This is a CD of wonderful traditional Christmas music of English and Polish cultures arranged in a very virtuosic style of the grand concert tradition by pianist Monika Kasprzak. They are very easy to listen to as there is a wide range of moods evoked with the pieces, ranging from serious and intense to sublime and introspective to fun and celebratory. There are 18 titles in all.
O Holy Night
What Child Is This
O Beautiful Virgin (Gdy Sliczna Panna)
The First Noel
Littlest Jesus (Juzus Malusienki)
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Lullaby For Jesus (Jezus Malusienki)
Away In A Manger
O Come Emmanuel
Do You Hear What I Hear
O Little Town Of Bethlehem
The Christmas Song
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
What A Wonderful World
HERE ARE SOME CRITIQUES FROM BUYERS:
“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.” CS
“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 feel honoured.” RH
"Your Christmas CD is the most delicious and tastefull and brilliant recording ever!!!!"
"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 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.” PD
" 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. 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." RH
"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!” PF
"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!" LT
"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." SL
"You are a true musician." SH
If you are interested in large bulk orders for fundraising, please email me your proposal which I will certainly consider.
Rating: 4 reviews
Monika Kasprzak has given the World something unique and special in her brilliantly concieved and wonderfully festive ” A Steinway Christmas”. The variety of well chosen Carols , sensitively stylized and beautifully played bring a warm glow that could melt even Scrooge himself. As a professional Musician, I admire the invention, and deeply heartfelt playing, as well as the very classy presentation. As a human being , I’m taken by the enchanting and magical aura of this beautiful CD. Warmly and enthusiastically recommended.
Monika is in possession of a gift from God. Her piano playing skills are stunningly monumental and she plays with incredible passion and flair. Several pieces on this CD brought tears to my eyes, from the sheer force of her talent. I highly recommend this CD to enhance anyone’s Yuletide surroundings with these beautifully arranged and played holiday songs. This is now a Christmas standard in my household!
One of the BEST solo instrumental albums I’ve heard!!
Although it’s just after Christmas, Monika’s CD will put you back in the mood of warming up in front of the fireplace with a glass of egg nog. Christmas music at its best - don’t put away the decorations til you’ve ordered Monika’s “Steinway Christmas” CD!