- Taschenbuch: 432 Seiten
- Verlag: Wilfrid Laurier Univ Pr; Auflage: New. (Januar 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 155458938X
- ISBN-13: 978-1554589388
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,5 x 23,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 822.224 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Out of Time: The Vexed Life of Georg Tintner (Englisch) Taschenbuch – Januar 2013
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[This book is] an amazing achievement ... probably the first-ever realistic biography of an important artist. --Klaus Heymann, Chair, Naxos Group of Companies"
"[Tanya Tintner] gives us something considerably more than an honest effort--a detailed coastline to Tintner's psychic continent, like those Spanish maps of the New World with frilly edges and vast, blank terra incognita interiors. Such a job requires not only perception but a prose supple and clear enough to convey it. I found very little hand-waving here, not attempts to hide 'don't know' behind obfuscation and 'mystical' hot air. The biographer has put down her best reckoning of one of the most important people in her life.... Tintner's ... eccentricities gave rise to a host of wonderful anecdotes, and his career shows that high art doesn't belong exclusively to the Big Deals the art and hype industry shoves in front of us. A very great musician spent most of his life creating and fostering art in out-of-the-way places. This legacy is as powerful as the recordings and ultimately more influential. The recordings merely let the world at large know what a force Tintner was."--Steven Schwartz "Classical Net, 2013 "
"A brilliant new biography."
--Benjamin Ivry "Jewish Daily Forward (USA) "
"I was completely absorbed reading your life of Georg Tintner, Out of Time. I wanted to write and let you know how much I enjoyed and valued it. It is in my view not just an extraordinary story, but also a very significant literary achievement. The research is profound, and your reconstruction of his European youth is truly astonishing.... But equally impressive is the tone: for a spouse to find the right voice to deal with a husband's life is rare indeed--often such works are a disaster. Indeed, I confess to being apprehensive when I opened the book. But I was immediately engrossed: you have dealt with Georg's professional life with authority, balance, and enormous insight, his personal weaknesss and idiosyncrasies handled unsparingly and equitably, even where they are unflattering for him and include the most intimate details of your own time with him. The world of musical scholarship is the better for this work--I was hugely impressed."--Professor Warren Bebbington
"Vivid, compulsively readable."--Neville Cohn "West Australian, May 3, 2011 "
"It is an extraordinary life story that is told here. At times it leaves you seething with anger that such a talent should be wilfully ignored by bureaucrats and mediocrities, pompous little people with prejudices, who had the power to deny opportunities to an artist of such integrity and stature as Tintner; and at times exasperated with Tintner himself whose unbending commitment to often somewhat outlandish eccentricities and principles made him an unattractive candidate for inclusion in the conservative circles of the musical establishment of the post-war antipodean British Commonwealth.... The description of how these [Naxos Bruckner] recordings came about, and the varying circumstances under which they were made, provides an essential adjunct to the performances themselves, adding a dimension that increases their power and profundity. And when you add to this the life-history that led up to them, the greatness of this Bruckner conductor that shines through every performance acquires a back-story that helps to account for and magnify its stature. There is much in this book that is not about Bruckner. There are many valuable observations on the art of conducting--and many extraordinary stories of what following that profession can demand....And there is much in this book that is not about music, or at least not music alone. There are trenchant observations of and on anti-semitism ... on veganism, on friendship, betrayals and mistresses--and on wives and music.... After his death Tanya Tintner spent several years trying to discover who it was she was married to for over 20 years, and what his life had been like before she knew him, conducting over 200 interviews and finally writing this extraordinary memoir.... As you cast your mind back over what you read, you can't help but smile at the absurdities, and then be humbled by the achievements and sheer courage, against all the vexations, of the primary characters of this compelling history."--Ken Ward "Bruckner Journal "
"Buy and read this wonderful book."--Patrick Lam "Orchestras Canada "
"An important book ... an invaluable book that can be recommended to music lovers just as highly as the conductor's Bruckner recordings on Naxos, which received outstanding reviews ... all over the world."--Remy Franck "Pizzicato (Luxembourg), September 2011 "
