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Stefanie Kloß: nice, not too nice

Turning up the volume

We’ve had quite a lot of top musicians on the show in the last couple of years: pop, rock, electronic, hip-hop. But they’ve all disappointed me. When, I wonder, are we going to get a really rude star? Who complains and insults. Who hates my questions and would rather be anywhere else that here. No, none of it. They’re all so darned nice. Take Stefanie Kloß – singer from the very popular German band Silbermond – and my latest guest on Talking Germany. 

Date

May 6, 2012

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The very thoughtful Peter Maffay

From Stalin City to cuddle-rock 

Why do so many people in what used to be East Germany like Peter Maffay so much? Easy answer: because he understands them. After all, he spent the first 14 years of his life in communist Romania. In the Transylvania town of Brașov to be precise, which for the first decade of his life had another name: Orașul Stalin. That’s right – Stalin City! He hated it! “It was totally un-free,” he tells me: “Totally! We were cut off from the rest of the world.” Peter Maffay, singer-songwriter: my latest guest on Talking Germany.

Date

February 6, 2012

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The extraordinarily ordinary Anna Loos

No airs, no graces

My latest guest on Talking Germany enjoys successful acting and singing careers and there are times when, it seems, you can hardly pick up a newspaper or magazine without Anna Loos and/or her ‘famous husband’ leaping out at you. Photos typically show “The Couple of the Year 2010” striding confidently to some special invitation event or up another red carpet. So when I heard that she would not be taking advantage of the exquisite Talking Germany make-up facilities, but arriving ‘ready to go’ … well, I was worried that we might be in for some airs and graces.

Date

September 26, 2010

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Sol Gabetta’s dark secret!!

The high-energy cellist …

During the last year or so we’ve had a number of the top names from the world of classical music on the show: the conductors Kent Nagano and Christian Thielemann, the virtuoso violinist David Garrett and the delightful soprano Annette Dasch. With each of them I’ve edged closer to understanding what it takes to be among the best in the world of music: the work level, the sacrifices.

Date

January 31, 2010

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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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