"Christmas Love Songs - A Romantic Christmas Concert" The Traditional Tour
"I feel at the moment like a bull standing in front of a red cloth - motivated to the tips of my hair." With contemplation, but also passionate and spirited, Björn Casapietra wants to experience the most joyful time of the year 2023 together with his audience in his Christmas concerts, as he did during his anniversary tour "10 Years of Christmas Love Songs" which he celebrated in sold-out churches and theaters in Leipzig, Görlitz, Potsdam, Münster and Berlin, among others.
Björn Casapietra loves the wonderful old German as well as the most beautiful Italian, French and Celtic Christmas songs. All these become an unforgettable experience through his own touching art of interpretation. And so the repertoire of the celebrated tenor is extraordinarily broad and demanding: jubilant "Adeste Fideles", devotional "Es ist ein Ros'entsprungen" and passionate the famous French "Cantique de Noël". With the touching folk tune "Still still still, weil's Kindlein schlafen will" or one of the most popular lullabies, "Guten Abend, gut Nacht", Björn Casapietra awakens memories of Christmas in childhood.
The program also includes the American Christmas classic "When a child is born", the melody of which is probably familiar to everyone, as the former German number one hit "Tränen lügen nicht". And with "Bist du bei mir", an aria in Bach's tradition, Björn Casapietra wants to sing his way into the hearts of the audience. In addition, such famous highlights as Handel's works "Daughter of Zion" and "Ombra Mai fu" - "Never was a shadow" will be heard. "You know, we live in hard times. Music has a mission now. Music has a task now." And for Casapietra, that task is to give hope, to heal. And what better way to heal than with Schubert's solemn "Ave Maria" or Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"?"
The Christmas season is unthinkable without the well-known "Sind die Lichter angezündet", probably one of the most beautiful Christmas songs of the former GDR, which Casapietra would also like to sing together with his audience. This song is loved and appreciated as ever. The same can be said of the traditional German Advent song "Maria durch ein Dornwald ging."
"These songs of hope are just the right songs at the right time. They were written to give people strength and confidence, to refresh them. Churches were built at one time precisely so that people would walk out of you refreshed and strengthened."
That's exactly what Björn Casapietra wants to achieve with his songs. "When I stand in a beautiful church and sing "Sound of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel in my classic tenor voice, or the setting of one of the most moving poems of modern times, Bonhoeffer's "Wonderfully Sheltered by Good Powers," and then feel the temperature in the church rise and the people all smile, that's exactly what motivates me so much in my profession. On stage, I don't just want to sing for people's ears, but for their souls. I want to go deeper. The most beautiful moment is always when I sing "Süßer die Glocken nie klingen" and notice that people in the audience take out their handkerchiefs. Then I've touched people, then I've done my job right."
Sensitive and reliable, Björn Casapietra will again be accompanied by the young University of the Arts graduate, the charismatic pianist Peter Forster.
Information on the artist at www.casapietra.de