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The delightful Klaus Voormann

Ace of bass

Klaus Voormann – our latest guest on Talking Germany – befriended the Beatles during their earliest days in Hamburg. He went on to share a London apartment with Ringo and George, play in the band with John and Yoko, and he has Paul on guitar and vocals on his new album. Along the way he also designed the legendary cover for the ‘Revolver’ album and played bass on some all-time great recordings. 

Date

December 4, 2009

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Christian Thielemann

Natural Born Provocateur and Sensualist

Yes, he’s the one behind the staging of Hans Pfitzner’s opera Palestrina in Nuremberg (doubly controversial because of Pfitzner’s apparently virulent anti-Semitism and the fact that Nuremberg was the location of Hitler’s notorious party rallies). And yes, he is a member of the inner circle at the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth. Yes, too, he does proudly describe himself as a Prussian. And so on. Christian Thielemann: undoubtedly an international class conductor, perhaps indeed the very best contemporary Wagnerian. But, I imagined, very likely a feisty, formidable and forbidding character. Did a tough encounter lie ahead on this latest edition of Talking Germany? 

Date

June 5, 2009

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Going Up for a Header with Steffi Jones

Action Hero Turned Diplomat

Now I’m not a big guy (1m 79 cm in metric, which translates to about 5 feet 10½ inches) but, in my soccer-playing days, I used to fancy my prowess in the penalty box, especially going up for headers on corners. But I’d shy away from any competition with Steffi Jones. Let me tell you: she’s got real presence – and a tough looking left-arm tattoo! And in one of the reports on the show we got a sample of her heading prowess. No surprise, then, about her answer to one of my standard warm-up questions: “What’s your favourite movie?” No hesitation: “Well, it’s got to be action…” Then: Die Hard – the whole series. That fits!

Date

April 14, 2009

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