1960
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1471 Release Date: 12/13/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Alexander Glazunov,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Rabin,  Leon Pommers
    Conductor:  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Lovro von Matacic,  Alceo Galliera,  Felix Slatkin  ... 
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    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 828892 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Jacques Offenbach,  Charles Gounod,  Emil Waldteufel  ... 
    Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky,  Manuel Rosenthal,  Herbert von Karajan,  Efrem Kurtz  ... 
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    Best Waltzes & Polkas 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 80455 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Jacques Offenbach,  Charles Gounod,  Léo Delibes  ... 
    Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky,  Manuel Rosenthal,  Herbert von Karajan,  Jean-Baptiste Mari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra Vienna,  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Richard Wagner: Lohengrin
    Label: Columna Musica   Catalog: 229 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Fritz Uhl,  Victoria de los Angeles,  Franz Crass,  Carlos Alexander  ... 
    Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buenos Aires Teatro Colón Orchestra,  Buenos Aires Teatro Colón Chorus
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    Moonlight Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 82161 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Claude Debussy,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter,  Alexis Weissenberg,  Sonia Maurer,  Giovanni Scaramuzzino  ... 
    Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic,  Fabio Biondi,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Pierre Dervaux  ... 
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    Icon - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - Perfect Prima Donna
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 18459 Release Date: 03/22/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gottfried H. Stölzel,  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  J. Edward Merret,  Harold Jackson,  Geraint Jones,  Manoug Parikian  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Gellhorn,  Otto Klemperer,  Thurston Dart,  Josef Krips  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Essential Puccini
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 07139 Release Date: 02/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Alfredo Kraus,  Mirella Freni,  Nicolai Gedda,  Roberto Alagna  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Thomas Schippers,  Antonio Pappano,  Anton Guadagno  ... 
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    Essential Violin
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 07154 Release Date: 02/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Jules Massenet,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Gidon Kremer,  Leonid Kogan  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Lysy,  Efrem Kurtz,  Herbert von Karajan,  Kiril Kondrashin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi Italiani
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    Tchaikovsky: Onegin, Theme And Variations, Diamonds / Muti, Von Matacic, Lanchbery, Barshai
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 48620 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Peter Donohoe
    Conductor:  John Lanchbery,  Lovro von Matacic,  Riccardo Muti,  Rudolf Barshai
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sydney Symphony Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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