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Out of Time: The Vexed Life of Georg Tintner
Conductor composer Georg Tintner is best known to music lovers for his stunning interpretations of Bruckner’s symphonies, recorded in the 1990s. In Out of Time, Georg’s third wife and widow explores with both tenderness and a clear eye the privations that her husband, a true vessel for art, had to confront to survive in the modern world.
A man who lived and breathed music, Georg’s long and eventful career began at the age of eight, when he was the first Jew to join the Vienna Boys Choir. In Vienna, Tintner was part of the same audience as Alban Berg, Schoenberg and Webern, and often saw the likes of Furtwängler, Toscanini and Klemperer at work. But by 1938 he was forced to flee, eventually ending up in New Zealand. There 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.
One of the 100 Best Books of 2011, cited by New Zealand Listener.
Praise for Out of Time:
A tragic life, and a wonderful biography.GILLIAN DOOLEY, THE ADELAIDE REVIEW
For any avid music connoisseur, Tanya Tintner’s captivating character study of an eminent 20th-century musician opens a new world … 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 OF BOOKS