Recommended Recordings

Last Updated on 2022-08-05 | Originally Posted on 2022-03-22

This page is intended to give my piano students opportunities to listen to others perform their own pieces, as well as do some general listening of other works. It’s in the process of being filled with lots of good stuff!

Many of the repertoire books I recommend, like the Alfred Masterworks and FJH Festival, have recordings available on the included CD or via a download code. Please check those resources first, since this list is focused on repertoire where no recordings are included.

In many cases, the tempos might be a lot faster than you will eventually play them. Click on the gear icon at the bottom of the YouTube window to adjust the playback speed.

I have not included a comprehensive listing below of Piano Safari recordings, since that’s available on the dedicated Piano Safari YouTube Channel. Choose a Piano Safari book from the list, and then you’ll see an entire list of pieces from that book on the right side of the window.

IDComposerTitleCommentsArtistURL
1Clementi, MuzioSonatina Op. 36, No. 1 in C MajorCory Hallhttps://youtu.be/0_Ksi2qmW0A
2Diabelli, AntonSonatina Op. 151, No. 1 in G MajorIt's rare to find a celebrated concert pianist recording a piece that's mostly played by piano students. Enjoy!Cyprien Katsarishttps://youtu.be/9N324zJWwXg
3Diabelli, AntonSonatina Op. 151, No. 1 in G MajorThis recording is processed with MIDI to sound like it's played on a fortepiano, even though it was recorded on a modern piano.Salvatore Nicolosihttps://youtu.be/jrNTAcY8BfU
4Olsen, Lynn FreemanSonatina No. 3 in A minorUI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberryhttps://youtu.be/z47_shRcqeo
5Reinagle, AlexanderAllegro in D MajorGood student performanceCaroline Wanghttps://youtu.be/_gwX-HU4Zgc
6Dvořák, AntoninSymphony No. 9, Mvt 2The first theme, with English Horn solo, is often arranged in beginner piano books.Münchner Philharmoniker, Sergiu Celibidachehttps://youtu.be/pHyN3izk38c
7Hague, JulieFred the FishGreat recording with very creative improvisation.Lukehttps://vimeo.com/manage/videos/644949249
8Bernstein, SeymourElegant Torreador, TheIt's a bit quick, but as always a solid performance from the UI Pedagory Project.Alan Huckleberryhttps://youtu.be/ZItt6kSqTJw
9Stegman, JohnGreg and Alice and Their DogHighly repetitive, but it's cute an memorable to learn three of the white notes instantly.Juliet Lyons and Friendshttps://youtu.be/N46FFgxE6ns
10English Folk SongBah Bah Black SheepFun video for younger kids playing the piece in Piano Safari Book One.Cocomelonhttps://youtu.be/MR5XSOdjKMA
11Garner, ErrollMistyIt's hard to pick just one, so I picked the version that sounded most like the one I could hope to achieve. It's simple with lots of technical licks that are properly stylized.Jeff Williamshttps://youtu.be/s-UjwvJ0eeA
12Beethoven, Ludwig vonTurkish March from The Ruins of Athens, Op. 113An arrangement of this is found at the end of the Faber 2B Lesson Book.Berlin Philharmonic / Claudio Abbadohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6j61TVbCj_w&t=1038s
13Granados, EnriqueCuentos de la Juventud, Op. 1 (Stories from Childhood)Decent recording, albeit with that squeaky bench. Larrocha's recordings are split into 10 separate files, so I posted this instead.Jeremy Weissmannhttps://youtu.be/gmJDz_nPa8k
14Gurlitt, CorneliusMurmuring Brook, Op. 140, No. 5Love the sound of this recording and simplicity of interpretation.Norma Meishttps://youtu.be/mZ15fhF46Xc
15Carmichael, HoagyHeart and Soul (4 Hands, 1 Piano)Nice informal performance with some nice planned improvisation.Side Tracked Musicianshttps://youtu.be/vPdVgxfNr3Q
16Mozart, W.A.Sonata in C Major, K. 545Late career performance but still amazing control. Notice slow and even pacing of 1st mvt!Sviatoslav Richterhttps://youtu.be/qknbWY_i_1A?t=952
17Attwood, ThomasSonatina in G Major, Mvt 1UI Piano Ped ProjectJason Siffordhttps://youtu.be/DLYMKBR0Adw
18Attwood, ThomasSonatina in G Major, Mvt 2UI Piano Ped ProjectJason Siffordhttps://youtu.be/KEBFU_Ja2S0
19Attwood, ThomasSonatina in G Major, Mvt 3UI Piano Ped ProjectJason Siffordhttps://youtu.be/RFMTNiaEF54
20Adams, John C.Nixon in China: Excerpts from Act 1Great example of contemporary compositional style called minimalismMetropolitan Operahttps://youtu.be/rFnQrbVV3_U