Recommended Recordings

Last Updated on 2023-06-17 | Originally Posted on 2022-03-22

I created this page primarily so that my piano students can easily find recordings I reference in my lesson notes. It’s purposely a small list since I only add pieces that I think I’ll reference multiple times. If you need to find a particular pianist playing a particular piece, just search it in YouTube!

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.

One general caveat is that the tempos might be a lot faster than you can play now, or might even eventually play them when well-learned. Don’t be discouraged! Click on the gear icon at the bottom of the YouTube window to adjust the playback speed.

Piano Safari Students: Please check out the 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.

20Adams, John C.Nixon in China: Excerpts from Act 1Great example of contemporary compositional style called minimalismMetropolitan Opera
28Andre (André), JohannSonatina in C Major, Op. 34, No. 1, Mvt. 1UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberry
29Andre (André), JohannSonatina in C Major, Op. 34, No. 1, Mvt. 2UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberry
17Attwood, ThomasSonatina in G Major, Mvt 1UI Piano Ped ProjectJason Sifford
18Attwood, ThomasSonatina in G Major, Mvt 2UI Piano Ped ProjectJason Sifford
19Attwood, ThomasSonatina in G Major, Mvt 3UI Piano Ped ProjectJason Sifford
4Bach, CPESolfeggiettoRIAM Exams (Royal Irish)Réamonn Keary
30Bastien, JaneMini Sonatina in C MajorVery few choices, but this one on a Yamaha Clavinova will do just fine.Stephanie's Studio
59Bastien, JaneSonatina in G Major (Complete)Really silly cover, but serious recordingMirei Piano Studio
21Beethoven, Ludwig vonSonatina in F Major, Anh. 5, No. 2Very few adult choices; this one is good!Clark Bryan
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 Abbado
8Bernstein, SeymourElegant Torreador, TheIt's a bit quick, but as always a solid performance from the UI Pedagory Project.Alan Huckleberry
22Biehl, AlbertSonatina in C Major, Op. 57, No. 1, Mvt. 1UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberry
23Biehl, AlbertSonatina in C Major, Op. 57, No. 1, Mvt. 2UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberry
47Bober, MelodySolo Xtreme, Book 1 (Beach Fun)Nice snappy teacher recordingCindy Dittrich
48Bober, MelodySolo Xtreme, Book 1 (Irish Fiddlin')Coming SoonBroc HiteComing Soon
46Bober, MelodySolo Xtreme, Book 2 (Complete)Song links are in the caption.Ally Santos
33Burgmuller (Burgmüller), Friederich25 Progressive Etudes, Op. 100UI Piano Ped Project - Links are available on this page for each of the 25 études.Alan Huckleberry
15Carmichael, HoagyHeart and Soul (4 Hands, 1 Piano)Nice informal performance with some nice planned improvisation.Side Tracked Musicians
1Clementi, MuzioSonatina Op. 36, No. 1 in C MajorThis is a solid recording on a Steinway Model L.Cory Hall
54Diabelli, ASonatina in F Major, Op. 168, No. 1 (Complete)Worth hearing despite having mediocre sound quality. Many recordings are just the first movement; it's nice to hear the rest!Cory Hall
53Diabelli, ASonatina in F Major, Op. 168, No. 1, Mvt. 1Decent straightforward performance.Lisa Tahara
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 Katsaris
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 Nicolosi
6Dvorak (Dvořák), AntoninSymphony No. 9, Mvt 2The first theme, with English Horn solo, is often arranged in beginner piano books.Münchner Philharmoniker, Sergiu Celibidache
10English Folk SongBah Bah Black SheepFun video for younger kids playing the piece in Piano Safari Book One.Cocomelon
34Fuchs, RobertTimid Little Heart, Op. 47, No. 5UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberry
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 Williams
13Granados, EnriqueCuentos de la Juventud (Stories from Childhood), Op. 1Decent recording, albeit with that squeaky bench. Larrocha's recordings are split into 10 separate files, so I posted this instead.Jeremy Weissmann
42Gurlitt, CorneliusAllegretto in C Major, Op. 117, No. 9 aka Kitten PlayUI Piano Ped ProjectJason Sifford
14Gurlitt, CorneliusMurmuring Brook, Op. 140, No. 5Love the sound of this recording and simplicity of interpretation.Norma Meis
43Gurlitt, CorneliusNight Journey, Op. 82, No. 65Decent recording a young piano studentAnonymous
