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TINTNER: Violin Sonata / Variations on a Theme of Chopin / Piano Sonata / Trauermusik

Composer(s):Tintner, Georg
Artist(s) Huang, Helen, piano • Lin, Cho-Liang, violin
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570258
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

The Austrian-born Georg Tintner achieved fame as a conductor but considered himself a ‘composer who conducts’, with an ambition ‘to write beautiful music’. His early works are tonal and Romantically influenced, while later music – notably the Violin Sonata – is of great lyrical beauty. Although Tintner led a varied and successful career on four continents, he found himself unable to continue composing – the result of personal disasters and the loss of his culture and musical language. He was one of the many ‘lost composers’ of the wartime era, ending his life tragically in 1999.


Review By ,The Straits Times,May 2008

The Vienna-born conductor Georg Tintner (1917–1999) is better remembered for his recorded cycle of Bruckner symphonies on the Naxos label. His little known original chamber compositions are now revealed for the first time on record. Youthful works completed before he turned 30, these dabbled with atonality but remain largely accessible. His possible influences: the Second Viennese School (Alban Berg in particular), prodigious film-music composer Erich Korngold and even virtuoso violinist Fritz Kreisler.


Review By Christopher Latham,Limelight Magazine,October 2007

My childhood memory of Georg Tintner was of him riding his bicycle to rehearsals throught the streets of 1970s Brisbane. His brilliant white hair made him seem an old man, although he was probably only in his late 50s, but he was possessed by this youthful energy which made him seem to blaze.

He fled the Nazi regime, ending up first in New Zealand and then in Australia where he conducted extensively, before leaving for Canada where he finally took his life in 1999 rather than die slowly from terminal cancer. He is remembered as a great conductor of Bruckner, and history will treat him far better than he was in his lifetime.


Review By David Denton, Naxos,April 2007

Naxos discovered the Austrian-born conductor, George Tintner, late in his life, his landmark series of Bruckner symphonies in their original format setting out his credentials as an outstanding musician. They were followed by a series of recordings of radio broadcasts made in Canada, and now after his death, seven years ago, we also find him as a composer, but probably very different to the one you might expect. The Sonata in four movements, subtitled, Love, Defiance, Sorrow and Triumph, has the style that at times dabbles with atonality, the thematic material not easy to immediately grasp as it moves between modern astringency and romanticism. Certainly posing many questions for the performers, it is a difficult score to mould into its shape, and technically far from



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