27/10/2014

Josep Carreras at the Echo Klassik 2014 to perform the laudatio for the awarded and admired colleague Jonas Kaufmann

Ieri pomeriggio si è celebrata la cerimonia dell'Echo Klassik 2014 presentata da Nina Eichener e Rolando Villazón che, come è noto, parla un tedesco fluentissimo. Tra i premiati moltissime star della grande musica, tra cui i celebri violinisti Anne - Sophie Mutter, David Garrett, il soprano Anna Netrebko, i tenori Jonas Kaufmann e Piotr Beczala.

FULL VIDEO (Josep Carreras starting from 32:20 minute)

Josep Carreras sitting as public at the beginning of the ceremony.
Dopo la premiazione di Anne-Sophie Mutter, Rolando Villazón si è dedicato alla presentazione del laudator successivo.
Si è detto lieto di presentare con tutto il cuore il prossimo laudator, uno dei migliori tenori di tutti i tempi, una leggenda vivente. Per lui, nessun'altra voce può esprimere l'anima del personaggio in maniera così totale e completa. Membro dei Tre Tenori insieme a Plácido Domingo e Luciano Pavarotti, quest'anno ha trionfato per il mondo con una nuova opera, El Juez. Queste le parole che hanno portato der große Josep Carreras, emozionato e ricevuto molto calorosamente dal pubblico.

Josep Carreras, warmely ovationed by the audience.
La laudatio ha rivelato una grandissima ammirazione per Kaufmann da parte del nostro tenore, che ha sua volta ha ricevuto una laudatio dallo stesso Kaufmann poco più di un anno fa, cui ha fatto seguito un emotivo duetto.
Laudatory speech.
Qui vi riporto l'elogio integrale per Jonas Kaufmann.
Guten Abend, meine Damen und Herren. Good evening, dear collegues. 
It has been several years ago when I heard Jonas Kaufmann singing for the first time. I was deeply moved straightaway, and I immediately felt here is real talent, an artist. He is able to transmit emotions with his extraordinary voice and the perfect authenticity of his singing. The versatility of his voice allowes him to tailor his characters or his roles from dark to penetrating, and then, again, honeycolor. 
Like no other singer in our days, Jonas Kaufmann is painting emotions in a technically perfect manner, making us not only hear but truly feel his performance. Not long ago, I had the pleasure to sing together with him, and it was a special moment for the singer he is, and for the person he is. I am really very glad to present this award to a collegue who contributes enormously to fascinating millions of people with opera. 
Congratulations, Jonas! You are really something.
Purtroppo Jonas Kaufmann non ha potuto essere presente e ritirare il premio personalmente a causa di una brutta influenza. Per questo motivo, Josep Carreras lo ha ritirato al suo posto, con la prospettiva di consegnarglielo alla prima occasione. Al termine del discorso di Carreras è stato proiettato il video di una brillante esibizione di Kaufmann.
Rolando Villazón, Nina Eichinger and Josep Carreras applauding Jonas Kaufmann
Collecting the prize on behalf of Jonas Kaufmann.
Nicely saying goodbye to collegue Rolando Villazón
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Yesterday afternoon the ceremony of the Echo Klassik 2014 was celebrated in Gasteig, Munich, presented by Nina Eichener and Rolando Villazón who, as you know, speaks German very fluently. Among the winners, a lot of world stars of classical music, including the famous violinists Anne - Sophie Mutter and David Garrett, soprano Anna Netrebko, tenors Jonas Kaufmann and Piotr Beczała. 
After the awarding of Anne-Sophie Mutter, Rolando Villazón presented the following laudator. 
He said he was delighted to introduce with all my heart the next laudator, one of the best tenors of all time, a living legend. According to him, no other voice can express the soul of the character so completely and fully. A member of the Three Tenors along with Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, this year has triumphed around the world with a new opera, El Juez. These are the words that led der große Josep Carreras, excited and warmly welcome by the audience. 
The laudatory speech revealed a great deal of admiration for Kaufmann by our tenor, who in turn received a laudatory speech by Kaufmann himself, over a year ago, which was followed by an emotional duet.
Here is the full laudatio for Jonas Kaufmann. 
Guten Abend, meine Damen und Herren. Good evening, dear collegues. 
It has been several years ago when I heard Jonas Kaufmann singing for the first time. I was deeply moved straightaway, and I immediately felt here is real talent, an artist. He is able to transmit emotions with his extraordinary voice and the perfect authenticity of his singing. The versatility of his voice allowes him to tailor his characters or his roles from dark to penetrating, and then, again, honeycolor. 
Like no other singer in our days, Jonas Kaufmann is painting emotions in a technically perfect manner, making us not only hear but truly feel his performance. Not long ago, I had the pleasure to sing together with him, and it was a special moment for the singer he is, and for the person he is. I am really very glad to present this award to a collegue who contributes enormously to fascinating millions of people with opera.
Congratulations, Jonas! You are really something.
Unfortunately Jonas Kaufmann was unable to attend and receive the award in person due to a bad flu. For this reason, Josep Carreras collected it on his behalf, in order to deliver it to him as soon as he has the opportunity. At the end of the speech a video of a brilliant performance by Kaufmann was broadcast.

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