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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  • 1.
    Elisabeth Schwarzkopf: The Complete Recitals 1952-74
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 553028 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 31
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Strauss,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Anny Felbermayer,  Josef Metternich  ... 
    Conductor:  John Pritchard,  Otto Ackermann,  Lovro von Matacic,  Josef Krips  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  Philharmonia Chorus  ... 
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    Imperial Oistrakh!
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564614443 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Max Bruch,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Lev Oborine,  Svyatoslav Knushevitsky,  Igor Oistrakh  ... 
    Conductor:  André Cluytens,  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Lovro von Matacic,  David Oistrakh  ... 
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  • 3.
    Richard Wagner: Rienzi
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 555 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic
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    Mozart: Missa Brevis, Symphony No. 38 / Von Matacic, Munteanu, Raimondi
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 483 Release Date: 04/24/2012   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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  • 5.
    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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  • 6.
    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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  • 7.
    Lovro Von Matacic - Artist Profile
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 68739 Release Date: 08/19/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Alexander Glazunov,  Anton Bruckner,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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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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  • 9.
    Best Of Classics - Bach, Beethoven, Strauss, Vivaldi, Dvorak, Chopin, Mozart
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4013 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Leos Janácek  ... 
    Performer:  Jiri Reinberger,  Jan Kalfus,  Miroslav Kejmar,  Zuzana Ruzicková  ... 
    Conductor:  Bohumil Kulínsky,  Jaroslav Krcek,  Milan Munclinger,  Josef Vlach  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Children's Chorus,  Musica Bohemica,  Ars Rediviva  ... 
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    50 Best Romantic Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 57555 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Georges Bizet,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Ann Murray,  Jessye Norman,  Han-Na Chang,  Maria Callas  ... 
    Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling,  Leonard Slatkin,  Georges Prętre,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
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  • 11.
    Best Tchaikovsky 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56339 Release Date: 05/04/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Charles Abramovic,  Sarah Chang,  Ayako Uehara,  Olaf Maninger  ... 
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons,  Seiji Ozawa,  Lovro von Matacic,  Richard Hickox  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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    Best Violin 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 58521 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Vittorio Monti,  Fritz Kreisler,  Pablo de Sarasate  ... 
    Performer:  Tasmin Little,  John Lenehan,  Leon Pommers,  Nathan Milstein  ... 
    Conductor:  Felix Slatkin,  Alceo Galliera,  Iain Sutherland,  Leonard Slatkin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante,  Virtuosi,  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 13.
    Musiques Russes / Cluytens, Giulini, Philharmonia, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 68550 Release Date: 12/16/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Mikhail Glinka,  Alexander Borodin,  Mily Balakirev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri,  André Cluytens,  Lovro von Matacic,  Igor Markevitch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Icon - Franco Corelli - The Tenor As Hero
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64887 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Franco Corelli,  Birgit Nilsson,  Bonaldo Giaiotti,  Grace Bumbry  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Schippers,  Franco Ferraris,  Tullio Serafin,  Rafaele Mingardo  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera Teatro Reale Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus  ... 
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  • 15.
    100 Best Puccini
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 236677 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Nicolai Gedda,  Mario Sereni,  Mirella Freni,  Mario Basiola II  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Schippers,  Georges Prętre,  Gabriele Santini,  Bruno Bartoletti  ... 
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  • 16.
    Giacomo Puccini - The Operas
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 15460 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Roberto Alagna,  Ida Farina,  Jeda Valtriani,  Angelo Mercuriali  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano,  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli,  Gabriele Santini,  Lovro von Matacic  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus,  Rome Opera House Orchestra  ... 
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    Icon - Sviatoslav Richter - The Master Pianist
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 17411 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Alban Berg,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter,  Oleg Kagan,  David Oistrakh,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Yuri Nikolaevsky,  Lorin Maazel,  Lovro von Matacic,  Carlos Kleiber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Conservatory Symphony Orchestra members,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    Weber: Der Freischütz / Matacic, Watson, Schock, Schädle
    Label: Eurodisc   Catalog: 7791 Release Date: 03/27/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber
    Performer:  Gottlob Frick,  Claudio Nicolai,  Kurt Böhme,  Fritz Ollendorf  ... 
    Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
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  • 19.
    Orchestral Showpieces - Bernstein, Strauss, Dukas, Et Al
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 69104 Release Date: 02/21/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Richard Wagner,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Klaus Tennstedt,  Seiji Ozawa  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 20.
    Best Romantic Classics 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 15490 Release Date: 01/15/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Lucio Quarantotto,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Byzantine,  Amy Nuttall,  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Sharon Isbin  ... 
    Conductor:  Julian Kershaw,  Seiji Ozawa,  Lawrence Foster,  Sir John Barbirolli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    Maracic Conducts Wagner
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1267 Release Date: 01/15/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zagreb Philharmonic
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  • 22.
    Franco Corelli - 7 Complete Operas
    Label: Bravissimo Opera Library   Catalog: 9902 Release Date: 10/16/2007   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giacomo Puccini,  Umberto Giordano,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Franco Corelli,  Tito Gobbi,  Mafalda Micheluzzi,  Mario Carlin  ... 
    Conductor:  Alfredo Simonetto,  Sir Alexander Gibson,  Lovro von Matacic,  Antonino Votto  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Chorus Milan,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Milan,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus  ... 
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  • 23.
    The World's Most Romantic Operas
    Label: Bravissimo Opera Library   Catalog: 9807 Release Date: 10/16/2007   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Jules Massenet,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Alessandro Maddalena,  Mirella Freni,  Nicolai Ghiuselev,  Franco Calabrese  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Schippers,  Peter Maag,  Nino Verchi,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Chorus Rome,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus  ... 
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  • 24.
    Prima Diva
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 55095 Release Date: 08/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Hendricks,  Ola Samnegĺrd,  Maria Callas,  Cheryl Studer  ... 
    Conductor:  Eric Ericson,  Alceo Galliera,  John Barker,  Riccardo Muti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir,  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra members,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 25.
    Archiv - Bruckner: Symphony No 5 /  Matacic, Czech Po
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3903 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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