"One of the finest biographies I've read ... I'm filled with admiration for the thoughtful job the author has done of it. Elegantly and compassionately written."--Binnie Brennan "The Reluctant Blogger "
"A wonderful biography."--Gillian Dooley "Adelaide Review "
[A] compelling account.... For any avid music connoisseur, Tanya Tintner's captivating character study of an eminent 20th-century musician opens a new world. At the same time, one senses the author's search for a person. Despite 23 years of marriage, she wrote, 'I realised that I hadn't known him nearly as well as I thought.' And she set out to find him. This book is not just a discovery of a true musician, but also a fascinating yet detailed cultural history of a century.''--Matthias Wurz "The Vienna Review, October 25, 2012 "
"This book ... has been immaculately put together, fully illustrated, footnoted, indexed and deftly written with a candour that usually eludes family members who tackle biographies. Tanya Tintner's long experience as a writer and deep understanding of her fascinating subject is evident on every absorbing page."--Peter Shaw "New Zealand Listener "
"[This book is] an amazing achievement ... probably the first-ever realistic biography of an important artist."--Klaus Heymann
A remarkable, well-written and frank book.''--Shirley de Kock Gueller "Cape Times (South Africa), June 30, 2011 "
"An extraordinarily compelling and moving book.... [Tintner's] writing style is clear, elegant and highly expressive."--Alan Sanders "Classical Recordings Quarterly (UK) "
"Scholarly in structure and irresistibly readable."--Elizabeth Silsbury "Music Council of Australia Newsletter "
In the late 1980s, Symphony Nova Scotia attracted an outstanding conductor who subsequently recorded definitive performances of the Bruckner symphonies. This fine biography of the conductor/composer, Georg Tintner, provides a thorough analysis of how yet another refugee from Nazism eventually ended up as a Canadian citizen who notably enriched our culture.''--Elaine Keillor "Canadian Association of Music Libraries Review, 41, no. 3, November 2013 "
"I cannot recommend [the book] highly enough ... a narrative that is a delight to read."--Donald Clarke "Donald Clarke's Music Box (blog) "
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Tanya Buchdahl Tintner, Georg's third wife and widow, is a freelance classical music writer and editor. She has managed a professional development program for conductors for over twenty years and served as concerts officer at the Queensland Conservatorium. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Der doppeldeutige Titel "Out of Time" sagt schon alles: "aus dem Takt" gekommen war das Leben des Musikers, Komponisten und Dirigenten Georg Tintner schon früh, als er nach dem "Anschluss" aus Wien fliehen musste und schließlich im damals recht rückständigen Neuseeland landete, wo es noch gar keine professionellen Orchester gab. Und "zu spät" wurde es für Tintner, als er mit fast 80 Jahren international berühmt wurde (durch seine Bruckner-Aufnahmen für das Naxos-Label, die höchste Kritikerehrungen einheimsten): Ihm fehlte die körperliche und geistige Kraft, um seine internationale Musikerkarriere zu verfolgen - und um seine lange liegen gebliebenenen Kompositionen, insbesondere sein Lieblingsprojekt, eine Oper, zu vollenden. Schade eigentlich, denn das, was seine dritte Ehefrau, Tanja Buchdahl Tintner, hier berichtet, zeigt ihn als eigenwilliges Genie, das die vielen Härten und herben Enttäuschungen eines Lebens in Neuseeland und Australien, wo offensichtlich gerade im Musikleben das Intrigantentum vorherrschte, später in Südafrika und Kanada, nur kraft seines eisernen Willens überstand.
Allerdings waren es wohl dieser eiserne Wille sowie sein Genie, die Tintner für viele Menschen unausstehlich machte. Er war ein musikalischer Purist zu einer Zeit, als so etwas nicht gefragt war. Er war ungläubiger, sozialistisch denkender Jude zu einer Zeit, als konservatives, nationales Denken gefragt war. Und er war fanatischer Veganer und Fitness-Freak zu einer Zeit, als derartige "Hobbies" scheel angesehen wurden. Und obendrein fuhr er - oft über riesige Strecken - Fahrrad, als man von einem Dirigenten wohl erwartete, dass er entweder mit dem Flieger oder mit dem Mercedes angerauscht kam. Seine grundsätzliche Ehrlichkeit ließ ihn bei vielen Freunden und Kameraden anecken, seine scharfe Zunge ließ viele von ihm abrücken, seine offenbar zügellos ausgelebte Sexualität machte das alles, auch innerhalb seiner Ehen, nicht einfacher, und hinter allem stand seine Vergötterung von Anton Bruckner, die ihn zum unnachgiebigen Verfechter bestimmter Versionen von dessen Sinfonien werden ließ. Dass er sich während seiner letzten Krebserkrankung im elften Stock aus dem Fenster stürzte und sich so ums Leben brachte, paßt da leider allzu gut ins Bild.