7Hague, JulieFred the FishGreat recording with very creative improvisation.Luke
52Handel, G.F.Air in B flat Major, HWV 471Nice performance featuring authentic Baroque articulation.Lisa Tahara
50Handel, G.F.PassepiedUI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberry
35Hummel, Johann N.Allegro, Op. 52, No. 2House pianist for PianistMagazine.comChenyin Li
44Kabalevsky, D.Clowns, Op. 39, No. 20UI Piano Ped ProjectJason Sifford
49Kabalevsky, D.Fable, Op. 39, No. 14UI Piano Ped ProjectJason Sifford
45Kabalevsky, D.Galop, Op. 39, No. 18UI Piano Ped ProjectJason Sifford
36Kabalevsky, D.Scherzo, Op. 27, No. 14I enjoyed this energetic performance.Stephen Fung
51Kabalevsky, D.Sonatina in A minor, Op. 27, No. 18Crisp, enjoyable performanceHung Do
40Mozart, LeopoldBourlesqUI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberry
31Mozart, W.A.Sonata in A minor, K. 310Historic 1964 recording at Radio Canada in TorontoClaudio Arrau
32Mozart, W.A.Sonata in A minor, K. 310Young American pianist; 3rd place in Chopin International Competition 2016Kate Liu
16Mozart, W.A.Sonata in C Major, K. 545Late career performance but still amazing control. Notice slow and even pacing of 1st mvt!Sviatoslav Richter
27Olson, L.F.Sonatina No. 2 in F Major, CompleteDecent child recording. Listen to the UI Piano Ped Project for comparison.Noah Ying
37Olson, L.F.Sonatina No. 3 in A minor, Mvt. 1UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberry
38Olson, L.F.Sonatina No. 3 in A minor, Mvt. 2UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberry
39Olson, L.F.Sonatina No. 3 in A minor, Mvt. 3UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberry
24Olson, L.F.Sonatina No. 5 in D Major, Mvt. 1UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberry
25Olson, L.F.Sonatina No. 5 in D Major, Mvt. 2UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberry
26Olson, L.F.Sonatina No. 5 in D Major, Mvt. 3UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberry
57Poe, John RobertSonatina for a Apple TreeCouldn't find one; made my own.Broc Hite
56Poe, John RobertSonatina for a DinosaurCouldn't find one; made my own.Broc Hite
58Poe, John RobertSonatina for a LeprechaunComing Soon
Broc HiteComing Soon
55Poe, John RobertSonatina for a Wooly WormComing Soon
Broc HiteComing Soon
41Reinagle, AlexanderAllegretto, Op. 1, No. 5 aka Scherzino or DanceUI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberry
5Reinagle, AlexanderAllegro in D Major, Op. 1, No. 18Good student performanceCaroline Wang
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 Friends
60Petzold, C (AMB Notebook)Minuet in G Major, BWV Anh. 114UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberry
61Duncombe, WTrumpet Tune (Fanfare Minuet)UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberry
62Schytte, LDance, Op. 108, No. 1Good teacher performanceSusan Chou
63Gurlitt, CorneliusTold You So, Op. 117, No. 7 aka The Young DanceUI Piano Ped ProjectJason Sifford
64Goedicke, ARussian DanceGood teacher performanceSusan Chou
65Bach, J.S. (AMB Notebook)Polonaise in G minor, BWV Anh. 119UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberry
66Petzold, Christian (AMB Notebook)Two Minuets in G Major/G Minor, BWV Anh. 114/115These two minuets were composed to be played A-B-A, like the minuet and trio that became popular in the classical period.Broc Hite
67Bach, W.F. (AMB Notebook 1722)Minuet in G Major, Sometimes attributed to J.S. Bach as BWV 841This is a delightful minuet that is believed to be the product of a composition lesson between father and son!Giovanni Mazzocchin
68Burgmuller (Burgmüller), FriederichL'Adieu (Farewell), Op. 100, No. 12 from 25 Progressive EtudesNice recording of this brilliant etudeCory Hall
69Petzold, Christian (AMB Notebook)Minuet in G Major, BWV Anh. 114Highly-ornamented and exciting interpretation on harpischord. Listen for ideas and inspiration to make your own performance come alive.Tom Koopman
70Petzold, Christian (AMB Notebook)Two Minuets in G Major/G Minor, BWV Anh. 114/115Randall and his wife Nancy authored over 300 publications. He also plays pretty well!Randall Faber
71Eklund, JenniferSpotlight Solos, Book 1 (Complete)This set of pieces is great for late beginners looking for quality repertoire that's rhythmic, challenging with a pop feel.Jennifer Eklund