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Out of Time: The Vexed Life of Georg Tintner Paperback – 15 Oct 2011

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  • Paperback: 431 pages
  • Publisher: UWA Publishing (15 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742582567
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742582566
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,734,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tanya Buchdahl Tintner, Georg's third wife and widow, writes freelance articles and classical music reviews.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ken Ward on 30 May 2011
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When the first Naxos recording in the Tintner cycle of Bruckner symphonies was published in 1997, most Brucknerians, and indeed most of the classical music audience, knew nothing of him and, faced with the outstanding performance of the Fifth Symphony by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, wondered where on earth - or what sublime other-world - he had sprung from. And when we discovered from the CD insert notes that he was already 80 years old, had been a member of the Vienna Boys Choir, sung Bruckner under Franz Schalk, had been assistant conductor for the Vienna Volksoper - but had to flee the Nazis and pursue a career in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, England and Canada, the questions why we knew virtually nothing of him and had heard little or nothing of his work previously, and how come he was such a great Bruckner conductor, demanded answers. Tanya Buchdahl Tintner's excellently written and very moving book provides many of the missing clues.

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.
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Startlingly objective 12 July 2012
By Robert A. Alps - Published on Amazon.com
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Georg Tintner was a pacifist, a vegan, and a cyclist, but most of all he was a musician. Tanya Buchdahl Tintner, his 3rd wife has researched his life before their marriage and brought us this story of Tintner's successes which are each time negated by the musical world's rejection of him. Tintner lived a hard life, with much of the difficulty being self-imposed by his priciples. Science fiction writers often write about an alternate universe. Tintner lived in an alternate universe that would be very difficult for most others to understand.

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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
a curious life comprehensively documented 11 Dec 2011
By Ivor E. Zetler - Published on Amazon.com
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Georg Tintner's name will be known to music lovers primarily from his best selling and highly regarded Bruckner symphony cycle recordings that were released on the Naxos label. Written by his third wife Tanya, this biography comprehensively documents his various exploits and adventures. Firstly is must be observed that Tintner was a crank of the first order. A strict vegan and dedicated bicycle rider (this in itself is not the sign of a crank!), he was also a believer in free love (for himself) and maintained that his children should not be exposed to any direct or observed affection.

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.
An important and well-crafted book about a man of great talent and the messy, sometimes cruel, realities of the music business 2 Feb 2014
By Dr. Pj Tregear - Published on Amazon.com
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Georg Tintner's widow has written a marvellous portrait of her late husband--no mere hagiography but an honest, and at times, necessarily accusatory, portrait of a musician whose greatness was contemned by history, circumstance, and personality, to be too little recognised too late.
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