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.

ComposerTitleArtistURLComments
Clementi, MuzioSonatina Op. 36, No. 1 in C MajorCory Hallhttps://youtu.be/0_Ksi2qmW0A
Diabelli, AntonSonatina Op. 151, No. 1 in G MajorCyprien Katsarishttps://youtu.be/9N324zJWwXgIt'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 Nicolosihttps://youtu.be/jrNTAcY8BfUThis 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 Huckleberryhttps://youtu.be/z47_shRcqeoUI Piano Ped Project
Reinagle, AlexanderAllegro in D MajorCaroline Wanghttps://youtu.be/_gwX-HU4ZgcGood student performance
Dvořák, AntoninSymphony No. 9, Mvt 2Münchner Philharmoniker, Sergiu Celibidachehttps://youtu.be/pHyN3izk38cThe first theme, with English Horn solo, is often arranged in beginner piano books.
Hague, JulieFred the FishLukehttps://vimeo.com/manage/videos/644949249Great recording with very creative improvisation.
Bernstein, SeymourElegant Torreador, TheAlan Huckleberryhttps://youtu.be/ZItt6kSqTJwIt's a bit quick, but as always a solid performance from the UI Pedagory Project.
Stegman, JohnGreg and Alice and Their DogJuliet Lyons and Friendshttps://youtu.be/N46FFgxE6nsHighly repetitive, but it's cute an memorable to learn three of the white notes instantly.
English Folk SongBah Bah Black SheepCocomelonhttps://youtu.be/MR5XSOdjKMAFun video for younger kids playing the piece in Piano Safari Book One.
Garner, ErrollMistyJeff Williamshttps://youtu.be/s-UjwvJ0eeAIt'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 Abbadohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6j61TVbCj_w&t=1038sAn 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 Weissmannhttps://youtu.be/gmJDz_nPa8kDecent 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 Meishttps://youtu.be/mZ15fhF46XcLove the sound of this recording and simplicity of interpretation.
Carmichael, HoagyHeart and Soul (4 Hands, 1 Piano)Side Tracked Musicianshttps://youtu.be/vPdVgxfNr3QNice informal performance with some nice planned improvisation.
Mozart, W.A.Sonata in C Major, K. 545Sviatoslav Richterhttps://youtu.be/qknbWY_i_1A?t=952Late career performance but still amazing control. Notice slow and even pacing of 1st mvt!
Attwood, ThomasSonatina in G Major, Mvt 1Jason Siffordhttps://youtu.be/DLYMKBR0AdwUI Piano Ped Project
Attwood, ThomasSonatina in G Major, Mvt 2Jason Siffordhttps://youtu.be/KEBFU_Ja2S0UI Piano Ped Project
Attwood, ThomasSonatina in G Major, Mvt 3Jason Siffordhttps://youtu.be/RFMTNiaEF54UI Piano Ped Project