Recommended Recordings

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!

In some cases, the tempos might be a lot faster than you are practicing them or 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.

Clementi, MuzioSonatina Op. 36, No. 1 in C MajorCory Hall
Diabelli, AntonSonatina Op. 151, No. 1 in G MajorCyprien Katsaris's rare to find a celebrated concert pianist recording a piece that's mostly played by piano students. Enjoy!
Diabelli, AntonSonatina Op. 151, No. 1 in G MajorSalvatore Nicolosi recording is processed with MIDI to sound like it's played on a fortepiano, even though it was recorded on a modern piano.
Olsen, Lynn FreemanSonatina No. 3 in A minorAlan Huckleberry Piano Ped Project
Reinagle, AlexanderAllegro in D MajorCaroline Wang student performance
Dvořák, AntoninSymphony No. 9, Mvt 2Münchner Philharmoniker, Sergiu Celibidache first theme, with English Horn solo, is often arranged in beginner piano books.
Hague, JulieFred the FishLuke recording with very creative improvisation.
Bernstein, SeymourElegant Torreador, TheAlan Huckleberry's a bit quick, but as always a solid performance from the UI Pedagory Project.
Stegman, JohnGreg and Alice and Their DogJuliet Lyons and Friends repetitive, but it's cute an memorable to learn three of the white notes instantly.
English Folk SongBah Bah Black SheepCocomelon video for younger kids playing the piece in Piano Safari Book One.
Garner, ErrollMistyJeff Williams'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.
Beethoven, Ludwig vonTurkish March from The Ruins of Athens, Op. 113Berlin Philharmonic / Claudio Abbado arrangement of this is found at the end of the Faber 2B Lesson Book.
Granados, EnriqueCuentos de la Juventud, Op. 1 (Stories from Childhood)Jeremy Weissmann recording, albeit with that squeaky bench. Larrocha's recordings are split into 10 separate files, so I posted this instead.
Gurlitt, CorneliusMurmuring Brook, Op. 140, No. 5Norma Meis the sound of this recording and simplicity of interpretation.
Carmichael, HoagyHeart and Soul (4 Hands, 1 Piano)Side Tracked Musicians informal performance with some nice planned improvisation.
Mozart, W.A.Sonata in C Major, K. 545Sviatoslav Richter career performance but still amazing control. Notice slow and even pacing of 1st mvt!
Attwood, ThomasSonatina in G Major, Mvt 1Jason Sifford Piano Ped Project
Attwood, ThomasSonatina in G Major, Mvt 2Jason Sifford Piano Ped Project
Attwood, ThomasSonatina in G Major, Mvt 3Jason Sifford Piano Ped Project