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12 CDs Celebrating the Life and Work of Maestro Georg Tintner

Naxos is proud to announce the Tintner Memorial Edition, a special series of recordings celebrating the life and work of the late Georg Tintner. Through his passion for music, Maestro Tintner touched audiences and musicians on five continents. In an age that celebrates presentation over content, he remained resolute in his belief in the transcendent importance of musical ideas.

Born in Vienna in 1917, Tintner rose through the ranks of musicianship in his home city, working with such institutions as the Vienna Boys Choir and the Vienna Volksoper, until he was forced to flee the Nazis in 1938. Tintner then spent several decades hopping among orchestras and opera companies in England, New Zealand, South Africa, and Australia. His passion for musical and political ideals drove him to carry a high standard of performance across the globe while simultaneously compelling him to flee the political and social forces that inhibited his way of life. He achieved some degree of success through his activities in these years, with pioneering performances acclaimed by local critics and fans, but he was not to achieve international fame until the final few years of his life.

Maestro Tintner had a special connection to musical life in Canada through his many summers conducting the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and in 1987 he moved to Canada permanently to become the Music Director of Symphony Nova Scotia. His performances throughout Canada and recordings for the CBC label made him a well-loved figure in the Canadian musical establishment and gradually earned him international attention. Lasting, widespread fame finally occurred with Tintner's recordings of the complete Bruckner symphonies on Naxos, released in the late 1990s. Completed shortly before his death, the cycle revealed Tintner to be an outstanding proponent of Bruckner and received fantastic reviews from a multitude of publications.

To document the works of this legendary musician, Naxos is releasing the Tintner Memorial Edition, a 12-CD series spanning a wide range of repertoire and recordings. When complete, the Edition will include 7 CDs of previously-unreleased live concert recordings with Symphony Nova Scotia. Three of Tintner's CBC studio recordings with Symphony Nova Scotia also will be included in the completed Edition, and the final two recordings will feature Maestro Tintner conducting the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in unforgettable live performances.

The first CD in the Tintner Memorial Edition will feature the music of Mozart and will be available in stores on May 20th, 2003. Twelve CDs will be released over the next year, with one release each month until the Edition is complete. Initially, the series will be available only in Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and the United States. Several additional territories will release the discs in 2004.

All of the CDs in the Tintner Memorial Edition will be available at fine record stores in the selected regions. The CDs also are available for purchase at the Symphony Nova Scotia website at


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