I wrote this piece, Hold Your Breath, at the end of 2013 and “rediscovered” it in the recordings on my computer. I’m very proud of it as I was venturing out into strange meters and opposing two-handed rhythms while experimenting with the range of the piano.
But beyond any compositional features, I think what really gave this recording life was the amazingly expressive playing of Blair McMillen. I was so impressed with his rendition upon the first read I really had no comment or correction. He basically nailed it. On top of that, he’s such a nice guy.
Here’s his second take, recorded on a Steinway at Juilliard: