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Alexander Werner is chief editor at the German journal  'Standpunkte mit Chrismon plus'. He published various articles and reviews about classical music in various journals. Recently, his book about the famous conductor Carlos Kleiber has been released.

Alexander Werner

Question: When do you start shopping for Christmas presents?
Christmas shopping is stressful, especially with a woman by your side. This is why I tend to go shopping at the last minute.

Question:My favourite Christmas carol is
'Happy Christmas' by John Lennon

Question: What are the highlights of your Christmas wish list?
Useful computer programs, film classics and books

Do you remember a disappointing Christmas present?
As a child, the socks and other pieces of clothing from my godmother.

Question: What are your resolutions for the New Year? Is there perhaps a resolution that you always make but never keep?
Write a lot; if possible, a new book. Eventually develop more discipline in all aspects of life.


Translation in English

Money and Fear


I have got for years and futher get many mails from people all over the world in case of an English translation of my biography of Carlos Kleiber, but still the editors obviously are not shure about Carlos Kleibers popularity and also are anxious about costs of translating such a large book. Seems that any do not know that Goethe-Institute for example could hlp in that case. In Japan nobody bothered about that, one edition followed the other. So, I only can tell you, wait and will see what happens ...

Ich bekomme seit Jahren und weiterhin viele Anfragen aus der ganzen Welt, wann denn nun eine englische Übersetzung meiner Biografie über Carlos Kleiber erscheint. Noch aber scheint es so, dass Zweifel an Kleibers Popularität und Bedenken wegen der Kosten einer Übersetzung eines so umfangreichen Buchs dies hemmen oder verzögern. Offenbar ist Verlagen auch nicht unbekannt, dass beispielsweise das Goethe-Insitut bei Übersetzungen unterstützen können. In Japan kümmerte all das niemand, dort erschien eine neue Auflage der Übersetzung nach der anderen. Nun, wir werden sehen, wie es sich entwickelt ...

Alexander Werner, 04/2013

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