Out of Time: The Vexed Life of Georg Tintner (英語) ペーパーバック – 2011/4/15
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Conductor and composer Georg Tintner lived and breathed music. Tintner is best known to music lovers for his stunning interpretations of Bruckner's symphonies, recorded by Naxos in the 1990s. His long and eventful career began at the age of eight, when he was the first Jew to join the Vienna Boys Choir. In this most musical of cities, Tintner was part of the same audience as Alban Berg, Schoenberg, and Webern, and he often saw the likes of Furtwangler, Toscanini, and Klemperer at work. But, by 1938, due to the persecution of Jews, he had to flee, eventually ending up in New Zealand. This could not have been more of a contrast for this musically gifted young man, yet he started a new life there before moving to Australia and, much later, to Canada. Often regarded by his colleagues as eccentric, Georg Tintner was a vegan well before it was fashionable to be so. He was also stunningly ill-equipped to deal with the arts bureaucracy which shamefully ignored what Norman Lebrecht calls "his unarguable gifts" until a few years before his death. In this book, Tanya Tintner, Georg's third wife, explores the privations that her husband, a true vessel for art, had to confront to survive in the modern world. Out of Time is a must-read for anyone who believes in the discipline and hard work that creativity demands, the transformative power of music, and the pure joy it can bring.
I was struck by Ms. Tintner's objectivity in reconstructing his story. This does not mean that she sticks to the facts, but that her observations and explanations seemed to me to be very believable. Her observations are often critical of Georg Tintner as well as often very supportive of him.
In the last third of the book dealing with the period of their marriage, the perspective shifts from third person to first. This is almost jarring, but it is reasonable and, I think, necessary. Ms. Tintner has a sufficient knowledge of music to help us appreciate some of the finer points of Georg Tintner's composing and conducting.
Prior to reading this book, I had heard Tintner's Bruckner recordings and liked them very much. While reading it, I tried to acquire other recordings he had made. Tintner wrote the liner notes for the Bruckner recordings on Naxos and on several other Naxos releases he gives a spoken introduction to the piece that he conducts on the disc. These recordings, notes, and comments are a useful supplement to this book in coming to terms with Georg Tintner.
I think only Tanya Tintner could have written this book. It was written with love and it has helped to generate respect and admiration.
Tintner left Austria in 1938 and spent time in New Zealand and subsequently in Australia. It is interesting to read of musical life in these countries during these times. Life was certainly provincial then. Despite his conducting talent, Tintner never rose to any particular musical prominence during his often tortured life. Certainly his unusual beliefs and difficult presonality (he would rarely address people by their first names)would have some bearing on his misfortunes.
Tanya Tintner writes clearly, honestly and engagingly in this well researched biography. While it might be more detailed that the average reader might require, I found it an entertaining and engrossing read.