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Music offers a means of communicating that which we have always felt, but never knew how to say. It offers prayers in groans and utterances that words cannot contain. Before an audience, music connects. It offers a bond between humanity. it whispers I too know sorrow, I too have joy. Each phrase has a meaning, a memory, a moment that it captures though different for every man. It is, for me, the closest thing to speaking in tongues. I have often wondered what the purpose of music is. What place does it have in nature? What role in my life? It is a bridge. It is a mouthpiece. It is a prayer. May God delight in it.
I play in the St Louis Philharmonic and in various chamber groups in Chicago and St Louis
Everything here was taken in one long take (with the exception of the Paganini Variations and the Bach Chacconne). The Bach works were done on 7/4/05, everything else was recorded between 7/12/04 and 7/14/04. Hopefully this keeps some of the spirit of a live performance, but it also means that you'll have to take the music as is... warts and all. Which is just how it should be...