Ich kannte Georg Tintner vor dem Lesen dieses Buches nur als hervorragenden Dirigenten. Ich besitze die 13 CDs umfassende Naxos-Sammlung mit verschiedenen kanadischen Aufnahmen, die Tintner in den letzten Jahren seines Lebens mit dem Orchester Symphony Nova Scotia und dem Canadian Youth Orchestra noch machen konnte. Hier ist öfters am Anfang eines Stücks Tintner selbst zu hören, der es sich wohl nur selten nehmen ließ, in seinem verkehrten österreichisch geprägten Englisch eine aufschlussreiche Einführung zu bieten. Tanya Buchdahl Tintners Biographie macht zwar überdeutlich, dass Tintner, wie die Naxos-Beihefte es ausdrücken, "wahrhaft kein Engel war", gleichzeitig zeigt sie ihn als völlig hingegebenen, sein Leben lang fleißig studierenden Musikologen, dessen Eigenarten man ihm aufgrund seiner überragenden Musikalität und Genialität wird nachsehen müssen. Hut ab, Georg Tintner, auch wenn du manchmal weit übers Ziel hinausgeschossen bist!
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Well, the book explains why but it also introduced me to another fascinating character, the biographer, Tayna Tintner, Georg's third wife and widow,
First, Tintner ... a superlatively gifted musician from his youth (the first Jewish member of the Vienna Boys Choir) to conducting work in several countries and three continents. Unfortunately, being a Jew he was forced to flee the Nazis in 1940 and through a series of bureaucratic boondoggles wound up in New Zealand, a country definitely xenophobic, particularly for German immigrants, and a backwater for orchestral music. The sad truth appears to be that Georg was as talented as some of the other expat conductors, but their greater experience won them principal and guest conducting posts with major European and American orchestras, while Georg languished in posts that were beneath him but, alas, the only work available to him. The story of how he moved around from England to Australia and environs and back again, scuffling to make a living makes interesting reading but sounds harrowing for him. Matters were not helped by his first two marriages, which produced eight children who had to be fed, as well as a gaggle of relatives who fled the Nazis.
In 1978 he married Tanya, the author of this biography, when he was 61 and she was 25! It seemed "love at first sight" for Georg, but it's not clear whether his soi-disant love for Tanya was really a third failed effort to find a beautiful female companion who could be a muse and a servant to great art through a great artist (not a modest man, for certain!) Tanya is a little coy about her own marriage motive: she was a music student and in spite of his obscurity, she was clear Georg was a musician and conductor of genius.
In any case, they stayed together for over 20 years, though given what Tanya says about Georg's words to her as well as some of his deeds, you wonder how she endured him.
Georg was an eccentric among his peers. He was a fanatic vegan vegetarian on "ethical principles" (e.g., he wore only canvas or plastic shoes, not leather) and he approached the attitude of Dr. Schweitzer when it came to "reverence for life", allowing mice, rats, wasps, and cockroaches to dwell in his various ramshackle homes. In general he rubbed a lot of people the wrong way, thereby lessening his chance to reveal his musical gifts to the world, until the second-tier Naxos label took a chance on him as a Bruckner interpreter and wound up with a best-selling classical recording in the mid-1990s.
In Tanya's account she comes off as a long-suffering spouse, but Georg was equally tormented and blew hot and cold on the relationship. Assuming her account of her own motives is basically truthful, I think she must have really loved him au fond, and he, in his own crack-brained way, loved her.
She argues very convincingly that he wasn't so much a male chauvinist pig, though he exhibited all the behavior of one, but rather a monomaniac for whom nothing was as important as music and the realization of music through great performances. He neglected her, his ex-wives, his children, his relatives, his friends, and untold others because music was more important than personal relationships, which had to be fitted into his musical passions to work for him. Tanya makes me shake my head when she says that though he knew a great deal about literature, especially German poetry, in her time with him she never saw him read a book, though he was always reading orchestral scores, even at the breakfast table or when friends visited.
The one note in the book that distresses me most is that Tanya, after all her efforts to love this monomaniac, ends the book by blaming herself for the failings of the relationship because, as she says, she was too young to understand Georg, to give him what he really needed, and it was wrong of her to think she could do that when she was 36 years younger than he. This is utter nonsense: Georg did nothing to help bridge the age gap, Tanya did everything possible. If anything, he deserves to be blamed for ignoring the most important thing in life, personal relationships and marital love, for the sake of music, which, glorious though it is, can never be the whole of life, even though it's one of the best things in life.
Anyway, this biography is worth reading because you'll find out a lot about Georg Tintner and, even better, a lot about Tanya, who is a very admirable, intelligent, and fascinating woman!!
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