Nominated for the Best Christmas & Holiday CD of 2013 by SoloPiano Streaming Radio.
This is a collection of 18 concert piano improvisations and arrangements of traditional and modern Christmas music from the English and Polish cultures incorporating musical elements of various pianistic styles.
These virtuosic performances present a wide range of moods ranging from serious dramatic in the grand concert piano style of the great composers to pleasant and sentimental in the lighter fun cocktail contemporary piano stylings suitable for parties. All are presented in such a beautiful way that is comforting, heartwarming and quite easy-listening for any type of listener, from the Classical Piano music novice to the discerned listener. This CD is excellent to have playing during the Christmas season as it's great variety provides interest and with each repetition it's depth tends to become more and more apparent and familiar as all 18 tracks create a nice complete "wholeness".
As a performing pianist in restaurants, hotels, piano bars and special events for over 20 years, Monika has made over 2,800 appearances including piano duos, symphony orchestra appearances, duets with instrumentalists and vocalists as well as big band jazz ensembles in Toronto and southern Ontario. Primarily solo appearances has allowed her improvisation and arranging skills to evolve.
Monika has the rare ability of making the piano sing as she treats every piece of music as a work of art.
“Thank you so much for your Christmas CD. It is beautiful. It gave me the Christmas spirit I needed. When I first played it, I became very emotional. So you are where you belong. You are Music.”
“I think it's wonderful! - both your playing and your arrangements. It is putting me in the festive spirit,
really enjoyed listening to it. You have pitched it all very well and it will meet a wide audience. The playing is superb & I liked the gentle, interesting and unpretentious harmonic variants. In short it has an inviting and classy ambience to put even a Scrooge in the festive spirit. Quote me and use my name. It’s a pleasure to support this fine recording.”
"I could listen to your Christmas CD and discover new things each time. It is beautiful, artistic and inventive playing, and it is such a peaceful CD full of great spirit. It is so wonderful and so brilliant as you bring a wonderfull sense of sound and variety and heart to it all. What you do is always fresh and interesting and you play with thinking Music and giving it priority all the way. I admire your deeply heartfelt and honest tone and that smoothness of tone gradation."
"I find these qualities in your Christmas CD: it is such inventive playing, and so rich and varied and colorful; the technique is really quite astounding and yet it all looks so easy and it is the sense of voicing and range of dynamics met with such light work. I also think there is a tremendous imagination at work as well and everything is always so fresh with pianism."
"Your Christmas CD is the most delicious and tastefull and brilliant recording ever!!!!"
"Your Christmas CD is a great comfort to me. You play with so much intelligence and soul and it greets the ear and heart and mind with Love, Peace, and Spirit. Your music has an amazing effect and I'm sure it will warm many a folk here in Yorkshire."
"I and many people on this side of the pond think you are a truly talented, brilliant!!!! extraordinary and most original Pianist."
“I'm listening to your Christmas CD right now ...your chord variations in Silent Night are absolutely brilliant...you made it a year round classic. Great Christmas CD, very moving...it reaches deep into the soul and smacks it around.....congratulations.”
" I listened to your Christmas CD the other day, and you have plenty of technique to spare. More importantly you play with such a lovely singing tone, and such substance behind your tone. Each time I listen to your Christmas CD I find new things there. You have such command of color, sound, imagination and such rich harmonic sense. I am most impressed by your well structured and inventive improvisation. The one thing that you have above everyone is such a rich singing tone. You really bring out the voices with such clarity, and heartfelt reason. I can also tell you that your Christmas CD reduces me to tears without even trying because it all comes out when you play. There is so much emotion and it lifts the room here. This is a fine disc, and one that will warm the soul and raise the spirits in this festive season."
"Your music smiles, Monika you Love the Piano and it loves you and needs you to make it speak like no other."
"When I hear your lushious and delicious and rich and most original playing, it is the voice of Monika Kasprzak and no one else. You are rich in Talent, rich in intelligence, rich in beauty, and rich in beauty of spirit.
You show tremendous real talent and real understanding of music."
“I LOVE your Christmas CD!”
"By the way, your Christmas Christmas CD is so fab, it puts everyone in a festive mood."
"Well, I must say I miss the days when I could walk into TJ and hear all the notes you play, MK...much success to you for your Christmas CD!"
"Monika Kasprzak, is an extraordinary pianist. Thanks for introducing me to her Christmas CD. 'Holy Night' is enchanting with the pure melody wrapping itself in a warm blanket of arpeggios. Really pleased with it."
"You are a true musician."
Monika Kasprzak knows more about making music at the Piano than anyone I know. If anyone has had the pleasure to hear this magnificent Artist`s cd of tastefully realised, and extremely inventive improvisations of Christmas music, then they will know what I am talking about. A true Musician and a true Pianist.