Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2, Andante

August 9, 2013

The second movement of Dmitri Shostakovich's second piano concerto is one of the most hauntingly beautiful pieces ever written. I arranged the minimal score for solo piano my senior year of college for a piano recital and have tinkered with it a bit here and there since.

Modern Jazz Quartet's Air on the G String

December 10, 2011

Any of us who made $50 on weekends in high school playing weddings dread Bach's "Air for the G String" (Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068) nearly as much as 'Pachelbel's Canon.' But Milt Jackson's dazzling solo over this first half of this old standby, followed by John Louis's devotional variation on the second half, make this recording among my all-time favorites.